Joe Leydon

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation Critic/Author/Adjunct Professor/Free-Lance Writer
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Introduction JOE LEYDON grew up in New Orleans, where he acquired a taste for fine food and hearty partying, and graduated from Loyola University, where he was mentored by the late Ralph T. Bell, whom Leydon has described as “the finest and most encouraging professor any student could ever hope to have.” An award-winning film critic for Variety, the world’s greatest showbiz trade paper, he’s also an instructor at University of Houston (where he earned an MA in Communication Studies); senior writer for Cowboys & Indians magazine; and host of and From 1982 until 1995, he was film critic for The Houston Post. He also has reviewed films for the Dallas Morning News, The Shreveport Times, San Francisco Examiner, Houston Chronicle,, and NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. He also has written for New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Boston Globe and The Toronto Star; Film Comment, MovieMaker and New Orleans magazines; and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide . He is the author of Joe Leydon’s Guide to Essential Movies You Must See.

What spells can you cast with magic markers?

None. I'm a notoriously bad speller. If I could meet the man or woman who invented SpellCheck, I would buy him or her dinner.