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Patrick King’s interest and history with film criticism goes back to 1986.  He studied American film-making and early American movies at Oregon State University–focusing on early film pioneers such as Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Greta Garbo and Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton.  By his second year at Oregon State, King’s film studies evolved into cinematography and storytelling techniques, researching filmmaking from the Silent Era period up to modern cinema genres.

King is a member of the prestigious Phoenix Film Critics Society, actively pre-screening, judging and participating in the organization’s annual awards that highlight the year’s best in filmmaking.  He is also a film judge at the Scottsdale International Film Festival, identifying the top foreign films, directors, writers, and screen performances.

As the sole film critic for the Tucson Local Media, King’s movie reviews are found in the 10/13 Communications’ newspaper circulations throughout the northwest Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley communities.  His movie reviews appear on numerous media on-line websites with the worldwide readership in excess of a half-million readers each week.  Additionally, King is the senior film critic for this REEL BRIEF blog.


After graduating from Oregon State University, King entered active-duty as an Air Force military pilot.  He retired as a lieutenant colonel and command pilot after a 24-year Air Force career, participating in 16 deployments and twelve worldwide military operations. King’s last deployment was in 2011, as the squadron commander of an EC-130 electronic warfare combat unit in Afghanistan. He has amassed over 3,500 flying hours, mostly in the C-130 and EC-130 aircraft, and been qualified as both an evaluator and instructor pilot. His assignments included an instructor pilot tour at the U.S. military’s premier flight training schoolhouse at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, teaching American and allied pilots how to fly the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

King was assigned to Air Force One as a presidential advance agent during President George W. Bush’s first term in office, handling presidential, vice presidential and first lady trips around the world.  On the day former President Ronald Reagan died, the White House tasked King on moments-notice to manage the initial on-scene response at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, where he coordinated the support to Mrs. Reagan and her family.  His efforts also culminated in the subsequent Air Force One trips between Washington DC and California, which preceded the Simi Valley funeral for the United States’ 40th president.

REEL BRIEF provides a unique look into motion pictures from the perspective of a retired military member and pilot. While many of the posts will be grading newly released films, others will focus on rental movies available on DVD and upcoming releases. Additionally, King’s posts may reflect back on his many years of military service to the United States of America.

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