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The Amazing Adventures of Movie Mike
Mike Clark in a rockcritics.com Interview

By Aaron Aradillas

If one of the marks of a good critic is the ability to convey enthusiasm or dread for a particular movie, within a compressed amount of space, then USA Today's Mike Clark is one of the best. Considering his limited space--the paper's reviews usually don't exceed 10 to 12 inches--Mr. Clark packs more humor, insight and all-around movie knowledge in his columns than seems possible.

Everything the NYU film student needed in 1971: A full projector, a pipe, a six-pack and an 8x10 glossy of Samantha Eggar.

Whether it's seeing Psycho on opening day with some buddies, listening to the birth of rock 'n' roll on Cleveland, Ohio radio, or reflecting on what made Steve McQueen cool, Mr. Clark--or "Movie Mike" to his friends--has a memory, an anecdote, an opinion for almost every key moment in pop culture history. This interview, which was conducted over several lifetimes (six months to be precise), is at turns hilarious, pointed, and surprisingly moving. Movie Mike's life is filled with ups and downs and everything in between. He knows how to tell a tale.


  • Six part interview with Mike Clark starts here

  • Bonus Features: Mike Clark's AFI Series and CDR Music Project

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  • Read some of Mike Clark's reviews at USA Today (via Metacritic)