Biography: Joel’s parents are both film fanatics AND musicians, which explains why both cinema and music have been in his DNA since the beginning. Joel has always been drawn to stories and says that the key to any music video or film is always the story. He started writing his own stories and reacting to the ones he saw on the silver screen at an early age. Joel published his first review in the late ’90’s with the help of voice-activated software, while recovering from hand surgery! That review, which ran in his local paper, was for Almost Famous. Almost two decades later, Joel has penned movie reviews for thousands of films, reached millions of readers, and his passion for the medium has grown and taken him around the world—from Rio to Paris and more. Joel’s work can currently be seen on his personal website, TheMovieMensch.com and various other publications.
Favorite Films: Goodfellas, Being There, Close Encounters, Almost Famous, Empire Strikes Back, Casablanca, The Holy Grail, Back to the Future, To Live and Die in L.A., Amadeus, Pulp Fiction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, To Kill a Mockingbird, Boogie Nights, Dog Day Afternoon, Head, Snatch, The Shining, Apocalypse Now, Midnight Run, Rocky, Jaws, Fargo, The Philadelphia Story, Citizen Kane, The Princess Bride, The 39 Steps, Blade Runner, Tender Mercies, The Breakfast Club, The African Queen, Dazed and Confused, Whiplash, Dr. Strangelove, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski, Se7en, This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, and American Psycho.
First Film You Ever Saw: Bambi