Are you ready to learn more about a fierce Threes competitor and an overall awesome guy who’s been hangin’ with us since March 2009? Well then settle in and prepare to be entertained by our interview with Reader Who Rocks Rex B!
Welcome, Rex! You know the drill, we gotta start off with the “background questions.” When did you start using redbox, how did you find out about us, and how close is the redbox you usually go to?
I first saw redbox a bit over a year ago at a McDonald’s two miles from my house. I didn’t initially use one because I was a member of one of the mail-order rental companies. Co-workers started talking about redbox, saying how easy they were to use, the good selection and the online reservation system, which is awesome-sauce. So, I decided why wait a couple days for a movie I want to see when I can go to redbox online, reserve it, drive a couple miles to Mickey D’s to get it. While there I can pick up dinner, too. What’s that sayin’…two birds, one stone, dead. Now redboxes have sprung up at several locations within five minutes of my house.
That’s great to hear! So tell me: what kind of experience do you like or hope to have when you watch a movie?
I want to escape from reality. I enjoy thrillers that pull me into the plot and make me think what may happen next. If it’s been a stressful day, I’ll catch a movie to unwind. Lose myself for a couple hours… that’s the best therapy for me.
What do you wish there was more of in films today?
… And less of?
Less remakes of previous movies and movies being done in 3D.
Amen, brotha! What determines whether or not you want to see a film?
The trailer usually determines if I want to see a movie, and word of mouth after its release. Some friends and I will pass around trailers of upcoming movies. I try to keep my exposure to a minimum. If I catch too much of the hype, I find myself not enjoying the movie.
You and me both. Here’s a fun question for you: if you could own one prop from any movie in the world, what would you want to snag?
A holodeck. If we had those I would definitely want to see 3D movies.
Ha, good point. Have you ever run into any movie stars in the past?
I ran into Nichelle Nichols back in the early 90’s when she was in Nashville, TN for a Star Trek convention. I was able to get a photo and autograph. Okay… okay… I’ll admit, I was attending the convention.
Wow, Uhura herself! That’s pretty awesome. And coming from someone who’s attended two X-Files conventions, I don’t think there’s any shame in admitting your Trekkie-ness. Now explain to the redblog nation who’s in the picture to the right.
That’s me with Ron Raines and Jessica Leccia from Guiding Light at a Hands on Nashville event in 2007. They were in town during the GL 70th anniversary Find Your Light campaign, volunteering at the Nashville School of the Arts. The Find Your Light campaign was a yearlong event where cast members traveled the country helping rebuild communities. They started in Biloxi, Mississippi to aid in rebuilding three homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Before this picture was taken, we were painting classrooms and doing landscape work at the school. Sadly, the show was canceled in 2009 after 72 years and being the longest running soap at the time.
Sounds like it was a great community program you (and they) were involved with! I know that Jessica has had a few small roles on the big screen, but has now found a home on One Life to Live, so that’s good news! OK, now here’s the biggie: What five movies would you want on a deserted island (deserted… except for a TV and a DVD player and one electrical outlet)?
Oh geez….I only get five. Give me a minute or two…I need to stand in front of the collection and see if I can whittle it down to five. Whew…that was difficult. My choices would be:
The Goonies – This is a classic kid adventure movie for me. It captures the essence of what it is to be a kid.
Dead Poets Society – One of Robin Williams’ best roles. This one had it all for me: drama, humor, and inspiration.
The Lake House – Hey you got to have a little romance out on the island and of all the romantic dramas this is my favorite. That is likely due to the sci-fi aspect of writing letters through time and space.
The Sound of Music – I have to have my musical and Julie Andrews.
Dawn of the Dead (2004) – Then I need to have the horror flick to keep me on my toes and remind me of potential dangers that could be lurking on the island.
