Contributing Movie Guys

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David Beach

Acting since third grade, acting professionally since 1983. BA Theatre Arts Catawba College. Most recently seen crying in St. Vincent’s music video “Actor…” He has an extensive list of commercial experience and live stage shows. He is also a juggler, ventriloquist, comic magician. Website: thedavidbeach.com. Oh, yeah, and he likes movies.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK
REVIEWS:
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for David’s reviews, including Where the Wild Things Are and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

VIDEOS:
Watch To & From: Julie & Julia, The Movie Showcast and Monthly Movie Previews at The Movie Guys YouTube page and at the VIDEO PAGE.

AUDIO:
David has appeared on THE MOVIE SHOWCAST on iTunes and SoundCloud.

THE LIVE SHOW:
David is a performer for The Movie Guys LIVE.

Justin Bowler

Justin Bowler

Justin Bowler does not have a degree in Film Studies. Yet, for some reason he is able to see blatantly obvious problems in movies released by motion picture companies that studio heads fail to see or don’t care to acknowledge.
He finds it funny when box office receipts are down and Hollywood cites the economy as the problem (for some reason, no one mentions the quality of the movies the studios are producing, as if the quality of the movies is the constant) (or better yet, it’s as if the quality is so unimportant to them that it doesn’t matter) (they know horrible movies can still make money (Tomb Raider, anyone?) (TOMB RAIDER II, ANYONE?))
So, rather than expunge the obvious that other reviewers revel in, Justin hopes to root out the specific praises and problems of films and examine them, not only as objects of entertainment, but also as film projects. Will his reviews be entertaining? Yes. Will they be intellectual? Yes. Does that mean anyone will care what he has to say? Not at all (but, he has grown used to the idea that his only fan is his mother) Enjoy!

LINKS TO RECENT WORK
REVIEWS:
The Lookalike
Motivational Growth
Life’s a Breeze
Mordraud
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for more of Justin’s reviews.

ARTICLES:
Web Series Showcase – The Adventures of Superseven, Tap It! & Black
Indie Report – The Radiant Spider-Man
A Letter to DC and WB
Is It Possible to Predict the Ending of Game of Thrones?
Comic-Con 2016 Round Up
Will No Man’s Sky Blow Because of Batman v. Superman‘s Suckage? Probably Not, But Here’s My Fear
Details on the Upcoming Assassins Creed Movie, Reviews of the Assassin’s Creed Video Games, Gamestop is Awesome and Why Best Buy Sucks
Batman Movies and Games Review
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for more of Justin’s articles.

VIDEOS:
Watch The Movie Guys’ Monthly Movie Preview at the VIDEO PAGE, or at The Movie Guys YouTube page for Justin’s many appearances.

THE LIVE SHOW:
Justin is a performer for The Movie Guys LIVE.

Mary Gent

Mary Gent

Cultural maven living in West Hollywood: the spectral apex of promises and broken dreams

LINKS TO RECENT WORK:
ARTICLES:
Reflecting on Stranger Things
Cult Status, Part 2 – Examining Starry Eyes & The Invitation
Cult Status, Part 1 – Examining The Path & The Leftovers
Those Who Are Cursed – A Look at Outcast and Penny Dreadful
Horror Has a New Face – Mike Flanagan
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for more of Mary’s articles.

Nick Hemming

Nick Hemming

Native son of Louisville, Kentucky, Nick Hemming started reviewing movies when he was in high school. He continued with his passion throughout brief stints at the University of Mississippi and University of Louisville, until finally capping off his collegiate adventure at Indiana University Southeast. He is a Marvel comics enthusiast who loves hip­hop, generic cheap beer, bourbon, and football. You can read some of his other posts on his website, www.hemihardaway.com.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK:
REVIEWS:
The Magnificent Seven
Sully

Bart Kias

More than just a pretty face, Bart Kias put himself at the forefront of the independent film craze as the creator and host of Director’s Cut, an interview-based movie review program that premiered at the 1997 Sundance/Slamdance film festivals.

Mr. Kias’ appreciation for all things “Hollywood” has garnered him experience both in front of and behind the camera. Though, given his leading man good looks, he, like the rest of the viewing public, most enjoys being onscreen.

Currently, Bart is closely monitoring his IMDB popularity rating and wondering how on earth he is down 83% this week.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK:
REVIEWS:
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for Bart’s reviews, including The Tree of Life.

VIDEOS:
Watch Bart’s appearance in numerous movie previews and specials at the VIDEO PAGE, or at The Movie Guys YouTube page.

