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.
Matt Schlee– Senior Critic
Matt was introduced to classic films and TV at a very early age. He was brought up on a steady diet of Abbott and Costello features and classic Twilight Zone episodes. Like many young people, his teenage years included falling in love with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, and thus being introduced to auteur sensibilities. Matt’s favorite classic directors include Krzysztof Kieslowski, Billy Wilder, Jacques Demy, and Kenji Mizoguchi. His favorite working directors include The Coen Brothers, Kelly Reichardt, and Jim Jarmusch.
Ben McDonald– Senior Critic
An avid moviegoer his whole life, Ben entered the world of film critique as a teenager with a paper on the music of Stanley Kubrick’s work. Enrolling in university film study courses has only amplified his love for film, and he has since decided to pursue a cinema minor. His favorite directors include David Lynch, Michael Haneke, David Fincher, and Paul Thomas Anderson. In May of 2018, Ben attended the Cannes Film Festival 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.
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.
Nick Adrian– 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.
Gregory Canzio– Critic
Gregory’s love for film started at an early age established by frequent trips to local movie theaters and an obsession with Universal Classic Monsters. His love for cinema continued to grow during his adulthood and he is currently in the process of editing a couple of full-length screenplays. Gregory’s favorite films include Whiplash, American Beauty, The Evil Dead, and Wet Hot American Summer.
Rebecca Fisher-Jackson– Critic
After Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith completely captured her imagination as a child, Rebecca grew up as an ardent cinephile and aspiring screenwriter. Now a BA (Hons) English Literature student at Cardiff University, Rebecca has decided to pursue modules incorporating film studies into her degree. Rebecca began her career in film criticism after falling in love with Todd Haynes’ 2015 film Carol, which inspired her to attend the 71st Cannes Film Festival with the ‘3 Days in Cannes’ accreditation. Rebecca’s favourite directors include Todd Haynes, Yorgos Lanthimos, Guillermo del Toro, and Taika Waititi. Her favourite actors include Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Charlize Theron, and David Tennant.
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.