Alex Sitaras– Site Leader
Originally a music critic, Alex began his work with film criticism after watching the films of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman for the first time. From these films, Alex realized that there was much more artistry and depth to filmmaking than he had previously thought. His favorite contemporary directors include Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater, and Terrence Malick.
Ben McDonald– Senior Critic
An avid moviegoer his whole life, Ben started writing about film as a teenager with a paper on the music of Stanley Kubrick’s work. Enrolling in university film study courses has only deepened his love for film, and he is currently pursuing a cinema minor. His favorite directors include David Lynch, Michael Haneke, Claire Denis, and Lars von Trier. Ben attended the 71st and 72nd Cannes Film Festivals as part of the ‘Three Days in Cannes’ program.
Ian Floodgate– Senior Critic
After graduating university, Ian helped establish a film society within his hometown in England, enabling him to develop his love and passion for film in crafting the programming schedule. He has since moved into film criticism to express his thoughts on film to a wider audience. Ian admires the work of contemporary directors such as David Fincher, Nicolas Winding Refn, Woody Allen, Terrence Malick and Sam Mendes.
Kevin Jones– Senior Critic
Falling in love with cinema through a high school film class, Kevin furthered his knowledge of film through additional film classes in college. Learning about filmmaking through the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Anderson, and Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin continues to learn more about new styles and eras of film in the pursuit of improving his knowledge of filmmaking throughout the years. His favorite all-time directors include Hitchcock and Robert Altman, while his favorite contemporary directors include Wes Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, and Darren Aronofsky.
Nick Adrian– Senior Critic
In middle school, Nick watched an all-day Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon on TV that changed his life forever. His interest in film blossomed as he dove into the filmographies of many classic and contemporary directors. He found film criticism to be a perfect marriage for his love of cinema and writing and he currently pursues both fields in college. His favorite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, and naturally, Alfred Hitchcock.
Eugene Kang– Senior Critic
Eugene’s cinephilia started with his fascination with lists such as the AFI Top 100 and the Sight & Sound polls. He rarely finishes his list projects, but the many tangents he has taken have lured him further and further into the deepest recesses of cinema. Some of his favorite filmmakers include Lee Chang-dong, Luis Bunuel, Chantal Akerman and Claire Denis. He blogs about film regularly as part of a prolonged attempt to come up with a deeply personal, idiosyncratic canon of 1000 films that is nevertheless as inclusive as possible of many different voices.
Dalton Mullins– Critic
Dalton first fell in love with film as an eighth grader, when he watched Citizen Kane for a class. After that, Dalton went head first into the world of cinema by watching as many films and reading as many books on film as possible. Now a senior in high school, Dalton hopes to transform his love of film into a career one day. Dalton’s favorite director of all time is Stanley Kubrick; however, his favorite contemporary directors include Terrence Malick, Richard Linklater, and Paul Thomas Anderson.
George Morris– Critic
Raised by television and worn-out VHS copies of Jurassic Park and Toy Story, George knew the impact good cinema could have, and swore to join the league of his idols so that one day he too would be able to tell stories that will affect those around the world. Alongside his Creative Writing and Media Production courses in the UK, George is a freelance screenwriter with a growing library of work and loves any excuse to gush about his favourite film/shows, particularly of the horror, comedy and science-fiction genres. His favourite directors include Martin McDonagh, Guillermo Del Toro, Denis Villeneuve and Mike Flanagan.
Carson Schilling– Critic
As a child, Carson would spend all his free time watching films and TV shows – so much to the point that he became enamored with storytelling. After being a musician throughout high school and taking a class in film editing, he realized that his undiscovered passion had been film the whole time and is currently studying it in college. Carson adores the classic works of Billy Wilder and Steven Spielberg but is very much passionate about contemporary directors such as Edgar Wright, Damien Chazelle, Taika Waititi, and Ari Aster.
Henry Baime– Critic
Though a cinephile from a young age, Henry’s first foray into film criticism came with a review of Skyfall written after he saw it for the fifth time in cinemas and his appetite for watching and talking about cinema hasn’t slowed down since. Henry once went to the cinema for one hundred consecutive days and still considers it one of his proudest accomplishments. He could formerly be found at just about any major film festival or his local cinema, but these days Henry mostly watches film from the comfort of his sofa while eagerly awaiting the safety of a future world that allows him to travel again. Some of Henry’s favorite directors are Ingmar Bergman, Agnés Varda, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, and Chantal Akerman.
Nick Davie– Critic
Graduating from university with a degree in photography, Nick was originally more focused on the still image as contemporary art. It wasn’t until the world of cinephilia became more accessible to him in his twenties that he pursued further education in film, gaining a Master’s in Film & Television studies. Allured by the strange and mysterious worlds of David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Yorgos Lanthimos, Nick later explored the rich cinema of other auteurs such as Ingmar Bergman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Hal Hartley and Park Chan-wook. Often writing about film and its many nuances, Nick hopes to develop a career in academic writing and theory whilst continuing to produce idiosyncratic visual art of his own.
Jessica Moore– Critic
Seeing Mike Nichols’ The Graduate at a young age established Jessica’s life-long, unequivocal adoration for film. A recent graduate herself, Jessica spent a year of her literature degree in Berlin studying film. It was during this time specifically that she reconciled her love for film and academia. Further to her current occupation researching and musing about films for various publications, Jessica aspires to earn an MA in film and to pursue a career in film academia, especially in the field of aesthetics. Some of her favourite directors include Claudia Weill, Elaine May, Chantal Akerman, Ingmar Bergman, and Agnès Varda.
Timan Zheng– Critic
Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, Timan developed an interest in cinema after encountering the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Larisa Shepitko. Solaris and The Ascent completely changed his perception of what the medium could be and achieve. This appreciation deepened as he discovered the critical writings of André Bazin, which inspired him to write film criticism of his own— a hobby that he hopes to progress professionally. Some of the filmmakers that he admires most include Kenji Mizoguchi, Jacques Rivette, Jean Cocteau, Theo Angelopoulos, Abbas Kiarostami, and John Ford.
Will Bjarnar– Critic
Entertained by lightsaber-to-lightsaber combat and educated by Hogwarts professors, Will became infatuated with blockbuster film at an early age. It took a bit longer for him to be properly exposed to classic film and the works of renowned auteurs, but after a few college cinema studies courses he was hooked. Since then, he’s blogged regularly about movies, served as an arts and culture columnist for Marist College’s newspaper, and each year he edits a video countdown of his favorite films from that year. Will’s favorite directors include Trey Edward Shults, James Gray, Greta Gerwig, and Paul Thomas Anderson.