Joel was born in Plano, Texas, on November 2, 1989. He currently lives in the nearby city of Allen and works there as a cashier at Target. He is currently achieving a certification in medical coding and billing from Collin College in Plano. He has two parents, Steve and Sonora, and two brothers, Jason and Justin. Those two brothers have wives, Payal and Kari. Between them he has four nephews named Sage, Nikhil, Elliot, and Oliver and a niece named Myla. Joel's hobbies outside of work and school pretty much include watching movies, but he also enjoys a good book on occasion, as well as television and video games.
Joel's love for film accumulated from years of near-obsession with them at an early age. At four, he watched 1977's "Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope" and soon discovered that someone in the Dallas Morning News kept rating movies with stars and (eventually) letters. Within a few years and as a result of his high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger Disorder, he could recite to you any film's director(s) and star(s). In 2003, he was introduced to the late Roger Ebert and became enamored with the actual art of film criticism. It wasn't until 2006, though, that he became a published critic in a small contributory offset of the Dallas Morning News called Neighborsgo. He published consistently for two and a half years, until he had to quit for school priorities. After blogs on both Blogger and Wordpress, he finally made this website. Aside from Ebert, Joel would cite Dustin Putman, Mark Dujsik, and Kristopher Tapley's Oscars-analysis site In Contention (now located under the venerable umbrella of Variety's awards blanket), all of whose websites can be found on the home page, as influences on his style.
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