We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter Christian fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
In the first half, this was a movie about Jesus.
In the second, Jesus just shit himself.
I'm really not sure what to think of Kevin Smith's film Red State. I sort of hated it and I sort of liked it at the same time. I'll just settle for 2.5 stars. It was okay, I guess?
"You said this was going to be a simple in-and-out, sir. Simple just shit itself." - Joe Keenan
There's something about this film that hopelessly endearing. It's like a baby being birthed into the world; confused, lost, messy and gory from all of the afterbirth that's come after it, but ever so lovable. You think that's a weird analogy? Red State is a weird film.
Beginning as an immature and unfunny teen comedy, turning into a religious torture-porn movie, then twisting itself into a siege movie and ending a religious satire that leaves a massive grin plastered across your face at the end of a relatively short 80 minutes, it's probably one of the most schizophrenic movies of all time.…
Kevin Smith loves to attract controversy, and with organised religion once again his particular target he does it on himself. Red State is a deviation from his comedic roots. Another pop this tie at hard line Christian fundamentalists, he does go over the score with his fervent rhetoric of these crazy nutters. Gay hating,America hating, government hating, these are people portrayed as on the fringe of society,but are there really people like this? Years ago America had the government debacle that was Waco, and although this is not based on any real events, this does echo those days and have an agenda.Evil men on both sides conspire to cross a line that brings mayhem.
Teenagers with loose morals, looking for…
I didn't have high hopes for this one since anything outside of comedy isn't a strong point for Kevin Smith. John Goodman and Michael Parks were the standouts while everyone else was there to absorb bullets. Slow pacing and jarring shifts in both tone and logic don't make for a good film. Visually impressive for a shoestring budget, but it just wasn't good at all.
The beginning was promising until the dyslexic editing and camera man with a seizure showed up. I honestly believe that was worse than Michael Bay. Its difficult to feel sorry for anyone in the film except the actors who were dumb enough to accept the project. Which asshole was I supposed to root for? Normally…
Part of the No Rewatch November 2012 Project.
I waited for a while to watch this because I wasn't sure I wanted to see a Kevin Smith movie that was actually about anything. The Kevin Smith I have always loved is the king (along with Linklatter) of the Slacker Film and the man who paved the way for people like the Apatown Crew with this dick and fart humor that was really only a loose shell covering a believable and wonderful humanness. That he was now going around trying to actually make philosophical points wasn't something I relished the idea of. I knew the day would come when I would have to give it a look but I put it…
I really liked this, though I wanted it to be a little more clear about what its message was. Great camera work, great characters, thought-provoking, exciting, harrowing. Better than I expected and different from Smith's usual stuff, which was refreshing.
λίγο άνιση μου φάνηκε.
ένα κομμάτι πραγματεύεται τον ακραίο θρησκευτικό φονταμενταλισμό και ένα άλλο το πως το χειρίζεται το θέμα ή αμερικανική πολιτεία.
Το δεύτερο κομμάτι κάπου το έχασε ο σεναριογράφος και ο σκηνοθέτης και μπερδέψανε λίγο τα μπούτια τους.
Επιπλεόν, το πως ξεκινά η ιστορία είναι λίγο παραπλανητικό για το πως εξελίσσεται η ιστορία.
Πάντως ενώ έχει ενδιαφέρον η ιστορία, ο θεατής μένει ανικανοποίητος από το τελικό αποτέλεσμα. σαν κάτι να έλλειπε
I just don't know.
Three kids get stuck in a honey trap in Kevin Smith's action-drama. Kidnapped by a religious cult, they get caught in the confrontation between the cultists (and Melissa Leo) and the ATF (and John Goodman).
Violent, but the plot really loses it's way and the films structure starts to unravel as it goes on.
A+ for originality. Took me a bit by surprise this. Unpredictable, with flashes of visceral brilliance tempered by a few overlong scenes.
It pissed me off because I really thought it was going somewhere. Instead, it was erratic and dysfunctional and turned into some stupid war film with no narrative sense. It had so much potential. It's like seeing a kid who has an IQ over 200 who inhabits a heroin addiction, but still tries to wean over his intelligence halfway through, but then says fuck it because he's a vindictive little shit and uses that intelligence to troll everyone. I don't even know if that makes sense man, I'm just pissed off.
The beginning of the movie is pretty good. You've got a decent setup for a horror movie, and then the sermon scene is pretty wonderful and genuinely creepy. And then the whole thing kind of devolves into a boring action movie with loads of gunfire, and it's super disappointing until the end. Which is also disappointing. Michael Parks was fucking terrifying, but that's about the only thing that movie had going for it. Also why was half the cast of Breaking Bad in this?
John Goodman puts in a powerful performance, but otherwise this is just a tonally all-over-the-place mess.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House with Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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- Race with the Devil
- Rock of Ages
- Red Sorghum
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…