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Movie Fan Profile - Brent Allard

 criminalmovies.jpgThis week's movie fan profile features Brent Allard. He writes  Criminal Movies, a movie blog he's been running since 2009, dedicated to looking at Crime and Anti Heroes in Film. He has published fiction and poetry and works as an Industrial Equipment Salesman to pay the bills.
Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in the movies? If so, what movie and why?
A. The film that made me see movies as art and not just entertainment was "On the Waterfront." It's such a powerful story and Marlon Brando's performance that mad me forget I was watching a movie at all. I was very young at the time and expected him to go clean up the bad guys, so the lack of assistance and the beating he got were like cold water in the face. Brando's character was heroic, but not in the conventional sense. It still left me feeling good, as in his own way, he won, but that wasn't a place I expected the movies to go.  
What is your most memorable movie moment?  
In Double Indemnity, Keyes (Edgar G. Robinson) listens to Neff's (Fred McMurray) confession. "Know why you couldn't figure this one, Keyes? I'll tell ya. 'Cause the guy you were looking for was too close. Right across the desk from ya." Keyes replies "Closer than that, Walter." Neff says "I love you too." It's such a brilliant scene with the dynamic between the actors doing most of the work. It's a fine example of the power that cinema has that other art forms can't touch.      

What sparked your interest in writing about movies?
A. When my son was a teenager, he started writing about movies for fun. I enjoyed what he wrote but he lost interest and I wanted to read more. I started writing about them myself hoping to encourage him and found myself sticking with it and enjoying it for years afterward.   
What type of movies are you typically drawn to and why?   
. I tend to like crime dramas. I think they give us the most complex characters with strong motivations (which usually means great performances.) They also tend to have great stories as smart twists and turns are part of the genre.

. If you had to guess - how many movies do you think you've seen in your lifetime?
A. I'd guess over 4,000. However many it is, most video stores are fairly useless to me.

. What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2012?
A. Gangster Squad, Django Unchained, Prometheus, Dark Knight Rises, Lawless, Lincoln.  

. Where do you prefer to watch movies at the theater or at home?
. I always prefer the theatre, but watch a lot more at home just because it's a lot easier. I do try to catch the big action movies on the big screen.

. What is your favorite movie quote?
. From Cool Hand Luke "Yeah, them poor old bosses need all the help they can get."    


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