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My Boring-Ass Life (Revised edition) Paperback – 2 Oct 2009
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'Scrabulous hilarity combines with sneakily affecting sentiments and endearing fanboy-at-heart flavourings' --Total Film
'Kevin Smith's no-holds-barred diary is like his best films: raw, openhearted, and mordantly funny.' --Entertainment Weekly
'Kevin Smith is beloved for his vulgar cockeyed yet sweetly human dissections of life through the eyes of the young and disaffected.' --LA Times
Kevin Smith is beloved for his vulgar cockeyed yet sweetly human dissections of life through the eyes of the young and disaffected. --Los Angeles Times
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let me save you the trouble of wading through it
goes on computer
eats unhealthy food
spends 2 minutes with daughter
argues with wife
then goes to bed to tivo'ed simpsons
my my and i paid for it
more fool me
This is a great train book. You can dip in and out like any diary book and you will find something great every time. This said, it is Kevin's "boring ass life" and sometimes he just gets up, lets the dogs out, takes a poop and falls asleep to TIVO'd Simpsons. You'll understand this when you read it.
There are some cracking stories, which, if history is anything to go by, will, in some form or another find there way into one or more of his movies in the coming years. That is if he can stay off the processed sugar foods long enough so he doesn't die before the decade is out. This guy's diet is scary!
There is a very touching story about the death of his father, and the list of "What I learned from my father" will bring a lump to your throat and should form the basis for every eulogy written from here on in. Look for the excellent story of "me and my shadow" which should make it into a film , the Die Hard 4.0 (Live free or die hard) filming/writing story which is laugh out loud funny and the Catch and release story which is also pretty good.
There are plenty of good "inside the film industry" insights that made me shake my head in despair and wonder how any films get made, ever. Interspersed with all this gold is the hum-drum day to day stuff that we all have to do and suffer from.
This only thing that has ever bugged me about Kevin Smith is his need to publicly fight with those critics in the business that have no time for him or his movies. He recognises this "failing" in himself as overcompensation and there are some good examples of this in the book. On reading them I just thought "Sir, let it go".
These events are an excellent insight into the movie business, the complete uselessness of critics in all walks of life, and Kevin himself. The group of stories scattered through out the book provide the evidence for the simple truth that film critics know nothing about the movie business. As for the man himself his retorts, whilst unnecessary, are at least witty and done with some flair and style and any spite is quickly neutralised by his own self deprecating personality.
He's a pretty normal bloke.
Then I read this book and now, I think he's an egotistical, touchy jerk and I'm even finding his work less appealing.
The book is essentially just a reprint of certain parts of his blog, in diary form. You learn about all the minutia of day to day life for Kevin Smith- rich successful guy living in Hollywood, surrounded by an entourage of friends, family, and employees.
You find out all about his toilet habits, sex life, diet and exercise, how he lets the dogs out every morning, how he picks up his daughter from school, how he drives his wife to her medical appointments, how he checks his email, how he blogs, how he furiously responds to any online criticism with lengthy sarcastic diatribes listing his achievements, how he signs merchandise, how he travels around doing interviews and Q&A's- making sure to note how he "nails" each one and how funny he is.
Occasionally he encounters other filmmakers or celebrities, but the only detail he usually includes about their conversation will be to repeat any compliments they pay him, including his own incredibly self-deprecating, real, and humble response to them.
Then he'll go back to describing his lunch order.
At one point he is hired as an actor on a rom-com with Jennifer Garner, and with a staggering lack of self-knowledge, blithely describes his selfish, sloppy behaviour on the film in a rosy light, clearly considering himself to be quite charming. "I was late, but it was cool" etc.
In one section, he gets a lot more descriptive and involved while he talks about his friend Jason Mewes and his struggles with drugs, and his own heroic and dedicated efforts to help him get clean. He emphasises over and over how thoughtless and selfish Jason is, and how often he betrays his great friend Kevin. It doesn't seem, to the casual reader, that this would have a positive effect on Jason Mewes and his recovery, but maybe I'm wrong? Maybe having his old friend tell the world about how hopeless a junkie he is/was will help him live a clean life and feel strong.
As he feels it's good for a laugh to describe (with sock puppet hand mimes) how he was solely responsible for Jason Mewes performance in "Clerks" during Q&A's, I guess he knows how best to be supportive of his clearly fragile friend.
It's hard to understand how he could really dedicate himself to any one thing long enough to produce a feature film, as he never seems to concentrate on anything- even when he watches a DVD, he will be blogging and checking email. He does talk a bit about making "Clerks 2" and "Zack & Miri Make A Porno", but he still keeps flipping back to his favourite subject of what he's eating, what sex he's having, whether he's gone to the toilet or not.
Mostly the book is just hypnotically boring, and I found myself skimming through faster and faster just to get the thing over with, vaguely amazed at how dull he manages to make everything sound, even when he's talking about potentially interesting subjects. I got very tired of his quoting statistics to prove how successful he is and how much money his films make- yes, he is very successful. No question. Or, was successful. This book came out a while ago, and since then he seems to have had problems getting projects greenlit, which is really a shame, as he does make funny films. He seems very caught up with other, non-film projects though, so his fans needn't worry- he may even publish another section of his blog as another book, so that anyone wanting to catch up on the progress of his anal fissure or check out his diet habits or find out his favourite breakfast/lunch places won't have to wonder in vain.
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