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The Movie Whore 6 comments
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There are questions on here that will not recognize because I put it out in several places just to see what kind of response I would get. I do that with posts as well from time to time. Anyway that should explain how long this is. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed answering these questions.

Why do you call yourself a Movie Whore?

There is a story behind this. You see a couple years ago I felt myself becoming more of a critic and less of a fan. My passion for film was waning and I decided the best way to get it back was to immerse myself in the worst films I could find.

After a couple months I was talking to a guy a consider to be my little brother and I was telling him about the flick Transmorphers. His response was this.

"You sir are a f*ck whore, a movie whore. You are The Movie Whore. Only you would watch some of the sh*t you have been telling me about."

I liked the name and have been using it since. What it means to me is that there is nothing I won't watch in hopes of finding something that is entertaining that the rest of the world has been ignoring.

How did you get started? ie Did you study movies/theater, made contacts though previous work?

Honestly I have to go back to when I was 3 years old and I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in the theater. It created my obsession with film. Since then I have absorbed everything I could watch and read about film. It really is an obsession and one I feed frequently.

Everyone always wants to know about how I studied film and what lead me to think I am an authority on the subject. Quite simply I have spent more than 30 years studying films themselves. Their backgrounds, the stories behind the movies. I have gone out and done my own research and had an endless number of discussions with people about film and what makes great films great and what makes un-watchable films un-watchable.

I never had the desire to enter a classroom setting where film is involved because everyone I had met that either had that experience or taught those classes could only regurgitate the same opinions almost verbatim that have been handed down over the years. I wanted to look at things from the perspective of how a film effects the audience.

Don't get me wrong I love an artistic film as much as a mindless comedy. It is that too many people that went to school for this stuff spend too much time wrapped up in trying to be artistic and have no idea how to entertain. Some of the best films are made by people that have never stepped foot in a classroom but know how to entertain through the medium of film.

Where do you see your work going in the future?

I see growing my own following and taking what I have been doing online and applying it to some films that I been working on with a couple different partners. I also want to be able to help struggling no budget filmmakers get the word out about their films.

Once I get a couple films under my belt I want to take the opportunity to work with the people I have interviewed in one of my own projects that I have been working on for over a decade. They have helped build me to where I am and where I am going and I would like to be able to repay that by hiring them.

How has your relationship with Rusty Lime effected your writing?

I have said it before and I will say it again. Mikey gave me my first opportunity to write for a site that is getting sustained traffic and I continue to appreciate it each and every day. As long as I continue to write online I will write for the Rusty Lime. My own site is still growing and I have plans of building it into it's own community of movie whores and will most likely buy the Rusty Lime CMS to use on my site. Like I said I want to hire the people that have helped me along the way.

One thing that has made me think a little harder when writing a piece is when I had mini-mel call me out for making a comment that the USA is not the only place film exists. It forced me to broaden my scope when I write a piece and remember that the whole world (except maybe China) has access to read what I write. A helpful reminder that stays with me.

I was wondering how know so much about film and directing -- I say that because of your excellent critique of one of the Last Rockstar movies. Did you study it in school?

F*ck film school. You can learn as much about directing film from talking to be people in the industry and by studying the films themselves. I spend hours a day in research reading up on films and what goes into them. DVD has been a wonderful tool as well. Director commentaries can teach more about the filmmaking process than any class.

What's your top 10 movies of all time?

Have you ever noticed that none of my lists are numbered, there is a reason for that. To say that any one movie is the best is sheer ignorance. Film is incredibly subjective based on point of view. Here is an example.

The Last Kiss is a film generally not well received by women but to men it is a damn good movie. It is a chick flick from the mans perspective. I have met few women that liked this flick on a first viewing. The conversations I have had with those that hated led to an in depth discussion based on perspective and by the end of the conversation they could not deny it was a good movie.

Film is art. Art is subjective. Creating an all time great movie list and numbering them in order is the same as doing it with music or paintings or sculptures or any other artistic form. It is both supremely ignorant and supremely arrogant and while I am arrogant I am not that far over the deep end.

