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Mikey Neumann
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Neumann in 2013
Personal information
Born (1982-04-16) April 16, 1982 (age 40)[1]
YouTube information
Years active2013–present
GenreFilm criticism
Subscribers303 thousand[2]
Total views23.19 million[2]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers

Last updated: 14 Jul 2022

Mikey Neumann (born April 16, 1982) is an American YouTuber and video game writer. He is known for the channel FilmJoy, which hosts film criticism series Movies with Mikey. The series celebrates the positive elements of movies, and was nominated for the Outstanding Informational Series or Special Emmy in 2017.

Before his work on YouTube, Neumann worked in the video game industry as a creative director and on games including Brothers in Arms, Borderlands, and Borderlands 2. He worked at Gearbox Software for 16 years, ultimately earning the title "chief creative champion" before departing the company because of health problems.


Video games[edit]

Neumann began working in the video game industry at the age of 19. He left college after one year to do quality assurance on Gearbox Software's PlayStation 2 port of Half-Life, becoming a full-time texture artist in 2001, a year later.[3][4] He went on to write, voice act, and serve as creative director or associate creative director for games including the Brothers in Arms series, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Borderlands.[5][6] For Borderlands, Neumann provided motion capture and voiced the character Scooter.[7][8] He also wrote comics for the series, including the prequel Borderlands: Origins.[9][10][8]

When pre-orders for Borderlands became available, Neumann tweeted "Twitter me a screen of you buying the game and I'll play BLs with you and give you loot." When the tweet was picked up by gaming news website Kotaku,[11] the popularity of the tweet exploded, with more than 200 players tweeting their game receipts. As a result, Neumann spent more than 3 days playing the game, grouping up with each player and giving them in-game weapons.[12] In 2014, Neumann gave the keynote talk at PAX Prime.[5] Alongside developers from other game studios, he created a card for Magic 2015, titled Chasm Skulker.[13]

In 2016 Neumann, then in the position of 'chief creative champion', was announced as the lead writer on the upcoming Borderlands 3.[14] He left Gearbox Software in June 2017, before the game's release, as a result of ongoing health problems, saying that "Everything is 1,000,000% amicable with Gearbox. I physically just can't do the work anymore", and opened a Patreon account to crowdfund his YouTube videos.[15] Neumann later assisted with the Borderlands 3 trailer.[16]


In 2010, Neumann created a web series alongside Anthony Burch called Anthony Saves The World.[17] He started a film criticism series titled Movies with Mikey in 2014 on the Chainsawsuit Original YouTube channel (now titled FilmJoy) in collaboration with Kris Straub.[18] The videos focus on the positive elements of movies, celebrating and highlighting aspects of those movies Neumann enjoyed. He described the impetus for the series as a desire for people "to feel good about the things they like, as opposed to feeling attacked all the time" and he aims to bring something new to viewers' opinion of the film, such as framing John Wick in a mythological context.[19] After leaving Gearbox Software in 2017, Neumann began funding the series via Patreon as he worked to become a full-time YouTuber.[20] 5 days after his Patreon opened, more than 1,300 fans were pledging money each month to fund his videos.[18]

Neumann envisioned Movies with Mikey as being focused on films that were reviewed negatively in the 1990s and 2000s, providing viewers with a deeper appreciation for them. When the first videos received few views, he refocused the series. His video on The World's End received considerably more attention, including being shared and commented on by the film's director and cast.[4] Movies with Mikey has since covered movies and television shows, including 10 Cloverfield Lane,[21] Princess Mononoke,[22] and Stranger Things.[4] The series was nominated for an Emmy in 2017, in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Neumann had a stroke while playing games at the Gearbox Software office in October 2011, resulting in him being hospitalized for nine days. Doctors diagnosed Neumann with multiple sclerosis.[3][24] Following auto-immune failure as a result of his condition, Neumann was hospitalized again in 2017.[8][18]

Neumann has identified as asexual.[25]


