INTERVIEW: Brad Jones, a.k.a. The Cinema Snob, Discusses His Channel
Brad Jones has been playing the character of The Cinema Snob on YouTube for years. Posing as this haughty and downright, and well, snobby, film critic, Brad reviews out-there and niche films you may or may not have heard of. Humorous and informative, Brad’s channel has grown, and he has solidified himself as a staple of YouTube.
Recently, we had the pleasure of asking Brad about his work.
Nerds and Beyond: For those unfamiliar with you, can you briefly describe the content on your channel?
Brad Jones: We have a little bit for all kinds of movie lovers. Our main show The Cinema Snob is a video riff show on everything from old exploitation films to crazy forgotten Hollywood movies. We have a show about weird food and drinks called Brad Tries, plus a current movie review show Midnight Screenings as well as original movies of our own.
Nerds and Beyond: What are some of your favorite videos you’ve done and why?
Brad: I love being able to do my micro-budgeted movies. I’ve been writing and producing my own movies for about 20 years now. I did a dark comedy called The Hooker with a Heart of Gold about a hooker with a literal heart of gold, plus recently a dramedy called Disco about three sisters having a night in a discotheque. Doing things like The Cinema Snob and all the movie reviews makes it possible for me to keep doing my own indie flicks.
Nerds and Beyond: What are some of your favorite movies of all time?
Brad: My go to favorite movies are typically Caligula, The Toxic Avenger, The Great Race, Saturday Night Fever, Batman, The Hollywood Knights, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Blue Velvet, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Dumb and Dumber.
Nerds and Beyond: If someone was brand new to your channel, what 3 videos would you recommend to them to start with?
Brad: Some good places to start would be The Cinema Snob episodes on Ms. Velma’s Christmas and Old Fashioned, and definitely check out our animated series Lloyd, about a private detective Siamese cat.
Nerds and Beyond: How did your Midnight Screenings series come about?
Brad: It came about pretty organically. They did a midnight release of Thor, so I thought it’d be cool to see it at midnight and then review it from the car after. Then the following week they showed more new movies at midnight, so we went to those, too. Then they did that for every movie that summer. It became a summertime series that we did, and in 2013, movie theaters started showing early screenings for movies every week of the year. They don’t do it at midnights anymore, so even though the name of the show doesn’t make much sense anymore, we love doing the show and talking about new movies. We’ve even turned it into a livestream series where people can watch our reviews of these movies live on our channel.
Nerds and Beyond: What is your favorite part about making appearances at comic conventions?
Brad: Getting to talk with fans about movies, as well as getting to know them and finding out where they’re from and how far they’ve traveled. We also love going to the local restaurants around the area as well and trying out new things that we don’t have in our town.
Nerds and Beyond: We here at Nerds and Beyond love our dad jokes. What’s your favorite dad joke?
Brad: I guess I’m partial to “Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.”
Author’s Note: I highly recommend Brad’s original movie Jesus, Bro!, available on the website linked below. It is one of my personal favorite movies.