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Q&A with Max Cannon

Max Cannon is the twisted genius behind "Red Meat," which appears in the Tucson Weekly and some 80 other newspapers around the globe.

What's the best movie of all time?

Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs. All I have to say is, "It puts the lotion on itself."

What movie makes you think most of Tucson?

Scorcese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Inexplicably, (it was) the inspiration for a '70s television comedy series.

Who's your favorite movie personality?

David Lynch. His filmic imagery, storytelling and sounds are pure crystalline cinematic ambrosia.

What's your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn (no butter). Keeps you regular, and God knows I need the salt living in this desert oven. Sometimes, I'll go to a movie just because I want the popcorn.

What's your favorite place in Tucson to catch a flick?

The Loft. It's in the last of the old-time movie palaces here, and also I've never seen an out-and-out bad movie there.

Any embarrassing cinematic experiences in your life?

I dropped a wine bottle while sitting in the back of the house during a midnight movie at the old Catalina, and it rolled all the way down to the front during a quiet moment in the movie. Everyone sitting near me gave me the evil eye.

Best movie made in Tucson?

Firebirds. Pima College West as an Apache helicopter base. Funny! I don't think it was supposed to be a comedy, though.

Best street to drive at high speeds while pretending you're in a gripping car chase scene?

Gates Pass Road. But be careful ... the collision and rollover won't be pretend.

Best burger?

The sirloin burger at Grill on Congress. You'll never drive through a golden arch for a burger-placebo ever again.

Best several-times-yearly entertainment event for funny, smart people?

Monolog Cabin, which you should see at Club Congress.

Best accordion-based band in Tucson?

The Carnivaleros. Weird, amazing, fun!

Best local cartoonist?

Andy "K. Rat" Mosier has been in print in this town for 30 years and deserves a life-size bronze statue and a downtown park named after him.