Happy Hump Day Survey!

I can't NOT post some Mallrats.

But I've also got to include this classic clip from Clerks

Obligatory Dawn of the Dead scene:
edit: Oops, sorry Grenn. Didn't see your post before I dropped this in. The video's not NSFW as far as I could see. It's the 'shopping' bit before things go pear-shaped.

And then of course there's Toy Story 2's sequence in Al's Toy Barn:

McIrishJihad wrote:

I can't NOT post some Mallrats.

But I've also got to include this classic clip from Clerks

Those were exactly the two Kevin Smith scenes I considered posting after my first response of The Blue Brothers, but because Mallrats and Clerks are the obvious answers, I tried to think of something else.

So far, The Toy is the only other one I've thought of.

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Thought of another one.

MeatMan already posted the one I had in mind. Gotta love the Blues Brothers.

The Christmas vacation one was totally the first (non Kevin smith) on that came to my mind

My obvious choices are taken, so:

fast times at ridgemont high

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can't believe this has not come up yet.

Nothing like a bit of girl on girl:

McIrishJihad wrote:

I can't NOT post some Mallrats.

I'm a Kevin Smith fan, but I've never gotten the love for Mallrats.

garion333 wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

I can't NOT post some Mallrats.

I'm a Kevin Smith fan, but I've never gotten the love for Mallrats.

Whereas I don't care for Chasing Amy.

Grenn wrote:
garion333 wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

I can't NOT post some Mallrats.

I'm a Kevin Smith fan, but I've never gotten the love for Mallrats.

Whereas I don't care for Chasing Amy.

I think it all goes back to nostalgia. I saw Mallrats first, and some of the catchier dialog still sticks with me.

"3rd nipple, gets them every time!"
"And biggity bam, stage falls down."
"That kid is BACK ON THE ESCALATOR!"
"What, like the back of a Volkswagen?"

Then I got introduce to Clerks, and things went off the rails. I've had a healthy man-crush for Kevin Smith ever since then.

McIrishJihad wrote:

I think it all goes back to nostalgia. I saw Mallrats first, and some of the catchier dialog still sticks with me.

"3rd nipple, gets them every time!"
"And biggity bam, stage falls down."
"That kid is BACK ON THE ESCALATOR!"
"What, like the back of a Volkswagen?"

Then I got introduce to Clerks, and things went off the rails. I've had a healthy man-crush for Kevin Smith ever since then.

"Fly, fatass, fly!"
"You dumb bastard, it's a schooner not a sailboat."
"That *is* a tasty pretzel."
"Come, son of Jor'el. Kneel before Zod! Snootchie bootchies."
"Breakfasts come and go, Renee. Now Hartford? The Whale? They only beat Vancouver maybe once, twice in a lifetime."

Smith scripts are very, very quotable. I find.

"Bitch, you almost made me laugh."

Mallrats could have been Clerks-good if Smith hadn't been saddled with a few actors that couldn't deliver his dialog - the lead in particular. Still, it's the movie that gave us Jason Lee, too, and I've got a lot of fondness for it.

Tanglebones wrote:

Mallrats could have been Clerks-good if Smith hadn't been saddled with a few actors that couldn't deliver his dialog - the lead in particular. Still, it's the movie that gave us Jason Lee, too, and I've got a lot of fondness for it.

Are you telling me Jason Lee was not the lead?

Here's another one if you allow a restaurant as a type of "store".

McIrishJihad wrote:

Then I got introduce to Clerks, and things went off the rails. I've had a healthy man-crush for Kevin Smith ever since then.

That's it! I saw Clerks first and Mallrats is probably a bit of a letdown for someone who watched Clerks over and over again.

I picked a bad week to come late to the party.

Another good one I remembered, and I still haven't cheated (Google) yet.

garion333 wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

Then I got introduce to Clerks, and things went off the rails. I've had a healthy man-crush for Kevin Smith ever since then.

That's it! I saw Clerks first and Mallrats is probably a bit of a letdown for someone who watched Clerks over and over again.

I agree that Clerks is clearly the better movie, but I still enjoyed Mallrats at the time.

MeatMan wrote:
garion333 wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

Then I got introduce to Clerks, and things went off the rails. I've had a healthy man-crush for Kevin Smith ever since then.

That's it! I saw Clerks first and Mallrats is probably a bit of a letdown for someone who watched Clerks over and over again.

