Across The View Askewniverse: Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Review

There’s little point in denying that “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot” is Smith’s most self-referential work to date. If “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back” was Smith’s first greatest hits album, this is the remastered re-release with all the old hits and a few tracks from the more recent releases, wrapped up in deliberately nostalgic…

Across The View Askewniverse: Clerks II (2006) Review

Paraphrasing French poet Paul Valéry, George Lucas once said ‘films are never completed, they are only abandoned’ (which he said before going back and making said films wish they had been abandoned) but the same must hold true for film universes because, five years after “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back” figuratively and literally closed…

Across The View Askewniverse: Jersey Girl (2004) Review

With the View Askewniverse closed off, Kevin Smith turned a fresh page and moved back towards the more conventional storytelling of “Chasing Amy” and if “Die Hard” qualifies as a Christmas movie then so does “Jersey Girl”. Yes – it’s a Christmas movie! Starring Ben Affleck! Now, Affleck and Christmas Movies haven’t historically been the…

Across The View Askewniverse: Dogma (1999) Review

His confidence and box office credibility restored, 1999 saw Smith take his most ambitious and provocative step ever with a free-wheelingly blasphemous road trip which dives deep into Catholic lore and expands the View Askewniverse to a positively cosmic scale. “Dogma” is a high concept ecumenical caper which simultaneously satirises and reaffirms faith. In amongst…

Across The View Askewniverse: Chasing Amy (1997) Review

Perhaps stung by the initial reaction to “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy” sees Smith hew much closer to the down-to-earth authenticity of “Clerks”, this time wrapping his profane pop-culture infused dialogue around a romantic comedy with a twist, the twist being a more expansive view of sexuality than was around in mainstream cinema at the time, and…