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The Reddest State

3 November 2011

So, Red State, Kevin Smith’s latest film, is on Netflix and (I believe) at Redbox now. I can’t stress how much how badly you need to watch this movie.

I don’t review movies at the site, and I’m not going to start now. Suffice it to say that Red State is full of great writing, great performances, and is nothing you’d expect from a Kevin Smith film.

The really interesting thing to me is how the movie came together. I’ve gushed on this blog before about Kevin Smith — about how his early work inspired me to go and do my own thing without waiting for someone to tell me I could or should. Sure, he did a couple of bigger-budget studio movies for a while there, but Red State isn’t one of those. For this one, Kevin Smith kind of said to hell with the “established” way of doing things and made a true indie film, even going so far as to handle the distribution himself. And it worked. That should inspire every one of you creative types out there to just get to work, put your stuff together and put it out there.

Apart from that, though, there’s an interesting thing I saw when watching the film — I got to see a master storyteller telling exactly the story he wanted to tell. And the results? Outstanding.

So thank you again, Kevin Smith, for showing the rest of us the way.

What about you, folks? Have you seen it? What did you think?

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