Scott Menzel (Founder)
Media Affiliations: We Live Entertainment
Biography: Born and raised in New Jersey, Scott has been a life-long fan of all things entertainment. His love for film started at five years old and has only grown over the years. Scott is commonly referred to as MovieManMenzel and has been writing reviews since early 2003. He is the Editor-In-Chief of We Live Entertainment which he also founded.
Favorite Films: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Donnie Darko, Short Term 12, American Psycho, La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Adventureland, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Tommy Boy, Wet Hot American Summer, Back to the Future 1 & 2, Die Hard, and Bubble Boy.
First Film You Ever Saw: The Wizard of OZ
Scott Mantz (President)
Media Affiliations: Movie Mantz
Biography: Recipient of the ICG Publicists Guild Press Award (honoring outstanding entertainment journalism), Scott “Movie” Mantz is the resident Film Critic and Emmy-nominated Film Segment Producer for “Access Hollywood” and “Access Hollywood Live.”
Mantz is a longtime member of the Producers Guild of America and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
In January 2017, Mantz hosted the Official Golden Globes Red Carpet Preshow for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and throughout 2017, he moderated Facebook Live press events for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Blade Runner 2049.”
In addition, Mantz is an in-demand moderator of post-screening Q&A sessions with filmmakers and acting talent (particularly during Awards Season), and he is the regular host of in-theater programming for Fathom Events.
In October of 2000, Mantz joined “Access Hollywood,” where he grew to orchestrate the show’s coverage of all things film, including red carpet premieres, press junkets, set visits and film festivals (Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Telluride, and Cannes).
His on-camera movie reviews also appear on various national platforms, including the monitors at gas-pumps, supermarkets, and taxicabs.
Over the years, Mantz has been a regular contributor of reviews and film commentary for “The TODAY Show,” Headline News, CNN, National Public Radio, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KTTV-Channel 11 and the PBS movie review series “Just Seen It.”
Favorite Films: Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, A Hard Day’s Night, La La Land, The Hustler, Planet of the Apes
Ashley Menzel (Vice President)
Media Affiliations: We Live Entertainment
Biography: Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, films have always served as an escape for me so it was only natural that it would become such a huge part of my life. Moving to Los Angeles in 2014 allowed me the opportunity to pursue film full-time.
Favorite Films: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, What Dreams May Come, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Sunrise, and Beauty and the Beast (1991)
First Film You Ever Saw: The Lion King
Biography: Born in Detroit to two film fanatics could easily explain why I have always inhaled the cinema as it is and always will be like air to me. Both parents were musicians, so music was in my blood. One can see how the debut of MTV coupled with the movies of the 80s that would define me. The key to any music video and film for that is always story. I have been drawn to stories and started writing my own and reacting to the ones I saw on the silver screen at an early age. But it wasn't until I was recovering from a hand surgery in the late 90s -- with the help of some voice activated software -- that I produced by first published review. It was for Almost Famous and the local paper at the end of my street ran it and the rest is history. Almost two-decades later now, I have penned movie reviews for thousands of films, reached millions of readers and my passion for the medium has only grown with time and taken me around the world, from Rio to Paris. My work can currently be seen on my personal website, TheMovieMensch.com and various other publications.
Favorite Films: Goodfellas, Being There, Close Encounters, Almost Famous, Empire Strikes Back, Casablanca, The Holy Grail, Back to the Future, To Live and Die in L.A., Amadeus, Pulp Fiction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, To Kill a Mockingbird, Boogie Nights, Dog Day Afternoon, Head, Snatch, The Shining, Apocalypse Now, Midnight Run, Rocky, Jaws, Fargo, The Philadelphia Story, Citizen Kane, The Princess Bride, The 39 Steps, Blade Runner, Tender Mercies, The Breakfast Club, The African Queen, Dazed and Confused, Whiplash, Dr. Strangelove, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski, Se7en, This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, and American Psycho.
First Film You Ever Saw: Bambi
Media Affiliations: Battleship Pretension
Biography: Born and raised in St. Louis, educated in Chicago, aged in Los Angeles, David Bax co-founded the film discussion/review podcast and website Battleship Pretension in 2007 and has been dutifully watching and overanalyzing movies every day since. He also likes hockey.
