Kristen Lopez

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Journeys in Classic Film
ENI
Awards Circuit
Cinema Sentries
Classic Flix

LOCATION
Rocklin, CA, USA

ABOUT KRISTEN
I’m a college student currently attempting to obtain my Masters in English. In the expansive free time I have (note sarcasm), I write about movies…a lot. I got my start working at Entertainment News International where I’ve been their film critic for almost ten years. Since then I’ve started my own blog, Journeys in Classic Film, devoted to classic cinema. I’m also the Historical Circuit writer for Awards Circuit.com, and the Associate Editor at ClassicFlix. When I’m not watching movies I’m reading books.

FAVORITES
Favorite Films: Almost Famous, Singin’ in the Rain, Anne of the Thousand Days, My Girl, Splendor in the Grass

Favorite Actors/Actresses: William Holden, Veronica Lake, Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Marilyn Monroe

Alan Mattli

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Facing the Bitter Truth
The Zurich English Student

LOCATION
Luzern, Switzerland

ABOUT ALAN
I’ve started writing about film in 2008 and have managed to review every new release I see since the beginning of 2012. Aside from my writing, I’m currently studying English and theoretical film studies on the Master’s level at the University of Zurich.

FAVORITES
“Favourite films include: ‘Annie Hall’, ‘The Apartment’, ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Castle in the Sky’, ‘Un chien andalou’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘The Dirty Dozen’, ‘Double Indemnity’, ‘Down by Law’, ‘Les enfants du paradis’, ‘Le fantôme de la liberté’, ‘The Great Dictator’, ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘Intolerance’, ‘M’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, ‘Man with a Movie Camera’, ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘The Searchers’, ‘The Seventh Seal’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Throne of Blood’, ‘Toy Story’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Favourite directors include: Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Carné, Charlie Chaplin, Joel and Ethan Coen, Clint Eastwood, John Ford, D. W. Griffith, Howard Hawks, Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismäki, Buster Keaton, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Billy Wilder”

Sam Fragoso

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Movie Mezzanine

LOCATION
San Francisco, CA, USA

ABOUT SAM
Sam Fragoso is the founder and editor-in-chief of Movie Mezzanine. He has been writing about the art form of film since 2009 for numerous publications ranging from his past Internet home Duke & the Movies to the renowned U.K. magazine, Fan The Fire. Aside from being a writer, Sam is an unabashed nostalgist and illogical idealist.

FAVORITES
Favorite Movies: Annie Hall, 12 Angry Men, Blow Out, His Girl Friday, Taxi Driver, Manhattan, Bull Durham, Vertigo, Sweet Smell of Success, 8 1/2, Breathless

Daniel Green

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Cine Vue

LOCATION
London, UK

ABOUT DANIEL
Daniel Green is a freelance writer, critic and editor of UK film site CineVue. After working on a number of independent British documentaries including Three Miles North of Molkom and Starsuckers, Daniel went on to found CineVue back in April 2010. He has previously contributed to publications including Little White Lies and Time Out.

FAVORITES
Favorite Movies: Metropolis, Citizen Kane, Singin’ in the Rain, Throne of Blood, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Aguirre the Wrath of God, Dawn of the Dead (1979), The Thing (1982), Dead Ringers

William Graham

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The Film Stage
Collider
Gosee Talk
Twitch Film
Critics Associated

LOCATION
Mesquite, TX, USA

Mel Valentin

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Very Aware, Next Projection SF Station

LOCATION
San Francisco, CA, USA

ABOUT MEL
Mel Valentin hails from the great state of New Jersey. After attending NYU undergrad (politics and economics major, religious studies minor) and grad school (law), he decided a transcontinental move to California, specifically San Francisco, was in order. Since Mel began writing nine years ago, he’s written more than 1,600 film-related reviews and articles. He’s a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Online Film Critics Society.

