Originally Posted by Martin Blank
(Full disclosure: I have not seen Pro-Life. I have however seen Cigarette Burns which I thought was pretty awful.)
Hah, Cigarette Burns is so much better than Pro Life. I mean, it's not good, but Pro Life is literally one of the worst things I've seen. It's rare you see something that really and truly spits contempt in your face the way Pro Life does. If Red State was anywhere near that quality, any self promotion shenanigans would have been completely overshadowed by the turd stank emanating from the Park City screen.
Kevin Smith is fascinating to me. I think it's fair to say I don't really like any of his movies, and in fact find a lot of them pretty grating. Most of his dialogue doesn't strike me as clever, just tin-eared and unnatural, and it's not helped by the subpar actors he generally employs (Affleck has a distinct ability with it though). But as a cultural figure for the modern internet age, I think he's aces. He's consistently behaved like a self-obsessed fanboy pulled from the center of a movie message board, and he demonstrates most of the things I like and dislike about movie nerds. Sometimes he's smart and funny, and sometimes he takes himself too seriously and gets furious over something petty. So while I don't feel any particular need to see Cop Out, I think he's exactly the kind of filmmaker we deserve, and I hope he sticks around for another thirty years, creating non-art that everyone has to react to. In fact, it's actually kind of perfect that so many people hate him so much. Self loathing is, after all, one of our core principles, especially with a heavy gravy of Star Wars poured over it.