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WHO WE ARE

Loud and Clear was launched in October 2017, out of a writer’s desire to share her thoughts on the movies she was watching. Since then, the site has grown from a small personal blog to a larger cinema portal. We are now a team of 45 film critics, we’ve published 2.200+ reviews, covered many festivals all over the world, conducted interviews, and covered red carpets. We organized many giveaways, and our quotes have appeared on trailersDVDs, posters, and promotional material. We currently have 10K+ followers on our socials, and publish 2-8 articles per day.

OUR MISSION

Sometimes you watch the first scenes of a movie and you already know how it’s going to end. The hero that saves the day, the lucky coincidence, the star-crossed lovers. The ultimate battle that saves the universe from total destruction, the coming of age story disguised as a road trip, the not-so-accurate revisitation of the past, the same old dystopian future. The remake of the remake of the remake of what might have been a remake; the struggle, the growth, the noble sacrifice.

You find yourself coming out of the cinema feeling frustrated by the excess of action and lack of content of what could have been a great film if only it had focused a little more on finding out what it wanted to say and a little less on special effects.

And then there’s the day you start watching something —anything—just to pass the time, and that one film speaks to you so unexpectedly and strongly that it suddenly reminds you why it is that you love cinema. Art, literature, entertainment are among the most powerful, intimate ways for human beings to communicate.

And when a film makes us laugh, cry, think and, most of all, feel. That is when the message has been received —loud and clear!— in that intense, unique, overwhelming way we’re all familiar with, even if we can’t find the words to describe it.

Let us help you fall in love with cinema over and over again!

THE L&C TEAM

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Serena Seghedoni

FOUNDER & EDITOR IN CHIEF

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I quote obscure movie references in conversations, take disappointing book endings way too seriously and I still haven’t recovered from the trauma caused by the most heart-wrenching 4:17 minutes in film history. I take life lessons from Dawson’s Creek, I’ve written a dissertation on Joker, and I once had to explain to the security guards at the airport that the ‘sharp item’ they found in my bag was, in fact, a Harry Potter wand.

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Branyan Towe

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

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A freelance journalist who probably relates to Little Women‘s Jo March a little too much. I love comic books, sports, concerts and anything directed by Kevin Smith or Spike Lee. Growing up, I dreamed of being a movie critic because I was fascinated by the art of cinema and the magic of going to the movie theater. I’m a big believer in physical media, and can likely be found watching the cinematic masterpiece that is Bottoms.

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Jack Walters

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

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Modern Languages and International Film student with too much time on his hands and too many films in his watchlist. Shameless fan of summer blockbusters and an unapologetic completionist when it comes to movies – most commonly found buying snacks for my next trip to the cinema.

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Joseph Tomastik

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

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I’m very much a late bloomer when it comes to my love of cinema. I took a career path about as far removed from it as you can think, but over the years I realized just how much film could affect me, and how exciting it was to explore and analyze it to the extent I do now. I’ve been writing reviews and discussion pieces since 2018, and now hope to take this relatively new path even further. My favorite genre is easily science fiction, as it opens the door to so many possibilities while still trying to ground itself to varying degrees depending on the story.

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William Stottor

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

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For many years my phone alarm was set to the opening theme of Taxi Driver, which is unsurprisingly a very dramatic and rather dark way to wake up. It was just one way for me to experience the wonderful world of film and more specifically scores and soundtracks, a passion that was ignited when I was just a teenager seeing Danny Boyle’s Sunshine in the cinema for the first time. Watching films is a huge part of my life and I am in a constant battle with my ever-growing watchlist.

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Aaron Murray

STAFF WRITER

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I’m a 20 year old autistic writer who loves anything from that one movie that won an oscar once to some undeniable trash you wish never existed. You’ll probably find me in a cinema one day hogging all the popcorn.

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Ben Sears

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Ben Sears is an Indianapolis native, aspiring filmmaker, and film critic. Lover of all things animation and Kurt Vonnegut, Ben has been writing and talking about film professionally since 2019. When he’s not catching up with movies and TV, he’s most likely spending time with his wife and kids, or training for his next marathon.

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Bethany Lola

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Jason Blum and Sharknado enthusiast. Lover of all things horror, especially if it stars Katharine Isabelle. Big on female led, written and directed films in any genre (emphasis on Sarah Polley and Gillian Robespierre). Probably found watching Another Round, Suspiria (1977) or Never Goin’ Back in my room.

