***Btdubs, Just Dash is not really an intern, but I’m going to keep saying it because it really annoys all the new writers and it is a way to refer to them lovingly.***
What’s shaking, lovers of the Zoo? As you guys know, our site has been going through a number of changes, updates, and upgrades, and as a result, we’ve brought on a bunch of new writers.
In short: Our staff is growing!
Moving on, you will be learning about all of our new writers later (this includes ~Finger Bang, The Movie Man, and Christina Tenisha 🙂 ), but until then, let me introduce you to the esteemed Just Dash:
L: Hello, Just Dash! How are you?
J: I’m fine, thank you for asking.
L: Nice. What are your thoughts about joining The Zoo, Just Dash?
J: I’m excited to be a part of the team, and I can’t wait to start writing. I’ve been a bit preoccupied, but trust me my stuff is coming.
L: Just Dash. I’m curious to know whether Just Dash is your actual name. Are you willing disclose your real one?
J: Just Dash is most of my actual name. Add “-in” to the “Just” and you’ll have my actual name.
L: What are some of your favorite things?
J: As in to do? I love to write and to read. I’ve been getting into fitness lately (a little late for this summer, but there’s another one coming up, or so I’ve heard). I love Love LOVE movies and can talk about them endlessly.
L: Which hero (Disney or anything otherwise) do you most identify with?
J: My favorite fictional hero would be the Green Lantern. A man whose weapon allows him to create whatever he can imagine? A mythos like that speaks to me.
L: Which villain (Disney or anything otherwise) do you most identify with?
J: Magneto has always been a personal favorite villain of mine. He’s not evil per se, but rather the end result of an extremist ideology. His methods are harsh, but his motivations are completely understandable.
L: What’s a real-life issue that is somewhat close to your heart?
J: The state of equality in America is never far from any conversation I’m involved in. As a black man growing up in the US, I am forever aware of the state of race/gender/sexual orientation/cultural politics in this country. I also like to discuss the state of film in the country, how far it’s come and what work still needs to be done.
L: If you could live in any time period, what would it be?
J: Well if medieval times weren’t so filthy – not to mention troublesome for people of my persuasion – I would totally live in that time.
L: Is that your final answer?
J: To be perfectly honest, I am spoiled by technology so I probably wouldn’t last more than two hours back then. I think I’ll stay in the present. Hey, has anyone figured out what the future will look like? I hope it’s like Mass Effect (did I mention I love video games?). If it’s like that, then send me to the future.
L: And in that same vein, name your favorite time period as it pertains to fashion?
J: As far as fashion and time, I love the roaring ’20s. Harlem Renaissance fashion was awesome. Even the hustlers in the streets looked presentable.
L: How’s your taste in music?
J: I have a very eclectic taste in music. While Rock tends to be my favorite genre, I don’t sleep on Hip-Hop or R&B. Pop music isn’t really my thing, but I’ll occasionally bump to some Katy Perry. In fact, the only genre I don’t listen to – like, at all – is Country or any of its derivatives. Not that I knock anyone that’s into that kind of music, but it’s never spoken to me.
L: Do you have a favorite artist?
J: Quite a few actually. Lupe Fiasco I can listen to all day (except Lasers, but then even he didn’t like that album). Foo Fighters are my jam, and Florence + the Machine would have all their (her) songs used in the trailers to any movies I made.
L: Any particular reason?
J: Lupe is one of the few mainstream rap artists out there that is still trying to stay true to his underground roots in this age of pre-packaged, corporate, fast food music. Foo Fighters continuously evolves while still sounding like good ol’ classic Rock. Florence is so creative in her lyrics, and her voice is both bombastic and understated. Some of her songs just haunt me.
