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

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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

13 Tzameti to be remade by original director

Following in the footsteps of Michael Haneke (Funny Games) and the Pang Brothers (Bangkok Dangerous), French-Georgian filmmaker Géla Babluani will remake his 2005 thriller 13 Tzameti in English because American companies can’t be bothered to release a foreign film wide in the US.

One of the most talked about films at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and the 62nd Venice Film Festival, 13 Tzameti follows a young man who steals an envelope cointaining instructions for someone else, which he decides to carry out anyway.

Sam Riley (Control) will portray the main character in the movie, imaginatively entitled 13, that, like the original, will be shot in black and white. You can watch the original movie’s tense subtitled trailer above.

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