Redblog Readers Who Rock: Joe Allen

by | Oct 22nd, 2010 | 2:03PM | Filed under: Readers Who Rock

We’re comin’ at ya with another Reader Who Rocks — are you ready to meet him?

Would you believe that his very first comment on redblog was submitted long, long ago on the afternoon of December 24, 2008? We’re deeply honored that he’s still hanging around this joint.

Give it up for Joe Allen! (And yes, that’s the hotel from The Shining in his picture…)

Joe Allen at the Stanley Hotel, The ShiningName:  Joe Allen
Posts as (username): Joe Allen
Age: 42
Location: Kansas City, MO
Occupation: Video and film production


Hello there, Joe! What in the heck took us so long to finally chat with you, geez! Cool picture, by the way.  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 honestly can’t remember how I first heard about redbox – undoubtedly on the web. I’ve been using it since the very beginning, there are almost a dozen redboxes just a few minutes from my house and – since I travel so much – I often end up returning movies hundreds of miles from where they were rented.

That’s great — we’re happy to hear that you’re a master of our Return Anywhere system! So what kind of experience do you hope to have when you watch a movie?

It’s so very rare now, but I’m always searching for that feeling I had as a kid coming out of the theater – still feeling like you’re part of the movie.

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

The Imaginarium of Dr. ParnassusMore risk-taking – I love Terry Gilliam as a director mostly because he is constantly trying something different, and it doesn’t always work exactly as expected. So many movies now are so incredibly expensive that if they aren’t record setting blockbusters, they’re considered failures.

… And less of?

Reboots, re-imaginings… “re” in general. There are so many great stories out there that get shoved aside for yet another formulaic franchise.

What determines whether you want to see a movie? The director, the cast, trailers, word of mouth?

Typically I follow directors, but any and all of the above will get me to see a movie. Especially a trailer. A really well-crafted trailer will still make me want to see a film – even after I’ve already seen it and hated it! Months or years later, I’ll see the trailer again: “Oooh… that looks good…”

Ha! I hear you.  I’m a sucker for a great trailer.  Here’s a hard question for you: If you could own one prop from any movie in the world, what would you want to snag?

It would have to be a light saber from “Star Wars.” A working one would be an even bigger bonus!

Great answers! I’ll follow it up with another hard question: 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?

Time Bandits“Legend of 1900,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Star Wars,” “Time Bandits,” and “Hidalgo” — not that they are necessarily my absolute favorite movies (though they are all up there), but they are definitely my top choices for escapism. I’d trade any or all of them though, for the complete series box set of “Survivorman,” for obvious reasons.

You are very wise.  Now tell me, who’s your favorite movie hero… and favorite villain?

For all  my disappointment in the later installments, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader absolutely encapsulated the archetypal hero and villain in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Which supporting film character do you think deserves a spin-off?

I’ve always felt that Lance Henriksen’s character from “Close Encounters” had to have a heck of an interesting back story.

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

With all the film actors stealing small screen roles, it’s only fair that some “TV” actors get a shot at the movies! I think the very thing that is attracting movie stars to TeeVee — a steady paycheck and the potential to explore a character farther than a feature will allow — are keeping many of the better candidates on the small screen.

That’s a very interesting take on the situation, and I think you’re on to something there.  So hopefully you have some equally astute thoughts about the new trend of 3D films. Is it a fad or is it here to stay?

I hate to seem old and reactionary – I’m really not – but I hate 3D. It’s one thing when the film is shot in 3D, but when certain filmmakers who shall remain nameless trot out their beloved classics to modify them yet again just to cash in on the trend, it gets a little disgusting. Even when the film is 3D from the get-go, many of the visuals feel like the tail is wagging the dog.

Serenity MovieI knew I liked you for a reason, Joe!  OK, here’s a fun one: 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?

I’d sign on as a deckhand mucking out the cargo hold to fly on “Serenity.”

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

As a kid, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be Captain Kirk, Indiana Jones or Dr. Who. As I’ve grown up (really, I have) I’m pretty happy being myself, but as I said above: if there was a “red pill” that would drop me smack dab in the middle of the “Firefly” universe, I wouldn’t hesitate.

Fair enough. So what are a few movie scenes/sequences that stand out in your mind?

“The Legend of 1900” – Danny takes “Conn” for a piano ride as the ship rides out a storm. Also, the “headcutting” scene with Jellyroll Morton.

River Tam saving her brother in “Serenity.”

Agent Starling entering Buffalo Bill’s house in “Silence of the Lambs.”  I know how it ends, and yet the suspense is always palpable.

And pretty much any selected scene from “Jaws” or “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
What are some of your favorite movie quotes?

Indiana Jones, Short RoundTons, of course, and when I’m around my other movie nerd friends it can get out of control. Several that seem to find their way into daily conversation with alarming regularity:

●      “No time for love, Dr. Jones”

●      “I have a bad feeling about this…”

●      “Well, I’ve been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones.”

●      “Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.”

●      “Listen up, you primitive screwheads!”

From there they get pretty NSFW.

All right, I’ve got one last question left: What upcoming movies are you  looking forward to?

Still hoping to see “The Hobbit,” I’m really looking forward to seeing Nick Frost and Simon Pegg together again in “Paul,” and, of course, I have to plug my own film here: “Bonnie and Clyde Vs. Dracula” will be out next spring!

Very cool indeed, Joe!  Best of luck with your film, and thank you so much for being such an awesome Reader Who Rocks!

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2 Responses to “Redblog Readers Who Rock: Joe Allen”

  1. Jennifer Sci Fi Friend
    Posted on October 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Welcome to the Club! I think you need to earn frequent flyer redbox rentals or something! And thank you for reminding me of good ‘ole Time Bandits. Time to introduce the kids to that one :)

  2. Bobby
    Posted on October 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Actually that is the Hotel that INSPIRED The Shining.

    What movie was ACTUALLY filmed there? Take a guess….go ahead.

    Thats Right! Dumb and Dumber. — When they were in “Aspen”, even though they really weren’t! It is in Estes Park, CO.

    Welcome to the club Joe!