Why I Turned It Off #1 – Tusk (2014)

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Tusk (2014)
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith
102 min. (5 min. watched)

Hey y’all, this is a new series where I talk about movies I couldn’t finish and why. I’m not like Jenna—I don’t think you should Always Finish The Goddamn Movie. To me, if fifteen minutes go by and it hasn’t interested you at all yet, or if somewhere along the way to that fifteen minute mark it commits some sort of unforgivably lame act that makes you wanna abort mission, I say just hit stop and put something else on. No shame in that whatsoever. First of all, you aren’t doing a movie any favors if you force yourself to watch it when you know you’re not in the mood for its vibe. And second, I wholeheartedly believe that there are certain indefensible things a movie can do that can shatter your faith in it completely. And I’m not talking trivial, nitpicky, clickbait-y, CinemaSins style offenses—I’m talking straight up, fuck this movie, we’re done here type shit.

Case in point: the opening scene of Tusk.

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Jenna Does Elvis #7 – Fun in Acapulco (1963) / Kissin’ Cousins (1964)

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I can see the boardroom meeting now:

“Listen men, we need a fresh spin for these Elvis movies. Cranking out ‘[insert occupation] Elvis’ films three times a year is all good and fine, but we need to be one step ahead—this rustling overseas from England is making me nervous.”

“Well sir, themes are still popular, and heck, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Why, the solution is more themes, of course!”

Cut to: Fun In Acapulco.

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #30 – Alex Hiatt / Ex Machina / Robots / Rewatching Movies (5/18/15)

Episode 301:12:26 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, Jenna Ipcar and I are joined by Smug Film’s own Alex Hiatt to discuss Ex Machina, robots in film, rewatching movies, and much more! Plus, a question from the mailbag, and Chloe Pelletier with a review of Mad Max: Fury Road!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
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A Blank Stare Is Worth A Thousand Words

If you have a question or comment that you’d like answered/played on the show, call our voicemail box at 718-395-9711, and be sure to leave your name as well!
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Jenna Does Elvis #6 – Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) / It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963)

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I think Stockholm syndrome is starting to set in. I’ve always sort-of liked Elvis, but now a real fever is taking hold. I find myself wanting to listen to Elvis on the regular, thinking about Elvis randomly, YouTube is  recommending Elvis videos to me all the time, and heck, I even bought an Elvis t-shirt. In my defense, at this point in his career, Elvis owned a pet chimpanzee and was obsessed with karate, so look, we’re all going a little crazy here, alright?

Most of all, I love how they keep finding different ways to put Elvis in the same position of deciding between two girls and his life goals. You’ve got Singer Elvis, Western Elvis, Writer Elvis, Tourism Guide Elvis, Boxing Elvis—hell, if they made Elvis Barbie dolls, I would buy them all. So what’s next in the world of ___ Elvis? Check out the latest installment below to find out:

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #29 – The Principles of Animation / Chloe Pelletier / Guilty Pleasures (5/11/15)

Episode 29 1:03:56 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, Jenna Ipcar and I are joined by Smug Film’s own Chloe Pelletier to discuss the principles of animation, and much more! Plus, we launch our Smug Film voicemail box, which you can call at the following number and leave questions or comments that we’ll play on the show: 718-395-9711
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