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Not for nothing is Toshiro Mifune one of the most renowned actors of world cinema. Known mostly for his many collaborations with Akira Kurosawa — including such classics as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai” and the “Yojimbo” cycle — as well as Hiroshi Inagaki’s “Samurai Trilogy,” the Japanese thespian appeared in nearly 170 films before his death in 1997. Steven Okazaki directed the new documentary “Mifune: The Last Samurai,” which just released its first trailer.
Narrated by Keanu Reeves and featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese (who offers that “Mifune’s performance is layered, complex. He studied the movement of lions. He’s like a caged animal”) and Steven Spielberg, the trailer touches on Kurosawa and Mifune’s joint influence on American cinema as well as the actor’s two main vices: alcohol and cars.
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- Michael Nordine
It’s been a busy last few weeks for Sarah Paulson, who just won an Emmy for her role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and premiered her new film “Blue Jay” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by a debuting Alex Lehmann, the black-and-white romantic drama co-stars Mark Duplass. Watch its first trailer below.
Paulson and Duplass two play former high-school sweethearts who run into each other later in life, launching a “Before Sunset”–style walk-and-talk before getting into some serious reminiscing.
Duplass also wrote the script and serves as executive producer along with his brother Jay. “Blue Jay” will be released in theaters by the Orchard on October 7 before heading to Netflix later this year. »
- Michael Nordine
A24 has released the first trailer for “Trespass Against Us,” Adam Smith’s upcoming thriller starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. The film, which just had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is due out in theaters in early 2017.
The film follows three generations of an outlaw family living in Britain’s countryside: patriarch Colby (Gleeson), heir apparent Chad (Fassbender) and young Tyson (Georgie Smith), whose future remains uncertain. “When Colby learns of Chad’s dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into the archaic order that has bound the Cutler family for generations,” reads the official synopsis. “He engineers a spectacular piece of criminal business involving a heist, a high-speed car chase and a manhunt, which leaves Chad bruised and bloodied and with his very freedom at stake. »
- Michael Nordine
“Clerks” has inspired legions of loyal fans in its 22 years of existence, few of them more devoted than Christopher Downie. The 31-year-old filmmaker is set to make his debut feature with “Shooting Clerks,” a film about — you guessed it — the making of Kevin Smith’s debut feature. Featuring several original cast members and the same grainy, black-and-white look, the docu-fiction hybrid is set to make its premiere next month. Watch its first trailer below.
Taking a vaguely self-reflexive approach that blends aspects of Smith’s filmography with the more factual behind-the-scenes elements, Downie’s movie counts “Clerks” principals Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti and Smith himself among its cast. (At 105 minutes, it’s also 15 minutes longer than its source material.)
- Michael Nordine
“The Red Turtle” was one of the most well-received selections at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize and had its stateside distribution rights acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Dutch helmer Michaël Dudok de Wit, the wordless animated film has a new trailer courtesy of IMDb. Watch it below.
Read More: Cannes Review: Studio Ghibli-Produced ‘The Red Turtle’ is a Quiet Little Masterpiece
Indiewire’s Eric Kohn was effusive in his praise for the film, giving it a rare “A+” and writing that the 80-minute feature “elicits powerful ideas about the struggle for contentment at every turn. Words are never enough, but ‘The Red Turtle’ finds a way to rise above them.”
Read More: Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Jumps On Oscar Candidates at the Festival
Dudok de Wit won an Oscar for his 2001 animated short “Father »
- Michael Nordine
Made for just $27,000 on maxed-out credit cards, Clerks became an immediate indie classic, and now fans can get some insight into how the film was made with the new indie comedy Shooting Clerks. The first trailer for this Kevin Smith biopic dropped back in March 2015, when production was just getting under way, but today we have the red band trailer, along with details on where you can see this film yourself. The indie production company Auld Reekie Media has set up screenings in Kevin Smith's hometown of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey and in New York City in November, following the world premiere at the Orlando Film Festival next month.
