20 items from 2014
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith.
Podcaster Wallace Bryton travels to Canada to interview internet sensation, ‘The Kill Bill Kid’, but when he finds out that he has committed suicide, he finds Howard Howe, a sea explorer who has plenty of stories to tell…
Tusk might be Kevin Smith’s best film in years, but compared to pretty much everything post Dogma, that’s not exactly a recommendation. In fact, it’s difficult to figure out who Tusk was actually made for, apart from Smith himself.
The product of a rambling conversation about a bizarre Gumtree ad, offering free living accommodation in turn for dressing up in a walrus costume, Tusk is sort of like Misery meets Human Centipede, struggling to reach the highs of the former and, in some strange way, making the latter a lot less disturbing. »
- Gary Collinson
Today sees the release of Zombeavers, in which a group of spring breakers are terrorized by a horde of killer beavers. It’s sounds ridiculous (because it is, of course) but these bloodthirsty little buggers continue a long tradition of awesome animals on the big screen. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a countdown of some of cinema’s greatest ever beasts.
10. Flying Monkeys – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
What’s more terrifying than an evil pointy-nosed witch? Try an evil pointy-nosed witch with an army of flying monkeys! In the original Oz books, the winged simians were mischievous but intelligent creatures, but by the time they received their big screen debut they’d mutated into the stuff of nightmares.
As Dorothy and her gang find themselves in a darkened forest, the Wicked Witch of the West sends her sinister army to monkey-nap them, and they are returned to the Witch’s castle pronto. »
- David Agnew
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »
- EW staff
Everybody had pretty much given up on Kevin Smith. If you were like me you adored Clerks and Mallrats and the others when you were in high school, immersing yourself in the vulgarities of the View Askewniverse and buying up Jay and Silent Bob merchandise while re-watching each movie re-issue with the treasure trove of special features on all the DVDs. Then, probably around the time of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, something happened. We all kind of just gave up on Kevin Smith. Perhaps we “grew up” and got over his potty humor. Perhaps we thought the relative quality of the movies he was choosing to make (ahem, Jersey Girl) from then on seemed to be out of touch with what got us into his twisted humor in the first place. Then after that, despite a worthy and legitimately great sentimental return to form with Clerks II, it »
- Sean Hutchinson
Since no one gets to dislike anything in a public venue without drawing accusations of being a “hater,” I feel compelled to unpack my Kevin Smith bona fides: I included “Chasing Amy” in my book “101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men” despite the divisive opinions that comedy sparked in the Lgbt community. I defended “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” as a step forward for queer humor when the film was being pilloried by GLAAD. I've insisted for years that Smith's as-yet-unreleased cut of “Jersey Girl” is both moving and hilarious, featuring a stellar Jennifer Lopez performance that stands alongside »
- Alonso Duralde
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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She and neighbour Sid (Mewes) soon team up after a series of paranormal and horrific incidents occur in the block.
Pallett is best known for playing Jo Sugden in Emmerdale from 2005 to 2008. »
There’s still a little over a week to go before the release of Tusk, but Kevin Smith is already busy shooting his next film Yoga Hosers, which sees two teenage clerks (played by Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp) teaming up with a legendary man-hunter (played by Depp) to battle an ancient evil. We’ve already seen an image of Smith with his two leads [see here], as well as a glimpse at Stan Lee’s cameo [see here], and now we have a couple of set photos featuring Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) as an overweight Nazi. Check them out…
Yoga Hosers is set for release next year, with a cast that also includes Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (Predators), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox/Warner Bros.
Shared universes are all the rage in movies and have been long before Marvel stepped up to the plate. Sure, their Cinematic Universe has revolutionised blockbuster cinema, providing a new franchise model that other studios with superhero rights are keen to replicated, but long before Nick Fury swung by Tony Stark’s pad late one night, film-makers have been having purposeful links between their films.
The king of this has to be Quentin Tarantino. What started off as a little name drop in Pulp Fiction (Vince Vega is the brother of Reservoir Dogs’ Mr Blonde) has become a definitive part of the director’s filmography. There’s way too many to list here, as evidenced by this whopping article that brings together all these references.
- Alex Leadbeater
While out shooting Yoga Hosers, which follows his own Tusk, Kevin Smith posted a picture with daughter and star Harley Quinn Smith alongside daughter of Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp. Take a look at the image below…
Many of Smith’s fans have noted his huge weight loss, something that has been part of the man who was once “too fat to fly”. Smith said, “True story: on Tusk, I learned how to lose weight While making a movie. The secret is to not eat sugar and stand all day. I never sit behind the monitor: I’m always moving now. I’ve been wearing a Jawbone bracelet and using the Up app to count my daily steps and every day this week, I’ve averaged 12,000. That’s close to walking 5 miles a day. I Never walk 5 miles a day Ever. So while I stand there every day making this weird »
- Luke Owen
Kevin Smith has taken to Facebook to reveal that twenty years after he directed Stan Lee in Mallrats, the comic book legend is back in front of his camera for his new film Yoga Hosers, which has just started production. Here’s a shot of Lee from the film…
Yoga Hosers is the second of Smith’s planned Canadian trilogy after the upcoming horror Tusk, and will feature Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) as well as his daughter Lily-Rose Depp and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith. The film follows 15-year old girls Colleen McKenzie and Colleen Collette (played by Smith and Depp’s daughters), who work in convenience store Eh-2-Zed as an after school job. But when an ancient evil rises, the two girls have to team with Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight to save their invitation to a Grade 12 party.
