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  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Brazilian Star Wars made him say "I never thought I'd say this, but this movie is no Turkish Star Wars"
  • I Hate Past Me:
    • Upon seeing Video Violence 2, Brad receives an angry phone call from 2007!Brad (pre-beard), fresh from his original Video Violence review. Brad offers some much-needed advice to his past self - made funnier if you've seen all of Brad's reviews, and are familiar with his tumultuous life - all of which goes unheeded. "What an asshole!" The effect is so seamless, people are still unsure of whether Brad literally recorded himself in 2007 in preparation for the sequel.
    • In Italian Batman he sees his other review of an Italian film without dubbing/subtitles (Porno Holocaust), and engages on some Self-Deprecation.
    • The Hot Pocket gag in Crazy Fat Ethel 2 (one of the very first reviews) doesn't hold up five years later when he reviews the original Crazy Fat Ethel.
      Snob: Ha ha ha, it's funny because it's fattening. Joke's on you, asshole: You gained like 50 pounds that year.
    • In The Bloody Video Horror That Made Me Puke on My Aunt Gertrude, he dismisses the Video Violence review as "some guy on YouTube like seven years ago".
    • All over the place in the 10 reviews posted for the 10th anniversary, complaining about the old set, the old episodes, how he was fat at a certain point...
  • I Have Many Names:
    • Brad had reason to suspect Zombi 7 was added to IMDb as an alternate title specifically in the hope he'd review it.
    • It doesn't help that he then sarcastingly claimed that months from then he would be reviewing Night of the Seagulls because someone would attach the title Zombi 8 to it on IMDb. Which apparently someone did.
    • And then there's the alleged title of The Geek 2 (actually one segment of an anthology porno film).
    • And then there is the long series of alleged Troll sequels...
  • If I Wanted X, I Would Y:
  • Immediate Sequel: His Hercules II review opens with the closure of the episode on the original.
  • Implausible Deniability: Lampshaded and then subverted when Snob says he used IMDb as an extensive source for minor Hong Kong action films.
    Snob: Of course, I'm too much of a snob to admit that I fucked up... I fucked up.
  • Important Haircut: The finale to Tampon Tango, the last review to be filmed in Brad's old house. Luggage? Check. Videotapes? Check. Beard? Check.
  • Inappropriate Hunger:
    • Brad munches on a granola bar as the feces flows in Gross Out, and Crazy Fat Ethel gives him a hankering for Hot Pockets.
    • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) left him with a craving for a McRib. "What? It's probably made of the same thing they were eating."
    • At the end of the Pink Flamingos review, he pulls out his "traditional post-film Carmello". The film ends with Divine eating dog feces. There's a pause, and then Snob eats his candy.
      Snob: What? This isn't shit. That's shit. Grow up.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Los Porno Sin Son - "Out of curiosity, is anybody watching Maggie during all this? Why do I get the feeling she died hours ago?" invoked
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Yeti, n. 1. A mythical large furry humanoid said to inhabit the Himalayas. 2. One of the funniest damn words ever (See also "buggery")."
  • Innocent Innuendo: The surprise twist in the original Sleepaway Camp, which even the Snob could appreciate. "Surprise penis shocks even the tightest of asses!" (points at self)
  • Insane Troll Logic: His review of the remake of Mother's Day mentions all the ways that it is an improvement on the original before saying:
    Snob: Obviously the original was better. Why? Because a remake can never be better. Even when the remake is better, the original is still better. Plus the original was written by script master Charlie Kaufman. Yes it was a different Charlie Kaufman but Being John Malkovich's Charlie Kaufman is such a genius, that it instantly makes all other Charlie Kaufmans equally as genius. Therefore the original is clearly the superior film.
  • Inspired by…: In the The Cinema Snob Movie, Craig Golightly bases his fake snob persona on someone he saw at a George A. Romero Q&A who asked a patently ridiculous question about the deep symbolism in Monkeyshines, which Romero just laughed off. In the commentary, Brad says this really did happen and really was part of the inspiration for the Snob (along with Roger Ebert's complaints about horror films).
