The Film Experience has been recognized as "a pretty hip blog" (The New York Times), "always worthwhile" (In Contention), and Nathaniel has been profiled in "Meet the Bloggers" (The Advocate Magazine) and been named and "exuberant, optimistic and quick-witted Oscar blogger" (Vanity Fair). Come visit for the passionate daily cinematic observations. "Awards, Actresses, Cinematic Musings..." that's what we serve up with a little something from all cinematic eras / genres and occasional forays theater and television.
EDITOR | CHIEF CONTRIBUTOR
Nathaniel Rogers, the creator and owner of The Film Experience, is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He is the film columnist for Towleroad, a reknowned Oscar pundit (Gurus of Gold), and his writing has appeared in both online publications (Vanity Fair, Slate, Pajiba,Tribeca Film) and print magazines (Esquire and Winq). Nathaniel has served on international festival juries and appeared as an on-air Oscar pundit for CNNi, Sky News London and more.
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Jason Adams (Beauty vs. Beast / News)
While he wishes his parents had named him after the killer in the Friday the 13th movies, he takes comfort in the fact that on their first date they went to see The Exorcist. He writes lots of daily nonsense at My New Plaid Pants, mostly about movies and dudes in movies, not necessarily in that order.
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Manuel Betancourt (News / HBO LGBT)
An avid moviegoer, this academically minded Colombian found himself writing an entire doctoral dissertation on queer film fandom as, perhaps, a way of reconciling his inner critic and his inner fan. Both thankfully, are given plenty of room to play together here at TFE as well as at Manuel's own blog where he tends to put his queer theory training to work. Manuel's favorite film genre is "soul-crushingly depressing if beautifully lensed relationship dramas with juicy parts for actresses."
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Tim Brayton (Tim’s Toons)
Tim discovered he was a cinephile after accidentally watching all three and a half hours of Seven Samurai in one sitting a the delicate age of 14. Many years later, he spends all his time devouring everything from trashy horror to glossy Hollywood classics to, of course, animation past and present, which he writes about for the Film Experience. He also reviews films most days at his inexplicably-named blog, Antagony & Ecstasy.
Alexa Frangos (Curio)
Alexa is a photographer and recovering lawyer with a cinematic bent. She completed her M.F.A. thesis at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on images of women in film, and when she subsequently became a lawyer she would sneak into the movies between depositions. Now a stay-at-home mom, she writes the weekly arts and crafts column for TFE. She is obsessed with Cindy Sherman, Carole Lombard, Pauline Kael and cherry pie.
Anne Marie Kelly (A Year With Kate / Women's Pictures)
Anne Marie's love of film began as childhood adulation of Katherine Hepburn & the Marx Brothers, and grew into a passion for Technicolor, Hays Code movies, and B-picture scifi. This led to a career in film preservation, and a current run at a cinema studies masters at USC. When not writing about movies, Anne Marie can be found working on movies, talking about movies, or watching movies. She also has several other hobbies and occasionally goes outside.
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Amir Soltani (Team Coordinator)
Amir is a conformist to The Man by day, an infrequent writer by night and an Iranian cinema connoisseur at all times. He co-hosts a podcast at Hello Cinema, writes film reviews at Movie Mezzanine and pretends his personal blog still has readers. If you have ideas for team posts (top 10 lists, themed series, etc.) he will welcome you with open arms.
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Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks)
Nick Davis writes the reviews and features at the website Nick's Flick Picks. The site's unpredictable cycles of frenzied activity and long dormancy have to do with his also being an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern, where his research and teaching mostly concern narrative film in different eras, genres, and countries. Back in 2002, he made a joke about a detail in a costume designed by Jenny Beavan and Nathaniel, whom he had just met, got it completely. Their mouths both hung agape, and they have been loyal to each other ever since.
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Joe Reid (Freelance)
Joe Reid never went to film school, unless you count the film school of hard knocks, which he also didn't go to. That hasn't stopped him from writing about movies (and TV, but don't think less of him) for places like The Atlantic, Grantland, Slate, and more. One day, he'll have written about his love for The Hours, Go, and Mermaids enough that he can finally close his laptop, satisfied that his work is done. You can experience the best (and worst) of him via his Twitter.
Katey Rich (Vanity Fair)
Katey Rich is the editor of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood. She previously spent five years as an editor at Cinema Blend, and she has also contributed to The Guardian and Film Journal International. She liked Channing Tatum before you did.
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ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM...
Adam hailed from the confines of a Christmas Tree Farm in upstate New York. Starting in the fall of 2015 he will be enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. When he’s not enjoying the pleasures of a life without pants, you can find him scribbling away on personal essays and short stories while also defending (against all odds) the credibility of Sienna Miller and Cersei Lannister.
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Angelica Jade Bastién
Angelica Jade Bastién is a Southern born essayist and screenwriter. She's written for Bustle and Bright Wall/Dark Room. She primarily writes about noir, Old Hollywood, and female madness. 'The Feminine Grotesque' is the best way to describe her aesthetic. She is currently obsessed with the beauty of Cary Fukunaga, baking the perfect pie, and Bette Davis. You can find her musings and other writerly experiments on her site, Madwomen & Muses.
