Chris Stuckmann
Stuckmann at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2015
Personal information
BornChristopher Stuckmann
(1988-04-15) April 15, 1988 (age 33)
Occupation
Spouse(s)
Sam Liz
(m. 2014)
Children2
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2009–present
GenreFilm criticism, filmmaking
Subscribers1.96 million[1][4]
Total views656.4 million[1][4]
NetworkChannel Awesome (2014–2018)[2]
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017

Updated: December 30, 2021

Christopher Stuckmann (born April 15, 1988)[5][6][7] is an American filmmaker, YouTuber and film critic.[8][9]

As one of the most popular film critics on YouTube, Stuckmann has over 1.96 million subscribers and over 636 million views on the platform as of August 2021.[10] On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes he is an approved critic[11] and a member of the Critics Choice Association.[12]

In mid-2021 it was announced that Stuckmann had signed to write and direct his full feature debut Shelby Oaks with Paper Street Pictures.[13]

Early life

Stuckmann was born in Boston Heights, Ohio, growing up with two older sisters.[5][14] Stuckmann is partly of German descent. He took an interest in film criticism from a young age, writing brief reviews of films as early as age fourteen. His primary inspiration among professional film critics was Roger Ebert, particularly the television program Siskel & Ebert & the Movies which Ebert co-hosted with Gene Siskel. He writes that by watching these reviews, he "discovered the idea of a debate on a film, but a respectful one."[15]

Stuckmann cites his experience watching Signs in theaters as a child as his primary inspiration for becoming a filmmaker. Filmmakers Stuckmann has cited as having heavily influenced him include George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan, and Christopher Nolan. Throughout high school, Stuckmann wrote and directed numerous homemade movies and short films with friends and family.[16]

Career

Beginnings and YouTube success

He began publishing YouTube reviews of current films in his twenties and published his first film review in 2009.[17] His reviews initially began under a short-form series titled Quick Movie Reviews. When he began publishing video reviews, there was only a small group of other video bloggers reviewing films on YouTube. He has also expanded into reviewing television shows, anime, and video games.[18][19] His reviews are generally spoiler-free; however, he will occasionally release additional spoiler reviews for movies he feels would benefit from further, in-depth explanation.[citation needed]

He published his first book, The Film Buff’s Bucket List: The 50 Movies of the 2000s to See Before You Die, in 2016.[5][14] A year later, he directed and wrote the short film Auditorium 6.[20] In April 2018, Stuckmann published his second book titled Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japanese Animation.

Stuckmann has become among the most popular film critics on the website, having a following of over 1.94 million subscribers as of July 2021. Stewart Fletcher of Moviepilot ranked Stuckmann's YouTube channel as the number one channel that movie fans should subscribe to, citing Stuckmann's passionate and coherently written reviews as the reason.[21]

In a July 2021 video, he announced that he would be minimizing his efforts on doing film criticism videos for a while to focus on his upcoming film, discarding classification grades on his movie reviews and shifting towards discussion/analytic videos for movies he wants to draw attention and support to, as well as informative videos tailored toward people seeking information on making films.[22]

Film projects

In July 2021 it was announced that Stuckmann had recently signed with Gotham Group with multiple horror scripts in the works. His full-length directorial debut, the horror film Shelby Oaks, is planned to enter principal photography in late 2021 in Stuckmann's native Ohio.[13]

Personal life

Stuckmann has been married to his wife Sam Liz since 2014.[23] He is also a former Jehovah's Witness and in January 2021 he uploaded a video where he detailed his negative experiences with the religion, and how he eventually left the faith in his early twenties to pursue filmmaking. In the same video, he also publicly came out as pansexual.[24][25][26] In November 2021, Stuckmann announced that Liz had given birth to twin boys, Fox and Grayson, that July. In the video, Liz spoke about her health issues and difficulties with fertility treatments.[27]

Filmography

Feature films

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2003 Phenomenon Field[28] Yes Yes Yes Yes Home features
2005 The Woods[28] Yes Yes Yes Yes
TBA Shelby Oaks[13] Yes Yes Yes No Directorial debut

Short films

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2013 Julia Yes Yes Yes Yes Also actor; unfinished
2017 Auditorium 6 Yes Yes Yes Yes
2019 Notes from Melanie Yes Yes Yes Yes Also set decorator
TBA Penance Yes Yes Yes Yes

