About Us


Movies are our religion and the theater our church. Our gods are named Tarantino, Anderson and Scorsese. We attend services 3-4 times a week and take our communion in the form of soda and popcorn. We offer up these reviews in hopes of pleasing our deities.

The Screen Zealots team shares a passion for movies of all genres, and we hope you’ll find it interesting to read our critical viewpoints. Oftentimes we agree but as evidenced by many a late night discussion shared among film fans, it’s more fun when we don’t.

Please share your own comments on our reviews. We encourage all forms of respectful debate. We are, after all, “Fanatical About Film!”


Louisa has had a love of cinema from an early age, starting with her first theatrical experience (“Star Wars”) when she was barely 4 years old. Soon after, she would sneak downstairs at 6 am on Sunday mornings to quietly watch “At the Movies” with Siskel and Ebert.  Louisa was the strange 8 year old who asked for subscriptions to film magazines for Christmas and movie posters for her birthday.

Growing up in a small town meant limited theater options so she spent most of her childhood repeatedly watching a very large VHS tape library. Movies remained a central part of her life over the years, and her love affair with the movies blossomed in college where she earned a degree in Cinema Studies.

Movies are still Louisa’s passion and she enjoys films that span all genres. The Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, SXSW, Fantastic Fest, the Napa Valley Film Festival, and San Diego Comic Con are yearly trips for this self-proclaimed movie geek.

Louisa is a Tomatometer-approved critic for Rotten Tomatoes, a film reviewer for CherryPicks, member of the Society of Professional Journalists, President of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, serves on the Board of the Critics Groups for Equality in Media (CGEM), and is a proud member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Critics Choice Association, the Internet Film Critics Society (IFCS), Film Independent, and the Online Film & Television Association. She is also a contributing “New Voices” writer for LeonardMaltin.com and a programming screener for the San Diego Film Festival. Louisa is a voter for the Independent Spirit Awards as well as the Critics Choice Awards.

Professional Memberships:

  • Online Association of Female Film Critics, President
  • Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-Approved Critic
  • Critics Groups for Equality in Media (CGEM), Board Member
  • Critics Choice Association, Member
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Member
  • Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Member
  • Film Independent, Member
  • Online Film & Television Association, Member
  • CherryPicks, Film Writer and Critic
  • Internet Film Critics Society, Member
  • LAMB Large Association of Movie Blogs, Member
  • FilmFed, Contributing Critic

Louisa’s all-time favorite movie is “Wall-E.”


Matt has been in love with movies his whole life. The day his parents bought a VCR was one of the most influential of his childhood: he watched and re-watched any and every movie he could get his hands on — until the tape finally broke from too many repeated viewings.

In college, Matt was free to pursue his obsession without restraint. Working at a video store during his time off, he quickly amassed a huge library of favorites and was a go-to in his dorm when people wanted entertainment. In 1992, he took a cinema studies class in film noir and discovered “Reservoir Dogs” when it was first released. Matt interviewed Quentin Tarantino for a thesis paper and holds the distinction of being the first film student to write a paper on one of Tarantino’s movies.

When researching his “Reservoir Dogs” paper, he asked a fellow student to borrow a magazine featuring the movie and its hot new director. That other student was his fellow Screen Zealot Louisa, and history was made! Together, Matt and Louisa have shared their passion for movies with one another, and now, through this site, they share it with the world.

Professional Memberships:

  • Film Independent, Member
  • LAMB Large Association of Movie Blogs, Member

Matt’s all-time favorite movie is “Kill Bill.” 


Want to send us an e-mail? Feel free to contact us! We love hearing from our readers and fellow movie nerds.



  1. This is a pretty awesome ‘About’ page. You’ve got a follow from me. Great to meet you two! One of my dreams is to attend Sundance some day. That would be wonderful

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    1. Hi Guys–Love you blog and your reviews. For one, they have no spoilers, which turn my stomach. I was wondering: since there are two of you reviewing the movies, have you thought about having some sort of exchange of views when you part opinions? Or would that ignite an argument as bigger than a nuclear explosion? (jk).

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  2. As Quentin Tarantino said in an interview when I wrote Kill bill I could not shut down my brain. So I decided to make 1 & 2. I am glad he could not shut down his brain. The Film is so good. How ever my favorite is Pulp Fiction.

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  3. So you’re based in the US! WellI never! Mind if I drop in from time to time from Sydney Australia? My ‘backstory’ is similar to your own, being a lover of film my entire life. Now retired I can indulge my fancy. Off to see Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’ later today. Keep up the good work. Loved your Ten Commandments and only break the eighth (when the cinema is pretty empty).

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