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120: Film Snob Reviews- Willam E. (Full Transcript)




Jey (00:11.566)

It says there's cheering going, but I don't hear the cheering, so the audience is fired. Welcome to another episode of the Young Dad Podcast. I'm super excited to be here with you again today. It's another great episode. It's another great day. I'm super excited to host William. William, how you doing today, man?


William (00:27.243)

Good man. Thanks for having me here. Not our usual forte, but we're very excited to be here.


Jey (00:33.39)

Yeah, a little bit of a change of pace for you for what from what you usually do over on your show, your show, your podcast films, no BS reviews. Pretty cool. We got connected on threads. film snob. I can read. I can read. Don't worry, I can read film snob reviews. Tell us a little bit about how you got started doing film snob reviews.


William (00:44.779)

It's actually filmed snob.


William (00:51.179)

Mm -hmm.


Yeah, that's a bit.


Jey (01:03.278)

how it started, all the fun things.


William (01:06.763)

I was one of the first to review movies ever since I was like a little tiny guy about like eight years old, nine years old. I used to watch Ebert and Roper at the movies and then it was called Cisco and Ebert at the movies. I was like, man, how are they able to talk about movies like they're art? That's really, really cool. I would love to do that. And so as I got older, I started watching more movies, watching more movies. And I started to believe in the philosophy that putting Tarantino made famous and that is that I didn't go to film school, I went to films. And about 15?


almost 15 years ago, maybe 10. One day I was just like, I got done watching the movie and I went on Facebook and they used to have a notes section on Facebook. And I wrote a review of Scott Pilgrim versus the World. And I wrote it and nobody read it. And I was like, I liked reading, I liked getting my feelings out there. So I just kept using the notes section. Then I moved it to Blogspot until, I wanna say around 2015, whenever the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out.


We moved everything to a website, which is Filmsnowreviews .com, which we've had ever since then. It's been through a couple of remodels. We just remodeled it yesterday and it looks the best it's ever looked in the history of that website. But yeah, I just love watching and reviewing film and our podcast is called The Snobcast. We started that about three, four years ago with me and my main writer. She's my head writer and literally my little sister, a right -hand man, Chase Simone. We started that thing and...


We just have a good time. Every month, the premise is we pick a topic, pick three movies that relate to that topic, and we talk about them on the podcast. It's very simple. This Sunday, we're shooting February's episode, which is all about romantic comedy. Since February is very romantic, fun, being Valentine's Day and all that. But yeah, I mean, it's a pretty straightforward thing. You come along, you talk about, you pick a topic and you talk about it. I mean, what other explanation do I need with that? It's a podcast.


We also have a Twitter and Discord and this Thursday on Discord, if you're not in our Discord, people can join the FilmSnap Reviews Discord and we're gonna be doing a live watch party of two of the films that got selected for this month's podcast. Kind of new people sneak peek at what we're talking about this month.


Jey (03:05.55)

Right.


Jey (03:22.414)

Very interesting, that's really cool. No, I just pulled it up. So that first Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014. So you've been in this game for a long time. Very long time. You did, that was right on. I'm looking at the website right now. It does look really, really good. Let me pull it up here on the screen to show the people. I think it's really cool. A couple of these movies I've really wanted to see, but I haven't had a chance to go and see them yet. So review of the poor things.


William (03:32.939)

Yeah, I nailed that timeline.


William (03:44.619)

Thank you, I just read it yesterday.


Jey (03:52.206)

very recent film, color purple. I've seen a lot about this.


William (03:53.739)

Yeah, yeah, there's more. There's a bunch of stuff.


Jey (03:59.982)

Go ahead.


William (04:02.091)

There's a lot of stuff in our trash right now from Sundance, but we're just busy finishing up the last year.


Jey (04:07.79)

Definitely, and these are just, I mean this is really cool, because I mean you see, all these movies are the ones you look at when you go on Fandango or something, and you're like, I don't know if I really wanna go see that. So for you guys in your family, are you guys pretty big movie goers? Do you guys rep movies, watch them at home? Or how do you guys, how do you and your family enjoy movies? Or how do you enjoy a movie mixed with being a dad and doing all the things that you do?


William (04:16.011)

Mm -hmm.


William (04:28.939)

So yeah, we spent a lot of money on Google Movies, because we have a Google TV. So we rent movies on there. We have Amazon Thrying, Netflix, all that stuff. We go to the movies a lot as a family. It depends on what's playing though. Like last time we went all together was to see Mean Girls. My niece wanted to see it. My son was like, I don't mind seeing it. So we all went together to see Mean Girls and that was fun. But I like to take my kids, my kids to see everything.


