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Meet the Team


Editor in Chief


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 Things to Come (2016), Night on Earth (1991), Y Tu Mama También (2001) and Broadcast News (1987). 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


Content Director


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


Assignment Editor


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


Staff Writer


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.

Letterboxd: filmbuff007

Twitter: doubleofilms


Staff Writer


Since I was a child, film has held a central place in my life— I talk about it, I write about it, I make it, and I help share it with others. While I am still figuring out exactly where I’m headed, I know that movies will be there. I also know a thing or two about a Wikipedia rabbit hole; areas of casual interest include music, history, nature, geography, politics, and science. I was born and raised in Ohio, graduated in 2021 from Ohio University’s School of Film, and moved to Chicago in the summer of 2023. My favorite films of 2023 were Rotting in the Sun, Past Lives, and Poor Things.


Letterboxd: @baileysplum


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


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.


Staff Writer


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 

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Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


I'm a Journalism student at Ohio University, with minors in Sociology and Screenwriting/Digital Storytelling. I love all things film, but have a huge soft spot for horror, thrillers and anything with Barbra Streisand. Some movies I love are House of 1000 Corpses (2001), The Doom Generation (1995), Mandy (2018) and What's Up Doc (1972).

Instagram: @jacksonmccoy11

Letterboxd: @slayerfan

Staff Writer

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I’m a music and math major studying at Indiana University Bloomington, primarily focused on composing experimental and multimedia works.  I’ve gradually developed a craving for cinema, and I especially love films that bend the medium and/or evoke the sublime, showing me a new way of looking at the world.  Among my favorites are The Tree of Life (2011), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and the television opera Perfect Lives (1984).


Letterboxd: @stanopticon

Twitter: @jrickertmusic


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer

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As an aspiring film historian, I am most passionate about researching and analyzing various different periods, movements, genres, and revolutions within cinema history. My main areas of interest are the Golden Age, New Hollywood, and the French New Wave. I love studying the careers of filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters in order to find recurring themes and trends. Some of my favorite directors include Robert Altman, François Truffaut, David Cronenberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, Ingmar Bergman, and David Lynch. 


Letterboxd: @LukeParry11

Twitter: @parryluke11


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


I am a Media Arts Production student at Ohio University. I’ve been obsessed with cinema for as long as I can remember, and that obsession has only grown more intense with age. My favorite movies are those that aim to give me a panic attack, but I also love when a movie manages to make me cry. Above anything else, I believe that movies are meant to be felt, which is perhaps why I’m not a very good critic. I also make rap music, but we don’t have to talk about that. My favorite films include Playtime (1967), Good Time (2017), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Mulholland Drive (2001), and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Letterboxd: @thegtwist


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


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


Staff Writer


I am a student at Ithaca College majoring in Writing for TV, Film, and Emerging Media, (a rather tedious way of saying "screenwriting"). I enjoy dry comedies, good old westerns and mockumentaries. My favorite movies are The Shining (1980), Marriage Story (2019), and The Lighthouse (2019). 


Letterboxd: @sophie_glassman


Staff Writer


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

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