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About Us

Borrowing Tape is a publication for cinephiles

What are the origins of Borrowing Tape and where are you now? 

In the beginning, Borrowing Tape started as a small movie review blog in 2014, made for the purpose of recommending fresh movies and warning of avoidable stinkers without spoiling the movie through spoiler-free movie reviews. Since then, Borrowing Tape's editorial team has grown and the publication represents a diverse set of movie opinions from avid cinephiles. Through love, patience and dedication, Borrowing Tape is now a film publication that's proudly covered 10 international film festivals, interviewed over 150 film directors, reviewed over 550 films and have done so with a team of talented and passionate contributing writers.

We've provided editorial coverage through interviews with a myriad of film industry professionals (directors, writers, composers of independent and Hollywood movies) and incredible Oscar-winning films, such as:

- 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 

We want to continue to support fresh talent in film. The '5 Questions' series are short interviews with the impressive new short film directors who have received critical acclaim and/or prestigious nominations and awards, such 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) and 2015 (Stutterer, Everything Will Be Okay).

We provide thoughtful coverage on mainstream and independent film releases
with spoiler-free movie reviews, director interviews, and in-depth film articles.

All the movie reviews featured on Borrowing Tape contain absolutely no spoilers whatsoever, are rated on a 0-5 star scale, and critically assess the dynamic elements of the film from a cinephile's perspective — from the cast, writing, production, directing, editing, cinematography etc. — while still keeping all the twists and turns hidden, so that your enjoyment of the film can remain unspoiled.

Want to join our writing team?  

Express your interest in joining the Borrowing Tape team by submitting this form. 

For all other press inquiries, get in touch by email: contact@borrowingtape.com

What's the name all about?
Not much to the name. If you are old enough, you'll remember VCR's, but if not...long before Netflix and online streaming, Videocassette recorder's (VCR's) were everything to a film fan. Hence, tape. Borrowing tape is what you'd have to do to watch a new release. Now thinking about it, it may have been a bit of a marketing misstep to use an obsolete technology reference for the site's name, but hindsight is 20/20. 

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Jez Stoker

Jez Stoker

Managing Editor of Borrowing Tape
Angelo Yeomans

Angelo Yeomans

Contributing 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.

Claire DiMauro

Claire DiMauro

Contributing Writer

Full-time student, tea-drinker, and bookworm. Will unashamedly cry during sad movies (and some happy ones).

Chance Parker

Chance Parker

Contributing 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

Contributing 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).

Carmen Wong

Carmen Wong

Movie Reviewer/Contributing Writer

I’m Carmen. I watch ​Louie​ compulsively and I prefer red wine over white. I also write about film.

Kaisa Saarinen

Kaisa Saarinen

Contributing Writer

I'm a freelance writer of various things and a student of Politics at University of Glasgow. My favorite things include traveling on night trains, the sound of a coffee machine in the morning, and films.

Katherine Maheux

Katherine Maheux

Contributing Writer

Film school dropout, former video store clerk, future museum exhibit. According to family legend, Kath saw The Shining when she was still in the womb and enthusiastically kicked her approval throughout. She's been a film fanatic ever since.

Olivia Morales

Olivia Morales

Contributing Writer

I am a 19-year old film and journalism student at the University of New South Wales with a love for all things kitschy, campy and colourful. Thanks to excellent parenting, I first discovered my inner cinephile when I got my seven-year-old hands on a copy of A Clockwork Orange, I've never looked back since.

Sam Kench

Sam Kench

Movie Reviewer/Contributing Writer

Sam Kench is a filmmaker as a well as a film critic. Loves the medium from high brow to low brow, from Requiem For a Dream to Dead Alive. Lover of foreign films, hater of American remakes.

Steven Allison

Steven Allison

Movie Reviewer

Steven is a Scottish Film and TV Critic with a BA in Journalism, who writes for a range of publications and serves on the jury panel for a series of film festivals.

Trysten Cain

Trysten Cain

Movie Reviewer/Contributing Writer

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

Tia Talge

Tia Talge

Contributing Writer

Screenwriting grad with a very soft spot for low-brow cinema and sour patch kids.

Tommy James

Tommy James

Contributing Writer

Guess I'll see you in the movies.

Taylor Ryan

Taylor Ryan

Contributing Writer

She loves getting drunk and watching terrible movies.

Timothy J. Weir

Timothy J. Weir

Contributing Writer

Trying to make people care about my opinions of movies since 2008.