I do have favorite films and you can find them on any of the lists I have done. I have no top ten I have literally hundreds of films that are my favorites for different reasons, hence the lists. It is often that it has been so long since I have seen a movie that I forget how much I love it. Sorry no top 10 list.

What do you do other than watch movies?

My other obsession is the National Football League (NFL). I spend as much time devoted to researching the NFL as I do with film. When my little brother and I get together are conversation is generally about film and the NFL with a little video game thrown in for good measure.

I also cook. I love cooking. It is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic things I do each day. Of course I also spend a lot of time with the kids and the animals. But generally I am a homebody which is a nice way of saying I am not a social person. Generally speaking if given the choice between a night out and night in, I will take the night in.

What genre of movies do you draw the line at? If any?

Aside from several genres of porn there really is not a genre I will not watch. I can sit down and enjoy a good chick flick, action flick, drama, comedy, dark comedy, horror, slasher, scifi, kids, anime, CGI, mystery or anything else. Oh and I hate that foreign films are put in their own section. They should be mixed in with the appropriate genres like everything else.

Are you a 'gay' whore? 'gay' as in happy and not homosexual.

Generally I am a happy whore even though I am not getting paid for what I do. I don't do it to get paid I do it because I love it. Because I love it, doing it makes me happy. Don't get me wrong I would love to be getting paid for this but it just is not a prerequisite.

Whore is a rather sexually ambiguous term, what else do you do with the movies once you've watched them for a while?

Jake thinks he is funny. Key word "thinks" and he knew he was going to get sh*t for that question.

I still have most of my VHS collection. I can't bring myself to let go of them. Even though I have replaced most of them with DVD I still love them and there is a story to how I got each one and the first time I watched it when I brought it home. It would be like throwing out a favorite book. I re-watch flicks all the time.


Chico, California is roughly 90 miles north of Sacramento. Look it up on Google maps and will find a speck in Northern California.

I first moved to Chico when I was 2. That was over 30 years ago and in that time I have lived in other states and other countries but Chico is still the only place that ever felt like home. I love that feeling. Chico also has something you just can't find anywhere else, Bidwell Park is currently the 3rd largest city park in the USA. It is beautiful and peaceful and the home of Sherwood Forest for the Errol Flynn's Robin Hood. I love that park and I have never found anything like it anywhere I have been. Not to mention the view around here on a clear day is amazing.

Other places I have lived.

  • Coco Beach, FL
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Bend, OR
  • Redmond, OR
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Honduras
  • Cottonwood, CA

and I think that is it.

What kind of film would a movie whore “de”whore himself with at night to cleanse the soul ready for the next day?

A comedy for sure. I love to laugh and there no better way to cleanse the soul than to laugh your cares away. For me it usually falls to a Kevin Smith or John Cusack flick.

Who do you feel is the most overrated actor or actress of all time?

James Dean is hands down the most overrated actor I have seen in film.

What, in your opinion, is the most wrongly maligned movie?

That is a tough one. So many flicks get panned at first only to build a strong and loyal cult following afterward.

Back to your question. There are a few movies that have panned for what ever reason that I absolutely love. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey, UHF with Weird Al, Vulgar, Cocktail, Hudson Hawk, Cabin Boy and a few others.

What, in your opinion, is the most unnecessary remake?

Until recently I would have said Psycho but with the upcoming remake of Rocky Horror I am torn on which is worse. I hate remakes as a rule anyway but these two are the worst of the worst.

What, in your opinion, is the most absolutely necessary remake?

I would undoubtedly say John Carpenters version of The Thing was definitely a remake that was 100% totally needed and far surpassed anything the original could have hoped for.

What, in your opinion, is the most enjoyably bad movie?

There are so many but recently I got a taste of Postal and I have to say the more I think about this movie the more I think it was brilliantly bad.

What, in your opinion, is the most most overrated film?

Jurassic Park was the biggest waste of my money and time. Such a steaming pile of sh*t that I get angry every time I hear someone talking about how wonderful it was. I hate this movie more than any film I have ever seen.

All right, Mr. Whore of all things Movies, I need to stick another question into the queue. What is the best movie that no one has ever heard of?

