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So what lucky buyer snagged the rights to Kevin Smith's Red State? Kevin Smith.

01.24.2011

Kevin Smith's RED STATE had its world premiere last night at Sundance (our review will be up this afternoon) and, as promised, Smith held an auction at the end of the screening for distribution rights to his film. But unlike as promised, Smith awarded billing rights to himself for $20 and has created SModcast Pictures to distribute the film himself.

Just last week, RED STATE producer Jon Gordon answered a flat, "No," when asked if self-distribution was an option but that seems to have been a ruse in a larger, William Castle-esque stunt that now has Smith embarking on a spring roadshow across the US with his film. No other bids for the film were entertained at the supposed "live auction" and instead Smith addressed the crowd and announced his month-long tour. Whether or not there would have been actual bids from interested distributors remains unclear as it never approached that point (at least publicly). But to have a 13-stop tour ready to announce would certainly indicate some amount of premeditation on the part of Smith and Gordon and that the live-auction was just an attempt to garner some pre-release publciity.

Early word on RED STATE was mixed, at best, with Todd McCarthy of calling it a "clever" and "subversive little comic horror film" but others, like HitFix's Drew McWeeny calling it "a failure on almost every level." You can find out for yourself on Smith's tour at these stops:

March 5th Radio City Music Hall
March 6th Wilbur Theater in Boston
March 8th Harris Theater in Chicago
March 9th State Theater in Minneapolis
March 10th Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor
March 11th Indianapolis, IN
March 12th - Midland Theater, Kansas City
March 14th Springfield, OH
March 22nd Paramount Theater, Denver
March 26th - McCalister theater, New Orleans
March 28th Paramount Theater, Austin
March 29th Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta
April 4th McCaw Hall in Seattle

Would you pay $50-$60 to see RED STATE and hear a Kevin Smith Q&A? Was his Sundance schtick a clever piece of marketing or an old-fashioned sham?

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6:45AM on 01/25/2011
I've thought for a long time that Smith should let someone else direct his screenplays. I think he is an interesting writer but a crappy director.

Plus a movie tour? Is this a weight loss plan kinda thing?
I've thought for a long time that Smith should let someone else direct his screenplays. I think he is an interesting writer but a crappy director.

Plus a movie tour? Is this a weight loss plan kinda thing?
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4:14AM on 01/25/2011
Have none of you seen "An Evening with Kevin Smith". I love his Q & A's, as for this movie his last couple of movies have sucked, so I show no interest in this aswell. But the dudes can make me laugh my ass off talking about his experiences making his movies. You guys should all know its about making money and Kevin Smith is a press whore he said it himself all the time. He thrives in this!
Have none of you seen "An Evening with Kevin Smith". I love his Q & A's, as for this movie his last couple of movies have sucked, so I show no interest in this aswell. But the dudes can make me laugh my ass off talking about his experiences making his movies. You guys should all know its about making money and Kevin Smith is a press whore he said it himself all the time. He thrives in this!
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1:59AM on 01/25/2011
He's got Gonzo backwards - you don't go pro, then get weird.
He's got Gonzo backwards - you don't go pro, then get weird.
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8:57PM on 01/24/2011
Red State looks like it could be god, but I'd like to see him go back to the ViewAskiewniverse and make a Bluntman and Chronic movie.
Red State looks like it could be god, but I'd like to see him go back to the ViewAskiewniverse and make a Bluntman and Chronic movie.
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5:53PM on 01/24/2011
Called it
Called it
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3:54PM on 01/24/2011
My problem with this is that he doesn't seem to realise that Clerks could have very easily disappeared into nothing had it not been brought and distributed by one of these companies he's moaning at.

Also what he's suggesting isn't all that different from what other independant directors and producers have been doing for the past decade. Don Coscarelli did it with Bubba Ho-Tep, Charles Band has been doing it with the crap he makes and there's several small companies that do a "give us money
My problem with this is that he doesn't seem to realise that Clerks could have very easily disappeared into nothing had it not been brought and distributed by one of these companies he's moaning at.

Also what he's suggesting isn't all that different from what other independant directors and producers have been doing for the past decade. Don Coscarelli did it with Bubba Ho-Tep, Charles Band has been doing it with the crap he makes and there's several small companies that do a "give us money to distribute and market it".

The truth is most of these people who sucessfully self release their movie is due to how much they spent on marketing, rather than their film being good.

Just ask the makers of The Haunting of Molly Hartley.
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3:15PM on 01/24/2011

God Hates Mewes

Based on early reviews, Red State sounds like an interesting failure. Still you gotta give him cred for trying something different.

