Whatever's happened to Kevin Smith in the last 15 years—bland studio comedies, misjudged horror movies, a truly bizarre crusade against press screenings—his debut lived up to the hype and more, with a fresh mixture of dirty jokes, wit, and observation. Predating Apatow, its enduring comedy is not raunch but character—Clerks' microcosm is as humanly drawn as that of any natural writer. And he did it on $28,000.
Toronto film fest 94 10am, Kevin Smith is introduced and jovially states 'don't you people have jobs'.90 minutes later came back to an enthusiastic, amused crowd who realized they just saw something special. Great q&a followed. Unfortunately no director has disappointed more since a brilliant debut with each feature being less than the one below save the great "Chasing Amy". "I'm not even supposed to be here today"
The reason I found "Clerks" such a culturally relevant film is not because of the boost it gave to the independent cinema; I think it is an important film because it spoke to a public that was often ignored by the mainstream media: the underachievers, the idiots savants, the guys with high intelligence wasted on pop culture. This film told them, it's okay, keep on talking about "Star Wars", you're not alone.
An absolute classic indie film. It blends humor and everyday interactions seamlessly together. Through simple scenes, meaning slowly arises for Dante, the main character, creating a brilliantly deep message that allows for endless rewatch potential. The ability of this film to transcend genres and convey the struggles of Dante in this purgatory makes it something so much greater than a great comedy. Which it also is.
“Clerks” is the ultimate indie film, both in what the movie is and how it was made. Is an example for the 21st century, where many critics are mistaking “indie” with “hipster” or “artsy”, when many of those so-call indie films are made with a normal buget and with all the best conditions possible. What I admire the most about Kevin Smith’s debut feature is not only the making-of story (man, he worked in that [cont.]