Auld Reekie Media has set up EventBrite pages for both the New Jersey premiere on November 10 and the New York premiere on November 11. Tickets to each of these screenings will be $28, with each fan receiving a themed swag bag filled »
Well this is something - an indie film about making an indie film. Shooting Clerks is a fictional feature biopic made by Christopher Downie retelling the story of Kevin Smith making his breakout debut film Clerks in 1994. The film stars Mark Frost as Kevin Smith, Chris Bain as Jason Mewes (who has appeared in other films made by Downie about Mewes), Kit Alexander as Brian O'Halloran, and Tom Sullivan as Jeff Anderson. The cast list also includes a cameo by the real Kevin Smith as Larkin Eve. As expected, this is super low budget and almost like a fan-made retelling of the original story, but it also has enough support to get a release. They'll be showing the film on a small screening tour including a showing in NYC, heading to a few other places like Orlando and New Jersey. Give this a look below if you're curious how it turned out. »
- Alex Billington
Regardless of how you might feel about Kevin Smith’s filmography as a whole, you have to admit that what he pulled off as just just some backwards-hat-and-trench-coat-wearing guy from New Jersey is astounding. Willing a feature-length movie into existence with practically nothing in the middle of nowhere and somehow parlaying that into a 22-year (and counting) multi-media career with a large and extremely loyal fan base is hard to do. So, it makes sense that Smith has been an inspiration to many younger filmmakers. But none quite so literally as Christopher Downie.
The 31-year-old Scottish writer-director is finally getting ready to release Shooting Clerks, the film about the shooting of the film Clerks that he’s been working on for several years now. It tells the story of how a convenience store clerk pulled off the near-impossible and turned his quirky idea into a movie we’re still talking »
- Dennis DiClaudio
A movie based on the making of Kevin Smith‘s Clerks has been in the works for the last few years. Crowdfunded and shot by indie filmmakers, Shooting Clerks is a narrative retelling of the true story of how “New Jersey convenience store clerk, Kevin Smith made his seminal film and the friends who aided him on his […]
The post ‘Shooting Clerks’ Trailer: It’s All About Making A Movie With Your Friends appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Ahead of its world premiere at the Orlando Film Festival – which runs between October 19th and 23rd – a new poster and trailer has arrived online for Shooting Clerks, director Christopher Downie’s biopic of Kevin Smith, and the creation of his first film Clerks; check them out here…
Shooting Clerks details the struggles encountered by a young Kevin Smith while trying to figure out his place in the world, and his decision to shoot a feature film in the very convenience story he worked in. Many of the original cast appear in cameo roles, including Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Scott Mosier and Walter Flanagan.
“I know a lot of fans are going to see this trailer and criticise our work,” states producer Felix Kay. “And they have every right. Clerks’ fans are a particular set, and I know, because I am one. But all I can say »
- Gary Collinson
Dominic Burns said in an official release: “Jason is a creative force, so fearless, passionate and smart. We’re all buzzing to be taking this crazy journey with him.”
Mewes added: “I’m so excited to be directing my first movie and this project is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. It’s a great script and we are putting together an amazing, head turning cast. »
- Paul Heath
Right now you can see Yoga Hosers in select theaters if you’re in the mood to see the latest insane romp from Kevin Smith. The filmmaker behind Clerks, Dogma and most recently the weird horror movie Tusk has said that he set out to make a movie that he would have wanted to watch if […]
- Ethan Anderton
Few filmmakers are better self-promoters than Kevin Smith, who has mastered the art over the course of two decades. Ever since the breakout success of 1994’s “Clerks,” Smith has developed his public persona as a hilarious foul-mouthed geek in tandem with movies that often reflected that sensibility. Today, Smith remains as visible than ever, less because of his movies than because of countless public appearances, a regular podcast, two television series and social media. He’s less pure filmmaker than self-made media machine.
But Smith still makes movies: He took a hiatus after the self-distributed “Red State,” and has since launched into his so-called “True North” trilogy of wacky Canadian tales. After the absurdist comedy-horror of “Tusk,” Smith premiered “Yoga Hosers” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which stars his daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp (her dad also plays a small »
- Eric Kohn
Kevin Smith’s latest twisted comedy “Yoga Hosers” is officially out in theaters and so far the film has been torn to pieces by critics. But that’s not stopping Smith from celebrating the release of his fantasy flick and embracing the horrible reviews.
Teaming up with Ralph Garman, who also stars in the film as Andronicus Arcane, Smith released a video on his YouTube page where they read bad reviews of his film.
