Welcome to My Mise en Scene

Greetings and salutations, I’m Kyle.

I’m twenty, and I love cinema, as you can see. My tastes are fairly varied. I’m rather neurotic, very self-effacing, extremely sarcastic, and yet mild mannered and naïve. I thoroughly enjoy writing, primarily non-fiction satirical essays (a la David Sedaris) and film reviews. I aspire to become a professional film critic. I’m a hopeless romantic, a bit pedantic, and there’s really not much else to say. I go to the University of Hartford, where I study cinema, and where everyone in my film classes hate me.

My sense of humor is as dry as Death Valley. I get weird cravings for food in the middle of the night, so sometimes I think I might be pregnant. Probably carrying the spawn of Satan. Laying on my bed doing nothing is something I feel should be allowed on my resume. That and my Twitter skills.

What am I doing with my life? Surviving as a freshman at the University of Hartford, pursuing a degree in film snobbery. Trying to slowly dismantle the patriarchy and all that jazz. President of my university film club and VP of the LGBTQ club on campus.

The goal is to move to New York and work as a film critic. Also, because I want to eat, I’d also like to work as a photographer. I’ll probably end up as a teacher.

I also work as a freelance film critic. Free being the operative word. But, yeah, I write a lot.

Some things about me:

Cinephile. Bibliophile. Logophile. Germaphobe. Anal retentive. Neurotic. Hopeless romantic. Writer. Critic. Confidant. Snob. Grammar Nazi.

Snarkoleptic. Thief of joy. Crusher of dreams. Holder of grudges . Haver of opinions. Passionate cineaste. Accidental queer activist. Amateur critic. Professional snob.

With more neuroses than a psych textbook.

The relationship I have with my mother is documented in Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother.

Here are some places I write:

Check out my Tumblr here.

See my top favorite films here.

Peruse my Twitter feed here.

20 thoughts on “Welcome to My Mise en Scene

    Joe Brady said:
    September 24, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i am the first comment leaver!!!! please consider this my loyalty contract of this fine establishment

    rots28 responded:
    September 27, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Thank yo for your comment, Mr. Brady. I appreciate all and every comment and critique.

    stephen said:
    October 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I just rented three of your top five movie suggestions becasue of the great reviews you gave. I really like your blog- keep on updating!
    p.s. i got the link to this site from my friend mary… who is a friend of a friend of yours i guess

      rots28 responded:
      October 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it. Sure will be updating more often!

    :] said:
    January 24, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I love this blogmaker with a passion. =]

      rots28 responded:
      January 24, 2010 at 1:33 am

      Who is this? And where did you find this link? I’m guessing one of the Bramandes.

    Laila said:
    April 14, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Hello. I enjoy reading your blog and I think you are a gifted writer. However I was surprised by the way you responded to Mean Girls. Being a highschool girl myself, I have to say that I found the movie quite unrealistic. I find it offensive that teenage girls are portrayed in such a phenomenally shallow and whore-like way in that movie. I was also surprised that you thought this movie was so realistic. Perhaps you weren’t in the best mood while writing the review, but the review seemed a bit demeaning and insulting to the popluation of high school girls. Just for the record, ya’know. This wasn’t supposed to come across as offensive- but just sayin’.

      rots28 responded:
      April 14, 2010 at 1:43 am

      I think that the the film really depended on the interpretation of the characters and the realism of which someone saw it. Perhaps I may have been demeaning and overly presumptuous about the realism of who people are and how they act. While I certainly enjoyed the film as a whole, I may have been a bit too praising on some of the lesser qualities of the human nature. But nevertheless, I’m glad you enjoy my reviews. There are cliques and they can be nasty. Not as nasty as portrayed in the review or the film, but nasty. If you would like me to publish a “On Second Thought” article let me know. Thank you for your constructive criticism and it did not come off as offensive at all. I’m actually very thankful for your input. THANKS! 😀

        Guythat'stiredofselfrighteoushighschoolgirls said:
        November 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        Nah, Kyle had it pegged while people aren’t going to the extremes of Mean Girls in terms of revenge, most high school girls are cliquey gossipy and backstabby. The movie was a caricature of the deterioration of social grace in the face of lower moral standards.

    :0 said:
    August 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    You writing movie reviews is pretty awesome.

      rots28 responded:
      August 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Well thank you very much.

    Tori the Monster said:
    September 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Dude, this is awesome. I didn’t know you had this.

      rots28 responded:
      September 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Yes, I’ve had it for four and a half years or so.

      rots28 responded:
      September 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Also, thank you. I hope you enjoy.

    elina said:
    February 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    What subjects do you take in IB? 😀

      Kyle Turner responded:
      February 21, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      That smiley face, oh lord!

      I went to an all IB school, so I took basically had to take all the courses offered. I took Math Studies SL, English HL, Visual Arts SL, TOK, Bio HL, Chinese SL.

    John Pruzanski said:
    June 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hi Kyle, I’m publishing a book on Woody Allen and I’d love to include an article you wrote for Black Maria, ‘Woody Allen and His Two Worst, But Most Crucial, Films’. Please get back to me to discuss in more detail. Regards John

      Kyle Turner responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Hey Mr. Pruzanski,

      You can contact me at rots28 [at] gmail [dot] com and we can discuss this further. Very excited for your interest!


    thebluemoon said:
    August 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Hi! I chanced upon your blog through the 1973 Supporting Actress Smackdown podcast from The Film Experience. I really want to say that your film writings are inspiring and really sincere. I am currently a final year film student from Singapore, and only recently awoken myself up form a lull period. So I am trying to get started on writing about film and working towards my goal of being an aspiring filmmaker. My aim is to do a longterm film internship in the States after graduation. Really hope you would fulfill your dreams and keep writing!

      Kyle Turner responded:
      August 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Best of luck to you! I’m sure you’ll do great!

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