While he joined us back in September 2014, it wasn’t until January 2017 that Darren Carver-Balsiger began reviewing films consistently on the platform. Since then, it’s been a steady path up the popularity charts, amassing over 13,000 followers thanks to his thoughtful analyses, wide variety of personal and community lists, and his full embrace of the social aspects of Letterboxd. Darren describes himself as “a pessimist in life but an optimist regarding films” and he has found a comfortable home here for everything he wants out of a communal film experience online.
A 26-year-old software engineer from Leeds, England, Darren chats with fellow list-maker extraordinaire Jack Moulton about how the Letterboxd community has helped him discover obscure gems that aren’t likely to appear on the IMDb Top 250 any time soon. He also gives tips for other members on how to build their own relationship with the welcoming Letterboxd community, and what it takes to curate exceptional lists of all shapes and sizes.