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The Kitchen (2012)
Keep an eye out for The Kitchen
I had the pleasure of seeing The Kitchen at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, KS. I have to say when I saw Tate Ellington was in it, I had it at the top of my list of films to check out that weekend. As, much as I was looking forward to seeing it, it was so much better than I had anticipated.
The Kitchen is a very well acted and very funny film that I highly recommend. Keep an eye out for it on the festival circuit and hopefully wider release.
I felt like it was cast just for me, with some of my favorite character actors and up and coming comedic actors. Tate Ellington, Matt Bush, Catherine Reitman and Baron Vaughan should all be in more stuff, and they all get to shine in this one. Overall, a great job was done with casting this film.
The Kitchen itself is a well directed ensemble comedy. Director Ishai Setton does a great job of making you forget that the whole film takes place inside just a kitchen. The movement of the camera following different party goers helps it never feel claustrophobic like the one room film Tape. Will definitely check out Setton's other films.
Great finale of the View Askewniverse!
Kevin Smith again brings the most likable pair of wiseass, foul-mouthed drug dealers to the big screen in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." This is supposedly the last big screen adventure of Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, and he pulls out an almost non-stop laugh out loud comedy.
The movie follows the two as they find out Bluntman and Chronic, comic book superheroes based on them, are about to be turned into a big budget movie by Miramax. At first, they want to track down the creators to get their movie check, but soon learn that on the Internet many people are anonymously trashing them. This soon sets them upon a road trip to stop the movie from being made.
This movie brings back many of the characters from Smith's other films ("Clerks", "Mallrats", "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma"), and will be enjoyed more by fans of them. It is littered with inside jokes about these movies. Though you don't have to be a View Askew, Smith's production company, fan to enjoy it.
The film is also filled with some very funny cameos, George Carlin and Chris Rock to name just a couple. There are many more, but I only referred to the actors advertised, so not to ruin any moments.
Mewes brings out his best performance as Jay in this movie. Smith makes up for the lack of lines with his hilarious reaction shots; Rock has called him the `white Buckwheat.' One of his funniest moments though is when he mimics John Belushi from "Animal House" trying to `stealthily' sneak across the campus courtyard.
I was also really surprised by Shannon Elizabeth's performance. Smith has brought out her best acting I have seen her do.
The movie does have a few story discrepancies; some of the past films are referred to as `movies' while others aren't. But who cares this wasn't intended to be an intelligent comedy, no this was meant to be a take no prisoners slapstick comedy, laced with dick, fart and dope jokes.
All in all, if you are in the mood for an evening of laughter, go and see "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back". 9 out of 10- HeathS
p.s. After the movie ends, sit back listen to Afroman's `Because I Got High,' read the credits and watch for one last cameo.