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Kevin Smith doing an "anti-movie review" show called Spoilers

May. 22, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Seems that the media hound known as Kevin Smith is inching his way into reality TV star.  With the AMC show Comic Book Men renewed for a second season, Smith will now host another reality show, this time for Hulu, called SPOILERS, which is his self-proclaimed "anti-movie review show." 

It's a simple concept: Smith will take a bunch of fans to see ten summer blockbusters on opening day, forgoing the early critic screenings he abhors so much, and then have an in-depth discussion about what they just saw.

“We don’t review movies, we revere movies,” Smith says, which is kind of the mantra for the series.

The movies they'll be, uh, "revering" are listed below (and hear his thoughts on them here):

Smith refers to the show as "a hug-fest for movies," and is quick to not that initial reactions aren't always the best, "It’s not like, And our judgment on the movie is…," he says. "But if you’re talking movies, of course you’ll talk about stuff you don’t like. I mean, I love THE AVENGERS, but I’ll talk for 20 minutes about Dopey the Loki Pokey Stick. You can still do it with affection, without being like, ‘I judge this as an unworthy self-expression of art!’ That’s horses---."

Smith goes on to discuss his affinity for the first "movie review show," which started with Siskel and Ebert:

"Siskel and Ebert, man, defined my childhood," he says. "I wouldn’t sit there and be, like, thumb up, thumb down -- I didn’t care about that. They were just talking about movies in general. Nobody was talking about movies on TV. I used to dream, what a great job that would be, to be the fat guy on TV talking about movies. And now I can be the fat guy on TV talking about movies. It’s like a weird dream come true."

I'm torn on this one.  On one hand it sounds like a fun idea.  On the other, Kevin Smith has gotten to the point of being a parody of himself and he's so back and forth on what he's "all about."  He loathed the critical reaction to COP OUT and RED STATE so, is this like, his revenge?  I don't get it, really.  Critical reaction will be a part of any form of entertainment, love it or hate it.  i actually think that "real fans" are harder on movies than any of the critics that Smith proclams to despise.

You can catch Spoilers on Hulu starting June 4, 2012. 

Extra Tidbit: Kevin Smith has said his last movie will be the hockey film Hit Somebody. Do you think he'll follow through with retirement? I don't think so and it's really annoying every time a filmmaker says they're "done." Just say you're taking a break. Or say nothing at all.

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9:02PM on 05/22/2012
I'm hip to this news. Kevin Smith has an appealing idea, especially for us Schmoes. He wants to broadcast informal review. Any of us would love to have a larger forum than just the internet threads in which we post. Smith empowers the common man yet again. And furthermore, he excludes the "official" critics from the process. They cannot (possibly) contaminate opinion and discussion. By their amateur status, the Spoilers critics are concerned neither with monetary concerns nor with literary
I'm hip to this news. Kevin Smith has an appealing idea, especially for us Schmoes. He wants to broadcast informal review. Any of us would love to have a larger forum than just the internet threads in which we post. Smith empowers the common man yet again. And furthermore, he excludes the "official" critics from the process. They cannot (possibly) contaminate opinion and discussion. By their amateur status, the Spoilers critics are concerned neither with monetary concerns nor with literary taste the same way that professional critics might be. Yeah, I can back this Spoilers project in which WE the people play the spoilers to the bourgeoise THEY. Silent Bob must like us, the peanut gallery, now more than he did in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.
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7:50PM on 05/22/2012
I'm not really a Kevin Smith fanboy or anything. I liked Dogma and Clerks 2 but never saw his 'classics'.

This actually looks really fun to me.
I'm not really a Kevin Smith fanboy or anything. I liked Dogma and Clerks 2 but never saw his 'classics'.

This actually looks really fun to me.
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6:22PM on 05/22/2012
I'm going to retire on anything Kevin Smith related. Outside of his overly-supportive fan base, he really hasn't done anything lucrative or good since "Clerks". After that, it's been wash-rinse-repeat. I'd like to see him actually do something different for a change to prove that he's not just a one-hit wonder. Joss Whedon was able to do it...but then again, Whedon is actually pretty talented and focused on his work projects instead of spreading himself thin with things like scripted 'reality'
I'm going to retire on anything Kevin Smith related. Outside of his overly-supportive fan base, he really hasn't done anything lucrative or good since "Clerks". After that, it's been wash-rinse-repeat. I'd like to see him actually do something different for a change to prove that he's not just a one-hit wonder. Joss Whedon was able to do it...but then again, Whedon is actually pretty talented and focused on his work projects instead of spreading himself thin with things like scripted 'reality' tv shows, and 400 convention appearances a year.
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5:51PM on 05/22/2012
"Herherher it's cool to crack on Smith and everything he does now!"

I'll be looking forward to this.
"Herherher it's cool to crack on Smith and everything he does now!"