I’m so happy to hear someone mention The Lake House. I remember that I first saw it when it was playing on one of the movie channels on TV. I was on vacation — somewhere nice and warm and gorgeous — but I got sooo wrapped up in the film that I just sat in my hotel room, watching it and foregoing the beach until it was over. Yay for Keanu and Sandra’s movie reunion! OK, anyway… moving on. Who’s your favorite movie hero? Favorite villain?
Hero would be James Bond (before Daniel Craig) – he has all the cool gadgets and he’s the king of short-term relationships.
Favorite villain, Kahn. He was Capt. Kirk’s greatest foe and just like Capt. Ahab, Kahn was hell-bent on revenge and would not let anything stand in his way.
Which supporting film character do you think deserves a spin-off?
Well…it’s not a character, but rather a prop from Stephen King’s The Mist. It’s the painting at the beginning of the movie of Roland Deschain from King’s The Dark Tower series. I would absolutely love to see those books done as series of movies.
Have you ever been told that you resemble an actor or actress, and if so, who?
Several years ago I was told I looked like Keifer Sutherland, but I never saw it.
Well, if you start flinging yourself onto Christmas trees in fancy London hotels, then we’ve got a problem. On a totally different note, who’s your favorite actor?
I like Edward Norton. He really immerses himself into each character he plays. Which is evident in the dark humored Death to Smoochy with his role of the hopeful, child-like Sheldon, a.k.a Smoochy the Rhino. It is disappointing Marvel has decided not to bring him back for The Avengers movie.
I know. Because I love me some Ed, too. And now who’s your favorite actress?
Betty White. The woman has great comedic timing.
Any actors or actresses you can’t stand?
There’s no one I absolutely can’t stand. Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell can be difficult to watch, depending on the movie.
What do you think about the new trend of 3D films? Is it a fad or is it here to stay?
It looks like 3D is here for the long haul. In my opinion, is it being overdone and not always done well. Some movies don’t need the 3D treatment to be good.
If you could live in any movie, meaning that the people, places and events in the movie became your reality, what movie would you choose?
Any of the Star Trek films.
Bastian, from The NeverEnding Story. I want to ride a Luckdragon.
Oh my gosh, you are my hero because that is the best choice ever and the best reason ever. (You might remember that I’m a HUGE NeverEnding Story fan…) Now I have to go rewatch the movie again. OK… just a few more questions for ya. Any favorite movie scenes/sequences that stand out in your mind – like one where you ALWAYS laugh, cry, or freak out no matter how many times you’ve seen it?
One scene that always makes me squirm is in Pet Semetary. It’s when Fred Gwynne’s character, Jud Crandell, is in the bedroom looking for Gage and the kid reaches from under the bed and slices Jud’s Achilles tendon with the scalpel. Just writing about it gives me the oogies.
Yuck. Let’s switch to a happier topic. What are some of your favorite movie quotes?
“As a wise man once said, Wherever you go, there you are.” – Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch Movie
“Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.” – Greatest Airplane quote ever
I also love the scene from Airplane with Barbara Billingsley speaking jive. “Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don’t want no help, chump don’t GET da’ help!” Her delivery of that line cracks me up every time.
Star Trek 4: Scotty at the 20th century computer – “Computer. Computer?” Bones hands him the mouse. “Hello, computer.”
Oh and one more that gets me, in Superstar where Grandma Gallagher is teaching the kids how to dance.
Grandma Gallagher: When I say tap, you tap, and when I say booga booga, you booga booga.
Maria Ganitisis: What’s booga booga mean?
Grandma Gallagher: I don’t know, but if I say it you better f—in figure it out!
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Piranha – There’s a movie that deserves the 3D treatment. Yes, I know it is a remake and I’m going against what I said I wanted less of in movies, but come’on…killer fish…who doesn’t want to see that??
Rex, I truly had such a fun time conducting this interview. I don’t want it to end, but it must. There are movies to be watched and trailers to be reviewed and all that jazz. The team at redblog would like to thank you for being such a cool Reader Who Rocks and for taking the time to chat with me!
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