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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.
Regan Arevalos has been writing, directing and performing comedy with Comedia A Go-Go for over fifteen years. As a founding member of Comedia A Go-Go, he is proud to share in the many awards they have won for live performances, TV shows, short and feature films. He has performed stand-up comedy for over ten years both as a solo act and in his comedy duo, Larry & Regan. Whether on stage or on the screen, he believes that the most important factor in telling a story is originality and genuineness…and good audio.
Paloma Bennett (Screener Squad)
I am Paloma Bennett, an emerging television and film reviewer. I’ve created a television review blog called “Decoding the Daemonverse” about the new HBO & BBC television series HIS DARK MATERIALS. I also founded and co-hosted the monthly film podcast “Jump Start Cinema,” sponsored by New Filmmakers Los Angeles. We interviewed filmmakers selected for NFMLA’s monthly film festival and recommended classic films for our listeners. One of the things I am proudest of is running a feminist pop culture blog called MAE inspired by Mae West, where I covered feminist characters in film and television. I write reviews for Star Trek: Picard and Watchmen Season 1 on the website Whedonopolis. I have a B.A. in Film and Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University. My Master’s thesis reveals how Marilyn Monroe and Kim Kardashian, as sexual icons, both support and subvert heteronormative ideals.
Lara Britton is a jack of all nerd trades. From D&D to Magic the Gathering, she has dabbled in various and sundry games of the nerd persuasion. A musician from the start, she is a classically trained pianist who (naturally) turned to opera to fulfill her performing needs. That led to a little Gilbert & Sullivan, then a little musical theatre which (of course) led to acting on stage without music (oh the horror!). In Austin that means acting on film, so she started doing that, too, with hopes of becoming the next Cynthia Rothrock. Life got in the way so that never happened, but she has written and directed a few short films. A glutton for punishment, she keeps writing and directing with hopes of making a feature. In the meantime, to deal with the angst that all this art gives her she does Kung Fu.
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 narcissistic 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 capitalist 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.
Kimberly Brown (Highly Suspect Reviews)
Kimberly wants to live in a world filled with blue telephone boxes, speedsters, and ice dragons but through an ironic twist of fate, she’s stuck in this reality where these wondrous things only exist on page or film. Kim’s perpetual desire to consume sci-fi and fantasy media as a teen led her to the study of illustration/design at university to better understand its creation. Currently an Austin transplant, when she’s not wearing her critic hat you can find her pretending to like hiking, fielding questions about her hair or maybe even enjoying a local brew at the nearest dive bar.
Moving all around the country growing up meant that there was only one constant in Ian’s life, the video store. Thus began a lifelong obsession with all things celluloid. While spending most of his origin story becoming a human IMDB, Ian came across a certain site called Spill.com, This discovery, combined with a need to move away from the pacific northwest and never look back, led Ian to drop out of film school and move to Austin. A general man about town, you can usually find Ian in a hole in the wall bar in east Austin, running around town with a camera pretending to be something of a filmmaker, or talking about all things movies here on OneOfUs.net and DoubleToasted.com.
Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.
Jess Castro (Public Axis)
For over 15 years, Jess has been writing, directing and acting with the award-winning sketch comedy group, Comedia A Go-Go. As a professional video editor, he’s been able to bring their visions to the big stage and the big screen with countless live performances, TV shows, sketches, and film. When Jess isn’t editing and crafting comedy, he’s rocking some video games and raiding your fridge. That’s right…YOUR fridge.
Zach Chapman (Books and Beer, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Zach is an editor, author, and gamer. His fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and podcasts such as Star Ship Sofa, and Tales to Terrify. In 2016 he edited the anthology Time Travel Tales, which includes stories by Catherine Wells, Sean Williams, and Robert Silverberg. Like Robert E Howard and Joe R Lansdale, Zach grew up in rural Texas and loves writing pulp. He lives in Austin with his librarian wife, a cat, a flock of chickens, and a lazy-eyed rescue dog named Dingo. You can find him on twitter @chappyzach or on the book on Facebook.
