Blogger and fellow film fan, Katy Kern recently shared the moments that sparked her love of film with Filmbuffet. She writes about the movies on her website, Tired of Previews and in a column for Expats Post as Tired of Previews. She grew up in Ohio, but went to South Carolina for college where she studied Art History and Theatre in college. For twenty years, she was an interior designer in DC and Florida but finally decided to become a professional movie reviewer after stumbling onto blogging at the end of 2010. She currently resides in South Florida.
Q. Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in the movies? If so, what movie and why?
A. There isn't a particular film but my entire childhood. I remember going to the movies and feeling free. Also, I will never forget when we got our first VCR player. It was huge and I could watch movies all day long. Star Wars was one of the first I ever owned.
Q. What is your most memorable movie moment?
A. There are almost too many to list. However, last year I recall seeing Andrew Garfield (the new Spider Man) in Never Let Me Go. In the scene he finally realizes why he exists and how he can't change that. It is a profound movie and that particular scene will never leave my memory bank - ever.
Q. What sparked your interest in writing about movies?
A. I wrote a memoir about my experience with the adoption of my 2 children from foster care and 2 years later getting a heart infection that required open heart surgery. In my memoir I related many scenes of my life to movies without realizing I did that. It just happened. In the epilogue I even chose who would play me, the doctors, my parents, etc..and even who would provide the soundtrack. Once I realized movies were such an essential part of me I wanted to write a screenplay. So I did and then another one. I loved it so much but had no real experience so I decided to review movies to learn how to write better scripts. The two main rules of writing a screenplay: watch a lot of films (which I had done my whole life) and read a lot of scripts. I couldn't get my hands on scripts so I thought I should review them. However, I decided to change the style of reviewing - not to spoil the story of the film with my review. I am a movie fan, first and and critic second. That's how I approach my reviews.
Q. If you had to guess - how many movies do you think you've seen in your lifetime?
A. WOW! That's a hard one to answer. Last year I reviewed about 300 movies and I didn't review all that I saw. ummm...I am 41 years-old so....10,000 perhaps.
Q. Where do you prefer to watch movies at the theatre or at home?
A. At the theatre, absolutely!!! Best way to see a film but I do like a fairly empty theatre...haha
Q. What is your favorite movie quote?
A. "Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death" - Auntie Mame
Q. Anything else you’d like to share?
A. I love film and helping others discover what is out there. I really enjoy discovering new, unknown talent and helping provide a source for other movie lovers to see indie films. Hollywood films are also fun to review. All genres, although I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to horrors but have forced myself to review some this past year.