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'Clerks III' Will Be Kevin Smith's Swan Song?

One of the first rules of being a filmmaker is not to care what the critics say. Kevin Smith has been breaking that rule for a long time.  Most of his efforts to break away from his View Askewninvers have been failures.  He wasn't happy about it, and he was willing to whine about that to everyone on the net.  Originally, this was going to result in the upcoming Hit Somebody to be his final film, but now it's announced that he will be making a third Clerks film.

As a side note, Hit Somebody is now going to be made as a mini-series instead of a film.

Smith announced earlier on his twitter feed,

Since HIT SOMEBODY is now gonna be a mini-series, yes – that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films… So with the HIT SOMEBODY shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be CLERKS III. 

Let me be straight: I love Kevin Smith.  Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Dogma are three of my favorite films of all time.  But he's proven he really can't function beyond his own little raunchy comedy niche.  His first shot at a serious film, Red State, was one of the worst films of 2011, and what he produced immediately before that wasn't very watchable either.  As such, it's a good idea for Smith to quit before he reaches M. Night Shyamalan levels of public shame.  It's also a brilliant decision for him to end on the series that he'll always be known for.

Reader Comments (1)

One of the worst films of 2011? Are you joking? red state was great. michael parks gave one of the best performances of his career, the camera work was superb, constantly taking the shots that were not only interesting but also helped tell the story in the best possible way, true visual story telling, instead of having a pointless angle for the sake of being "artsy". the pacing was fantastic and the writing was smart, entertaining and very fresh, im so sick of going into movies and being able to predict every plot point, red state did something new, and threw stuff at me i wasnt expecting. the best thing about red state though was that i didnt think about any of that while i was watching it, i got sucked in and just had a great time watching a movie.

to put it bluntly this little post makes you seem petty, you cant say something positive without also making sure you throw in a couple of jabs too, which is at best reaching to seem impartial but in reality, you know that negative comments get views. kevin smith doesnt like critics, get over it, stop crying and stop editorializing every single title and piece of "news" you post on here save it for the god awful reviews,

and also for a frame of reference here are some gems that came out in 2011:
green lantern
drive angry
season of the witch
the green hornet
the dilemma
transformers 3 ....
but yeah im sure red state was one of the worst of em. (since subtlety is clearly lost on you let me specify, that was sarcasm)

Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdan novak

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