Ali (Allen) Cheikhezzein (Screener Squad, The Final Days of Gotham, Breakfast Pub, Their Final Watch Begins)
No one is quite sure where Allen originated from. Some say the deserts of Arabia. Some say the suburbs of Canada. Wherever he came from, he has quickly and incoherently babbled his way into many reviews and podcasts. With his loud opinions about movies, television shows, and all sorts of media, he is not afraid to voice an opposite opinion. And he will often argue and fight to the bloody end to defend those opinions. So if you ever plan to face him on the battlefield, prepare for a lengthy duel!
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
Matt Frank (Giganticast, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Matt Frank is known in both Japan and America as the “Kaiju King,” having been an artist for IDW’s Godzilla comics since 2011. His work can be found in Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster, Godzilla: Legends, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, and the critically praised Godzilla: Rage Across Time. Matt is also an accomplished Transformers artist, working extensively for both IDW and Fub Publications, as an interior artist and a character designer. Mars Attacks The Transformers and Spotlight: Trailcutter are among his most popular works, and he created four new Transformers characters, the Raptoricons, for the Official Collector’s Club in 2016. In the summer of 2017, Matt made an exclusive poster celebrating the American home video release of Shin Godzilla by Funimation, and is also a featured commentator on the blu-ray special features. He has also contributed covers for Go Go Power Rangers, My Little Pony, and Mars Attacks. Matt is a frequent contributor to both OneofUs.net, where he has his own podcast, The Giganticast, and he a frequent co-host on RageSelect.com’s Let’s Play videos.
Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.
Larry Garza is a comedian based out of Texas and a founding member of the award-winning sketch group, Comedia A Go-Go. He’s the 2016 Funniest in South Texas winner and World Series of Comedy finalist. He performs relentlessly between being a loving husband and a full-time Dad to his kids. Whether drawing from his Latino roots growing up on the South Side of San Antonio or expounding upon his love of metal, pop culture, and horror movies, Larry Garza is a fearless and versatile performer living every day by these words: “Know your audience, adapt, and never give up. A writer writes, and actor acts, and a comedian never stops being funny.”
Max Georges (Screener Squad)
Hello, this is Max, AKA your friendly neighborhood TobeyMaguireWasBetter-Man.
I was born in Houston, moved to various places in the US, graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, and now residing in Denver. I really live at the cinema though. I probably am the one who singlehandedly killed MoviePass with the number of times I used it. I tend to have different opinions than the general masses on most entertainment properties and it always makes for interesting discussions. Why do companies keep making movies based on fanfics based on other fanfics based on Vampires? I don’t know, but I’ll watch all of them. Do I like DCEU movies way more than MCU? Definitely. Is ‘The Last Jedi’ my absolute favorite Star Wars film? Yep.
In my spare time, when not watching movies, I’m deep into the video game world trying to 100% complete as many games as possible, and sometimes broadcasting it live on Twitch.
John Gholson is a writer and cartoonist with bylines at Movies.com, Moviefone, and Vice and illustration work for GQ and Fandango. As an actor, John can be seen in Zero Charisma, Hidden America With Jonah Ray, and The Suplex Duplex Complex. He writes and performs sketch comedy regularly at The New Movement Theater. John currently lives in Austin with his beloved comic book collection and a cat named after Peter Cushing.
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
Julien Hemmendinger (Screener Squad)
Born in Washington D.C. currently living in LA shootin’ for the stars trying to make it as an actor and recently started pursuing stand up comedy in 2019. I live for the worst movies. The Room is great but Roar is king. I also host the NO FRIENDS PODCAST on alittlefireburning.com .