L: Movies. Top 5. Go:
L: Favorite TV Show (s) (Past or Present):
J: Game of Thrones; I feel is an easy one to name, but there’s one for you. I love Archer (I love animated shows in general). The original Law and Order will always be one of my favorites. I miss sitcoms like A Different World and The Cosby Show. And don’t get me started on classic kid’s shows like Batman: The Animated Series and Gargoyles.
L: Alright, Just Dash. So far, you’ve proved to be fairly interesting. However, now is the time to ask you some fairly divisive and tough questions. Are you ready for this?
J: Bring it on.
L: Oh, you’re eager. I like it! Alright, let’s begin: Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
J: Lord of the Rings by a mile. Sorry Harry, but your tonal inconsistency and young adult pandering wins you no favors here.
L: Star Wars or Star Trek?
J: Star Wars. Star Trek was good, but it could be oh so boring, especially The Next Generation (yeah, I said it)!
L: The Hunger Games or The Divergent Trilogy?
J: Hunger Games, I guess. I’ve never read any of the books as I’m not a YA fan, but the Hunger Games movies were palatable.
L: New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox?
J: Bronx Bombers all the way.
L: Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics?
J: Neither. New York Knicks baby! Yeah we suck, but so what?
L: DC or Marvel?
J: While my favorite superhero comes from DC (Green Lantern), my favorite superhero team (the X-Men) comes from Marvel. Marvel in general has the more grounded characters, while DC’s characters are epic and iconic yet kind of bland. I love them both for different reasons, but gun to my head, I pick Marvel.
L: How did you feel about Iron Man 3?
J: Iron Man 3 was a mess. There were really good moments to be sure (how awesome was that Air Force One rescue?) but as a whole the movie was all over the place. Tony’s resolution of his PTSD was rushed, the under use of Rhodes was appalling, what they did to the Mandarin was unforgivable, and let’s not get into how the ending renders nearly all of Iron Man 2’s central conflict entirely pointless.
L: How did you feel about Man of Steel?
J: Man of Steel was an even bigger mess than Iron Man 3. From the unnecessary shaky cam, the drab sepia tone the entire movie was filmed in, the literal Deus Ex Machina, the fact that Superman never saves anyone whose name isn’t Lois Lane once he has the costume on, the overly moody tone of a film about a bullet proof man that can fly and lift buildings… And look, I don’t have an issue with Superman killing Zod (even if there was a dozen other things he could have done to save that family) but considering both father figures he’s had in the movie have never raised him to have an issue killing one’s enemies, his reaction was a tad melodramatic. The movie never established him as having a no kill rule. With all the people dead around him, why does this one bad guy warrant a freak out?
L: M. Night
Shyamalamadingdong Shyamalan walks up to you and tells you that he is going to adapt [insert-favorite-childhood-show-here] into a movie. What do you do?
J: The only thing I can do; thank him for the warning and tell my friends so they too know to avoid that film. Also I might kick him in the nads (just kidding…or am I?).
L: To test your decency as a human being: What did you think of The Last Airbender?
J: That movie sealed his fate as a big name in Hollywood. His most recent movie, After Earth, was advertised in a way where his name wasn’t anywhere near it. It’s tragic really. From good films like The 6th Sense to the cinematic equivalent of Ambien that was After Earth … talk about a fall from grace. And yes, I do think The Last Airbender was awful.
L: Miley Cyrus shows up and twerks on your grandmother. How do you react?
J: I laugh at the confusion to likely be on my grandmother’s face.
L: You were married to Robin Thicke for X amount of years. Things fell apart, you broke up, and he promptly dedicated an entire album and tour to “getting you back”. What is your reaction?
J: I send him a letter asking how he got me, a straight man, to marry him and stay that way for as long as he did. I then file a restraining order and ask him for my dog back.
L: And back to being a little bit more serious: what do you hope to bring to Sublime Zoo?
J: Hopefully I can bring a passion for film, and a balanced love of pop culture to the Zoo.
L: Alright. The people thank you for your wonderfully weird interview
J: You’re quite welcome. It was a blast.
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