Year Game Role
2005 Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Writer; voice of Corporal Sam Corrion[26]
2005 Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Writer and Story Director; voice of Corporal Sam Corrion[27]
2007 Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Writer; Voice of Corporal Sam Corrion[28]
2009 Borderlands Writer;[6] voice of Scooter
2012 Borderlands 2 Co-writer and Creative Director; voice of Scooter[29]
2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Writer[30]
2013 Poker Night 2 Voice of Steve the Bandit
2014 Tales from the Borderlands Scooter


  1. ^ "Mikey Neumann on Twitter". April 16, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "About YouTube channel". YouTube.
  3. ^ a b Good, Owen (October 26, 2011). "At Age 29, a Game Developer Must Battle Back from a Stroke". Kotaku. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Wilbur, Brock (January 11, 2018). "Mikey Neumann Is the Future of YouTube Film Critics". Paste Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Makuch, Eddie (August 21, 2014). "Borderlands Writer Mikey Neumann Giving Keynote at PAX Prime". Gamespot. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Pitcher, Jenna (June 25, 2014). "Borderlands writer to open PAX Prime, band lineup live". Polygon. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Devore, Jordan (December 3, 2009). "Mikey Neumann provided mo-cap for Lilith in Borderlands". Destructoid. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Handrahan, Matthew (June 6, 2017). "Gearbox chief creative Mikey Neumann departs due to ill health". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Nix, Marc (July 10, 2014). "Borderlands: Fall of Fyrestone #1 Preview". IGN. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Workman, Robert (September 20, 2012). "Gearbox's Mikey Neumann Talks "Borderlands: Origins" Comics". CBR. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Good, Owen (September 27, 2009). "Borderlands' Unique, and Semiofficial, Preorder Bonus [Updated]". Kotaku. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Good, Owen (October 22, 2009). "Borderlands' Creative Boss Lives Up to His Loot Promises". Kotaku. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Dyer, Mitch (June 23, 2014). "Magic 2015: Meet the Monster Designed by Borderlands' Writer". IGN. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (April 22, 2016). "Gearbox confirms that Borderlands 3 will be its next game". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Frank, Allegra (June 5, 2017). "Gearbox writer Mikey Neumann, facing health issues, leaves studio". Polygon. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  16. ^ Macgregor, Jody (March 30, 2019). "Borderlands 2 was ahead of its time". PC Gamer. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Good, Owen (November 24, 2010). "Borderlands Writers Play A Bloody Game Of Catan". Kotaku. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c Carter, Chase (September 26, 2017). "Illness Motivated Plano YouTuber Mikey Neumann to Ask: Could This Be a Full-Time Job?". Dallas Observer. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (December 9, 2016). "Movies with Mikey is a video celebration of what makes movies great". The Verge. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  20. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby (December 13, 2017). "Facing a rebellion of furious creators, Patreon backs away from a new fee". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  21. ^ Johnston, Rae (November 24, 2017). "How '10 Cloverfield Lane' Was A Gamble That Paid Off, Big Time". Gizmodo Australia. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  22. ^ Alexander, Julia (March 6, 2017). "Princess Mononoke gets the Movies with Mikey treatment in latest episode". Polygon. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  23. ^ Plaugic, Lizzie (June 13, 2017). "Movies with Mikey gets its first Emmy nomination". The Verge. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  24. ^ Peele, Britton (August 14, 2017). "After re-learning how to walk and talk, gaming personality Mikey Neumann finds new life on YouTube". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  25. ^ Tremblay, Kaitlin (2017). Ain't No Place for a Hero: Borderlands. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1773050775.
  26. ^ Neumann, Mikey (August 25, 2012). "Oh, hi. I'm Mikey Neumann and I wrote Borderlands (and a bit of the sequel;) I also am writing a book". Reddit. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  27. ^ Tuttle, Will (October 2, 2005). "Brotherhood and Squadmates". Gamespy. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  28. ^ Kratsch, Benjamin (March 6, 2017). "Borderlands 3 goes Unreal Engine 4: Die erste Techdemo von Randy Pitchford". PC Games Hardware. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  29. ^ Pitts, Russ (May 17, 2012). "Crazy Town: Gearbox on making Borderlands 2". Polygon. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  30. ^ Stuart, Keith (April 25, 2012). "Aliens Colonial Marines - preview". The Guardian. Retrieved October 10, 2019.

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