An argument can be made that 2016’s most notable contribution to film history is that the eternal conversation of critic reviews versus audience reaction rose to prominence (FYI, my eyes glazed over with that phrase too…) Safe to say that it might not have been the best year for long time critic whipping boy and fanbeing cult leader Kevin Smith to release a movie about two teenage combat yoga obsessed girls from Canada which, if you haven’t heard, is currently scoring a painful 22% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 37 reviews.)
What follows is a video of podcaster and amateur hockey jersey model Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On co-host, Ralph Garman, reading the beating that critics have given Yoga Hosers while the once loved independent filmmaker reacts. Fair warning, this can be difficult to watch. This may not be for everyone. Steady yourself before venturing any further. You will believe a fat man can cry.* (more…)
Kevin Smith hasn’t always been beloved by critics, or perhaps even ever in some cases. Famously, there was a kind of anti-critic tirade when Cop Out came out, a film that even Smith has kind of disavowed because of the contentious on-set relationship between Smith and star Bruce Willis. Still, it’s kind of hard not to take criticism personally, even when you’re making the 11,387th take on the buddy cop comedy formula. With the pending release of Yogi Hosers, a film that hasn’t exactly been hailed by critics so far, Smith is saying that his next, highly-derided masterpiece can be viewed as an apology to his critics for past rants. (more…)
One of Kevin Smith‘s recent slew of bizarre projects, Yoga Hosers is the second in Smith’s True North horror comedy trilogy. It appears betweern 2014’s Tusk and the bluntly titled Moose Jaws, which is due to begin shooting in the summer time of this year. The movie has already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival of January 2016 and now has an official release date for broader distribution, as the debut piece of new production company Invincible Pictures. (more…)
It is fairly common knowledge now that everyone hates Kevin Smith. People hate his stupid movies. People hate his stupid attitude. People hate his stupid voice. People hate his stupid beard. People hate Kevin Smith, is the point. Look at the comments of any article centering on Smith and you’re bound to find comments criticizing his movies or his face or his beard or whatever else people may complain about in comment sections. Yes, it would be easy to get caught up in the tsunami of hate that is swelling off the coast of Kevin Smith, who is now a beachfront metropolis to make this clumsy analogy work.
The point is, the coastal city of Kevin Smith may not make sense to you. It may be weird or disturbing. Maybe you loved it at first, but as you spent more time there, you realized that it wasn’t home. Regardless, there are countless millions who do enjoy the coastal city of Kevin Smith and many more who would enjoy a return trip, if only they would make the time. Whatever group you fall into, there’s no sense in joining the tsunami of hate, because tsunamis only destroy and kill people. That’s why a wall had to be erected against the tsunami. That’s why this article is written in defense of Kevin Smith.
It was about 22 years ago that Kevin Smith took Clerks to the Sundance Film Festival, and the rest, as they say, is history. Smith is back at Sundance this year with Yoga Hosers, the second in his planned line of Canadian-themed horror movies that began in 2014 with Tusk and will continue (at some point, possibly following Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2), with Moose Jaws. There’s no trailer yet, but Smith has just released the fateful clip where the Colleens – Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) and Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) meet a couple of boys that invite them to a party. A senior party! (more…)
Everyone agrees that there really isn’t a movie in the near future that audiences are more excited about than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Hell, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that it may be the most anticipated film in history. The newest chapter of the Star Wars saga will reunite the cast of the original trilogy and will continue the story that began back in 1977 with Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. During the super-secret production of the film, very few people were allowed to witness the awesomeness that was taking place behind the scenes but Kevin Smith managed to make it to the shooting location and was happy to report that what he saw brought him to tears. This past Friday night, while at San Diego Comic-Con, the fan favorite science fiction property likely managed to draw yet another tear or two from Smith but for an entirely different reason. Thanks to Star Wars, Kevin Smith’s Hall H appearance at SDCC was only witnessed by less than a third of his usual audience. (more…)
Remember when Kevin Smith said that he had one movie left and he was quitting filmmaking? No, I don’t think he does either because all he talks about these days is all the new movies he has on the go. His proclamation about retiring came around the time of Red State‘s release in 2012, and since then he’s released Tusk, wrapped Yoga Hosers, and is prepping the much ballyhooed Clerks III. But is there room in Smith’s schedule for another journey back to the ViewAskewniverse? Perhaps there’s a certain group of shopping center irregulars who demand some attention 20 years after the fact? Yes, not so subtlety, Smith is talking about Mallrats 2. (more…)
Kevin Smith is a successful writer, director, podcaster and traveling story teller. He is all those things, yet, most folks just think of him as that funny fat guy who talks a lot and made those Jay and Silent Bob movies.
If you’ve been paying attention to Smith these days, you may have noticed that he’s done a complete 180. Not only has he jumped film genres, but the sharp tongued funnyman has lost a tremendous amount of weight.
Having Tweeted the photo above earlier today from the set of his latest film Yoga Hosers, fans will no longer see Smith as a funny fat man, and instead just a funny man.
How’d he do it? Smith has a rather remarkably simple tip. (more…)
Writer/director Kevin Smith built his career off the back of his love for comic books and geek fandom. While his proclivities for geek culture seeped into many of his movies, none so more than his 1995 romantic comedy Mallrats.
Besides the film featuring a main character who collects comic books and has a weird obsession with super hero sex organs, the stand out fan-boy moment is when Marvel comics legend Stan Lee makes a cameo as himself and tells a story about “the girl that got away”.
A delightful and inspiring scene on what was otherwise a juvenile movie. Really, though, I think Smith simply wrote the scene as an excuse to work with one of his comic book heroes. Whatever the case, it worked. Smith and Lee have become life long friends. A geeks dream come true.
Now, 20 years later (feeling old are you?) Kevin Smith and Stan Lee will reunite for Smith’s upcoming film Yoga Hosers.
Potentially in reaction to everyone’s wish to see him team up with directors other than Tim Burton, Johnny Depp is teaming up with Kevin Smith to make the action-adventure movie Yoga Hosers. The movie marks the second in Smith’s “True North Trilogy”, which began with Tusk and are movies steeped in Canadian culture and mythology. In addition to being the follow up to Tusk, Yoga Hosers will feature the entire cast of Tusk, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein.