Hello there! You are probably wondering what this whole site is about, you clever reader you. John and Kelly Like Movies is the pet project of two friends to write some film criticism, rework bad movies that were almost good, beg Hollywood to produce specific properties, and also gush at stuff we enjoy like total nerds. It is our hope you will enjoy our musings and share in the excitement of discussing film.

Meet the Writers


A native New Yorker and Los Angeles transplant, Kelly was raised on musicals and the Attitude Era. In middle school, she was teased for carrying around a hardcover of Harry Potter until the movie came out, promptly fell in love with the LOTR, and thus a nerd was born. When not quoting “What’s taters, precious?” and “What’s in the box!?” Kelly can be found hiking, playing video games, or conducting solo Hamilton sing-alongs.

Favorite 5 Movies

  1. Lord of the Rings. (If you make me pick one, it will be Fellowship.)
  2. Black Hawk Down. 2001 was a great year.
  3. Much Ado about Nothing (1993)
  4. Tombstone. 1993 was also a great year.
  5. West Side Story

Greatest Movie of All Time
I’ll have to go with Shadow of a Doubt or Double Indemnity on this one. Visual storytelling at its finest.

I will watch anything with… Dwayne Johnson

I will watch anything by…

  • Weta Workshop
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Pixar


John is your average LA nerd who, from the womb, has been obsessed with intergalactic rebellions, fantasy movies, the art of animation, and highly convoluted superhero universes. Since childhood, he fancied himself a writer of both things fictional and analytical. In his spare time, John draws attractive pointy eared folk, plays as badass RPG heroines, thinks of how awesome it would be if Les Mis was a space opera, and plotting out future episodes of obscure canceled cartoons from the early 2000’s.

Favorite 5 Movies

  1. Princess Mononoke
  2. Empire Strikes Back
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Wall-E

Greatest Movie of All Time
The Wizard of Oz – It is the seminal film that you would show to alien beings to explain the art of filmmaking.

I will watch anything with… badass well-written ladies

I will watch anything by…

  • Guillermo Del Toro
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios

Like our artwork?

John created the artwork for our header. If you’d like to check out more of his stuff, you can find it here!