By the way did you see the sign he carried around that read "God Hates Mewes"? Funniest thing Smith has done in ages
Based on early reviews, Red State sounds like an interesting failure. Still you gotta give him cred for trying something different.

By the way did you see the sign he carried around that read "God Hates Mewes"? Funniest thing Smith has done in ages
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1:43PM on 01/24/2011
I am a little amazaed at all the hate this is getting. Sure, he might have gone about it the wrong way, but isn't this sort of distribution something we want? How many times have we all complained that some great, but independently made film isn't playing within 2 hours of us, because the studios don't know jack about the kind of films the audience wants?

Having been on here for years, and doing some of that complaining myself (most recently with '127 Hours' and 'Blue Valentine') I can say
I am a little amazaed at all the hate this is getting. Sure, he might have gone about it the wrong way, but isn't this sort of distribution something we want? How many times have we all complained that some great, but independently made film isn't playing within 2 hours of us, because the studios don't know jack about the kind of films the audience wants?

Having been on here for years, and doing some of that complaining myself (most recently with '127 Hours' and 'Blue Valentine') I can say that, accurately, we complain about it all the time. So now, Smith is sidestepping all of that BS and taking it on the road, how is that bad?

Sure, the movie might not be good (I am hoping it is), but there's nothing wrong with how he's planning to distribute this, and actually, this is the sort of thing we have all talked about before, so I don't want to hear anything coming from any Schmoe right now.
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3:03PM on 01/24/2011
Great, so now he's gonna tour with it and go to even LESS locations than it would have had it gotten a limited release. Brilliant!

Did you read the fucking article?
Great, so now he's gonna tour with it and go to even LESS locations than it would have had it gotten a limited release. Brilliant!

Did you read the fucking article?
1:34PM on 01/24/2011
Kevin Smith is a bad director and a decent writer. The only reason he's survived this long in the industry is because of his once-huge fan base, which is dwindling rapidly, as he keeps churning out shit movies. Here's hoping Red State is his return to DIY, guerrilla filmmaking. Also, here's hoping the movie is good (something I sadly doubt).
Kevin Smith is a bad director and a decent writer. The only reason he's survived this long in the industry is because of his once-huge fan base, which is dwindling rapidly, as he keeps churning out shit movies. Here's hoping Red State is his return to DIY, guerrilla filmmaking. Also, here's hoping the movie is good (something I sadly doubt).
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1:38PM on 01/24/2011
'Clerks 2' is his best movie, and for all it's hate 'Jersey Girl' is underrated.
'Clerks 2' is his best movie, and for all it's hate 'Jersey Girl' is underrated.
1:41PM on 01/24/2011
Filmguy, sorry, edited my comment to make it more succinct and more relevant, so now your comment doesn't make sense. But to comment on your comment, I both agree and disagree. I hated Clerks 2, but thought Jersey Girl was given far too much hate. It's a decent flick.
Filmguy, sorry, edited my comment to make it more succinct and more relevant, so now your comment doesn't make sense. But to comment on your comment, I both agree and disagree. I hated Clerks 2, but thought Jersey Girl was given far too much hate. It's a decent flick.
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1:21PM on 01/24/2011

Missing a Detail

Not sure how I feel about the stunt, BUT...this article failed to pick up on an important point. Whatever money and connections he can make with Red State and Hit Somebody for SModcast pictures he's gonna use to support Indie film. He's gonna do it with his own films first, but he said after these he's gonna do it for free for other Indie films, to hopefully lessen the stranglehold the big studios have on distribution.

The dude tends to be pretty polarizing, but I think trying to give more
Not sure how I feel about the stunt, BUT...this article failed to pick up on an important point. Whatever money and connections he can make with Red State and Hit Somebody for SModcast pictures he's gonna use to support Indie film. He's gonna do it with his own films first, but he said after these he's gonna do it for free for other Indie films, to hopefully lessen the stranglehold the big studios have on distribution.

The dude tends to be pretty polarizing, but I think trying to give more people to opportunity to get into film is a goal we can all support.
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1:19PM on 01/24/2011

Good for Smith.

