So, wow. Apparently I’m a dick for ignoring all the Kevin Smith stuff I’ve heard over the years, and dumb for never managing to catch any of his flicks in the cinema. I mean wow, I sorta knew, but can’t believe I missed it.
Fantastic. We just watched Mallrats and Chasing Amy (reviews for both soon). Superb. I love the dialog, the style, the control and the pitch. I can’t believe a single director has so far gotten me to watch four love stories and love them all (clerks, clerks ii, mallrats and chasing amy).
Kevin Smith wrote this in a reflection on Mallrats,
See, I grew up on those movies; all through the eighties, it was stuff like ‘Porky’s’, all the John Landis flicks, and the twisted classical tragicomedy ‘The Last American Virgin’.
And John Hughes movies.
I was there, right next to him, watching that stuff with him. National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller, Stripes, Weird Science. It’s part of me too, part of my love of cinema and movies. I can watch Animal House a hundred times and never get tired. I can watch John Belushi a thousand times and never get tired. I can watch John turn around on that ladder and waggle his eyebrows at the camera and laugh, every, single, time.
Kevin Smith’s Mallrats is a brilliant homage to those movies, his performance at the end of Mallrats is a brilliant homage to Belushi in Animal House.
Kevin Smith – I’m sorry I missed your previous movies in the cinema. I’m sorry this blog post reads like a wet fanboy love letter. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you man, when you needed me. I’ll try harder, I promise.