Down but not out: On the fallen fortunes of Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez

The most celebrated film of 2014 was Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, seen as a crowning achievement following a two-decade-plus career so enviable it’s already received the retrospective-documentary treatment. Like his sorta-retired contemporary Steven Soderbergh, Linklater is known for his productivity, consistency,…

It turns out Kevin Smith only hates critics when they say mean things about his movies

Kevin Smith has announced that he’s ending his feud with the mean peoplei.e., criticswho say mean things about his movies, now that some of those mean people have said nice things about one of them instead. Smith originally made his proclamation that he wouldn’t be listening to mean people anymore after they said…

Toronto 2014, Day Four: Silent Bob plays to his fanbase, Noah Baumbach lightens up

Star power is a relative distinction, especially at a sprawling cultural summit like the Toronto International Film Festival. Because of the sheer volume and diversity of the programming, “celebrity” takes on multiple meanings: While pedestrians clog the sidewalks of King Street, hoping to catch even the briefest…

Right-On & Dumbass present: The Totally Xtreme 2014 Fall Movie Preview (Part 1)

For the annual fall movie preview, The A.V. Club turned things over to its well-known and beloved characters Dumbass and Right-On, who have been teaching young people valuable lessons about how to consume pop culture for nearly two decades now. First introduced in 1996, Dumbass and Right-On made their inaugural A.V.