Ken West is taking a break from discussing the news of the day to talk about one of his favorite subjects: modern film. During the day Jan. 22, West phoned in two important movie reviews, both of them in the genre of comedy sci-fi.
The first film impressed West so much that he phoned the newsdesk several times to deliver his review, often repeating parts of the plot and describing key characters more than once.
“People get on me for repeating things,” West said. “How many times have you heard Mick Jagger sing ‘Brown Sugar?’ You have something important to say – you say it again.”
The film, titled “Paul”, was released in 2011. It features the voice of Seth Rogen as a wisecracking, chain smoking extra-terrestrial, and veteran comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two friends.
“They were working stiffs,” West said, describing Pegg and Frost’s characters. “They went on a road trip. A road trip.”
West spoke at length about how the “Paul” character correlates to his perceptions of actual space aliens, describing “highly advanced humanoids with big heads and tiny little bodies.”
West also theorized that entities like Paul could be the “god-planets” from which sections of humanity are descended.
“They’re a billion years more advanced than you.” West said, describing a scene where Paul picks up a dead bird, heals it, then eats it, as a reminder to humans not to eat “dead meat.”
Noting that in real life, Area 51 is “more likely a test range for high-class military installations,” West proceeded to the second movie review, saying he recently viewed “Men in Black” and was favorably impressed.
“There was this cat that had a galaxy around its neck,” West said.
Another of his favorite parts, he said, was the end.
“The guy that was the major man in black – I don’t remember his name, famous actor – he had to jump into the belly of a giant bug from another part of the universe. He went into the gullet – he antagonized it – he said ‘eat me!’ – he comes out with a bang – blows it in half.”
Signing off, West put in a quick plug for his “snap-on,” an affordable sheet that can keep ice off of a car’s windshield.