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Screener Squad: Clerks III

Clerks III Movie Review


Back in 1994, a young Kevin Smith made a black and white indie movie set in a convenience store. Inspired by his life, work experiences, friends, and customers, it became a huge hit — one of the most important independent films ever made — and, ostensibly one of the most frequently stolen rental video tapes ever, back when we had video stores and rental videotapes. Nearly 30 years later, after a progressive decline in the quality and mass appeal of Smith’s works, in the age of streaming video and legal weed, Smith has returned to that same convenience store in the most Kevin Smith way possible: making a (partially) black and white indie movie set in a convenience store, inspired by his life, work experiences, friends, and customers. TC, Marcos, Ryan, and Lewayne head out to the Quick Stop in New Jersey to hang out with Dante, Randal, Elias, Jay & Silent Bob, and a hell of a lot of, “Hey, it’s –” characters and cameos, as Kevin Smith takes us on one last trip down memory lane ) or until he taps his well of creativity again and has to come back here for Clerks 4 or Jay & Silent Bob Go Hawaiian). So, kick back, drink some beers, shmoke some weed, check out what the guys have to say, and see if you think this is going to be a fitting cap on Smith’s career or if it’s going to be just another one of his dick, weed, and meta reference laden films made for his very specific audience.


DIRECTED BY: Kevin Smith

STARRING: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Amy Sedaris, Austin Zajur, Ben Affleck, Fred Armisen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Buteau, Marc Bernardin, Justin Long




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.



Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)

Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.



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