Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Film School With Runcarred

Once there were these two bands called Dead Earth Politics and Southern Front. They met in this city called Austin.

So, in order to continue keeping Austin weird, the called up Seth Brundle, because they needed usage of his teleportation device in order to fuse together.

Upon the realization that Brundle was not actually a human being, but a fictional character, the decided to just make a band instead that played metal.

However, my story is way cooler. In the meantime, check out their Bandcamp page to order their latest record or say hi on Facebook.

Instead of their latest record or future plans, let's talk about flickering images on a silver screen.

It's showtime! 

1. What's the first movie you remember seeing as a child?

I was born in 1982, so the first movies I remember seeing were the mid-to-late 80s Don Bluth/Disney animated ones, like "An American Tail", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "The Land Before Time", etc.. 

I might be wrong, but I believe my first time in a theater was for "Oliver and Company" when I was six years old. 

2. When I was little, my parents didn't give a damn about what I saw when I was little, so it wasn't until I was about 12 that my folks told me to turn a movie off. What's the first one you were told you couldn't see/finish?

When I was little, I seem to have had a good sense of when to stay away from anything "risque" that my parents may have been watching, so I don't have any distinct memories of that happening.

However, I do remember them not allowing me to watch Pulp Fiction when it was a new movie (I was about 11 at the time). Around that same time, I also remember being in the room when my aunt was watching what I later realized to be a scene from "Goodfellas" (during a particularly glorious Joe Pesci tirade of f-bombs) and my mom told her to turn it off. 

That's about it for childhood censorship, hahaha.
3. The only time I walked out on a movie was when I saw An American Werewolf in London,. I was too scared, but in fairness, I was five. Have you ever walked out?

Maybe it's my exacting nature, but I've actually never walked out of a movie. I also finish my meals and drinks at restaurants and bars, regardless of whether or not I'm still hungry. 

What a weirdo, huh?

4. Seeing The Empire Strikes Back in theaters sparked a lifelong love of Star Wars flicks. That was the first movie that I saw that brought me into a community. What's yours?

I feel the exact same about "Star Wars". I'm too young to have seen the original releases in theaters but I first saw them on TV when I was about 10 or 11 and fell hard for them. 

The best versions of those films are the THX remasters on VHS which came out in 1995 and immediately became fixtures in my family's house. 

I will gladly talk about all things "Star Wars" with anyone at any time. The books, the video games, the finer points of the Force, all of it.

5. For the past 25 years plus of my life, I've been watching the Monty Python flicks and give me four minutes and I'll recite any scene from Monty Python and The Holy Grail at you. What can you watch that many times?

Four simple words: "This is Spinal Tap." Ask my wife or close friends :)

6. Comedies are the movies that really help me escape from daily life, well, those and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. What about you

I don't know if I've ever considered movies to be my "escape" per se; I've always found that video games filled that role for me. 

Movies have served the same purpose as music and books, i.e. a different way of conversing with each other, of getting across certain ideas using the whole spectrum of human emotion. 

I love war movies, comedies, cartoons, medieval fantasies: if a film is done well, I'll enjoy it. 

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