So what's it like to write for Banned and Dangerous?
I love it! The Count and RalphyFan have been so encouraging to me as a contributor to the site. I love the feedback I get whenever I write something about current events, media, or sports, or whatever comes to mind that day. The best part is probably the fact that what we do isn't always centered about politics, because if it was, we'd burn ourselves out from all the bullshit that goes on constantly.
The Count loves to write about his Nebraska Cornhuskers. Why don't you ever write about your San Diego State Aztecs?
I'm not much of an NCAA fan. I guess I could write about the men's basketball team, but I don't watch that much college basketball.
But not about Aztecs football.
God no. It's not as fun to write about a team that's consistently bad every season.
So that's where writing and reviewing movies comes in.
I've never looked at it that way, but now, i'm going to have to! Laughs. Movies have always been a passion for me, going back to when I was four or five when mom took me to see The Flintstones. It's been a love affair ever since.
What would you say is your favorite movie?
Oh geeez, this is hard. There are so many that I love and stay with me to this day, but I would say its between Pulp Fiction and The Godfather Part II. Pulp Fiction because Quentin Tarantino accomplished what Martin Scorsese did with Mean Streets and Taxi Driver decades ago: he took the crime thriller scenario and turned the genre on its head. The whole movie is out of order, and yet, there's terrific pacing and flow within Tarantino's lurid tales of hitmem, washed-up prizefighters, redemption, and a mysterious suitcase that glows. The Godfather Part II is, frankly, the best sequel ever made. Its a scary portrait of Michael Corleone's rise as the new Don, but his rapid decent into moral bankruptcy, and how his predecessor, Don Vito, his father, rose to power and how radically different the two men are.