Hey, Pat! How are you? What was the last thing you ate and what would you rate it out of ten?
I’m good, but if you are what you eat, I’m high calorie, high fat and have little nutritional value. That sounds about right. As far as what I ate. I had a bowl of supermarket brand raisin bran. Don’t tell me doctor. I’m not supposed to eat the stuff because of my silly diabetes, but I figure a bowl of sugar-raisins every now and then doesn’t hurt. I’d rate it 6/10 because you should never buy name brand raisin bran. It’s a simple formula that’s hard to screw up.
What’s your favourite movie?
I write a lot about cult films and horror, so my favorite movie might surprise some people. But it’s definitely and forever the original Rocky film. I’ve suffered from depression all my life and I came across this film when I was twelve years old. I really needed it at the time. Unlike the sequels, there’s not a lot of action in the first flick. It’s all sentimentality, romance, emotion. There’s no antagonist, no bad guy. Rocky respects the hell out of Apollo Creed. It’s all about the personal journey. Despite its 70’s grit, there’s no realism to be found in the flick. It’s a fairy tale. Also, Rocky doesn’t win. Rocky can’t win. There are things in life that we can’t defeat, death primary among those things. But if we fight defiantly despite all of this, if we take our best shot, then we come as close to winning as possible. Also: Rocky and Adrian is one of the most beautiful, emotionally pure cinematic romances ever. I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a perfect movie, but Rocky definitely comes close.
What drew you to CV?
I already write for a few other film sites and I wanted to branch out to writing about wrestling. So I was specifically searching Duotrope for a place that would accept articles about the subject. I think Cultured Vultures was the only one, and definitely the only site that paid for such content. But I realized that I could also send movie reviews and book reviews, too, and so this place was a natural fit. If I got the bug to write something, almost anything, there’s a place for it here. I mean, I could do that on my blog, but blogs are such a lonesome thing. Writing for CV, I get to write what I want and be part of a community at the same time. And that means a lot.
Where else can we find you?
Mugwumpcorporation.com is my personal website. I write about cult movies and junk whenever I feel like it. I write about classic cult films at theretroset.com and I write about newer movies occasionally at battleroyalewithcheese.com
Who would win in a fight: a kangaroo with one punching hand or a crocodile missing half of its teeth?
All things are possible if you eat enough eggplant.