FAVORITES

  1. The Big Lebowski
  2. Vertigo
  3. Blade Runner
  4. Once Upon a Time in the West
  5. A Man Escaped
  6. The Conversation
  7. North by Northwest
  8. High and Low/Seven Samurai
  9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  10. Singin’ in the Rain

The next 10: Tokyo Story, Diary of a Country Priest, Shadow of a Doubt, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Lawrence of Arabia, Rosemary’s Baby, Bride of Frankenstein, Alien/Aliens, The Godfather I-II, The Devil’s Backbone

David Ehrlich

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Film.com
Revere Shot

LOCATION
Brooklyn, NY, USA

ABOUT DAVID
David is the Senior Editor of Film.com and an M.F.A. Directing candidate at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His interests include the New York Rangers, movies about movies, and regretting his personal bios.

FAVORITES
Favorite Movies: Favorite films: Close-Up, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Ikiru, Sans Soleil, Lost in Translation, Aguirre: The Wrath of God

M. Enois Duarte

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High Def Digest

LOCATION
Woodburn, OR, USA

ABOUT M. ENOIS
A cinephile since childhood, M. Enois is a student of literature, film, art, philosophy, cultural history, and the sciences. Aside from chatting, discussing and writing all matters having to do with film, literature and culture, he also teaches those subjects professionally to eager minds hungry for more knowledge. In spare time, he can be seen either reading, watching movies or fiddling around with his home theater hobby. He aims to one day travel the world and drive the country in a pimped out RV.

FAVORITES
Although I love all genres of film, my specialty is in horror, science fiction, westerns and Exploitation Cinema, so I suppose those would qualify as my favorites.

I greatly admire films such as ‘Au revoir les enfants,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘Battleship Potemkin,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Metropolis,’ ‘Black Narcissus,’ ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ ‘Black Sunday,’ ‘Branded to Kill,’ ‘Brazil,’ ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘Fanny and Alexander,’ ‘For a Few Dollars More,’ ‘The Great Silence,’ ‘Harold and Maude,’ ‘Halloween (1978),’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Island of Lost Souls,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Lola Montès,’ ‘Last Year at Marienbad,’ ‘Let the Right One In,’ ‘The Name of the Rose,’ ‘On the Waterfront,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in the West,’ ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc,’ ‘Repo Man,’ ‘Santa Sangre,’ ‘The Silence,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘Solaris (1972),’ ‘Sunrise,’ ‘El Topo,’ ‘Videodrome,’ and ‘Wild Strawberries,’ just to name a few.

Jason Gorber

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Film Fest
Twitch Film

LOCATION
Toronto, ON, Canada

ABOUT JASON
An original member of the OFCS back in 1997, Jason Gorber is extremely pleased to be once again part of such an established and respected organization.

Jason Gorber is a veteran film critic, commentator and interviewer. A pioneer in online film criticism, his first professional reviews date back to the mid-90s. Jason has been formally accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival since 1997, and founded Filmfest.ca as a repository of coverage from that event.

Jason joined the TWITCH family in 2011 where he is now a featured critic covering a wide range of mainstream and independent documentaries and features, as well as conducting many interviews, disc reviews and reporting on news items.

Jason appears on CTV News Channel every Sunday evening, and also guests frequently during weekly broadcasts. In addition, he has also contributed freelance work for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post/Moviefone. Jason has appeared on radio for both the CBC and Rogers, as well as on CBC’s The National. He is also host of the weekend film program on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

You can follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca, see his reviews linked from Rotten Tomatoes and Indiewire’s Criticwire.

Josh Spiegel

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Sound on Sight

LOCATION
Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

ABOUT JOSH
Josh Spiegel is a Phoenix, Arizona-based arts critic. Josh is the chief film critic and Film Editor for Sound on Sight, where he also hosts the Mousterpiece Cinema podcast, focusing on all films from the Walt Disney Company banner. He’s also one of the co-hosts of the Sound on Sight flagship podcast, along with site editor-in-chief Ricky Da Conceicao and colleague Simon Howell. Josh also writes a weekly column at The Pixar Times.

