Welcome back readers! We’re going to continue to switch things up this week by introducing our other film blogger, Mike Egan. Mike is a Communications major with a focus in Electronic Media Production. He loves film, which is great, since that’s what he writes about! For four years, Mike has been a video blogger on YouTube. In that time, he’s filmed, edited, and uploaded over 650 videos for an audience of over 1,000 subscribers. Nothing huge, but he enjoys it. His channel is called VlogginEgan, if you’re interested. When he’s not watching films or making videos, he can be found at the local comic book shop. His current favorites are Black Science, Manhattan Projects, and East of West. Though, he thinks the current runs of Avengers and Batman are pretty fantastic as well. Keep on reading to learn a little bit about Mike!
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Mike Egan. I am a senior, a communications major focusing on radio, TV, and film, and more specifically, electronic media production. I’m also a video blogger. I’ve put my face on YouTube for the past 4-ish years. I will be blogging about film for the Jet Fuel Review.
What film might we find in your DVD player right now?
The last film I watched was The Grand Budapest Hotel, though not on DVD. But I would be happy to leave it in my DVD player. I could watch that film a thousand times.
If you had the chance to direct a movie with any director, who would you choose? Why?
I would have to choose either Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino. Anderson’s visual style is one of the most appealing I’ve seen, and his films are such perfect, complete packages. I want to watch one of those come together. Tarantino’s films are brilliant examples of creation without inhibition. His characters become worlds unto themselves. And his use and portrayals of ultraviolence are beautiful in their own way.
Describe your perfect film-viewing atmosphere.
Dark room. At my computer. Headphones. Alone. Perfect movie experience every time.
What might your personal film library look like?
Ideally? Is this like a kid-in-a-candy-store scenario? Because then it would have complete filmographies from Tarantino, Hitchcock, and Wes Anderson. It would contain the most notable spaghetti western and noir films. It would be organized by director and title. And its shelves would conceal a secret room with a ball pit.
If you could “re-make” a poorly made movie, what movie would it be?
X-Men. Just…god, why? This movie. First, the X-Men are not all doom and gloom, what’s with all the black? And second, their characterizations were way off, particularly in the case of Cyclops. Fox chose to play up the characters they thought they could market well and spin off into other movies (cough, cough, Wolverine), and left everyone else twisting in the wind. Cyclops’ character is a contrived piece of garbage, and everyone else is dead weight. This movie is not “X-Men,” it is “Wolverine and Friends.” So…that’s my feelings on that.
What film can you re-watch over and over again?
In The Loop. It’s an awesome British film from the guy who made The Thick of It. And I could watch it many times. I think that is my answer.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) movie.
“Without you, today’s emotions would be the scurf of yesterday’s.” – Hipolito (Amélie)
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Bill Murray’s character from The Grand Budapest Hotel, so he could tell me all about the Society of the Crossed Keys while wearing a silly mustache.
Share your top five favorite films.
(In no particular order)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know Mike. Make sure to come back next week to meet another editor!
– Kelly Lyons, Assistant Blog Editor