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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of December 27th – Celebrate the Ultimate ‘Clerk’ in Kevin Smith

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we close out 2021 by feting the ultimate clerk in Kevin Smith. How do we do that, you might ask? Well, the documentary Clerk, about his career, is easily this week’s top pick. What else is hitting shelves as we wrap up the year in home movies? Read on for more in order to find out…

Joey’s Top Pick

Clerk

Clerk

Clerk is one of my favorite documentaries of the year, regardless of my affection for the filmmaker. I know, it seems easy to discount that, but I urge you to look closer. Kevin Smith has proven to be a divisive figure in the industry, but watching this flick, it’s impossible not to appreciate his work. I spoke to director Malcolm Ingram here about it, so you have that option to check out as well. The passion of all involved here is infectious, to say the least. This is some of what I said in my rave review out of SXSW:

Clerk champions Smith, not just as a filmmaker, but as a person, too. Now, the latter is an easy sell, since no one ever has a bad thing to say about him, as a man. However, considering how many discount Smith talents, including sometimes Smith himself, the flick pulls heavier duty there. It does it well, though, presenting the works in a context that highlights why they work, even if they may not have been thought to at the time. Is he a storyteller who’s not for everyone? Sure, but then again, aside from a handful of auteurs, who is?

Also Available This Week

Searchlight Pictures

Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (first time on Blu-ray)

The French Dispatch

Hard Luck Love Song

Mayday

No Criterion releases today. Sorry! Stay tuned for more next week (and next year)…

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