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“... The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie … brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time. But you can't get everybody to interpret the result in the same way. And that's thrilling to know — that everybody will see it differently.”

- Steven Spielberg (in an interview with Anthony Breznican published in Entertainment Weekly, December 2, 2011)

 


The Take2 Guide to Steven Spielberg

Contributor List

 

Anderson, Jeffrey

Jeffrey M. Anderson has been a working film critic since 1997. A staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003, Jeff returned to freelancing in 2004. His work has since appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Metro, the Las Vegas Weekly, Common Sense Media, Greencine.com, Cinematical.com, and Movies.com. In 2008, Jeffrey completed his MA in cinema from San Francisco State University. In addition to creating and maintaining Combustible Celluloid, Jeffrey is also working on his first book. His particular areas of expertise are horror, Iranian cinema, silent-era cinema, and Westerns. Jeffrey is a founding member of the San Francisco Critics Circle.

Bacchus, Alan

Alan Bacchus is a Toronto-based film industry professional. As writer Alan is a member of the Online Film Critics Society writing for Exclaim!, a national Canadian weekly magazine as well as his own blog, Daily Film Dose.com. Alan is also a script development executive for Bell Media, managing a number of funds devoted to financing Canadian feature films. And as filmmaker Alan has produced and directed a number of short films.

Bellamy, Jason

Jason Bellamy coauthored The Conversations series at Slant Magazine's The House Next Door and has written and edited video essays for Indiewire's PressPlay. He ruminates on movies at The Cooler. His writing has also appeared at Packers.com, ESPNMilwaukee.com, NFL.com and other sports websites.

Berardinelli, James

Berardinelli was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and spent his early childhood in Morristown, New Jersey. At age nine, he relocated to the township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, then later moved to Piscataway. He attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 until 1990, obtaining both a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating he worked for Bellcore Company, now Telcordia Technologies, and spent the next 15 years working "in a variety of fields, including fiber optics, video testing, and software systems." Starting in 1993, Berardinelli started publishing reviews in Usenet by reviewing Scent of a Woman. In 1997 he became a fully fledged film critic. Berardinelli also writes ReelThoughts, a weblog. Roger Ebert referred to Berardinelli as “the best of the Web-based critics”, and wrote a foreword for Berardinelli’s book, Reelviews.

Beyl, Cameron

Cameron Beyl is an award-winning filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Portland, OR, where he discovered a passion for the moving image that shaped his life. A graduate of Emerson College, Beyl’s senior thesis was recognized with a nomination at the Evvy’s-- the country’s largest awards show run entirely by students. In 2009, his debut feature “So Long, Lonesome” won the Best Feature Award at the Zero Film Festival. His follow-up, 2012's “Here Build Your Homes”, premiered at the Oregon Independent Film Festival where it took home the Best Director Award. In 2013, Beyl co-founded Raccord, a boutique digital distribution label for underexposed films from bold new voices. He also maintains THE DIRECTORS SERIES, a collection of essays analyzing the work of classic and contemporary filmmakers.

Bass, Kevin

Kevin Bass graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, with degrees in anthropology and biology. For the past several years, Kevin has worked as a research assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During this time, he has taken graduate level courses at the University of Pennsylvania in philosophy, anthropology, and critical theory. In addition to writing, Kevin enjoys film, books, cooking, and biking. He was accepted to begin medical school in the fall of 2014. He expects to combine writing with a medical career.

Bocko, Joel

Originally hailing from the New Hampshire's seacoast - the nation's shortest coastline - Joel Bocko now lives in California. While looking elsewhere to earn his daily bread, he remains a writer and filmmaker whose most recent short "Class of 2002" (a dramatic mockumentary) premiered online in 2013. He is currently exploring his fascination with dichotomies and connections (apparent in both prose and video essays) through several feature screenplays. Joel also enjoys reading history, eating bagels, and surfing (ironically, a more frequent pursuit in New Hampshire than California, due either to beach proximity or congenital perversity).