AUDIO:
Bart co-hosts THE MOVIE SHOWCAST on iTunes.
Bart has appeared with The Movie Guys on LATalkRadio.com’s Broad Topics. Hear the appearance here at the AUDIO PAGE.

THE LIVE SHOW:
Bart is a writer/performer for The Movie Guys LIVE.

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Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis hates and mistrusts bios because he can never tell how much of them are true (keep this in mind as you read). He hails originally from Cincinnati Ohio, but has done time in Denver, Chicago and now L.A. Ask him which of all the places he’s lived is his favorite, and he’ll reply, “Frankly, after the womb it was all downhill.”

His love of movies started early, and stayed late. He can still recall the first PG-rated film he was allowed to attend (Murder By Death), as well as the first R-rated one (Beverly Hills Cop) and traces his development accordingly. Upon seeing the movie “Rain Man”, he felt he missed his life’s calling as an autistic savant. While he cannot count cards, memorize the phonebook or do high-level math in his head, he CAN give the release date of any movie made after 1967 (go ahead, test him). If permitted, he’ll also discourse endlessly on why we’d all be better off pretending “Jack” is not really part of Francis Ford Coppola’s canon, as well as give you a detailed analysis of Kevin Kline’s film roles to date from the standpoint of “mustache vs. no-mustache”. Clearly, he’s a man whose passion is stoked in direct proportion to the triviality of the topic – which many have said would make him an excellent film critic. He wrote several reviews for imdb.com once upon a time (under the handle “krumski” ) for which he received enough nasty responses to feel the effort was justified. He will now cease writing, and leave you to draw your own conclusions about him.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK
REVIEWS:
Steve has reviews scattered throughout the ARCHIVES Pre-1990 – 2010, listed in the column on the left.

ARTICLES:
The Greatest Movies of All Time
So You Want to Improve Oscar Night…
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for more of Steve’s articles.

VIDEOS:
Watch November Movies At-a-Glance and The Monthly Movie Previews at the VIDEO PAGE, or at The Movie Guys YouTube page to see Steve’s writing and performing at work. Steve was also a big part of The Movie Guys’ Second-Ever Holiday Special.

AUDIO:
Steven has appeared on THE MOVIE SHOWCAST on iTunes.
Steven has appeared with The Movie Guys on LATalkRadio.com’s “Broad Topics”. Hear the appearance here at the AUDIO PAGE.

THE LIVE SHOW:
Steven was a writer/performer for The Movie Guys LIVE Feb. – August 2011.

Ray Schillaci

Ray Schillaci

Ray Schillaci is a professed film enthusiast whose wife thinks he’s downright obsessive. She insists he loves film more than her, their kids and their dog. Not true, he loves that dog!

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and has over 25 years experience in the motion picture and television industry. The last five years he shared duties running one of the major unions in Hollywood. He went onto be a V.P. of Sales and Marketing for a small Burbank production company and later became an advertising executive for Republic Media. During his time in the studios, he also did a brief three-year stint on the comedy circuit working along side Arsenio Hall, Louie Anderson and Jenny Jones, to name a few.

After quitting comedy, he decided to put all his efforts into writing. His first script, a coming-of-age horror flick, nabbed him an agent. Subsequent scripts later received option deals but have not been produced yet. He continued to write with a great deal of help from his mentor, Karl Schanzer, an old Roger Corman protégée. The man was a producer, a high profile executive at Fox and worked with a variety of talent from Coppola to Cameron. He was also the co-author of the industry book, American Screenwriters and would be an invaluable sensei for Ray.

Schillaci was a contributor (movie critic and film commentary) to FRED Entertainment (formerly known as Quick Stop Entertainment) since 2007 and currently is finishing up his first novel, a supernatural spaghetti western. He is also the Film Presenter Coordinator for the Phoenix Film Festival and International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. His tastes vary and he appreciates commercial as well as independent film. His only beef is boredom, re-treads and a story that has nothing to say. His credo; life’s too short not to be entertained.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK
REVIEWS:
Killer Party
Sausage Party
Suicide Squad
Green Room
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
The VVitch
Lazer Team
Synchronicity
The Walk
The Keeping Room
Goodnight Mommy

ARTICLES:
Characters Gone, But Not Forgotten: Banshee & Penny Dreadful
Highlights from the 16th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Part 3: The Wrap-Up
Highlights from the 16th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Part 2
Highlights from The 16th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Part 1
Batman: Bad Blood – Red Carpet Interviews
The Top 10 Films of 2015
Rating the Krampus Movies
Halloween Treats – Ten Frightful Films for Halloween

Steve Scholz’s early exposure to film work began at age 7 when his father, Charles Scholz (co-author of The Super 8 Handbook), helped him shoot a Batman movie on Super 8. Steve directed the silent color short, which featured his 4-year-old brother as Robin, a neighbor kid as Batman, his grandfather as Commissioner Gordon, and another young friend as their villain, The Poker. Highlights include: the 30 degree angle shot when The Poker makes his entrance; Batman wearing a front-only-Bat-Cowl which showcased his blonde hair; and a choreographed fight in a kitchen, where heroes and villain each stand one foot away from a visible line of masking tape and then repeatedly punch the air in front of them. All copies of the film (1) have been safely protected from any potential YouTube piracy.

