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Silent Bob Speaks: The Collected Writings of Kevin Smith

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Publisher Comments:

In 1994, Kevin Smith debuted his low-budget film Clerks at the Sundance Film Festival. It became an instant cult classic and made Smith the top dog of the indie film world. Next he was an executive producer of the smash hit Good Will Hunting and quickly earned the title "King of Gen X Cinema" from Time magazine. He appeared on Charlie Rose, Politically Incorrect, Late Night with Conan O?Brien, and currently holds a regular spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosting a segment entitled "Roadside Attractions." Fans of his films will instantly recognize Smith as Silent Bob — the character with no lines. And last year Smith began writing a hilarious monthly column covering popular culture for Arena magazine.

In this side-splitting rant-fest, Kevin Smith waxes rhapsodic and obnoxious on everything from his platonic infatuation with Ben Affleck to his bloodcurdling hatred of Britney Spears, from his shocking diagnosis with morbid obesity to the fatal flaws of SpiderMan — all done in his inimitable, raunchy style.

Silent Bob Speaks interweaves the best of the Arena columns with a new introduction by the author to produce Smith's first collection of bawdy, over-the-top essays, guaranteed to make his legions of fans choke on their Cheerios.

Review:

"If you're not an admirer of Kevin Smith (the writer and director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats, etc.), it's unlikely that this book will turn you into one. Consisting of essays originally published in the British magazine Arena, the book presupposes an intense interest in, among other things, production minutiae surrounding the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck, Star Wars, comic books and Smith's bowel movements. Yes, Smith's bowel movements. While bodily function humor has been done well by other humorists (Monty Python, anyone?), in Smith's hands, it is nothing short of revolting. Who wants to know the 'oily and fatty' effects that Smith's obesity pills have on his stool? Those who do might be interested in the author's musings on such topics as sex with his wife ('one hot-lit piece of ass who was giving me a boner like you wouldn't believe') or his preteen habits (he 'used to get off on pissing in a cup'). To be fair, Smith peppers his writing with self-deprecating comments, and he divulges a few good gossipy tidbits, such as when he meets Reese Witherspoon and declares that she comes off as 'faux-erudite as all hell, and condescending to boot.' And when Smith isn't discussing bowel movements, sex or people he dislikes, he almost seems personable. (His description of his highly anticipated meeting with David Duchovny, 'a really funny and well-versed guy who I instantly love,' is almost warm). For some readers, however, such moments will not justify wading through these repetitive and self-indulgent ramblings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"If you're not an admirer of Kevin Smith (the writer and director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats, etc.), it's unlikely that this book will turn you into one. Consisting of essays originally published in the British magazine Arena, the book presupposes an intense interest in, among other things, production minutiae surrounding the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck, Star Wars, comic books and Smith's bowel movements. Yes, Smith's bowel movements. While bodily function humor has been done well by other humorists (Monty Python, anyone?), in Smith's hands, it is nothing short of revolting. Who wants to know the 'oily and fatty' effects that Smith's obesity pills have on his stool? Those who do might be interested in the author's musings on such topics as sex with his wife ('one hot-lit piece of ass who was giving me a boner like you wouldn't believe') or his preteen habits (he 'used to get off on pissing in a cup'). To be fair, Smith peppers his writing with self-deprecating comments, and he divulges a few good gossipy tidbits, such as when he meets Reese Witherspoon and declares that she comes off as 'faux-erudite as all hell, and condescending to boot.' And when Smith isn't discussing bowel movements, sex or people he dislikes, he almost seems personable. (His description of his highly anticipated meeting with David Duchovny, 'a really funny and well-versed guy who I instantly love,' is almost warm). For some readers, however, such moments will not justify wading through these repetitive and self-indulgent ramblings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[S]urprisingly candid insights into how a director prepares for a film..." Booklist

Synopsis:

From the award-winning screenwriter and director comes a collection of irreverent and hilarious rants on the absurdity of just about everything.

About the Author

Kevin Smith has written and directed the films Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jersey Girl. He also served as executive producer of the award-winning Good Will Hunting. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently filming the sequel to Clerks.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401359737
Author:
Smith, Kevin
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 10.08 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If you're not an admirer of Kevin Smith (the writer and director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats, etc.), it's unlikely that this book will turn you into one. Consisting of essays originally published in the British magazine Arena, the book presupposes an intense interest in, among other things, production minutiae surrounding the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck, Star Wars, comic books and Smith's bowel movements. Yes, Smith's bowel movements. While bodily function humor has been done well by other humorists (Monty Python, anyone?), in Smith's hands, it is nothing short of revolting. Who wants to know the 'oily and fatty' effects that Smith's obesity pills have on his stool? Those who do might be interested in the author's musings on such topics as sex with his wife ('one hot-lit piece of ass who was giving me a boner like you wouldn't believe') or his preteen habits (he 'used to get off on pissing in a cup'). To be fair, Smith peppers his writing with self-deprecating comments, and he divulges a few good gossipy tidbits, such as when he meets Reese Witherspoon and declares that she comes off as 'faux-erudite as all hell, and condescending to boot.' And when Smith isn't discussing bowel movements, sex or people he dislikes, he almost seems personable. (His description of his highly anticipated meeting with David Duchovny, 'a really funny and well-versed guy who I instantly love,' is almost warm). For some readers, however, such moments will not justify wading through these repetitive and self-indulgent ramblings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If you're not an admirer of Kevin Smith (the writer and director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats, etc.), it's unlikely that this book will turn you into one. Consisting of essays originally published in the British magazine Arena, the book presupposes an intense interest in, among other things, production minutiae surrounding the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck, Star Wars, comic books and Smith's bowel movements. Yes, Smith's bowel movements. While bodily function humor has been done well by other humorists (Monty Python, anyone?), in Smith's hands, it is nothing short of revolting. Who wants to know the 'oily and fatty' effects that Smith's obesity pills have on his stool? Those who do might be interested in the author's musings on such topics as sex with his wife ('one hot-lit piece of ass who was giving me a boner like you wouldn't believe') or his preteen habits (he 'used to get off on pissing in a cup'). To be fair, Smith peppers his writing with self-deprecating comments, and he divulges a few good gossipy tidbits, such as when he meets Reese Witherspoon and declares that she comes off as 'faux-erudite as all hell, and condescending to boot.' And when Smith isn't discussing bowel movements, sex or people he dislikes, he almost seems personable. (His description of his highly anticipated meeting with David Duchovny, 'a really funny and well-versed guy who I instantly love,' is almost warm). For some readers, however, such moments will not justify wading through these repetitive and self-indulgent ramblings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[S]urprisingly candid insights into how a director prepares for a film..."
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning screenwriter and director comes a collection of irreverent and hilarious rants on the absurdity of just about everything.
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