Brayton, Timothy

Tim Brayton has been writing movie reviews at Antagony & Ecstasy since 2005. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Radio/Television/Film program, and a member of the Online Film Critics Society

Bullock, Paul

Paul fell in love with cinema when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. A childhood viewing of Jurassic Park introduced him to the power and wonder of the silver screen, and after his dreams of directing were shattered by crumbling papier-mâché sets, disobedient action figure actors and a total lack of talent, he quickly turned to writing, thus proving that life does indeed find a way. When not citing scripture from the apostle Ian Malcolm, Paul also enjoys the films of Billy Wilder, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog. His favourite film is The Apartment and his favourite apartments are in films. They're much cleaner than his. Paul can also be found talking nonsense on Twitter and works through his addiction to a certain bearded director on From Director Steven Spielberg.

Carson, Tom

Tom Carson won two National Magazine Awards as Esquire's "Screen" columnist and has been nominated twice more as GQ's movie critic. He is the author of the novels Gilligan's Wake and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter.

Chambers, Bill

Bill Chambers has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film from York University. He started the review website FilmFreakCentral.net in 1997 and it continues to flourish. He works from his home outside Toronto, Canada.

Chaw, Walter

Walter Chaw has been the lead film critic for FilmFreakCentral.net since 2001 and is the author of the recently-published a monograph "Miracle Mile". He lives with his wife and children in Denver, Colorado, where he hosts a regular film-lecture series.

Clark, Graeme

Graeme Clark was born in Scotland where he still lives. He has been writing for the internet since around 2001, mostly about film. His first love was classic Hollywood movies, which then branched out into cult cinema of all kinds as his interest was captured by anything from horror to comedy to World Cinema to current hits, and many points in between.

Cole, Jake

Jake Cole is a freelance film critic based in the southeastern United States. His writing has appeared at Film.com, Slant Magazine, Spectrum Culture, and other publications. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Auburn University. His favorite directors include John Ford, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Éric Rohmer and Charlie Chaplin. Cole keeps a personal website, Not Just Movies, for the purposes of linking to his writing around the web, as well as for writing exclusive content. Content includes reviews, features, lists and collaborations on film, television and literature.

Collinson, Gary

Gary Collinson is a writer and lecturer from the North East of England. He is the editor-in-chief of FlickeringMyth.com and the author of Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen.

Cook, Jay

London based blogger & online critic of all things cult in the world of pop culture. Lifelong cinephile with particular interest in indie, alternative & British cinema. Expert in retro UK sci-fi & comedy from the 70s & 80s. Favourite directors include Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Danny Boyle & Guillermo Del Toro.

Carillo, Jenny Cooney

Jenny Cooney Carillo was, at the time of contributing to Urban Cinefile, a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association based in Los Angeles.

Croce, Fernando F.

Fernando F. Croce is a Brazil-born, San Francisco-raised film critic. His writing has appeared in such publications as Slant Magazine, Film Comment, Reverse Shot, The Mubi Notebook and Fandor.

Cozzalio, Dennis

Dennis Cozzalio is approaching the tenth anniversary of writing his all-purpose, agenda-free film criticism blog Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. Cozzalio studied film at the University of Oregon in the late ‘70s and currently resides in Glendale, California where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He spends his (precious little) free time writing, cooking, watching the Dodgers and trying to reconcile himself to a new reality weighted more toward catching up on movies at home, where distractions abide, and less in the overpriced, chatter-infested environs of 21st-century cinemas. His favorite movies include Nashville, The Lady Eve, Once Upon a Time in the West, His Girl Friday , Dressed to Kill, Amarcord and, of course, 1941, and he thinks Barbara Stanwyck can do no wrong.

 

Cumbow, Robert C

Robert C. Cumbow teaches at Seattle University’s Film Studies Program, where he has taught courses in Westerns, Horror, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Vampire Films, and Writing About Film. He has also conducted seminar programs on Westerns, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and Kathryn Bigelow at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum. An attorney, Mr. Cumbow practices at Graham & Dunn, where he focuses on trademark, copyright, Internet, media, publishing, and advertising issues for a wide range of clients. He also counsels film makers, other artists, and arts and entertainment organizations in intellectual property and media law issues. He is a three-time graduate of Seattle University (B.A. 1967 and M.A. 1969 in English, J.D. 1991), where he teaches Trademark Law in addition to his film courses. He is the author of The Films of Sergio Leone and Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter, as well as numerous articles on film. A wide selection of his articles since 1972 is available at www.parallax-view.org.

Dale, Alan

Alan Dale is the author of What We Do Best: American Movie Comedies of the 1990s (2004) and Comedy Is a Man in Trouble: Slapstick in American Movies (2000). He currently serves as Deputy Legislative Counsel to the Oregon Legislative Assembly.

