TSR Staff

Jeff Bayer: Editor-in-Chief, Publisher, Film Critic

Jeff Bayer, also known as “The Tallest Film Critic in America,” is the film critic for “Studio 6” on KOIN Local 6 in Portland. He is also a member of the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critic’s Association) and voting member of The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on VH1. He is a proud member of rottentomatoes.com and has written for the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, was the film critic for the Daily Herald and their weekly Beep. He’s also written for UGO.com, screentalk.biz, thedeadbolt.com and the magazine Clubline Chicago. While in Chicago, Bayer was a member of the CFCA (Chicago Film Critic’s Association).

Bayer received his master’s in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago, now living Portland, Bayer is the proud creator of the “Scorecard” review format as well as The Scorecard Review Awards, allowing movie fans to have a voice during the awards season.

Contact Jeff Bayer


Nick Allen: Film Critic and Editor

When he was younger, one of the only places that Nicholas ever biked to was a video store no more than a mile away from his house. When said store suddenly burned down one day, he decided to stick to movie theaters. He has since then faced his fears with Netflix, although while having an account with that website he did (ironically) work at Blockbuster for a month, (his only day of being a true employee was spent recommending Fargo to a billion people).

 He is a lover of films, movies, and trash.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Nick is currently writing in Chicago. He is a five-year accredited member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, and also writes for HollywoodChicago.com and Magill’s Cinema Annual. He can be contacted at nickallen.tsr[at]gmail.com.


Morrow McLaughlin: Film Critic and Staff Writer

McLaughlin is a frustrated horror writer and a twitchy, half-crazed ghost story junkie. She daydreams in slow-mo, hides in the shrubbery outside your house, and likes to relax over hand-made medieval dioramas. By day, McLaughlin designs and implements text for an online insurance licensing school, which acts as an accelerant for her ongoing psychological deterioration. If you see her crab walking down the street, it’s best to just avoid all eye contact.

McLaughlin received a BA in English from the University of Iowa and then a healthy dose of reality regarding the worth of said English degree. Several years later, starving and ill prepared to do anything other than use twenty-five cent words to make snide comments, McLaughlin went back to Portland State University for her MS in technical writing. Now she can feed herself and pay her rent.

Jeff Bayer took McLaughlin on at The Scorecard Review as a social experiment and has only managed to keep her ego in check by welding her up in the basement. With the protection of his chain mail and the use of powerful shark deterrent, Bayer inspires McLaughlin to write semi-cohesive articles once in a while.


megan02Megan Lehar: Film Critic and Staff Writer

Megan’s first theatrical movie was Cinderella when she was 2 years old. She liked it, but thought it could be better. When she saw The Freshman she learned about a magical thing called film school and decided to go there.

After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film program, she decided to take on the world. If you haven’t heard of her, you’re not looking in the right places. They’re hard to find, but they’re there.

She loves documentaries and foreign films and that’s what you’ll find her writing about most.




Calhoun Kersten: Film Critic and Staff Writer

Originally from a small town by the name of Wyoming, Ohio Calhoun now proudly calls Chicago his home. A recent graduate of Columbia College’s Film/Video Department, he’s putting off the real world by getting his masters in media and cinema studies at DePaul University. Although his reasons for the move were academic (although who doesn’t want out of Ohio?), his reasons for staying are far more sentimental. Still, as a recent grad, and unfortunate member of the ranks of the “overqualified and unemployed” now, paying the rent isn’t always easy. Still, he hopes one day he’ll be able to afford his crazed “Ramen for every meal” lifestyle by writing, but until then? He writes for The Scorecard Review and his own blog — Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Megalomaniac — to distract himself from the real world. If you’re interested in more of his inane ramblings, be sure to check out his blog. He can also be found on Twitter under the name “The140Critic” where he attempts to do a daily film review in a tweet or for daily meditations on how to secure a spot in Hell, check out his personal Twitter, “TheHounzinator.”

For more Calhoun Kersten:

Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Megalomaniac

Twitter: The140Critic or TheHounzinator


Aaron Ruffcorn: Staff Writer

After Ruffcorn got his film degree at the University of Iowa, the next logical step was to head west to Hollywood. It was there where Ruffcorn got his foot in door with director Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Red Corner), and worked as the in-house runner on the films Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow and Uprising. He also had the pleasure of working as an extra on Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, and spent a summer at the NYFA at UCLA, where he made two short films, one of which featured actor Jason Schwartzman.

He has since moved back to the midwest, but remains an avid film watcher. His favorites: George Lucas, Baz Luhrmann, old Sam Raimi, Danny Boyle, Michael Mann, Hitchcock, LotR, Pirates, Roger Moore, Elvis Presley and any existential sci-fi (a la Blade Runner, The Fountain, The Island).

His latest filmic pursuits have been limited to snooping around the set of Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and “acting” as a terrorized civilian in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Aaron Ruffcorn currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he fronts the music project Favorite Shape Triangle.


Jake Hamilton: Entertainment Reporter

Two-time Emmy nominee Jake Hamilton began his film critic career at the age of 14 when he was brought on to write film reviews for the Houston Chronicle. Pegged as a brutally honest and genuinely real critic for the people, Hamilton spent the next four years writing hundreds of reviews, features, and controversial Top Ten lists. He was even the subject for the highly publicized “Win a Date with Jake Hamilton” contest. Upon graduation from high school in 2006, Hamilton joined the PBS late night talk show “The After Party” with Ernie Manouse, translating his talent across mediums to the realm of TV. Now acting as a member of both the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Houston Film Critics Society, Hamilton is currently the film critic for KRIV FOX Television in Houston where he talks about the latest cinematic offerings, chats with Hollywood’s biggest stars, and continues to be a voice for all things movies.

For more Jake Hamilton:

Jake’s Takes

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