November 22, 2023
WRITTEN BY: THE BITESIZE CREW
One of the things we are proud of at Bitesize Breakdown is the personality and individuality of our writing staff.
With that in mind, we thought we'd take a moment to give you an opportunity to know the writers behind the avatars. So...
Meet the Crew!
NICK (He/Him) Birth Year: 1991
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Favourite Film: Back to the Future (1985)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/nickvandinther With a background in acting and a love of film from a young age (Star Wars was my introduction to the medium), I've always been eager to talk about the latest releases. As my shelves overflowed with DVDs (I prioritized space for movies over clothing), I came to the realization that I loved watching and discussing film and television more than most. Looking to continue that conversation, I brought my thoughts to social media where I began to find like-minded individuals, ultimately leading to the creation of Bitesize Breakdown. Coming from the performance side of things, that's where my focus tends to be because I believe a good performance is much more likely to make up for a lacklustre film than vice-versa. However, I try to base my reviews on a combination of personal enjoyment and technical acumen. A ton of work goes into these projects from top to bottom, so that’s why I’ll never feature “Worst Of” lists or celebrate a film’s failure. I enter all films wanting to love them, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way.
AMARÚ (He/Him) Birth Year: 1988
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Favorite Film: Inception (2010)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/knick888221
Whatup, family - it’s ya boy, Amarú Moses. I’m a teacher by day and a movie lover by… life. Growing up, the Mosi (yes, Mosi) family weekend outings always meant a trip to the movies. From watching The Lion King and Pulp Fiction in the theaters at the ripe age of six to becoming a competitor on the biggest professional movie trivia league Movie Trivia Schmoedown, movies have had an everlasting presence in my life. I’m originally from New York (die hard Knick fan here), lived in seven cities in five states by the time I graduated college (GO BEARS!!!!), and moved to Charlotte in 2017. In 2020, I became the second writer for a little start-up review website called Bitesize Breakdown, so while I may not be the oldest person here, you can consider me an OG. I’m a geek by nature, but I'm a fan of all movie genres… except Musicals… mostly. You can usually catch me hosting One Gotta Stay, still playing online movie trivia, or getting hyphy watching Blindspotting for the fifty-millionth time. Whatever it is, if it has to do with my free time, it probably has a movie attached to it.
QUENTIN (He/Him) Birth Year: 1981
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Favorite Film: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Like a lot of kids growing up, Quentin had a crush on his babysitter. His babysitter? Movies. From Columbia House memberships to Blockbuster Nights to spending the whole day theater-hopping with his cousin, movies always provided the escape a quiet kid from Kentucky needed. Nearly four decades later, Q’s crush has turned into a full-blown love affair, and he has come to believe that there is a difference between “movies” and “films.” As a result, he applies both an analytic and consumeristic eye to his reviews, equally judging artistic merits as much as pure entertainment value, while trying to remain objective and credible in his takes on movies, film, and television. That said, he loves a good heist, Nic Cage, superheroes, and considers the Rewatchability Quotient one of the most important factors in his ratings. Meanwhile, he will almost always skip Wes Anderson, musicals, found footage movies, and anything that looks too saccharine. A childless, pants-hating veteran… Q is well-traveled, cynical, tattooed, anti-physical media, and can often be found drinking bourbon at a bar with a new best friend he just met. You may think he’s overly harsh in his reviews, but he will abide your disagreement because “that's just, like, your opinion, man."
PAIGE (She/Her) Birth Year: 1993
Location: Brockton, Massachusetts
Favorite Film: Scream (1996)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/frontpaigenews9
For those who don’t know me, my name is Paige Frabetti, aka “The Boston Badass” from Movie Trivia Schmoedown. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a huge fan of cinema. It all started with the original Star Wars trilogy, which took me to a galaxy far, far away. I love that film can be an escape from the real world, sucking viewers into make-believe worlds that allow the audience to leave all their worries behind. I also love finding a character or story that I can relate to, helping me to feel seen in this world, which influences how I rate series and movies… can I connect to it and be entertained by it? I also share a huge passion for physical media as I own way too many Blu-rays to even count. Lastly, the other Bitesize writers will tell you I’m the resident horror and A24 fanatic, but I’m also a die-hard Quentin Tarantino fan, a lover of coming-of-age films, and, if you can't tell from some of my tattoos, I’m still a Star Wars nerd.