There are so many. I have told you about a lot of them. The Emperor and the Assassin is a incredible piece of story telling. Because it falls under the foreign category and requires you watch with subtitles most people pass on it. It is a movie that has such tremendous performances that you forget you are reading. It is because I have seen this film that I hated Hero.

Also check out Catch and Release, Cookies Fortune, Avalon, Run Lola Run, Photographing Fairies, L4yer Cake (yes the 4 is supposed to be there), Gypsy 83, Unrest and remember kids there is no such thing as a best movie in my book. If you watch the flicks I listed here prepare for some weird sh*t, some funny sh*t and some sh*t that will leave you saying WTF?

What would you have changed about Star Wars? Or indeed, would the original three films been as good had they been made after the last three….if you know what I mean.

Even I am not that dumb. Trying to say that you need to make changes to something that is rooted in the minds of hearts of so many is just not something that anyone should be doing. It would be like making a case for a remake of Star Wars and I have desire for that either.

For the second part, I think if the Episodes 4,5 and 6 had been shot second after what Lucas did with 1,2 and 3 it would have sucked balls. Also if they had been done in order with the first film not being made until 1999 it would not have 1 tenth of the fan following it does now. Part of the magic that captivated a generation was that it was like nothing we had seen before.

If you could choose any director to do your biopic, who would it be and why?

Oliver Stone. He would make it interesting, maybe not all true but interesting none the less.

Sean Connery aside, who is the best James Bond?

I am going to take heat for this but I loved Pierce Brosnan as Bond. He was the perfect blending of Connery and Moore. I like Craig but I will have to the next flick before I can even think moving him up the list.

Would you rather have attack monkeys, or Panther servants?

Panther servants all the way. Monkeys are too much of a pain in the ass and they fling poo. Besides I love cats.

Who the hell is Lane Kiffin and how long before Lane Kiffin gets fired?

He coaches the Oakland Raiders, my favorite NFL team and he will get fired by the end of the season if not right after the last game. Or possible even today.

What is the most # of times you have watched one movie? What movie was that?

It has easily been 250 times or more that I have sat through Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I know it was one of the worst movies ever made but it is one of those flicks I can't stop myself from watching.

What sort of mental criteria do you use as you decide to view a film for a second time?

Criteria is simple. How long am I talking about the movie after wards and how long am I still thinking about it after I stopped talking, which if you ask Joe and Kim could be a while. Then factor in the conversation a couple days later with my little brother about the flick because we think almost exactly alike with only few notable differences. This is compounded based on whether or not we went together to see the flick.

How do you compare older films and actors to those of today?

Simply put, the actors of old did not have the press crawling up their butts every where they went. They also had one thing so few have today, class.

As far as the films go, in the old days there were no remakes. I hate remakes.

Have you ever walked out of a theater before a movie was over because it was boring or just plain insufferable?

Almost. I was so angry sitting in the theater that I almost walked out of Spiderman 3. That movie ticked me off in several ways.

Have you turned off a movie at home for above reasons?

Several. Most of them are flicks you have never heard of and there is a reason for it.

How many times a week do you go out to a movie theater?

I actually go only a few times a year these days. They added way too many commercials and it ticks me off to no end to go to a theater and have to sit through commercials. Trailers I love, commercials I hate. Also their are so few flicks worth seeing in the theater coming out these days. It takes a visually stunning film with a great story to get me to leave the house.

All time best interview with actor?

Michael Pare. The movie Eddie and the Cruisers had a major influence on me and the way I look at music. The only other film that influenced me in such a way was American Pop.

Anyway after getting of the phone with Michael I was jumping up and down for a good twenty minutes like a little kid.

All time best interview with director?

Richard Janes was incredible to talk to. I could talk film with him for days on end. Great guy and I look forward to seeing the film he is working on right now which is and Errol Flynn biopic.

What actress would you interview if you could choose anyone you wanted? Why?

Drew Barrymore. She is a fun lady who is a lot smarter than people give her credit for.

What actor would you interview if you could choose anyone you wanted? Why?

Bruce Campbell. Because duh, he is Bruce Campbell.

Favorite foreign city? Why?

