redblog Readers Who Rock: Jennifer (aka Jennifer Sci Fi Friend)

by | Sep 2nd, 2010 | 11:00AM | Filed under: Readers Who Rock

Get ready, folks — we’ve got a high-energy interviewee on our hands! Miss Jennifer goes way back with our very own Locke, she’ll defend the Sci Fi genre to the bitter end, and she refuses to be constrained by any limits we tried to put on her, such as choosing only ONE favorite actor… or a mere FIVE movies to accompany her on a deserted island. Get ready for…

Name: Jennifer John Wright
Posts as (username): Jennifer Sci Fi Friend
Age: Over 35, under 40
Location: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Spending too much time on redblog harassing Locke

So tell us, Jennifer, how did you find out about redblog?

GRRR, arrgh, um yeah, well see here I found out about redblog because of knowing Locke for too many years. A mutual friend of ours introduced us because she knew I was a crazy Sci Fi/Fantasy fan and she said “I have a friend crazier than you about all that stuff.” Hence, I met Locke and we started arguing — oops, I mean, “discussing” at the first introduction and have not stopped.

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Locke loves a good debate!  We’re glad you’ve brought some of that heated back-and-forth to our site. So what kind of experience do you like or hope to have when you watch a movie?

Even though I have super-high expectations for movies, I really am easy to please. The basics for me are that the movie has to be mentally and emotionally interesting with some sort of message of hope, in any form — big or small. Of course, all that assumes good acting, directing, editing, etc.

What do you wish there was more of in films today?

Well-made diverse films for the mainstream theaters, especially in several different genres. Is that too much to ask of Hollywood? Of course, I am biased to my favorites of Sci Fi and Fantasy.

… And less of?

“Smart Action Flicks” and people trying to make comic books into BAD movies. I do not care what Locke thinks, the whole X-Men film franchise was awful and an insult to the X-Men comics, even if Stan Lee did show up in all of them. The Wolverine movie is the only one that does not have me ranting and raving.

What determines whether or not you want to see a movie?

Hands down: Subject then cast. I have made the mistake of letting cast lead me to the movies in my younger years. For example, I love Brad Pitt — shocking, I know. Well, I also love Morgan Freeman… which led me to see Seven. While a fabulous movie, well done, and great performances, the whole subject did me in. My BFF is the Horror and Twisted Plots movie fan. Not me. Give me Singing in the Rain any day.  I avoid reviews like the plague except redblog, and even then I only read the first bolded paragraph. Then, after seeing the movie, I read the whole review on redblog. I generally like to go into the movie totally “blind.”  However, if I do not care about the movie, then I read the whole review.

If you could own one prop from any movie in the world, what would you want to snag?

I am a reformed pack rat, so this is an agonizing question. First thing comes to mind is anything from Star Wars franchise. Well, the first three movies released. And even though Empire is my favorite, I would either take from Jedi the flying racer “thingy” used in the forest chase, and an Ewok. I know — sad. Hey, no judging! When you did not grow up with a dog and always wanted one, what can one do?

Have you ever run into any movie stars in the past?

I prefer not to run into any movie stars or meet them or know too much about them. Think “separation of Church and State.” I like to escape into my movies, and the less I know, the better. One wicked cool story is that when I was way too young to have any idea who Robert De Niro really was, I happened to be in the same skybox with him at a Bears game. All I can remember thinking is, “Wow, that guy is short.” I could not believe he was the guy from The Mission, which I had recently seen.  I basically stared at him the whole game instead of saying one word to him.  Does going to Comic-Con and paying to get your picture taken with Adama and Tigh count? Or going to a DVD release party for Alias and seeing Jennifer Garner for a nanosecond from afar?

Of course those count!  That’s pretty cool, I must say!  OK, now it’s time to ask you a question that I think I already know the answer to.  But I’m going to ask it anyway: What is your favorite movie genre?

