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Host, Film Pulse Podcast
Adam Patterson has had an unhealthy obsession with film since early childhood, and he takes pride in his film snobbery. Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where there was little more to do than watch movies, get drunk and impregnate girls, Patterson chose the former and dedicated entirely too much of his time to all things cinema.
His love for film and exposing people to new and interesting cinema caused him to create Film Pulse in 2012, and it has become his job, his hobby and his passion. Adam currently resides in New York City.
Co-host, Film Pulse Podcast
Kevin Rakestraw grew up in the same small town in Pennsylvania with Adam Patterson. Both of their unhealthy obsessions with cinema lead them to routinely skip school on Tuesdays to rent new releases. When Tuesdays weren’t enough, they decided it was best to skip school on other various days of the week to ensure a healthy diet of film viewing.
His unwillingness to say “no” to his friends and against his better judgement, Kevin agreed to help Adam with Film Pulse. Although he has been and probably always will be a terrible writer, Kevin continues to provide reviews for the site, even though this action continuously causes him to have nervous breakdowns.
Co-host, Film Pulse Podcast
Though Ryan may be confined to a wheelchair, it hasn’t stopped his tenacity or his insatiable lust to watch and review some of the worst films ever made. A true Renaissance man at heart, Ryan is forever continuing his quest to expose bad cinema for what it really is: a waste of time.
When Ryan isn’t recording the latest episode of “Ryan Watches a Movie,” his hobbies include being handicapped,
long walks on the beach, falling out of his wheelchair and brooding for hours on end.
Todd came out of the womb a bona fide know-it-all. His mother always cautioned family, friends, and indeed strangers that they shouldn’t ask him what he thought if they didn’t really want to know. That “know everything” persona stays with him in all areas including and perhaps most especially in his film critiques. Developing a deep love of film in his teens, he has amassed a collection of over 1500 titles including everything from blockbusters to indies and American classics to foreign masterpieces. In his case, an ounce of pretention is worth its weight in gold.
Born in Cincinnati but of deep-South stock, he has primarily lived in Pensacola and Tallahassee, Florida, currently residing back in the former to be closer to his family. With an advanced degree in Political Science, he taught politics, law, and religion at Florida State University for many years. He continues to be interested in and pursue college teaching but in the meantime sees Film Pulse as his current classroom for the education of souls searching for movie advice. He is difficult to impress and, like his days of teaching undergrads, he is stingy with praise and high marks.
Born and raised in South Jersey, Ernie’s love of movies started at an early age. His father contributed to his love of films by taking the family out to a movie almost every weekend. Film has always been in Ernie’s life, as many of the jobs he has held were in some way related to the industry. He has worked in local video stores and movie theaters watching and studying films where he could. He attended Rowan University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film.
In 1998 he moved to Los Angeles and found himself in movie nirvana. Not long after arriving, he was unexpectedly bit by the acting bug and worked as an actor for several years, gaining a new perspective on the industry he loves. In addition to contributing to FilmPulse.net, he currently works as a manager at a quality assurance firm for DVD/Blu-ray in Burbank, Calif., and still takes the occasional acting gig. When not watching a movie, he likes watching his pro sports teams, playing games on the PS3 and watching some TV.
Our fearless senior editor, Mary Leslie, holds a master’s in communications, a graduate certificate in editing and publishing and a bachelor’s in journalism, so she knows where to put all the commas.
Before becoming an entertainment reporter for a Gannett-owned newspaper, she wrote film news and reviews for The Spinnaker. Her freelance work includes The Florida Times-Union and Emerald Coast Magazine, to name a few. The Florida native is also an avid salsa dancer, so we give her all the dance movies to review (‘cuz we truly hate them). She currently resides in New York City.
Gina Kelly has a fixation with film that crosses many genres and languages. She loves sitting in grip of a good film, just as much as she loves it when a film fails what it seems it set out to do, as she believes every film reveals something about the process of filmmaking. A detective at heart, she is driven to mine the value in contemporary cinema and champions the independent film scene. When not moonlighting as a contributing writer for Film Pulse, Kelly can be found making independent animated and live-action films in Los Angeles.
Kelly graduated from Calarts, travels back and forth between L.A. and Paris for work and good eating, and has filmed live music for French music website connoisseurs, La Blogothèque (creator of Take Away Shows, Soirée de Poche). Originally from small town Kimberly, WI, Kelly prefers a good plate of homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, can appreciate what it means to “boot” and hopes to become a successful independent film director in the not-so-distant future.
Like most 10-year-olds growing up in a small Iowa town, Blake asked for an HBO subscription for his birthday in lieu of a bike or a sweet jean jacket. Best. Birthday. Ever. His love of cinema has only deepened in the years between Betamax and Blu-ray.
Blake studied film formally at the University of Iowa and received a bachelor’s in film studies and communications. He currently lives in Chicago and works as a freelance writer, web editor and professional film critic. The variety of multiplexes and art houses in the city satisfy any cinematic urge, but the flip side is suffering through baseball/basketball/football seasons with his beloved Cubs/Bulls/Bears. Blake’s personal website is BlakeCrane.com.