Who Are The Us?
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Brian Salisbury (Founder, Podcaster)
Brian is a four-year veteran of the interwebs, a member of The Austin Film Critics Association, and currently writes for Film School Rejects, Movie Pilot, Movies.com, and Fandango. You can also hear Brian and former Spill critic Cargill (aka Carlyle) on their weekly Junkfood Cinema podcast for FSR. An obsessive consumer of film, Brian loves everything from Buster Keaton to 80s post-apocalyptic sci-fi. He’s also a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan and collects VHS, laser discs, and classic game systems. An eighth-level geek overlord, Brian is one of the founders of OneOfUs.net, the brainchild of he and partner in crime Christopher Lawrence Cox. Brian cohosts both the Inside the Locker and Digital Noise podcasts. Follow Brian on Twitter and Facebook.
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Software engineer, cinephile, metal head, comic book aficionado, damn good dungeon-master, Rod Paddock could be considered a true blooded geek if there was such a classification. Born and raised in Southern California, Rod made his way to Austin with his beautiful wife and two amazing children in 2008. As owner of Dash Point Software, Inc. Rod has had the opportunity to write killer software, author numerous articles and books on the art of software development and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in the US and abroad. Rod is a co-founder of www.oneofus.net and is happy to work with three of the finest gentleman a microphone has ever met. Follow Rod on Twitter or visit his software company at www.dashpoint.com.
While braving the snow-swept wasteland of Buffalo, New York for 18 long years, Christopher Herman developed a love for geek culture. A child of the 90s, he was raised on the valuable lessons taught by Batman: The Animated Series, Hey Arnold and Animaniacs. Eventually discovering a passion for movies, books, comics and video games, Chris began hoarding his knowledge of geekdom. Whether it’s Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Mass Effect, Firefly or Avatar: The Last Airbender, he’s always willing to discuss the intricate worlds and stories of geek properties. He also has a deep, burning hatred for the Star Wars prequels. Chris, along with Jon Romo, is the host of OneOfUs.net’s video game podcast, We Are Error. He currently resides in San Marcos, TX. You can follow Chris on Twitter or Facebook.
Like any teenager too young to gamble or indulge in any other vices the Las Vegas strip has to offer, TJ spent his summers at the movies developing a fondness for all the unique story telling devices the cinema had to offer. After graduating from UNLV with a Film Production degree and working freelancing for a few years he followed his instinct to Austin, Texas. Aside from over analyzing films TJ spends his nights, playing table top board games, DIY crafts, and occasionally country line dancing despite being the only guy tearing up the dance floor wearing Vans and not boots.
Nine months before John was born his parents had sex. Born and raised in the cultural bubble that is the far Upper-Midwest, geek culture was John’s outlet to the outside world. John’s love of imagination and storytelling led him to passionately embrace the worlds of comics, TV, and film. It is a source of constant joy in John’s life that he wakes up every day with new avenues of geekdom to explore. In his brief stint on the planet, John has been everything from a dishwasher to a soldier serving a single tour in Iraq. John graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BA in English and currently resides in Grand Forks, ND, where he does stuff (and also things). Follow John on Twitter.
Aidan Harr (Staff Writer)
Aidan Harr is a freelance filmmaker living in Chicago, IL. Having recently graduated from film school, he is confident that his impressive beard and ability to wax poetic about foreign filmmakers will be more than enough to push him into the industry. Until then, he toils away at short films with his fellow movie nerds in the Windy City. For business inquiries, you may locate him on the corner of Belmont and Racine, screaming at the local RedBox for not carrying enough copies of Deep Blue Sea.
Scott Johnson, aka ScoJo aka Silkie aka The Virginia Chitlin Pimp, is a full-on geek with unbridled passion for film, television, music, animation, cooking, mixology, and craft beer. With a degree literally in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, he has set out to make a career by writing about anything, in a constant search to find the best things in life while entertaining the public along the way. Scott provides for OneOfUs through the “Animated Anarchy” column by covering animation trends, old retrospectives, and reviewing movies Unusual Suspects won’t touch. Follow Scott on Twitter for his various opinions, or his work on PorchDrinking.com for his more libation/culinary side.
Stuart Linver (Staff Writer)
Stuart Linver is some guy living in Chicago. When not scrounging up change to make a movie or getting coffee for his superiors, he likes reading long Gothic novels and falling asleep to Forensic Files.
Mike J. McAllister (Staff Writer)
Mike is a life-long film geek and Nicolas Cage meme enthusiast. He grew up in Greenville Pennsylvania (the heroin capital of the Quaker State!), and he spent his youth frequenting video stores (watching everything from classic blockbusters to indie and foreign films), and spending hours on IMDb since back when the internet was “just a fad.” Speaking of disappointing his parents, he studied film at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. He has completed a dozen yet-to-be-filmed screenplays, as well as some short films that have delighted(?) small crowds. His hobbies include dropping obscure pop culture trivia, petting dogs, using out-dated slang, quoting MST3K and listening to music that has gotten him called a “hipster” on several occasions. He also enjoys coffee, animation and the occasional comic book. He resides in Austin.
Eliot Nelson (Staff Writer)
Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.
