ABOUT

Welcome to Kinetoscope, a blog covering two hefty topics: film and TV. It’s where you can find regular reviews, lists and short essays about both the big screen and the small screen. The site is a joint effort between Robert Snow and Jason Chen.

How did the site start? Its origins are in a blog called Professionally Incoherent, started by Robert in 2011. After Robert and Jason met during their Master of Journalism studies at Carleton University, they had the idea to collaborate on the site together. Now they track the movie and TV industries under the Kinetoscope banner, writing reviews, articles and recording the occasional podcast to catalogue, evaluate and argue over the best and worst films and TV shows on offer.


ROBERT SNOW

I'm just a twenty-something writer and videographer who thinks someone out there might like to read what I think about things.

I was born in Clarenville, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, but grew up in the province's capital city of St. John's.

I got hooked on movies and TV (even the oldies) at a young age, and I soon became curious about how entertainment is made, from script to screen.

It wasn't until high school that I found out how much I like to write. That was also when I caught the theatre bug - I performed in outdoor productions of the works of Shakespeare with a local company and did some short productions of sketch comedy with my high school drama club.

I went to Memorial University of Newfoundland for my Bachelor of Arts, where I studied English literature, Classics, history and philosophy (I know, I know,  it sounds pretentious). While I was at MUN, I loved the courses that let me write essays about movies, and I even learned a thing or two about shooting and editing my own stuff.

When I graduated from Memorial, I figured I'd give journalism a try. So I completed the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. From there, I moved into a career as a jack-of-all-trades digital media type, where I shoot, edit, design and play around with all sorts of fancy tech.

My idea to start a blog about movies and TV came when I found that I wanted my own place to share my thoughts on all the things I'm passionate about. I never expected how much fun it would be to interact with readers and other bloggers, and I've even had the chance to use the site to teach undergrad students how to blog.

I live and work in the city of Toronto, which is (among other things) the movie and television capital of Canada. My dream jobs include movie marketing and professional movie reviewing, but for now, I'm helping build this site one post at a time.

JASON CHEN

Okay, yeah, I'm not really a Blade Runner. I wish I was, but there are some things in life you just don't get to be. But I can imagine, right? That is why film and media continue to enthrall us - because it can go where our bodies physically can't. There's no photo of me up yet because I need to get over my self-diagnosed case of scopophobia. (Kidding, I just need to get one done. I'm not a selfie freak like you folks out there. I do not look at my phone and get excited when I see my own face. Sorry if that makes me weird.) 

I’m scratching my head as my dear friend Rob asks me to put together a short bio. Talking about myself is one of my least favourite things to do, but I can certainly reveal that film, television, music, sports and pop culture certainly shaped who I am. From daily viewings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Saturday morning cartoon binges to late-night Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts, the TV was my best friend, my greatest educational tool and my favourite babysitter.

Allowing a piece of myself to exist on the Internet feels awkward and oddly intrusive, yet without this project I’d feel like I was stuck in a glass elevator in space. I hope that what I have to share is worthwhile, and that you’ll find the words I cobble together amusing, interesting and fulfilling – and thank you for taking the time to read. It means a lot.

There’s a questionnaire, which James Lipton always asks his guests to participate when they appear on “Inside the Actors’ Studio.” They’re simple questions, but they’re supposed to reveal a lot about a person’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs without being specific or intrusive. Hopefully this will do:

  1. What is your favorite word?
    • Fuck.
  2. What is your least favorite word?
    • Destiny.
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
    • Candour, and not taking yourself too seriously.   
  4. What turns you off? 
    • A lack of humility.
  5. What is your favorite curse word? 
    • I like ‘em all, but ‘fuck’ is a classic.
  6. What sound or noise do you love?
    • Genuine laughter.
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? 
    • Constant electronic beeping and the iPhone ringtone.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    • Design.
  9. What profession would you not like to do? 
    • Quite a few, but politics always ranks up there.
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? 
    • “… you did alright, kid.”