Birth Year: 1999
Location: Milton, Ontario
Favourite Film: Evil Dead 2 (1987)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/shk186900
Hi! My name is Caleb Vanslingerland, and I’m a film student at Sheridan College. I fell in love with film at a young age thanks to my dad introducing me to all of his favourites, including Jaws, Aliens, Spider-Man, and Jurassic Park. These classics really helped me develop my respect for the medium of filmmaking and made me realize that nothing could ever match the high I got from watching a great film in a packed theater. My favourite director would have to be Sam Raimi, and my favourite genre is horror, especially the really fun, campy stuff. I’m also obsessed with practical effects, as I adore movies that can pull everything off in-camera. That’s the real “movie magic” as far as I’m concerned. Naturally, I’m also a total addict for all things Kaiju. Movies about guys in rubber suits blowing up miniatures are my guilty pleasure, and my room basically has a Godzilla shrine in it at this point. It’s insane. As one of the most important things in my life, cinema has shaped the person I am today, and I hope it will continue to shape my future.
ADRIANO (He/Him) Birth Year: 2001
Location: Aurora, Ontario
Favourite Film: Network (1976)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/adricaporusso
For as long as I can remember, film and television have been a major part of my life. When I was 9 years old, I fell in love with the comedies of the 2000s. Films such as Superbad, Step Brothers, and Dodgeball first ignited that flame, and it only got bigger as I grew older and saw films from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Stanley Kubrick. Although I had an acting stint in high school, and briefly performed stand-up comedy at Open Mics in 2019, filmmaking and writing became a passion and dream of mine. I spent most of my days in my house just watching movies, old and new, constantly fascinated at the craft and storytelling. As a result, I find myself with an uncomfortable knowledge about the Oscars and Emmys, knowledge that has turned me into an awards pundit. A staunch lover of physical media, film and television has consumed my life for better and for worse, and because of that, I’ll always be somewhat optimistic about a film, whether it deserves it or not.
Birth Year: 1982
Location: Andersonville, Tennessee
Favorite Film: Good Will Hunting (1997)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/bitesizepreston
Hey everyone… my name is Preston and I hate films… j/k, I kid, I kid. Yes, it’s true I love films and television blah, blah, blah…but if you are reading this, then I guess we have something in common. I am enamored with the human condition and the experienced vicissitudes of life that are so often beautifully reflected in the entertainment we get to enjoy. As a retired Army guy who has traveled the world and seen the best and worst life has to offer, cinema has been a constant companion to while away the boredom, inspire growth, or just make me laugh. I am very opinionated (often to my detriment), and I hope my respect for the hard work put into each piece reviewed is reflected in my simultaneous desire to bring you useful information for those frustrating late-night Netflix scroll sessions. Some of my favorite works are Snatch, Money Heist, Step Brothers, and Midnight in Paris. I am an unashamed lover of musicals, stories based on true events, books, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I love food, too. In the end, I just love a good story. To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway, “all good (stories) are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you are finished (watching) one, you will feel all that happened to you, and afterwards, it all belongs to you.”
Birth Year: 1999
Location: Exeter, Devon
Favourite Film: Ratatouille (2007)
X (formerly known as Twitter): https://twitter.com/katiemaybone
I’m Katie, and I love cinema. Films have always played an important role in my life, with some of my earliest memories being of the Warner Bros. Studio just down the road from where I grew up. I’m in awe of the creative efforts that go into crafting a film, which made me an avid cinema goer at a young age. Whilst I’m varied in my viewing, with my favourite films ranging from the faultless masterpiece that is Ratatouille to The Shining, horror has a special place in my heart. From renting The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity DVDs when I was probably a bit too young through to present day, I’ve always been fascinated with the genre. During my time in university, I discovered I much preferred writing about films than making them. I also developed a passion for the intersection of horror and feminist film theory, focusing largely on female-authored horror cinema. My approach to reviews is based equally on how I connect emotionally and personally with a film or series, as much as it is on artistic merit and technical aspects. That being said, I have a soft spot for Florence Pugh, horror films, and anything food related.