About Us

Reel Movie Nation is more than just your average film website. Our mission is to build a community, a nation of movie lovers, a place where people can come together and talk all things film — reviews, trailers, celebrities, posters… if it’s involved with movies, it’s free game. Founded December 2010, Reel Movie Nation has experienced growth and support from those in the film community. Each month we experience new users and fans to our website, Twitter and Facebook page.

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Editorial Staff

Tj Weaver

Position: Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Writer

Contact: Email – [email protected]

New Year’s Eve of 2010, I was sitting around looking at other movie websites when it hit me– if they can do it why can’t I? Being and avid fan of all things film, it was my mission from that day forward to create and nurture what is now Reel Movie Nation. After the first year, several mistakes, a hell of a lot of time and meeting lots of new people, I have to say that it was all worth it. As the website continues to expand to bigger and better things, all thank to our fans and visitors, we will make it our mission to bring you everything related to movies in only the best way we know how — pure honesty.

A native of Charleston, SC, I am currently a senior at East Carolina University double majoring in Theater and English. When I’m not getting ready for the stage or writing a ten page essay paper, I like to read biographies and historical fiction, write poetry, watch films, and jam out to Lady Gaga while riding down the highway.

Favorite Movie(s)What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, X2: X-Men United, Juno, The Avengers

Favorite Actor(s): Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth

Favorite Actress(es): Ellen Page, Anjelica Huston, Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Director(s): Bryan Singer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola

Favorite Movie Soundtrack(s)C.R.A.Z.Y., Whip It, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, 

Guilty PleasureMean Girls

Michele Smith

Position: Managing Editor

Contact: [email protected]

I’ve been a fan of movies for as long as I can remember, and my parent’s had a lot to do with that. They didn’t pick movies that we’re specifically for kids, but instead chose to show me and my little sister Carolyn films that they themselves enjoyed. My love of movie trivia stems from my Dad, who loves to watch special features and pick up random facts about the production. If you watch a movie with me, a movie that I’ve seen a million times, be prepared to hear a constant stream of information. My taste in movies is varied and vast. I don’t really like foreign films or indie movies. But I love action, adventure, comedy, horror, romance, fantasy, historical, and pretty much everything in between. I’m a fan of dark comedy and all those superhero movies that Hollywood is so obsessed with right now.  I never miss an awards show and I love midnight showings. I suppose you can already tell, but movies are definitely my passion.

Favorite Movie(s): The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Love Actually, The Thing, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Beauty and the Beast, Inception, (500) Days of Summer

Favorite Actor(s): Alan Rickman, John Hurt, Sir Ian McKellan, Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

Favorite Actress(es): Maggie Smith, Sigourney Weaver, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter

Favorite Director(s): Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, James Cameron

Favorite Movie Soundtrack(s):  Titanic, The Lord of the Rings

Guilty Pleasure: Watching terrible movies and making fun of them. Examples: First Daughter, Thankskilling, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, The Twilight movies

Staff Writers

Sarah Jakubowski

Position: Writer

Contact: [email protected]

Sarah is studying English and Philosophy at East Carolina University.  She spends all of her money on movies, books and overpriced coffee.  She likes horror movies and Independent films.  She doesn’t like people who talk in theaters and movies that portray unrealistic romances.

Favorite Movie(s):  Casablanca, Midnight in Paris, Atlas Shrugged

Favorite Actor:  Johnny Depp

Favorite Actress:  Natalie Portman

Favorite Director:  Woody Allen

Favorite Movie SoundtrackThe Graduate

Guilty Pleasure:  B-rated horror movies

Jess Lewis

Position: Writer

Contact: [email protected]

When she’s not playing with her Australian Shepherd or ginger cats, Jess can often be found in the art building of East Carolina University with best friend and fellow RMN movie critic, Jon Valle. Concentrating in Animation and Interactive Design, Ms. Lewis is an artist meets businesswoman, double majoring in Economics, with a business minor. Described by her friends as a “fully loaded i-Pod shuffle, with built in speakers,” Jess is an avid theatre buff and music junkie. Jess is also known for her intense passion for the Baltimore Ravens, treehouses, and dark beer. If you want a movie critic with a raw, honest, sometimes sarcastic, never dull voice, then Jess Lewis is your girl.

Favorite Movie(s): Almost Famous, American Beauty, and The Wizard of Oz

Favorite Actor(s): James Franco, Edward Norton and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Favorite Actress(es): Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter and Julie Andrews.

Favorite Director(s): Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.

Favorite Movie Soundtrack(s): Garden State, Almost Famous, and The Wackness.

Guilty PleasureClueless

Jonathon Valle

Position: Designer & Writer

Contact: [email protected]

Jonathon Valle is currently a senior at East Carolina University, along with fellow RMN writer Jessica Lewis, pursuing a major in Animation/Interactive Design and a minor in film studies. Frequently found in the art building working on projects or writing and designing for RealMovieNation, Mr. Valle tends to maintain a busy schedule and is addicted to coffee. His love for films developed early on in life with the wonders of Walt Disney, where he continues to direct his endeavors with the Animation Studio, Pixar. Enjoying all types of films, Jonathon also enjoys reading, long boarding, drawing, working with computers, traveling, and loves music. Doting of the city life, Jonathon will hopefully be on his way to the big cities of the West Coast upon graduation.

Favorite Movie(s)Goodfellas, Green Street Hooligans, Lord of the Rings

Favorite Actor(s): Johnny Depp, Edward Norton

Favorite Actress(es): Helena Bonham Carter

Favorite Director(s): Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese

Favorite Movie Soundtrack(s)The Graduate, Almost Famous, Requiem for a Dream

Stephen Branson

Position: Writer

Contact: [email protected]

When I’m not having to be a grown-up, I enjoy collecting comic books, toys, and anything superhero related. Go ahead and call me a superhero geek; I’m proud of it. I feel like a walking encyclopedia of superhero knowledge, movie trivia, and a useless factoids that I have no idea how or why I know. All I know is that one day it’s going to win me a lot of money on Jeopardy. I also enjoy reading, writing, painting, photography, and watching any sort of special features on DVDs. The thing I love about movies is they take me on journey and let me experience things that I won’t get to experience in real life. The mark of a good movie to me is when you forget you are watching actors on a screen, and you feel like you are there with the characters, sharing their emotions.

Favorite Movie(s): The Avengers, The Dark Knight, the Back to the Future trilogy, and too many more to name.

Favorite Actor(s): Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Actress(es): Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone

Favorite Director(s): Joss Whedon, Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton

Favorite Movie Soundtrack(s): Back to the Future, X-Men: First Class, The Incredibles 

Guilty Pleasure: Like others, I enjoy bad movies that I can MST3K-ify

Katie Holland

Position: Writer

Contact: [email protected]

Katie is currently enrolled at East Carolina University, and is studying Fashion Merchandising.  With a large movie collection that is continually growing, the only thing she has more of are books, she will never own an e-reader.  In her free time she enjoys going to local shows and concerts with her friends.  She loves watching old horror movies from the late 70s, and any movie from the 80s.  Katie doesn’t watch very much television, but if she does its usually a crime drama like Law and Order, or Criminal Minds.  Her biggest movie pet peeve are unresolved plotlines, and overacting.

Favorite Movie(s): Life is Beautiful, The Prestige, and My Cousin Vinny

Favorite Actor(s): Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gene Wilder

Favorite Actress(es): Marisa Tomei, and Drew Barrymore

Favorite Director(s): Mel Brooks, and John Hughes

Favorite Movie Soundtrack(s): Rent, and Across the Universe

Guilty Pleasure: In The Land of Women (the only chick flick in her collection)

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