Davies, Edwin

Edwin Davies is a British critic and writer currently based in Florida. A lifelong devotee of cinema, he pursues his passion for the form by writing extensively for websites including Box Office Prophets, as well as through his own work as the editor of A Mighty Fine Blog, a site dedicated to writing about film and television with honesty, intelligence and humour. He firmly believes that there is no film so bad that it doesn't deserve being engaged with, though Hook comes very, very close

Davis, Nick

Nick Davis is an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University, where his research and teaching emphasize contemporary narrative filmmaking. His book The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2013) combines film theory and formal analysis in innovative ways to generate new notions of sexual desire in movies by David Cronenberg, Todd Haynes, Claire Denis, and others. He has worked on the side as a web-based film critic and festival journalist since 1998.

Donadoni, Serena

Serena Donadoni is a freelance film critic in Detroit. Her work has appeared in numerous websites and publications including Indiewire, Women and Hollywood, AllMovie, Metro Times, Orlando Weekly, Cincinnati CityBeat, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. She is a featured critic at Rotten Tomatoes, Criticwire and Movie Tweeviews. Serena is a contributor to the forthcoming book Baz Luhrmann: Interviews from the University Press of Mississippi. She previously worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts, helping to run the Detroit Film Theatre series.

Ferrara, Greg

Greg Ferrara is a staff writer and blogger for Turner Classic Movies, as well as a freelance writer and blogger for various outlets, and a former music critic with Mondo Cult Magazine.  Greg has been writing about theater, music, and movies since high school and began writing online in 2007 when he started Cinema Styles, his own personal movie blog.  At Cinema Styles, Greg explores any topic in music and movies that interests him, paying particular attention to controversial issues in current releases as well as a constant exploration and personal reeducation of classic cinema.

Fischer, Paul

Paul Fischer was, at the time of contributing to Urban Cinefile, a professional freelance film reviewer and writer based in Sydney.

Fogarty, Dan

Dan Fogarty is an avid movie fan and pop culture junkie. He started watching movies at a young age in a media friendly family and fell in with friends who shared his passion as he grew up. For some time he ran the award winning "Fogs' Movie Reviews" and continues to podcast about film on his show "The Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs".

Foster, Matt

Matt Foster is an Australian actor and writer currently living in New York City. An avid film lover and Oscar-phile, he has the embarrassingly uncanny ability to name all the Best Picture winners from memory.

Hatch, Robert

Robert Hatch was a critic and editor of The Nation for almost 25 years. In 1954, Hatch joined The Nation as a film critic, becoming managing editor in 1964 and executive editor in 1967. He retired in 1978, although he continued to write reviews. Hatch graduated from Princeton University in 1933, and worked in London during World War II for the Office of War Information. He wrote drama and film criticism for Horizon and Theater Arts magazines and was a culture editor of The New Republic. He passed away in June 1994.

Greco, John

John Greco is a Tampa Bay based photographer who photographs a wide range of subjects that excite him on an emotional plane. Nature, particularly birds, landscapes, cats, abstracts, street photography and geometric patterns and lines are subjects of interest. "My goal is to have my photographs express what and how I see life from a unique point of view." Originally from New York City, he developed a serious interest in photography while serving in Vietnam where he purchased his first 35mm camera (Pentax). After returning to civilian life, and while working a 9 to 5 job, he took classes in the evening at the New York Institute of Photography. His work has been exhibited at Ruth Eckerd Hall (Juried), Honeymoon Island Nature Center, Dazzio Art Experience Gallery and local libraries. "But my love for using film excited my interest for how film is used. Whatever spare time I have is devoted to writing about film."

Greenberg, Raz

Raz Greenberg is a PhD student at the Hebrew University, researching animation as text. Articles by him have been published at the Journal of Film and Video and Literature Film Quarterly, as well as the Joss Whedon Companion (published by Titan) and on Salem Press' Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. He has reviewed for Strange Horizons, Salon Futura, Animated Views and other online and print publications.

Heath, Roderick

Roderick Heath was born in Canberra, Australia, in 1979. After completing high school, he became a writer and sometime poet, to strikingly little acclaim. He writes about cinema for the blogs Ferdy on Films and This Island Rod, and has also contributed to Fandor, Bright Lights Film Journal, and GreenCine. A resident of the lustrous Blue Mountains outside Sydney, he is currently working on a large novel project.

