Directors of Cinema: Episode 13- Kevin Smith


Greetings and welcome to yet another episode of Directors of Cinema. If you’re unfamiliar with our podcast, this is a show dedicated to the discussion of selected works of prominent filmmakers. Each week, host Matt Goudreau and guest talk about a particular director chosen by the co-host.

On this episode, Matt welcomes longtime writer at The Young Folks and residential film encyclopedia Nathanael Hood to the show. Nathanael chose Kevin Smith as the focal point of this show. After his big breakthrough with 1994’s Clerks, Smith has gone on to additional endeavors beyond directing including writing comic books and hosting his own podcast. Since we are film enthusiasts through and through, we discussed several of his films and ponder some questions:

  • Why has Clerks garnered such a substantial following?
  • What are some of the most poignant elements of Dogma?
  • Why is Cop Out such a colossal misfire?
  • Does Tusk work as a cohesive whole?
  • Is Red State effective as a horror/thriller?
  • Are Smith’s best films the ones that contain autobiographical elements?

As always, you can listen to the show directly on Shoutengine or download it for later enjoyment.

Thank you for listening and be sure to keep up with all of the great content here at The Young Folks!

Directors of Cinema – Episode 13- Kevin Smith


Matt is a 21 year old film buff and recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island. Growing up in a small town in the smallest state, Matt began developing a taste in film and general geekdom at a young age. After years of watching various DC and Marvel animated television shows as a boy, Matt has become quite the afficinado in the realm of comic books. Towards the end of middle school, Matt began delving into the world of film by watching anything he could get his hands on. Nowadays, his tastes range from classic film noir and the mindbending works of David Cronenberg to the latest trends on the independent scene. Don't worry; he's still one for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC animated adventure. Comics aren't the only source of literature Matt enjoys. He can sometimes be spotted reading the works of Stephen King or even the plays of William Shakespeare. As an aspiring film critic and screenwriter, Matt is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.