Brad Jones (born December 20, 1981) is The Cinema Snob
, Kung Tai Ted
, Eighties Dan
, and, well, Brad Jones
, amongst other things.
Man has the voice of a young Jack Nicholson
, and is a featured contributor on That Guy with the Glasses
He is also co-starring in Ninja The Mission Force
, a series by Dark Maze Studios
which parodies the ninja films of Godfrey Ho
and other 80s "ninjasploitation" films. He also appeared on Radiodrome
, pop culture opinion podcast hosted by Josh Hadley, until Brad left in 2013.
He produces and hosts several series and movies on his website, including:
- The Cinema Snob - His most prominent show, in which he plays a snooty film critic reviewing exploitation films.
- Snob Riffs, in which he riffs a short movie MST-style, mostly as himself.
- Eighties Dan - A sitcom parody where Brad, as the title character, reviews obscure shows and products from The Eighties with his roommate and neighbors, and a ROB robot who has a crush on the neighbor's wife.
- Brad Tries... - An impromptu series where Brad (as himself) samples various novelty foods, particularly long-since-discontinued soft drinks, often with his wife and friends.
- Flaming Brian's Kitchen - A spinoff in which Brad, Brian Lewis, and various others try hot sauces.
- Drunk Brian Tries - A spinoff of a spinoff in which Brian Lewis gets drunk off his ass as the the rest of Team Snob push bizarre alcoholic beverages on him.
- DVD-R Hell - Where Brad (as himself) reviews failed pilots, educational films and TV specials that are available only on bootlegged DVDs.
- The Big Box - In which Brad plays Vic Dealio, a sleazy infomercial host hawking eighties movies from the era when VHS tapes came in big plastic clamshell cases, co-hosted by the well-endowed Big Box Model (played by his ex-wife Jillian).
- Kung Tai Ted - Where he dissects classic martial-arts B-movie fight scenes as the titular martial artist wannabe.
- Brad and Jerrid - Fictionalized versions of Brad and friend Jerrid do random things.
- Brad and Irving - Same as above, but with Brian Irving replacing Jerrid Foiles after they had a falling out.
- Brad and Jerrid appear to have patched up their differences, as Jerrid has started appearing on Cinema Snob episodes since October 2012.
- Softly From Cable - So far his only show where he himself does not have a starring role, showcasing classic late-night skinemax films from The Nineties.
- The Reviewers - A comedy about two friends trying to make it in the world of internet reviewing.
- Snobcast (formerly The Random Button), a podcast where Brad and (usually) one of the persons from his team (who also participate in the Midnight Screenings) review a random movie found on Netflix or other formats.
- From Dusk Till Dawn-Cast, a podcast with Mister X from Geek Juice Media covering the El Rey television version episode by episode. Will likely return when the next season of From Dusk Till Dawn starts up again.
- Midnight Screenings - In which Brad and his friendsnote go to see the midnight screenings of various new movies and review them immediately after seeing them.
- Game Boys - An animated continuation of his 2008 film of the same name.
- The Bruno Mattei Show - A series of roundtable discussions on one of Italy's more infamous exploitation directors.
- Brad Jones Demo Reel, a remake of Demo Reel. Unknown if it will be a series or just a one-time April Fools joke.
He has also produced the following films/miniseries:
For a list of other movies that Brad has dealt with in minor shows, see Brad Jones List
The following tropes apply to Brad:
- Alter Ego Acting: Brad's real persona is nothing like the characters he plays.
- Attack of the Killer Whatever: One of the Shot on Shitteo segments features a killer wheelchair.
- Author Appeal
- Badass Baritone: Brad's voice is pretty deep.
- Berserk Button: Homophobia. While reviewing Rock: It's Your Decision in DVD-R Hell, he riffed on the protagonist's final speech until he made a homophobic reference - Brad pretty much ended the review on the spot.
- Christian propaganda which argue that the hand of Satan is in all things secular such as toys or Halloween, especially if the people presenting it are either demonstrably wrong or hypocritical
- Depictions of animal cruelty or bestiality. He called Lars Von Trier a piece of shit for the dead animal shots in Antichrist and Manderley, and only implied the rabbit slaughter in Nekromantik (and got really pissed off about it) and wouldn't even mention what happens later to the cat. He also complained about exploitation movies using bestiality as a go-to kink in the reviews for Los Ritos Sexuales Del Diablo and Island Of Death (which made him Go Mad from the Revelation). One reason Cannibal Holocaust made him so uncomfortable was that animals were actually killed for the movie. He also raises the issue in his review of Cannibal Ferox.
