Based off the classic list by Ryback, I will delve into the archives and find all the films I love…
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.…
Well this isn't a horror film at all, is it? In fact, it's barely a film.
It's fucking crap, I'll say that. But because it's not a horror I guess I can't get too mad that it's another slab of turd that I've lumbered myself with during this largely disastrous project, where every decent film I've watched has been greeted by me like I've just been given the all-clear from recovering from a terminal disease.
I'm NOT a Kevin Smith hater. I liked Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma and Clerks 2, so let's just brush that under the carpet right away. Plus I don't follow him on social media and I don't really know what…
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…
Kevin Smith loves to attract controversy, and with organised religion once again his particular target he does bring it on himself. Red State is a deviation from his comedic roots. Another pop this time 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…
Wow. I'm not sure how I missed it, but I came across a new, apparently straight to video Kevin Smith film called Red State the other day. I'd never heard of it, but the cover caught my eye and when I picked it up and saw that it was directed by Kevin Smith it was enough for me, so I threw it in my cart and went on about my business. Thankfully I had managed to block the memories of Cop Out from my memory or I'd have never given this one a chance.
I didn't even read the synopsis on the DVD, so I went into it completely blind and was really pretty blown away. I'd highly recommend the…
Finally brought myself to watch this film. Not very scary, but still pretty interesting.
It took me 5 years to get around to finally seeing Red State, the last Kevin Smith movie I had left to see. I even got to Cop Out or Zack and Miri quicker. And it’s a shame, because I had no idea Kevin Smith could make a movie like this. Imagine if Tusk had been allowed this much realism! On an episode of The /Filmcast Red State was compared to both No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Although I would still rank those much higher Red State, despite some flaws, succeeds on both fronts as a B-movie genre film and a film of gravitas and depth. Maybe it’s because I’m a Christian, maybe it’s because…
"Simple just shit itself."
"People do the strangest things when they believe they're entitled - but they do even stranger things when they just plain believe."
It goes without saying that Michael Parks is great in this, but equally great in that main first "sermon" scene with him are the shots of his adoring audience, smiling sweetly etc at the most ghastly stuff coming out of his mouth. Kevin Smith really nailed that end scene of Rosemary's Baby "hail satan!" feeling here where you're not so much scared as fascinated by the reality of these people who genuinely think they're right. It's a far cry from the surreality of Dogma but it's dealing with the same stuff… another illustration of…
Kevin Smith films have always interested me. Each one of his films seems to be drastically different from each other. I absolutely loved his last film, Tusk. Most people thought it was outrageous, but I loved it. Red State isn't Tusk. The humor is gone, replaced by terrifying realism. Every scene seemed like it had the possibility of being real, which is scarier than any horror movie today. Parks was fantastic, creating a genuinely frightening character. Red State shows that Smith is able to create stories that aren't just funny, but show how terrifying our world is capable of being. Don't judge him by just one comedic film, since this is really different than his other films.
Dude this was so bad OMG
No "Jay and Silent Bob" in this one. It's the extreme version of the Westboro Baptist Church meets Waco tale. The church is taking God's laws into their own hands by torturing and dispatching sinners as they see fit. When something goes wrong, the law gets involved. The law is given carte blanche to dispatch the entire church clan, but the lead has doubts.
The ending seems rushed, the explanation behind the Deux Ex Machina turns out to be a tad more acceptable than when it was presented on screen, and I'm unsatisfied with how they show (or rather, don't show) the finale of the firefight. Gore and guns, fine, but the tension was in the dialog, ALL of which…
A gutsy, oddly-structured film that seems a little thin but is bolstered by great performances from John Goodman and Michael Parks, and has an overall air of artiness that cools the unpleasant characters. I haven't seen a Kevin Smith movie since "Dogma," and this one is grown-up and serious. It also lets Fred Phelps off the hook - this has little to do with the Topeka clan.
Starts as a horror, transforms into an action thriller and ends as a comedy. It's a strange journey but not un-entertaining. Certainly could have been better, but I enjoyed it mostly.
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218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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