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A performer since birth, Daniel Bayer ("Dancin' Dan" to the web) started taking tap dance lessons at ten years old after seeing Singin' In The Rain. A nationally-ranked dancer in his youth, he has done everything there is to do in a theater: performed, directed, choreographed, dramaturged, designed lights and sound, ran spotlights, built sets, stage managed, and even served on the board. He now teaches tap dance and writes on his blog when he isn't making money for non-profit organizations for a living.
Margaret de Larios
Margaret is a movie enthusiast raised on the offerings of her local PBS affiliate and the public library's VHS section. She has been perfecting a Lina Lamont impression since the age of six. At her day job she tries to save the world with spreadsheets or something, but as a pop culture obsessive and an incorrigible maker of lists she finds a creative outlet at The Film Experience. She is already planning her next Oscar party.
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Glenn is an Australia-based film, music and lifestyle writer. When not seeking out obscure Australian cinema, queer art films and documentaries, he can usually be found enthusing about camp trash and horror flicks. His writings and film criticism have appeared online at Junkee, Vanity Fair, Weekly Gravy, Overland Journal, Concrete Playground, Quickflix and his own website as well as in print in The Big Issue and Metro Magazine. In 2014 he won the Australian Film Critics’ Association’s prize for writing on Australian cinema and has served on FIPRESCI juries at Stockholm and San Francisco film festivals.
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Murtada finally understood what magic was when he saw Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman. He’s been mesmerized by movies ever since. A Sudanese transplant he now lives in New York City and tweets and blogs as ME_Says.
Matthew Eng is a 2015 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Cinema Studies. He is currently part of the Editorial Team at Tribeca Film. His full-length screenplay Janie and Junie Go to Mars received readings from both RADA in London and the Bechdel Group, a monthly NYC reading series devoted to challenging portrayals of women in film and on stage. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Matthew’s favorite movies are all psychological dramas about complex women who do dumb things and he would greatly appreciate it if someone could give Gena Rowlands another great part. Maybe he’ll do it.
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Andrew's daily struggle is to balance his loyalties between Katharine Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, Martin Scorsese, Tennessee Williams, Martin Carter and Carrie Mathison, while living in Guyana, where he was born and raised. When not indulging in the Arts you can find him working as an assistant editor to a local magazine, writing here and StageBuddy or teaching Literature and Drama to surly teenagers. In the sliver of time left over from all that, Andrew tries to convince those who know him that The Big Chill speaks to him on an emotional level, despite being neither Caucasian nor a babyboomer.)
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Lynn is a government lawyer who spends most of her time outside work obsessing over arts and pop culture. Her current fascination is with "The Americans" on FX. Her first love, though, will always be movies, thanks to parents who raised her on an eclectic diet of Ingmar Bergman, talky French films, 1960s musicals, Star Wars, and Spielberg blockbusters. You can find her occasional musings on movies and TV on her blog.
Deborah divides her time between writing about pop culture and holding a day job. She is co-owner and chief writer at Basket of Kisses, “Smart Discussion About Smart Television”. She is also the author of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. In her other persona, Deborah is the author of six occult books, most recently Tarot Interactions and Merry Meet Again. Deborah lives in Jersey City, NJ with Professor Spouse and an assortment of cats.
Living all of his life in Germany, Sebastian began to revolt against his Teutonic surroundings at an early age by building and nurturing unhealthy obsessions with the English language and American pop culture. He loves The Simpsons but will give you a blank stare if you quote a line from season 10 or beyond. One time he took a photo of a cat that got published in the New York Times. His current life goal is to watch ALL the movies. He's about halfway done with that.
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Jose Solís wanted to write about film since he was a child which is why he followed the yellow brick road and moved to Oz (ahem NYC) to make his dream come true. He has been writing about film since 2003 and regularly contributes to The Film Experience and PopMatters. He is also having a torrid affair with Broadway and theatAH and writes about those at StageBuddy.com. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.
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At 8, providence guided Kyle to Bringing Up, Baby. Soon after, he picked up a biography of Vivien Leigh (followed quickly by Lauren Bacall’s By Myself and Now). You can guess how the rest of the story goes. His love of performers and their characters led him to think about how we attribute minds to characters in different ways at different times, which eventually became his first book: Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism.
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Andrew Boyd Stewart
Andrew's first cinematic obsessions were Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Bette Midler, and Shelley Long in Troop Beverly Hills. He clearly has a thing for redheads. After studying acting in NYC and London (and working with the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Marcia Gay Harden...as an extra), this recovering actor discovered that writing about film was the creative outlet he needed. His personal blog is The Film's the Thing. Over the past few years, he has had his picture taken while holding an Oscar and a Tony and is now halfway through completing his version of the EGOT.
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Born and still unfortunately living in merry ol’ England, David took a love of cinema through two degrees, capping them off with a dissertation on Julianne Moore. (He likes to think he helped her win the Oscar.) He currently works on the social media team for UK entertainment site Digital Spy and in his downtime writes for TFE, Front Row Reviews and very rarely on his own website. You can regularly find him beholden to the visage of Emma Stone.
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The Film Experience is always looking for sharp, funny, obsessive voices. Ideal future team members must have strong writing skills, unique takes on movies past and present, and a passion for the cinema that bleeds into their every day life in some demonstrable or engaging way. Interested parties should contact Nathaniel.