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Posted by TeachAtl at on August 25, 2001 at 05:35:23:

In Reply to: Free at last, free at last - thanks God Almighty posted by Kevin on August 24, 2001 at 19:37:34:

From a new fan (post Dogma release)

After being introduced to your collection of films on DVD, I knew that I would have to see your next installment on the big screen. Let me say that my money was well spent.

This film reminds me of the style of which Terry Gilliam makes his films. They are made for those who know the writer/director and his work. Kevin, you have restored my faith that there are still people willing to make films for both entertainment and intellectual discourse instead of the Hollywood bottom line.

As for J&SBSB, I enjoyed the 95 minute romp reminiscent of "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" and "The Muppet Movie" (hopefully, these similarities are intentional of the genre where the characters are on a "quest"). Again, films such as "Pee Wee" and "Muppets" are in large part for the people who already get it.

As for me and my "bisexual life-mate" (I can feel your pain in "Amy"), we wonder how concerned you were about carrying a film utilizing characters that were secondary in previous films. Were you concerned that Jay and Silent Bob would be able to carry a film themselves?

On a slightly different note, thank you for bringing back Morris Day and the Time! I wasn't even aware they were still together. I think I was the only one that laugh at or even noticed the crowd shots, ala "Purple Rain", in the closing scene and Mewes's "Prince" butt shake).

And though the gay jokes were numerous (I'm no bean counter), the commentary seemed to say that in this society, men are so uptight about seeming "gay", that men use gay jokes to cover their own insecurities. Thank you for the "acknowledgement" to the audience that you would have gone down on Jay. Acknowledging something like that in a mass released film is a courageous, gay-positive statement. Even
if it was for laughs.

I can't wait for your next film (on being a parent?) and your installment in the "Fletch". From a laypersons point of view, I would love to see you direct John Cusack as a young "Fletch". But then, I'm not a big-time filmmaker.


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