Favorite Films: Barton Fink, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Black Narcissus
First Film You Ever Saw: According to my parents: E.T. but the first one I remember is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Biography: Nestor Bentancor -a.k.a. Nestor Cine- is an entertainment and film journalist, accredited by the MPAA. He is originally from Uruguay (South America), where he attended the National University of Communication & Media Studies.
In 2009 he founded the bilingual movie news website DesdeHollywood.com, where he functions as Editor-In-Chief. In 2015 he launched “Nestor Cine desde Hollywood,” a YouTube channel featuring his movie reviews, commentary, and analysis.
On TV, he has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for Spanish-language networks like NTN24, RCN, Nuestra Tele, and On DirecTV. Currently, he can be seen in the entire country on ¡HOLA! Cinema, from ¡HOLA! TV (US National Hispanic TV channel).
Favorite Films: Son of the Bride, Pan's Labyrinth, Children of Men, Memento, Dr. Strangelove, The Sixth Sense, The Matrix, Goodfellas, Superman (I & II), Back to the Future (I & II), Alien (I & II), Jurassic Park, The Naked Gun, A Nightmare on Elm Street, JFK, Die Hard, Kickboxer, The Silence of the Lambs, The Grey.
First Film You Ever Saw: Masters of the Universe
Media Affiliations: AssignmentX
Biography: I began reviewing films professionally at age 12 for the Gardena Valley News; at that time, I was the youngest reviewer to be accredited as such by the MPAA. Since then, I have reviewed for Drama-Logue, Backstage West, Home Theater Review, Eon Magazine, IF Magazine and Cinescape. I am currently the primary film critic for Assignment X.
Favorite Films: Planet of the Apes (original), An American Werewolf in London, Time After Time, Hair, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
First Film You Ever Saw: The Wizard of Oz
Social Media Links: Twitter
Biography: William Bibbiani is the head film critic for CraveOnline, the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast, the co-host of the Canceled Too Soon podcast, and a featured film and television critic on the What The Flick?! YouTube channel. He’s also contributed to the publications Fangoria, Coming Soon, IGN, Blumhouse and the California Literary Review. When he isn’t reviewing movies and television he’s HAHAHAHA just kidding he's always reviewing movies and television.
William Bibbiani lives in Los Angeles with a brilliant woman and a dopy cat.
Favorite Films: Searching for Bobby Fischer, Amadeus, Sneakers, Citizen Kane, Rear Window, My Neighbor Totoro, The Palm Beach Story, Big Trouble in Little China, RoboCop, The Blues Brothers, The Monster Squad, Summer Wars and Step Up 2-4.
First Film You Ever Saw: Staying Alive (1983)
Media Affiliation: ScreenPicks, The Movie Kit, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango, and Screen Rant
Biography: Kit Bowen has turned her extraordinary passion for all things entertainment into a long and varied career in the entertainment business. It started as a kid, watching old flicks with her mom on TV and going to see Disney movies on the big screen. The passion only grew as she got older, and for a brief moment, she wanted to be an actress. Kit attended UCLA to study theater arts but instead opted to get a B.A. in English. A wise choice, as it turns out.
For over 15 years, Kit has been an online entertainment journalist, reporter and film critic, writing for sites such as ScreenPicks, Screen Rant, Fandango, ExtraTV and Hollywood.com. You can also watch her mixing it up on camera with celebrities on Rotten Tomatoes and We Got This Covered. Oh, and she has a blog (as you do) called TheMovieKit, and when she updates it, shares her thoughts on movies, including a new web video series called The Movie Kit Happy Hour. On the whole, Kit just thinks of herself as a walking IMDb, and there really isn't a genre she doesn't enjoy to some degree. Action and sci-fi movies are her favs, though, and she is defined by how times she has seen Jaws. It's a lot.
Favorite Films: Jaws, Terminator 2, The Matrix, Alien, Aliens, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather Parts 1 and 2, All the President's Men, Baby Driver and Wonder Woman.
First Film You Ever Saw: If you're counting on TV, then probably The Wizard of Oz. Big screen? Had to be a Disney movie. I think it might have been The Love Bug.
Media Affiliation: CinemaBlend
Biography: Originally hailing from Northern New Jersey, Eric's first big screen memory is freaking out at a screening of Naked Gun 2 1/2 - specifically when Frank Drebin gets an electric toothbrush shoved in his mouth and foam starts spewing out. He, fortunately, recovered from that incident, becoming fascinated with film thanks to the '90s indie movement and writer/directors like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Robert Rodriguez, and Richard Linklater. Truly, though, it was a 7th grade English class project and a screening of Casablanca that first convinced him he wanted to be a critic.
