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Q&A with Steve Barancik

Steve Barancik is the screenwriter of The Last Seduction and a resident of the Monolog Cabin comedy troupe, which has been performing every Saturday in September at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Details available at, or by calling the Congress at 622-8848.

What's the best movie of all time?

Network. It's the most prescient piece of art I'm aware of. Too bad we no longer have Paddy Chayefsky around to tell us what's gonna happen next.

What movie makes you think most of Tucson?

The Last Seduction, because I was living here, delivering pizzas, when I wrote it. Then again, it also makes me think of my ex-wife. And pizza.

Who's your favorite movie personality?

The giant killer marshmallow in Ghostbusters. He was totally himself.

What's your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn. Butter. Come on.

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

The Loft. I like that my ($7.50) buys me about 200 seats.

Any embarrassing cinematic experiences in your life?

I was once asked to pretend I was a security guard, because the production company had refused the director's request to have me on the set.

Best movie filmed in Tucson?

In all fairness, shouldn't that be a multiple-choice question? What's the best movie filmed in Topeka?

Best hip-hop dance lessons for kids?

Tucson Park District. Ask for Miss Ada.

Best lunch?

One at which you're not pitching. Or paying.

Best reason to vote against George W. Bush?

Just to wipe that smug look off his face.

Best line in a movie?

"I wonder if you wonder," Fred McMurray, Double Indemnity, or anything any character says in The Big Sleep (Bogart version).

Best sandwich?

Maddy's Madness on ancho, chipotle and white cheddar bread (Wednesdays and Saturdays) at Beyond Bread.