Spout’s Christmas: Yule-A-Go-Go Recipients for 12/17/08 (Part 2)

There are still quite a few people in the Spout community we’re looking forward to highlighting, including the two folks below. To reiterate why we’re doing this: Spout is only as powerful as it’s members and these are just a few of those members that are leading and participating in discussion, creating groups and otherwise being true to Spout’s mission to provide a place for those who are talking movies. Copies of the two-disc edition of Yule-A-Go-Go, featuring burlesque dancers doing their thing in front of a fireplace, will be making their way down these people’s chimneys as they will be for all those we’re featuring this week. You can learn more about Yule-A-Go-Go here.

–Chris Thilk, Director of Marketing
Username: mciocco

Real First Name: Mark

Location: West Chester, PA

Last 5 movies I’ve seen that I’ve enjoyed a lot (loved is a strong word!):

Black Christmas – Kind of amazed that this film was made by the same man who made A Christmas Story.  It’s also one of about 4 or 5 great precursors to the Slasher subgenre, and much of the trademarks of the Slasher pic were popularized here (i.e. POV shots, the telephone thing, etc…)  Brilliant stuff.

The Man From Earth – I’d be surprised if anyone else has seen this low budget SF flick, and it certainly doesn’t sound like an exciting movie.  It’s basically a bunch of college professors in a cabin talking about stuff.  One of the things I like most about SF is the tendency to ask “What if…” and then explore a concept into the ground, and this movie does just that.  It’s not perfect, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Bridge to Terabithia – I’d never read the book, so when the twist happens, I was absolutely devestated.  I don’t have much else to say about it, except that despite the fact that I was blindsided by the twist, I did end up enjoying it…

Let the Right One In – An interesting take on the vampire story.  A bit somber for my tastes, but probably one of my favorites of this year anyway…

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade – Just saw this last night because I had read about it on the Spout Blog (don’t remember who posted about it, but thanks!)  It’s funny because it plays like a sequel or maybe a prequel to The King of Kong, which was one of my favorite movies of last year, but I really enjoyed this one too…

My favorite groups on Spout: I’m a total genre hound, so I’d probably go with Horror 101 or Sci Fi.  I also really enjoy the Weekly Theme group, depending on the theme…

The most unusual place you’ve ever watched a movie: That’s a tough one, as the grand majority of my movie watching happens in the comfort of my living room or the semi-comfort of the local multi-plex.  However, when I was in college I was the coordinator for the film program, which involved many things, including the occasional stint in the projectors booth.  Watching a movie from that perspective was somewhat unusual, but it’s not the most fun of jobs (especially when the projector breaks down and you’re forced to hand out IOUs to a hundred angry students!)

So there you go.  Not sure if you were expecting mini-reviews of my 5 recent movies but I did it anyway:P

Username: Mercurial

Real Name: Chris

Current Location: Fresno, CA

Last 5 Movies I’ve Loved:

1.) Milk

2.) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

3.) The Machine Girl

4.) Spring Fever

5.) Night of the Creeps

My Favorite Group on Spout: Weekly Theme

The Most Unusual Place I’ve Seen a Movie: Floating on an inner tube on a lake at night watching Jaws on a small makeshift blanket screen with a shoddy projector.

By Chris Thilk

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist with over 15 years of experience in online strategy and content marketing. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.