Hollingworth, Adam

Contributor to the Flickering Myth and writes the regular column titled, The Comedy Critic.

Howard, Edward

Ed Howard is a film blogger who writes about a wide variety of cinema at his own blog, Only The Cinema, and also participates in the "Conversations" series with fellow blogger Jason Bellamy, hosted at The House Next Door. Ed has also written about music and comics, and he lives in New York with his wife, daughter, and a herd of cats.

Hyland, Tom

Tom Hyland is a Chicago native who has enjoyed a 40-year love affair with the movies. He currently writes about film for his blog Cinema Directives (http://cinemadirectives.blogspot.com). Along with reviews of current and classic films, the blog also focuses on craftsmen in the industry, such as cinematographers, editors and composers. His first amazing experience with movies was in 1968 when he saw 2001: A Space Odyssey during its original theatrical run; he has not seen a better film since.

Harvey, Shannon J

Shannon Harvey was, at the time of contributing to Urban Cinefile, a professional film reviewer and writer based in Perth, Western Australia.

Juliano, Sam

Sam Juliano is a 59 year-old creative writing and literature instructor in the Fairview, New Jersey Public School system. He is married for 18 years to the former Lucille Mancini (a grammar school principal in the same district) and they have five children: Melanie, 17, Sammy, 16, Danny, 14, Jillian 12 and Jeremy 11. Sam is a life-long film and music fanatic, and has built a massive collection of blu-rays, DVDs and CDs. He reviewed films for his college newspaper and a local publication, and founded Wonders in the Dark in September of 2009 with Allan Fish, age 40 of Kendal in the U.K.

Keller, Louise

Louise Keller co-founded Urban Cinefile in 1997, publishing the weekly award-winning online movie magazine with Andrew L. Urban. She reviews films, oversees the editorial, handles the production, administration, promotional and organisational aspects of the site. Previously she co-published Encore and Event Magazine and ran her own PR agency (Louise Keller Public Relations), managing the promotional portfolios for Champagne Pommery and Champagne Lanson. She was previously a professional singer and television hostess.

Kelly, Ryan

Ryan Kelly is a film maker currently based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and who works out of the greater New York City area. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Film Production in the Spring of 2013 and is currently working on several projects, including pre-production on a short film that he will write and direct.

Kendrick, James

James Kendrick is the film critic for The QNetwork, an entertainment portal web site that has featured his reviews since 1999. He is also an associate professor of film and digital media at Baylor University, where he has authored three books and numerous academic journal articles and book chapters.

Kinnear, Simon

Kinnear is a UK based PR professional, freelance journalist and longstanding contributor to Total Film. His articles on cinema and television have also been published in SFX and Doctor Who Magazine. He has written film reviews and features for VODzilla, The Big Picture, Clothes on Film and Hope Lies, as well as his own blog at www.kinnemaniac.com.

Lloyd, Christopher

Christopher Lloyd is a freelance journalist and film critic with more than 16 years of experience as a reporter, editor, broadcaster and blogger. He left newspapering full-time in 2009 after working at The Indianapolis Star as an A&E editor and reporter. Now he is a senior editor/copywriter for an Indianapolis marketing firm by day, and intrepid movie reviewer the rest of the time.

Lowrey, Andrew

Andrew Lowry is a London based freelance journalist and filmmaker. As well as Total Film, his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Men’s Health, Another Man, Wired, Little White Lies and Shortlist.

Lund, Carson

Life-long New Englander Carson Lund s early desire to devote his life to baseball was stopped dead in its tracks when he was confronted with Richard Linklater s Slacker for the first time in 2006. Ever since, cinema has been his passion. A productive independent filmmaker with over seven years of experience writing, directing, shooting, and editing (often on little more than scraps of cash in his wallet), Carson has increasingly supplemented his production efforts with film criticism. His own personal blog, Are the Hills Going to March Off? (named after a line of dialogue in Bela Tarr s Werckmeister Harmonies), was born in 2008, and since its inception Carson has contributed to a number of other outlets including Mubi.com, In Review Online, Dig Boston, The Boston Phoenix, and Cinelogue.com. In 2012, he was admitted into the Online Film Critics Society and attended the Cannes Film Festival, personal landmarks he believes to have officially legitimized his avid cinephilia.

