An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Performing Arts - 214 pages
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(Applause Books). When CLERKS opened at cinemas across the country in 1994, it took everyone, especially the film industry, by surprise. Filmed on a shoestring budget after hours at a convenience store, it was crude (in technique and language), realistic and, above all, hilarious. The movie's nationwide success helped launch the indepedent film boom of the 1990s and catapulted its director, Kevin Smith, to full-fledged stardom. Smith's work is explored in AN ASKEW VIEW, the first ever study of his films. John Kenneth Muir examines all of Smith's movies. including MALLRATS, CHASING AMY, and the hugely controversial and variously interpreted DOGMA. Muir discusses Smith's themes and obsessions in depth: his New Jersey boosterism, the cast of characters that pop in and out of all of his films, and the references to STAR WARS and other icons of pop culture. AN ASKEW VIEW is a fascinating and detailed history of the art of this visionary filmmaker, New Jersey's favorite local-boy-makes-good since Bruce Springsteen.
  

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Although it might seem premature to investigate the work of a director who has made only five films (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Muir (Terror ... Read full review

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Contents

COMING OF AGE IN NEW JERSEY
9
CLERKS Im Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today
23
MALLRATS A Laundry List of Complaints
57
CHASING AMY I Finally Had Something Personal to Say
83
DOGMA Leave it to the Catholics to Destroy Existence
107
JAY SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK A Jay Silent Bob Movie? Who Would Pay to See That?
135
CLERKS The Animated Series
159
KEVIN SMITH CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE
173
SNEEK PEEK Jersey Girl
189
A TRIBUTE TO JAY SILENT BOB
195
Youre Closed
201
THE MORE YOU KNOW
203
Fing Baby Talk The Kevin Smith Lexicon
205
BIBLIOGRAPHY
209
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Muir is the author of several books about film and TV. He writes a monthly column for Deep Outside.

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