- What’s your favorite monster movie?
I really like The Toxic Avenger but I’m not sure it counts, and now that I think about it, I like Tremors better anyway. I saw that with Penny when it was in a second-run theater in Kailua. We were in college (I think) and decided to see a movie neither of us had heard of nor knew anything about. And it was great! Super entertaining and funny.
- What’s your favorite social issues movie?
This is probably recency bias. I really, really, really like Spotlight, which I saw on DVD last month and watched at least four times before I forced myself to pop it out and send it back. The acting is so great, and it’s super well-edited and nicely written. And yeah, I have a soft spot for good newspaper movies. I even liked The Paper, which only newspaper people like.
- What’s a movie you dislike in a genre you love?
I love a light, enjoyable romantic comedy, and I like ensemble pictures, but Valentine’s Day is one of the worst films I’ve seen in the past ten years. And it’s loaded with good actors, actors I usually really like. Even Julia Roberts and Jennifer Garner. But geez, it’s boring and horribly written, and I don’t like to speak ill of the recently dead, but it’s terribly directed by Garry Marshall.
- What’s a movie you like in a genre you dislike?
I don’t care for straight horror pictures. Is Poltergeist a horror film? Wikipedia says it is, so I’m going with that. I really like it. And slasher pics (a subgenre of horror movies) don’t usually do it for me either, but I do like Evil Dead 2, which I think is extremely creative. Written and directed by Sam Raimi, of course.
- What’s a movie everyone else has seen but you have not seen?
I wasn’t the least bit interested in Avatar when it was in theaters, and very little has been said about it that ever made me interested in it later. Oh, except that Zoe Saldana is in it, but if I want to see her in a weird skin tone, there’s Guardians of the Galaxy for that.