Meet Mike Fonseca
Scott and I created this web site as an outlet for our obsession with movies. I am a Network Engineer for a living, but knew enough about setting up a website to get this started.
What qualifies me to be a movie reviewer? The main reason is my lifelong love affair with movies. But it’s not just loving movies. Even though I am a computer guy, I have a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech. My concentrations were in Broadcasting and Filmmaking.
Now more about my life. I have a really cool sports car that most women expect some young stud to be driving. Sorry Ladies, it’s just me!
I am married to a wonderful woman, Martha, and have been for almost 20 years. It still feels like we were just married, though. Also, I have a son, who I am quite proud of.
We have a couple of cute dogs, and by dogs, I mean dachshunds. They are really cute and we both spoil them. Did I mention that they are cute?
The other apples of my eye are another set of cute boys. My nephews Jason and Eric. These guys are my touchstone when I’m watching teen movies.
I work for a computer networking company, Entec Systems, which solves company’s technology problems. You Got a Problem? We Got a Solution.
In case its not apparent in the reviews, I am a bit of a nerd. The first clue is computer guy for a living. I am very into Science Fiction, comic books and toys. Maybe one day I’ll grow up, but not before its absolutely necessary.
This website is our side project done out of love. If nothing else we get to go to the movies for free!
My 10 Favorite movies of all time (in no particular order):
- Star Wars
- Risky Business
- Citizen Kane
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Usual Suspects
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Pulp Fiction
Meet Michael Ivey
Oh great. Another white guy criticizing pop culture.
What other critic ranks Michael Bay’s “Armageddon” as a 5-star movie? Probably not a lot.
My taste in film ranges from quirky dramedies like “The Savages” to cult flicks like “I Spit on Your Grave” to foreign classics like “Yojimbo” … so I have a broad outlook on what entertains me and what falls flat.
Personally, I think most critics wouldn’t know a good movie if the reel smacked them in the face.
As a youth, I remember returning from school in the afternoons and watching “Top Gun,” “Philadelphia,” and “Full Metal Jacket” on home video or The Movie Channel. And then came “Pulp Fiction” and a list of imitators that shook my perception of filmmaking. College life and my longtime Netflix membership helped me expand my taste beyond the mainstream movies of the 1980s.
In a previous life, I worked first-hand on two feature films and went on to an award-winning career in journalism. I wrote movie reviews for a little over a year in area publications and found that Hollywood seems to release a lot of mediocre products.
But it’s up to Mike and myself to determine if it’s worthy of your time, and we hope to have a fun time doing it!
A few of my favorite movies (in alphabetical order):
- About Schmidt
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- 40-Year-Old Virgin
- The Godfather Part II
- The Hangover
- Pulp Fiction
- Training Day
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers