Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97% The world has seen a few different iterations of Peter Parker since 2002 s Spider-Man, including a franchise reboot in 2012 and Tom Holland s introduction as an MCU character in 2016 s Captain America: Civil War. But we ve never seen any version of Miles Morales on the big screen, and that all changes with Sony s animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Shameik Moore provides the voice of Miles, a regular teen living in an alternate universe Brooklyn who is, yes, bitten by a radioactive spider and develops powers initially out of his control. Thanks to the shenanigans of local mobster Kingpin, however, Miles comes into contact with spider-people including a middle-aged Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) from parallel universes who team up with him to save the day. Critics say Into the Spider-Verse benefits from a fresh, well-told story and an impressive voice cast that includes Bryan Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin, and a few surprise guests. It s not only a feast for the eyes, but a fun, kinetic, heartfelt, and highly engaging treat for the whole family.
Jay and Silent Bob are all grown up in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, their first feature film since 2006 s Clerks 2 and an almost-complete retread of their first headline outing, the Strike Back entry from 2001. (The guys from the front of the Quick Stop are once again trying to halt production of a Bluntman and Chronic movie – though this time it is, in a nod to the times, a reboot of the original film based on the characters that were based on, well, Jay and Silent Bob.) Just how much has the duo, played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, grown? Well, Jay – the goofy, shouty, long-haired weed dealer who lit up the screen in Clerks and then became a sensation in Mallrats – is a father for starters, discovering he s the long-lost dad to a teenager played by Smith s daughter Harley Quinn. And Bob talks almost non-stop throughout the film. Just kidding.But there s a new maturity to the two mainstays of Kevin Smith s View Askewniverse, the cinematic universe kicked off by Clerks and which includes Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And in their latest adventure, there s also a ton of heart: Reboot is a Jay and Silent Bob that will make you tear up – and not just from over-toking.The two men behind Jay and Bob are all grown up, too, something fans of their podcast Jay and Silent Bob Get Old will know. In the infrequent but lengthy episodes, Smith and Mewes detail the trials of fatherhood – Mewes is a newish dad to a young girl named Logan who has a cameo in the new movie – and addiction and sobriety: Mewes is almost 10 years sober after struggling with heroin and substance abuse. In this exclusive extended interview with Smith and Mewes, they reveal how they first met and formed a lifelong personal and creative bond that would grow and be tested in ways none of them knew when they were just kids at the local rec back in Jersey. Jason was a figure of a suburban legend, so people would be like, ‘There s that Jay Mewes, he broke the window at Cumberland Farms.’ Kevin Smith: “I met Jason – let me see – 32 years ago at this point. We both grew up in the town of Highlands in New Jersey and Jason was a figure of a suburban legend, so people would be like, ‘There s that Jay Mewes, he broke the window at Cumberland Farms.’ Or, ‘There s that kid Jay Mewes, I hear he f ed a dog once.’ Which he didn t, right?”Jason Mewes: “No, never.”Smith: My friends Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan, I worked with them at the Highlands Recreation Center. That means we met in the caring of children, which was so bizarre; he was one of the children. He came after I left and the boys started hanging out with him. He was younger. I was like 17, you were 13. I was hanging out with these two guys, Walter and Bryan, and I was their new cool, funny friend, and then all of a sudden they started talking about funny things that this Jay Mewes guy said. I was like, ‘Mewes? That kid? That local kid?’ And they re like, ‘Yeah man, he s funny. He hangs out at the rec a lot.’ Jay and Silent Bob first appeared in 1994 s Clerks. I m not driving this minor across state lines. No way, man, I ain t doing that. Smith: One day we re going up to a comic book show in New York; it was me and Bryan and Walter. I get to house to pick up Bryan and Walter and Jason s there and they re like, ‘We re going to bring them with us.’ And I was like, ‘I m not driving this minor across state lines. No way, man, I ain t doing that.’ And then Bryan s like, ‘Well then I ll drive. And then Jason s like, ‘Shotgun, nooch!’ And then he jumped in the front seat and then I sat in the back, the whole ride up. Jason was saying all of these funny things up front – snoog and snooch and all that stuff – and Bryan and Walter were like, ‘Ha ha ha.’ And I was sitting in the back, like, ‘He ain t so funny, man.’ Because I was the new funny friend and suddenly I was being replaced by the newer funny friend.They lost interest in him. One day he came to my house he lived like right around the block and my mom was like, ‘That dirty boy from town is here.’ And I was like, ‘Who?’ And I looked out and it was Jason. ‘Jason Mewes is here. Why?’ And then I went out to answer the door, and he goes, ‘What are we doing today?’ And I was like, ‘We re not doing anything. We re not friends. You and me are friends with Bryan and Walter but we re not friends. We hang out together because those guys; if they re not around, we don t really hang out. Do you understand?’ He s like, ‘Yeah, what are we doing today?’ So I kind of adopted him. Kevin, Bryan, and Walter would talk about comics and movies and they used big words It was appealing to me as a 13-year-old. Mewes: “As a 13-year-old, me and my friends would go to the woods. We d build forts and fix bikes and put rope swings up and do fun stuff. That s what we would do, but [Kevin, Bryan, and Walter] would talk about comics and movies and they used big words, which is funny now, but they did. It was appealing to me as a 13-year-old because I was like, ‘What are they saying? They re saying things like ‘Austen-Tayshus’ – what does that mean? That is magical.’ And they would talk about girls. I was 14. I had never even kissed a girl and they actually had a couple of girlfriends.”Smith: “That s why he calls me ‘Moves.’ Whenever you hear him talk to me in real life he s like, ‘Moves, can you do this? Moves come here.’ It’s because when he was young, he d ask about girls and I would try to be like, ‘Whatever you do – he knew the bases – don t slide into third. Nobody likes that. You got to treat it right. Here s a book on gynecology that I got from this flea market and it s worked wonders for me.’ He would be like, ‘Man, you ve got the moves.’ I was like, ‘No, I have this gynecology book.’”Mewes: “At that age, they knew stuff, so I wanted to hang out with him as much as possible. Plus, he had a room full of comic books, and he had tons of VHS tapes and movies and stuff. I remember that, and plus, he had a car and he drove us. All these things were appealing to me because, again, I d go out and have fun with my friends, but I d be like, ‘Oh, I wonder what Kevin s doing. I want to go hang out with him because he s going to show me Full Metal Jacket. He had knowledge of all movies and directors and they would talk about writers, and my friends would just be like, ‘Hey, have you seen the new Van Damme movie?’ Which was again great, but he would be like, ‘Did you see the Van Damme movie? It was written by Joe Bob, Billy Bob, and directed by Scorsese.’”Smith: “We became really good friends, and I think he s the most original human being I ve ever met. Hands down an American original.”