Mark Allen

What are your three favorite television dramas of all time?

True Detective, Justified, and Homeland (up until last season)


What are your three favorite television comedies of all time?

Louie, Archer, and South Park


What prematurely aborted or cancelled television series (and its consequent lack of closure) has left you utterly empty inside?

Can I say Homeland? Because it feels pretty aborted at this point and I’m feeling mighty empty.


What do you consider to be the most satisfying television series finale ever?

Justified. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want more. So maybe it wasn’t that satisfying. Or maybe I’m just insatiable.


What is a favorite film that you consider to be obscure or unknown to others?



What is a film you have seen that you consider to be an unforgivable waste of your precious time?

Most of the Fast and Furious franchise… minus any scenes that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in, because he’s awesome and can polish turds like nobody’s business.


What are your three favorite films of all time?

Brick, American Beauty, and Gran Torino


Who are three film directors whose work you admire?

Akira Kurosawa, Michael Mann, Ridley Scott, and Sam Mendes (Yeah, I know. That’s four and you asked for three. I don’t care.)


What are your three favorite music groups?

Paul Simon, The National, and Manchester Orchestra


Who is your favorite dead musician of any era?

Roy Orbison


What are your three desert island albums?

Graceland by Paul Simon, Boxer by The National, and Hope by Manchester Orchestra


What music group or performer would you like to punch in the face?

Kanye is the obvious and low-hanging fruit here, so I’m going to say Beyonce instead. This is subject to change.


What are your three favorite books?

Watchmen by Alan Moore (shut up, it totally counts), The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, and The Art of War by Sun Tzu


What well known voice would you like to have read you to sleep each night?

Alan Rickman. No, wait. Too creepy. Jack Nicholson.


Who is your favorite stand-up comic?

Louis CK. Duh. Is this not everyone’s answer?


Who is your favorite cartoon character?

That’s easy… Sterling Archer.           …Danger Zone


Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Boyd Crowder. If “Hillbilly Noir” had a poster boy…


Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Raylan Givens. Hard to stagger with all that swagger.


Who are your favorite sports teams?

None of the above. Wait, there’s a league of women who play football in bikinis and/or lingerie, right? So, them. Those teams. All of those teams.


What fantasy sports do you play?

None. Unless Dungeons & Dragons counts. But we don’t talk about that.


What are your best sports moments as a fan?

Getting a beer and a hotdog. Maybe some nachos or a pretzel. Generally speaking, anything that involves food, booze, and ignoring the game.