MOVIE MONDAYS: Jazmyn Aria Loves Saw Sequels and Musicals, but Hates Awkward Theater Experiences!

Photo of Jazmyn Aria by Tim Sauer

A lot of work goes into any one of 1200‘s performances, and it shows as his backing group continues to grow seemingly every time I see him. Jazmyn Aria is one of the mainstays behind this impressive production and she continues to elevate the experience with her impressive, booming voice. We had the chance to catch 1200 and Jazmyn at Gonzofest a week ago, and as usual they stole the show. If you haven’t had the chance to see them, I urge you to strongly consider marking one of their next shows on your calendar. The hype is real, folks. 

To make your Monday awesome, we reached out to Jazmyn to see if she’d be willing to answer a few movie-related questions. You know, the kind of thing we at Never Nervous have made a habit of doing for a while now. Lucky for us, she was kind enough to accept our invitation; read on as we talk about films, soundtracks, and incredibly awkward theater experiences…

Never Nervous: For starters, tell us about the best movie you’ve seen in the last year or so, whether it be new or old.

Jazmyn Aria: Gravity was by far the best movie I’ve seen in the past year or so. This Sci-Fi, thriller stars Sandra Bullok and George Clooney, some of my favorite actors. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re really missing out! This movie is full of action, excitement, suspense and drama. There was never a dull moment and I must have cried at least 3 times throughout the movie.

NN: Are you a fan of musicals? Do you have a personal favorite?

JA: I absolutely love musicals! When I was in middle school I would always get the lead roles in the musicals. My high school years were spent at Manual and the Youth Performing Arts School where I was part of all the musicals. Unfortunately, I have not yet seen Lion King but I know I would love it because it was my all-time favorite Disney movie as a child. Out of the musicals I’ve seen and been a part of I’d have to say Wicked is my favorite. Who doesn’t love Wicked, the “Untold story of the witches of Oz”? This dramatic, yet comedic musical tells the story of how the two witches came to be the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. I saw this musical live at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and it was truly a magical experience with amazing music, extravagant scenery and costumes, remarkable ensemble choreography, and the most captivating plot line.

NN: Sequels are often not as good as the original. Having said that, what is your favorite sequel film?

JA: I’ve never been a big fan of sequels but I must say I’m a huge fan of the Saw movies. I love all kinds of horror films but especially the sick, twisted, gory ones! The thing that enthuses me most about Saw is that mystery aspect to it that is created by the mastermind serial killer, Jigsaw. The whole time you’re watching the movies, you’re trying to figure out why these people are trapped, forced to play a timed “game” and faced with a life or death situation all while you’re on the edge of your seat!

NN: Now that the weather in Louisville is back to being awesome, are there any films in particular that remind you of sun shine and warmth?

JA: The first thing that comes to mind is Little Miss Sunshine, that movie is hilarious! It’s about this family that is determined to get their daughter to a beauty pageant. Their cross-country road trip is a great adventure full of mishaps and irony. The weather is always warm throughout the movie and they travel in a crappy, yellow, Volkswagen bus.

NN:Tell us about your worst experience ever at a movie theater. What movie were you there to see, and what ruined it for you? Was it annoying kids or the old guy behind you that continues to dig into his plastic bag of candy? That shit is the worst.

JA: Several years ago I went to the shittiest movie theatre in Louisville, Village 8 (mistake number 1). I went with a couple of my friends and don’t even remember what movie we went to see but we were pretty happy to have the whole theatre to ourselves. Then this middle-aged couple came and sat in the very back row but we didn’t mind. All of the sudden we hear some bizarre slurping sounds and heavy breathing. The three of us sat there, wide eyed, in awkward silence and finally one of us turned around to see what was going on…the sounds continued but the man was no longer in his seat. Later, we turned around and found that the lady wasn’t in her seat. I think what was happening is pretty self-explanatory. That was the longest, most uncomfortable movie theater experience I’ve ever had.

NN: Do you have a favorite movie soundtrack/score?

JA: Juno has a cool soundtrack. I’m the type of person who is into all kinds of different genres of music. This movie has a lot of indie/indie rock songs from the 2000’s in it and it goes perfect with the plot and characters of the movie. “Anyone else but you” by The Moldy Peaches is so simple and the cutest song ever.

NN:Lastly, talk about an upcoming movie that you are particularly excited about.

JA: There are so many movies coming soon that look awesome but I’m a sucker for romance/drama novels and movies. The trailer for Aloha (coming out May 29th) looks good and it’s got some awesome actors in it: my favorite, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Bill Murray. I’m definitely going to see that when it comes out.