Filmmaker Kevin Smith recently tweeted a picture of himself from a hospital bed covered with tubes on Monday (February 26) morning. The 47 year old legend had performed a stand-up show the evening prior, and was due to perform again but cancelled at the last minute.
“The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery – And if I hadn’t canceled the show to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!”, said Smith in a following tweet.
Well praise fucking Jesus this guy is still “above ground”, as I don’t know how I would’ve handled his departure so quick and unexpectedly.
So, in light of the recent news, we figured it was our duty to not only give Kevin our best wishes of a super speedy recovery… but of course, a piece on our 5 favorite Smith films. LOL. Unfortunately, though, we couldn’t find room for Mallrats – Which is a bit of a tragedy in its own right.
5. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
If you were a Kevin Smith fan back in 2001, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back felt like an event of grandiose fucking proportions. Having the hilarious dynamic duo as title characters was fan service of the purest kind. Yes, their antics may be overwhelmingly ridiculous and over the top, but they were still consistently amusing. Hindsight may reveal this roller-coaster of strange stuff, madcap cameos and sheer hilarity as too much of a good thing, but at the time it captured a spirit that Smith has frequently lost sight of since. Applesauce, bitch.
4. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Smith’s most recent success showcases all the writer-director’s best qualities: vulgar with a kindhearted delicacy, frequent callbacks to “Star Wars,” and memorable “out-there” characters. It also very much lives up to the promise of its attention wielding title – albeit with more sensitivity than crudeness – Zack and Miri is a laughter-filled delight from start to finish.
3. Dogma (1999)
In what is probably his most ambitious project, Smith tackles religious doctrines in exactly the manner you’d expect him to – which is why this film is so damn good. It’s kinda shocking Smith even managed to get the movie’s premise produced. As it’s about an abortion clinic worker taking on two dickhead angels, with the help of Jay and Silent Bob while the future of existence is at stake. There are so many laughs, so much depth, and it ends with a bloodbath AND miraculous conception. What more could you fucking want?! BTW, If your answer is Alan Rickman as an angel and Alanis Morissette as God… yeah, there’s that too.
2. Chasing Amy (1997)
This very well may be the best-intentioned Kevin Smith production. An earnest, and heart-in-the-right place drama, Chasing Amy manages to be both a film about nerds and a love story without being cheesy and fucking lame. Affleck and Alyssa Jones make a great on-screen pair (as do Affleck and Jason Lee), and the idea of a man falling for a lesbian gives this film a unique and complex hook that really has no parallel. Something should be said about the braveness of this film’s ending as well, in the sense that it doesn’t give you the satisfaction of the leads staying together and living happily ever after. This ain’t fuckin’ Disney, baby. Also, Silent Bob’s surprising monologue remains a huge highlight, while Joey Lauren Adams delivers one of the best performances of the 90’s. Wait what? Yeah I said it.
1. Clerks (1994)
Did you really expect anything else? To be quite frank, I don’t think #1 can be even argued. One of the greatest comedies of ALL-TIME, Kevin Smith’s casual, rapid-fire indie debut is a film that will be revered for as long as movies are in existence. The set up is so simple, but the execution is so god damn flawless. It’s literally two clerks and a couple of stoners getting into some pretty weird situations, all the while capturing a moment in time. Smith is essentially shooting some things he thought would be funny, after hours in his own place of work, with a camera he could only afford by maxing out credit cards. It was filmmaking, comedy and passion, signified in the highest realm. Yes, the movie consists of people sitting around… talking about “stuff”, but you’re never the slightest bit bored with the lack of action. Instead, somehow, you become vehemently engaged until the end credits role – That’s the magic of Smith’s script. It’s so funny and so fucking relatable that it doesn’t matter that the film is black and white, or that the cast were all random unknowns. This film is so easy to devour and enjoy, as its become a gateway drug into indie movies for a lot of people. Watching Clerks is like making a friend that you want to meet up with again and again, even when he gets hammered and rants about how he did iowaska once in some basement in Bushwick.
By Father Film