Follow Friday: It Rains… You Get Wet
Follow Friday: It Rains… You Get Wet
Welcome to another edition of Follow Friday where each week I feature and interview a fellow blogger and follow their suggestion to another blog to feature next week. I prefer this over a blogroll because it gives each blog their own time to shine, plus I personally rarely click on blogrolls so why would I expect you to? Not only that, but I get the chance to check out some great blogs I might not have found otherwise found, talk to some great people, and share the conversation with you. Of course, if you would rather see something like a blogroll, I have collected all of my previous Follow Friday sites in list form which you can find right at the top of the page. This week I was directed by Ruth over at Flixchatter to check out Michael aka Le0pard13’s blog It Rains… You Get Wet.
I had fun poking around at Le0pard’s site. There’s a lot to take in, judging by all the tabs and categories. Ranging from music, to books, to audiobooks, TV, writing, and everything else. But the focus is mainly on film. One of the articles that caught my eye was A Theater… A Movie… and A Time, where he recounts to the best of his ability not just a movie, but the entire theater going experience. Putting it firmly in a place and time in his life. I also found the Forgotten Film review of Sorcerer rather interesting, about a movie that I had never heard of, largely because it came out opposite Star Wars and faded into obscurity. But enough about me, let’s hear from the big cat himself.
Bubbawheat: I always like to ask blogs with unique names like yours, where did the name “It Rains… You Get Wet” come from?
Le0pard13: It’s part of a piece of dialogue from one of my favorite films, Michael Mann’s Heat. It could be thought of as a throw away line by one of its main characters, Neil McCauley (portrayed by Robert De Niro), but it’s the capper. And it comes at a critical juncture of the film, after McCauley’s bank heist goes terribly wrong, and all his crew have been killed or wounded. The full quote goes, “He knew the risks, he didn’t have to be there. It rains… you get wet.” I admire it because it’s a small bit of words that speaks volumes. Hopefully, it’s what I strive to do with the blog, but I know I don’t come close.
BW: Your blog covers a wide variety of topics aside from just film. From TV to books to music, and even more personal posts. What do you enjoy writing about most, and what do you end up writing about the most?
L13: I think of myself as a simple hedonist. If one would do a frequency table of the subjects I write about, by genre, the clear leader would be film. So, it has to be what I enjoy to a greater degree. Otherwise, I’d write more about the other subjects (which are usually books and music on that list). The basic motivation for what I choose to scribble on about is what I draw the most pleasure from.
BW: One feature that I thought was quite interesting was your TMT series, where you write about watching a single movie in a particular theater when it was first released. How much do you think the theater experienced has changed for you personally since you were young until now?
L13: Great question. When I was young, sitting in some darkened theater, it was all so new. I felt like a sponge just drawing it in. The act of learning, visually through cinema, was so overwhelming and entertaining, I just loved the experience. I’ve only wanted to keep it going, and I think I have. In time, I’ve probably grown to recognize the patterns and techniques of moviemaking and storytelling more now, but the wonder of the moving picture has never gotten old. I’m lucky that way. Hopefully, that comes across in the TMT posts.
BW: If someone were to only read a single article on your site, which one should it be?
L13: Oh, man. That’s hard. Not that I think I’ve written anything great, but what do I think would represent best the things I get out of writing for this blog. Hmm… I think it’d be Reprise: Mr. & Mrs. It is a love letter to my wife in the guise of the movie review.
BW: What’s your favorite genre of movies, and what are a couple good examples from that genre?
L13: Growing up when I did, the genre that became the launching pad for all other types of film had to have been the venerable Western. It’s not a genre with universal appeal these days, but it remains a favorite of mine through the decades. Like crime fiction, and film noir, it has a tremendous versatility in its morality plays to express a point of view and comment on history and injustice. My top three would be Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, John Ford’s The Searchers, and George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
BW: What’s your favorite superhero movie?
L13: It’s the same answer as Ruth’s of Flixchatter: Superman the Movie. It was the first truly successful (story-wise and box office) superhero film and became the template for that type of feature. Richard Donner did so many things right with it, and it has remained influential. Even as the later blockbusters have appeared to move away from it, becoming darker and seemingly more sophisticated, one can still trace the lineage of what people love about the genre, the modern mythology of it all, back to 1978.
BW: And finally, what blog do you suggest that I follow for my next Follow Friday?
L13: There are so many great ones out there, and I’m lucky to keep coming across more them. I’d suggest my longtime friend and film blogger J.D. from Radiator Heaven. I admire his writing and point of view with all types of cinema (from genre to foreign and everything in-between).
Thank you so much for a chance to answer some great questions and for a bit of the spotlight on your fine blog, Bubbawheat.
It was my pleasure, you had some great answers. Radiator Heaven was actually one of my earlier Follow Fridays, but this gives me a chance to feature another site of my own choosing, and I’ve got to go with one of the ones I’ve enjoyed reading for quite a while, and he also spends quite a bit of time visiting my own site, Morgan from Morgan on Media. I think I will be alternating Fridays with my other interview series: Superhero Shorts, so I’ll be back with Morgan’s Follow Friday in two weeks. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.