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Old 01-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Red State (Kevin Smith horror film)

As most of you know, Red State is due out in March of this year and the fact that Kevin Smith is behind this has interests piqued, and whether good or bad... I've never been a hugh Smith fan. I enjoy Clerks, but his talent has decreased with each offering afterwards and his most recent directorial effort Cop Out was one of last year's cinematic atrocities. And the fact that Red State is a horror film adds to the intrigue since he's only done comedy and some "dramatic" material in the past. The subject of the film is of high interest, and I think would make a great horror film, but Smith's name behind it causes of course much second-guessing.

But I will say, after viewing the teaser, this has moved from curiosity to much anticipated in 2011.

Teaser: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer...teaser-trailer
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Yeah. Not a big fan of this guy beyond Chasing Amy and Dogma, and that was a while ago. I am anticipating this is a film about rednecks getting killed as the trailer does look alright. Thanks for the heads up!.

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Old 01-15-2011, 04:13 AM   #3
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Love Smith, but being the republican I am, I'm afraid this one might piss me off! I'm a little tired of Hollywood assholes (I know he's from NJ, they're assholes too!) preaching their political views in their films! I'll reserve judgement until the film comes out though! If I'm wrong, I'll see it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:56 PM   #4
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Love Smith, but being the republican I am, I'm afraid this one might piss me off! I'm a little tired of Hollywood assholes (I know he's from NJ, they're assholes too!) preaching their political views in their films! I'll reserve judgement until the film comes out though! If I'm wrong, I'll see it.
I assume that your also referring to New Jersey's new govenor as well..I believe he is a Republican.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:00 AM   #5
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I assume that your also referring to New Jersey's new govenor as well..I believe he is a Republican.
If he's from Jersey, then yes...
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:11 AM   #6
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I personally love nearly all of Kevin Smith's movies. Cop Out was awful, but I think he did it more to help his career. Like he was thinking that if he can make some money on a big studio flick then his independent projects would get some traction. It ended up working out because Red State (which had been written for 3 years without investor interest) got a greenlight soon after Cop Out ended its run. I'm very excited for Red State, it's my most anticipated film of 2011.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:40 AM   #7
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im wondering if i'll like it or not. depending on the direction it ends up going, i may just find it depressing.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:35 AM   #8
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I loved CLERKS but nothing else from Smith, but I am still interested in seeing him try this genre. I'm curious if he'll be able to pull it off.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:46 PM   #9
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I assume that your also referring to New Jersey's new govenor as well..I believe he is a Republican.
I do like their governor and my sister and one of my best friends lives in NJ, but in honesty, I can't stand the state!
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:04 AM   #10
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I used to be a die hard Kevin Smith fan but somewhere around Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, I grew tired of his movies. I have seen all of the except for Cop Out in hopes that my interst would be re-kindled. Watching his live performances DVDs and listening to his smodcast, he just comes off as a "cooler than thou" loudmouth. Red State does look good though and I have been waiting for it for a while. I am hoping it fixes his recent track record.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:29 AM   #11
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I love all of his films, with the exception of Cop Out (which I didn't hate but I'll probably never watch again). I'm really looking forward to Red State, even though it looks a little too "digital" to me. It was shot using the Red camera, which can result in a very film-like movie (see The Social Network for instance) but here the film looks, to me, like it was obviously shot on hi-def. Still, I love Michael Parks and the ongoing Red State Q&A podcast has really got me excited. Plus, as many have already pointed out, the chance to see Smith finally tackled a different genre is really exciting. I like the fact that he's calling it a horror film, not a psychological thriller, but a horror film. And, when other people try to call it something different, he corrects them and says it's a horror film. It's rare to see that.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #12
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I have liked just about everything Kevin Smith has done, Cop Out being the exception (Which he didn't write so all the blame can't be put on him), and I have yet to see Jersey Girl. Either way, I like him enough as a person to give this a chance, and the teaser definitely peaked my interests, so I'll probably throw down the cash and check this one out.

I'm also excited about the hockey movie he is doing!

It looks like he is finally expanding past the poop and dick jokes, which is a little saddening but at the same time probably a good thing.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:24 PM   #13
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I will like his abandoning of the poop jokes. I just found them to be too silly as opposed to funny. Hopefully, he will treat Red State with the tact he should use considering there is a rather obvious attack on the "Reds", or "Reps".
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:06 AM   #14
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This is out now on VOD. I just watched it and was disappointed. The film is all over the place. Comedy then horror then action then comedy again. Characters come in and out of the story and the film continually shifts its focus. Not every film needs to be point A to point B story, but the constant changes in tone and character made it hard to care much about anything that was going on. It's not the worst thing Smith's made (hello Cop Out), but I was hoping for something closer to in quality to Clerks and what I got was more Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Not awful by any means, but a it's a movie I've been highly anticipating for years and it ended up being pretty mediocre.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:18 AM   #15
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I agree 100% Fattyjoe. This is a seriously schizophrenic film with way too many jarring shifts in tone. I get the impression Smith wanted to make an all-out horror film and ended up hedging his bets. The final John Goodman scene suggests he was also shooting for something profound along the lines of No Country For Old Men. But unlike the Coens, he's not proficient enough to keep that many balls in the air.

Aside from a great performance by Michael Parks and a good one by John Goodman this is a totally forgettable film.
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