George Hickman (Highly Suspect Reviews)
A fixture of the Austin film scene since 1999, George became known as that guy who went to everything. Not content to simply watch it all, he eventually turned to sharing his opinion online. Outside of his day job ensuring the Internet doesn’t die and ensuring his marriage and his children don’t either, he engages in creative pursuits. Through the magic of credit cards, George helped produce the documentaries Rewind This!, Out of Print, Dear Mr. Watterson, and the narrative feature Grow Up, Tony Phillips. He has written and directed a handful of short films and music videos, and has completed screenplays he will never show anyone.
Shakyl Lambert (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Highly Suspect Reviews, Their Final Watch Begins)
Hailing from the rough and gritty streets of…a suburb just outside Toronto, Shak has thrived on becoming a walking encyclopedia of millennial pop culture. From a very early age, he gained an adoration for film, television and video games that hasn’t subsided in the years since. Now a media studies student, he has dedicated his life to gaining as much knowledge of useless trivia as his brain will allow, all while perpetually wearing earbuds like a hip-hop Baby Driver. If he isn’t gaming or trying to watch a dozen things at once, you can catch him getting overly hyped about everything from new music to wrestling on Twitter.
Jennifer Lynn Larsen (Giganticast, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Born near Seattle, WA, Jennifer has transplanted to Austin TX and is equal parts Roller Derby Girl, Cosplayer, Dungeon Master, Mothra Priestess, and game nerd. She writes the weekly Cosplay beat for Bell of Lost Souls under the name Mayhem’s Muse and travels the world competing in traditional Ground and Horseback archery tournaments with The Eastern Contingent. She comes to OneOfUs by way of Rage Select, where she is part of the dynamic duo “Team JRPG” with magical girl and fellow contributor Matt Frank. (So, SO much fangirling). Jennifer is known for her love of Dragonlance, classic JRPGS, and all things 1980s. She is a regular contributor to Giganticast and is currently diving through every Mothra project ever created. She just returned from her first appearance at G-Fest where she cosplayed as Miana of the Houtua.
Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews)
Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Their Final Watch Begins)
Born in the desolate wastelands of America. Bradly Martin grew up surrounded by film, pop culture, video games, and comics. Finding it best to relate to people by discussing what they love best, Bradly became well versed in Doctor Who, Dre, and Jay, Star Wars and Trek, comics both Marvel, DC, and independents, and many other fan-favorite things from niche to obscure. After falling madly in love as an adult, the pinball wizard was exiled to the true north of Canada. One fateful day, Justin Zarian of oneofus.net sent the call out for contributors. A call that Bradly would answer with an enthusiastic “okay.” Bradly contributes to shows such as the Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, and honestly whatever is available to volunteer for as tribute.
Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.
Johnny Neill (Highly Suspect Reviews)
Johnny Neill is a fifth-generation Texan, a long time Austinite, and a Husband and father, who enjoys swimming and travel. His first favorite movie was “Bonnie and Clyde,” which he saw when he was five or six because there was no room for movie-coddling in his childhood. His favorite food is Sushi, favorite song in Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” favorite album is John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” favorite movie is “Chinatown,” favorite TV show is “The Twilight Zone,” favorite artist is Robert Longo, and his favorite book is “When We Were Orphans,” by Kazuo Ishiguro. He draws his spiritual guidance from the Holy Trinity of Mister Rogers, the Dalai Lama, and David Lynch. He loves staying in motels, taking snapshots of interrupted landscapes, and reading. He is currently working on a novel based on the time he spent in a nuclear missile unit in Germany in 1982, titled PERMANENT PARTY: A True Story.
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.
Harris O’Malley (Breakfast Pub, Highly Suspect Reviews)
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.
Beau Paul (Highly Suspect Reviews, The Original Gentlemen)
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.
Richard Whittaker (Highly Suspect Reviews, Digital Noise, Thumbtacks, and Screwjobs, Breakfast Pub)
Token Englishman. Texas Transplant. Film Critic. Politics journalist. Snark cannon. Once interviewed The New Yorker editor-in-chief and a boxing tattoo artist on the same day. Four-time Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin Best Journalist” winner. Perennial Star Wars prequel defender. Wrestling fan. Black pudding consumer. Whiskey snob. Heavily bearded. Master of the atom. Scourge of the despot! Oh, tyrant! Hear his mighty name and quake!
