Which Secondary Antagonist is more evil than the Main Antagonist?
Mrs. Lovett, from Sweeney Todd. Judge Turpin is evil, no doubt, but she’s the one who convinced Sweeney to kill people for her to chop up and sell in her meat pies. Oh, and she’s at least partly responsible for Lucy’s fate, both before and at the end of the play.
If you had the choice what character, or creature from a video game, or show would you bring into the real world?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard. We need his compassionate, intelligent, and firm guidance right now.
Free Willy brought huge crowds to captive whale shows at Sea World. What else had a message that completely backfired?
Hoo boy, this is a long list. Just off the top of my head: The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, was supposed to rally people to fight for better working conditions for the working man; instead, it created the FDA, because “people are gRoUnD InTo sAuSAges!” (Which, yes, that’s gross, and it was a positive miss, but a miss is a miss.) Or Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell: It’s mainly about how the combination of talent and practice is useless without privilege and opportunity, but what does everyone remember about it? “10,000 hours of practice will make you an expert!” Again, it’s a miss, because (1) it has to be 10,000 hours of targeted and deliberate practice, and (2) he constantly points out how talented people who were born into privilege (Bill Gates or Robert J. Oppenheimer, or Gladwell himself) are more likely to be successful because of their privilege and access to opportunities that less-privileged people often lack. The 10,000 Hours bit is literally one sentence in the book. I’ve said that Outliers could be re-titled Bootstraps: The Myth of Making It On Your Own Is Exactly That, and it wouldn’t lose the message at all.
What song would you not want a family member or friend to catch you singing and why?
Adults: I can’t think of anything. The kids in my life? I wouldn’t want them to catch me singing “The Internet is for Porn,” for what I hope are obvious reasons.
Which celebrity looks attractive and unattractive at the same time, making you confused about their beauty?
Alan Rickman, especially since I happened to see a picture of him taken from such an angle that he bore a horrifying resemblance to Lord Dampnut. (I mean, yes, I know he wasn’t nearly that ugly, but it was a heart-stopping moment for me.)
Which woman is undeniably beautiful, but for some reason you don’t find her appearance particularly attractive?
Angelina Jolie. I’ve just never found her attractive at all. Beautiful, absolutely, but just not really attractive; to me, anyway.
What movie made before 1970 should everyone watch?
Twelve Angry Men.
Many people refer to ‘All Star - Smash Mouth’ as just the ‘Shrek song’. What’s another example of this?
Bolero by Maurice Ravel is, depending on your background, the Torvill and Deane song, the Bo Derek shower song, or the Allegro non Troppo song. It’s also the “Baby Shark” of classical music, and if I get heat for saying that, then I will face God and walk backwards into hell.
Which Film was 100% amazing from start to finish?
The Dark Knight, and I say that not because I think it’s the best movie I’ve ever seen, but because it’s the reason I fell in love with the Batman story. It’s definitely in my top three, all-time favorite movies, though.
What is the biggest difference between high school in film and high school in reality?
Teenagers are not at the peak of physical fitness or attractiveness, and 95% of the student body has acne.
What annoys you most about celebrities and why?
When they’re anti-vaxxers. Everyone believes in dumb things, but anti-vaccine hysteria is provably harmful, and it’s gotten too much traction in our society as-is.
What popular movie have you never seen?
A ton, actually; Heathers, Pulp Fiction (all the way through, at least), Moonlight, La La Land, Moulin Rouge!… Honestly, assume I haven’t seen it, it’s safer that way.
What is your favorite animated TV show?
Of all time? Batman: The Animated Series, very closely followed by Avatar: The Last Airbender. I feel like there was a ton of influence on Avatar from Batman, and they strike me as being very similar, tonally. For example: Not being afraid to tackle more adult themes (domestic violence, mental illness, and abusive relationships in Batman; war, genocide, and the consequences of industrialization in Avatar), appealing to both adults and kids, and having an amazing cast of well-developed characters.
I have to give honorable mentions to Archer, Rick and Morty, South Park, and Bojack Horseman, too.
Which song is playing on a loop in the lowest pit of hell to further torment the damned?
//clears throat again//
The last time you died in a video game is how you will die in real life. How will you meet your end?
Bitten by a Goomba.
What TV show made you genuinely cry?
His Dark Materials, when the Gyptians held the funeral for Tony Makarios. Actual tears, you guys.
What is the best show that was canceled after just one season?
Pushing Daisies, hands-down.
Ultron was only on the internet for 4 seconds before he decided humanity should be destroyed. What do you think he saw?
The comments section on YouTube.
What living celebrity’s death will have the biggest impact on you?
Well, I kind of played this hand already, when Alan Rickman died. But of my favorites who are still here? When it happens, I can imagine myself having the same reaction to hearing of Shirley Manson’s death that I did Rickman’s. And Malcolm Gladwell, probably. They’re the only ones I can really think of, who will probably die within the next 20 or 30 years; most of my other favorite celebrities aren’t that much older than me (Annie Clark, Chris Evans, and John Mulaney, for example), so when they go, I’ll be on my way out, too.
What are some song lyrics that really speak to you?
Depends, but lately, “Teaching Little Fingers to Play” by Garbage: Nothing ever stays the same/Youth and beauty don’t remain/The wise, they say, adapt or die/If you don’t grow you’ll calcify.
Last updated August 15, 2020