Clerks: The Joys of Working at the Quik-stop

Hello everybody! Today we have Kevin Smith’s raunchy comedy Clerks.

CLERKS

DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith

STARRING: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Lisa Spoonhauer

GENRE: Black and White Comedy

YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY: United States

Dante Hicks is a clerk at a local convenience store in New Jersey. On one particular Saturday morning, he gets called in on his day off. Once there, he must deal with multiple problems. The shutters outside won’t open. His ex-girlfriend, whom he is still in love with, is getting married. His girlfriend, who bugs him about starting college, has revealed certain, uh…stuff about her past. His boss hasn’t come in to take his place. He has a hockey game at 2 o’clock. Another ex has died, and today’s the last day he can go to her wake. He must deal with customers that aren’t so intelligent. His friend, Randal, a clerk at the video store next door, is even less dedicated to his job than Dante, and is always bothering Dante’s customers. And the biggest problem of them all: HE’S NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TODAY!! Can Dante manage it all?

Clerks is one of the first independent films I have ever viewed and actually pushed me to watch more and more independents. This review is based after viewing Clerks a hundred times in the past few years. The humor and dialogue are quite funny (some of the conversations I could totally see my friends and I having). While at the Quik-Stop the story and mishaps are also very entertaining, despite what others may say.  Brian O’ Holloran and Jason Mewes performances are great, perfect examples of childhood friends just hanging out at work.

My issue with Clerks is that the film feels like it drags on forever. I will be watching for what seems an hour and a half and I have been only watching for 30 minutes! That is ridiculous. Also I feel that the film’s story lacks whenever they leave the Quik-Stop or the video store. Not to mention that it slows down even more when they are there. If you are in the mood to watch an incredibly slow yet hilarious movie, watch Clerks.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • Use of a single main location.
  • Dialogue and banter.

CONS:

  • Story becomes uninteresting when not at Quik-Stop.
  • Some annoying reoccurring themes.
  • Slow pacing.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Chasing Amy: Point a Guy in the Right Direction

Hello Everybody! So today’s review is about my favorite romantic comedy, Chasing Amy.

CHASING AMY

TITLE: Chasing Amy

DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith

STARRING:  Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

GENRE: Romantic Comedy

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States

On a whim, I decided to watch one of my favorite films from the 1990s, Chasing Amy.  For someone who has never heard/seen Chasing Amy, I would definitely recommend watching, especially in this day of age. I found that I enjoyed Chasing Amy more now that I understand the culture and other people’s life choices. I was somewhat sheltered going into my teens so it was new to me when I originally watched it in 2000.

     Chasing Amy is a romantic comedy written by Kevin Smith and was released in 1997. It is the third film in the View Askewniverse, following after Mallrats and proceeding Dogma.  The film follows comic book artists and life long friends Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee). Holden becomes attracted to Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) who turns out to be a lesbian.  Holden juggles his friendship with Banky and his feelings for Alyssa throughout the film and ultimately succeeds, but only for a moment.  He tries to salvage what he has left of bother relationships and he fails.

     Alright, so I am going to come right out and say that I may be a little biased, since this isn’t my first viewing.  I consider Chasing Amy to be my favorite romantic comedy. The Ben Affleck (Sorry I mean Batman) and Jason Lee do an awesome job at portraying a childhood friendship. Joey Lauren Adams does a great job coming in and fucking up their friendship.

Chasing Amy has its faults, but overall it is an enjoyable film.

PROS:

  • Analysis of relationships/friendships.
  • Counter Cultures
  • Well written/acted

CONS:

  • Jay and Silent Bob (Except SB’s monologue)
  • Romantic Comedy Cliche’s

SCORE: 7.7 / 10

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Dogma: Buddy Christ, the New Jesus

DOGMA

DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith

STARRING:  Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock

GENRE: Comedy

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United States

Alright Dogma lets do this! Hehehehehe Dogma has to be one of my favorite Kevin Smith films, next to Chasing Amy and Red State. Kevin Smith took his chance with Dogma, despite bad press and death threats, and I am glad that he did. Dogma has to be one of the single best religious satires ever put to film. Whether it is the film’s ensemble cast, hilarious dialogue, or ridiculous plot, there is definitely something to like about Dogma.

Dogma is a story that completely mocks Catholicism in every way shape or form. The film follows two renegade angels Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) as they try to get back into heaven. This would prove god wrong, thus proving God (Alanis Morissete) wrong. In order to prevent this, the “Voice of God” (Alan Rickman) enlists the help of one of Jesus’s descendants Bethany Sloane (Fiorentino) to track down and kill the angels before they reach a church that is celebrating their bicentennial.  In order to help her with her quest, Bethany recruits: two prophets Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), the 13th apostle Rufus (Chris Rock), and muse Serendipity (Salma Hayek). Not just God wants the angels dead though, Lucifer isn’t happy. Banished muse Azrael (Jason Lee) works on hell’s side but for his own scheme.

Alan Rickman with Mother fucking wings!!!!

 In Dogma, Kevin Smith does everything every individual that has ever had to deal with the church wants to do, and this film is a giant middle finger to Catholicism and most religious ideals. For example in the opening scene Loki (Damon) convinces a catholic nun that essentially all religion is explained by Lewis Carol’s Through the Looking Glass. It is funny because the first conversation between Bartleby (Affleck) and Loki is how Loki knows that God exists and that he has stood in his presence. Damon’s response is “I just love to fuck with the clergy man”. Dogma also pokes fun at how the Catholic church changes its principles and practices for newer generations by replacing the Crucifixion of Jesus with a newer version “Buddy Christ”. *As Seen Above*

Dogma is one of those films that is easy to hate. William Donahue, the then current president of the Catholic League openly protested the film for several months and was one of the more vocal opponents against the film. Well guess what? Donahue had never even seen the film. After six months Donahue’s representatives contacted Smith and asked for a special screening. Smith’s response? “So what the hell has he been doing the past six months?” While Donahue wasn’t the only protester, this was to be expected since any film touching on religious sensibilities or doctrine is doomed for criticism.

PROS:

  • Satire of all religions.
  • Ensemble cast.
  • Terrific comedy.
  • Awesome acting performances.

CONS:

  • Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Cheap effects.
  • Drawn out story line.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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