  • Insult to Rocks:
    • Brad says that comparing Violent Shit to an Uwe Boll movie is an insult to Uwe Boll.
    • Even calling the devil's henchmen "a bunch of Nazis is a low blow".
    • He says of The Tramps from Brazilian Star Wars: "To say that these dipshits overdo it on the silly factor would just take the dignity out of the word 'silly'".
  • Ironic Echo: Brad makes fun of a character's line delivery in The Mutilator when he exclaims, "I got a baaaaaaad feeling about this!" ("I don't understand what approaching the Death Star has to do with anything.") Once the slasher breaks out his fishhook for the signature kill, Brad uneasily repeats the quote. Yeecch.
  • It's All About Me: Bob Revere from Last Ounce of Courage, to the point that Snob invokes the trope nearly word for word while calling out Bob for making his son's death all about him.
  • It Will Never Catch On: In his review of Blood Sucking Freaks, when the kidnapped art critic Creasy insists that a ballet dancer would never dance for the sadistic Sardu, Brad adds...
    Snob: Yes, I agree. Would be like finding Academy Award-nominated actress Joan Allen in a film about car racing, or Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates in an Adam Sandler film. Preach on, Creasy!
  • It's Been Done: Snob opens the review of The Bed Room by pointing out that just about everyone on YouTube has already covered The Room and he has nothing new to bring to the table... except for reviewing a Wood Rocket porno spoof of it!
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: Invoked in several reviews of sequels, particularly with Halloween 4, which generally speaking is considered one of the more popular sequels with fans, but is derided by the Snob as being one of the worst Halloween films for being an inferior rehash of the first film.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: At the end of Beware: Children at Play when the parents surround the kidnapped and brainwashed children the Snob shouts the kids are clearly evil and should be killed. When the parents proceed to do just that for the last 5 minutes of the movie, the Snob goes to his computer, places an order on e-Bay, waits for it to arive, unpacks his new plastic bucket and pukes in it.


  • Jaw Drop:
    • The Snob does this when he realizes the pun behind Chatterbox.
    • And during the Twist Ending of Sleepaway Camp.
      Snob: ...That's a dick.
  • Jerkass: The Snob. He fires guns wildly into the air, beats up TV personalities for discussing movies he hates, and abuses Film Brain for being young. (and then Bastard Film Brain starts to show up in videos to reply on the same note)
  • Later-Installment Weirdness: Minor example; despite mentioning in earlier episodes that he had a "cut-off date" of 1995 (that is, that he wouldn't review films made after 1995, which even becomes relevant on his review of Ax 'Em), he began to include post-1995 movies on his show starting with Saving Christmas after pointing out that Christian movies such as it, God's Not Dead, and War Room are providing him with a new form of exploitation to review. This likely stemmed from Brad uncovering such movies on Midnight Screenings, as other particularly bad, non-Christian movies reviewed on that show have sometimes gotten the Snob treatment as well (such as The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure and Dancin': It's On!).
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Jillian gets fed up at Brad narrating what's happening onscreen. She also can't figure out how Brad is dubbing Friday the 13th music into the film just by watching it. (Rape Squad)
      Brad: As long as you just think about the reference, it'll magically happen in the movie.
    • Crossed with Interface Spoiler, a few episodes such as Saturday the 14th and Moment by Moment have Snob attempting a Bait-and-Switch regarding the reviewed movie, but then points the episode name atop the video is another.
  • Long Title:
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase:
    • "If I want to see a [thing, mostly genre X movie], I'll stick with real [things/genre X movies] — like [better-known but still obscure example], thank you very much."
    • "You're about as [adjective] as [Well-known actor deliberately used as a bad example]!"Example 
    • "I wonder who the real [nouns] are."
    • HA HA HA—No (instead of no, something along the lines of "because he killed X people!")
    • Worst X ever!
  • Madness Mantra: "I am the wafflemaker!"
