CriticSpeak.com was founded in April 2012 by Internet film critics Danny Baldwin and James Frazier.
After briefly flirting with daily entertainment news coverage, Baldwin and Frazier decided that the site’s focus should primarily be film criticism, as the title reflects. While the blogosphere is bombarded with an ultimately meaningless parade of promotional trailers and casting announcements, Critic Speak seeks to provide a haven of intelligent analysis.
That’s not to say that Critic Speak caters to snobs; on the contrary, the reviews skew more populist than academic. But you won’t find any Oscar predictions before January or breaking news about when tickets to the next “Twilight” movie go on sale here. Critic Speak’s basic criterion for content is that if it could have been concocted by a publicist, it shouldn’t be posted.
If you’re looking for a richer, hype-free spin on the traditional blog about film, we hope that you will bookmark Critic Speak and visit us daily.
For press inquiries or to submit a screener for review, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* * *
About the Editors
Danny Baldwin | Co-founder, editor | email@example.com | @bucketreviews | Letterboxd
Danny Baldwin has been writing about film on the Internet for over a decade, initially for BucketReviews.com and now for Critic Speak. He holds a Master’s degree in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and in past years served as a member of both the Online Film Critics Society and the San Diego Film Critics Society. Danny’s favorite films include “The 400 Blows,” “Imitation of Life” (1959), “My Neighbor Totoro” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” He lives in Los Angeles.
James Frazier | Co-founder, editor | firstname.lastname@example.org | @jfrazier57 | Letterboxd
James Frazier is a freelance journalist and film critic. He has written for various newspapers and websites, including the Washington Times. His five favorite movies as of this moment are “Blue Velvet,” “Casino,” “Memento,” “North by Northwest,” and “Sideways.” You will not find a more dedicated “24” fan. James resides in the Midwest.
* * *
About the Contributors (past and present)
Eric Beltmann | email@example.com
Eric Beltmann has been writing about cinema for various print and web outlets since 1991, including an eight-year stint at the now defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Currently he teaches film and literature at a high school in southeastern Wisconsin. He shares a birth date with Pauline Kael and considers Buster Keaton part of the family.
Guillaume Delloue | firstname.lastname@example.org | @willthefrench
Guillaume Delloue works as a copywriter and social media specialist for a marketing agency on the beautiful New Hampshire seacoast. A cinephile from a young age, his favorite directors are John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean Renoir. As a general rule, he is unimpressed with contemporary movies.
Glenn Heath Jr. | email@example.com | @MatchCuts | Letterboxd
Glenn Heath Jr. is a film critic for Slant Magazine, Not Coming To a Theater Near You, and The L Magazine, and a Film Programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. He is also a proud member of the Online Film Critics Society and the San Diego Film Critics Society. Glenn resides in San Diego, Calif. where he roots for the Padres no matter how badly they make him feel.
JJ Perkins | firstname.lastname@example.org | @jjperkins7661 | Letterboxd
JJ Perkins is a Film Studies major at Texas Christian University. A movie fan since he began marathoning John Wayne films as a kid, JJ spends any spare time he has devouring new and interesting movies on Netflix and VOD. His favorite films are “The Quiet Man,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” and “Drive.”
Timothy Semenza | email@example.com | @SemenzaTimmy | Letterboxd
Timothy Semenza works as an academic advisor for inner-city high school juniors in Connecticut. After discovering Netflix Instant three years ago, he has never been the same. Some of his favorite directors are Christopher Nolan, Roman Polanski, and the Coen Brothers, about whom he wrote his senior thesis at the University of Connecticut.
* * *
Critic Speak is currently accepting applications for unpaid contributors. Please send your contact information, a short bio, and three analytical writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Paid opportunities will be announced in the future.