Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Movie: Clerks 2 (2006)

A genuinely pleasant surprise. Kevin Smith’s follow up to the movie that put him on the map is, as expected, impressively raunchy and filled with dense, hyperactive talk. But the saga of Dante and Randal ten years later is also sweet in its own twisted way. What’s more, it spells out a message about life and expectations in a service economy that frequently crops up in books and blogs, but is seldom heard in movies. All that and a musical number to boot. Nice work, lunchbox.

I want all the available footage of Rosario Dawson dancing to the Jackson 5 on the DVD. I don’t care if there’s four hours of it. (Then again, we’re talking about Kevin Smith here. Everything goes on his DVDs.) I like how the clean-and-sober Jay sounds like Peppermint Patty’s friend Marcie.

Trevor Fehrman walks off with the movie as the kid who’s into Jesus and the Transformers in equal measure. The other day at the gym some joker put on The Transformers soundtrack. I had to work out while listening to ‘The Touch,’ also known as Dirk Diggler’s would-be breakout hit in Boogie Nights. Considering the amount of pain, there’d better have been commensurate gain, that’s all I can say.

Miscellaneous: The YouTube Relic of the Day

Years ago, I made peace with the fact that I would probably never see Otto Preminger’s Skidoo, so the trailer, via BoingBoing, will have to suffice. The movie’s about ... why not let Sammy Davis, Junior, Frank Gorshin and Dr. Timothy Leary explain?