Fantasy, Science fiction, Period Pieces such as Elizabeth, Musicals (especially the MGM ones of old), Foreign Films, Indies, some Comedy/Romance, and Bollywood. I enjoy a diverse selection of films, even if my favorites lean more towards Fantasy and Sci Fi. In all the genres, I do prefer a happy ending, even if slightly bittersweet.

And here’s the biggie: What five movies would you want on a deserted island?

Can a redbox be available to me on the island so when I go through the first five, I can return for another set of five, and so on and so on??? Pretty please with a redbox on top!?

Oh, the pressure. All right, fine, if I am allowed five movies, my top eight are followed by my honorable mentions:
Lord of the Rings, WALL-E, The Fifth Element, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Moulin Rouge, West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, and The Shawshank Redemption
HONORABLE MENTIONS – Star Wars trilogy, Shakespeare in Love, Parenthood, Some Kind of Wonderful, Legends of the Fall, Riddick, Van Helsing, and the Terminator series.

Geez, you’re really pushin’ it, girl!  But I’ll let it slide since I like so many of those same titles.  OK, now tell me: Who’s your favorite movie hero?  Favorite Villain?

Why can I think of favorite villains first? Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element. He cracks me up. And he blows my mind because my husband had to tell me he was the cop in Batman Begins. Me, the Gary Oldman fan, the movie buff, the comic-book buff — and my husband schooled me. Gary is a chameleon. And then I also love when Tim Roth is a villain in any movie. He is fabulous and I know he will creep me out every time.

Hero, hmmmm, more fun to discuss villains. I will give you three  - Aragorn, Van Helsing and Riddick.  Yeah, the bad boy theme alive and well.

Here’s a kind of random one for ya: Have you ever been told that you resemble an actress?

Yes. Cybill Shepherd.  And then one person the other day in the store swore I was Pam from The Office. However, I see neither comparison.

Love it!  I actually see how you resemble both!  Now we’re on to more favorites: Who’s your favorite actor?

Why so much pressure to pick just one? So unfair. I have to list my top favorites: Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Patrick Swayze. I feel as if I am missing so many good ones, like Greg Kinnear, Kevin Spacey, and Kevin Kline.

And your favorite actress?

Are these “who is your favorite” questions almost over please? I have too many favorites — do not make me pick just one. I know I sound like a broken record! Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg, Cate Blanchett, Stockard Channing, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie… and the list goes on.

Well then how about a “what actors or actresses can’t you stand” question?

I really do not like to say mean things about people. However, I am happy to trash a movie — specifically ALL the X-Men movies. I know I am being a broken record. I am loyal Marvel Comic Book fan, especially to X-Men, mainly 100 up. And I feel the movies ripped out the heart of the X-Men comics, and Halle Berry destroyed the Storm character (however, I do like Halle as an actor). Sigh, it’s too painful to discuss further…..

We don’t disagree with you that Halle ruined Storm. Or if we did, we wouldn’t dare tell you!  Hee hee.  So here’s one that you might have to think over for a minute.  Is there any actor or actress that you have a soft spot for that others don’t seem to like quite as much?

I love Ben Affleck and Keanu Reeves — I just do plain and simple. Who does not love Speed and Point Break?  And then I have a soft spot for Ben. I happily admit to enjoying Daredevil, Paycheck, Dogma, and the guilty pleasure of Armageddon.

Any TV actor or actress you’d like to see on the big screen?

How about all the fabulous female former film actors that have gone to the small screen go back to the big screen and Hollywood starts writing fabulous scripts for a more mature generation?  Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick, and Holly Hunter, to name a small few.

We can see it now: The Return of Rizzo. Moving on… here’s one of our favorite questions to ask: 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 question, The Lord of the Rings, after Viggo becomes King!   Well, as long as we have running water and toilets. So if I cannot have those, then my next choice would be the futuristic world of The Fifth Element, because they do have toilets!

If you could be any character in a movie, who would you be?

Arwen (The Lord of the Rings), and having a horse is non-negotiable. No horse, no Arwen.

