Ep. 87 – Yoga Hosers or, just what the hell happened to Kevin Smith?

September 5, 2016 by  
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On this Labor Day weekend edition of The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod tackle writer/director Kevin Smith’s worst movie ever in “Yoga Hosers” and remember the good times they once had with Smith’s work. They also talk college, water park injuries, recap “RiffTrax Live: Mothra,” and, oh, congratulate the absent Kiko on the birth of his son.

 

[00:00-43:15] Intro/college/water park pain/RiffTrax Live

[43:15-1:50:57] Review – Yoga Hosers

[1:50:57-2:01:18] Wrap up/tease

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Ep. 17 – The Guest, The Maze Runner, Tusk, the Deadpool movie is finally a go, and filmmakers we once loved that now disappoint us

September 21, 2014 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “The Guest,” “The Maze Runner,” and “Tusk.” They also discuss the officially green-lit upcoming “Deadpool” movie, the now delayed HBO Penn State Football drama “Happy Valley,” Magnolia Pictures buying and burying the Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starring “Serena” and filmmakers we once loved that now disappoint us.

[0:00-3:33] Intro and Alamo City Comic Con talk
[3:33-12:45] Fox has finally greenlit a Deadpool standalone film.
[12:45-21:40] Brian De Palma’s Penn State HBO movie casts an actor for Jerry Sandusky and promptly halts production.
[21:40-34:25] The long-delayed “Serena” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is headed straight to VOD. Discussion of big name actors starring in straight to video/VOD films.
[34:25-44:12] The Guest
[44:12-55:20] The Maze Runner
[55:20-1:01:43] Tusk
[1:01:43-1:12:11] Tusk Spoiler Talk
[1:20:11-1:22:66] Tusk Wrap-Up
[1:22:26-1:43:27] Filmmakers we once loved that now disappoint us
[1:43:27-1:45:23] Teases for next week and close

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Genesis Rodriguez – Tusk

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Chaléwood, Interviews

In filmmaker Kevin Smith’s new horror/comedy “Tusk,” actress Genesis Rodriguez plays Ally Leon, the girlfriend of an insensitive podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long), who finds himself in a dire situation when he goes missing during a work trip to Canada. When Ally and podcast co-host Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) receive a phone message from a terrified Wallace, they try to track him down with the help of Guy LaPointe (Johnny Depp), an eccentric private investigator on the trail of a serial killer.

During an interview with me last week, Rodriguez, 27, who recently starred in such films as “Identity Thief” and “The Last Stand,” talked about why she became so obsessed with Kevin Smith’s screenplay and why she couldn’t look actor Justin Long in the face during certain scenes of the movie.

“Tusk” and Kevin Smith’s last film “Red State” are so different from what his fans are used to seeing from him in the last 20 years. Were you excited to see what he could do with a film like this?

Yeah, I mean, this is like the Renaissance of Kevin Smith. This is a complete rebirth. I really fell in love with this movie. It’s just the most bizarre, creative, original, incredible story. Kevin is the best boss anyone could have. It’s just so much fun to be a part of Kevin Smith’s world.

When you first read the script, what kind of reactions did you have? Did you laugh? Were you in shock?

I was laughing. I was in shock. I became obsessed with it. I had so many different feelings. The awful thing about it is that I read the script at midnight and couldn’t go to sleep. But, yeah, I became obsessed with this movie! I started writing emails to my manager saying, “I need to be in this effin’ movie right now!” My manager sent that over to the producer and they gave me the part. It’s been mindblowing to be a part of something I think is going to be a cult favorite. It’s just so different and odd and wonderful.

And pretty original, I have to say. I mean, it did remind me of a few other films, but then the movie goes completely insane.

Yeah, this is definitely not a remake or anything like that. I am very proud of that. This is what making movies is all about. It’s not about retelling the same story. It was inspiring for me to be a part of this. I’m excited for people to go see this movie in the theater because they’re going to have an experience.

You have a really emotionally revealing monologue in the film where you’re looking into the camera and apologizing for some of your character’s indiscretions. I’m assuming that had to be your most challenging scene, yes?

It was challenging, but it wasn’t hard to get to the emotion. The words fed me the emotion. I was so nervous that day. I was given that monologue the day of shooting. I had no idea I was going to do that scene. They put it at the end of the day so I could memorize it. It seems so planned out, but it wasn’t.

What message do you think a film like this is trying to say about human nature and how someone can evolve and change over the years? Or maybe you think it’s saying something else.