  • Made in Country X: As any True Art film fan, the Snob always gushes over foreign productions.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Usually commented with disgust (and jokes about the actor's package). Brad also has one fully naked scene in the Nudies, Rudies and Crudies DVD.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover:
    • Besides participating in Kickassia, the 100th episode review of Caligula was filled with cameos. Also counts as a Bat Family Crossover as his review has guest segments from all of his shows at the time, including Brad Tries..., Softly From Cable and the Big Box, all of the members of Team Snob and an Early-Bird Cameo from 80's Dan.
    • There's also the review of Troll 4 he did with Phelous that is half cameos, half Snob and Phelous making things up.
    • He was also a kickass Indiana Jones during Suburban Knights, even wearing the outfit on the train into Chicago for the filming.
    • In To Boldly Flee, he undergoes his own Darth Vader path, going from "Bradakin" to "Darth Snob".
  • Mathematician's Answer: From his Halloween (1978) review, where Snob for once finds himself with the task of reviewing a horror movie widely lauded as good.
    Snob: Does this mean I'm gonna review this movie with the respect that it deserves, or am I going to be my usual snarky self just to make me sound smarter than you? Yes.
  • Memetic Badass: invoked
    • The Snob is a Pierre Kirby fanboy, much like Spoony is one for Reb Brown and Lupa is a Cynthia Rothrock fangirl. Anything Kirby does will be badass to Snob, even crying.
    • Ward Bond shot down an airplane with a tommy gun, shaved off Hitler's mustache, and called him "toots."
  • Minimalism: invoked Compared to his fellow reviewers, Brad usually doesn't actually have that much going on in his reviews or his style. Others like the Nostalgia Critic, Spoony and Linkara would often have editing jokes, inserting clips from other movies or even have elaborate skits and plots in their videos. Meanwhile, Snob just sits in his chair and cracks wise about the films, with most of the references being more verbal or Call-Back-y. This is lampshaded in the episode for Heaven's Gate, in which Snob is disappointed that he can't do a big-scope, cameo-filled Milestone Celebration like his fellow producers and have to resort to actually talking about the movie.
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-universe — when Diamanda Hagan asks why they were reviewing Myra Breckinridge since the movie was doing a good job of reviewing itself, Snob responds "uh, Blip revenue?". Diamanda concedes the point.
  • Mood Whiplash: He gets so fed up with it in The Last House on the Left, he vows the next time someone delivers tragic news, he'll react with "madcap comedy."
    Jillian: I have terrible news! My great-grandma passed away!
    (cut to Brad walking like an Egyptian while naked to kazoo music)
  • Motor Mouth: Snob criticizes pastor Estus Pirkle of this in If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?
    Snob: Estus may believe in a lot of things, but pausing in between sentences is not one of them. Apparently periods and commas are the work of the Devil.
    (montage of Pirkle talking rapidly)
    Snob: Christ Almighty, is this why he has so many followers? He speaks so goddamn fast that it just scrambles everyone's brains?
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • His (ex-)wife Jillian, as shown in The Big Box and especially Softly from Cable.
    • Snob complained about all the alien pornos were not including Princess Aura from Flash Gordon.
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked in his reviews of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddys Revenge and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, entries which have both been criticized for going against the continuity of their respective franchises. In both cases, he says that fans get too bent out of shape over franchise "rules" and continuity matters, which results in Strictly Formula sequels that are designed to keep fans happy rather than push creative boundaries.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Is the Snob an exploitation film-maker named Craig Golightly who is pretending to be a movie snob named Vincent Dawn, a small-time producer who is nearly corrupted by the Hollywood studio system, or just Brad Jones playing a character? YOU DECIDE. Lampshaded in the review for Shock Treatment:
    Nation: Don't forget who we're doing this for.
    Janet: Who?
    Cosmo: Brad.
    Janet: Y'know, I'm getting sick of hearing about that emotional cripple!
    Snob: My ears are burning! Oh, wait, did she say "Brad?" Sorry; I thought she said "Craig" or "Vincent."