Macklin, Tony

Tony Macklin is a freelance film critic. A current member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, he is a former film and literature professor at the University of Dayton, and the former editor of the filmcrit magazine Film Heritage. His articles and reviews have been most recently featured at Rotten Tomatoes and The Internet Movie Database, as well as in the Bright Lights Film Journal and The Fayetteville Free Weekly. Tony's well-received book, Voices from the Set: The Film Heritage Interviews (2000), includes his 1970s interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, John Wayne, Edith Head, Stockard Channing, Richard Baskin, and others. It's an excellent read for anyone who loves film. Since 1972, and in every decade since, Tony's picks for best films of all time have been included in the British Film Institute's Critics' Top 10 Poll. Published in BFI's international film magazine, Sight and Sound, the most recent Critics' Top 10 Poll was published in 2012.

Martoccia, Randall

Randall Martoccia teaches composition, literature, and film studies at East Carolina University. He also writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays and makes short, no-budget movies. He lives in eastern North Carolina.

Matloff, Jason

Jason Matloff was on staff at Premiere Magazine for ten years before it ceased publication in 2007. Since then, his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Empire, Spin, and The Hollywood Reporter. Matloff also coauthored, along with Spike Lee, the Los Angeles Times Best-seller, Spike Lee: Do The Right Thing. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

McBride, Joseph

Joseph McBride is an American film historian, biographer, screenwriter and professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. He is the author of one of the most authoritative biographies of Steven Spielberg, amongst other significant works.

Morbey, Rohan

Rohan Morbey attended the New York Film Academy in 2008, has a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and has written his first screenplay because he's bored of seeing so many bad films being made.

Owen, Dan

Dan Owen is a freelance writer and critic from the UK, whose work often forms part of the MSN TV website. However, he is most active on his personal blog, Dan's Media Digest, which since 2006 has been a source for British and American media reviews, mainly focusing on television and film. A passionate film buff and TV addict his entire life, he brings a balanced, considered, professional, and humorous eye to pop-culture criticism.

Pragasam, Andrew

Andrew Pragasam grew up travelling and sampling movies from around the world. His childhood exposure to Hollywood classics, art-house auteurs, kung fu flicks, Euro-horror, monster movies and the wonderful world of Japanimation instilled a lifelong love of oddball cinema that continues to inspire his work as an independent writer-director and actor. He is currently in pre-production on his first feature film, a riotous screwball romantic comedy called Love Fool.

Puccio, John J

John is a retired English teacher of English and Film Studies. He is also the retired Review Editor for DVDTown.com and Movie Metropolis.com, a former member of the Online Film Critics Society, and the former Classical Music Editor of The $ensible Sound magazine. John is currently the editor of the classical music Web site Classical Candor. He is bright, quiet, loyal, dependable, easily trained, and will fetch. Make offer.

Putman, Dustin

Dustin Putman is an alumnus of American University with a BA in Film & Visual Media. A member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), he has been reviewing movies professionally since 1997 and has been quoted in print ads, magazine articles and television commercials. Dustin is the author of the book, "The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween." Visit his website at dustinputman.com.

Rosenbaum, Jonathan

Jonathan Rosenbaum, who maintains a web site at jonathanrosenbaum.net, was the principal film critic at the Chicago Reader from mid-1987 until early 2008. His more recent books include Movie Wars, Essential Cinema, Discovering Orson Welles, and Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia. He still lives in Chicago, but he has recently taught at Bela Tarr's Filmfactory in Sarajevo.

Ryan, Tom

Australian film critic Tom Ryan has written about film for The Sunday Age and The Age since 1989 and his byline has also begun to appear in The Australian in recent months. Over the years, he has also lectured on film and the media at universities in Australia and the UK, written about film for a variety of local and international publications, and worked as a commentator on Melbourne radio. Born in country Victoria, he grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne and was introduced to the joys of the silver screen by the Ashril Cinema in Greensborough, now long buried under a shopping centre.

Sandhu, Santosh

Santosh Sandhu graduated with a Masters degree in film from the University of Bedfordshire and wrote the short film 'The Volunteers'.

