The Cinema Snob: Heaven’s Gate (Part 1)

It’s The Cinema Snob’s 300th episode, and he takes a look at one of the most notorious movie bombs of all time, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate

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Brad Jones portrays The Cinema Snob, a pretentious film snob who is stuck with reviewing Z-Grade exploitation flicks of the past. I'm a big guy. For you.


  1. Damn glad to see you posting so soon after your accident I hope everything’s going well, happy 300th!

  2. Oddworld Inhabitant

    It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but, while I had heard of the movie, I always assumed it was a dramatic retelling of the Heaven’s Gate cult tragedy. I know, that happened way later, but I didn’t put too much thought into it. Don’t know how they would’ve blown so much money on that… Maybe turn it into the most tone-deaf sci-fi epic ever made? That said, Kris Kristofferson would’ve made an interesting Marshall Applewhite.

    Glad to see you’re recovering, Snob. I really liked the meta complaints about there being no cameos in this anniversary. Also, I think you might be the best person on the site to cover this film; the main points of ludicrousness about it came from behind the scenes, and I think you’re the best at covering those kinds of shenanigans, or at least in the top three.

  3. Victoria Heckman

    Great call on the “I, Claudius” reference. (Also, excellent choice of image.)

  4. His iPhone looks just like my iPod. They must be connected in misfortune.

  5. This is pretty good way to start my birthday – with Brad reviewing Heaven’s gate. Happy 300th episode!

  6. So Boring, but Beautiful is the category this movie fits in, huh? It certainly is very well shot and the scenery looks great. Too bad the director sounds like he’s ferociously anal-retentive about things.

    Looking forward to the next parts. Hopefully more will happen in the movie then, though I doubt it if it’s known for it’s sleep-inducing reputation. Kris Kristofferson doesn’t seem to be a bad actor though. I didn’t know he tried his hand at acting. I only knew him as a musician.

  7. I watched your Caligula review only yesterday out of nostalgia, not knowing your 300th review was up. Heck, I didn’t even know you had reached 200 yet. Good thing I did too because I wouldn’t have gotten the cameo jokes otherwise. Congratulations on coming this far, best reviewer on the site by far!

  8. The funny thing is the producers were planning on taking out the wedding scene in The Deer Hunter for the reasons you have mentioned throughout many of your reviews. It was shown to a test audience who liked it better with it in the film and thus it stayed in the movie. And let me tell you that that is one of the rare times a test audience got it right. I think it adds depth to the characters and heightens the impending tragedy of vibrant youth succumbing to the harsh and soul-crushing reality of war.

    How do you not mention the old man giving the commencement speech at Harvard is Joseph Cotten? You call yourself a cinema snob. Shameful, just shameful. No wonder everybody, including Lloyd. has abandoned you.

    Might I add: Not cool, bro! That new bro is turning me on. Totally gay, bro!

  9. Strange. The Cinema Snob appears to be concealing some sort of injury over his right eye… Almost as if he suffered the exact same injury as Brad Jones….

    My God, you don’t think… Could he and Brad Jones be the SAME PERSON?!?!

  10. Adamant Consternation

    Happy 300th!

  11. Congratulations on the 300th episode, Brad. Your snob episodes are my favorite thing on and your show seriously helped me keep my sanity through a rough time over the past several months. You have an awesome sense of humor and your taste in films is commendable (mostly because it directly reflects my own).

    Here’s to hoping there are hundreds & hundreds of more episodes. Seriously, never stop….and maybe consider doing some more 80’s Dan, too. In fact, more everything please.

  12. Congratulation on the 300th episode! And good choice on the new Bro! Hi, SisBro! Though I was kinda expecting a tracksuit Dracula to show up, bro. Seriously, bro.

  13. Clever usage of Blue Danube there at the end to poke at Kubrik’s habit of pointlessly drawing things out.

  14. Happy 300th.

    Looking forward to the remaining parts.

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