Eric attended Boston University and earned a B.S. in Journalism - all the while never ceasing his arguably unhealthy movie-watching habits. Shortly after graduation, he took a part-time job as a staff writer for CinemaBlend, and after six months was offered the opportunity to move to Los Angeles and take on a newly-created West Coast Editor position.
Since then his title has changed - now the Events Editor for the site - but the work for CinemaBlend continues. In addition to film reviews, Eric also conducts interviews with filmmakers and actors, contributes features and editorials, and hosts both a weekly Facebook Live show and podcast called Hero Blend.
Favorite Films: Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, The Cabin In The Woods, Alien, Taxi Driver, The Empire Strikes Back, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Double Indemnity, Captain America: Civil War, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, The Third Man, High Fidelity, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Out Of Sight and Chinatown
First Film You Ever Saw: The Little Mermaid (1989)
Media Affiliation: The Hollywood Reporter
Biography: Hailing from Austin, Texas, Lauren has spent most of her professional career doing what she loves most — writing about film and entertainment. From her days as a broadcast journalism student at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em Horns!), to her current role as an Associate Editor for The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren has written reviews and features, conducted interviews and reported from numerous red carpets, entertainment industry events, film festivals and more. As an ardent lover of awards season, she also served as news reporter and editor for Awards Circuit, and contributed to awards season analysis pieces. Her work has also appeared in Deadline Hollywood, Us Weekly and the now-defunct Gotcha Movies.
When she's not writing about the industry or watching movies, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels, trying out all of the best food in L.A. and hanging out with her husband and freaking adorable dog, Nala.
Favorite Films: La La Land, When Harry Met Sally, Gone Girl, anything Spielberg, Pride and Prejudice, anything Star Wars, The Shawshank Redemption, anything Pixar
First Film You Ever Saw: According to my mother, it was Aladdin. I will take her word for it.
Media Affiliation: AwardsCircuit
Biography: Like a movie cliche, Christopher James was born in a small, farm town (Lodi, California - check out our wines at your local Ralphs) always dreaming of moving to Hollywood. He moved out to Los Angeles for college, earning degrees in both Screenwriting and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University. Since graduation, Chris has written for Awards Circuit. While there, he's covered film festivals, written TV, and film reviews and speculated on all things award shows. He also is the co-host of the podcast "The People vs Oscar," where he pits the Best Picture winner and highest grossing film of each year against each other ("Snow White" vs "The Life of Emile Zola" anyone?). In the marketing world, Christopher has worked in media agencies buying advertising for a variety of entertainment accounts. Currently, he works for the Digital Marketing team at Fandango. His computer background is from the ending of "Big Little Lies," his Slack photo is of Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, and Laurie Metcalf, and he imitates Gloria Swanson while walking down stairs.
Favorite Films: Annie Hall, Almost Famous, Goodfellas, The Lion King, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sunset Blvd, The Graduate, Casablanca, Psycho, Cinema Paradiso
First Film You Ever Saw: The Lion King
Media Affiliation: Owner of LeNoirAuteur.net
Biography: Terence Johnson took a most unusual route to writing about film, making stops at Georgia Tech and LMU to get degrees in Civil Engineering and Film Production. Since those days he takes up writing at LeNoirAuteur.net, where he also co-hosts a podcast, and has covered a wide range of film festivals and events from Sundance Film Festival to Comic Con. Additionally, he has contributed to esteemed websites such as AwardsCircuit.com, SoundonSight.com, and Screenrant.com.
Favorite Films: A Separation, Gone with the Wind, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Exorcist, The Avengers, and Raiders of the Lost Ark
First Film You Ever Saw: The Great Mouse Detective
Media Affiliations: The Movie Chickk on YouTube and InDemand.
Biography: Krisily has been reviewing and creating online content breaking down the movie industry since 2011. She is the creator and Editor In Chief of one of the only all-female movie news sites, The Movie Chickk and is the current Los Angeles Film Segment producer for InDemand.
