Salty Popcorn Relaunches Solo – Welcome and Meet the Kernels

Five years ago I started Salty Popcorn (SaltyPopcorn.com) on a blogging network (Orble) with the promise of glory and abundant money from blogging. Nice scam there Orble. I soon discovered that blogging needs to be done for the love of it and the biggest tip in blogging – it is the last man standing who is the best blogger.

Well after 1047 posts and 4147 comments, and the addition of my other sites SydneyTable.com and Total Randomness, we are finally commencing the solo move onto our own domain and therefore Salty Popcorn Relaunches Solo. In this time the site has grown from the beginnings of woeful 50 word articles to now having 10 casual writers, achieving a 90% viewing rate of everything commencing in Australia and watching a shit load of films. And it has never been better – the site and the Salty Kernels are amazing!

So without further ado – Salty Kernels Assemble;

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COLONEL KERNEL – SALTY POPCORN – JK – ME 🙂

1) Name – JK

2) Fave film – Titanic

3) Most Hated Film – Robin Hood Men in Tights

4) What do you do in the real world – Cinema Technician and owner of Salty Pop and Spooning Oz

5) Fave food – Thai food with no utensils eaten off the back of Leo

6) Fave actor/ actress – Leo/ Sigourney

7) Fave Director – JC

8) What film NEEDS to be made – the Otherland Series of Books

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Leo

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? M Night Shyamalan although I have high faith (again) in After Earth

11) What qualifies you to write about film – 24yrs in the industry, have seen more films than Margaret Pomeranz and I want to punch Richard Wilkins in the face – sell out – also – I’m a film lover and not a hater – so many critics are there to hate – I want to make out with film – in fact I did when I was a projectionist and got mercury poisoning of the kidneys – no shit 🙂

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KERNEL CLAIRE SMITH

1) Name – Claire

2) Fave film – Depends on how many follow-up questions I’m willing to answer whenever I get asked this question. (Labyrinth, Garden State or The Princess Bride are a few “go-to” answers, but really the definitive favorite changes more often than I change my socks!)

3) Most Hated Film –  I’m scared of robots, so I only managed to watch The Terminator series once – the films were amazing, but gave me ‘Nam-style flashbacks, so I have avoided Robocop entirely

4) What do you do in the real world – Digital Cinema Trainer / Software Developer / Seasoned Traveller / SES member / Retired Horse-Whisperer

5) Fave food – Blue milk

6) Fave actor/ actress – That monkey from Outbreak / Jessica Rabbit

7) Fave Director – Jim Henson.

8) What film NEEDS to be made – The Book of Mormon – The Musical

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Bradley Cooper, no wait, Jake Gyllenhaal, no wait, BOTH of them! Yessss

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? My arch nemesis: Bindi Irwin

11) What qualifies you to write about film – I once attempted to french-kiss a giraffe. It bit me on the thumb. I have a scar from it

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KERNEL DARA SHASHOUSA

1) Name – Madam Dara

2) Favourite Film- Depends upon my mood.  If I’m blue then it’s Moulin Rouge, if I’m angry then it’s Natural Born Killers. If I just feel like watching something block bustery then Star Trek or The Avengers.  Seriously though, you could put almost any movie on and I would watch it

3) Most hated film – Anything with Sylvester Stallone

4) What do you do in the real world – Owner of Byzantine Design, I sell natural stone, mosaics and Australian Sandstone and I have been known to design a bathroom or 10

5) Favourite Food – anything I cook, if I don’t feel like cooking then it’s Vietnamese Chicken Rolls from Hong Ha in Mascot

6) Favourite Actor/Actress – Leonardo DiCaprio / Natalie Portman

7) Favourite Director – It’s a tie between Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino

8) What film NEEDS to be made – I’ll get back to you

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for crazy sex it would be – Ryan Gosling.  Seriously who wouldn’t? If he’s not available then Daniel Craig will do. If he can’t make it then Bradley Cooper. If none of them can make it then it has to be Tom Hardy

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated – I know that they are technically not Hollywood but The Kardashians.  All of them. At once. Or the cast of Geordie Shore

11) What qualifies you to write about film – Having been grounded most of my high school career I began to watch films instead of doing my school work. SOme would call that procrastination but As a result I developed an unnatural passion for film and TV. I have also worked at Palace Cinema in Leichhardt.  For fun I watch movie trailers and read trivia about films. My name is Dara and I freaking love movies

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KERNEL ANDREW BRUSENTSEV

1) Name –  Andrew Brusentsev

2) Fave films – Empire Strikes Back, Halloween, Evil Dead, Ronin, The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, Godfather II, Solaris, Heat, Zero Dark Thirty, I Loved You So Long, Love Actually, When Harry Met Sally,The Interview, Amores Perros, Apocalypse Now, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Close Encounters, Shaun Of The Dead, 28 Days Later

3) Most Hated Film – Ghost Rider, Matrix III

4) What do you do in the real world – IT Consultant

5) Fave food – Italian especially the amazing meats that come out of Florence

6) Fave actor/ actress – Kurt Russell, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tony Martin, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffmann

7) Fave Directors – Coppola, Scorsese, Kubrick, Tarkovsky, Raimi, Carpenter, Speilberg, Boyle, Nolan, DePalma

8) What film NEEDS to be made – would love to see the Knights of The Old Republic from Star Wars made into movies without Lucas and in the hands of somebody like Nolan.