- During the review of Elves, when the heroine's stepmother kills a cat, Brad breaks character and threatens to kill her. Remember, Brad's cats are pretty much costars on this show.
- He said during John Wick, he wanted the antagonists dead as badly as the protagonist did for killing John's dog.
- Terrence Malick
- In the War On Christmas, Dolly is a General.
- CGI over practical effects.
- Mishandled rape scenes. He's utterly appalled by the comedy-dubbed rape sequence in Dracula the Dirty Old Man, and snaps at the rape scene in Angel Above - The Devil Below, pointing out it's the longest sex scene in the film (up to that point a porno played for humor) and thus the scene the filmmakers likely wanted to focus on.
- Brad really hates Mood Whiplash moments.
- When films he feels are genuinely good are snubbed by the industry or treated as niche cult fodder, especially if it's because of an inferior movie that real critics and film snobs insisted was better.
- Bile Fascination: He eulogized Ebert, whose scathing reviews compelled Brad to seek out Zero Star films — including Caligula, which ironically became his favorite film of all time.
- Broke the Rating Scale: A Serbian Film was enough to push past even Brad's limits. He even points out that his favorite movie is Caligula and he didn't regret watching ET: The Porno, Porno Holocaust, or Las Vegas Bloodbath, if only for the ability to complain about them. He couldn't do that with A Serbian Film.
Brad: Thinking about all unpleasant movies that I've sat through... Um. I... I think this might be the first one that I... I regret watching. I really regret watching this movie.
- The Cameo: LordKat appears in The Bix Box review of Don't Open the Door as Vic Dealio's Uncle Lino.
- Ed Glaser made a guest appearance on The Bruno Mattei Show.
- Cluster F-Bomb: While The Cinema Snob (or any of Brad's scripted material) is more prone to Precision F Strikes, anything involving Brad simply going off the cuff (such as a Vlog) is all but guaranteed to result in at least one instance of these.
- Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Brought this up while talking about A Serbian Film, when talking about how he never regretted watching Las Vegas Bloodbath, which he states is the worst movie he's ever seen. He reasons that if he hadn't watched it, then he wouldn't be able to call it the worst movie ever made.
- Creator Backlash: Of a sort towards Paranoia. while he doesn't outright hate it, he regards it as somewhat amateur, seeing how he wrote it in high school and said it's more Ryan's (the director's) movie than his.
- Department of Redundancy Department: From Ninja: The Mission Force:
- Determinator: Brad himself. He willingly sits down to watch movies like Gross Out, Necromantik, and E.T. the Porno. And then there's his Brad Tries... segments...
- Disco Dan: Brad himself seems to resemble this trope a lot, the eighties was his decade. He's even been in Genre Throwbacks to sleazy eighties movies.
- Everyone Has Standards: In his Top 10 Worst Films of 2010 video, he comments that it feels like he's just picking on The Twilight Saga when he mentions Twilight: Eclipse.
- Fan Boy: For Pierre Kirby, Manimal, old Looney Tunes shorts, and all things James Bond.
- Pierre Kirby squirts out a tear in Dressed to Fire. Being that it's Pierre Kirby though, this leads immediately into a Lock and Load Montage.
- And for A Clockwork Orange, to the point where he gets mad at A Clockwork Orgy for taking a line from the film out of context.
- Five-Man Band: He often gets his friends involved with vlog movie reviews and Brad Tries... episodes, a number of which have had enough recurring appearances to be considered part of the Snob Team:
- Hitler Ate Sugar: From an anime Q&A panel: "Snooki is an accomplished writer." "So was Hitler."
- Insult Backfire: Brad loved Tron: Legacy, so when Spoony in his "Top 11 worst movies of 2010" list said that anyone who liked Tron: Legacy was "easily amused and has no standards", Brad had to respond in his top eleven favorite list.
Brad: I know, I know, I'm easily amused and have no standards. It's true. *Smiles coyly*
*Puts paper down* Pfht, whatever, I hated this fuckin' movie! *Puts paper back up* No fucking sense...
