Yep, it’s that time again! Time to meet another Reader Who Rocks. Today we’re excited to chat with:
Posts as (username): Scott
Location: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Demand Analyst
Welcome to the Readers Who Rock crew, Scott! So tell me, 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 5 years ago. I was checking out at Kroger and saw a sign that read something like “redbox: DVDs $1 per night” and I was like, “What the what?!” I’ve been a faithful redboxer ever since. There are two kiosks less than 5 minutes away from where I live.
“What the what?!” indeed. I’m glad to hear you’ve been with us for so long! So when it comes to movies, what kind of experience do you hope to have when you watch one?
I’m not a very harsh movie critic. I just want to be entertained. It can be funny or it can be sad, just don’t be boring and I’ll probably be good.
More graphic novels adapted into movies. They seem to make pretty entertaining movies, they’re not Shawshank Redemption/Godfather-type great movies, but they’re usually pretty fun. The one I am most looking forward to now is Y: The Last Man. I think you, Erika, should be excited about it as well. For three reasons: 1) I first became aware of it when I saw Hurley reading it on LOST. 2) It was written by LOST writer, Brian K Vaughn. 3) Your boy, Shia LaBeouf has been cast as the lead. I just hope he doesn’t do to it what he did to Indiana Jones. And Transformers (I’m not a LaBeouf fan. He’s practically ruined my childhood.)
… And less of?
3D. Also, Shia LaBeouf (Sorry, Erika).
Oh, Scott. SOMEBODY was not reading redblog back in January 2009! I did in fact cover the Y: The Last Man rumors back then, but as of right now the project is still up in the air — and you’ll be happy to know that Shia is not confirmed for the lead. So there’s still a chance that Y will be Shia-free and then you can rejoice (while I cry). Okay, enough about Mr. LaBeouf — tell me what determines whether or not you want to see any given movie in the first place?
I have a pretty good idea when I see a trailer as to whether I will watch the movie or not. If I decide no, I can still be swayed by a lot of good reviews and positive word of mouth. As for the cast, it more likely to get me to watch the movie, rather than turn me away.
Time for the big question: What five movies would you want on a deserted island… and more importantly, why?
Lord of the Rings – I’m counting them all as one. They have to be the extended versions. Not only is it one of the best trilogies of all time, I could kill about 14 hours in one sitting while watching them.
Tombstone – for the quotes alone.
Braveheart – One of my Top 5 favorite movies. Plus, I can use it as a guide in case the British try to oppress my island.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Even on a deserted island you should celebrate Christmas. Also, my dad and I have watched this movie together for about 20 consecutive Christmases now. I can’t let a deserted island break that kind of tradition.
Great picks! I think I have to give up on not allowing the LOTR trilogy to be counted as one movie. Too many of the Readers Who Rock have tried to pull this trick on me. So, you win. Moving on… who’s your favorite movie hero?
My favorite movie hero is John McClane. I loved him in the first Die Hard when he was just an average Joe stuck climbing through ventilation shafts picking off terrorists. But I probably enjoy him even more now that he has seemingly acquired superhero powers in Live Free or Die Hard.
Since John McClane is my favorite hero, my natural tendency is to lean toward Hans Gruber as my favorite villain. But I thought I should mix it up a bit, so I’m going with Johnny from Karate Kid.
Mickey Goldmill from Rocky. I loved that guy.
Oooh, wonderful choice. I loved ol’ Mickey, too. Here’s one of my favorite questions to ask: If you could own one prop from any movie in the world, what would you want to snag?
I think this was the toughest question of all. At first I was thinking the airbrushed abs from 300 so I might be able to pull off the Gerard Butler look, but I think I finally settled on the DeLorean from Back to the Future.
I think that was a wise pick — you never know when you might need to hightail it back in time. Who’s your favorite actor?