Aaron Woodul (Digital Noise)
It all began when Aaron was a wee little lass going to his father’s work late in the evening because an all-nighter had to be pulled. Unable to help his father, he and his mother were relegated to a conference room where there was a tv on a dolly and a VCR. He watched Cannon Film’s “Masters of the Universe” and his mind was forever altered by what we will call its greatness. From there he got insanely into the never-ending catalog of Godzilla movies, and affiliated giant monster movies, and old samurai films like “Seven Samurai.” Like any good addiction, it spiraled, and he got heavy into science fiction books, all kinds of comics, and video games. After a brief stint acquiring a degree in media production, which he did nothing with, he found his way into an office job, a happy marriage, and even fatherhood. Now he watches film and plays games when he can, reads the fuck out of comics on his phone, and has surprisingly lengthy discussions with his wife about when to introduce his son to his favorite movies and shows.
Justin Zarian (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, The Final Days of Gotham, Their Final Watch Begins)
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 compete. He received his M.A. from Syracuse University and is currently a Ph.D. student at Southern Illinois University, 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.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Quinn feels very fortunate to have grown up surrounded by awesome institutions such as Vulcan Video. Taking an interest in geeky subjects from a young age was easier with a relatively welcoming environment and wealth of cult or obscure filmography at his fingertips, as well as discussions with Quinn’s much more eloquent and knowledgeable friends, including Matt and Morgan Frank. A chance encounter at SXSW ‘14 with Matt has led to a wonderful friendship and opportunities to voice his thoughts on several episodes of Giganticast…when Quinn isn’t busy crying into various textbooks in pursuit of a doctorate of physical therapy.
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.
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.
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.
Phillip Guzman is a film writer, director, and producer. He began his career with The Lawless, a crime/thriller completed with a budget of only $7,500, collecting multiple awards on the way to international distribution and industry disbelief for what he was able to accomplish on such a small budget. Desdemona: A Love Story was Guzman’s sophomore film, which won numerous awards including Best Feature at the Naples International Film Festival, and Best Feature, Best Cinematography & Best Actor at the Boston Film Festival. Guzman immediately followed Desdemona with 2:22, an action-packed heist film featuring such veteran actors as Val Kilmer & Gabriel Byrne (a sequel is currently in development). His third feature, A Kiss and a Promise, premiered to rave reviews at the Cinequest Film Festival, followed by a special presentation at the Dallas International Film Festival and a limited theatrical run. After seeing Promise, Jeffrey Reddick (creator of the Final Destination franchise) personally endorsed Phillip as his choice to helm the author’s newest horror franchise, Dead Awake, which hits the theater screens on May 12, 2017. Phillip is also in post on a brand new film, 200 Hours, which will be finished later this year.
Ryan is yet another tv and film-obsessed person on the internet. This is partially the fault of Chris Cox and Spill.com, which he religiously watched/listened to back in High School. He then went on to get a degree in Film and Video Studies with a minor in Media Studies at George Mason University, and subsequently, he interned with the Washington Redskins video team for the 2016-2017 season. Currently, he works full time with a media company located in Washington D.C. as a videographer/video editor and makes his own short films and videos on the side. He also spends a lot of sleepless nights thinking about the ending of Twin Peaks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for composing opportunities or any sort of musical endeavor.
The proprietor of Rogues Gallery Comics & Games (in Round Rock, Texas!) ran “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 (Highly Suspect Reviews)
Ashley Moreno has a BA in English from UT Austin and an MLA from St. Edward’s University. Her favorite superheroes are Swamp Thing and 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!
Kevin Newsum (Somebody Likes It)
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.
“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.
Jenny Nulf (Highly Suspect Reviews)
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 (Highly Suspect Reviews)
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.