Jey (04:56.942)

Very cool, very cool. And then you have been a dad since 2010. So you have teenagers now. What's kind of your fatherhood journey been like over the last 14 years?


William (05:02.891)

Yeah!


William (05:10.315)

Well, I'll tell you, it's funny because I didn't expect it. It wasn't something that we planned. It just happened. And, you know, it was like, hey, it's happening. Let's do it. And he came out. It was a boy. He was supposed to be a girl. And, you know, it's just been it's been interesting because I never know what to expect today, which is something that I think is the coolest part about being dead. Is that lack of knowing what's going to happen every day. A great thing that we were having that.


He and his mom, myself and his mom were having a discussion. She says, the first couple of years, he loved me and wanted to hang out with me. And now that he's cool and older, all he wants to do is hang out with you. And I was like, yeah, because I'm cooler. Duh. I'm just cooler. She hated that, but it's true. As he's gotten older, he's gotten more attached to me and less attached to her, and that makes her kind of sad.


Jey (06:05.422)

off yeah I can see that happening so for you for you and your son do you guys share a lot of the same interests do you guys share a lot of the same hobbies interests things to do together or how do you guys what do you guys bond over


William (06:18.987)

We do actually, he loves video games. I love to play video games. He usually just plays with his friends, but whenever I can, I'll play with him. We love movies, I love showing him new movies. He always asks me about stuff, like older movies. Older movies to him is anything that came out before 2010, which makes me sad. But we bond over all that stuff. We have very similar interests. We're very similar people, he and I. We're very different in our personality. I'm very outgoing, kind of nuts.


He's like a very reserved guy. He'll look at the situation before he goes into it. And I love that about him because it makes him, yeah, it shows how smart he is that he'll assess everything before he makes a decision on what to do.


Jey (06:58.19)

Mm -hmm.


William (07:01.771)

And I, my son is the...


Jey (07:02.094)

Yeah, no, I'm definitely.


Jey (07:09.194)

good.


William (07:11.083)

yeah, cool. Yeah, Messon's like the coolest dude that I know. Like, literally if I had to pick a kid, I wouldn't have picked a better one. It's kind of cool.


Jey (07:18.99)

That's cool. So you only have the one kid then. One kid.


William (07:23.563)

Yeah, my niece lives with us, but that's not technically my kid. But yeah, I consider her my daughter. So yeah, I mean, she's great. She's insane. But she's also smarter than everybody in the house. She's really into musicals though. So I love that she's really into musicals because I love musicals. I do. She'll show me stuff. She'll send me TikToks and stuff. And I'm like, I don't know what any of that is, but I'll watch it. So she's fun.


Jey (07:48.106)

So how did you guys how did you guys end up with your niece how have you guys


William (07:54.667)

That is a very personal story.


Jey (07:57.134)

Okay, makes sense. No worries.


William (07:59.467)

That is a very personal story and that one, yeah, that one's not one I want to tell to the world.


Jey (08:06.702)

for sure, no problem there. How has that been like transitioning from going from one to two and working those dynamics in within the home for you as a dad and taking on that new role as a father to a daughter?


William (08:21.611)

It's pretty simple, man. It's simple. I sit back and I let her be her, and when she needs something, I'm there for her. You know, even if it's something as simple as, can you go get my water bottle? Yes. But you have to kind of sit back with that because A, I'm not actually her dad, and B, she doesn't want anybody interfering in her craft. She just wants to live her life and be the best person, be the best version of her that she can be.


And we're very hands -off in a lot of ways. You know, we make sure, you know, they get good grades and do their thing, but we're not going to be like, you have to do this, you have to be this person, you have to do that. We're more so about them being the person that they are, but incorporating also being a good person.


Jey (09:03.726)

Definitely. That's a lot of how like my dad was with like me and my siblings is that he was very, very hands off very much like you tell me you get your good grades. If you are doing sports, you go to practice. If you are involved with extracurriculars, you go to your extracurriculars. Like you go and do the thing that you signed up for and that I'm paying for basically. If you're going to go hang out at a friend's house, just let me know where you're at when you're coming home. If you're going to spend the night somewhere, just.


This was back when you when it was okay to spend your night at your friend's house is just randomly without any worries or a reckless abandon. Or if you're going to be over here on a Friday night or Saturday or what you're doing here, like just let me know. As long as you let me know. And as long as you're not getting in trouble, as long as you're not causing crime, as long as you're not like out in the streets or anything like that, like he was very much like, do do do you pretty much.


