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Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.

Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.

Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »

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‘V/H/S: Viral’ Red-Band Trailer

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‘Tusk’ Featurette Explores the Film’s Podcast Roots

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In Tusk, Justin Long plays a douchebag podcaster who travels to Canada in search of a story, and gets a hell of a lot more than he bargained for. The film is nuts, because it veers from horror to comedy in broad strokes. The end credits of the film (no spoiler) actually play some of the audio from the podcast that spawned the film, and that’s kind of the rosetta stone for deciphering the film’s disparate tones. This Tusk featurette is also a good thing to watch before seeing the movie, because it will help you understand just how seriously (or not) Kevin Smith approached the story.  Read More »

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