Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A-Z #46: Clerks

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#46 - Clerks 

Why did I buy it?

This, I believe, is not a classic. I know people would argue it is and I understand its significance to some extent but lets be honest: Its is only relevant to that small cult-following and indie-lovers. Fact is, I bought it as I believed initially that it is a 'classic' - right up there with Sex, Lies and Videotape and Reservoir Dogs. Its semi-important. I mean, they released a triple-disc 'X' version with multiple edits... that must mean something...

Why do I still own it?
Because I am a 20-30-something. That means that I can appreciate the banter - the Star-Wars-references, the retail-"how-did-I-end-up-in-this-dead-end-job" experience. I get it and I can relate but I have major concerns as it does seem to drag on a fair bit. It becomes a little random - as if Kevin Smith thought "hey! lets play Hockey on the roof!". Its nice to see something so small become so successful - but there are better examples in Dead Man's Shoes, Shallow Grave and Blood Simple. I like it and 'get it', but I sure as hell don't obsess over it.
Am I basically saying I hate it - and therefore should sell it? Or is it actually a 'classic' (whatever that means)?

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  1. I'd sell it. The film has aged poorly, if you ever wish to wax nostalgic you could always rent it.

  2. I’d keep it. I’m a big Smith fan, and while I don’t know if it’s a classic alongside something like RESEVOIR DOGS, I still think it’s got plenty of funny moments

  3. It has aged poorly! But, I think, this 'definitive' collection at least details the few credible things about the film... I wouldn't be suprised if, in due course, it will be outdated. I need to give it a thorough watch and watch CLERKS 2 - to really make a decision!

  4. yeah, those funny moments are few and far between. it always feels like they think they are alot funnier then they actually are. The tall fella really grates with his excpetionally-bad-taste-jokes-delivered-in-normal-tone-of-voice 'gag'.


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