Sunday, August 19, 2012

Be My Guest: June Hill Dentzer

My guest for the month is a friend of mine I met on Facebook. Her name is June and we've been friends since last summer. We share a love of movies and comic books. And she graciously accepted my invite to come on Hero Worship for a little Q & A. Take it away June..

1. If you don't mind, could you feel in my readers on what makes June who she is.
Your likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc...

I've been a registered nurse in an emergency room for the past 14 years. I suppose this has made me pretty intense, though I really always have been. I am ridiculously opinionated. I love film, and the types of films I watch vary widely from 70’s grindhouse to art cinema, indie films, horror, superhero movies...just about anything except really stupid comedies.  In my spare time I dabble in photography and I’m passionate about pop surrealism and art vinyl toys, and I’m in recovery from a $70 a week comic book habit.

2. What are some of your favorite films? Modern and classic

I love everything by Quentin Tarantino, and I’m currently really enjoying the Dutch films of Paul Verhoeven, especially The Fourth Man, Spetters, and Turkish Delight. I love old Hammer horror films, like The Legend of Hell house, I love Corman films, old musicals like Singing in the Rain. I love Hitchcock films. I love Almodovar films...The Skin I Live in is one of the best modern films I’ve seen in a long time. Or really violent films like Ichi the Killer.

3. Describe your first movie-going experience. Like where, how old, with who, etc...

The first movies I can remember seeing were both with my Aunt Suzie. She took me to see Bambi and a version of A Christmas Carol...I don’t remember which one. There was a scene looking up from the grave that I remember being pretty freaked out by. I can also remember going to the drive in with my parents and being told to sleep in the back of the station wagon. I saw Up the Sandbox and I think it was What’s Up Tiger Lily? that way

4. What is your favorite film genre?

I love a really black comedy. Or a really violent film, preferably with brutally homicidal women. I giggled all the way through Kill Bill the first time I saw it.

5. Who are some of your favorite actors/actresses?

I have a lot of favorites. I love Angela Bettis. She was chilling in the movie May, and more recently All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. I like Chloe Moretz and Juno Temple. Keep an eye on them. They’re young but I think will go far. I like Michael Fassbender. He’s been showing an interesting range lately.

6. What films upon first viewing did you not like, then later on when re-watching them,
loved the hell out of them.

Bad 80’s horror films and Corman style B movies. Years ago I was a bit of a movie snob, preferring a more cerebral indie film or foreign films. I couldn’t appreciate a more low brow type film. Now I can’t get enough of them!

7. What are some of your favorite film quotes?

 There's a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you." Now... I been sayin' that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You'd be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. See, now I'm thinking: maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here... he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. And I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.  Jules..Pulp Fiction

8. What classic films that are widely loved, could you care less about?

Casablanca. I watched it once and didn’t care for it at all.

9. If you threw a movie theme party, describe how you would do it. The costumes, decorations, food, etc..

Wow...that’s tough. Obviously a Tarantino themed party...probably with all the food in the shape of feet.

10. Who's the biggest film fanatic that you know? Besides yourself of course.

No question about that...Chris Dallis, my boyfriend. I met him online. On our first date, I told him “ I’ve gotta warn you...I like movies” Chris-“Great! I like movies too!” Me- “No, I mean I REALLY like movies”. This led to a four hour discussion that proved that while I loved film, I knew NOTHING about it at the time. And how sexy it is to finally find another movie nerd. He has since proceeded to educate me on all the finer aspects of film. Just today he received Tim Lucas’s All the Colors of the Dark, the ultimate work on Mario Bava, on which he dropped a startling sum

11.Describe the perfect way for you to watch a movie.

Curled up on my couch with Chris with NO interruptions. I love to go to the theater but all too often find that at least half of the people there are absolute jerks. The best theater experience I’ve had was at Whip It...I was the only person in the theater. It was delightful!!

12. And finally, who are some of your favorite film characters?

Maggie Gylenhall’s character in Secretary, Angela Bava’s in May, and the Bride in Kill Bill. I always love the homicidal women, and the whole rebirth through S&M theme of Secretary is a delight. Sorry...I’m a bit off. My therapist says it’s okay

Wow..what awesome answers June gave. Does she not sound cool or what? I would like to thank her for being my guest this month and I hope everyone enjoyed having her here as much as I did.

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