Favorite Films: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Star Wars, For Love Of The Game, Pan’s Labryinth, Desperately Seeking Susan, ET, Raiders Of The Lost Arc, The Color Purple, Jurassic Park, Valerian, Blade Runner, Terms Of Endearment, Roman Holiday, TheNotebook, My Fair Lady, Sabrina, Hacksaw Ridge, The Story Of Us, The Harry Potter Series, Swingers, Best In Show, The Outsiders, American History X, Gia, Top Gun, Flashdance, Swing Kids, The Breakfast Club, Pretty Woman, Disney’ The Kid, Lord Of The Rings, Dirty Dancing, Closer, Mean Girls, Crash, Beaches, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Good Will Hunting, Rain Man, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Goodfellas, Back To The Future, Of Mice and Men, End Of Watch, The Princess Bride, Die Hard, Whiplash, Rocky, When Harry Met Sally, Hell or High Water, What Dreams May Come, Memento, Heathers, Clueless, all things Jane Austin, The Shape Of Water
First Film You Ever Saw: ET
Media Affiliations: The Hollywood Reporter
Biography: Before taking a job at the Hollywood Reporter, Katie Kilkenny was an associate editor and writer at Pacific Standard, where she covered culture in print and online. Previously, she was a fellow at The Atlantic's Culture channel, where she reviewed films and wrote reported stories about the entertainment industry. Prior to that, she wrote freelance film reviews, covered scripts for a Hollywood talent agency, and helped select short films for the Telluride Film Festival. She has written for Slate, Vice, The Los Angeles Review of Books, RogerEbert.com, Indiewire, and Hyperallergic, among others, and in 2014, she was the recipient of an Ebert Fellowship from the Sundance Institute. She is an avid reader of box-office statistics and Hollywood history books; the two coolest experiences she has ever had as a film journalist has been to profile L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Charles Burnett and one of the first top female executives in Hollywood, Marcia Nasatir.
Favorite Films: All About Eve, In the Mood for Love, Mulholland Drive, Marnie, Margaret, American Psycho, Mustang, Spirited Away, Clouds of Sils Maria, Rosemary’s Baby, Magic Mike, and Heal the Living
First Film You Ever Saw: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Media Affiliations: Geeks of Doom and That's It LA.
Biography: Michael has been writing about films ever since he first started out at an internship for Home Media Magazine. Since then he has been writing reviews and covering press junkets for multiple outlets.
Favorite Films: Reservoir Dogs, It Happened One Night, Lawrence Of Arabia, Star Wars, Inside Out, Shaun Of The Dead, Spider-Man 2
Aliens, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Short Term 12
First Film You Ever Saw: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Name: Wendy Lee (also known as Wendy Lee Szany)
Media Affiliations: The Movie Couple Channel on YouTube
Biography: When she was very young, her parents showed her movies such as Star Wars, Young Frankenstein, Top Gun, and IT (I count this as a movie even though this was a 2 part TV series). Wendy fell in love with movies at a young age, imagining herself acting in movies. Years later, Wendy moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. While doing so, she started her own YouTube channel, The Movie Couple, reviewing new releases.
Favorite Films: The original Star Wars trilogy, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Princess Bride, Memento, Inception, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park, Fight Club, The Little Mermaid, Hell or High Water, Get Out, The Avengers, and Captain America: Civil War.
First Film You Ever Saw: The Last Emperor
Media Affiliations: World Journal (AKA Chinese Daily News); Sohu.com
Biography: Maggie Ma has been a movie reporter and critic for the largest domestic Chinese media World Journal (AKA Chinese Daily News) since 2006 and is the on MPAA domestic directory since 2007.
She also writes movie reviews for media from Mainland China, such as Sohu.com, Movie Review Magazine since 2016.
She graduated from the University of Southern California, with Master's degree for Global Communication.
She has been living in LA since 2005 .
Favorite Films: Lord of the Rings trilogy; Big Disney/Marvel fan but I also love movies based on true stories.
Biography: Alicia Malone is a film reporter, host, author and all-around movie geek. She first gained notice hosting movie-centric shows and reviewing in her native Australia, before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2011. Since then, Alicia has appeared on CNN, the Today show, MSNBC, NPR and many more, all talking about movies.
Currently, she is a Fandango Correspondent, and the creator and hosts their weekly show, Indie Movie Guide. Alicia is also a host on a cinephile subscription streaming service run by the Criterion and Turner Classic Movies.
Alicia is passionate about classic films, independent movies and supporting women in film. In 2015, Alicia gave a TEDx talk about the of women working in film and why this is important to change. In 2017, she was invited to give a second TEDx talk, where she spoke about the hidden stories of the earliest women working in Hollywood.