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – January Jones, but if I wasn’t married would settle down with Janeane Garofolo in a heart beat

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? Whoever at LucasArts thought up of Jar Jar Binks or whoever gave the go ahead for Matrix II and III

11) What qualifies you to write about film – have been a film nerd all my life. I watch either at the cinemas or at home at a minimum 6 movies a week. Besides music, beer and diving a life without film is not worth living

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KERNEL CODY SHEEHAN

1) Name – Cody Sheehan

2) Fave film – Iron Man Franchise

3) Most Hated Film –  Mars Attacks

4) What do you do in the real world – UTS Student- Org Learning (HR), entrepreneur, CF Advocate

5) Fave food – Toastie- Chicken, cheese, mayo, tomato, bacon on whole meal

6) Fave actor/ actress – Bradley Cooper/ Mila Kunis

7) Fave Director – Spielberg

8) What film NEEDS to be made – Entourage, and Mad Men- the movies

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Rhona Mitra

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? Taylor Lautner

11) What qualifies you to write about film – Have been in love with cinema and movies, show-biz since I was little. Studied & worked in the industry for some years and now find talent for in front of the screen.

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KERNEL BEN MCHOLME

1) Name – Ben

2) Fave film – Gran Torino and Hangover

3) Most Hated Film – Scary Movie 5

4) What do you do in the real world – Manager at Hoyts

5) Fave food – Spaghetti

6) Fave actor/ actress – Denzel “too cool for school” Washington

7) Fave Director – Anyone who directs a good movie

8) What film NEEDS to be made – Make a Halo movie gahhhhhh

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Mila Kunis anywhere anytime

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? Whingers! Any Hollywood celeb who bitches about the papz

11) What qualifies you to write about film – I’m kinda a big deal

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KERNEL ADAM SHEARSBY

1) Name – Adam

2) Fave film – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

3) Most Hated Film –  Scary Movie 5

4) What do you do in the real world – Student/Cinema Worker

5) Fave food – Pizza

6) Fave actor/ actress – Christian Bale

7) Fave Director – Quentin Tarantino/David Lynch

8) What film NEEDS to be made – The Adam Shearsby Story: a tale of shame and debauchery”, JGL can play me

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Jessica Biel and Kate Upton

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? Uwe Boll/Nicky Minaj

11) What qualifies you to write about film – i have worked in the cinema industry for 430 years, directed a large number of arthouse/blockbuster hollywood films and consequently blew all my money on strippers and gambling. So here I am, a washed up film reviewer

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KERNEL MITCH LEWIS

1) Name – Mitch

2) Fave film – Goldeneye / Saw / Ace Ventura / The Cell (Don’t ask me this question dammit!)

3) Most Hated Film –  Any film that thinks it’s OK for vampires to sparkle when exposed to sunlight instead of violently dying and Shutter Island (Sorry JK, hated that movie so much that it put me in a bad mood.)

4) What do you do in the real world – Create movies as the founder of my own production company, Otim Films

5) Fave food -Mango.. eaten with no hands from between the thighs of Mila Kunis

6) Fave actor/ actress – Jim Carrey / Will Smith – Sandra Bullock / Mila Kunis

7) Fave Director – James Cameron / Robert Rodriguez

8) What film NEEDS to be made – The one I’m writing right now. It’s awesome and will please many fans but if I told you what it was I’d have to kill you 😉

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Mila first then the rest will follow suit. Do I have room for a list?

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? Lady Gaga… please

11) What qualifies you to write about film – I’ve been a walking Hollywood encyclopaedia since I could talk. Every job I’ve had growing up has either been in or directly involved with the entertainment industry. I’m not biased, I can appreciate effort where effort is made and happily give credit where it’s due but if something is a piece of shit then I’ll have no hesitations in putting it in a brown paper bag, setting it on fire and leaving it on the doorstep of Gilbert Gottfried.. mostly because his reaction would be priceless.

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KERNEL NICK STANBROOK

1) Name – Nick

2) Fave film – Robin Hood: Men in Tights, just kidding, lets say at the moment. Drive.

3) Most Hated Film – Jack and Jill

4) What do you do in the real world – I am studying Media & Communications majoring in screen production, and working at a video store, yes they still exist

5) Fave food –  Fairy bread, you know it’s delicious

6) Fave actor/ actress – Tom Hardy or Gregory Peck, he oozes sophisticated charm!/ carey mulligan or Audrey Hepburn

7) Fave Director – This question is too hard! lets go with Quentin, actually how about Nicolas Winding Refn. Drive and Bronson, need I say more?

8) What film NEEDS to be made – a really good adaptation of “the Kraken wakes” old school sci fi at its finest

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Ryan Gosling. Even slightly tubbier Ryan from “lars and the real girl”

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? – hmm shall I get my list? hmm, Joel Schumacher. i liked some of your work. but after what you did to Batman, in Batman and Robin, I can never forgive you

11) What qualifies you to write about film – If I was anymore into film I would be 35mm wide and have a bright light shining through me.  I worked at a cinema to just be around film and I work at a video store now so I can still be around films. Im studying them, im learning to make them. ive seen more then most and even if I havent seen one, I can still probably give away the ending. 🙂

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KERNEL ANNA HAYWARD

1) Name – Anna

2) Fave film – When Harry Met Sally

3) Most Hated Film –  Toss up : Good Luck Chuck/ Eat Pray Love

4) What do you do in the real world – Publicity Manager for a book publishing company

5) Fave food – Well, 3 course meal: Corn chips with salsa, broccoli soup,  followed by Nutella out of jar with spoon.

6) Fave actor/ actress – Emma Stone/ Ryan Gosling

7) Fave Director – Woody Allen

8) What film NEEDS to be made – Working with books, I can honestly say I CAN NOT limit it to one.

9) If I could be with one actor in the world for wild crazy sex it would be – Javier Bardem, then Ryan Gosling for a cuddle.

10) Which member of Hollywood needs to be assassinated? Kristen Stewart

11) What qualifies you to write about film – I love stories, and  can see both the good and bad in things. But if I don’t like a movie, well…