I'll be looking forward to this.
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2:50PM on 05/22/2012
11 movies on that list.
11 movies on that list.
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2:35PM on 05/22/2012
Jesus Christ. Why doesn't this fucking bozo just get over it? He takes every fucking opportunity presented to him to criticize other people or other films, but when it comes to his own utterly mediocre filmography his skin is tissue paper thin. When you have a huge mouth and take every opportunity to sell every thought that pops into your head to your feeble minded devotees then yes, you will invite both personal and professional rancor. He CHOSE a profession that invites debate and criticism.
Jesus Christ. Why doesn't this fucking bozo just get over it? He takes every fucking opportunity presented to him to criticize other people or other films, but when it comes to his own utterly mediocre filmography his skin is tissue paper thin. When you have a huge mouth and take every opportunity to sell every thought that pops into your head to your feeble minded devotees then yes, you will invite both personal and professional rancor. He CHOSE a profession that invites debate and criticism. If you are too fucking insecure and egocentric to deal with it then just stop doing it. Go away. No one is likely to drag you back into the spotlight. Since no one will finance his crap movies anymore he is now transitioning to reality TV? Sounds about right. Between this, that awful comic men show, his "stand-up", and his book he is veritable factory of nothing special.
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3:17PM on 05/22/2012
I watch, listen, and read the majority of what this guy puts out (if my avatar didn't convey that message as is) and I have rarely heard him bust on anybody. If he does this on a regular, as you say he does, can you cite some examples for me?
I watch, listen, and read the majority of what this guy puts out (if my avatar didn't convey that message as is) and I have rarely heard him bust on anybody. If he does this on a regular, as you say he does, can you cite some examples for me?
4:58PM on 05/22/2012
Well, Bruce Willis pops immediately to mind. He has bashed him to anyone that would listen since Cop Out bombed. Reese Witherspoon. The Weinstein brothers. Sam Raimi's Spider Man. These are just a few off the top of my head. The list goes much farther on.
Well, Bruce Willis pops immediately to mind. He has bashed him to anyone that would listen since Cop Out bombed. Reese Witherspoon. The Weinstein brothers. Sam Raimi's Spider Man. These are just a few off the top of my head. The list goes much farther on.
5:21PM on 05/22/2012
Or the Star Wars revisions for that matter? Given his opinion that no one should ever be able to criticize anyone's "artistic expression" doesn't his criticism and mocking of the Star Wars reboots come off as a bit hypocritical?
Or the Star Wars revisions for that matter? Given his opinion that no one should ever be able to criticize anyone's "artistic expression" doesn't his criticism and mocking of the Star Wars reboots come off as a bit hypocritical?
7:24PM on 05/22/2012
I was dissapointed there was no way to like this message a second time. THANK YOU.
I was dissapointed there was no way to like this message a second time. THANK YOU.
1:59PM on 05/22/2012
This show should please Smith's legion of mouth breathers.
This show should please Smith's legion of mouth breathers.
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3:18PM on 05/22/2012
Pointless generalizations? check.
Pointless generalizations? check.
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1:48PM on 05/22/2012
Good since he can't make movies.
Good since he can't make movies.
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1:30PM on 05/22/2012
About 20 years ago the Uk's Channel 4 did something like this called MovieWatch. It was a great show that only got canncelled because the host of the show decided to move onto other things.
This should work providing Smith doesn't make the show all about himself and let the others speak.
About 20 years ago the Uk's Channel 4 did something like this called MovieWatch. It was a great show that only got canncelled because the host of the show decided to move onto other things.
This should work providing Smith doesn't make the show all about himself and let the others speak.
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1:19PM on 05/22/2012

Fuck Kevin Smith

I used to love the guy and his early movies. But even those weren't as great as some people claim they were and Smith has always loved himself too much for m,y taste. In the last couple of years he's turned into the guy who's negative about everything left and right. But one small piece of criticism his way and he's all up in arms and offended! Just the other day there was this thing on tv called an Evening with Kevin Smith part two: evening harder(or something like that) and after watching the
I used to love the guy and his early movies. But even those weren't as great as some people claim they were and Smith has always loved himself too much for m,y taste. In the last couple of years he's turned into the guy who's negative about everything left and right. But one small piece of criticism his way and he's all up in arms and offended! Just the other day there was this thing on tv called an Evening with Kevin Smith part two: evening harder(or something like that) and after watching the entire thing, Im officially done with Smith. The guy is so fucking full of himself, he almost makes Kanye West seem like the most humble motherfucker ever. Fuck Kevin Smith!
I still think the Clerks animated series was one the greatest cartoons ever though.
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12:59PM on 05/22/2012
Huge Smith fan but....it sounds like hes just reviewing the film by dissecting it after it comes out? Or am I not reading something right.
Huge Smith fan but....it sounds like hes just reviewing the film by dissecting it after it comes out? Or am I not reading something right.
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12:36PM on 05/22/2012

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Hi Paul, I'll bet you $5.00 he's done directing his own films after "Hit Somebody"
Hi Paul, I'll bet you $5.00 he's done directing his own films after "Hit Somebody"
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12:44PM on 05/22/2012
Are we adjusting for inflation? Otherwise, I'll take that bet.
Are we adjusting for inflation? Otherwise, I'll take that bet.
12:19PM on 05/22/2012
Learn from Stern. His biggest fans (me being one) have always been his biggest critics and it's like that for any entertainer, even if the fans don't admit it publicly.

On that note though I do like the concept a lot. Early reviews and critics really have become so effective now that they usually make me decide whether or not I want to see a movie. I would love to get back to the good old days when I went into a movie having zero knowledge of whether it's good or not. Decide for
Learn from Stern. His biggest fans (me being one) have always been his biggest critics and it's like that for any entertainer, even if the fans don't admit it publicly.

On that note though I do like the concept a lot. Early reviews and critics really have become so effective now that they usually make me decide whether or not I want to see a movie. I would love to get back to the good old days when I went into a movie having zero knowledge of whether it's good or not. Decide for myself.

That being said though, it's just another person's opinion. You can't beat them for liking or not liking something. Except for Armond White of course. :)
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