In the 90's Kevin Smith was a household name, with his 1994 smash indie hit Clerks
, and several other less prominent, but equally well-done films like Mallrats
, and Chasing Amy
. Several less important Jay and Silent Bob movies later (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
felt like Kevin Smith trying to write all of his friends into a movie he didn't really care about) and Smith has shrunk from the national stage somewhat. However, it wasn't until the brutal critical backlash for his movie Cop Out
, with Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan, that he decided to officially hang up his stirrups in the mainstream market. Frankly, I'm glad to hear it. There are some artists that get into the mainstream of popular acclaim (and criticism) and fade with their follow-ups, and others than cave to what's trending and lose the very quality that made them great in the first place. I don't see Smith as either of these, but as someone that needs to be on the fringes because that's just where he belongs. I don't see Clerks
being the product of anything but someone on the outside, not bothering to look in.