FAVORITES
Among my favorite films are Singin’ In The Rain, Duck Soup, A Matter of Life and Death, Pinocchio, There Will Be Blood, Fargo, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Shawshank Redemption, Memento, and The Insider (though there are many, many more I could list). I’m also an avid fan of TV, including Breaking Bad, Louie, Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Comedy Bang Bang, and more.

Sam Turner

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SamTurnerMEDIA AFFILIATION
Film Intel

LOCATION
Staffs, England, UK

ABOUT SAM
Sam is editor of film-intel.com, which he runs with one colleague. He can usually be found behind a keyboard with a cup of tea. He likes entertaining films and dislikes the other kind. When he’s not writing about or watching film he believes himself to be one of the only Englishmen who likes and understands baseball. When he’s not trying to explain that to someone, he plays golf, reads and drinks liquid that comes in pints. I’m getting one.

FAVORITES
If there’s a cop in the film and he/she is conflicted with a troubled home live and he/she implausibly manages to have some sort of ongoing dialogue with the villain then yeah, I’ll probably like it.
Favourites of and outside that genre include Zodiac, All The President’s Men, Seven, Floating Weeds, Blade Runner, Moon and many many more.

Noah Gittell

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Reel Change
Rye Record
The Atlantic
Film School Rejects

LOCATION
Rockville, MD, USA

ABOUT NOAH
I’m Noah Gittell, a former independent filmmaker and political campaign staffer.

By day, I am a non-profit lobbyist in Washington, DC, but I spend more and more of my time writing freelance about movies. I write original film criticism on my Reel Change blog and for The Rye Record. I am also a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Film School Rejects. You may know that the film industry and the American political system have a long, intertwined history. In my writing, I hope to explore that history as it reaches up into the present.

FAVORITES
Favorite Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Favorite Actor: Sam Rockwell

Favorite Political Party: Neither

Travis Hopson

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Punch Drunk Critics
Examiner
Blog Talk Radio
Watch.Weta

LOCATION
Aldie, VA, USA

ABOUT TRAVIS
A critic long before he really knew what film criticism was, Travis created the website Punch Drunk Critics in 2008 and began writing reviews weekly. He also began the Punch Drunk Podcast, which continues to air weekly, while hosting his successful online radio show Cinema Royale. Travis became the chief DC film critic over at Examiner.com, and is also the critic for WBAL Morning News in Baltimore. In 2011 Travis became a regular film critic on WETA Around Town on Channel 26 in Washington, DC, a position he continues to hold to this day.

FAVORITES
I’m a guy who grew up on an (un)healthy diet of comic books, pro wrestling, and rap music, and it’s kind of funny now that all three are such heavy influences on movies today. Some of my favorite comics, X-men, Blade, etc. have become my favorite superhero movies, and I’m always amazed at how great they’ve gotten. It wasn’t that long ago comic book movies were the absolute pits. My favorite movie ever is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. In fact, every thing by the man is beyond brilliant. I have a fondness for martial arts flicks, from the old school joints like Five Deadly Venoms and Five Fighters from Shaolin to more current ones like Ong Bak. I love Michael Fassbender but I most identify with 1980s John Cusack.

Joao Marcos Flores

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Cine Views

LOCATION
Sao Paulo, Brazil

ABOUT JOAO MARCOS
A natural born cinephile who has decided to study the art he loves in order to share meaningful thoughts about it with whoever feels like reading them.

FAVORITES
Orson Welles evilly staring his adversaries in the same Viennese Ferris wheel where, almost 50 years later, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke would fall in love. That’s Cinema.

Nick Hartel

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DVD Talk

LOCATION
Portland, OR, USA

ABOUT NICK
While science and education may be my career, my love of film has been lifelong.

