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- If you were going to teach a class on Weblogging, what would be your first day’s lesson plan?
Hm… probably either “Basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation” or “Defining weblogs: Should we even bother?”
- Do you need to put the fan in you aside when you review films?
Sometimes, yes. Mostly I have to set aside fangirliness. I figure that being a fan brings me closer to the average moviegoer rather than the reverse. My big motto is always “don’t just say it’s bad/good, say why it’s bad/good” – and that has less to do with fanliness and more with quality. The one exception is stuff like “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” which disappointed me because it botched a great comic book which I had read. I try to make it clear when I’m basing my opinion on a love of the source material, or at least to say things like, “people who love the book will probably…” followed by my unvarnish opinion.
- What was the most important thing you learned in Grad school?
Hm… that getting bad grades is not the end of the world. I was put on academic probation my first quarter and nearly died of horror. But I survived and moved on. What’s important is working hard, giving 110%, all that stuff. Grades are arbitrary and imposed by the professors. I think I would have done better the next year, if there had been one (I was in a one-year program), I’d have known how to work the system. I was acting like Grad School was like Undergrad, and it is not.
- What is the one older movie that people should look at?
Just one?!?!?!!??! No way. I will separate by genre. And I’m taking “older” to mean… um … pre70s? Okay.
- SciFi/Fantasy: Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
- Horror: The Black Cat (Boris Karloff vs. Bela Lugosi, gotta love it!)
- Drama: The Great Escape (totally rocks!)
- Comedy: I was an Adventuress (Erich von Stroheim + Peter Lorre = cool!)
- Suspense: The Third Man (Orson Welles is creepy, man)
That’s all I can think of.
- If you get along with only one job, which one would you keep?
Movie reviewer, definitely. I think it would slowly warp my sensibilities around film, but I would still love to do it full time.
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