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Chris Stuckmann's Movie Reviews Presenter Main role
2013–present Chris Stuckmann's Hilariocity Reviews
2013 Stuckmann’s 1st Annual Halloween Special Co-presenter Also director
2014 Movie Trivia Schmoedown Participant Three episodes
Awesome Halloween Guilty Pleasures Co-presenter Also known as Stuckmann’s 2nd Annual Halloween Special
2015 Nostalgia Critic Guest Three episodes
Screen Junkies Movie Fights Co-presenter Seven episodes
Scary Movie Binge! Also known as Stuckmann’s 3rd Annual Halloween Special
2016 AMC Jedi Council Guest Episode: "Will There Be An Episode 8 Trailer Before Rogue One?"
Stuckmann’s 4th Annual Halloween Special Co-presenter
2017 Anime Abandon Guest Episode: "Kite The Movie"
I Hate Everything: The Search for the Worst Episode: "The (NOT DREAMWORKS) Collection - 9 Movies!"
Midnight Screenings Episode: "A Christmas Story Live!"
2018 Sardonicast Two episodes

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ a b "ChrisStuckmann – About". Archived from the original on May 7, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ @Chris_Stuckman (April 6, 2018). "Yes I respectfully asked to be removed..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (November 10, 2015). "Defy Media to Launch ScreenJunkies Subscription Service". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 29, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "About ChrisStuckmann". YouTube.
  5. ^ a b c Rich Heldenfels (April 8, 2016). "Need more movie-watching ideas? Local critic's "Bucket List" has some". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Stuckmann, Chris (January 15, 2015), Live Reactions to the Oscar Nominations, retrieved May 18, 2018
  7. ^ "Chris Stuckmann". www.facebook.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Crawford, Kayla Layne (April 9, 2016). "There's Still A Blockbuster Video In Indiana And This Guy Went There". Uproxx. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Kemp, Dustin (June 25, 2016). "'The Neon Demon': Controversial Director Nicolas Winding Refn's Unique Take On Movie-Making Success". Inquisitr. Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "chrisstuckmann YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics". SocialBlade. Archived from the original on December 12, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews & Previews". www.rottentomatoes.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Chris Stuckmann". Critics' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c Wiseman, Andreas (July 6, 2021). "YouTuber Chris Stuckmann To Make Horror Movie 'Shelby Oaks' About Missing Paranormal Investigators". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 6, 2021. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Film lover shares 50 movies to watch". WKYC.com. March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "About Me". Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  16. ^ Stuckmann, Chris (March 19, 2012). "Why I Love Movies - Chris Stuckmann". YouTube.
  17. ^ Stuckmann, Chris (August 24, 2019). "10 Years Later..." YouTube. Archived from the original on November 16, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "Chris Stuckmann". YouTube. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  19. ^ Fritz Gleyo (November 24, 2015). "'Star Wars Battlefront' Review Roundup: 10 Reasons Why The Force Is Not Strong With This One". Tech Times. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Auditorium 6 (2017), retrieved May 18, 2018
  21. ^ Stewart Fletcher (November 11, 2015). "Ten YouTube Channels Every Movie Fan Should Subscribe To". Moviepilot. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  22. ^ Moving Forward…, retrieved July 18, 2021
  23. ^ "I married the most beautiful woman alive 1 year ago. She's still putting up with me! Happy anniversary @papiliodream!". Twitter. September 20, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  24. ^ Damshenas, Sam (January 14, 2021). "YouTuber and film critic Chris Stuckmann comes out as pansexual". Gay Times. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  25. ^ Tracer, Dan (January 17, 2021). "Popular YouTuber Chris Stuckmann comes out, reveals harrowing past with Jehovah's Witnesses". Queerty. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  26. ^ Davies, Matilda (January 15, 2021). "Chris Stuckmann: Pansexual critic comes out in Jehovah's Witness video". PinkNews. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  27. ^ A New Journey Begins, retrieved November 21, 2021
  28. ^ a b Stuckmann, Chris (March 5, 2016). The Film Buff's Bucket List: The 50 Movies of the 2000s to See Before You Die. Mango Media Inc. ISBN 9781633530942 – via Google Books.