Elsie Flannigan – Movies and the Masses

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:00 am

If you’re a regular reader here at OGM, you’re familiar with our Critical Juncture interviews, in which I ask a series of questions to various film bloggers and movie critics across the Internet. I’ve decided to expand on that idea by offering a new series of questions, this time aimed at people who have an online presence but no connection to the world of film.

I think we’ll call it…(drum roll, please)…Movies and the Masses.

Basically, I wanted to get a “person on the street” perspective when it comes to the movies. I’m hoping we’ll get to interview both fans of artsy and obscure films, as well as those who keep guys like Michael Bay in business.

First up is Elsie Flannigan, a 20-something from Springfield, Missouri who likes design, vintage and handmade fashion, painting, blogging, beautiful music, coffee, and cupcakes. She’s all kinds of talented, and one look at her website, Red Velvet Art, will have you convinced. Elsie is all over the Internet, and anyone wanting to learn more about her can also check out the Red Velvet Blog, A Beautiful Mess, and her Twitter and Flickr pages. She also looks pretty darned foxy with pink hair! Here’s proof:


Here’s what she had to say when asked about her cinematic likes and dislikes:

Only Good Movies: What’s the first movie you remember seeing?
Elsie Flannigan: Snow White with my dad.

OGM: If you only had a few hours to live and could do nothing but watch five movies, which films would you select?
EF: 1) Amelie 2) Rushmore 3) 2046 4) Alice in Wonderland (Disney) 5) The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

OGM: What’s your favorite movie and why?
EF: My favorite movie I’ve seen this year was Synecdoche, New York, because I love Charlie Kaufman and I’ve thought about it for weeks.


OGM: What’s your least favorite movie and why?
EF: My least favorite movie would be pretty much anything that makes a lot of money on opening weekend. Ha!

OGM: Do you subscribe to an online rental service like Netflix or Blockbuster Online? Why or why not?
EF: No, because I’m not organized like that and watch movies mostly in the theatre because of the popcorn. 🙂

OGM: In 50 years, which modern movies do you think will be viewed as classics?
EF: Sofia Coppola and Charlie Kaufman are the only people offhand who would have movies that would be considered classics. Also, I hope for Wes Anderson.

OGM: If you see a movie based on a book, are you then more or less likley to read the book?
EF: This isn’t really applicable for me.

OGM: Who’s your favorite celebrity and why?
EF: My favorite celebrity is Zooey Deschanel because I like her personal style and music. My favorite male celebrity is Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips, because I think he has the cutest style of any band guy and I love their music and art.


OGM: Is there any actor or actress whose movies you actively avoid? If so, why?
EF: Matthew McConaughey

OGM: What’s your opinion on paparazzi?
EF: I think it’s very tacky, but I do like seeing pictures of what the Olsen’s are wearing. 🙂

OGM: Which actor or actress do you find most desirable?
EF: I think the prettiest actor is Adrian Brody.

OGM: Do you read movie reviews? If so, which critics do you read most often, and why do you like them?
EF: My boyfriend usually reads Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t really look that stuff up.

OGM: What type of people annoy you when going to a movie theater?
EF: People that talk or make jokes.

OGM: Do you consider movies to be works of art? Please explain.
EF: Of course. Movies are maybe the most inspiring type of art to me.

OGM: What type of candy or drink do you consider essential to your movie watching experience?
EF: Just popcorn. 😀



So there you have it–the first edition of Movies and the Masses. Check back with Only Good Movies frequently, as I’ll try to get more of these posted in the future. If you’d like to participate (or know someone who would), be sure and drop me a line at onlygoodmovies[at]gmail[dot]com.

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