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NYC, Philly, San Antonio & Austin - The Kidd Has Tickets To See BINDLESTIFFS, Complete With Kevin Smith Q&A!!

Published at: June 6, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST by The Kidd

The Kidd here...

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Kevin Smith right now. There's a part of me that will always love his earlier films - CLERKS, CHASING AMY, DOGA, JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, CLERKS II. But that's been diminished some over the past couple of years since he made COP OUT, which he swore to everyone up and down was really funny (it wasn't). Since many critics including myself railed about how horrible the film was, Smith has been extremely combative against the very people who had been supportive of his career to that point, and that's not limited to the press. That includes you the fans. Basically, if you're not in-step with everything Kevin Smith does at this point, then you're the enemy. 

I watched RED STATE, and I didn't think it was any good. I caught an episode of COMIC BOOK MEN, and that was enough for me to never tune in again. I haven't even given his Hulu show SPOILERS a look, and I probably won't. For some reason, critiquing films has become a dirty thing to Smith, and he doesn't want to be associated with anyone doing it... that is, unless they're going out and paying for it on their own, which he believes somehow factors into people's opinions of movies in general, but more specifically his movies. I hate to break it to him... but COP OUT would have pissed me off even more if I had to drop 10 bucks on it. 

In spite of how I now feel about Kevin Smith, who seemingly has put his own self-promotion ahead of everything else, I would still sit and watch this guy talk for hours on-stage in a Q&A. He may have grown to be quite different from the filmmaker I once respected a great deal for his clever dialogue, but he's still one hell of a storyteller. I could hear him tell his Superman/giant spider story countless times, and have always wanted the opportunity to see the guy speak. 

I'm not so lucky this time around, but maybe a few of you are, as I have the chance for a few of you to see BINDLESTIFFS in its limited theatrical tour, under Smith's Smodcast Pictures Presents banner, which will be followed by a Kevin Smith Q&A. 

What's the film about?

Three underage, virgin, prep-school misfits, suspended on a bogus graffiti charge, flee to the inner city in an attempt to live the plot of The Catcher in the Rye – a book they have neither read, much less understand. This motion picture graphically portrays their noble quest to surrender their virginities (as well as shed their sobriety and sanity) to the encountered gatekeepers of “real experience”: vagrants, prostitutes, and crack fiends. Hot on their tail is Charlie, a paranoid, deranged security guard, who, convinced that they plan to stage a school shooting, aims to shut them down and save his piece of America.

Well, where's it going before it hits VOD on June 19th?

June 12th - New York City – Cinema 123

June 13th - Philadelphia – Ritz East Theatre

June 17th - San Antonio – Park North, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

June 18th - Austin – South Lamar, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

I have a pair of premium seating tickets for each stop on the tour, and, along with that, you'll also get a DVD of the film, a poster of the film and a limited edition t-shirt. Worth playing for?

Then, if you want to take your best shot at landing the tickets for either NYC, Philly, San Antonio or Austin, all you need to do is submit to me your best question to ask Kevin Smith during the Q&A. 

No, I'm not doing any pre-screening for Kevin Smith and making sure a friendly plant gets into his audience. But I want someone who may enjoy themselves while at the show, but who'd also make the most of their opportunity to ask Kevin something really good. 

Send in your question, along with your name and which city you want to attend to Contests@AintItCool.com with the following subject line exactly (in all CAPS):

SNOOTCHIE BOOTCHIES

You've got until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, June 10 to get your entries in. If they're missing a name, location or entry, they might as well not even exist, so make sure to include all the vital info. 

Winners will be notified on Monday, and then posted online with their entries. Only enter if you are definitely going to make these screenings, if selected. 

Good luck to you. 

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • June 6, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Kevin makes good R rated films.

    by UsultheMahdi

    When he travels into pg 13 is when it goes bad. He needs to put down the bong and pick up the pen and camera.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by UsultheMahdi

    First.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    He said he has two more films in him and then he's done.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Fuck that, I want more Jay and Silent Bob.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I don't think he's thought retirement through.