And I think that was what helped me be so successful just as like an individual, like through high school. Like I got the grades, like I didn't have any pressure to get the best grades. I still got the best grades because I'm an overachiever, always have been. But it made it really easy and really simple to go and do that because I knew like, well, I need to do it anyway. So I might as well do it. Cause if I don't do it and I start to slip, then I lose all the other privileges. I lose all the other things. Or if I


don't go to practice or if I miss a practice for a BS reason, like, and he asked me about practice and I come up with a lie and he's know I'm going to lie to him and he can tell he can sniff right through it, then I'm going to be in bigger trouble. I never found out the full extent of the consequences, luckily, because I did all the things I was scared just enough to know like, okay, if I know if I don't do it, I'm gonna get in trouble.


And I don't want to find out what that is, so I'm just going to do it anyways. It's like being a silent assassin, you know? But having that love and that respect for your kids. I mean, because they're not just kids. I mean, they're young adults at this point from where you're at. So.


William (11:04.427)

It's funny because I think that's a lot of what being a dad is too, is being the silent ass and having the respect for being stoic enough that you don't have to say anything. My dad is not from this country, he's from a Central American country, he's from El Salvador. So you wanna talk about frightening and stoic? That is my dad. He is the best man I've ever met in my life. Coolest dude. But do not piss him off. Because he is a madman. He's about 5 '2".


and he has a Napoleon complex. So he'll freakin' murder you. He's crazy. And it made me, as a dad, I'm like, I don't wanna be that nuts, but I wanna have that level of respect that we had for our dad. Because he was the same way. He would just be like, do whatever you gotta do, but don't let me find out you're not doing what you're supposed to.


Jey (11:53.102)

Mm -hmm. Yeah, for sure. And I think that's.


William (11:54.539)

And that was it. Like, and you're right. That's what makes you, that's what makes you such a perfectionist or such an overachiever is that you had the ability to overachieve. Nobody sat there and said, these are your expectations. Hit those. Without expectations, you're always doing more than what's expected.


Jey (12:10.574)

Mm hmm. Yeah, it kind of goes back to the whole like principle within like love and logic to where within that is a lot of kids know where the bar they have to meet to get their parents love essentially. Like the bar is set very clearly. You have to do good here, good here, good here, good here. And then I will love you based on the product. And so kids pick up on that over time.


They learn like from very young, if you're very set on school and grades and academics and achievements that way, they're always going to be striving, striving, striving, and then burn themselves out because they know like that's the only way they get your love. And there's going to be resentment that forms with that. There's going to be all the things versus I feel in this way, you are giving your kid more support in the process. Like you have my support to do, to do you to do the thing.


And to be successful. I think you're 100 % right. Cause I mean, when your hand, when I was hands off with, with my dad, he wasn't like overbearing. He wasn't micromanaging. Cause I feel like if he would have micromanaged me or been too overbearing, I would have said, F you, I'm not doing good in school. I'm going to do the opposite of all these expectations, which is what a lot of kids do. they do the opposite of those expectations. They act out, they get in trouble, they do all the opposite things and what they're supposed to.


because they're nitpicky expectations, but kids aren't dumb. They know the expectations. They know what they're supposed to do. Kids honestly, they just want to be loved for who they are and for what they do produce. It's not all about the product all the time. Like, yes, did they get a C on an assignment, but was that C in science and they're terrible at science? Like that's really, really hard for them. Like that C to them is like a freaking...


triple A plus, you know, like that C could mean more to them. But if you were only expecting a A or a B and, but they produced a C and you're like, well, that's disappointing. But to them, like that C was like, is there a, like that C was their Everest that they had to climb to give. And then you just were like, well, eh, eh, it's still not, it's okay.


William (14:10.667)

Yeah.


Jey (14:32.846)

kind of thing and that can just be so defeating for a kid like well no matter how hard I try like that's not going to care like he's just he's not going to care no matter how hard I try so why even try it all kind of thing and then it defeats them and then it kills any purpose or want or desire like down the road for what they want to be or how they can be in the potential they could be having.


William (14:57.035)

Nah, I totally agree with you, that's the thing. What was so great about my parents, and I think that you're totally right in the philosophy of it, and that is that my, for example, my son is gonna do whatever he wants to do with his life, but I don't make him have to make that decision now at 14, 16. He'll figure it out. It's his life. If he wants to live a good one, he knows the guidelines that he has to, he personally has to hit to get that done. It teaches kids personal responsibility.


You know what I mean? Like you have to do these things. Are you gonna do them or not? Because there's consequences if you don't. But hey, if you do them, there's usually good results. And I think that that's what is the difference between a more hands -off approach and a hands -on approach. Obviously sometimes moms are just overbearing in general. Like there's nothing you can do about that.


Cause my mom's that way, you know, a lot of moms are that way where they're just like, no, your dad's