Meet the Team

Lydia

Editor in Chief

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I am a Media and Social Change student at Ohio University. I've been running the film review account @buffedfilmbuffs on Instagram since 2017, and I launched the BFBs' collaborative website in April 2020. Thankfully, I've found some passionate writers who love movies just as much as I do.

Some of my favorite films include Phantom Thread (2017), Night on Earth (1991), Y Tu Mama También (2001) and American Honey (2016). I'm not very technical, but I'm of the opinion that all a critic really needs are empathy and some writing chops. Vive le cinéma!

Letterboxd: @buffedfilmbuff

Twitter: @lydsmth

Chance

Assignment Editor

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I started writing about movies when I was twelve and have been desperately trying to make myself stop ever since. Despite the fact that I have the background and the education to write about better movies, I refuse to shut up about westerns, messy trash, and, most respectably, leftist cinema. Among the most essential of my favorite movies are Miami Vice (2006), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Handmaiden (2016), and Yojimbo (1961). Outside of this, I write narrative fiction, listen to Talking Heads, and tweet about the Muppets.

Letterboxd: @chance_rev

Read my Muppet tweets: @chance_rev

Grace

Content Director

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I am an undergraduate film student at Ohio University. Although I put most of my energy toward production, I hope to strengthen my criticism chops to become a more well-rounded filmmaker. My love for a good story started with books, and a goal of mine is to do a screen adaptation justice. Some movies I love are When Harry Met Sally (1989), Spirited Away (2001), and Marriage Story (2019).

Find me on:

Letterboxd: @xtrabroll

Twitter: @dongfangxilan

August

Staff Writer

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I am a Bay Area-based student, movie fan, and Stanley Tucci connoisseur. I've been making Oscar predictions since I was 10, so that should tell you something! I am always looking for movies that make me want to stand up and cheer, and if a movie can make me fall in love, then it’s a success. A Single Man (2009), Brief Encounter (1945), The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and 20th Century Women (2016) are about the gist of it.

Find me on:
Letterboxd: filmbuff007

Twitter: doubleofilms

Ella

Staff Writer

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I am a freelance film journalist and aspiring film historian. My passion lies in film education and dissecting film history through an intersectional feminist lens. I hope to one day inspire the passion I have for film in others. Although I’m always discovering a new filmic obsession, classic Hollywood has my heart. Some of my favorite directors include Agnès Varda, Park Chan-wook, Todd Haynes, Stanley Donen, and Jane Campion. You can find me on Instagram and Letterboxd @ellasolenne.

Hèctor

Staff Writer

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I am a Puerto Rican chemical engineering student and freelance film critic with a great passion for the 1960s and horror cinema. I started review writing in January 2021. Some of my favorite films are Raw (2016), The Green Ray (1986), and Eyes Without a Face (1960). 

Instagram: @hectorhareviews 

Letterboxd: @hectorha

Twitter @hector__ha 

Other work: https://linktr.ee/hectorha .

Jack

Staff Writer

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I’m a film fiend from Australia with a strong love for sleazy cinema, slashers, and anything with an overabundance of neon lights and kung fu kicks. I host a weekly film-based podcast called "The Middle Section" and will find any possible chance to quote Seinfeld in my day-to-day life. Some of my favorite directors include Brian De Palma, Michael Mann, Paul Verhoeven, Sam Raimi and The Wachowski sisters.


Instagram: @pinkpolopete

Letterboxd: @pinkpolopete
Twitter: @siddalljack46

Josh

Staff Writer

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I’m an aspiring writer studying film in southeast Ohio. I hail from the state of Delaware, and I’ve lived in Virginia and Philadelphia. No matter what I do for a living or where I call home, my life’s constant has been movies, be they musical, action, horror, or dramedy. I especially love that first-time experience with a thoughtful and well-crafted movie. My favorites are from the directors I’ve been most affected by, like John Carney, Ryan Coogler, Akira Kurosawa and the Coen brothers.