“Despite all your best intentions and all the fun that was put into ‘Yoga Hosers,’ the critical reaction has not been, let’s say, good,” says Garman in the 52-minute clip.
- Liz Calvario
Thanks to my surprisingly contrarian adoration of Kevin Smith (amongst critics, at least), I sat down for Yoga Hosers filled with curious excitement. One Kevin Smith movie packs more personality than some filmmakers produce over an entire career, and his daddy-daughter feature teased bizarre delicacies beyond Earthly words.
Alas, my take on Smith’s Canadian zero-to-hero nightmare aligns with most other negative views, but it’s still an admirably passionate project that I salute the renegade director for tackling. Smith takes tremendous creative risks every time he pens a script, and sometimes they become Clerks, or Tusk, or Zack And Miri Make A Porno, while other times they’re Yoga Hosers. It’s a numbers game, really.
So – regrettably – let’s get to the not fun part.
- Matt Donato
Long maligned by critics after his initial successes, the would-be auteur has charted his own path to success by giving his loyal fans more of the same
Do not pity Kevin Smith. Ignore your initial instinct to feel sorry for the writer-director of Yoga Hosers, a film about teenage convenience store workers who fight monstrous talking Aryan sausages bent on world domination, which Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus describes as “undisciplined, unfunny, and bereft of evident purpose”.
The critical drubbing that accompanies the release of a Kevin Smith film is almost de rigueur now, but there was a time when Smith had something resembling cultural cachet. In 2016, he’s a carnival barker for an increasingly small audience. Yoga Hosers will certainly not be challenging any box office records this weekend, but that doesn’t seem to be the point. The director who burst on the scene with the borderline transgressive black-and-white »
- Dave Schilling
Maybe the reason why we get so upset when Kevin Smith makes an underwhelming movie isn’t just that we know he can do better. Films like “Clerks” and “Dogma” display the indie-film icon’s talent, but his extended Q&A sessions show how down-to-earth he is. It’s easier to imagine actually talking to the writer-director and saying, “Kev, violently transforming Justin Long into a walrus doesn’t sound like your best idea — maybe don’t go through with that one,” than it would have been to tell someone like Baz Luhrmann not to make “The Great Gatsby.” Even so, »
- Michael Nordine
When the mysterious Canadian Nazi Andronicus Arcane (Ralph Garman) reveals the stomach-churning creature he has stitched together from the bodies of his murder victims during the dramatic climax of “Yoga Hosers,” he orders the monster to murder all “haters and critics.” With that in mind, this critic will proceed with caution.
“Honestly, ‘Yoga Hosers’ is the movie I wanted to see back when I was a 12 year old girl,” director Kevin Smith told audiences before a recent screening of the feature. Similarly, he opined, “’Clerks’ was just a desperate act of somebody who wanted to see the movie ‘Clerks.’” Making movies for Kevin Smith is what Kevin Smith does best, and for many years it worked. Early critical successes “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy” captured the folly of youth from Smith »
- Jude Dry
[Update] Added Kevin Smith's comment and my own response at the bottom of the article 8/17/2016, 2:22 p.m.] I've been harassed online. A lot. So much so that when I go to visit my parents my dad will ask, "Are you still getting those bad comments online?" He's not the only one. Kevin Smith has penned a note about his daughter's harassment. Leslie Jones, Daisy Ridley, too many of the women of the Olympics, and too many others to count. Online harassment has been getting worse and worse. Harley Quinn Smith has always been in the spotlight thanks to her famous dad but now more than ever since she starred in his film Yoga Hosers. But a recent comment on her Instagram account compelled him to respond publicly. He wrote on Facebook: What it's like to be my daughter: 17 year old @harleyquinnsmith_ received this message simply for the heinous crime »
- Jill Pantozzi
Kevin Smith noticed an Instagram user hurling vicious insults at his 17-year-old daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and decided to teach the troll a lesson — but not by hurling insults back. Instead, the writer-director behind films including “Clerks,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Red State” gave Instagram user kingpsysyphus — and anyone else who enjoys wasting their time tearing down others online — some earnest advice. “If you hate me (or my kid) this much, the better use of your time is to make Your dreams come true, instead of slamming others for doing the same,” the filmmaker wrote on »
- Greg Gilman
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