I think the message is about how man and animal are so alike. I think another message is that having success and fame spontaneously can come back and get you. I mean, Justin’s character is a podcaster who makes a living making fun of people. Karma got back to him in a very awful way. There is a message about how we can really lose ourselves and lose our humanity in our day to day life.

Would a podcast like the one Justin’s character hosts be something you’d listen to in real life?

The podcasts I listen to are like the SModcast that Kevin does. Those are my favorite. I also like The Nerdist and Neil deGrasse’s podcast and the Tech Talk podcast. I like to learn about things. I don’t think I could listen to someone bashing other people. That’s not my type of humor. It’s so cruel.

Talk about working with Johnny Depp and the scenes you share with him. His character Guy Lapointe is something else.

Oh my God. That was so awesome. I feel like Guy Lapointe lives and breathes and actually exists. He is so real and strange and different. He gave that character so much life. It was just so great to see him work and transform into this other being. The way he looks and talks and everything he does was so well thought out.

How were you able to interact with Justin during the scenes when he was transformed?

It was really, really hard to because it was so disturbing. I really couldn’t talk to him that much. I felt really bad for him. I felt really, really bad.

You’re explaining how hard it was for you, so I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for him, even to physically be able to perform in the state he was in.

Yeah, I mean, he can do so much with his eyes. I saw him during those scenes as fearful and animalistic. He was really in the zone. It was hard to look at him when he was in that zone because I felt so bad. It really was a hard job to be a walrus.

Tusk

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Kiko, Reviews

Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Hayley Joel Osment
Directed by: Kevin Smith (“Red State”)
Written by: Kevin Smith (“Red State”)

After breaking into the independent film scene with “Clerks” in 1994 and developing a strong cult following with other projects like “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” Smith, in recent years, has decided to switch gears and give audiences a peak into the more sinister sections of his creative mind. He started in 2011 with “Red State,” an ultra-violent film featuring a group of religious fundamentalists who abduct a trio of teenage boys and hold them prisoner in their church. While the movie was something completely different than he had ever tried before, the controversial storyline of the horror/action flick far outweighed Smith’s execution. The setback, however, hasn’t stopped him from continuing down this unfamiliar path for his next movie “Tusk,” an attempt at dark horror comedy that illustrates Smith’s total ignorance when it comes to separating shock value and humor. ”Tusk” would’ve been a barrel-full of laughs if it wasn’t so disturbing.

In “Tusk,” Justin Long (“Drag Me to Hell”) stars as Wallace Bryton, an obnoxious podcaster who, along with his sidekick Teddy Craft (Hayley Joel Osment), co-hosts a popular internet show called the “Not See Party,” wherein Wallace interviews (and at times exploits) interesting guests and then returns to the studio to share his experience with Teddy on the web. When an upcoming guest kills himself before Wallace can conduct his interview, Wallace is forced to find a replacement interviewee on short notice. When he stumbles upon a flyer from a man named Howard Howe (Michael Parks), who promises loads of fascinating stories to share with him, Wallace takes him up on the offer.

It turns out Howard is a maniac (think Buffalo Bill from “The Silence of the Lambs” meets Dr. Moreau) and before he knows it, Wallace is facing a situation many would consider worse than death. Without giving too much of the reveal away, let’s just say Howard has a sick fascination with walruses, a talent with the stitch, and a total disregard for human life. The twisted mess Howard creates isn’t the type of image you can easily scrub from your mind.

Compared by some as the second coming of a movie like the unfairly-condemned 2009 horror film “The Human Centipede,” which repulsed even audiences who didn’t actually see it, “Tusk” could have played out its own nightmarish scenario in the same vein as “Centipede” and gotten away with simply being an unsettling film to watch. There is nothing funny about “Centipede,” and it’s clear director Tom Six wasn’t playing up the narrative for shits (pun intended) and giggles. With “Tusk,” though, Smith is pushing hard for the extreme grotesqueness of what he puts on the screen to somehow find its way into a whole other genre. Sure, there are hilarious moments in “Tusk” to go along with the stomach-churning ones, but Smith is never really quite sure which are which. Because of that, the film is left to suffer in a sort of tonal limbo.

Where “Tusk” finds most of its footing is in the sharp dialogue Smith delivers in the first half of the film, especially with Parks’ insane character interacting with Long’s insufferable one. It’s like watching a spider teasing a helpless fly before it mercilessly bites its head off. That intensity is palpable as are the comedic jabs Smith sprinkles throughout. But once Smith begins to overexaggerate what is already exaggerated and then tries to hammer home a meaningful message, “Tusk” can’t find a way out of its own misery.