Welcome to the Friday the 13th edition of GF (try not to get a machete in your face). The annual über geekfest known as the San Diego Comic Con has been the official Mecca for comics/sci-fi/fantasy/horror/cosplay/movie fans for decades. Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, the Super Size Me guy, has put together an insider’s look at what makes comic conners tick and delves into the strange world of 21st century fandom, which has hijacked the lives of millions, in a new film called Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Geekdom is the main stream, and collecting, cosplay, and cons are to this century what baseball was to the last. There’s no difference for these guys between dressing in full Vader/Batman/Wonder Woman regalia for a con and putting on a Jeter jersey and cheering on the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium.
Spurlock talks to Kevin Smith, Harry Knowles, Stan Lee, and other pop-culture fixtures as well as a cadre of fans trying to carve a place in their own alternate realities, whatever they might be. Here’s the trailer:
The film opens today. Fingers crossed that it’s good. So far, the reviews are positive.
Tough Sh*t on Audio and Clerks on Broadway
Writer/filmmaker Kevin Smith claims that after releasing his forthcoming hockey flik, Hit Somebody, he’s abdicating the director’s chair. I’m bummed because I’ve really loved many of his films, especially his last two efforts, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Red State. While predicable, Zack and Miri was incredibly sweet and is signature Kevin fart and dick jokes, but Red State was deadly serious and nothing like a Kevin Smith film. I thought it was superb, especially the riveting performance by Michael Parks‚ it’s criminal that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. He’s just stunning in the film. Kevin’s work keeps improving, so I’m sorry he’s quitting but I understand his reasons and respect the man for having the stones to walk away from his livelihood because he sees his film vision becoming myopic and repetitive.
While he might be giving up film, Smith said recently at a book signing for Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good that he wants to do Clerks 3 as a Broadway play at the end of 2014 to mark Clerks‘s 20th anniversary. I just listened to Tough Sh*t on audio (Penguin Audio. ISBN 9781611760613. $29.95.) and it’s a blast. Funny as all hell. Kevin reads it himself, and nobody else could have done a better job. I had a great time with it, and, as I said in my starred review, film heads and Smith’s legions of fans will enjoy the sh*t out of this. If you like Kevin’s Evening with concert films, then grab Tough Sh*t on audio instead of print because listening to Kevin read is like experiencing another live outing. Rock on, sir!
Godzilla Himself Couldn’t Sink this Ship!
April 15 marks the centennial of the great Titanic‘s horrible demise. Forget that my-heart-will-go-on malarkey, read Megan Hahn Fraser’s wonderful roundup, A Night Remembered: 15 New Books About Titanic, and get an earful on audio!
Have a good weekend, all. Get your geek on!