Movies are seen as mere entertainment pieces. For others, it is an artistic portal to another world. Senior Khayle Flores lives as MC’s go to cinephile.
“I see movies as an art form,” Flores said. “There’s a lot of craft that goes into making film, and I’m drawn to great stories and characters that allow me to get invested with them.”
Back in 2017, Flores became so interested in movies and reviewing them that he created an Instagram account solely for his reviews.
“I originally created it as a test back in February […] I wanted to see if I would like the idea of writing reviews and to see if people would read them,” Flores said. “I’m glad I kept it because since then, I’ve introduced many people to unknown films. I’ve also been able to meet some great people who share the same passion.”
Flores’ movie Instagram account ‘talkin_about_the_movie’ has a follower count of 1,827.
“I mostly do movie reviews but sometimes I like to highlight some cinematographers because you have to love the aesthetics,” Flores said.
With a vast amount of movies on Flores’s to watch list, he has already figured out which ones are his favorites.
“I’d have to [say, my favorite movies are] dark comedies. I love how hilarious a movie can be despite its subject matter being dark and disturbing. My favorite directors are Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. They are very unique in how they write their films, being able to combine bleak and sometimes disturbing tones with dark comedic elements.”
With different categories of film, it may be hard to select one to watch, but Flores has a system to weed out the movies that stand out.
“I don’t review every movie I see, but I usually do reviews for films I have a strong opinion on,” Flores said. “I always love to recommend indies and underrated movies made by popular directors, but I love getting my opinion out there.”
High school is heralded as the place to prepare students for the future, and Flores has already found a passion to pursue in life.
“I hope to continue something film related in the future,” Flores said. “I’m particularly interested in documentary film making, or maybe something as a film editor.”
As long as there’s continuous creation of new films, Flores will be persistent with writing his detailed reviews while pursuing a career in film in the years to come.