I was elated to see this trailer yesterday. Ever since Tusk, I've been on the outs with Kevin Smith; I used to be a huge fan of his films and his podcasts. Even when his material wasn't great - Clerks II - I always gave him the benefit of the doubt, simply because I'd heard him talk about his creative process and the industry numerous times in person or on his podcasts, and always considered him an aspiration. The thing about Tusk that sunk that boat was despite the fact that Michael Parks gives a fantastic performance, and the cinematography and set design is fantastic, it felt stupid and ill-conceived, not to mention a total tonal mess. Why didn't he get the benefit of the doubt that time? Well, in the year or two before Tusk, Smith began talking about how pot had become a major part of his creative process, allowing him to follow through on ideas he normally would have dismissed. Guess what? That's not a good thing, to jettison your internal quality department by way of inhibition dampening drugs. Hey, I'm no angel. I drink and smoke often. That said, I rarely work on major projects when under the influence. I might get a breakthrough idea while stoned - that happens somewhat often - but I also know when I sober up what to discard as fanciful crap and what to keep. Tusk feels like a pretty good idea that went off the deep end, I'm guessing due to Smith's state of mind while writing it.
All that aside, Kilroy looks FANTASTIC. I'm super happy to be excited about a Kevin Smith project again, especially one that's horror.
I received my copy of Eibon Press's The Beyond #1 yesterday, and I'm excited to confirm that this is not a straight adaptation of Lucio Fulci's film. There's a lot of background here, with the issue ending where the film begins, so that we get an interesting backstory for Schweick and Liza. Very cool, and the art is just fantastic in all its gory goodness!
The fourth issue finale comes out this Friday, and I'm pretty sure I'll be ordering the rest of the series then. Eibon Press's Fulci page is HERE. If you dig Fulci, support a truly independent company!
Thirsty Crows - Hangman's Noose
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Metallica - Master of Puppets
The Stooges - Funhouse
The Smiths - Panic (Single)
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
Brainiac - Bonzai Superstar
Savages - Silence Yourself
Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey
Lots of feminine energy this week so far. Makes sense.