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I finally saw Clerks

twr and spring_1970, this one's for you.

I finally saw Clerks, and I quite liked it. Matter of fact, I think I may have liked it more than my spouse. He was expecting it to be funnier. Me? I thought it was quite funny, but also very sincere. I'm glad he included the deleted ending, but I'm also glad he changed it: it would've totally altered the entire meaning of the movie and, I think, would've made it a little too college-student-statement-pretentious. I definitely want to see Clerks II.

So, right now, Kevin's at two out of three with me. I've also seen Dogma (liked), and Chasing Amy (disliked).

Nothing to do with that, but I love my new icon. James Callis has really flexed his acting chops this season. That scene in "Precipice" just slew me.

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jasondemotte
Nov. 29th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
I just watched Clerks II last night, and if you thought Clerks was sincere then I think you'll really like Clerks II. I think it can be argued as Smith's strongest work to date.
quandry
Nov. 29th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, most people think Chasing Amy is better than Dogma. Interesitng.
streamweaver
Nov. 29th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
I liked Clerks for the rawness of it though empirically I think it's just a so-so movie. Dogma is probably my favorite Kevin Smith film. I kind of lump him in with Quinten Tarenteno (sp?) as directors go. I think they are neat if you're in the mood for their particular style of storytelling. The problem is though the movies are generally too much about their particular kind of story telling rather than letting the story speak for itself.

A bit of Streamweaver trivia here, I gamed through my late teens and still keep in touch with someone who had a bit part in Clerks. My friend Chuck is the guy who got his hand caught in the pringles can. No much of a conincidence really, the movie (as well as several of his movies) was shot right around where I grew up.
pointedview
Nov. 30th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
I think you make a good point about Smith and Tarantino, in that they both have a very specific point of view that shows up in their movies, and if you don't care for that particular style or you're not in the mood for it, you're not likely to enjoy whatever film of theirs that you're watching.

*smiles* Hey, it's often kind of nice to have a six degrees of separation thing going on (although you're at zero degrees because you actually know the guy). I technically have three degrees of separation from Joss Whedon, but those degrees are removed enough that I'll never get to meet him through that path.
catarzyna
Nov. 29th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
I got to meet Kevin Smith very briefly a few years ago. I lika all of his movies for various reasons. I still have to see Clerks II.
organfailure
Nov. 29th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'd stop while you're ahead. The rest of the stuff involving Kevin Smith just goes downhill really really fast.

Mallrats wasn't very good, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was absolutely atrocious. Beyond all possible comprehension terrible. I'm having trouble coming up with a worse film - including the bad porn I've seen.

I've yet to see Clerks II, but it sounds like it recaptures a lot of the whole reason Clerks became a cult icon.
pointedview
Nov. 30th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
I've read several reviews that said Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was pretty darned horrible. My husband watched it 'cause I had no interest in seeing it. I think I probably got all the value I would've gotten out of seeing it by passing through the den on the way to the kitchen, saying "Hey, that's Eliza Dushku," and walking right on past. :)
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