About the Authors

All of the content that you see on our blog, from the videos to the reviews to the articles, is created by students. The diverse range of subjects reflects the multi-faceted interests of our students. Below, you will be able to meet some of our student content-creators and learn about their background in film.

Current authors:

Bobby Lovett

Bobby Lovett is a Theatre Arts Major and Cinema Studies Minor at UMASS Boston. He primarily loves writing and acting and jumps at every opportunity to do it some more. In terms of films, he is a fan of personal work, unique visual ideas, and stories, and focus on family, love, and loss. He is also a big fan of extremely stupid comedies, or basically any movie that is willing to own its material and go all out as authentically as possible, regardless of the genre. Here are a few of his favorite movies:The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)Harakiri (1962)Man of Steel (2013)La Haine (1995)20th Century Women (2016)
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Maor Goihberg

Maor Goihberg is a junior in the College of Liberal Arts at UMass Boston. He is currently majoring in American Studies, with a track in Media and Culture, while also double-minoring in Secondary Education and Cinema Studies. He is excited to write about cinema, especially regarding the state of genres today. He is a big fan of film noir. His favorite films include:

  • The Third Man (1949)
  • High and Low (1963)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Merchys Diaz

After she decided to go back to school in 2018 to complete her bachelor’s degree, Merchys has been a Communication student at UMass Boston. She recently declared a minor in Professional and New Media Writing, in which she’s seeking to become a more effective writer. As to films, Merchys is particularly enthusiastic about period pieces, science fiction, romantic comedies, environmental documentaries, and action/adventure. Some of her favorite movies include:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

Former authors:

Marie Alessandro

Marie Alessandro is a junior in the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Currently a Communication major with a minor in Professional Writing and New Media, Marie is seeking a career change after 30 years in the workforce. They are particularly enthusiastic about the Horror genre, and Cult films. Favorite films include:

  • The Lighthouse (2019)
  • Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
  • Titus Andronicus (1999)



Jenna Moloney

After graduating Weymouth High School in 2016, Jenna has been training to be a performer. She completed one year as a dance major at Oklahoma City University, and now she is back studying what she loves in her home city. Jenna is a sophomore Theatre Arts major and a Cinema Studies minor at UMass Boston. She is excited to continue analyzing and reviewing films and to share her work! Her favorite director is Christopher Nolan because he constantly leaves his audience thinking and guessing with films like:

  • Memento (2000)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Interstellar (2014)




Jacob deBlecourt

Jacob is a sophomore in the Honors College at UMass Boston. He is a Political Science major but minors in Cinema Studies. When not in class, Jacob facilitates and edits Cinema @ UMB and formerly served as President of the UMass Boston College Democrats. He also is a supervisor at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Jacob’s top four favorite films (in no particular order) are:

  • Tootsie
  • Harold and Maude
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh)




John Heffernan

John Heffernan is a junior currently attending the University of Massachusetts Boston. Currently a Communication major with a minor in Cinema Studies, John hopes to work in the social media or public relations fields for companies in the future.  He is a devoted horror and comedy fan and his favorite films include:

  • Chef (2014)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)


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