Movie Of The Day: Clerks. (1994)

Note: This marks the first in a series of “Movies Of The Day” that will cover writer/director/actor Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse films, which will be complete in around six weeks.

Made for a little under 30 grand, filmed mostly at night because of day jobs and starring basically some of Kevin Smith’s friends and first time actors, Clerks. is a true independent film, a dialogue-driven comedy inspired by Smith’s own job at the time.

Clerks. tells of Dante Hicks and Randal Graves, two 22 year olds who work next to each other, one at a convenience store, the other at a video rental store. Through the course of a day, Dante has to deal with girl problems, annoying customers, Randal’s unprofessionalism, the two dealers who hang outside, Jay and Silent Bob and of course the fact that he isn’t “even supposed to be here today”.

Clerks. stars Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith himself among others, most of whom are best known for their contributions to subsequent Smith films. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Deauville American Film Festival winners

The 34th Deauville American Film Festival closed yesterday with The Visitor, actor Tom McCarthy’s second film as a writer/director after the well-regarded The Station Agent, winning the top prize.

Also a big winner, Ballast garnered the Jury Prize and the Cartier Foundation Prize. It marks the first feature for art designer Lance Hammer (The Man Who Wasn’t There), who was also awarded directing prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Durban International Film Festival.

Rounding up the winners are the apparently borderline unwatchable Gardens Of The Night from director Damian Harris (Deceived) with the Critics’ Prize and the war drama Johnny Mad Dog from Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Carlitos Medellin) with the Michel D’Ornano Prize

Documentary planned on French President Nicolas Sarkozy

While discussing her well-received Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired at the Deauville American Film Festival, American documentarian Marina Zenovich declared her wish to make a film about current French President Nicolas Sarkozy, saying she found the way he’s trying to change France very interesting, and that there was of course the “soap opera of his love life”.

For those of you not in the know, Sarkozy was first married in 1986, to a wife who bore his two eldest sons. Two years before, as mayor, he officiated at the wedding of the woman who would go on to become his second wife, Cécilia. Cécilia left her husband for Sarkozy in 1988, who divorced his first wife in 1996 and married her the same year. The couple seperated briefly years later in 2005, and for good soon aftre Sarkozy started his presidency last year. Of course, earlier this year, Sarkozy married the Italian former model/current singer Carla Bruni, a rather loose bombshell who’s been with everyone from Mick Jagger to Donald Trump.