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Claire Fulton

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Watching films ties with eating macaroni and cheese as my favourite past time. In December of 2001, my parents took me to see The Fellowship of the Ring. There, I fell in love with cinema and decided my life-long dream was to be a Hobbit. Unfortunately, I’m still working on that, as I inevitably get side tracked into watching a film I’ve already seen three times on a streaming service while the DVD gathers dust on my alphabetised shelves and forget to move to New Zealand.

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Clotilde Chinnici

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Clotilde’s love for film began at a very young age with the Disney cartoons she would watch over and over. However, her passion for films truly sparked with franchises like Hunger Games and Harry Potter. After graduating with a BA in Film from King’s College London, Clotilde started working in film production and entertainment journalism while developing a deeper understanding of film movements and trends. Although most of her time is occupied by watching films, writing and talking about them to anyone who will listen, Clotilde enjoys reading and baking in her free time.

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Connor Lightbody

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Film Festival Enthusiast from Durham, UK. Will never shut up about how good Magic Mike XXL is. Through a multitude of careers as a teacher, a chef and a support worker, the one constant in my life has been movies. Started writing about them with a purpose in 2014 and never stopped. The ordeal that was 2020 made me quit my job and go freelance full time, never looking back. Festivals attended to date include Venice, TriBeCa, London, Berlin, Cambridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds and Tyne Valley. 
 

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Daniel Allen

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I have always loved cinema – so much so that I studied Film Studies at university. But I also love writing about all sorts of films. Good or bad, long or short, futuristic or of its time. Hopefully I can share my love for cinema with you. When I’m not here, you can find me writing for my film blog, Cinematic Sense. I think Minority Report is the greatest film of all time, but I would be happy to be proven wrong.

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Edgar Ortega

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Co-host of Where Heartbreak Feels Good podcast and published movie critic, currently pursuing a film career and with a passion for journalism. Way too obsessed with a galaxy far far away. Films allow us to let our imaginations run wild, and if I don’t pick up the phone, it’s because I am visiting my second home – the movie theater – watching and dissecting films, good or bad. Favorite media includes Pan’s Labyrinth, George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice & Fire,’ Star Wars, Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune,’ and Lady Bird.

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Emma Vine

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Emma is a freelance writer and a lifelong movie and television fan. When she’s not at the cinema enjoying the latest movie release or talking to fellow film lovers on Twitter, you can find her at Starbucks consuming peppermint mochas.

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Georgi Petkov

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A connoisseur of all things mumblecore, coming-of-age, and psychological horror, but a consumer of all film. My love language is learning more about you so I could give you customized movie recommendations. My way of travelling to new places is visiting their local movie theaters. My opinions stay safely-stored until you unleash Pandora’s Box by asking me “What do you think?” I have an Oscar on my bookshelf for having the largest score of accurately-guessed winners at a local Oscars screening party. I thanked mom, dad and cinema for teaching me everything I know about life.

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Hayley Croke

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Native New Yorker and natural-born film lover. I earned a degree in journalism with a minor in film studies at the University of Georgia and studied film critique at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. I’m an expert on all things A24 and always keeping an eye out for the next round of up-and-coming filmmakers. You can usually catch me at the nearest film festival or whichever NYC theater is screening the latest foreign films.

 
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Hector A. Gonzalez

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I’m a Puerto Rican freelance writer and film critic and a member of OFTA, PIFC, and GFCA. I got raised watching horror films like Nightmare on Elm StreetEvil DeadCarrieAlien, amongst others, and ever since then, I have been in love with the genre (hence David Cronenberg being one of my favorite directors, and Julia Ducournau’s Raw is my favorite film of all time).”

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Jonathan Vargas

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It was January of 2017 and I was 14 years old. I begged my parents to go see La La Land with me to help feed my current obsession with Emma Stone ever since she appeared as Gwen Stacy just a few years prior. In that movie theatre, I experienced life, love, and culture in a way that I have never seen or felt before. Around a thousand new movies later, I consider myself a true film buff and an Awards Season enthusiast. Nowadays, I try to watch everything I can get my hands on to distract me from the everyday stressors of being in undergrad and I don’t see my love for film diminishing anytime soon.

