About Jarrod L. Hallman:

Jarrod L. Hallman is a 33-year-old United States Marine veteran and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Making Practices from Arizona State University. Jarrod got into film making in high school and won a first place prize at his high school’s film festival. He has made an hour long film, 45-minute film, as well as multiple short films and music videos. “Jurassic Park” was the first film Jarrod watched as a kid that made him fall in love with cinema but it wasn’t until middle school that his enjoyment of the theatrical experience became a full blown obsession. He has kept every film ticket stub since “The Mummy Returns” back in May of 2001. Jarrod wants to continue writing and focusing on his film reviews.

Goals: His ultimate goal would be to continuing making movies to some extent (either writing and/or directing) and also pursuing film critique and evaluation.

Review Methodology:

How does Jarrod review these films? What sets “Top Pun Reviews” apart from other review websites? When reviewing a film, Jarrod doesn’t base his rating off of personal enjoyment or how cool the movie is. These reviews are based off of the actual quality of the film. Often Jarrod will watch the film once and then go back for a second viewing and bring a notepad and a pen to take notes. He keeps his reviews short and sweet so the reader doesn’t have too much of their precious time taken up. These reviews cut right to the chase but what also sets them apart are the punny hash tags at the end of each review. These add a layer of fun to the reviews.

Jarrod’s Favorites:

Favorite Film: Jurassic Park

Favorite Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Ridley Scott, Denis Villeneuve

Favorite Writers: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian, Eric Roth, John Logan

Favorite Male Actors: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Day Lewis

Favorite Female Actor: Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett

Favorite Composers: Clint Mansell, John Williams, Johann Johannsson, Ennio Morricone, Hanz Zimmer

Favorite Cinematographers: Roger Deakins, Matthew Libatique, Robert Richardson, Jeff Cronenweth, Janusz Kaminski

Favorite Film Franchise: Lord of the Rings

Favorite Opening Night Experiences: 300, The Dark Knight, Watchmen, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Inspirations: Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, Darren Aronofsky