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: The real Brad Jones is very gracious towards his fans and generally seems like a nice person, and frequently does reviews as himself, instead of being in-character as The Cinema Snob. Much of the time, it's easy to mistake the Snob's opinions as Brad's own, even though the Snob himself is an exaggerated Caustic Critic, and Brad frequently finds himself writing hateful reviews for movies he actually likes.
- Brad specifically mentions that "Snobbing" his favorite movie of all time, Caligula, was particularly heartbreaking.
- The reverse is also true - Brad remarks that writing a praising review of Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom was one of the most difficult things he's ever done.
- His nice guy attitude even shined through when he "had to be the bad guy" by saying that he was really displeased with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
- Need more proof? His cameo alongside aforementioned Distaff Counterpart - Obscurus Lupa - wherein during one of the takes (see the outtakes at the end of the review)...he accidentally punches her ...in the face. He immediately starts apologizing and hugging her.
- And then gives her the greatest two-second cameo ever, when Kung Tai Ted randomly shows up and punches the Snob in the face. Cut to Lupa, with a laugh.
- Apparently inverted by Jerrid Foiles, who played himself as an eternal nice, if slightly dumb guy, but, well, more details elsewhere...
- Name's the Same: Brad's Twitter will joke every time National Football League player Brad Jones becomes a Trending Topic. And in the remake of Mother's Day he yammers how "IMDB is always correct", even if they confuse him for the football player.
- One Steve Limit: Brad has two friends named Brian in "Team Snob", Brian Lewis and Brian Irving, so the latter is just called Irving to avoid confusion.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Parodied in the Softly From Cable episode covering Animal Instinct. The female protagonist gets a visit from a cable guy who makes some Accidental Innuendo, to which Jillian's character responds, "I know where this is going... he's going to order her a pizza."
- Raised Catholic: While Brad's professed beliefs aren't explicitly Catholic, he mentioned in passing that he had attended religious school and knows a number of Christian friends. This is especially evident in DVD-R Hell while reviewing stuff like Rock: It's Your Decision and Deception of a Generation, wherein he utterly skewers both works at their own game. He himself identifies as being agnostic.
- Real Song Theme Tune: In love with this trope. Nearly every show he does uses a theme song from another show. The Manimal theme is Brad's personal theme song, complete with the "Manimal!" and panther growl.
- The Cinema Snob - The Greatest American Hero (Until 2013, when he started using the themes from the movie he's reviewing)
- Brad Tries - Newhart
- 80's Dan - The theme from a long-forgotten 80's procedural called Hawaiian Heat
- The Big Box - Automan
- Reference Overdosed: Brad enjoys making obscure pop culture references to older exploitation films, B-movies, failed TV pilots and other stuff that invites you to consult an encyclopaedia or surf the Internet for more background information.
- Schedule Slip: Rigorously avoided. While he doesn't necessarily update any specific show every week, he always puts up something for his fans to watch, even if it's just a Brad Tries. Usually there are multiple updates in a week, and that doesn't count The Midnight Reviews series he and his friends do, of which two or three are done each weekend.
- Sexy Santa Dress: His wife wore one for a Christmas edition of The Big Box.
- Take That: Brad is a man of very strong likes and dislikes. Get comfortable, this could take a while.
- Favored targets: Eli Roth, M. Night Shyamalan, Chuck Lorre, Seth Mac Farlane, Roger Ebert, Suzanne Nagy, Uwe Boll, Stephenie Meyer, Ehren Kruger, Skip Woods, Boondock Saints, reality television, christian propaganda, some Michael Bay (when he feels that someone "put a leash" on him; he likes Bay when he goes all out), Most Will Ferrell movies (barring stuff like Anchorman and The LEGO Movie) Ishtar, most horror remakes, Tim & Eric, misleading trailers, modern music and screening movies in 3-D when the 3 -D is poor.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Brad LOVES Crystal Pepsi. So much that he's trying to start a letter campaign to have it revived. In the Leprechaun crossover review, he also claims drinking Crystal Pepsi is how his voice got the way it is.
- The man loves his McDonald's, especially the McRib
- Vocal Dissonance: Brad is a short man (watch his crossover videos with much taller Linkara or Phelous) with a deep voice.