About the People Behind the Curtain

Main Editor, Carmen

A college graduate who is, as of summer 2010, looking for a job and would work for you if you just happen to be looking for a graphic designer. I like movies but I love TV. I really just wanted a website that didn’t give me bull about the SFX of the movie, or the quality of the acting; I just wanted to know how movies end without actually spoiling me. And here I am.

What are your favourite movie genre(s)?
Most of my favourite movies are: Action/Adventure/Blockbusters, Animation, Heist, Comic Book/Superhero (aka huuuuge geek) and movies based on TV shows.
I also love: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Costume Drama, Martial Arts, LGBT, Sci Fi, Slice of Life, Teen (some…?), and ZomComs (but not regular Zombie movies; I’m a scaredy cat).

Do you consider yourself a “movie buff?”
Definitely not. I like the movies I like, and sometimes, yes, I love horrible movies. That’s just who I am. I do love watching movies, though.

What makes a movie good overall?
I think that if the writing’s good and believable, then it’ll be good. I mean, if the writing and the plot are amazing, they’ll survive bad actors. But I also believe have good actors is best, XD

Do you read reviews before you watch a movie?
Sometimes. If I’m on the fence about a movie, then I’ll read up on it. But if I want to watch a movie, world be damned, I’m gonna watch it no matter what reviews say.

Who is your favourite director?
I’m honestly blind when it comes to directors. You could probably show me ten different movies by ten different directors, and I’d say they were all the same. That being said? I love the Star Wars movies, and Inception, so I’m going to say George Lucas and Christopher Nolan, out of loyalty, as well as Hayao Miyazaki and Tim Burton, because they’re brilliant, and they have such a distinct style.

Who are your favourite actors and actresses?
Oh wow, where to begin? I get infatuated extremely easily. Right now for movies, it would have to be Robert Downey Jr. and Jeffrey Dean Morgan for the boys, and Zoe Saldana and Natalie Portman for the ladies.

Do you like remakes?
It depends. Not usually, especially if its a remake of a foreign movie to an American-ized movie. (We have to read?! GOD HELP US.) But one of most favourite movies, even now, is the second Italian Job. So, if a movie’s been out for a while (see: decades), then yes, I guess it’s okay.

What about sequels?
Again, it really depends on the situation. Is it a sequel on purpose? Like, is it a book or comic book movie, and you’re making a sequel because of the books? Or are you just pulling crap out of your ass to make a second movie? Yes on the former, no on the latter. Most of the time, though, if I liked the first one, I’ll watch the second one.

Do you watch foreign films in the original language?
Yes, most definitely. I love subtitles.

How do you feel about soundtracks?
I think, a lot of the time, the soundtrack makes the movie. I love it when movies make up songs, and it later becomes popular, or when movies have a really recognizable soundtrack, because then I’ll get it, and it will be the only thing I’ll listen to for a week.


Guest Editor, Jade

Jade is my best friend, and a truly good person. She’s awesome and tolerates me, and listens when I want her to listen, and we just feel really comfortable with each other. I’ve know her for four years, but it’s felt like forever. I’m lucky to have her! She’s also insane like me, so it’s nice to go crazy and know the other person isn’t judging you, but in fact going along with your ruse.

What are your favourite movie genre(s)?
Horror, comedy, family, LGBT, teen-comedy, dramedy, romantic comedy, foreign, independent and science fiction

Do you consider yourself a “movie buff?”
Going by the definition, I would have to say no. But unofficially, I think I am. Honestly, I can’t think of a day when I haven’t watched a movie partly or all the way through or at least listened to while doing other things.

What makes a movie good overall?
Good acting, plot, dialogue, likable characters, great score/soundtrack and at least one character you connect with.

Do you read reviews before you watch a movie?
Not regularly. If there’s a movie I’m interested in and I happen to come upon a review, I’ll check it out. But generally movie reviews don’t influence my decision to watch or not watch a movie.