Today, Steve lives in Chicago and works as an actor, writer and director. He’s glad to see so many great films being made and screened, even if they can’t compete with his “No-Budget Batman.”
SteveScholz.com

LINKS TO RECENT WORK:
REVIEWS:
Love and Mercy

VIDEOS:
Steve is a regular contributor to the MONTHLY MOVIE PREVIEWS & MOVIE SHOWCAST, from August, 2010 to the present. You can watch The Monthly Movie Previews at the VIDEO PAGE, or at The Movie Guys YouTube page to see Steve’s writing at work.

AUDIO:
Steve is a writer for THE MOVIE SHOWCAST on iTunes.

THE LIVE SHOW:
Steve is a writer for The Movie Guys LIVE.

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Karen Volpe

Karen’s love for movies started at a not so young age because she was afraid of the dark and freaked out when she was in a dark movie theatre. The first movie she ever saw in the theatre was Annie. Karen redeemed herself and her pathetic movie going experiences in 1984 when she saw Ghostbusters 10 times in one week. Her life has never been the same. Bill Murray, call me.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK
REVIEWS:
Ghostbusters
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for Karen’s reviews.

ARTICLES:
The Top Ten Films of 2014…A Second (And Third) Opinion

VIDEOS:
Watch The Movie Guys’ Movie Showcast, Monthly Movie Previews, Get Low Short & Sweet Review and Sex and the City 2 Short & Sweet Review at the VIDEO PAGE, or at The Movie Guys YouTube page. Karen also appeared in The Movie Guys’ Second-Ever Holiday Special.

AUDIO:
Karen is a co-host on THE MOVIE SHOWCAST on iTunes.
Karen has appeared with The Movie Guys on LATalkRadio.com’s Broad Topics. Hear the appearance here at the AUDIO PAGE.

THE LIVE SHOW:
Karen is a writer/performer for The Movie Guys LIVE.

Adam

Adam Witt

Adam Witt is a founding member of the comedy group Schadenfreude but, aside from playing midnights at The Playground in 1997, he cannot take credit for many of the groups good ideas. Adam spent much of his life in Ohio before a decade-long stint in Chicago where he resides to this day as far as you know. Adam has lived in Ravenswood, Edgewater, and Wrigleyville twice to make sure it sucked as much as he thought it did.
Adam once worked a night-job as a telephone sanitizer and rode the El every night at midnight for three years. He was also a Boom Operator on a David Carradine movie and a Carney in Carbondale for one summer. When not writing for Schadenfreude.net, Adam can be found editing the penetration out of “Hotel Porn” and shoehorning Raising Arizona quotes into normal conversations.
Adam has been a Netflix member since 1999, is currently watching White Lightning with Burt Reynolds, and never refers to himself in the third person, unless he’s writing his own bio.

LINKS TO RECENT WORK
REVIEWS:
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for Adam’s reviews.

ARTICLES:
The Greatest Movies of All Time
The Greatest Movies of All Time, Part Three – Superhero Films
Uwe Boll – The TMG Interview
The Greatest Movies of All Time, Part Two – Horror
The Greatest Movies of All Time, Part One – Comedies
Search the ARCHIVES links on the left for more of Adam’s articles.

VIDEOS:
Watch To & From: G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra, The Movie Showcast “November Movies At-a-Glance” and the Monthly Movie Previews at the VIDEO PAGE, or at The Movie Guys YouTube page. Adam was also a huge part of The Movie Guys’ Second-Ever Holiday Special at the VIDEO PAGE.

AUDIO:
Adam is a co-host on THE MOVIE SHOWCAST on iTunes.
Visit The Audio Vault to hear Adam’s review of The A-Team, and his appearances with The Movie Guys on LATalkRadio.com’s Broad Topics.

THE LIVE SHOW:
Adam is a writer/performer for The Movie Guys LIVE.

One thought on “Contributing Movie Guys

  1. Looking forward to reading more from the new Guy, Whiskey Sour. He’s got a funky way with words, and a quirky sense of the ridiculous.

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