John Gilpatrick

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John Likes Movies

LOCATION
Emmaus, PA, USA

ABOUT JOHN
John Gilpatrick is the founder of and writer for JohnLikesMovies.com. He’s based in Emmaus, PA (“right outside Philly”), and professionally, he works for MensHealth.com. He’s originally from Scranton, PA, and is a graduate of Lehigh University.

FAVORITES
2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, The Godfather, Psycho, big TVs, warm socks, Portland Trail Blazers, cheese, Syracuse basketball, Notre Dame football, all things Lehigh University, raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens

Glenn Dunks

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MEDIA AFFILIATION
Quick Flix
Glenn Dunks
Film Experience
Junkee
Onya Magazine
Stale Popcorn

LOCATION
Astoria, NY, USA

ABOUT GLENN
Glenn Dunks is a freelance film critic and entertainment writer from Melbourne, Australia, who now resides in New York City. While he also writes for print and has appeared on radio, he started writing and continues to write mostly online. He started writing his own blog nearly ten years ago and now writes for a variety of websites.

FAVORITES
Australian cinema, queer cinema, experimental cinema, horror, musicals, Nicole Kidman, All That Jazz… And much, much more.

Jose Solis

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Pop Matters, The Film Experience

LOCATION
Astoria, NY, USA

ABOUT JOSE
Jose Solís wanted to be a spy since he was a child, which is why by day he works as a content editor and by night he writes and dreams of film. Although he doesn’t travel the world fighting villains, his mission is to trek the planet from screen to screen. He has been writing about film since 2003 and regularly contributes to The Film Experience and PopMatters, as his personal blog Movies Kick Ass. In 2010 he was part of the Talent Press at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and in 2011 and 2012 he served as a Grand Jury member for the Beneath the Earth Film Festival. His next mission is going back to school for his Film Studies Masters degree. This time he won’t be undercover.

FAVORITES

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire
  2. Moulin Rouge!
  3. Gone With the Wind
  4. The Wizard of Oz
  5. Volver

Nuno Reis

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Sci-Fi World, Antestreia

LOCATION
Porto, Portugal

ABOUT NUNO
Computer scientist by day, moviegoer by night.

Has been the editor of Antestreia since 2003 (co-author in the first years) and was later invited to manage the Portuguese portal of SciFiWorld Magazine.

Works for Fantasporto – Oporto Internacional Film Festival since 2000 in press office and film programming. He is also the festival’s commissioner for blog meetings since 2010.

Member of the jury in several film festivals across Portugal and Spain.

Awarded twice as best blogger in TCN Cinema/TV Blog Awards, the most important ceremony for bloggers in Portugal.

Occasionally produces films (incomplete list at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4591473)

FAVORITES
Fell in love with cinema at the age of four when watching “The Goonies”.
Grew up in Fantasporto watching many horror films and I’m still specially fond of fantasy, horror and sci-fi.

Craig Skinner

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Bleeding Cool, Craig Skinner Film

LOCATION
London, England, UK

Stephen Silver

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Entertainment Tell, Philly Mag Steve Silver

LOCATION
Broomall, PA, USA

ABOUT STEPHEN
Stephen SIlver is the editor-in-chief and lead film critic for EntertainmentTell, part of the TechnologyTell network. He has been a critic since 1996, and his work has appeared on Philly.com, Philadelphia Magazine, Boston Magazine, New York Press, SB Nation, the American Jewish World, IOFilm.co.uk, American Dreamer Filmworks and the Good Men Project.

