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Reader of the Day: Kyle

March is winding down. Only three more Readers of the Day. Please let us know if you'd like to see future Reader Spotlights, albeit less frequently, in some capacity. Today we're talking to Kyle by way of Ohio and now South Carolina.

Nathaniel: When did you start reading the Film Experience?
KYLE: I started reading in 2004. I appreciated your love for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The Oscar coverage, witty writing, and overall admiration for cinema kept me coming back. I've visited the site at least once, every day, for the past six (almost seven) years.

I love to hear that. Okay, what was your first movie / movie obsession?
KYLE: The first movie I definitely remember seeing in a theater was Jurassic Park and I totally fell asleep! I remember my eyes slowly closing right after the T-Rex attacked the kids in the car.

I had several movie obsessions when I was younger, but two really stick out.  I would watch The Witches EVERY day when I was about four. I would put it in, demand to be left alone, and wouldn't budge until the end credits. My dad learned this the hard way, when after coming to pick me up (divorced parents), I refused to go with him until it was over. Don't come between me and my Anjelica Huston! My next major obsession was with Scream. Random I know, but I could recite the dialogue scene by scene when I was like ten or eleven.
Your three favorite classics and three favorite contemporary films. Spill.
Umm...toughest question ever? Okay first thoughts, or I'd stall all day. Classics: Halloween, Rear Window, Suspiria (I realize those are all suspense/horror, and I'm cool with that.) Contemporary: American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Interview with the Vampire.
These are a few of Kyle's Favorite Things...
Take away and Oscar and give it to someone else: Who, when, why?
Recently: Sandra Bullock. I'd love to just snatch it out of her hands (gently so not to harm him), and hand it to Abbie Cornish (I will always defend Bright Star, and how excellent every aspect of it was.)  I really do like Sandra, but her winning was so...wrong. Abbie wasn't even nominated but she completely moved me in that film.
The biopic of your life. What's it like?
It'd be called Who Am I Trying to Impress?, which is a saying I often use when I'm about to do or say something I know I shouldn't. It would obviously star me, and be directed by Darren Aronofsky.  I'm sure he'd make my nights of sitting on my bed, eating peanut butter, and watching American Idol seem way more interesting.  I just hope he'll make some creative changes and give me orange hair and add my very own lesbian sex scene.

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That makes 2 of us who were obssessed with Scream hehe...

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss


March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

Well, since it was mentioned in the last Readers of the Day Nathaniel that this has been a parade of attractive people, I must say that you ended a very high note Nathaniel. :)

I feel a little sad, though, looking at that picture of Anjelica Huston and Drew Barrymore that there isn't a more memorable duo of the two than Ever After. Maybe it's time for some sort of horror reunion? I would die if Huston could get a role that was as good as The Witches/Grifters again.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

John t -- its' not over. also: i really didn't know what half of these people looked like so i'm not doing it on purpose ;)

Joey -- there seem to be a lot of fans of Scream in the world -- see also: Glenn's scene by scene breakdown. I don't really get it as i'm not a horror buff

but i do remember seeing SCREAM the first time. I was sitting right next to someone who I ended up dating and being madly in love with but he was dating someone else at the time and i was SO scared that I just wanted to grab hold of him constantly but his boyfriend -- who was my friend -- probably would have objected you know? ;)

March 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I think you should do more "Reader of the Day." I enjoyed reading all of them and hope that I can read more. It's fun to see what people think of movies and all. So I say...keep going!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCengiz

I agree. I like this series. Also, I like that picture. And it's SFW unlike a previous one ....

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Also, it struck me today how weird it is that Abbie Cornish was in Bright Star and is now in Sucker Punch.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Totally agreed on the Abbie Cornish in Bright Star - when she hears of Keats' death, that scene on the staircase - absolutely brilliant!!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterloveman113

3 Favourite Pure Horrors: Eraserhead, The Night of the Hunter, A Clockwork Orange.
3 Favourite Thrillers: M, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Fitzcarraldo
3 Favourite Comedies: Dr. Strangelove, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Local Hero
3 Favourite Horror Comedies: Bride of Frankenstein, Evil Dead 2 (can't see why anyone would favour the original), Rosemary's Baby (sorry, but I can't include anything with THAT Ruth Gordon performance as a PURE HORROR.)
3 Favourite Musicals: Singin in the Rain, Bugsy Malone (see it, Nat. It's REALLY GOOD, even if it is the GANGSTER MUSICAL WITH CHILDREN), Funny Face.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I've been saving my dvd copy of "Bright Star" to unwrap and watch for just the right time when I need to be reminded that there is beauty in the world. Similarly, I'm also heading off to find some botox and a good retoucher just in case I'm ever a reader of the day.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Interesting, The Witches and Jurassic Park would be my answers for first movie obsessions. They were the first movies I remember seeing in a theater and having a major reaction. And The Little Mermaid... Funny, my favorite movie characters as a kid were Ursula and the Grand High Witch...