Many words have been used to describe Davey Peppers. Words like “Alright” and “Sure” and “Is that it?” Currently in film school (with the personality to show for it), he spends most of his time pretending that he likes black coffee “because Hemingway probably liked his coffee black”. He is also easily distracted by shiny lights and any movie that has Matthew McConaughey in it. More of his work can be found on the YouTube channel BelowTheLine and on Southern Illinois University Reviews. You cannot follow him on Twitter, but if you would like to just follow him around and talk about life and stuff, that’s cool, because we all get lonely sometimes.
London Vayavong (Staff Writer)
London Vayavong loves stories. As a child, he read the Goosebumps series and Marvel comics. Yes, he is a Marvel fan boy and totally into Captain America before it was cool (owns three shirts by the way). Unfortunately, comics and Goosebumps were not enough to fulfill his need for stories so he invested the rest of his time watching movies and cartoons starring DC superheroes. Yes, he is also a DC fanboy because he likes to break the rules. It would not be until he reached college that he discovered that there were actually great books that were for adults. Apparently, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Gore Vidal, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman had completely missed his radar. Writing is his full time career but he also enjoys playing the guitar, acting, doing stand-up comedy, and coding. He currently writes for The Script Lab along with working on screenplays and a novel.
Justin’s fate as a movie fanatic was written in the stars when his birth forced his parents to cancel their planned Oscar viewing party. While growing up in California, he was often seen in front of the television watching and re-watching Star Wars, Jurassic Park, classic Disney movies and a steady stream of animated shows. This eventually led to a B.A. in Film at Brigham Young University and an Outstanding Student Teacher award for displaying a level of film knowledge so insane that even his fellow film students couldn’t match. He is currently attending Syracuse University in New York for a M.A in Media Studies, but still volunteers at One of Us for the fun of it. His hobbies include non-stop film conversations, wondering how Mass Effect 3’s ending went so wrong, espousing the joys of shooting guns (but not hunting, as he’s quick to note), writing the next great American television show in his head and anything else entertainment related. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter once in a blue moon.
Highly Suspect Reviewers
Born from a stone egg that lay between Heaven and Earth Joe Brower has been imposing somewhat lacking sense of humor on friend and foe alike. Brower grew up in the harsh west Texas desert and forged by the bitter cold of the winter Great Plains into callous pun slinging monster. Not known for being hyperbolic his pastimes include fine art, sewing, brewing, and profile writing. Though Joe’s graphic design work has often been mistaken for the visual spasms of a narssisstic madman it has led to the primrose path of being the world’s best children’s ebook designer. When not being at the mercy of the captialist perdition know as the US economy Joe likes to lend his shrill child-like voice to multiple podcasts and offering baseless opinions anyone conned into listening.
Hailing from Austin, TX, J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you’ll ever see, which is why he’s one of the original hosts of our very own Inside the Locker. He’s got an affinity for great writing, and two of his favorite writers are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he’s not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He also founded his own podcast, The Podcast of Basketball, an NBA specific podcast that you can follow on Twitter at @bballpodcast. Follow J.C.’s personal Twitter account for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.
Elliott is a long time movie fan and a new critic. In fact, he worked at a movie theater for 7 years just to feast on all the free movies he could handle. He loves to watch anime, perhaps the only one of the “Us” to openly admit it. If there is an animated movie in theaters, he will be there with bells on to see it. He also loves a good argument, as it is his day job.
Favorite Movies In Order: 1. Armageddon 2. Princess Mononoke 3. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 4. Pacific Rim 5. What Dreams May Come
Kevin Newsum has been some things: professionally he’s been ‘the Yelp Guy,’ ‘The Internet Guy’ and “that guy that looks like someone famous that I can’t place right now.”
He knows what it’s like to stand in the dark next to a spotlight hitting Vanilla Ice (weird but oddly exhilarating), knows what it’s like to dress up for Halloween as ‘Kevin and Miniature Commando Sock Puppet Kevin” (also weird, less exhilarating), and he’s been known to pontificate on the difference between a joke intended to be funny and one told solely for the groan (hint: they’re both fun). He’s a sucker for all sorts of bands, and loves discovering new ones.
Ryan Newsum is a self-professed, life-long “music nerd,” having spent time mastering the undeniably sexy french horn during his adolescence (that’s right, ladies–marching band, too). Subsequent years have seen him dabbling in the music business in several capacities: radio intern, artist manager, club booker and promoter. These days, Mr. Newsum has come to realize that the best way he can contribute to the rich tapestry of the music world is to have drinks in a garage with great friends, chatting about iconic records.
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
Beau Paul is an Austin native, an actor and a writer. Sometimes all at once! For the last few years he has attempted to be an internet entertainer (the funny ha-ha kind, not the naked moneymaking kind) at Spill.com, and now here on OneOfUs.net. You can read his pithy witticisms and the retweeted material of funnier, cleverer people on Twitter or Facebook, and can buy him stuff on Amazon.
