Red State

A leopard can change its spots.

Writer/director Kevin Smith will always be loved (and hated by the unappreciative) for rowdy, profane comedies like Clerks.

But, he’s shown with films like the horror of the sea tale Tusk, and this story of a homegrown terrorist cult run amuck, that he can stretch himself.

Here Smith pits creepily-seductive “holy man” Michael Parks against grumpy ATF agent John Goodman, then builds towards the promise of a full-on apocalypse.

While the result might not warrant complete rapture, it’s still an impressive jump into uncharted territory for a guy who should be getting more credit.

For a Fistful of Toffees

High noon for hard candy.

A pair of Bonnie and Clyde wannabes march into a bank, guns at the ready, a skip in their steps and a burning love for each other warming their hearts.

But things are not quite as they appear, as this witty short film soon reveals.

I’m not going to spoil any of the twists and turns this takes, especially the big reveal of what’s truly at stake.

Sit back, take six minutes for yourself, and just go with it.