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Volvagia -- i have seen Bugsy Malone. but not since the 80s. I remember it being cute though.

Tom -- trust that i run this blog and i'm worried about showing my face in the right hand corner now. haha. everyone is so young and smooth. I guess i should embrace my new crow's feet.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

He's a cutie, and I love his jeans :O

But I'm totally the same way, my favorite classic movies are definitely horror/thriller, Alien could very well be my favorite ever. As for contemporary who doesn't love Eternal Sunshine? :)

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I'm ready for the casting selection for the lesbian sex scene.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouis

I agree that this should be continued, it's nice to put a face on some of these fellow readers...also, the fact that I never see other Kyles here in Atlanta makes this one article particularly special to me :-)

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Halloween is one of the most perfect movies, horror or otherwise. Gotta give props to someone who appreciates horror/thrillers like that.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

Louis -- i'm okay with basic any actress being cast in a lesbian sex scene ;) more actresses for us.

Walter --- believe it or not, i can second that. Everyone knows that i'm not a horror fan but even i think Halloween is pretty great. Scared the shit out of me. Truly. and it didn't feel like it was doing it in a super cheap way somehow.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Poor Sandra. The wound that is her Oscar win keeps burning and scabbing and other physical metaphors. And Abbie Cornish was robbed of a nomination.

And calling Kyle cute would probably make me feel like an old perv, even if his cinematic memory suspiciously goes back further than mine. :P

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

I love how most of us were in-and-out and falling asleep in our earliest movie memories. Who can remember anything at that age? I think mine was a "Jungle Book" re-release, but I have little recollection of it except a half-remembrance of the songs.

And does Kyle want Ole Marsha to be his lesbian love scene partner?

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

I love how most of us were in-and-out and falling asleep in our earliest movie memories. Who can remember anything at that age? I think mine was a "Jungle Book" re-release, but I have little recollection of it except a half-remembrance of the songs.

And does Kyle want Ole Marsha to be his lesbian love scene partner?

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

If the Readers in the Spotlight are going to continue to be so cute, you definitely need to do more.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermikey67

Yeah, I don't think it's a surprise to anybody who knows me that "Scream" was (still is) an obsession of mine. Nathaniel, there are a lot of reasons for why "Scream" was such a seminal film for many, but I think what it all boils down to is that for people of a certain age who saw it it was like a whole new world opening up. Not only was it just a horror movie (most people like watching a horror movie every now and again when they're young, even if they're not a fan of horror), but it completely re-invented what a horror film could be and, thus, what cinema could be, what it could do. It almost demands that films be special and not just coast on their genre or whatever other time-honoured thingamajig they have going for them.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

I need to see your biopic Kylie. Like, NOW.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZizo Abul Hawa

Aww yay! I was sick yesterday with a stomach bug, so I'm now actually out of bed.

loveman113 -- She tears that scene up! Leaves me completely devastated. Uggh Academy!

Robert -- The Little Mermaid was the first movie I actually saw in the theater, I just don't remember (I was almost two). But it's been said that I was VERY attentive.

Tom -- I use Bright Star for the same reason.

Matt -- Thanks, and Alien is great.

Louis -- Me too!

Kyle -- I haven't encountered too many Kyles in the south either. Nobody can ever pronounce it correctly's always "Cal". ;)

Walter -- Halloween is so perfect. I have it listed on my name tag at work as my favorite movie. It's great I actually get to list stuff like that on my name tag...

Paolo -- I'm not THAT young, I mean I'm hitting the mid-twenties this year. Is that still considered young? ;)

Marsha -- I'll let you know when auditions will be held.

Thanks again Nathaniel! This was too cool.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeelay! (Kyle)

QUITE the looker. What great taste too :)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSCarolina12

So funny. I completely believe you that it's unintentional, but Reader of the Day has totally become like a pinup gallery. All the more reason to love it. :)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKurtis O

^Indeed it has. Does that mean you're next, Kurt? ;)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Scream changed the way I looked at movies too. I can watch it now and see it's not exactly a GOOD film, but it was so self-consciously meta-, and combined with the age when I saw it, it helped me see films more as works of arts than as simply entertainment.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

That's how my coworker in Alabama always referred to me..."Cal!! CAL!!"

But they call me 'Keelay" at work as well, or sometimes "Kylie" which is a little much.
I'm glad someone shares my pain. George Carlin did a kinda funny bit about the name once.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Kyle -- My nickname for years has been Keelay. My oldest sister likes to call me Kylie, and it has definitely gotten old over the years. ;)

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeelay! (Kyle)

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