Welcome back to our Friday edition of Meet the Editors! This Friday we are featuring Michael Lane, a freshman at Lewis University who is studying journalism. Since he was a young boy, Michael always loved movies and the business surrounding them. One of Michael’s biggest heroes was the great Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who inspired Michael to start writing about movies himself. You might recognize Michael from his horror film blog Down A Dark Lane. Please join us in welcoming Michael!
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Michael Lane. I am a freshman at Lewis University and I hail from Oak Forest, IL. I write for JFR as a film blogger, specifically in the genre of horror films.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
I don’t read too many “book” books…you know, the ones with just words. I do, however, read a ton of comic books. I actually keep a bunch of comic books/graphic novels on my nightstand, which as of now includes: Superspy by Matt Kindt, Through The Woods by Emily Carroll, 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello, and a ton of issues of various comics.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
If I could co-write with any author, I would choose comic book writer Brian K. Vaughn. He’s written some of the best comics of the 2000’s (including Y: The Last Man and his current series, Saga) and he builds such amazing and unique worlds filled to the brim with some of the best characters of any entertainment medium.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
I like to just sit in my bed in silence.
What might your personal library look like?
Oh, it’d just be like a comic store. There’d be some regular books, too, but for the most part it would just be issues of comics and graphic novels lining the shelves.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.” Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first Hunger Games novel. That’s why I wanted a better movie. I actually enjoyed the Catching Fire film adaptation (while I hated the book), but “Mockingjay, Part 1” was a waste of time.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
For this one I’ll pick an actual book: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“You don’t wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.” – Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman in the 1985 Tim Burton classic film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I’d sit down and have a chat with Doc from “Back to the Future.” He’s so nuts that it’d be a blast to talk with him. Afterwards, perhaps we could time travel. That’d be pretty cool.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included).
I’m assuming by the “anything included” part of the question that I can throw movies in my answer too, so I’m gonna.
- “Back to the Future,” directed by Robert Zemeckis
- “Dawn of the Dead,” directed by George Romero
- Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
- Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory
- Punk Rock Jesus, by Sean Murphy
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know Michael. Make sure to come back next time to meet another editor!