It’s time to meet another redblog Reader Who Rocks!
Today we’re chatting with the awesome Mary D., who’s been comin’ ’round these parts since April 2009. She plays the Threes, she plays Freeze Frame, she plays the Poster contests, AND she leaves great comments. She is the be-all and end-all redblog reader! Let’s learn more about her, shall we?
Posts as (username): Mary
Location: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Web Designer
Welcome, Mary! Love the monster ears, by the way. First things first: when did you start using redbox, how did you find out about us, and how close is the redbox you usually go to?
I started using redbox about 1-2 years ago. My boyfriend told me about redbox since they appeared in the grocery stores in his neighborhood first. We were excited by the prospect of cheap movie rentals and still love using it today. The closest one is less than a mile away from my house.
Great! So what kind of experience do you like or hope to have when you watch a movie?
When I watch a movie, I hope to be pulled into the story. I hope to be enthralled, to be interested, to be inspired by what’s going on in the movie. I hope for entertainment, laughter, and all emotions in between. I love to watch a good story and to feel fully engulfed in the story.
What do you wish there was more of in films today?
I wish there were more movies that surprised me and movies that had a little more originality to them. I also wish movies were a little quirkier, but I suppose quirky little movies don’t make blockbuster status.
… And less of?
I wish there were less movies made from books. Where’s the originality? I don’t think every book should be adapted into a movie. Surely they can find ideas elsewhere.
What determines whether or not you want to see a movie?
I read reviews, but I take them with a grain of salt. What one person likes or dislikes doesn’t necessarily mean that I will or won’t like it. I look at trailers and subjects mostly. I know what I like and I tend to like the same things over and over again. If I’ve read the book, I tend to want to see the movie, too. Trailers are probably the biggest indicator for me, though I hate it when people in the theater laugh at the same jokes from the trailer when you’re watching the movie. What’s up with that?
I think I would really want Wash’s dinosaurs from Serenity. Though I actually don’t remember if they’re in the movie… but I know they’re in the TV series and since it’s one of my all-time favorites, I’m going to go ahead and bet that they’re in the movie. And if not, can I just have Serenity?
Interesting pick, I must say. Now tell me, have you ever run into any movie stars in the past?
When I was in college, they were doing a showing of Virgin Suicides with Sofia Coppola on campus. I had finished reading the novel not too long before then and was excited to see the movie. I actually ditched class to attend the screening and to hear Sofia talk to the audience about the movie afterward. I figured it was a good enough reason to ditch class that day.
I’ve also been to Comic-Con a number of times (since it’s near where I live) and have seen a bunch of various stars on panels and stuff, though haven’t met too many face to face.
I’m still hoping to get to Comic-Con one of these years — that’s cool that you’ve been able to attend so many times. I’m jealous! OK, now it’s onto 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), and more importantly, why?
1. Serenity – one of the best Western-Sci-Fi movies I have ever seen, I always get sucked into their world and it would probably help me to forget that I was even on a deserted island with no one to talk to.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – to pretend that it’s cold on the island while watching that scene where they’re on the frozen lake, and because I think it’s quirkiness at its finest.
3. So I Married an Axe Murderer – because to this day I still laugh at the majority of the jokes in the movie even though I’ve seen it a hundred times (Excuse me, I ordered the LARGE cappuccino – hell-ooooo!)
4. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – I think I could live in limbo between the other 2 films since it is the best of the original trilogy. And lightsabers make cool noises.
5. Pride & Prejudice (can I pick the BBC miniseries version?) – I’m a sucker for period pieces and watching Mr. Darcy over and over again would make the deserted island seem like a less lonely place. Maybe I will also have a coconut named Mr. Darcy to keep me company.
Have you ever been told that you resemble an actor or actress, and if so, who?
I been referred to as “munchkin” and “smurf” before, but that’s only because I’m pretty short (I’m 4’11”). But otherwise… no.
Who’s your favorite actor and why?
I adore Nathan Fillion – a lot of his roles are that kind of snarky, sarcastic but lovable kind of role and I can’t resist him at all. I also really love Gary Oldman, I think he’s an excellent actor with a lot of range (loved him in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead, among many other things) and he plays Harry’s Godfather in Harry Potter! I’ve also really taken a liking to James McAvoy as of late – I like the roles that he chooses (ie; Penelope, Atonement, King of Scotland) – he’s got a sweetness and depth about his acting that I really enjoy. That and I love his eyes. Swoon.
Vin Diesel. David Spade. They both have that cocky-I’m-a-jerk attitude that drives me nuts. Vin Diesel thinks he’s a stud in all of his roles and David Spade just ticks me off because he’s more annoying than funny. I will concede there are a couple of roles where they’re decent, but more often than not, I don’t like their roles or their acting.
Any TV actor or actress you’d like to see on the big screen?
I’d like to see Michael C. Hall in more movies, but not in lame movies like Gamer. I love him in Dexter and would like to see him in other roles. Gamer was kind of waste of his talent, but you have to start somewhere I suppose.
What do you think about the new trend of 3D films? Is it a fad or is it here to stay?
I think the 3D thing is way overrated. I don’t understand why they are offering 3D for certain movies where it makes no sense. (Step Up 3D? Whaaaat?) I’m also just not interested in paying so much extra for 3D and having to wear glasses for my whole movie experience. I already wear glasses so wearing the 3D glasses on top of my glasses is just annoying. I hope it’s just another fad and doesn’t become a standard.
You know I’m with you on this one! Moving on… 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?
Without a doubt, I would live in the world of Harry Potter. How cool would it be to do magic and fly around on broomsticks? I’d also love to just go and sip on a butterbeer. It sounds so good!
I agree with you there — I think they actually might serve it at that new HP theme park in Orlando. I’m going to try and get down there next year and I will be sure to report back! 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?
The scene in Sense and Sensibility where Edward comes in and proposes to Elinor always makes me cry. I’ve seen it so many times, I always know it’s coming, but when Elinor breaks down after so much time and cries for joy, it makes me cry and makes my little heart swell with love. Oh, I think I’m a little teary-eyed just thinking about it now! I’m such a sucker for period-piece romances!
“Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them, I don’t give a #*@! how crazy they are!” – Seth Gecko, From Dusk Til Dawn
“What ain’t no country I ever heard of! They speak English in What?” – Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction
Stuart Mackenzie: “Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. ‘Oh, you’re gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!’”
Charlie Mackenzie: “Dad, how can you hate the Colonel?”
Stuart Mackenzie: “Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!”
- So I Married An Axe Murderer
“I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s *really* hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.” – Trent, Swingers
Ah, Swingers is one of my favorites — so, so, so many great quotes from that movie. And here is my final question for you: What upcoming film are you really looking forward to?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! I went to midnight releases for the last four books so I am totally invested into the whole series. I can’t wait for the final 2 movies to see it all wrapped up on the big screen and to enjoy Harry Potter for just a little bit longer.
I feel the exact same way — I want HP mania to stretch out as long as possible! Thanks a ton for talking with us Mary, and for leaving so many great comments on redblog. Keep on rockin’ wit’ yo’ bad self!
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