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Snob's "Snob Senses" started tingling when Linkara mentioned that an exploitation Superman porno movie is something that he should most likely be reviewing.
  • Mythology Gag: Brad's two-part review of I Spit on Your Grave features Jerrid as "Creepy Movie Theater Guy", a parody of a couple of sadistic Nightmare Fetishist audience members that Roger Ebert supposedly encountered during his own viewing of the film. Given that the character of The Cinema Snob was largely inspired by of Ebert's rants against gory horror movies, this is doubly funny.

  • Name McAdjective:
    • He called an actor in Weasels Rip My Flesh "Steve McSeventies".
    • Hitler, Dead or Alive: "You wanna know my name? It's Frankie Überchop!"
    • He referred to the female lead in Home Sweet Home as "Blondie McSurvivor".
    • The headliner victim in Cannibal Ferox, "Impaled McTitties."
    • Jake Bolby, the pedophile in Child Bride, is called "Creepy McChildfucker".
    • Saucy McProbablyhasnudityinhercontract (Mother's Day 2010)
  • Narm: invoked Referenced.
    Snob: This is the funniest scene in the movie. It's not supposed to be."
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: In-universe, His review of Pieces has the Snob figuring out the identity of the killer simply because he recognizes an actor from other movies.
  • Nausea Fuel: invoked
    • The very concept of Turkish Salò to the Snob.
    • The ending of Beware! Children at Play literally caused the Snob to become nauseous and vomit.
    • Two Words: Gross Out.
  • Negative Continuity: Whether the show treats any of the Channel Awesome movies featuring himself, or even the Snob's own movies as a canon part of the Snob's character, as well as whether Brad's other shows are part of a shared universe with The Cinema Snob or not, varies drastically from episode to episode, which led to the Snob experiencing a bit of a Mind Screw when he reviewed The Cinema Snob Movie.
  • Nerdgasm: Or snobgasm in this case. Snob mentions how inappropriate it would be to watch an Orson Welles movie and not have an orgasm.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: What happens when Brad and the Snob cross paths in a Lupa review. (The Snob survives.)
    Snob: [to Lupa] Oh great. You created a time paradox with your stupid fucking reference!
  • Nightmare Face: John Carradine in Billy the Kid Versus Dracula.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: A string of "no"s is his beginning remark for the Fun in Balloonland review.
    Snob: This movie is a whole lotta fucking nope!
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Refers to AKOM as "Ah-khum" Productions in the My Little Pony: The Movie review and decides to just go with that.
  • Non-Indicative Title: I Spit On Your Grave features neither graves, nor people spitting on them. Also, The Bloody Video Horror That Made Me Puke on My Aunt Gertrude.
  • Noodle Implements: Has to invoke this in the tour of Tiberius' palace in Caligula because everything is too graphic for him to show.
    Snob: Oh no, you can't stick an entire pole up there! Can you really make a featherwheel like that? You know, a Roman sex swing looks like a really inconvenient way to get a blowjob! Is that... is that a fucking snake?
  • Noodle Incident: The last time Jillian trusted a guy in a hockey mask, she had a miniature zamboni shoved up her ass.
    Brad: (beat) What!?
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: The Snob occasionally goes out of his way to point out that a piece of background music or bit of editing in a movie is what is actually in the movie and not something he added to the footage himself.
    • In Don't Go Near the Park, the Snob goes out of his way to point out, yes, Crackers Phinn is the name credited.
    • The cast of Redneck Zombies: Fester Smellman, P. Floyd Piranha, and Zoofeet?
    • The premise of Elves.
    • Wrap your brain around this, internet: Turkish I Spit On Your Grave.
    • The fact that Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS was shot on the same set as Hogan's Heroes.
    • During the Halloween review he reveals that Michael Myers' actor went on to direct the 90's Dennis the Menace movie, then adds in, "no, really."
    • In the Hi-Tops review, he points out that two of the actors later got married and competed together on the Ray Combs version of Family Feud. He's not kidding.
