I reckon our feedback should be in the spoiler thread...
Clerks. (Kevin Smith, 1994, 92 min)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994, 154 min)
It is hard to believe both Pulp Fiction
were released in 1994. I remember the excitement of being in the theatre during the opening credits of Pulp Fiction
that carried for the film’s duration; I also remember the screening of Clerks.
in a University Film Society, a near-full house of excitement, though I don’t remember feeling it. In the past 10+ years, I’ve seen Pulp Fiction
a handful of times and it never gets old, I’m not sure I’ve watched Clerks
more than once in the interim.
At a fairly tight 154 minutes, Pulp
grooves with solid acting, snappy dialogue, a great soundtrack, very nice production values, and a fun elliptical construction. Clerks.
wallows in its poor acting, frequently obnoxious script, and sometimes poor construction. That said, Tarantino’s stories are hip while being seemingly devoid of substance, filled with characters tossing slurs, typically reveling in drugs and violence. Not that there is anything with the drugs and violence, I just can’t figure out what is going on with it.Clerks.
is filled with Smith’s typical sex and relationship banter, and loaded with various homosocial relationships. Smith explores friendships and community, nicely positing the Quick Stop as a public square where social and political issues are debated between employees, friends and customers. Of equal interest is that Dante and Randal have appropriated their places of work for their own purposes. They make their own hours, share the inventory with others while developing the previously mentioned publics. The film posits clerking as a life choice of social value against being trapped in the typical routines of “achievement” and social mobility. All of that along with credit for the DIY aesthetic
I’m totally surprised to be sending Clerks.
onto the next round over Pulp Fiction