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Joshua Stevens

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I am a long time film fan currently trying my best to combine my love of cinema with my passion for writing. I live in small-town Ohio and teach high school language arts and a film class! When I’m not watching movies (or grading papers), I’m hanging out with my dogs, watching football with my family, or getting into deep philosophical conversations with my friends. Oh, and I’m always drinking coffee.

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Justin Bower

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I’m an avid reader, writer, and cinephile. When I’m not reading fantasy, I’m writing on religion and pop culture. I’m a firm believer that horror films are beautiful cinema, a movie poster evangelist, and the one who will still bring up Toni Collette’s Oscar snubbing to anyone willing to listen.

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Justin Kim

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I sit back, relax, and lose myself in a few hours worth of muscle-bound heroes, explosions, magic, spaceships, and heart. Such is the experience I am positively addicted to. I have written reviews and discussions for a wide range of media since 2016, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. My favorite genres are horror and high fantasy.

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Keeley Brooks

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Movie-quoting film snob since 1996. I’m a US-based entertainment writer and a voracious consumer of film, streaming, and television content. I’ve been called obsessive about my viewing experience because I once snatched a box of Milk Duds out of my date’s hand at the theater for repeatedly thumping on it during LOTR: ROTK to “get the ones at the bottom.” I also once forced a college mass comm. dept. to acknowledge film studies in their curriculum so I could study and write about cinema without having to jump ship. And they did. True story.

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Kei Ryan

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Having not secured vocation as an Explorer or a Time Traveller, I instead write about movies from countries I have not visited, and times I cannot know.

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Louis Roberts

STAFF WRITER & LETTERBOXD CURATOR

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My love affair with independent film began at Manchester’s dearly departed Cornerhouse in the early 2010s. Ever since, I’ve been passionate about combining my love of film, literature and languages to uncover hidden gems and raise the profile of world cinema in the UK. Alongside my writing, I have worked at Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre in Leicester, and I am currently part of the team behind Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival. My favourite directors include Bernardo Bertolucci, Sidney Lumet, Richard Linklater and Céline Sciamma.

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Megan Fisher

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A Sofia Coppola protagonist and lover of banana smoothies. I have been obsessed with movies ever since my Grandma sat me down at four years old to watch the Cropduster Scene from “North By Northwest.” When not watching movies, I can be found going on long walks and re-reading Jane Austen.

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Tom Spoors

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One day, I cried at a Pixar movie and that single handedly convinced me that movies were worth caring about. I adore silent films and will watch anything animated, no matter how bad it is or how many Minions are in it. I commit the sin of being British everyday.
 
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Catherine Searcey

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I’ve had a fascination with films and storytelling for as long as I can remember, and it’s just never dwindled ! I’m no film snob; I will watch absolutely anything before I make a judgement (I am unashamedly a huge Adam Sandler fan). I graduated with an MA in Contemporary Literature in 2020 and have since been trying to venture into the world of film in whatever way I can! I discovered that I can talk to my friends relentlessly about film and thought I should channel that into writing. In my spare time, I run a TikTok account recommending films! 

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Christina Brennan

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Christina Brennan is a UK-based freelancer with by-lines in places like Little White Lies, Flux Magazine and Movie Marker. She’s reviewed several international film festivals, including Salem Horror Fest, Sheffield DocFest, FrightFest Glasgow and Sundance London. She’s due to publish a book about George Sluizer’s thriller The Vanishing, and in the not-so-recent past, she did a PhD on North American post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Christopher Connor

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A freelance journalist who drinks far too much coffee and is an avid fan of world Cinema across all genres. I’m a staunch defender of Ridley Scott’s A Good Year and a big supporter of physical media. Also a big gamer and music fan.

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Ck Anderson

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Freelance writer, actor and aspiring screenwriter. Unapologetic fan of big battle scenes and unbroken long takes. Probably a little bit too obsessed with awards season, but oh well.

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Daniel Asrat Brown

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I’m an aspiring filmmaker born in 2001 who was raised on Billy Wilder and Pixar. Like most Gen Zers, I have pretty eclectic taste. I love Scorcese and Marvel at the same time! I think the Star Wars sequels are underrated. At various points, my favorite movie has been Do the Right ThingWall-ETropic Thunder, and Paris Texas. Today, it’s probably Network. But who knows what it will be tomorrow? Movies are wonderful.

 
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Diana Tuova

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I am a critic and writer with a background in law. World cinema has a special place in my heart and though I regard the works of such film masters as Tarkovsky, Ozu and Bresson as “sacred canons”, I also have an eclectic taste in film, and watch and appreciate different genres, including horror, science fiction, anime and documentaries.

