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Tusk (2014)

Josh Reviews Tusk

September 29th, 2014
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I’m a huge fan of Kevin Smith.  I like his movies, and more than that, I like Mr. Smith himself.  He’s a great character and a hilarious story-teller.  There have been some fantastically-packed DVD and blu-ray releases of his earlier films, and sometimes I think the special features are even more fun than the films themselves, as you get to see Mr. Smith and his pals goofing around and having a grand old time.  The commentary tracks for Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy are among the greatest commentary tracks ever recorded.  When Mr. Smith started releasing DVDs of his Q & A performances around the country, I was thrilled.  I think that first An Evening with Kevin Smith two-DVD set is one of my favorite DVDs that I own.  There are two stories in particular — Smith’s recounting of his experiences writing a draft of a Superman film that was never made, and his experience working on a project with Prince (“Chaka mad?”  “Chaka real mad!!”) — that are two of the funniest things I have ever seen.

But while I still consider myself a big fan, my interest in Mr. Smith’s films has waned, to the point that I actually haven’t seen his last three movies.  I skipped Cop Out because Mr. Smith only directed it, rather than having written the script, and from the trailers I thought it looked extremely unfunny.  I was intrigued when Mr. Smith made Red State, which seemed like a huge divergence from the comedies that he had made to that point.  I will see that film someday, because I am curious, but I’m not that interested in the horror story and so I just haven’t made time to see the film yet.  Then there was Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.  I think the animated Clerks TV show is a hugely under-appreciated gem, a hilarious six-episode buried treasure.  Mr. Smith has been talking for years and years about making an animated film, but when it finally arrived I was disappointed to see that it seemed like a totally different creature than the series that I loved.  (It was also missing the involvement of David Mandel, who was a key creative voice on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and who I think is the reason that Clerks: The Animated Series was so amazing.)  Still, I probably would have seen the film, except that it wasn’t released to theatres or DVD, you could only see it if you went to one of Mr. Smith’s traveling roadshow exhibitions of the film, which I wasn’t able to do. (Though it’s now available on demand, so I suspect I’ll check it out eventually.)

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