    • Pulls this on his review for A Karate Christmas Miracle:
      Snob: Seeming normal enough so far? Well, here's the next scene, and this is a real edit, by the way!

  • Obligatory Joke:
    • On Troma's Mother's Day: "THIS movie is a motherfucker!"
    • On the mannequin in Maniac! (1980): "The supporting cast in this movie is very wooden."
    • On The Corpse Grinders's characters being ground into cat food: "I guess it only takes one life to make a perfect can of 9 Lives!"
    • With The Cinema Snob movie in post-production, Brad informs the viewer that he'll be reviewing "something that only requires half my attention." Cue the all-midget western!
    • The beehive death in Sleepaway Camp. Say it with him now: NO NOT THE BEES! AAAAGGUGUGAH!
      Snob: I almost feel lazy for adding it."
    • Sleepaway Camp IV: Brought to you by Frito-Lay.
      Snob: Betcha Can't Splice Away to Just One Sleepaway Camp Movie™!
    • Once Brad compares the Chatterbox to The Vagina Monologues: "There goes the first joke I wrote for this review!"
    • La bête:
      1. "Truly, t'was beauty that fucked the beast."
      2. The flower masturbation scene: "You could say this is the thorniest scene I've across in a while.''"
      3. In the same film, there's literally a shot of a snail. Sometimes the joke writes itself.
    • Los Pornos Sin Son has a host of Simpsons references; too many to list.
      Snob: I'm going to have to wash away this image with a couple of Flaming Moes.
    • Ditto for Crackerjack, aka Die Hard in a Ski Resort.
    • The Lone Ranger's arch enemy is none other than... Doc Brown. (and then when he says that the 2013 movie has a plot too similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit he notes "Judge Doom as Butch Cavendish" is doubly adequate in the 1981 version)
    • Hack-O-Lantern:
      1. Regarding the title: "Funny, I just thought that was the name of the director."
      2. "JAG Films"?? Well, I guess old people will like it."
    • A trailer for Charlie and the Hooker (42nd Street Forever).
      (It's the lost adventure after The Glass Elevator and In the White House)
    • Moment By Moment:
      Snob: Tomlin's washing her feet. She must have a Tarantino audition later that day, too!
    • Debbie Does Dallas, brought to you by School Day Films™.
      Snob: Wish it were 'Snow Day Films'. Then I could skip it.
    • Water Power: "THIS town needs an enema!"
    • In Ilsa, the Wicked Warden, Ilsa bursting in on an escapee is followed by the Snob reluctantly going, "Hoooogaaaan!"
      Snob: Now that I think about it, of all the Hogan's Heroes episodes, you'd think that this would be the one would be the one Bob Crane definitely would've been in!
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In the review of Rape Squad, Lloyd the cat disappears from Jillian's lap between cuts, and Brad seems to be the only one of the two who notices.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: The Snob's "Cameo generator" from his Drive review, which at the end he notices, "Wait a minute... This is a PS3 controller."
  • Old Shame: invoked Lloyd starred in a few '70s exploitation movies, including one in French. (Actually, Snob simply jokes whenever he sees a cat that looks like Lloyd that the cat is Lloyd.)
    Snob: [after seeing a Lloyd doppelgänger in The Corpse Grinders] Really, Lloyd? Were you THAT hard up for fucking money in the early '70s? Did the That Darn Cat royalties not pay off nearly as much as you had hoped?
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Judge Reinhold in The Forgotten Nic Cage flick Zandalee.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • Parodied the Family Guy style of this during Grizzly II. He goes out to his porch, tries to pick up a box that keeps slipping out of his hands, and then just grabs it and throws it off porch yelling at the camera "This isn't funny!"
    • Played straight during Cannibal Ferox in a sequence where the Snob devours an entire tin of Bubble Tape.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative:
    • Elves, "the world's only Christmas-Elf-Incest-Nazi-Occult film."
    • Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies is the best Zombie-Confederates movie.