    by kdoc13

    He's doing the internet raido / podcast thing, and he's stopped directing and basically he wasn't an actor, but did some acting, which is now grately reduced. So....for a guy who lives on telling these Hollywood Insider Stories, he's killed his way of getting new stories to tell. I could listen to the Prince-Giraffe-4 am story a lot, but it gets old. Now he talks about his wife and kid...I don't want to hear about my friends wives and kids, why do I want to hear about his? I've heard all the classic Mewes and Affleck stories, is that all I'm ever going to hear? I guess it is. I hope someone asks him about that one of these days at a Q&A. KIDD - I agree with you about the critics thing. Especially with Cop-Out, but Cop-Out was a crap script, and that wasn't Kevin Smith. Also, how much really can you do with Tracy Morgan as one of your name stars? He plays himself, and Bruce Willis hasn't played a different character since "Death Becomes Her." Yeah, it was a crap movie, but I don't blame Smith for it. Red State just sucked. I think Cop-Out broke him, and it showed in Red State.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Is Clerks II, really old stuff?

    by shutupfanboy

    I mean come on. Also, way to bury the lead. I wish I could go the Philly one, but its a bad night.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Cop Out

    by Chris

    Sometimes it's hard not to laugh at Tracy Morgan, other than that I barely remember the movie

  • June 6, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    my question for Kevin

    by Eddie_Dane

    How did you go from "Chasing Amy jealousy of former lovers" to believing that nothing is hotter than seeing your wife with other men? I've been wondering that since I saw the Playboy shoot he did with his wife.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Cop Out was tolerable, but Red State

    by mukhtabi

    I saw that for free on Netflix... I want the two hours of my life back...

  • June 6, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Hmm.

    by gotilk

    I'm enjoying the hell out of his podcasts and Comic Book Men was one of the more tolerable reality shows I've seen. Didn't like Cop Out. Loved Red State. Opinions vary I guess. I'm not sure I buy the whole *I only have 2 more films in me*thing. Who knows? I hope that's not the case, but if it is I'll probably be a listener for as long as he keeps talking.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    yeah, im gonna have to put 'clerks II' in the shit pile too.

    by soup74

    i started out a huge kevin smith fan also, but i think jersey girl is the film that 'broke' him. (and i was more than willing to enjoy clerks II... it just didnt happen)

  • what a crazy novel idea.. im sure there is still WAY more to bring to the table in a story like this. maybe he can do a talking dog movie next.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    THE KIDD SUCKS!!

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    What a bunch of biased fanboy hate. Um, you LIKED Clerks 2 but hated Red State? Did you even understand that it was a raw shoot-as-we-go exploitation film from ripped-out-of-the-headlines sources, much like Dawn of the Dead? Out of everyone with the comic book influence in their work, that movie trumped even Kick Ass for me in its a ability to pull of sheer effortless film-making, where even a true film buff can't detect the presence of the man stuffing the camera. That movie is Kevin Smith's "Rolling Thunder", you asshole!! Kevin Smith doesn't owe anything to you, you fuck. This is JUST like your Men in Black review where you walk into the theater with your nose already twitching with pre-conceived tripe that absolutely zilch to do with the film.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I was a huge Smith fan until I saw Red State with live Q&A + podcast

    by Lostboytejas

    Red State fucking sucked and killed it for me. Cant even watch the old shit now, cunt!

  • June 6, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    the problem with Red State

    by Bloo

    was that it didn't know what it wanted to be. It's two competely different stories smashed together. And he really shouldn't have put the "2 am" when he switches to John Goodman's story in the "Clerks font". The ending just happened and was mad responsible for characters we never met, never saw, never even heard about. All of a suddent there are hippie pot farmers that no one knew about that just happened to have a big ass serin/megaphone? Come on Red State felt like a first draft and needed to be tightened up. BTW what happened between him and Mosier? They don't seem to be producing films together any more. I wonder if that's not part of the problem, Kevin hs surrounded himself with people who won't call him out on his bullshit. And I understood Red state was the first of his "I've got two films left" wasn't it supposed to be red State and Hit Somebody?

  • June 7, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    bloo

    by mukhtabi

    Yeah in the end credits of Red State it says the cast will be back for Hit Somebody.

  • Red state kinda redeemed smith for me it was a gritty take on those kind of people and the ending ties everything together well don't know how u people didn't see that but w/e I do agree that cop out sucked it was filmed 5 minutes from my house in Brooklyn and I'm ashamed of that Clerks 2 was just as good as the first and was a great ending to those characters journey loved every second of it def need one more jay and silent bob movie tho

  • June 7, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Bindlestiffs! It's funny. And goes to places the sun doesn't shine.

    by ufoclub1977