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About Us

Borrowing Tape is a publication by cinephiles, for cinephiles

We're an independent publication comprised of passionate film fans from around the world and strive to provide honest, insightful, and concise film review coverage (without spoilers) for cinephiles of all genres — from arthouse/independent films to Hollywood classics. Since starting in 2014, we've published reviews, feature articles, and exclusive interviews with the brightest talents in filmmaking/directing.
Our coverage has been quoted in various other media/news outlets, such as:
The Student
Night Comes On
Watu Wote
Thoroughbreds
Pushing Dead
Greta
Drifter
La La Land
Interviews with film directors and professionals

- Director of Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Director of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino
- Writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Paul Schrader
- Composer of La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
- Director of American Animals, Bart Layton
- Director of Saw II, III and IV, Darren Lynn Bousman
- Director of The Ritual, David Bruckner
- Director of Thoroughbreds, Cory Finley
- Writer of Now You See Me 1 & 2, Boaz Yakin
- Writer of Vanilla Sky, Mateo Gil
- Director of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, Jim Hosking
- Director of Secretary, Steven Shainberg
- Writer of Spectral, George Nolfi
- Director of The Little Hours, Jeff Baena
- Director of Terminal, Vaughn Stein
- Director of Christine, Antonio Campos
- Director of Leto, Kirill Serebrennikov
- Director of Japanese Animation Summer Days with Coo, Keiichi Hara
- Director and Writer of This Beautiful Fantastic, Simon Aboud
- Director of The Cured, David Freyne
- Director of Wilding, Fritz Böhm
- Director of Goat, Andrew Neel
- Director of The Eagle Huntress, Otto Bell
- Director of Brimstone, Martin Koolhoven
- Director of I, Olga, Tomás Weinreb
- Director of Nise: The Heart of Madness, Roberto Berliner
- Director of The Clovehitch Killer, Duncan Skiles
- Director of I Kill Giants, Anders Walter
- Director of The Limehouse Golem, Juan Carlos Medina 

Our '5 Questions' interview series shines a light on the critically acclaimed, up-and-coming short films that rack up nominations and awards, such as the Oscar of Best Live Action Short Award winners and nominees from

2018 (Fauve, Mother)

2017 (The Silent Child, My Nephew Emmett, Watu Wote: All of Us)

2016 (Sing, Timecode)

2015 (Stutterer, Everything Will Be Okay)

Our film review coverage includes no spoilers.

Films are rated on a 0-5 star scale with the review providing a digest of the dynamic elements of the film from the viewer's perspective — from the cast, writing, production, directing, editing, cinematography.

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Jez Stoker

Jez Stoker

Managing Editor of Borrowing Tape
Angelo Buanno

Angelo Buanno

Writer

I've directed and written short films as well as shamelessly acted in them. And now I like to share my knowledge on the more than 1,200 films I've seen.

Chance Parker

Chance Parker

Writer

Chance lives in Texas, graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences and a minor in Journalism. He offsets his boring 9-5 day job with a passionate love for collecting blu-rays, seeing newly released features in theaters, and making road trips across the country to see all 30 major league baseball stadiums. So far, he has seen almost half of them.

Crystal Harrell

Crystal Harrell

Writer

Anecdotist by nature, film critic by choice. My favorite directors are Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Makoto Shinkai, and pre-2010 Tim Burton (but I’m partial to most movies with clever velociraptors and weird-looking cats).

Hákon Magnússon

Hákon Magnússon

Writer

Hákon is an aspiring director/writer that does photography on the side. He loves foreign movies specifically from France, Italy, and Japan, but is open to anything.

Steven Lee

Steven Lee

Writer

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been passionate about movies. Films are a great form of escapism, and I love talking about them with my fellow cinephiles who are equally as passionate as I am!

Trysten Cain

Trysten Cain

Writer

Putting every possible second of mundanity on hold 24 frames at a time.

Taylor Ryan

Taylor Ryan

Writer

She loves getting drunk and watching terrible movies.