Fair enough.  OK, just a few more questions for you.  Are there any movie scenes that stand out in your mind –- ones where you ALWAYS laugh, cry, or freak out, no matter how many times you’ve seen them?

Apollo 13. Gets me every time — through the whole movie. We know what happens, and still every minute is fabulous and nail-biting. Really, I am such a nerd, most of my favorite movies get me every time.  Really pathetic. When I am watching my favorites, no matter how many times, I continue to hope Jack Sommersby does not hang, Jerry does not die giving a Draco birth, Johnny does not die in the hospital after saving those kids. And the most pathetic of all: in Star Wars, when the Luke kills the big nasty monster in the cage, to this day I tear up when that creature makes the dying noise… and then I laugh right afterward when the monster’s caretaker tears up. At least I consistently pathetic, no?

What are some of your favorite movie quotes?

I am so bad at quotes, can I give you a scene???

So my favorite scene of all times is from Braveheart (even though Mel has lost his marbles, still a great movie) when the nasty English sheriff comes to take his Scottish Bride. Breathtaking. Love the entire scene with the close-ups, the music, the slow-downed motion. Just beautiful.

Here’s a new one for you: Is there any movie you loved… but nobody else did?

Oscar. Anyone heard of this little comedy with Sylvester Stallone? I know the movie has been panned by everyone — fans and critics. I laughed hysterically the first time through, and watched the movie a second time to make sure I was not having an off day — and yup, laughed again. I think Sylvester was very funny and had great comedic timing. Too bad I was the only one!! Oh and Sliding Doors – now that is fun, smart, “Sci Fi-ish” with a dash of romance. (P.S. Locke – Sliding Doors does not have aliens, or other planets, etc.)

Sliding Doors is a fabulous movie!  Are there any upcoming films you’re really looking forward to?

Nope, nada. Such a bummer. However, I am not paying attention after the whole mess around Inception for me. The critics really went overboard with that movie. It did not live up to their hype for me. When I am in the theater watching previews, I get excited to see some of the movies… and then I completely forget about them. So if I must answer, whenever they come out with Toy Story 4 or a Despicable Me 2 or Salt 2. Sorry, I am bitter with Hollywood right now.

Here’s one final question for you.  Or two, really: What was your favorite  book-to-film adaptation?  And what was your least favorit

Best: Silence of the Lambs. Fabulous book, I read it in two days, passed it around to the family on vacation, and everyone followed suit. I was worried they would ruin the book with the movie — but how could they with Sir Anthony? Sigh, memories of when movies were good.

Worst: Timeline is a good solid page-turning book they completely ruined with the movie. I love books almost as much as movies. I was super excited for the movie, and completely bummed when I watched the train wreck unfolding before my eyes. The movie changed too much from the book — and again, to me, was another example of missing the heart of the story.

Well, Jennifer, we’ve had an absolutely great time talking with you. We look forward to your continued debates with Locke — and others — in the comments section. It’s only right that we end this post with one a great testament to your love of the Sci Fi genre, and specifically Battlestar Galactica. I think you have a possible business on your hands here!

Awesome, isn’t it?

Remember, you can always visit with our entire crew of Readers Who Rock right here. Until next time!

5 Responses to “redblog Readers Who Rock: Jennifer (aka Jennifer Sci Fi Friend)”

  1. matphoto
    Posted on September 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I can’t believe you actually found a use for peeps (other than microwaving them)

    also, I completely agree about “Timeline”

  2. Jennifer Sci Fi Friend
    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I cannot take any of the credit for the whole peeps thing! Chicago Tribune runs a contest every Easter with the Peeps as the medium. My friends said lets do an homage to BSG, so we did!

    Thank you for agreeing with me!!!!

  3. Jennifer Sci Fi Friend
    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Ops I completely forgot about Thanking you Erika as I has such fun! And muchas gracias for including the rockin BSG tribute. Wicked cool of you :)

  4. Joe
    Posted on October 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This interview amuses me Jen. They totally got your personality across in print. No easy feat!

  5. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on October 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    We had to use a lot of special HTML coding, Joe.