The Kevin Smith Ready Reckoner

What's Kevin Smith's best film? Debate rages, but since Simon's the one writing this ready reckoner, his word is law. Until you get to the comments box, of course

Jay and Silent Bob

“I hope you’re going to let him have it with both barrels”, remarked one Den Of Geeker when it became apparent that Kevin Smith was the next subject of our patent-not-pending Ready Reckoner.

Absolutely not. Because Smith is surely the geek’s choice of director. Even if he can’t actually direct very well and falls back on his writing a lot instead. We’ll break this one down into two parts: the films he’s directed, and the films he’s been in. Best get cracking, then…DIRECTED

Clerks

3 out of 5
Ironically, what many consider to be his best is one I never really got into. Ho hum.Mallrats
4 out of 5
In many ways his worst film. But it’s so damn funny I don’t really care. Bring on Mallrats 2, I say…

Chasing Amy

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4 out of 5
Brilliant, and his best outing in the director’s chair to date. Even Ben Affleck can’t put you off it.

Dogma

2 out of 5
Half good fun, half turgid mess. The story of Smith promoting it is better than the film itself.Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
3 out of 5
Again, not great, but packed with fun moments. Made me want to see Good Will Hunting 2Jersey Girl
2 out of 5
A bit of a soppy mess, really. Not terrible, just not, well, anything…Clerks II
4 out of 5
A riot. I know in my heart of hearts it’s weaker than its predecessor, but I just liked it more. Shame on me, right?

ACTED IN (SELECTED)Scream 3

3 out of 5
Crap cameo in a so-so end to the trilogyDaredevil
3 out of 5
Don’t remember him in it, though

Catch and Release

1 out of 5
Crap romantic comedy with death in itDie Hard 4.0
4 out of 5
A really strong blockbuster with, er, Smith by far the weakest linkALSOAn Evening With Kevin Smith
3 out of 5
An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
3 out of 5

You have to wade through a lot of shit, but there’s gold on both of these lengthy DVDs…

Anyway, I’m off on holiday now. Argue away in the comments box, and when I get back, I’m putting Matt Damon into the Ready Reckoner chair…

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