This week’s movie fan profile features Moe Porne, the movie fan behind Drunken VHS podcasts. An avid movie fan, Moe likes to watch, read about and write about movies. His blog and podcasts cover everything from movie reviews to the film industry.
Q. Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in the movies? If so, what movie and why?
A. I started watching films with my father at an early age. He only ever watched war films so I grew up on MISTER ROBERTS, MIDWAY, TORA TORA TORA, and PATTON (which is still one of my favorite war films ever). Almost ironically it wasn't my father that encouraged my love of film, in fact, he absolutely hated the arts and it wasn't until my parents split when I was a teenager that I was finally able to pursue film, and art in general. I can still remember the first film I ever rented on my own was the E. Elias Merhige disturbing visual masterpiece BEGOTTEN and I delved into the world of underground film pretty hardcore. I explored the works of R. Kern, Nick Zedd, Amos Poe, The Kuchar Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, John Waters, and the like for 5 or 6 years before I even really realized that there was such a thing as mainstream film (hell, I only watched THE GODFATHER II last year). I loved the visceral insanity and attitude of these filmmakers and felt everything else was fake or phony! These days my tastes are much more well rounded, but I still hold a very special place in my heart for the passion of low budget filmmaking.
Q. What is your most memorable movie moment?
A.THIS! It's a short film called THE SCREAMING CHIGGER PRODUCTION (aka Pull My Finger) This was the film that made me understand that not all film had to be feature length and still be good. I started filming my own stuff after I saw this. It's so dark and twisted and absolutely hysterical at the same time. One of the funniest things I've ever seen, everyone should take the 5 and a 1/2 minutes and watch it...
Q. Who is your favorite director?
A.Kurosawa directed my favorite film (Seven Samurai) but stylistically speaking I find myself drawn to the works of John Waters. I'm also a huge Verhoeven and Herzog fan...if I had to pick one? I'd go with Waters, if only because he's my second biggest man-crush (the #1 spot going to Eddie Deezen...so dreamy hahaha)
Q. What type of movies are you typically drawn to and why?
A. Everything really, but the more depraved the better. I absolutely get a huge kick out of films that the "normals' call disturbed. There's always room for a fun comedy too, especially 80's teen sex romps. What fun!
Q. If you had to guess - how many movies do you think you've seen in your lifetime?
A. I couldn't even begin to calculate, but if I had to guess? I'd say in the high 7 or 8 thousand range. I know for a fact that I watched, AT LEAST, 12 movies a week from the age of 17 to 22 (that's 3744). I'm 32 now, so my guess is probably close to being right
Q. What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2012?
A. I rarely watch new movies these days, but because it's CHUCKYEAR 2012 (my project to buy and watch every Chuck Norris film in order to determine exactly how many "good" Chuck Norris films there are...hint: not many) I'd have to say THE EXPENDABLES 2
Q. Where do you prefer to watch movies at the theater or at home?
A. Home, I like event films in the theater, but most films I'd rather be comfortable at home with some friends and some brews. To be honest, alcohol plays a big part in that decision, I'd much rather drink a couple brews while watching a film and you can't do that in a theater!
Q. What is your favorite movie quote?
A. "We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need." - Tyler Durden - FIGHT CLUB
"It's time for straight talk, Kim. It's not my fault you posed for Harmon. It's not my fault you posed for Larry in the nude. You did it, its your problem, its pretty late to act prissy and prim. All you kids make me sick! You act like little Miss Muffet and down inside you're dirty, do you hear me? Dirty! You're greedy and self centered and think you can get away with anything. You're no better than the girl who sells herself to a man, you're worse because you're a hypocrite. And now little Miss Muffet is in trouble and she's all outraged virtue. Well you listen and you listen well, you're damaged merchandise and this is a fire sale. You walk outta here and your reputation won't be worth fifteen cents. You'll do as I tell you! Do you hear me? You'll do as I tell you!" - Lang - SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)