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Fabian Garcia

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Linguist. Biologist. Shrek 2 is the best film ever. It’s cinematic poetry. It’s a masterpiece. Jennifer Saunders’s version of “I Need a Hero” is better than the original. Films are my refuge and allow me to escape life, even if it’s just for a little bit.

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Isabella Liistro

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Screenwriting graduate, creative writer and film podcast host from Australia. Film became my escape from the harshness of growing up but now as an adult, it has become my favourite source of immersion and joy. I am a huge advocate for cinema-going alone, it’s so remedial for me. I have been writing reviews and discussion pieces since graduating from university, before translating that passion into a film podcast and my carefully curated Letterboxd profile. I hope to one day travel to an abundance of international film festivals. 

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Joe Flockhart

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I am an English student who fell in love with film at 19 when I was moved nearly to tears by Lilya 4-Ever. I will watch anything – be it cult, any language, Hollywood trash or aspiring to be high art – and I am very opinionated. Sometimes my favourite thing is not the film itself, but the chatter and emotional buzz in the auditorium after a good film. 

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Kathryn Miller

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I’m a recent college graduate from Texas A&M University whose true appreciation for film started after a History of Film Gen Ed class I took my sophomore year of college (Cléo from 5 to 7 is weirdly what got me hooked). I’m just starting my journalism career and am passionate both reporting, primarily about culture and people, and reviewing movies. I’m chronically a Starbucks, skincare, Hot Girl Walk, Taylor Swift, Pinterest-obsessed Gen Z, a Meg March girl, and Zendaya’s #1 stan.

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Lauren Bergin

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When Lauren isn’t heading up PCGamesN’s news department or stomping her lane in League of Legends, she’s probably watching a random zombie-filled K-drama or singing Hazbin Hotel songs in the shower, much to the disapproval of her neighbours. She spends her days snuggling her African pygmy hedgehog, Sonic, and wondering if Vox really is powerless without the other Vees.
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Maxance Vincent

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Maxance is a film student at the Université de Montréal, with a minor in Video Game Studies and a freelance film/TV and culture critic, focusing on genre cinema and contemporary feature films, while initiating as many people as he can to the incredible chaos of Uncut Gems. 

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Michael Carvelli

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Writer and social media guy based out of West Virginia. A comedy and film nerd who is known to sometimes get overly competitive when playing pub trivia. Lover of hangout movies, iced coffees and being constantly disappointed in my favorite sports teams. The Academy snubbed Hot Rod.

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Philip Bagnall

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Irish-born, London-based critic of many years. Has an MA in Film Studies, so yes, he actually knows what he’s talking about. Has interviewed Russell Crowe and Mike Leigh, and lived to tell the tale.

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Seb Jenkins

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I graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in journalism back in 2018 and have been freelancing full-time ever since. I’m a sucker for really well-written comedy and horror (and everything in between), and like to give fiction writing a good go in my spare time. Drop me a message on Twitter if you would like to connect or just chat film and TV!

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Thaddeus Buttrey

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Though I’m currently residing in Edinburgh, UK, I grew up at the end of a dirt road in a small town in Vermont, USA. Considering my nearest friend was a few miles away, I often had to make my own fun, frequently resorting to film and music. These interests eventually manifested into my current passions for writing OK genre fiction, writing dope heavy metal music, and even critiquing a film or two now and then. I have watched every Batman movie ever made, including the direct-to-video animated ones.

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Trace Sauveur

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It’s unfortunately true that my appreciation for film started after I saw Fight Club one day as an adolescent. Since then I’ve gone from reviewing movies for my high school’s weekly news broadcast, to writing for outlets like Austin Chronicle and Paste Magazine, to earning an MA in Film and Media Studies. I’ve covered festivals like SXSW and Fantastic Fest, and have interviewed filmmakers such as James Gray. I’m a big advocate for going to the cinema alone. I still think Fight Club is a good movie. 

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Wesley Hunt

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I am a published reviewer and sportswriter, but one of my main passions is writing about film. I gained this love of writing my senior year of high school when I wrote at length about Marvel’s Avengers and discussing its cultural relevance for the time. Since then, I have written many reviews on Letterboxd and the (now defunct) student newspaper at George Mason University called The Rival. My primary interests in movies include science fiction and animation.

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