Ed Norton. He makes great role choices (minus The Incredible Hulk), and when I am watching him I see the character he is portraying and not just Ed Norton on the screen. I also like Giovanni Ribisi, for basically the same reasons, and his characters are always just so enjoyably weird. I also like Hugh Jackman, mainly because I heard an interview with him once where the interviewer asked him if he thought people in Hollywood took themselves too seriously and he responded, “Absolutely. At the end of the day we’re just dressing up pretending to be someone else.” Plus, he is Wolverine.
Who’s your favorite actress and why?
Angelina Jolie. I know she can be a little nutty, but she makes entertaining action movies (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt, etc.). I used to say that I didn’t like Ellen Page, but I don’t know why. Recently, I’ve enjoyed her in Inception and I watched Whip It! with my wife the other night and I wasn’t miserable, so she is moving up my list. And then there is Marisa Tomei, mostly for her turn in My Cousin Vinny. I’m originally from Alabama, so that movie holds a special place in my heart.
I applaud your favorite actor and actress picks, as Norton and Jolie are at the top of my list as well. Now let’s switch over to the boob tube for a second. Is there any TV actor or actress you’d like to see on the big screen?
Does the cast of Arrested Development count? Because I can’t wait to see that movie. If that doesn’t count since we know there is already a movie on the way, then I will go with House’s Hugh Laurie. I know he’s been a secondary character like in the Flight of the Phoenix remake, but I want to see him as the lead role. Is that out there and I’ve just missed it? Has he played a lead in a movie? If not, we need to make this happen.
To my knowledge, Hugh has not been a leading man, at least in any American films. I’ll see what I can do to remedy that situation. In the meantime, I want to know what movie you’d want to live in if you could.
Major League. I’ve seen that movie probably at least 25 times, so I feel like I already personally know everyone on the team. I think Jake Taylor and I could be best friends, and I like playing baseball.
If you could be any character in a movie, who would you be?
Hayden Christensen in Jumper. Only because I want the ability to teleport.
Teleportation is the superpower I wish I had, too. As long as you didn’t also inherit Hayden’s wooden acting skills, then it would be great. All right, we’re nearing the end of my question list, but here’s another big one for you? What movie scenes stand out in your mind–scenes where you are guaranteed to laugh, cry, or freak out no matter how many times you’ve seen them?
The scene in The Dark Knight when the Joker makes the pencil “disappear.”
The scene in The Others with the old lady’s eyes. Do you know what I’m talking about? [Erika says: Yes, unfortunately, I do. Thanks for reminding me, now I'm not going to be able to sleep.]
Captain Ramsey’s speech in Crimson Tide
William Moore’s speech in We Were Soldiers
The slow-clap scene in Cool Runnings
The ending of Live Free and Die Hard when John McClane pulls the trigger of the gun shooting the bad guy through his own shoulder!
Along those same lines, what are some of your favorite movie quotes?
“You’re a daisy if you do.” Doc Holiday, Tombstone. (Or pretty much any line from Tombstone.)
“I am a golden god!” Russell Hammond, Almost Famous
“Baxter, you know I don’t speak Spanish.” Ron Burgundy, Anchorman
“We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life.” Mike Lowery, Bad Boys.
“Nah, I ain’t Jewish, I just don’t dig on swine, that’s all.” Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction.
“What my baby wants, my baby gets.” Gary Grobowski, The Break-Up. (I know this is a weird one, but I quote it to my wife all the time.)
And lastly, what upcoming movies are you looking forward to?
I usually have 4-5 movies in my mental queue that I’ve told my wife I have to go see, but I’m blanking right now. Now I can only think of two. Due Date with Zack Galifianakis. I’m on a big Galifianakis kick right now. If you have not seen the Between Two Ferns segments on Funny or Die, stop reading and look them out now. I also want to see the Ryan Reynolds movie where he is stuck in box underground. I read the plot on wikipedia and am very intrigued.
Ah, yes, you’re referring to Buried. I saw a screening of it, but all I can say before it officially comes out is that I think you are right to be intrigued!
Thank you very much for taking the time to chat with us, Scott! We’ll look forward to more of your movie insight in the comments section soon.
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