Silent Bob Speaks: The Collected Writings Of Kevin Smith
- Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 23 May 2005
- Films, Cinema
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These columns are short, readable, and hilarious. Smith comments on everything from pop culture and his own film experiences to the quandaries of day to day life and philosophy. If you've seen any of his movies, you'll recognize the humor. Whether you've enjoyed the movies or not, or enjoy the essays, there's no denying that Smith is intelligent and funny. I'd recommend this if you're a fan of his, a fan of humor, or especially a fan of comedians like John Stewert. This book will make you think and laugh.
I agree with other reviews in that this book will probably only appeal to people who already like Kevin Smith. It's a little haphazard for those who don't know his movies. However, if you like his work, you'll most likely enjoy the essays here. I did! It has me thinking about going to see him speak live, so it must've done something right! The essays can feel a bit dated - references to a young Britney Spears or to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's romance (and there are essays that are just *admittedly* love letters about his man-crush on Affleck). Mostly I enjoyed getting to read about Kevin Smith himself - some of the funniest essays are about his wife's self-portrait, his history with comic books and Jersey, or his issues with lap dances. I think my personal favorite was his depiction of the seedy underworld of San Diego Comic Con.
A collection of columns for various magazines (all seem to be British) written by direction and comic author Kevin Smith. Some were written after Chasing Amy, others while Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back begins it’s casting and others while Jersey Girl is being filmed. They aren’t technical in focus, more Hollywood gossip and Smith’s musings along with a couple of emails from people who love or hate him along the way.He’s very self deprecating and doesn’t hold back adding personal stories for example about his sex life with his wife and her wanting to get a nude portrait painted of herself. Some of the casting meet and greets with actors and actresses were really interesting and it was good to see his take on people like Shannon Elizabeth, Selma Blair and Eliza Dushku.Some of it is a little too much information. There is a section on his bowel movements after being put on a weight loss pill and some of the crude references made even me blush! If you are offended easily stay away, there is a lot of bad language and sexual references, but it’s mostly tongue in cheek (no pun intended!) and supposed to be funny (which it was). I love his films and his comics and would definitely read more of his musings and podcasts.
Smith is such an interesting guy to follow. His storytelling is second to none, the guy can really captivate an audience in his ability to entertain in the most mundane of subjects - as evidenced by his constant sell out performances in concert halls for Q & A sessions.While this book is probably better for the casual fan - rather than "Boring Ass Life" - I still prefer the latter.
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