“No great talent without an element of madness.”
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Elements of Madness is an entertainment website focused on cinematic releases past, present, and future. With so many channels to watch films, and more arriving every day, EoM seeks to help cut through the clutter by focusing on not just the big studio pieces, but also the smaller indie pictures hitting theaters and streaming services. Though our team is small, the combination of their particular talents and view of cinema is the mixture that leads to madness.
Douglas Davidson, Founder
It’s of little surprise that Douglas found himself drawn to studying film in undergrad and graduate school after growing up in a household that loved watching movies. Though his professional vocations took him in a myriad of directions – even all the way to Johns Hopkins University to earn an M.A. in Communications – he’s always found a way to work his love of cinema into his life. Created in 2012 as a means of keeping busy, Elements of Madness is now a vessel for Douglas to pour every ounce of geekdom into reviews of upcoming releases and a monthly Coming Soon series. His greatest pride as a writer is his June 2016 induction into the NC Film Critics Association, for which he is an active member. In October 2018, he was approved as a Rotten Tomatoes approved individual critic. In April 2019, he was inducted into the Southeastern Film Critics Association. In September 2019, he was inducted into the Critics Choice Association.
In addition to running EoM, he’s a Senior Contributor Film Critic for Charlotte-based arts and culture blog CLTure, freelance critic for newspaper Mountain Xpress, a contributing Film Critic for entertainment website Pretty Vacant One, a contributing Film Review Member for online film community FilmFed, and co-host of The Cine-Men podcast on the Poprika Podcast Network.
Douglas is always open to new contribution opportunities.
Crystal Davidson, Head Editor
Cinema was something Crystal enjoyed but never dove into intellectually until taking classes in undergrad where she wrote numerous papers – including one on the interconnectedness of characters and references within the Tarantino cinematic universe – and engaged in debates over films new and old. Though her background in multimedia, science test assessment, and earth and space sciences might initially seem unrelated to film, it enables her to evaluate the aesthetic, intended audience, and narrative reason of a film, three aspects just as critical as the narrative within. Utilizing this attention to detail along with her copy editing experience, Crystal edits everything Douglas publishes – from EoM originals to contributions to other sites – to ensure that the writing is sound and the arguments are clearly articulated.
Hunter thought that film was an escape from his everyday life during his formative years, but it turned out that film was simply an enhancement for the life that he failed to appreciate and a means by which he would gain that appreciation. His first review, an analysis of the Jordan Scott film Cracks, was an accidental essay originally started as a Facebook status simply looking to comment on the film’s profound themes. It blossomed into a full-fledged review when Facebook told him his status was too long to post. After this review and with the support of his peers and family, Hunter’s deep dive into the world of film criticism began. During his college years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Hunter became Chief Film Critic for the Arts & Entertainment section of the Niner Times (a campus publication). Even while serving as Editor-in-Chief during his junior and senior year, Hunter wrote about film more than ever before. In August 2015, he was accepted into the North Carolina Film Critics Association, becoming the first college writer to be inducted.
In addition to his work as a Contributing Film Critic for EoM and his bylines under the Niner Times, Hunter reviewed for CLTure, a Charlotte-based online arts publication for which he was an intern during his senior year of college.
Hunter resides in Durham, N.C., drinks far too much coffee, loves video games, and has a goldendoodle named Harper that he would love to show you pictures of. His favorite film is Black Swan and will die for his convictions that Jameson Irish Whiskey is the only drink one would ever need.
Hunter is always open to new contribution opportunities.
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