Taking a RocknRoll approach to movie making. You people all complain about hollywood and how they treat the small films compared to Transformers trash, so when someone tries the Indy route of doing it themselves, you hate cause you dont agree with the methods or the guys....oh yeah, forgot most of you Schmoes are idiots.
Taking a RocknRoll approach to movie making. You people all complain about hollywood and how they treat the small films compared to Transformers trash, so when someone tries the Indy route of doing it themselves, you hate cause you dont agree with the methods or the guys....oh yeah, forgot most of you Schmoes are idiots.
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1:13PM on 01/24/2011

Fat Fuck

I don't really care one way or another about this, it does seem a little odd how he went about it, but I'm just hoping if I call him a fat fuck that one day Jay and Silent Bob will show up at my front door read to kick my ass!
I don't really care one way or another about this, it does seem a little odd how he went about it, but I'm just hoping if I call him a fat fuck that one day Jay and Silent Bob will show up at my front door read to kick my ass!
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1:06PM on 01/24/2011
I love Kevin Smith, I love his world of characters and comics, but I think we're all (after witnessing the rise) are unfortunately witnessing the fall of Kevin Smith. Hopefully Hit Somebody will kick major ass and he'll realize he needs to go back to his roots as a filmmaker. I wanna see Jay and Silent Bob grow old on screen, don't you??
I love Kevin Smith, I love his world of characters and comics, but I think we're all (after witnessing the rise) are unfortunately witnessing the fall of Kevin Smith. Hopefully Hit Somebody will kick major ass and he'll realize he needs to go back to his roots as a filmmaker. I wanna see Jay and Silent Bob grow old on screen, don't you??
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12:30PM on 01/24/2011
This article doesn't mention it for some reason, but the other major announcement made at the screening was that after HIT SOMEBODY, Smith is apparently retiring from directing. I haven't missed a single SModcast since Smith started putting them out, so I'm a big fan of the guy, but I actually support this decision. With each new film that comes out I think, "This is it. This is the one that puts Smith in the major leagues." Then the film is released and it's... just awful. It happened with
This article doesn't mention it for some reason, but the other major announcement made at the screening was that after HIT SOMEBODY, Smith is apparently retiring from directing. I haven't missed a single SModcast since Smith started putting them out, so I'm a big fan of the guy, but I actually support this decision. With each new film that comes out I think, "This is it. This is the one that puts Smith in the major leagues." Then the film is released and it's... just awful. It happened with ZACK AND MIRI, then COP OUT, and now apparently with RED STATE. I'll always be a fan of Smith the person, he should definitely keep doing live shows and the podcasts, but I think I can happily live without seeing more films from the guy.
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1:01PM on 01/24/2011
damn, best news ever?! That would be pretty cool. He is one of the worst directors.. Actually, he isn't one at all since he hasn't made any movie so far (You know, movie.. being about actual moving images and so on)
damn, best news ever?! That would be pretty cool. He is one of the worst directors.. Actually, he isn't one at all since he hasn't made any movie so far (You know, movie.. being about actual moving images and so on)
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12:10PM on 01/24/2011

Douche

bag. For putting on this obvious publicity stunt and taking attention away from actual talented directors at Sundance that are making original films, not the hackneyed, stuck in 1993, bullshit Kevin Smith keeps pumping out.
bag. For putting on this obvious publicity stunt and taking attention away from actual talented directors at Sundance that are making original films, not the hackneyed, stuck in 1993, bullshit Kevin Smith keeps pumping out.
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11:50AM on 01/24/2011

bah

don't get me wrong, i love him as a filmmaker and i'm excited to see Red State. I'm even tantalizing the idea of checking out one of the tour shows. But this whole publicity stunt was him doing his best impression of LeBron's Decision special. But whatever, it's his show, were just watching it.
don't get me wrong, i love him as a filmmaker and i'm excited to see Red State. I'm even tantalizing the idea of checking out one of the tour shows. But this whole publicity stunt was him doing his best impression of LeBron's Decision special. But whatever, it's his show, were just watching it.
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11:50AM on 01/24/2011
Kevin Smith calling together a big group of studios and reporters just to blatantly feed his own ego....that is so out of character...
Kevin Smith calling together a big group of studios and reporters just to blatantly feed his own ego....that is so out of character...
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11:48AM on 01/24/2011

So...

He got scared Bruce Willis would buy the rights and can the film
He got scared Bruce Willis would buy the rights and can the film
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11:47AM on 01/24/2011
He reminds of the fat loner in high school who got picked on all the time. After all those years, instead of picking yourself up and moving on, decides to dwell in the past and be an insufferable little twat to everyone else in the world. It's sad really.
He reminds of the fat loner in high school who got picked on all the time. After all those years, instead of picking yourself up and moving on, decides to dwell in the past and be an insufferable little twat to everyone else in the world. It's sad really.
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11:36AM on 01/24/2011
Good for him for trying something different.

All the money from the merchandise will go to paying for the prints 1,000 theater run.

It's a rock band approach.
Good for him for trying something different.

All the money from the merchandise will go to paying for the prints 1,000 theater run.