Copeland, Edward

From an early age, Edward Copeland became obsessed with most types of culture, particularly film. Since he also happened to be news junkie and wanted to write movie reviews for a newspaper, he earned a B.A. in journalism in college and toiled in the industry for 17 years until primary progressive multiple sclerosis forced him to give up the daily grind, though. it did lead him into the world of blogging where he found success with his blog Edward Copeland on Film. As the blog's scope expanded and Copeland and his contributors covered TV, books, theater and music as well as movies, Copeland rechristened the blog Edward Copeland's Tangents, since, in the end, film wasn't the site's sole focus.

Seitz, Matt Zoller

Seitz is the editor-in-chief at rogerebert.com and the television critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com. He previously was television critic at Salon.com and The Newark Star Ledger and a film critic for The New York Times. He founded the film & media criticism blog The House Next Door. Seitz is known as a leader in the creation of video essays, frequently featured on Moving Image Source and The L Magazine and served as the publisher of PressPlay, a site for video-based film and television criticism. He was a finalist for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Simpson, Craig

Craig Simpson is the Lilly Library Manuscripts Archivist at Indiana University, where he oversees the arrangement and description of the Lilly s manuscript collections. He has written film criticism and essays for The Chronicle Review and Slant Magazine, and is author of the film blog The Man From Porlock. Craig is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and is also an oral historian.

Sullivan, Alfred

Al Sullivan is a multiple award-winning journalist from New Jersey. But his literary skills don't end with journalism, he has also written for the theater, has a love for writing poetry and has amassed an impressive collection of 'war' stories, a subject close to his heart being a Vietnam war era veteran. One of his biggest passions has been the films of Steven Spielberg, a subject he can wax on eloquently. He has edited and published magazines and is the author of "Everyday People: Profiles from the Garden State" (Rutgers University Press 2001).

Thompson, Bill

Hailing from the farm country of Illinois, Bill Thompson has been writing about movies since he could hold a pen. When he's not writing about, or watching, movies he's riding around on an ambulance as an EMT or spending time with his wife, daughter, and a gaggle of animals. Of course, there's also his eternal relationship with the Chicago Cubs that dominates so much of his time, and heart.

Totaro, Donato

Donato Totaro received his PhD in Film & Television from the University of Warwick (UK) and has been a part-time lecturer in Film Studies at Concordia University since 1990. He is the editor of the monthly online film journal Offscreen since its inception in 1997, and is a longstanding member of AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinema). Totaro has published extensively on many subjects, including articles/essays in Historical Dictionary of South American Films (forthcoming, 2014), Cult TV (2010), 100 European Horror Films (2007), The Cinema of Japan and Korea (2004), Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe (2003), Eaten Alive!: Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies (2002), and Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada (2001).

Tryon, Chuck

Chuck Tryon is an associate professor of film and media studies at Fayetteville State University. He's the author of two books, Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Digital Convergence (2009), and On-Demand Culture: Digital Delivery and the Future of Movies (2013), both published by Rutgers University Press.

Urban, Andrew

With some 35 years experience as a journalist, many of them specialising in the arts and entertainment, Andrew is a seasoned interviewer, feature writer and news reporter, having contributing regularly to The Australian, The Bulletin, Cinema Papers, Sydney Morning Herald and the Qantas inflight magazine among many others. He has managed his own publishing company (one of whose titles was Encore Magazine), and still enjoys writing on a daily basis.

Valentin, 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. He traces his near-obsessive love of film to Fred Astaire s musicals and the Planet of the Apes series. Mel counts The Big Lebowski, Singin' in the Rain, Vertigo, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Once Upon a Time in the West, High and Low, Blade Runner, John Carpenter s The Thing, Rules of the Game, The Devil's Backbone, and A Man Escaped among his favorite films. Ask Mel tomorrow, though, and more likely than not, he ll give you a totally different answer.

Zanzie, Adam

Adam Zanzie is a filmmaker and film critic who will be graduating from Webster University in 2014 with a degree in Film Production. He is the writer and director of Mark Twain’s Bad Boy Without Grief, a film based on “The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn’t Come to Grief” by Mark Twain, and A Thousand Deaths, an upcoming film based on the story of the same name by Jack London. Since 2009, his online movie-critiquing blog, Icebox Movies, has received more than 350,000 views and earned praise from several fellow film critics, including the late Roger Ebert. He lives in St. Louis.