Jeffrey’s Film Queue: Mar. 7th – Mar. 13

Well, would you lookie here? Looks like we got 3 writers, writing 3 Film Queues, with only 3 movies seen this week. An unholy trifecta. Hail, Satan!

Anyways, movies.

Clerks. (1994)
Directed by Kevin Smith

Shit. I really didn’t want to like this movie. Everything I read about Kevin Smith just makes me passionately dislike the guy.

[My note: How do you PASSIONATELY DISLIKE something? Are you just being a coward and avoiding saying “hate”?]

Yes, I have a bit of a contrarian streak, and while I hate feeding into that, part of me was looking to troll some Smith fans (Chris, you son of a bitch, if you’re reading this, you know I mean you!). But, fuck, Smith continues his own streak of consistently disappointing everyone by delivering one of the greatest films of the 90s. A lot of the support for that statement is, admittedly, based on hindsight, but that fails to diminish Clerks. startling freshness. Yes, we had seen the “slacker” subculture depicted on film before, but no other quite captured the day-to-day monotony of life that inspires such lethargic rebellion.

[My note: You’re pretty proud of yourself for that one, eh? “Lethargic rebellion”, huh.]

True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott

Going back a year, the indie scene’s biggest success story was only just beginning his meteoric rise.

[My note: Uggghhhhhhhh.]

Quentin mother fucking Tarantino wrote the screenplay to this shit, but motha fuckas with dicey ass fingers wanted to chop that shit up and make it more linear. So, I’m like, man, this shit is so good in its bastardized form, how amazing do you think Tarantino would have made the material? It’s Tarantino’s take on a romance movie! It’s so fun to think about where Tarantino would have shuffled his five acts.

[My note: This is a bad idea, man. You gotta just stop.]

Unfriended (2014)
Directed by Levan Gabriadze

That guy’s last name is just letters.

[My note: Yup, this is what’s it come to.]

Yeah, I watched this movie willingly. Yeah, I think it’s actually good. No, I’m not trippin’ out. I’m serious. The movie works. How it does so, I legitimately want to study. Even though Open Windows (2014) kind of beat this movie to the punch, Unfriended still explores some thrillingly interesting material. Firstly, it’s reliance on audience familiarity with communication technology is fundamental  to it’s ability to work. This is brand placement used for the purpose of streamlining movie-audience communication. There are no generic software names replacing the trademarked “Skype” or “YouTube”, so the audience never once questions the function of these programs. It is an epic of information that is summarized in a brand. That’s some nefarious shit.

[My note: Fuck it, I’m sold. And the movie?]

It’s O.K. Kills are creepy. Story’s kind of dumb though.

[Admin’s Note: Seems like I have to find out why there are Jeff’s own personal/editor notes among his own writing. If only he was able to write it in his own article. Oh wait.]

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