Token Englishman. Texas Transplant. Film Critic. Politics journalist. Snark cannon. Once interviewed The New Yorker editor-in-chief and a boxing tattoo artist in the same day. Four time Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin Best Journalist” winner. Perennial Star Wars prequel defender. Wrestling fan. Black pudding consumer. Whisky snob. Heavily bearded. Master of the atom. Scourge of the despot! Oh, tyrant! Hear his mighty name, and quake!
Trademark noise: Heavy, despairing sigh.
Embodying the term “Gone To Texas”, Ryan was transplanted to the Lone Star State at the ripe age of one. He has an obvious addiction to all things related to sports, which his family and friends have reluctantly come to grips with. Ryan went to college in Austin; the city that brought out in him new passions for movies, music and comic books. In between his time wandering amongst basketball arenas across the country and the 40-acres of The University of Texas, Ryan picked up various visual media skills. He is currently a writer for SB Nation’s Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes, and Texans blog Battle Red Blog. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Ryan-Dunsmore.com.
Birthed from the loins of a knock-off Godzilla monster in the parking lot behind that shop that sells used stripper clothes, Sarah is the nagging voice you hear before going into every single movie that says, “This is gonna suck!” Sarah started her stint in telling people how to feel about entertainment in 2006 as a music reviewer in Tokyo for Purple SKY Magazine. She joined OneOfUs.net in 2014 as co-host of the Wayward Podcast. Unfortunately, the Japanese government eventually got word that she was running an illegal ring of thugs that forced sempais to notice people, so she was deported back to the US in 2015. Instead of returning to the used G-string shop, she sought a city that was the exact opposite of Tokyo. That’s what brought her to the one-horse town that is Austin (that one horse, of course, has a lotus tattoo and his own micro-brewery). She now podcasts with OneOfUs.net HQ and also contributes to RageSelect. Follow her on Twitter because she wants attention, and she’s definitely not writing this bio herself.
Aaron Jeffers (Resident Composer)
From the far-flung land of Southern California, in the town of Pomona, a child was born. Aaron Jeffers started playing piano when he was 8 years old and hasn’t stopped participating in music since. A one-man band of sorts these days, Aaron can play the guitar, drums, saxophone, and piano, as well as being able to sing. His range of influences stretches far and wide- including anything from 80’s horror scores to post punk to hip-hop and beyond. Aaron is always looking for new ways to express himself artistically, so feel free to contact him at email@example.com for composing opportunities or any sort of musical endeavor.
The proprietor of Rogues Gallery Comics & Games (in Round Rock, Texas!) runs “Randy Plays Games” for OneofUs.net in his continuing quest to challenge Wil Wheaton and Spencer Crittenden to a Dungeon Master off… to the death! You can also hear him talk weekly about TV on The TV Dudes and about comics, games and other geek pop culture on Roguecast. Randy also hates Deadpool and loves the short-lived FX series Terriers… and all of you.
Ashley Moreno has a BA in English from UT Austin and an MLA from St. Edward’s University. Her favorite super heroes are Swamp Thing and the Rat Queens. She loves Leslie and the Lys. And if you ask her, “QUICK: List 5 of your favorite movies,” she’ll say: The Thing, The House of Yes, Clueless, Raising Arizona, and Cool Hand Luke. Long term, Ashley aspires to grow old, and then transverse the city sans pants obeying only those laws she deems important. In preparation for old age, she goes to bed early, stays out rarely, and parties nervously. When she’s not sewing, crafting, cooking, or taking care of her chickens, she passes the time watching cat videos with her cat, Tigertron. Alongside her babbles on One Of Us, you can find her ramblings in Austin’s alt weekly, The Austin Chronicle. In the event you visit her home in East Austin, she kindly requests you STAY OFF HER LAWN!
“Genetically Japanese and culturally America.” That’s the short description. Having spent half his life in the US and half in Japan, Toshi is pretty much 50% geek and 50% otaku. Toshi wrote for the gaming website, Kotaku.com, covering gaming and the Japanese subculture for five years. He loves movies, games, comics, anime, and toys. Do not feed the geek, for it is a timid, fragile thing with loose purse strings,and it does not need encouragement to loosen them further.
When Jenny’s not watching movies, she’s either binging television, reading, or learning Chinese. Her favorite movie ever is E.T. and she doesn’t think Tim Burton is overrated at all, thank you very much. Jenny is also a programmer for the Austin Asian American Film Festival.
Cat O’Malley is a writer, pop culture consumer, and former historian. She enjoys cooking, reading atmospheric books about England, watching atmospheric TV shows and movies about England, and drinking tea. And wine. She lives in Austin, TX, with her husband Harris and two cats.
Harris O’Malley is the secret identity of Dr. NerdLove, an Austin-based, internationally recognized relationship expert and dating coach who provides geek dating advice at Paging Dr. NerdLove and his bi-weekly advice column on Kotaku. Visit him online at www.doctornerdlove.com, on Facebook and follow him on Twitter for advice on dating, sex & relationships.
In addition to having been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king…Martin Thomas has also been a professional comic book artist (Marvel, DC, First Comics, etc.), a TV personality (The Reel Deal), and a cartoon character (“Leon” from Spill.com). Currently he can be found podcasting up a storm at DoubleToasted.com when he’s not one of “The Original Gentlemen.”