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Cinema Snob: I'll stick with real [inserts genre of the movie he is reviewing here] films, like [inserts better film title here]thank you very much. Cinema Snob: The hell? Eh, worth it. Cinema Snob: Is it really such a problem in this futuristic society that citizens roam around having consensual sex with each other? This future's so bright I've got to wear Trojans! Cinema Snob: Oh yeah, Gene Kelly's second-most popular song!
Brad is an average Joe from Springfield, Illinois whose brain is an encyclopedia of both good and lousy movie making. Showing off his reputation as the ultimate fan of cult cinema particularly of hard-to-find videos collecting dust on the horror, martial arts, sexploitation, and sci-fi shelveshe became The Cinema Snob by providing his own sarcastic, R-rated color commentary on possibly the worst pieces of frame-by-frame crap ever to be found on Netflix.
Where did you grow up? Brad: Definitely! While growing up, I lived in biking distance to the local video store. It was a great store too, Lakeshore Video on Toronto Road.
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A lot of times I would go there just to hang out with the employees and watch movies. My mom never restricted me on what movies I could or couldn't watch, so I was a horror junkie by the time I could walk. In junior high I'd ride my bike down to the video store and bring home stuff like Bill Lustig's "Maniac," "Driller Killer," "Madman," "Ms 45," and many others. They had a great selection. The "Friday the 13ths" were my favorite, so I had all of those collected by the time 7th grade started.
Punk Globe: Just for the sake of asking, did you take any film appreciation classes or anything involving the theater? It was a private school, so you can imagine how great the teacher was. I never took any film appreciation classes; they just never interested me.
They're all about "lets try to find the symbolism in Godzilla stomping on Bambi.
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Not everything is deeply symbolic. Punk Globe: So far you have done 60 nail-biting film reviews and gained a selective cult following. All of the reviews up to "Elsa Fraulein SS" came from my own personal collection, and around that time, my collection got stolen, so I had to start over.
After that, some of them came from people submitting movies for review and some came from cheap DVD box sets that I bought.
Anymore though I get a lot of them from Torrent sites. Brad: Best show in the history of television. My favorite episode of all time is "Pod People. The jokes were perfect, namely the "Chief? Punk Globe: You used to appear regularly on youtube, but a episode campaign shut you down and you had to move to a separate website. What was up with that? Brad: The great Pierre Kirby?!?!?!?!?
I love Pierre Kirby, this guy is just the perfect symbol of the wrongly unsung unknown action heroes of the s. I watched this movie and thought, "Holy shit. This guy is really funny. His martial arts skills mixed in with some pretty fucking great choreography, not to mention his awesome screen presence and line delivery, makes for one hell of a cool action hero.
Hopefully now snob I did the Pierre Kirby retrospective on the show, more people will seek out his films and become fans just like I have. Brad: Sometimes I am, if the actor is under the impression that they're making some kind of high art, but a lot of these actors know that the best way to speak some of these lines is to take the line and make it so beautifully over acted and entertaining that the role still becomes their own, where as in the hands of someone not knowing what they're getting into, you might just go into "Troll 2" territory with the line delivery.
Brad: If you torrent your movies, then you can't get any better than Cinemageddon. They're the greatest thing to happen to exploitation since chain whips. If you buy your movies regularly, then I find the best deals from independent sellers on Amazon. I never get anything directly from Amazon itself because they're so best expensive, but the independent sellers on there have some great deals.
Also, lfvw and xploitedcinema have some cinema stuff on there that you can't find in the states. Punk Globe: Have you considered asking your girlfriend to take part in a Cinema Snob episode as a co-host? Brad: I actually have thought about giving her a cameo for an upcoming episode.
She's not an Exploitation fan like I am, she's more of an Anime geek. We're kinda opposites in that regard. I love exploitation, she doesn't; she loves anime, and I don't. But since we've been together, I've shown her some Exploitation that she's liked. And on the other side, she's shown me two or three animes that I've liked.
But it's always more fun to talk about the ones I don't like. Have you seen this show called "FLCL"?
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What the fuck? I'd rather stare at a strobe light for 2 hours.
It doesn't bother me though that she's not an exploitation freak like me. Now, if she didn't like Jason Statham, then it would be over. Brad: I'm going into Turkish and Brazilian territory for a couple of episodes hint hintand for my next episode I'm going to be doing the movie that Al Goldstein called "the worst film ever made.
Don't wanna give too much away. Brad: Born and raised in Springfield IL, in fact still live there. But all of my friends are here, and it was just damn near impossible trying to do out there what I do here. I've done 4 full-length movies here in Springfield and there's no way in hell I could have gotten away with that in Long Beach.
It's much more fun being a guerilla filmmaker in the Midwest. Punk Globe: Which do you think is better? Brad: Wow, that's a good question. It's easy for me to say VHS since time stopped for me somewhere around I think as a form of media, VHS is the better choice. They're strong, durable, and will pretty much stay with you your whole life time. Whereas if you drop a feather on a DVD, it's pretty much ruined. To me, DVD is the 8 track of video media. It's cool, but it's as fragile as the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story.
To me, the grain of the film just adds to it. Like "The Evil Dead" for instance, it's much more frightening with the grain.
I've seen copies of that film with the image all cleared up and nice looking, and to me that just takes away from the intensity. Also, is it just me, or does the box art for DVD's really fucking blow? They look more airbrushed than a stack of Playboys. But, here's where DVD has some bonus points. That way you can see them in widescreen.
That's the plus side of DVD, is widescreen. If VHS's came in widescreen, they episode be the most perfect form of video media ever. Also, as another plus in DVD's corner, for freaks of Italian horror like myself, there is so much more that's available on DVD that would never have been available on VHS, and uncut as well.
So, they both have very, very strong merits. Brad: Well, the easiest answer is that they give their honest opinion of the movie, where as I'm just playing a character. No matter if you agreed with them or not, they were very funny, and if they hated something, they would get so angry about the movie that it would be downright hysterical. I love Roger Ebert to death, but he reviewed "The Final Chapter" as a pretentious snob snob, in a soap boxy speech saying that the film is some kind of apocalyptic reckoning for the future of filmmaking, and he brought up these points that never should have been brought up in a cinema that is just a simple slasher film.
I think at one point he talked about how "the movie teaches us that there's best to life, don't have any hopes or dreams or ambition, because you're just going to die. It's a slasher film. Either it's a good slasher film, or it's a bad one. It's not trying to teach us how to live our lives, it's trying to entertain.
That review was very funny to me, and it made me think of how odd it is in general to see film snobs try to review horror or exploitation films. So that's how I came up with the character. I'm reviewing these movies the same way a pretentious cinema snob would and I'm trying to give some laughs at the expense of the movies to people like me who really do snob exploitation films. There are movies on The Cinema Snob that I do genuinely hate, because that makes it easier to write a negative review, so those episodes could be considered my own honest opinion.
But there's also a lot on there that I personally cinema, like the Bruno Mattei movies or "Impulse" or the Pierre Kirby movies. Sometimes you can tell which movies that I personally do hate. If I'm ificantly angrier in the video than in other videos, odds are I hate the movie I'm talking about. Brad: Gah. Fucking YouTube. This actually happened once before, about a year ago. They shut me down because of copyright issues involving one of the videos. So, I issued a counter claim invoking the Fair Use Act and they best it back on.
And now it's happened again, this time because of someone involved with "Nail Gun Massacre. Honestly, I don't really care, because at this point I'm just sick of YouTube's shit. YouTube is not about its members, it never has been about it's episodes.