Our movie fan profile this week is Will Damron, (aka Papa Kenn). He is a computer programmer based in Saint Paul, MN that enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and making videos to show the world his thoughts on the movies he sees. He’s still new to the movie review game, with my very first review (Chronicle) being posted to YouTube in February of 2012, but has grown in many ways as both a reviewer and video editor since that time. He recently started a venture that will expand PapaKennMedia.com into a collaboration effort with several of his friends contributing to the site.
Q. Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in writing about movies? If so, what movie and why?
A. My interest in writing about movies started around the time Hanna and Insidious came out back in 2011. I tried filming reviews for both of those movies to post on YouTube, but was very unimpressed with the final result of each. After those failures I gave up until I saw Chronicle, a movie I asbsolutely loved and became my very first "Papa Kenn Reviews" video. Unfortunately, that review is no longer available online because it was blocked by YouTube.
Q. What is your most memorable movie moment?
A. I have two actually. The first was on my 7th birthday in 1991, my dad took me to see my very first R-rated film: Terminator 2. The second would be the entire Prometheus movie, but for all the wrong reasons. Except for Fassbender and the graphics, I spent the entire midnight opening trying not to yell "HOW DID YOU F*** THIS UP SO BAD, RIDLEY!?" The fact that this is more memorable to me than Banner's "I'm always angry" transformation into Hulk depresses me slightly.
Q. Movie theater or home...where do you prefer to watch movies?
A. If I had a bigger TV, I would say home. Despite the risk of annoying teenagers/loud-people/cell-phone-answerers-that-should-be-beaten-severely, there's just something about the big-screen experience that can't be replicated in most cases. Especially, if you live near a theater with nice matinee prices.
Q. What is your favorite movie quote?
A. From The Avengers: "That's my secret, Cap. I'm always angry." The fanboy chills that went through my spine at that moment in the movie (and even now just thinking about it) are unparalleled. (Honorable Mention: "Aaaaaaaas youuuuuuu wiiiiiiiish!")
Q. How many movies do you think you’ve watched in your lifetime?
A. Less than your typical movie reviewer, I'm sure. As a safe estimate, I'd say in the hundreds. I went through a long period where I didn't see movies in theaters, especially during college. I've been playing a bit of catch-up since then.
Q. What movies are you most looking forward to seeing in the remainder of 2012 or in 2013?
A. For 2012... The Hobbit, obviously (though my wife is even more stoked for it than I am). Django Unchained. Les Miserables. As for 2013... just to name a few: Iron Man 3, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Carrie, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Man of Steel, and Monsters University.
Q. What type of movies are you typically drawn to and why?
A. Though I'd say I'm drawn to a wide array of films including animated/cartoons, action, comedy, drama, suspense, horror, sci-fi, and so on... I am definitely more of a kid at heart. If there is a good animated film out, I will do my best to go see it. In fact, Wreck-it Ralph, Paranorman, and Frankenweenie are easily three of my top movies of 2012. Pretty much the only genre movie I can't enjoy (other than badly done comedies *cough*The Watch*cough*) are "chick flicks". I'm ok with rom-coms, but if a trailer shows every step of the plot (Letters to Juliet comes to mind), or a movie is based on a book by the guy that wrote The Notebook, I'm out.