An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith

An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith

by John Kenneth Muir
     
 

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(Applause Books). In the year 2002, An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith was the first book to gaze at the cinema of one of New Jersey's favorite sons, the independent and controversial auteur of Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). Now, a full decade after that successful original edition,

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(Applause Books). In the year 2002, An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith was the first book to gaze at the cinema of one of New Jersey's favorite sons, the independent and controversial auteur of Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). Now, a full decade after that successful original edition, award-winning author John Kenneth Muir returns to the View Askewniverse to consider Kevin Smith's second controversial decade as a film director, social gadfly, and beloved media "talker." From Jersey Girl (2004) to the controversial Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), from the critically derided Cop-Out (2010) to the incendiary and provocative horror film Red State (2011), An Askew View 2 studies the Kevin Smith movie equation as it exists today, almost two full decades after Smith maxed out his credit card, made Clerks with his friends, shopped it at Sundance, and commenced his Hollywood journey. In addition to Kevin Smith's films, An Askew View 2 remembers the short-lived Clerks cartoon (2000) and diagrams the colorful Smith Lexicon.

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Pop-culture vulture Muir updates his 2002 original to include Smith’s Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out, and Red State plus the gone-in-a-blink Clerks animated series. He also presents seven theories on why the characters of perennial stoners Jay and Silent Bob (the latter played by Smith himself) are so popular, and a glossary of “Smithisms.” This update takes the director from making his signature comedies to mainstream Hollywood fare like the Bruce Willis vehicle Cop Out to the deadly serious and superb Red State. Smith, alas, has abdicated the director’s throne, but still enjoys a fiercely loyal following and will continue to inspire fledgling filmmakers to follow their dreams. Solid for film collections.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557837943
Publisher:
Applause Theater Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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