I agree that Clerks is clearly the better movie, but I still enjoyed Mallrats at the time.

I recall hearing that Mallrats was intended to be Smith's own variant of a Porky's or similar high school romantic comedy that would become a classic, so it was designed more around a variety of silly and memorable scenes and quotes versus a film like Clerks. It was definitely lighter fare, but the intent was rather successful: there's a lot of smaller and memorable details that perhaps make Mallrats the easiest of his films to reference.

Personally, I've got a soft spot for Chasing Amy, and long ago I loved Dogma, but I haven't watched that since I have gotten older. I'm kind of afraid that, once I watch it again, I'll see just how pretentious and preachy the script really was. Otherwise, Clerks and Clerks II are probably my favorites.

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Now then, because it's been on my mind lately, this was actually the first thing that came to my mind. Probably my favorite film that could be a cult-classic but seems to be lacking in the cult.

I tend to gravitate toward quiet, understated scenes. Little slices displaying reserved, everyday scenarios in which the viewer must challenge themselves to pick up on the filmmaker's subtle nuances.

For these reasons I choose the convenience store scene in From Dusk Till Dawn.

A lot of the ones I'd come up with have been said (can't believe I didn't think of the Wayne's World one!), but these two keep coming to mind:

Garden State
"I'd like to talk to you about an exciting opportunity...that people are talking about!"

No Country for Old Men

Really revisiting Kevin Smith's old movies is a little painful for me now. I can't stand the original Clerks anymore - but it definitely struck a cord with me at the time. Mallrats is a much better movie, the actors are better (professionals) and it shows and the jokes are way funnier - although who goes to Malls anymore? That fact alone makes it a better piece for nostalgia than Clerks.

Meanwhile Clerks II may be his best movie.

This should be in no way be interpreted as Kevin Smith hate, dude has made some great movies and some duds.

Flintheart Glomgold wrote:

Really revisiting Kevin Smith's old movies is a little painful for me now. I can't stand the original Clerks anymore - but it definitely struck a cord with me at the time. Mallrats is a much better movie, the actors are better (professionals) and it shows and the jokes are way funnier - although who goes to Malls anymore? That fact alone makes it a better piece for nostalgia than Clerks.

Meanwhile Clerks II may be his best movie.

This should be in no way be interpreted as Kevin Smith hate, dude has made some great movies and some duds.

I get where you're coming from. For me I think it's very interesting, when I was in high school and college his movies were pretty much universally loved by my peer group. Now I think there's a lot of retroactive hate by folks that are older and more secure in their lives and don't like to be reminded how stupid it is to live in the real world. My favorite of his movies is probably still Dogma, and that one in particular gets a lot of hate from people I know. Who have gotten older and a little more churchy than they used to be back in the day. So it goes.

Also, if you count airports in this hump challenge:

Flintheart Glomgold wrote:

Really revisiting Kevin Smith's old movies is a little painful for me now. I can't stand the original Clerks anymore - but it definitely struck a cord with me at the time. Mallrats is a much better movie, the actors are better (professionals) and it shows and the jokes are way funnier - although who goes to Malls anymore? That fact alone makes it a better piece for nostalgia than Clerks.

Meanwhile Clerks II may be his best movie.

This should be in no way be interpreted as Kevin Smith hate, dude has made some great movies and some duds.

I get where you're coming from. For me I think it's very interesting, when I was in high school and college his movies were pretty much universally loved by my peer group. Now I think there's a lot of retroactive hate by folks that are older and more secure in their lives and don't like to be reminded how stupid it is to live in the real world. My favorite of his movies is probably still Dogma, and that one in particular gets a lot of hate from people I know. Who have gotten older and a little more churchy than they used to be back in the day. So it goes.

Also, if you count airports in this hump challenge:

I do not count airports as a store or mall, but I'll allow it for this sub-survey of Kevin Smith musings

I agree that the experience of watching his movies as a teenager in the 90s when he was new and this sort of cool young face to indie film making it was totally different. I remember being in high school film class hearing about Clerks and all of the kids who really seemed to know about film telling me I just had to watch it. Loved it at the time and still have a lot of nostalgia for those early movies. The acting wasn't great in most cases, but the scripts were funny and somehow combined intelligent observation with crude humor which is a pretty rare combination.