|Pictured above: Phil Olympia holding a six pack of pee and cradling his cat Arson Wells.|
Phil Olympia is my all-time favorite galoot. Phil knows I could give less than a shit about sports, but he still asks me questions about sports ball players every time I see him, or tries to impress me with how good they might be at throwing balls at places (hoops or poles or something), as if I'll suddenly start to care. I imagine that it's this level of dedication that explains why he invited me to partner with him here at Never Nervous, so named for Pervis Ellison, because the only thing Phil loves as much as sports is music. Phil has played music. He played with his awesome brother Anthony in The Olympia Three. The two of us played together (alongside his brother again) in both Khali Ma'at and The Greenwich Tragedy, otherwise known as the metal band. And we were a proper metal band. We (The Greenwich Tragedy) once played a battle of the bands at a church that resulted first in the preacher leading the congregation in prayer for the violence that we'd wrought -THE TRUE POWER OF LEAD GUITAR HARMONIES- and later banned the Olympia brothers from playing there again. Between playing and attending shows for years, Phil is hella qualified to run this blog, and I'm fortunate to be his partner and his friend. Even if he does love sportsball way more than I care about it.
Never Nervous: Talk about your favorite movie of the past year. What made it your favorite and why?
Phil Olympia: I really liked The Conjuring, my favorite big budget horror movie of the last 5 years or so. I don't really give a shit about the "based on a true story" angle, and neither should you. Just sit back and enjoy an old school haunted house flick the way it's supposed to be done: good amount of back story, believable characters you actually care about, and plenty of "holy shit did you see that?!" parts.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are perfect as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators. They are called to check out an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, where scary shit happens, and happens, etc. It was weirdly fun to watch Ron Livingston (who plays the father of the terrorized family) take part in a movie like this. He was a bit out of place, but whatever.
I love horror movies more than almost anything, but I don't get genuinely scared very often, especially not with modern horror. This movie definitely scared the shit out of me. Plenty of unpleasant atmosphere, more than enough "what's around this corner" shots. If Amittyville Horror was a lot better and actually scary, it would look a lot like The Conjuring. Couldn't recommend this one more.
NN: Do you have any recommendations for a Horror/Sci-Fi movie we may not have seen? Why should we watch it?
PO: George Romero's Martin is a movie that isn't unheard of, but I feel it doesn't get enough attention. I'm not saying it's Romero's best film, but it's probably the most interesting take on the overly polluted vampire genre that I've ever seen. The main character is Martin, who on the outside appears to be a quiet teenager that lives with his uncle in Pittsburgh. His secret, though is that he claims to be 84 years old, and he can only survive by drinking the blood of others. In other words, he's sorta kinda a vampire. Or is he?
Martin satisfies his urges by tranquilizing his victims (mostly young women) with some sort of drug in a syringe, and then cuts them open with razors and drinks their blood. Are these urges psychological or is he really a vampire? Will his uncle find out what he's up to? Seriously, watch this movie and find out for yourself. Probably my second favorite Romero flick behind Dawn of the Dead.
NN: Talk about the last movie you saw in the theater. Did you like it? If you were Roger Ebert (but alive), how would you rate it and why?
PO: As a kid, I loved the X-Men. I loved the comics, the toys and the animated series. I really wanted to love the first three X-Men movies, but for me they all fell short. Aside from mainstays Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, the rest of the cast is kind of lifeless and boring. I don't believe their problems for a second. I love Sir Ian McKellan. He was the best Gandalf that Gandalf could ever be, but seriously, his Magneto fucking sucks. There I said it.
That being said, X-Men: First Class was so good! Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were the breath of fresh air that not only this franchise needed, but super hero movies in general needed. Even Kevin Bacon was a badass as the villain Sebastian Shaw. And I have to mention Wolverine's small cameo, which was probably the best cameo ever. EVER.
So when Days Of Future Past was announced, I was excited but just a little skeptical. I felt that Hollywood was thinking "how can we merge the casts from both X-Men time periods and make the biggest most ridiculous X-Men movie yet? Oh shit, there's a time travel story written for us!" I already knew the source material the movie was borrowing from (Read: Days of Future Past story arc), as it was my favorite X-Men storyline as a kid. Its a BIG story, so fitting it into one movie had to be a challenge. How did it work? For me, I actually loved it. Of course, they had to move a few parts around to make it work, but it came together nicely. The story is all over the place (like this mini-review), but it didn't flop the way Spider Man 3 did (and wow, that one really flopped!).