Alicia has also spoken at conferences around America, and because of this, was named one of the 100 Worthy Women of 2016. Her first book, 'Backwards and in Heels', about the history of women in Hollywood was released in August 2017.
Alicia has traveled the world to cover the BAFTA’s, the Oscars, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and SXSW. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and has been on the juries of the Overlook Film Festival and Hollyshorts. And over the years has interviewed hundreds of movie stars and filmmakers. She also wrote this bio but knew it would sound way egotistical if written in the third person.
Favorite Films: Rear Window, Amelie, Fight Club, The Apartment, Lost in Translation, Ikiru, and Run Lola Run
First Film You Ever Saw: The Never Ending Story. When Artax died in the Swamp of Sadness, I cried so hard my mum had to take me out of the theater!
Media Affiliations: Forbes.com
Biography: Have written about the film industry, with a focus on box office and film reviews, for ten years for such publications as Salon, Huffington Post and Film Threat. I have worked exclusively for Forbes.com for the last five years.
Favorite Films: Batman, Field of Dreams, Vertigo, Gravity, Fellowship of the Ring, Airplane, Mad Max: Fury Road, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Silence of the Lambs, Sixth Sense, Meet the Robinsons, Shanghai Knights
First Film You Ever Saw: In a theater - Muppets Take Manhattan, Overall - I think Star Wars
Liz Shannon Miller
Media Affiliations: IndieWire
Biography: Liz Shannon Miller is the Los Angeles-based TV Editor at Indiewire, and has been talking about television on the Internet since the very beginnings of the Internet. After studying film at USC, she worked for two years as a staff writer on G4's "Attack of the Show," wrote dialogue for the U.S. Army, covered the online video world as a tech reporter and served as a web editor at Variety. Her work has been published by the New York Times, Comedy Central, Nerve, Vulture and Thought Catalog, and she is also a produced playwright, a host of podcasts, and a repository of "X-Files" trivia.
Favorite Films: All That Jazz, Star Wars, All About Eve, Amelie, and The Matrix
First Film You Ever Saw: My parents apparently brought me along when they went to see Blake Edwards' "S.O.B." (I was an infant at the time.)
Jana Nascimento Nagase
Media Affiliations: Gazeta Brazilian News & Jana On Camera
Biography: Aside from loving movies and being young at heart, I’m daughter, wife, mom, friend, journalist, producer, programmer, editor, occasional voice-over, etc.. and yes in this order. I’m Brazilian, originally from São Paulo, and I moved to the US in 2001 to pursue my master's degree in Broadcast Communication. And the film industry just happened... I've been working in this industry for more than 10 years.
Favorite Films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Blade Runner, The Lion King, Pretty Woman, Juno, Harry Potter's movies, The Incredibles, The Help, Central Station, Elite Squad, Amelie, Wonder Woman, The Shape of Water...
First Film You Ever Saw: Lady and the Tramp at home & E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at the movie theater
Biography: Aaron is a movie fanatic and loves talking about such things…a lot. He is from Orange County, California, but earned a degree or two at UC Santa Barbara. He describes himself as a film reviewer, writer, podcaster, video game player, comic book reader, disc golfer, and a lefty. His mind is full of film knowledge and random trivia but he is always open to learning more, whether it’s through box office stats, reviewing Blu-rays from The Criterion Collection or simply hearing first hand from filmmakers and others about various productions and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Feel free to follow Aaron on Twitter, see what else he is up to at Why So Blu or his personal blog The Code is Zeek, and check out his podcast, Out Now with Aaron and Abe, on iTunes.
Favorite Films: Grosse Pointe Blank, Fight Club, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, City of God, Jaws, Star Wars, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Dark Knight, L.A. Confidential, Three Kings, Memento, Fargo, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Apartment, Psycho, The Conversation, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Shaun of the Dead
First Film You Ever Saw: Batman (1989)
Media Affiliations: Fandango
Biography: Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Nikki began her career as a model before moving to Los Angeles. She has been a host since 2012 and is currently a correspondent and box office pundit for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. In addition to interviewing countless actors and filmmakers for Fandango, she has appeared as a TV personality and film enthusiast on Access, Extra, Inside Edition, The Insider, HLN, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News and Fox News, and currently serves as the chief film critic on Sirius XM's Hits1.
