An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith
(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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An askew view: the films of Kevin SmithUser Review - Book Verdict
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 Television) gives Kevin Smith a rip-roaring tribute. Despite the hagiography, Muir makes a good case for the distinctive cinematic voice of a Generation Xer who grew up in northern New Jersey and was influenced by A Man for All Seasons, Star Wars, syndicated TV sitcoms, and Richard Linklater's Slacker. Although Smith was apparently busy shooting the forthcoming Jersey Girl (which Muir previews) and thus unavailable for interviews, many of his actors and technicians spoke with the author. Smith himself is quoted from past interviews, for which detailed citations are provided. After his biography, Muir tackles each of Smith's films in turn, providing plot followed by analysis and concluding with "Askew Views," commentary on recurring Smithian themes. While one can dispute Muir's equating Smith with Woody Allen, this is a well-written, engaging, and informative book suitable for all film collections.-Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA ...
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A little too much unnecessary info. Also, the author has a hard time finding anything bad to say.,
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