Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Smith’

Fat, Lazy, Slob Who Did Good

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Kevin Smith’s Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good” is the first lite and breezy book that I’ve read in quite a while.

In between exercise sets at the gym, I scribbled down a quick review of the book. In keeping with the lazy slob theme, I didn’t transcribe the scribbles into e-form. So, here’s the review in raw and unedited form:

While prepping this post for publication, I got a kick out of the list of tags that recommended :

The “Shit” and “Clerks” tags were good calls, but freakin’ Condoleezza Rice????? I gotta have a word with the dude behind the curtain who patiently types in tag recommendations each time a draft is saved.

Bastions Of Objectivity

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Experts don’t think, they know. (just like Bulldozer00)

In theory, high brow academic disciplines are supposed to be bastions of dispassionate objectivity. However, in the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job“, several of the most highly esteemed professors of economics are laughingly called out onto the mat by Charles Ferguson (ala Mike Wallace style) for taking payments from the financial institutions that triggered the 2008 meltdown. These dudes wrote papers and gave speeches praising the virtues of “no regulation” on junk bundles of sub-prime loans, credit default swaps and all other kinds of financial “innovations“. That in itself wouldn’t be so bad, but when these bozos shoveled their BS “expertise” onto laymen like you and me, they didn’t even disclose that they were being paid by the big bad dudes who figuratively deflated your pension and 401-K account.

Along with Kevin Smith’sRed State“, former software-weenie Charles Ferguson’s “Inside Job” are the best two movies I’ve seen this year. If you’ve still retained your Netflix subscription after their recent price change fiasco, put these movies at the top of your queue.

Red State

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Yesterday, I rented and watched the latest Kevin Smith movie on YouTube. “Red State” is a well written, well acted, well crafted, and wild cinematic ride that’s way different from any of Mr. Smith’s previous movies.

Created with a miserly budget (like all of his movies) of $5M and distributed by Kevin himself, it stars John Goodman, (Oscar winner) Melissa Leo, Stephen “Office Space” Root, and Michael Parks. Oh, and Kevin Pollak makes a short but memorable appearance and disappearance in the flick. D’oh!

The movie’s plot revolves around the psychopathic deeds “executed” by a god-fearing religious cult and the incompetent hypocrisy of the US ATF in bringing down this “terrorist cell“. Mr. Parks gives a riveting and Oscar worthy performance as the calm and cool psycho-patriarch of the “pure” christian sect.

As is custom, Kevin’s script contains some funny one-liners interwoven with some seriously biting dialog. There are also several shocking “holy shit!” scenes that come out of nowhere to keep you on the edge of your seat and highly engaged with the medium. Fer sure, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. You should see it too.

Note: I have no idea if the fictional town of  “Cooper’s Dell” resides in the great state of Texas. It’s just the first state that came to mind when I started to compose the dorky BD00 graphic for this post. Hee Haw!

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