Also appearing in the cast of »
- Gary Collinson
We’re about a month away from the U.S. release of Kevin Smith’s horror Tusk, which was reported to be the first part of a Canadian-based trilogy, and now Smith has confirmed that production has started on the second instalment, Yoga Hosers.
The Hollywood Reporter states that the film will follow two 15-year old girls Colleen Collette (Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Smith) who work in convenience store Eh-2-Zed as an after school job. But when an ancient evil rises, the two girls team with Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight to save their invitation to a Grade 12 party.
Smith has described the movie as an action-adventure film with a comic book vibe. “People always ask me ‘Are »
- Luke Owen
The two Hollywood dads will team up for Yoga Hosers with their daughters Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith starring as 15-year-old yoga-obsessed girls both named Colleen. The film will be the second installment in Smith’s True North Trilogy about Canadian myths and culture. It follows next month’s Tusk, starring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, who will also appear in Hosers. The action-adventure follows the Colleens as they fight an ancient evil threatening to ruin their »
- Jake Perlman
Kevin Smith has come a long way since 1994 when he appeared for the first time as the tight-lipped character Silent Bob. Over the past 20 years, the screenwriter, actor, producer, and director has released a number of cult classics, all featuring that same stoic character. And while Mallrats, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back each have their fans, it probably wouldn’t be wrong to say that none of them have made as much of an impact as his first film, Clerks.
Filmed after hours in the convenience store where Smith worked, Clerks cost only $30,000 to make but went on to earn $3 million in very limited release, winning two awards at the ...
- Araceli Roach
Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, 2013
Directed by Steve Stark
Jay and Silent Bob hit the lottery jackpot, and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes.
There is a lot that can be said for nostalgia. Many people look back at things we loved from our childhoods with rose tinted glasses and will often ignore their flaws because we remember them so dearly. In the mid-90s and early 2000s, Kevin Smith was riding high (no pun intended) with his comedy duo Jay and Silent Bob. The pair had debuted in Smith’s Clerks and would be recurring characters in Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma before getting their own movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in 2001. The pair had comic books, »
- Luke Owen
Kevin Smith is becoming a fanboy gadfly who's insider information and set access has left many fans jealous and excited about what's happening in geek culture. Since it was announced, the director of such fan favorite films as Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Kevin Smith has had unprecedented access to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice due to his close ties with star Ben Affleck. Now his friendship with director J.J. Abrams is coming in handy, as he just paid a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.
Unlike the various hints and tidbits Kevin Smith has dropped about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the past few months, the filmmaker didn't have any words in regards to what he saw at Pinewood Studios. But the picture he shared with his followers speaks louder than words. It »
Hello again, dear readers. I hope you’re enjoying the summer movie season. This week takes a break from the big blockbusters, with the two major releases being Clint Eastwood’s musical Jersey Boys and the completely unnecessary comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. And in the spirit of offbeat releases, this week’s slightly-delayed installment of Trailer Trashin’ features the upcoming comedy-drama Birdman.
Premise: Washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) – famous for playing the iconic superhero Birdman – struggles to mount a Broadway play, an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s 1981 short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
My take: For people my age and younger, it’s getting hard to remember a time when superheroes haven’t been a huge part of movies. »
- Timothy Monforton
I love it when I'm watching a movie and all of a sudden, out of nowhere there's a surprise appearance by a big, well-known actor. Sometimes the roles are funny, sometimes actors parody themselves, and then there are times when we get an incredible dramatic performance. There are a ton of great movie cameos out there, but I thought I'd put together a list of 20 cameos and small movie roles that I have enjoyed over the years.
There are some famous cameos such as Stan Lee's Marvel movie cameos and the Anchorman cameos that I purposely left off the list because they seem to be obvious choices.
Look over my list and let me know what your favorite movie cameos are in the comment section!
This is by far my favorite movie cameo of all time. Murray is absolutely hilarious in every way. »
- Joey Paur
Comic relief characters are written to try and make us laugh. Some of them are better than others. Join us as we discuss some of the best and worst comic relief characters in film.
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Comic relief characters play an important part in film. They can be major characters or minor ones, but their purpose »
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20 items from 2014
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