Karina was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She got a degree in English while being active in Theatre Collective and Capitol City Playhouse. She always liked movies but didn't really pay them any heed until she saw Liar Liar in March, 1997. Frustrated by the public's general antipathy for Jim Carrey as a performer, and delighted by how the vehicle suited his talents with total script motivation for every antic, she wrote a review and emailed it to some twenty-something friends, urging them to see the movie, even if they had hated Jim Carrey in the past. Several of them responded favorably, and she began sending a note every time she saw a movie, good or bad. "Could you also send your reviews to my friend?" turned into more subscribers and more responsibility to churn out meaningful text. When the Hollywood Stock Brokerage Resource (http://www.hsbr.org/) asked her to be the staff reviewer, she knew she really had to include some journalistic integrity. Basically, she loves it. She loves recommending films that might get missed and protecting her friends from wasting their precious time and money on cinematic drivel. As huge, big budget stinkers crossed her path, she grew frustrated with the box-office-led studio choices, as they favored safe, branded franchises that suck over well thought-out work. She also uses her reviews as a forum for evangelizing the animated features genre, one she feels is not taken seriously enough for the amount of quality work being done. She now resides in San Diego and continues her quest for a better cinematic world. Long time, dear supporters she would like to thank include (in no order) - J. Kevin Smith, Shannon Swenson, Matthew Kaplan, Eric Martin, Jon Montgomery, and Carolyn Bates.
(in no order) Silence of the Lambs, Aliens, Young Frankenstein, The Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, Dead Again, Sense & Sensibility, Oscar, Little Shop of Horrors, This is Spinal Tap, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Singing In The Rain, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Hudsucker Proxy, 12 Monkeys, The Wiz, Chicago, Dave, A Fish Called Wanda, Running on Empty, Down With Love, Much Ado About Nothing, The World's Greatest Lover, The Court Jester, The Sixth Sense, American Beauty, Iron Giant, Return to Me, The Imposters....how can one choose?
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