Monday, April 09, 2007

What's up with Kevin Smith?

In Oriole news, Mr. Bedard pitched well enough - after giving up a first-inning, three-run homer to Alex Rodriguez - to earn his first victory of the year and give the Orioles two out of three from the Yankees. Huzzah.

And in movie news, Kevin Smith, as he is wont to do, ran his mouth last weekend in the UK about, among other things, his new "horror" movie, which he said most people won't really see as a horror movie at all.

The subject, though, certainly is a scary one. If you have made it this far in life without hearing of the Rev. Fred Phelps, well, I'm sorry to be the one to break that streak. Hate is really the wrong word, because that would imply that he actually thinks about it before he does things like picket the funerals of homosexuals.

He does, however, make the perfect villian for someone as wicked - in all the best ways - as Kevin Smith. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Smith said he's making the movie, to be called "Red State," because: "That dude has always fascinated me and he's really informed the horror movie that I'm working on. The movie's called 'Red State' and it's very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure."

Read more about it here, and definitely keep your eyes on this one.

Superbad trailer

For people who like to laugh, this will definitely be the summer of Seth Rogen. He's the star of Judd Apatow's next movie, "Knocked Up," due soon. After that will come his screenwriting debut, a little thing called "Superbad."

What's it about? Well, if you ever went to high school, and by law I'd imagine that most everyone did, you'll recognize it immediately. It's basically about two guys trying to score beer and have a night on the town. And, it stars Michael Cera, aka George Michael Bluth. Do you really need to know anymore than that?

Anyways, the trailer, is friggin hilarious. Click here and enjoy.

Unfinished business

Before I started this site of what I hope passes for fairly intelligent writing about movies, I thought the word "tag" thought one of two things: A game you play on the playground or making your mark in graffiti.

Now I know what it means in the realm of blogs and, well, I'm not very good at it. I got "tagged" by always-welcome reader Kookiejar to come up with five sites that make me think and, due to time, only have two. I do, however, think you'll enjoy them both very much.

All About My Movies
This site is written by a soon-to-be-17-year-old British girl named Emma who is wise beyond her years but still, at times, just a silly teenager (in all the best ways.) When you visit this site, you'll find, on alternate days, either very smart commentary on movies or still very amusing updates on her obsession with footballer Peter Crouch. Either way, it's very fun reading, and you can find it here.

More about Movies and More
Nell Minow is Yahoo's Movie Mom, but you shouldn't hold that against her. For proof, visit Yahoo and read her review of "Grindhouse," which she gave a B+. Nell was also kind enough not to laugh at me when I asked if she had any advice about how I might actually be able to get paid to review movies. Along with her Yahoo reviews, Nell maintains this blog to track her other thoughts about movies, including a recent enlightening post about the odd lighting of Don Cheadle in "Reign Over Me." Read more from her here.

I could list 30 more of these, but instead I'm off to the workout room at my place of employment, where I will be watching the second half of episode 11 of the first season of "The Wire" as I pant on the elliptical (sp?) machine. Not exactly a strong workout, I know, but I enjoy it. Peace out.


jeremy said...

Superbad looks right up my alley (and its good to see Michael Cera post-AD). I mean, who doesn't love awkard teenage boys accidentally punching/groping the objects of their affection?
Beyond Mallrats, I haven't really seen a Kevin Smith movie I like, so chances are, I'll be skipping Red State.
Oh, and I put up another in my "Movies You Should See" series. Not of the caliber of the first two selections, but a psychological thriller that stayed with me long after the final credits rolled.

Reel Fanatic said...

I'll definitely check it out, Jeremy ... I know Kevin Smith's movies aren't for everyone, but I find them very funny ... And Mallrats is criminally underappreciated

Pdemko said...

Fred Phelps isn't fascinating. He's just a jerk who likes to see his name in the newspaper. He should just be ignored. Then again, at this point, so should Kevin Smith.

David Apatoff said...

Nell Minow is definitely one of my favorites!

Sidney said...

I like Seth Rogan a lot. I saw him in the trailer for "Fanboys" also playing apparently the antithesis of his "40 Year Old Virgin" character.

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