Meet an Invader: Michael O’Brien, Staff Writer & Resident SOUTH PARK Expert
Meet an Invader – This week, meet our resident South Park expert and contributing writer Michael O’Brien!
1. What drew you to the Screen Invasion team, over other bigger and older entertainment websites?
I am all about start-ups. If I can support something that hasn’t already established itself in a market and needs my patronage to survive as opposed to a giant in said industry…I’ll do it. I love the A.V Club and others in this niche of websites, but being a part of the roots of this feels good.
2. Briefly describe what you write about for the site for our readers- movies, music, news, reviews, your regular feature etc.
I write the South Park reviews and film reviews. I also write the occasional sports article for our sister site SportsInvasion.net. Be sure to check out my new Feature article Slashics (all things Slasher Films).
3. What’s one pop culture goal you want to accomplish before the world ends? (Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse will be 12/21/2012)
My time is running short. However, I’d like to finish my novel, “On Location”. I missed out on starting this year’s NaNoWriMo…so maybe John Cusack will swing by the Upper West Side in Manhattan and give me a lift in his limo.
4. What’s your desert island movie and why?
The Royal Tenenbaums, hands down. For years it’s been the movie I can put on at anytime, no matter my mood, and still enjoy every second of it. Most of Bill Murray‘s movies would work. But when you throw in Gene Hackman at his most vulnerable and a Wes Anderson dream cast, it’s a fantastic film.
5. What’s your background in writing?
In third grade, I wrote a short story called “Ternaders”, a comedy about a family in Tornado Alley, written in my cow-print composition notebook. It was well-received by my classmates and excited me about the prospect of writing. My sophomore effort experienced a lukewarm reception. Ever since then I got a writing degree and published a few short stories (400words.com and Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal) and a few horrible poems (one about a porn star).
6. What’s your guilty pleasure flick?
A few weeks ago I watched the remake of Footloose. Then for the first time ever I saw the original later that day. Because Kevin Bacon is amazing in all ways, my preference is for the original (which includes a pre-Harry and the Hendersons John LIthgow). I was astounded to see a young Chris Penn play a skinny redneck who later learns to dance with the help of children. The game of tractor chicken is one of the most anti-climactic scenes in all of cinema and I’m pretty sure the director was just messing with us.
7. When you aren’t writing and watching movies – what do you do for fun?
I hang out with my wife and her law school friends doing what law students do…drink. This, I also do with my friends from college. I also enjoy complaining, in a very Woody Allen-esque manner, about the temperature in most rooms. Otherwise, I like eating Chinese food. I also enjoy being told that I’m not as funny as my wife…by my wife.
8. If you could have dinner with 3 fictional characters – who would it be and why? What would you want to talk about?
Ford Prefect (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) – We’d discuss our plans for traversing the galaxy and the various uses of towels.
Tyrion Lannister (HBO’s Game of Thrones / “A Song of Ice and Fire”) – What wouldn’t we discuss? Possibly how awful his entire family is.
Kilgore Trout (From various Kurt Vonnegut novels) – Being a version of Vonnegut himself, it would be the closest I could get to meeting my hero. We would discuss Humanism and sardonic humor.
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