What summer movie are you most — or least — looking forward to?
Lauren Becherer: This summer it’s Batman versus Spiderman, and I’m hands down going with Batman. The new Batman series has been epic thus far, and I’m sure “The Dark Knight Rises” will be no exception. Besides, Spiderman is so 2002, and Christian Bale takes the cake for sexiest superhero.
Michael Lantz: I’m going to have to go with what I imagine is the obvious for most people: “The Dark Knight Rises.” But I also really want to see “Prometheus,” mainly because Ridley Scott has such a great track record with science-fiction films.
Jillian Stampher: Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” is the one movie I can’t wait to see this summer. The abstract, yet hilarious trailer left me wanting more — unlike the predictable and overdone “Avengers.”
Nathan Taft: This summer there is one movie being released I have looked forward to since 2008. This movie is “The Dark Knight Rises,” and if it’s half as good as its predecessor, it’s going to be worth more than the price of admission.
What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
Lauren: “Arthur” and “Recess” and “Hey Arnold!” and “Rocket Power.” How can I choose just one? Gotta love growing up in the ’90s.
Michael: Pretty much anything Nickelodeon put out, I worshiped — “Doug,” “Hey Arnold!” and “Rugrats” in particular. I was also a big fan of the “X-Men” cartoon series on Fox.
Jillian: “Scooby-Doo” is, hands down, the best cartoon to ever exist. Something about the repetitive plot and the stereotypical characters caused me to wake up every Saturday morning and race my brothers to the TV.
Nathan: I’d probably have to go with “SpongeBob SquarePants.” The amount of hours I’ve spent laughing at the inane antics of SpongeBob and his friends is probably unhealthy, but I don’t really care.
If you could have any food establishment come to the Ave, what would it be and why?
Lauren: Red Robin. Ever since it left Eastlake, I have to go all the way to Northgate for my bottomless fries. And if it stayed open late on the Ave … perfection.
Michael: A good place for sushi would be awesome. I know you can get it at certain restaurants, but nowhere really specializes in it. There’s a great place in the Greenlake/Wallingford area called Kisaku that makes some of the best sushi in Seattle. It’d be great if they moved to the Ave.
Jillian: Taco Bell, because I have no standards when it comes to the Crunchwrap Supreme.
Nathan: Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles, hands down. That place has some of the most delicious waffles and fried chicken I’ve ever eaten, but together they make an unlikely, yet unstoppable team of deliciousness. The only downside to having it on the Ave is that I’d probably gain 10 pounds a week until my heart finally gave out. At least I’d die happy.
What band of our generation has had the most influence on the present music scene?
Lauren: I’d say OutKast is pretty influential on today’s musicians. “Hey Ya!” a song that will always remind me of junior high dances, is one of the top singles of the 2000s. Plus, what other duo could rival Andre 3000 and Big Boi?
Michael: Picking just one band or artist from the last 20 years is a difficult and controversial thing to do. But if I had to pick one, I’d say Radiohead. It’s successfully covered such an assortment of music over its career, and a large realm of artists always seem to cite it as an influence.
Jillian: The nerdy, indie stylings of Death Cab for Cutie reshaped this generation’s rock-music scene, drawing in more sweater-vest-wearing listeners than ever before.
Nathan: Radiohead has an incredible influence on the current music scene. Starting as a conventional, alternative-rock band, Radiohead progressed to experimental rock, to electronic music, and back, all while producing music of the highest caliber and inspiring countless other bands. It’s truly the Pink Floyd of our generation.
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