Describe your most recent zine.
I Love Bad Movies #5 will be hot off the presses in time for the LAZF. The theme is Early and Late Roles, or basically “before or after they were famous.” There’s Prince in Purple Rain, Kidman in BMX Bandits, Wahlberg and Witherspoon in Fear, plus Dracula vs. Frankenstein and Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Matt: I’ll have finished my game show zine Taken for a Ride: My Night in the Cash Cab. It tells the story of our experience on that show, as well as my audience appearances and auditions for Dr. Fad, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, and Million Dollar Password, and how television intertwined my childhood with that of a young boy growing up in post-war Japan.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Ksen: Nicolas Cage is essentially the patron saint of great-bad films. His warped choices and bizarro acting have been at least a partial inspiration for our projects. There’s no other actor who seeks out such depth in the most shallow of characters, and there’s no human being I find more puzzling or entertaining.
On the other end of the spectrum is Margaret Atwood. Her range of tone and subject is unparalleled. Humor and honesty are important to me when I write, and Atwood’s work (Edible Woman especially) has been a tremendous inspiration for me in that sense.
Matt: Bill Brown‘s short films find the resonance, poetry, and story (again, real or imagined) of any place he goes. He also writes the zine Dream Whip, which is essentially the best travelogue I’ve ever read. His work has inspired me to look further and find the connections I might otherwise have missed in my own writing. Bill Brown can find heaven in an empty gravel parking lot, go through hell in far brighter, shinier places, and bring you to tears over a roadside ice cream stand.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
We both have regular-person jobs, but do as much as we can with the rest of our time. Over the past year, when not writing or publishing, we’ve hosted screenings of our favorite bad movies — often at 92YTribeca (the best screening room, film programming, and projectionist in New York City). Our double feature of Hackers and The Net was a highlight, as was getting the E.T. rip-off Mac and Me on 35mm. We might like to host a good movie at some point, but somehow we’ve never gotten around to it.