I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith since Clerks. I saw that movie in my early 20s on VHS and I can remember laughing from start to finish. I have memorized most of the dialogue of Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back and Clerks 2 because I’ve seen them so many times. I followed Smith’s career through his successes and failures. Before I really understood how a director made movies, I followed his movies because they were honest, and even in their grossest moments, from the heart. When you watch a Kevin Smith movie you can see that he has poured his heart into almost every scene. With the exception of Jersey Girl, I have seen every Kevin Smith movie released in the theaters. His recent misadventures with Southwest Airlines, the media and Bruce Willis’ ego (Copout) might have brought more attention to his antics away from the director’s chair, but they haven’t diminished his talents as a filmmaker.
Isn’t that cute? It’s 8 o’clock and you both get a bottle.
Kevin Smith…what can I say about the man?! In the 90′s, Smith hit Hollywood by storm with his “Askewniverse” series of films that I adore. My first film that I saw of his was 1995′s Mallrats. I was floored with his tongue-in-cheek humour which promptly has me viewing 92′s Clerks and one of my favorites 1997′s Chasing Amy. Smith’s style of filming was an indie hit. It wasn’t till 2004′s Jersey Girl that he kind of hit a wall when he so-called tried going more Hollywood by breaking his indie style and going a new direction. With that said, that’s the film I’m going to discuss here.
How does one man get so funny? Hard work mutha*&^%$, that’s how. With almost twenty years in the industry, Smith has been one of the more polarizing directors to come on the scene in a long time. With Red State hitting DVD and Blu-Ray this month,we will be featuring Kevin Smith as our director spotlight for October. So, come share a moment with us, and follow along with the spotlight:
Week 1: Chasing Amy
Week 2: Jersey Girl
Week 3: Clerks 2
Week 4: Red State