Letterboxd: @jsdempsey

Twitter: @jd_onyourleft

Max

Staff Writer

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I am Australian, with a flipping big love for film, TV, and the arts. I am an aspiring filmmaker, with my major inspirations being David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Bill Hader, Bong Joon-Ho, the Safdie Brothers, Park Chan-Wook and Edgar Wright. What I love most in a movie is for it to hold a tight grip on me and fiddle with my emotions at the artist’s will. I want to feel impacted by a story, in any way, shape or form. It’s an impact I’m looking for, as well as a deep work of artistic sense, storytelling and thematic exploration. 

Instagram: @reviewthebacon23 & @the_perks_of_being_kevin_bacon

Letterboxd: @ReviewtheBacon

Nicholas

Staff Writer

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I am a student of electrical/electronics engineering at the University of Benin, Nigeria, who didn't quite realize how much I'd rather write stuff. When I'm not studying engineering, I am writing fiction. I love music and film, hence an expected bias for musicals. I have a special preference toward Quentin Tarantino's style. Some of my favorite films include Manchester by The Sea (2016), Parasite (2019) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

Twitter: @nikkolaus4
Letterboxd: @nikkolaus

Nick

Staff Writer

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I'm a psychology and Narrative Sociology of Television double major at Indiana University. I've always enjoyed writing critically and analytically about media, be it movies, TV, music, or video games. Over the past few years, I've fallen in love with TV as a medium and all the creative possibilities that come with such a long-form format and even decided to create my own major around it. My favorite shows include Succession, Community, Derry Girls, and The Wire. Outside of that, you can find me playing music on student radio, intermittently talking about music on Instagram, and dressing like Kramer from Seinfeld. 

 

Letterboxd: @nzidares 

Twitter: @nickziddy

Noah

Staff Writer

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I am a psychology & theatre pre-med student at Indiana University who dabbles in expressing my love of film. My genre interests are wide-ranging, but I have soft spots for psychological horror, romance, and everything weird. I particularly love the works of David Lynch, Wong Kar-wai, Terrence Malick, and Céline Sciamma. Beyond film, I’ll also talk your ear off about indie and folk music :)

Letterboxd: @noahmoore 
Anywhere else: @nopemoore

Pedro

Staff Writer

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I like movies. Too much, some say. I have been passionate about horror movies since an age when my parents probably should have said “no!” However, I have no problem seeing and watching a movie from any genre.

Anyone who knows me knows that, although I love Wes Craven, John Carpenter and Bong Joon-ho, my favourite director is Steven Spielberg. How did he get in here? It's simple: he's the best visual storyteller in history. I say so, so it must be true.

My Portuguese-language writing can be found on Fala Visual.

Letterboxd: @pires90

Raghav

Staff Writer

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I’m always writing about a lot of things, but it’s a constant delight to write about the cinematic medium, a vast and beautiful horizon constantly expanding in new and glorious directions. I’m eternally trying to branch out toward all of them, but a quick scan of my favorites at the moment includes Yi Yi (2000), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (2019) which I sometimes think is the best film ever made. Along with doing freelance work, I work as an arts/culture writer for The Grape at Oberlin College where I study film and journalism. Other times, I usually have my headphones in and am scouting the area for local jazz shows.

Instagram: @off._thewall
Letterboxd: @blueskyrevisit
Twitter: @mutuallyslumped

Sophie

Staff Writer

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I am a high school senior who plans to study video production and/or writing for TV and film. I thoroughly enjoy thrillers, dry comedies, and mockumentaries. My favorite movies are This is Spinal Tap (1984), Frances Ha (2012) and Ghost World (2001). I love photography and developing film, which sounds strange because it is by far the most tedious part of the process, but the satisfaction of a perfectly developed roll of film is unmatched. 


Letterboxd: @sophie_glassman

Twitter: @sophie_glassman

Spencer

Staff Writer

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I am a student at Vanderbilt University. I love movies, and I have ever since I can remember. Some of my favorite films and influences come from Charlie Kaufman, Denis Villeneuve, Richard Linklater, and Stanley Kubrick. I'm also very involved in music in my free time. I play several instruments, including piano, guitar, bass, and drums. For that reason, I love a good movie score.

 

Instagram: @spenc_bowden

Letterboxd: @spncrwbowden