Michael Davis

Writer/director behind “Shoot ‘Em Up”

Michael Davis, writer/director behind “Shoot ‘Em Up” releasing today.

Last book I bought:
“Visions From Within the Mechanism: The Industrial Surrealism of Jeffery Scott (1019)” by Jeffery Scott. Photographs of half naked/half robotic women, sort of Jedi porn.

Book I’m reading:
“Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow. It’s got cardboard box wearing trolls and a shrink machine used on ladies’ bottoms. It’s like the Monty Python troupe and J.K. Rowling doing bong hits.

Total number of books I own:
2,000 including graphic novels.

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“The Man With the Golden Gun” by Ian Fleming. This is the first 007 novel I ever read. Not intellectual stuff, but it made me want to be a writer. My mom and Dad read it first and cut out all the sex scenes before I looked at it. You can see from my answers that the censorship didn’t do much good.
“Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research” by Wardell B. Pomeroy. I optioned the book from Wardell. I didn’t get my Kinsey film made, but Kinsey influenced my writing. Sex is funny and character revealing.
“Youth in Revolt” by C.D. Payne. It inspired me to make my first independent feature, “Eight Days A Week.”

Last film I saw:
“The Bourne Ultimatum.” I love the work of Paul Greengrass.

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Lonesome Ghosts,” directed by Burt Gillett. This is a Mickey Mouse short I watched on my Fisher Price movie viewer. At age ten, I would analyze the filmmaking frame by frame by turning a hand crank.
“Thunderball,” directed by Terence Young. I saw it in Times Square on a family vacation when I was eleven. I saw it and traded my obsessions–Bond replaced Mickey Mouse. It was a rite of passage.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” directed by Steven Spielberg. I geeked out and dressed up as Indy on opening night and made the local news.

Songs that mean a lot to me:
“I Think I Love You,” the Partridge Family. It was the first album I ever bought. My friends laughed at me. I learned then I would be forever uncool, but it’s easier to be observant when you’re not cool.
“I Touched Her Ass,” Size 14. I used Size 14’s music on a film. Songs like “Superbabe 2000” and “Claire Danes Poster” make me smile.
“Ode to Joy,” Beethoven. Musical prozac. It releases serotonin.

Favorite Drink:
Diet Pepsi from the dispenser at fast food joints with lots and lots of ice.

Favorite Charity:
Alex’s Lemonade Stand for neuroblastoma research

Favorite Vacation:
What’s a vacation?

Favorite Vice:
Playing Xbox 360 and eating Del Taco’s Del Classic Chicken Burritos.

Five people whom I’d like to see answer this survey:
William Joyce –I loved his children’s book even before I had kids.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet –”Amelie” and “The City of Lost Children” director; is magically insane.
Hayao Miyazaki –I’d like to know what is inside the mind of a guy who makes castles walk.
Moebius (Jean Giraud) –The line work in his comics taught me to draw.
Lara Croft

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