It's a rock band approach.
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11:24AM on 01/24/2011
So basically he got the rights for himself cause he knew he wouldnt get much for his film anyways.
So basically he got the rights for himself cause he knew he wouldnt get much for his film anyways.
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11:23AM on 01/24/2011

Good for him

This is his big fuck you to all the haters and critics who have nothing better to do than talk shit about him, when everything he has ever done has made a profit, including Cop Out.
He's saying that he doesn't need you, he has his fans who will take care of him.
Try and name another director who puts out as much FREE content for fans as he does every week with his Smodcast network. You can't.
This is his big fuck you to all the haters and critics who have nothing better to do than talk shit about him, when everything he has ever done has made a profit, including Cop Out.
He's saying that he doesn't need you, he has his fans who will take care of him.
Try and name another director who puts out as much FREE content for fans as he does every week with his Smodcast network. You can't.
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11:08AM on 01/24/2011
I'm not sure I understand this. I mean, why not go through this the auction and guarantee the investors their money would be returned? This could be a huge disaster, regardless of the quality of the film itself. I am looking forward to it greatly, but I just don't understand the logic behind this.
I'm not sure I understand this. I mean, why not go through this the auction and guarantee the investors their money would be returned? This could be a huge disaster, regardless of the quality of the film itself. I am looking forward to it greatly, but I just don't understand the logic behind this.
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11:03AM on 01/24/2011

I think I'll try watching the film first.

Because that's all I care about.

I couldn't give a shit about the marketing or how he's going to release it or blah blah blah.

The film will come how somehow or other, I'll watch it, and I'll either enjoy it or I won't, which is pretty much all that matters.

End.
Because that's all I care about.

I couldn't give a shit about the marketing or how he's going to release it or blah blah blah.

The film will come how somehow or other, I'll watch it, and I'll either enjoy it or I won't, which is pretty much all that matters.

End.
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10:31AM on 01/24/2011

wow

what a tard, what will he think of next??
what a tard, what will he think of next??
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10:25AM on 01/24/2011

He makes Uwe Boll look respectable

This was bullshit and Kevin Smith is a moron. This entire charade was a way to make himself look like a rock star to his jaded fan base. He can fuck off with this movie.
This was bullshit and Kevin Smith is a moron. This entire charade was a way to make himself look like a rock star to his jaded fan base. He can fuck off with this movie.
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9:59AM on 01/24/2011
I wanna see Red State but what did Smith shoot this film with a Canon 7D? I swear it looks like a student film.
I wanna see Red State but what did Smith shoot this film with a Canon 7D? I swear it looks like a student film.
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2:58PM on 01/24/2011
Really? A canon 7D? You think that looks like a Canon 7D?
I think it looks like a RED ONE, which, actually, is what Red State was shot on.

If you're going to diss someone, at least do it properly.

Also have you seen it yet? You can judge how it looks with the ONE trailer we've gotten?
Really? A canon 7D? You think that looks like a Canon 7D?
I think it looks like a RED ONE, which, actually, is what Red State was shot on.

If you're going to diss someone, at least do it properly.

Also have you seen it yet? You can judge how it looks with the ONE trailer we've gotten?
9:37AM on 01/24/2011
I use to try and defend this guy, but he's just an Andy Kauffman clone, you cant trust a thing he says. For all the time that he spends making fun of himself, he really thinks his shit doesnt stink if he thinks that i am going to pay $50-$100 to see a movie that most are saying isnt very good and hear him talk about how he would suck a dick for an entire Q & A. His response to everything is about gobbling rod
I use to try and defend this guy, but he's just an Andy Kauffman clone, you cant trust a thing he says. For all the time that he spends making fun of himself, he really thinks his shit doesnt stink if he thinks that i am going to pay $50-$100 to see a movie that most are saying isnt very good and hear him talk about how he would suck a dick for an entire Q & A. His response to everything is about gobbling rod
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9:36AM on 01/24/2011
I use to try and defend this guy, but he's just an Andy Kauffman clone, you cant trust a thing he says. For all the time that he spends making fun of himself, he really thinks his shit doesnt stink if he thinks that i am going to pay $50-$100 to see a movie that most are saying isnt very good and hear him talk about how he would suck a dick for an entire Q & A. His response to everything is about gobbling rod
I use to try and defend this guy, but he's just an Andy Kauffman clone, you cant trust a thing he says. For all the time that he spends making fun of himself, he really thinks his shit doesnt stink if he thinks that i am going to pay $50-$100 to see a movie that most are saying isnt very good and hear him talk about how he would suck a dick for an entire Q & A. His response to everything is about gobbling rod
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9:41AM on 01/24/2011
He fucking WISHES he was anywhere NEAR the genius of Andy Kaufman.
He fucking WISHES he was anywhere NEAR the genius of Andy Kaufman.
9:46AM on 01/24/2011
Hear, hear I'd give anything to have Mallrats era Kevin Smith back.
Hear, hear I'd give anything to have Mallrats era Kevin Smith back.
10:20AM on 01/24/2011
Sadly, I think the "askewniverse" Kevin Smith is long gone and Clerks 2 (his last good fim, IMO) was just a tease of what we would never see again...

