10 Questions for Valley film critic David Ramsey

PHOENIX - It isn't always the big events that make us turn our head when we hear about politicians, celebrities and athletes.

Sometimes, we just want to know that when you boil it down, they're all ordinary people like us.  

What's in their fridge? What are they reading? What do they do in their off time? ABC15.com is asking the same 10 questions of a newsmaker. But don't jump to any conclusions; these aren't the typical interview questions.

They are not meant to be probing or controversial. Instead, they're fun questions that let you get to know the person in ways you probably don't already.

This week, we're getting to know Valley film critic David Ramsey.

David's love of film has led him to a career spanning decades.

He spent more than 14 years reviewing movies on Camel Country 108 with "Big Shoe" Stu. During that time he co-founded the Phoenix Film Critics Society and is still its president. He has appeared on radio stations from Phoenix to Tucson to Denver.

He wrote a DVD review column, "David's Video Details," for the East Valley Tribune for three years and continues to write a film and DVD column for Arizona Player Magazine.

On television, David makes appearances on several Valley stations including ABC15.

David enjoys talking about film. He particularly likes telling people about great films they might not otherwise see and warning them about the bad ones.

David is a native of Phoenix, but spent about 10 years in Los Angeles and longs to go back to the beach. He is most proud of his four children.

Can you guess what David's favorite film is? Read on...

10 Questions for David Ramsey

1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?

I get asked this question a lot and it's pretty easy for me to answer. I have seen thousands of movies but my favorite movie hasn't changed since I first saw it in the summer of 1978: "Heaven Can Wait". It is a perfect film. It's hard to narrow it down to one song but my top three are: "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, "Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby" by B. J. Thomas and "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. My new favorite band is Asteroids Galaxy Tour - "The Sun Ain't Shining No More", "The Golden Age" and "Around the Bend" are among their best.

2. Do you have a Smartphone?

No, I don't think I want a phone that is smarter than I am.

3. Have you come up with a few things you'd like to do before you die?

I don't have a list, per se, but there are only a few things I want to do before I die. I want to see my children living healthy successful lives. I would like to finish writing a story that I have been working on for a long time. I would like to make a difference through WWIN, Wounded Warriors Impacting Neighbors, the non-profit organization whose board I am on.

4. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

Stu Evans ("Big Shoe Stu" of KMLE Country 108) got me into reviewing movies and has always been a great source of encouragement and advice.
Roger Tennis, a fellow film critic & together we founded the Phoenix Film Critics Society, has been a great source of advice and a good sounding board.
James Lockard, a childhood friend, has been a great inspiration and the founder of WWIN - Wounded Warriors Impacting Neighbors a non-profit post 9/11 wounded veterans with employment suitable to their unique needs.

5. What was your very first job?

Starting at ten years old I spent summer vacation working for my Dad in his pest control company, then a couple years later I also became a paperboy delivering the Phoenix Gazette newspaper. While in high school I made and delivered pizzas for a small independent pizza parlor.

6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would take better care of myself, get more sleep, lose weight and exercise.

7. What do you consider your greatest success?

My four children. They were great kids and are now great adults.

8. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

Reviewing movies is a hobby. One that dominates my life but it is fun.

9. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Natalie Wood, Robert E. Lee and Tommy Lasorda. If nothing else we can talk baseball.

10. If you could have a different career, other than what you're doing now, what would it be?

I would be a screenwriter and producer. I like to think it's not too late.

Who will get profiled next week? Check back for a new "10 Questions" each Tuesday here on ABC15.com

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