Kyle Scott (Highly Suspect Reviews)
New to Austin, Kyle is an award-winning Art Director and Film Maker who hails first from Wisconsin and later Memphis, TN. As a child, Kyle was injured in an amusement ride accident. For years his mobility was limited so he spent the majority of his time in front of a television. Even though he made a full recovery, his enthusiasm for film and television never changed. Kyle started contributing to ONE OF US in Spring 2016 where he reviews movies and tv in addition to lending support to the video production team. Kyle can also be found at The TV Dudes and Rage Select where he reviews television and video games. You can follow Kyle on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Vimeo.
Gene Selassie (Thumbtacks and Screwjobs)
Gene has been a writer as well as a film aficionado for many years. However, he’s been a wrestling fan for decades. Growing up in New York, he primarily had access to the World Wrestling Federation, Eastern Championship Wrestling and the like. Having moved to Florida as a teen, he was then exposed to World Championship Wrestling, Florida Championship Wrestling, Smoky Mountain, etc.
Now in Austin and having access to so much pro wrestling content, Gene decided he wanted to share his views on a sport that he’s watched for over thirty years.
Robert Summers (Deliberations of Doom)
Rob Summers and his twin Russ are the filmmaking team The Summers Brothers. Please don’t ask him which one is the evil twin. There’s no good twin. Rob’s main drug of choice is movies but he also remains addicted to books, TV, pop culture, social media and comics. He is totally the worst. All of his opinions are terrible and no one should ever listen to him. Check out The Summers Brothers’ award-winning films and commercial work at www.grandschemeproductions.net and follow his adventures on Instagram and Twitter @somevagueidea.
Russell Summers (Deliberations of Doom)
Russell Summers is the clone of Robert Summers with all of his strengths and none of his weaknesses. Russell was trained in the ancient art of ninjutsu by a shadowy organization in a distant land before discovering their true evil purpose and using his skills to defeat his former masters. Then he got his degree in English with a minor in philosophy. Upon discovering the bottom had dropped out of the lucrative philosophy industry, he promptly began making short films and commercials with his doppelgänger Rob. He enjoys 70’s conspiracy thrillers, Seinfeld, graphic novels (he means comic books), novels by Chabon and Vonnegut, the films of Wong Kar Wei and Terry Malick, and the Jean Claude Van Damme movie Double Team. He probably doesn’t like whatever your favorite movie is. Unless it’s Double Team. Currently, he occupies a spot on the Deliberations of Doom podcast on the One of Us network.
Twitter: @EvilArchEnemy, Insta: @EvilTwinRuss, Website: www.grandschemeproductions.net
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.”
Lorenzo Emanuel (Site Composer)
Lorenzo Emanuel was born in a lab in Rome, Italy, in 1990. A few notable things that happened around the time of Lorenzo’s birth were: 1- Nelson Mandela released from his 27 years imprisonment, 2- The Hubble space telescope was placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery, 3- Wrecking cranes had begun tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gatem 4- Hubble Space Telescope sent its 1st photographs from space 5- Both East and West Germany ratified reunification. We could go on and on here, but the point is…coincidences? We don’t think so. He is one of the very first DNA engineered geniuses in the modern world. His heavily manufactured and edited genome allows him to cook the best tomato sauce pasta the human race has ever tasted. The only reason why he is not a 3-Star Michelin chef is because, in his words, “I didn’t-a wann-a.” Such a powerful quote! Oh yeah, he makes music too.
STAFF WRITERS AND EDITORS
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 storytelling 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 tabletop 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 an 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 & Video Editor)
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.
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 loves stories. As a child, he read the Goosebumps series and Marvel comics. Yes, he is a Marvel fanboy 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.
THE FOUNDERS (RETIRED)
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, laserdiscs, 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 formerly cohosted both the Inside the Locker and Digital Noise podcasts. Follow Brian on Twitter and Facebook.
Software engineer, cinephile, metalhead, 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 the 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.