Hell, I'd be excited for Jay and Silent Bob 2, if only that meant he'd go back to that universe that made him what he is today...
Sadly, I think the "askewniverse" Kevin Smith is long gone and Clerks 2 (his last good fim, IMO) was just a tease of what we would never see again...

Hell, I'd be excited for Jay and Silent Bob 2, if only that meant he'd go back to that universe that made him what he is today...
9:33AM on 01/24/2011
This'll probably be like Drag Me to Hell. Very well done movie by acclaimed director, but unfortunately forgotten.
This'll probably be like Drag Me to Hell. Very well done movie by acclaimed director, but unfortunately forgotten.
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9:30AM on 01/24/2011
This distribution plan is a mistake but no bigger a mistake than how Kevin Smith chose to announce it by dishonestly wasting people's time at a fake auction.
This distribution plan is a mistake but no bigger a mistake than how Kevin Smith chose to announce it by dishonestly wasting people's time at a fake auction.
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9:37AM on 01/24/2011
The whole reason he did it was to be sure that Hollywood was listening because he knows none of them listen to his podcast.
The whole reason he did it was to be sure that Hollywood was listening because he knows none of them listen to his podcast.
9:27AM on 01/24/2011
Right on. Everyone seems to be writing about it, so I would have to say clever piece of marketing even if it is an old-fashioned sham. Gets more publicity either way... what's cool is that he's trying something new with the flick. I don't see why anyone would be upset about this... and I certainly wouldn't trust anyone named 'Drew McWeeny'.
Right on. Everyone seems to be writing about it, so I would have to say clever piece of marketing even if it is an old-fashioned sham. Gets more publicity either way... what's cool is that he's trying something new with the flick. I don't see why anyone would be upset about this... and I certainly wouldn't trust anyone named 'Drew McWeeny'.
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9:18AM on 01/24/2011

Ballsy to say the least.

Also, interestingly, all the people who have been slamming Red State have been critics. Whom he had already declared war on. The non-critics I've heard from have been fairly positive (or as positive as a horror movie that isn't 30 years old can get).

But give the guy a break, I'd say 90% of the people on here want to be filmmakers, and he's trying to help by proving that self-distribution is positive.
Also, interestingly, all the people who have been slamming Red State have been critics. Whom he had already declared war on. The non-critics I've heard from have been fairly positive (or as positive as a horror movie that isn't 30 years old can get).

But give the guy a break, I'd say 90% of the people on here want to be filmmakers, and he's trying to help by proving that self-distribution is positive.
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9:25AM on 01/24/2011
He already showed the film to several possible distributors, all of whom turned the film down.
You honestly think he would distribute the thing himself if he could get someone else to pony up the dough. C'mon.
He already showed the film to several possible distributors, all of whom turned the film down.
You honestly think he would distribute the thing himself if he could get someone else to pony up the dough. C'mon.
9:27AM on 01/24/2011
Where's your proof? The Weinsteins passed on the SCRIPT, not the film itself.
Where's your proof? The Weinsteins passed on the SCRIPT, not the film itself.
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9:15AM on 01/24/2011

Yikes.

How this guy has been able to make movies for so long, I'll never know.

Clerks was overrated. And that was the best thing he ever made. Chasing Amy had its moments but, dear God, Smith's movies stink. The dialog is wooden, the plots are as thin as a 90 year old woman's skin membrane and they look shoddy as shit.

Hopefully this will send him where he belongs... PBS. Oh, wait, I actually enjoy most content on PBS. I meant, CVS.

Behind the counter. How's that for irony?
How this guy has been able to make movies for so long, I'll never know.

Clerks was overrated. And that was the best thing he ever made. Chasing Amy had its moments but, dear God, Smith's movies stink. The dialog is wooden, the plots are as thin as a 90 year old woman's skin membrane and they look shoddy as shit.

Hopefully this will send him where he belongs... PBS. Oh, wait, I actually enjoy most content on PBS. I meant, CVS.

Behind the counter. How's that for irony?
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9:15AM on 01/24/2011

Goddamnit

Kevin Smith, you are making it harder and harder to like you every day.
Kevin Smith, you are making it harder and harder to like you every day.
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