Favorite Films: The Graduate, The Seven Year Itch, Edward Scissorhands, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lost In Translation, Back To The Future
First Film You Ever Saw: Return Of The Jedi
Media Affiliations: Senior Arts Writer, Mic
Biography: Raised and reared in Austin, Texas, Kevin O’Keeffe has spent his professional and academic lives in Los Angeles and New York City. He wrote for publications including The Atlantic, The Advocate, LA Weekly, Texas Monthly and more before accepting a position as a staff writer at Mic. There, he built the arts section from the ground up, eventually serving as the section’s editor before moving into a full-time senior writer role once the voice and style of the section was established. Now, he works as critic and commentator, writing at the intersection of identity and culture while maintaining a sharp critical eye, no matter what the movie, TV show or other work of art.
Favorite Films: Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, It Happened One Night, Network, Carol, Black Swan, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Volver, Moulin Rouge, The Devil Wears Prada, Heathers, Clueless, and Arrival
First Film You Ever Saw: The Lion King
Social Media Links: Twitter
Biography: James Oster, aka JimmyO, started his career as a film reviewer at Arrow in the Head in 2006. There, he brought his movie knowledge and admiration of cinema to giving his own take on all types of horror features. From there, he officially joined JoBlo.com (in addition to AITH) where he became one of the three major critics for the site. Thanks to the connections he has made, Jimmy has managed to take his love of movies to another level. In the past couple of years, he has produced the Oklahoma horror mystery THE HARVESTERS, written and directed by Nick Sanford. And this October,, the twisted holiday thriller he co-wrote and co-produced called SICK FOR TOYS will be released on streaming VOD and Blu-Ray. Jimmy is proud and extremely excited to be a part of LAOFCA and he looks forward to continuing to share his passion for the art of film.
Favorite Films: Halloween, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Road Warrior, Jaws, Alien, Raging Bull, The Haunting, Once, Blue Velvet, The Misfits, East of Eden, Some Like it Hot, The Shape of Water, Airplane
First Film You Ever Saw: Jaws
Media Affiliations: Nerd Reactor
Biography: 1985. Los Angeles. Long after those damn dirty apes conquered the Earth, prophecy has foretold that Mark Pacis was put on this Earth to do three things: Love movies, chew bubblegum, and kick ass. Unfortunately, he's all out of gum.
It’s during this time that his loving father and cousins enabled his love of movies. Ever since then, Mark has seized the day and made his life extraordinary through the incredible power of movies. He is now the Movie Editor at Nerd Reactor and a proud owner of over 800 Blu-rays and DVDs. It was truly the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Favorite Films: Big Trouble in Little China, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock, Akira, Pinocchio, The Rescuers Down Under, Dumb and Dumber, Ghostbusters, National Lampoon's Animal House, Braveheart. Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Iron Monkey, Once Upon a Time in China II, Seven Samurai, The Avengers, Back to the Future, and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
First Film You Ever Saw: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Media Affiliation: Associate Editor at Deadline Hollywood
Biography: Dino-Ray Ramos spent the majority of his life in Texas, attended Texas A&M University and lived in Austin before heading to the San Francisco where he worked as a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, where he worked as a fashion, film, and pop culture reporter. He went on to write for the San Francisco Chronicle as well as other local publications and switched to publicity working at the Center for Asian American Media. After about 10 years in SF, he moved to Los Angeles and worked for 42 West before going back into reporting, writing for Entertainment Tonight, Vogue, Bustle, Queerty, and Paste. He is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in media and entertainment and has written pieces focused on the topic. He was the host and producer of the Off White Podcast, which focuses on minorities in the entertainment industry and served as the resident film critic at the Tracking Board. He is now an Associate Editor at Deadline Hollywood. He is an active runner, active eater, occasional baker, enjoys “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, ‘90s hip hop and R&B, and thinks that “The Goonies” is the greatest movie of all time.
Media Affiliations: NPR, AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association, The Curvy Film Critic, Afterbuzz TV, Black Hollywood Live, Popcorn Talk, and Black Tomatoes.
Biography: A graduate of "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, business owner, host and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic Maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata. Nowadays as a member of (AAFCA) African-American Film Critic's Association, you can catch my reviews on www.AAFCA.com and on YouTube where I host Black Tomatoes - a brand new film review show on Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos, not to mention being a freelance to contributor on NPR(National Public Radio). With my blog, The Curvy Film Critic, I’ve contributed to panels for NALIP (National Association of Latino International Producers) and graced the red carpets/press room and junkets for many film premieres and film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, LA Film Festival, AFI Film Festival and covered the Academy Awards for three years in a row.