Panama City, Panama. Beautiful city filled with some of the friendliest people I have ever met. I absolutely loved my 3 months down there in 95.

Absolute best moment/s in your life?

The birth of my son. The single biggest life changing event in my life. He is my world.

All time worst pet peeve - having to do with movies?

Over used cliches.

All time worst pet peeve - having to do with anything else?

Having to repeat myself.

Person in your personal life you most admire? Why?

My future wife. She is simply the most amazing woman I have ever met.

Person in your professional life you most admire? Why?

My partner Pete Conrad. The man has more talent in his little finger than I could ever hope to have. He is also a great guy and I love him like blood.

Would you encourage people to work in the film industry? Why?

Hell no. It is damn frustrating and there is a lot of rejection to deal with.

Do you ever get asked a lot of questions?

Not til now.

Oh yeah, boxers or briefs?


What's the deal w/ attempting to get lots of comments on the blogs?

Actually I typically want to get comments not for the sake of getting comments but because I want to get into a discussion of sorts with different people and get different perspectives and ideas.

If a burglar came in to your home, would you prefer to be beaten with a sausage, or have spices rubbed all over you? And if it is the sausage, what kind? Cooked? And if it is the spices, would you prefer to be basted first to help it stick?

Sy you crazy bastard. I should have known this one was coming. I would like everyone to go and check out my favorite madman. He is a great guy and a new father. Go to The Wheel is turning but the Hamster is Dead.

Which actors/actresses/directors will have you in the seat opening weekend no matter the film’s content?

Bruce Campbell, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, John Cusack, Kevin Smith, Guillermo Del Torro, Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Simon Pegg, Mike Meyers (I know), Broken Lizard and a few names that escape me right now.

This has been a lot of fun and having multiple sites worth of readers providing the questions gave me a great mix of questions. If I missed yours, well look how long this is. I had to make some cuts somewhere. Who knows if you throw it in the comments an this piece I may give you an answer there.

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Joe Marco

Monday 22nd September 2008 | 02:52 PM

dude wtf....that was awesome.

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Monday 22nd September 2008 | 04:54 PM

That was so cool! What a great interview.

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Monday 22nd September 2008 | 08:16 PM

Nice one.....

Well, I wanted to like Star Wars, and I remember when it was first being teased on T.V. It looked fantastic, the trailers gave me goosebumps. I had loved 2001 so much, I was frothing for more. I went to go see it, I sat down, it only took a few minutes for me to notice that they were showing sound in space. There is no sound in space. The sound is there for the sake of making it spectacular. I hate things that are done for the sake of making spectacular. My interest in the Star Wars series lasted through about the first 15 minutes of the first movie. I have never watched one of any of them since, neither in or out of the theater. I refuse. sorry to be so contrary on this one, we will just have to agree to disagree.

Moving on, I appreciate it that you may be turning more to and supporting indi filmmakers. These people are making true art. They need our support. Good on you.

You lived in Central Oregon? When? What did you do there? Were you a snowboarder or skier? I lived in Bend and did nothing but snow sports form as far back as 1979. We moved from Bend to Mexico.

BTW, I sure would appreciate your input on my latest video blog "2008 Election Predicted"

Love you man, hey, why not hook up with Joe Marco and make an epic road trip down the Baja.


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The Movie Whore

Tuesday 23rd September 2008 | 06:16 AM response to this comment by Friendo. I lived int he Bend Redmond area for about 10 months then moved back to Chico. Shortly after that I had my second divorce.

I would love hop in a car with Joe for that road trip. getting there would an adventure all of its own.

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Wednesday 24th September 2008 | 07:54 AM

Who would have thought you were such a dirty whore :)

I love this premmise though, thanks for sharing.

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The Movie Whore

Wednesday 24th September 2008 | 08:40 AM

"Have you ever walked out of a theater before a movie was over because it was boring or just plain insufferable?

Almost. I was so angry sitting in the theater that I almost walked out of Spiderman 3. That movie ticked me off in several ways."

Correction. I was talking to my little brother about this question and he pointed out The Omen. The remake that he and I walked out of we were so angry.

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