Don Simpson

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Smells Like Screen Spirit, Jesther Entertainment

LOCATION
Austin, TX, USA

ABOUT DON
During his high school and college years, Don randomly selected directors and rented every VHS tape he could find. His discovery of the amazing TLA Video stores (Philadelphia, PA) thrust this obsession into overdrive. This how he discovered the cinematic worlds of Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Charlie Chaplin, Luis Bunuel, Wim Wenders, Terry Gilliam, Michelangelo Antonioni, Akira Kurosawa and David Lynch. Like Dylan in the movies, Don never looked back. Upon graduating college as an accountant, he dove with eyes wide open into a Masters program in Cinema Studies at Temple University. Don studied a semester in London, England where for the first time in his life he found himself seated in a cinema at least once per day. Soon after returning stateside, he found himself covering film festivals for Aint It Cool News, which got him started on the path he finds himself on today. Besides being Senior Editor for Smells Like Screen Spirit, Don is also a regular contributor for Jesther Entertainment.

FAVORITES
Favorite Films: Bande à part, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Modern Times, Playtime, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, L’Avventura, Don’t Look Now, The Lady Eve, The Man with a Movie Camera, 3 Women

Blake Howard

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BlakeHowardMEDIA AFFILIATION
Graffiti with Punctuation
Dark Horizons

LOCATION
Berala, NSW, Australia

ABOUT BLAKE
Blake Howard began his Bachelor of Arts (majoring in english and history) in 2004 and switched to a film major part way through his degree. He graduated with Honours First Class in 2008 for his thesis What Makes A Mann: Cinematic Authorship and Masculinity.
He and fellow researchers created the website CastleCo-op.com in 2009-10, broadly covering film, media and cultural issues with a “critical bent”. In October 2011 Blake joined Dale Sinden co-hosting That Movie Show Online for 2UE. And in May 2012, after closing CastleCo-Op.com Blake co-founded Graffiti with Punctuation, a “Film Geek Website, For Film Geeks, By Film Geeks.” Blake is proud of the team of disparate bloggers he and editor/co-founder Cameron Williams have put together for the website that has established some serious credentials throughout Australia and beyond. Blake and contributor Maria Lewis also record a weekly podcast for the site – Pod Save Our Screen – which has been featured on the New and Noteworthy on iTunes for the past 22 weeks.

In summary:
Cinephile. Geek. Fight Fan. Batman. Ed of @Graffitiin140. Co-host of Film Podcasts Pod Save Our Screen & That Movie Show 2UE Online.

FAVORITES
Favorite Movies:

  1. Heat
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. No Country for Old Men
  4. The Dark Knight
  5. The Insider
  6. The Grey

I’m a guy who likes movies about guys in crisis

Michael Pattison

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Id Film

LOCATION
Tyne and Wear, UK

ABOUT MICHAEL
Michael is based in Gateshead, England. His writing has been published by Senses of Cinema, Indiewire, Film Society of Lincoln Centre, Grolsch Film Works, Filmkrant, Eye For Film, Jigsaw Lounge, Permanent Plastic Helmet, The Big Picture and New Empress. He is also a regular contributor to Front Row Reviews.

In 2013 he was a participant in the Festival del Film Locarno Critics Academy.

Nick Prigge

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Published on: January 1, 2000

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Cinema Romantico

LOCATION
Chicago, IL, USA

ABOUT NICK
Upon seeing Last of the Mohicans one fateful summer night many years ago I realized I yearned for movies that above all else moved me and, thus, set forth on an eternal cinematic crusade for, in the words of Werner Herzog, The Ecstatic Truth. The great film editor Dede Allen once called herself a “gut editor – intellect and taste count, but I cut with my feelings.” Borrowing her phrase and tweaking it, I like to think of myself as a gut film reviewer – intellect and taste count, but I review with my feelings.

I strongly believe cinema to be our most powerful, beautiful and important art form. I am also melodramatic and prone to fits of hyperbole (see: previous sentence).

FAVORITES
Last of the Mohicans, Million Dollar Baby, The Myth of Fingerprints, Before Sunrise/Before Sunset, Atonement, Chinatown, Bonnie and Clyde, From Here To Eternity, Annie Hall, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Once Upon A Time In The West

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