Favorite Films: The Color Purple, The Godfather Trilogy, Boomerang, Love Jones, any Jane Austin film, The Age of Innocence, Casino, Goodfellas, E.T., Indiana Jones Franchise, and Star Wars Franchise
First Film You Ever Saw: Mary Poppins
Media Affiliations: Cinemacy
Biography: At 15, Morgan was the youngest reporter hired by the El Segundo Community Cable department in Los Angeles, and continued her passion for journalism at Chapman University. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the independent film website Cinemacy, while also balancing a career as a music supervisor.
Favorite Films: Almost Famous, The Lobster, Goonies, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, High Fidelity, The One I Love
First Film You Ever Saw: Singin' in the Rain
Media Affiliations: The Moveable Fest
Biography: Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen Saito started out writing movie reviews at the age of 13 for his local paper The Burbank Leader. After following heroes Wes Anderson and Robert Rodriguez to the University of Texas at Austin, he began writing about movies professionally for Premiere.com and IFC.com. In 2011, he started his own site The Moveable Fest, which focuses on independent, documentary and foreign films that premiere on the film festival circuit.
Favorite Films: It Could Happen to You, Rocco and His Brothers, A New Leaf, Metropolitan, and Short Term 12
First Film You Ever Saw: Fantasia
Media Affiliations: Slash Film
Biography: Peter Scrietta start /Film in 2005, and it grew to become one of the most read film blogs on the internet. Previously, Scrietta directed a feature film which was never released. It was through this production experience that Peter found his passion was in discussing movies and not making them.
Peter owns, edits and writes for slashfilm.com. He lives in West Hollywood, California with his girlfriend and their French Bulldog. He is an avid board gamer, an amateur magician, Disneyland fanatic and collector of pop culture art.
Favorite Films: Back to the Future, Almost Famous, Magnolia, Empire Strikes Back, Cinema Paradiso, Jurassic Park
First Film You Ever Saw: A Christmas Story
Media Affiliations: IGN and Critically Acclaimed
Biography: Witney Seibold began writing about films for his college newspaper, regularly taking up a lot of space with his intellectual ramblings. After college, Witney began writing for The Santa Monica Mirror, and NoHo>LA where he eventually became the film section editor. He wrote for the pop culture website Geekscape until, in 2011, he became a regular contributor to CraveOnline (now called Mandatory), where he a co-hosted “The B-Movies Podcast,” a review show. Over the years, he has worked as the head film critic for Nerdist, contributed regularly to The Village's Voice's genre-based counterpart The Robot's Voice, and reviewed films for Movies.com, the pop culture feminist website Legion of Leia, and once to The Wrap. He currently contributes to IGN. Witney is the co-host of “Canceled Too Soon,” a podcast about TV shows that lasted one season or less, and the co-host of “Critically Acclaimed” a film review podcast on the Schmoes Know network. He has appeared regularly on KCRW's “Press Play” as a film critic and on KFWB as a film pundit. He currently lives in West L.A. with his wife and adorable young son.
Favorite Films: “Eraserhead,” “Persona,” “Ikiru,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Repo Man,” “Female Trouble,” “Children of Paradise,” “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “Slacker,” “Au Hasard Balthazar,”
First Film You Ever Saw: “Superman,” although I only recall the sequence wherein the Fortress of Solitude emerges from the ice.
Media Affiliations: Rama's Screen
Biography: Entertainment YouTuber/Blogger/Reviewer, an immigrant turned U.S. citizen and the world's biggest fan of both Bruce Willis and Gillian Anderson
Favorite Films: Forrest Gump, Die Hard, Superman, School of Rock, Love, Actually
First Film You Ever Saw: The Superman movie starring the late great Christopher Reeve and I saw it on VHS when I was a kid.
Staci Layne Wilson
Media Affiliations: Dread Central, At Home in Hollywood, Killer Queens Podcast
Biography: I was born at a very young age in Los Angeles, CA. 99% of the time my brain is thinking blah, meh, why, huh, WTF, food and movies. The other 1% I’m usually asleep. As a film critic and pundit, and I am recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things.
Favorite Films: Suspiria, The Shining, The Big Lebowski, Sunset Blvd., Moulin Rouge, and Contempt
First Film You Ever Saw: Bambi