Smacktalk Comix

J. Edgar (2011)

Bryce Zabel, Editor-in-ChiefYou know that here at The Smack we’re all about looking at movies through different filters. You’ve got your basic Smackdown, where we review two films in competition with each other; then you’ve got your Smashup, where we throw two film trailers into an atom collider and see what happens. And there is also this, Smacktalk, which is our way to comment on a film by taking those ubiquitous publicity stills and having our way with them.

Armed only with an iMac, some Comic Life Magiq software and a serious authority issue, we add some unexpected life to them, putting new words in the actor’s mouths, sometimes commenting about the movie or Hollywood or what’s in the news.

Granted this process sometimes involves profanity, sexual innuendo, a jaded eye on politics and the celebrity machine we’ve all become cogs in these days, and (okay, more than sometimes) a juvenile sense of humor. Best of all, they’re protected free speech and fall under the definition of fair use.

Anyway, by way of introduction, here are some of our favorites from some recent Smacks in the fall of 2011…

Immortals

Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Tower Heist (2011)

Jack and Jill

Real Steel (2011)Thing (2011)

About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles
Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of "Movie Smackdown." While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation," he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He's also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.

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