Who is your favourite director? Mel Brooks, John Carpenter, Edward Burns, Jamie Babbit, Paul W. S. Anderson, Danny Boyle, Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Kevin Smith, James Cameron, Angela Robinson, Quntion Tarantino, Steven Speilberg, Joss Whedon, Drew Barrymore, Penny Marshall, Garry Marshall, Oliver Stone, Kenny Ortega

Who are your favourite actors and actresses?
Geez, this is tough. Short answer: I’ll watch anything with Alyson Hannigan in it. Or any other actor who has worked with Joss Whedon.

Do you like remakes?
It honestly depends on the movie that’s getting remade.

What about sequels?
Again, depends on the movies. Some movies require sequels to finish telling the story or to tie up loose ends. But others are just about the film companies trying to make more money.

Do you watch foreign films in the original language?
Absolutely love them.

How do you feel about soundtracks?
Love them. A movie is only as good as its music. There are times when the music can tell the story so much better than any dialogue can.


Guest Editor, Shayna

Shayna is one of the friends that I made in college that I will probably never forget and always remember. I met her at the end of my last year, and our friendship was the fastest one I’ve ever had. I spent nearly my last semester with her, and I can honestly say she’s one of the closer friends I’ve ever had.

What are your favourite movie genre(s)?
I enjoy psychological-themed movies, like I can’t watch gory horror films but psychological horror films are fine. My guilty pleasure genres are animated movies and the occasional chick flick.

Do you consider yourself a “movie buff?”
Nope

What makes a movie good overall?
I think writing is what makes the movie. It isn’t bad to see a movie that is visually good but it has been proven that movies that just look good aren’t that great. Like Transformers 2.

Do you read reviews before you watch a movie?
Not really. I feel that it distracts me from watching a movie in its entirety if an internet user points to some discrepancy in the film.

Who is your favourite director?
Darren Aronofsky and Richard Kelly.

Who are your favourite actors and actresses?
Leonard Nimoy, Neil Patrick Harris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Steve Carell.

Do you like remakes?
It depends, ’cause most remakes are usually terrible. But there will be the occasional good one. Once in a blue moon.

What about sequels?
Ugh. NO.

Do you watch foreign films in the original language?
Yes! Absolutely! I hate dubbing.

How do you feel about soundtracks?
They are compilations of the sounds in the movies, and shouldn’t be allowed on the music charts.


Guest Editor, Ash

Ash is one of my more recent friends and every minute with her is just fun. And I mean, to say that I have fun with Ash is an understatement. She’s smart, exciting, funny, and the best part, she loves dogs to the point of awesome. Yes, there is an Awesome Point and she reaches it.

What are your favourite movie genre(s)?
Adventure, Horror, Seth Rogan

Do you consider yourself a “movie buff?”
I am very film healthy.

What makes a movie good overall?
Story pacing and authenticity with subject matter.

Do you read reviews before you watch a movie?
After.

Who is your favourite director?
Right now, Guillermo Del Toro, Zach Braff, Jessica Sharzer, Wes Anderson, Rob Zombie

Who are your favourite actors and actresses?
Naomi Watts, Kristen Stewart, Jeff Daniels, Evan Rachel Wood, Jack Nicholson, Angelica Houston, I’ll never have a final draft of this.

Do you like remakes?
I didn’t think I’d like the “Last House on the Left” or “Halloween” remakes, but they are, IN FACT, superior to the originals. The Millennium and CGI poisoned my sensibilities about quality.

What about sequels?
There’s a difference been sequels and sagas; I’m hard for sagas. Sequels are insincere and redundant.

Do you watch foreign films in the original language?
I do– not so much for art, more for efficiency in being both entertained and exposed to new languages.

How do you feel about soundtracks?
3/4 of the CDs I buy retail are soundtracks. I listen to a lot of scores.


Do I know you? Do you want to be a guest editor? Email me at dont.spoil.me.bro @ gmail . com or send a tweet to @dontspoilmebro on Twitter.

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