Kevin Smith played a big part in my high school and college life. So, when I read a tweet of his today, my heart sank a little bit. At only 47 years of age, one of my favorite directors/writers/actors had a massive heart attack following a stand-up show on Monday and he tweeted the following picture:
After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground! pic.twitter.com/M5gSnW9E5h
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018
Surprisingly, though, after I brought it up with my friends, they mentioned that they had never seen a Kevin Smith movie before in their lives. So, in case you need some good vibes this week and haven’t seen any Kevin Smith movies yet, either (or just want to rewatch them); here are some of his movies that we think you should check out.
5 Kevin Smith Movies You Should Watch for Some Good Vibes
Don’t be fooled by the black-and-white-ness of this movie. It actually came out in 1994 and was written and directed by Kevin Smith. It is the first movie of his View Askew films and follows the lives of two store clerks and their friends going through nine scene breaks that are meant to signify the nine rings of hell from ‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri (the main character is named Dante for that reason).
Though admittedly not my favorite on the list, it helps to watch it because you will get to know more of the characters in it in his other movies.
Get to know more of the characters of the View Askew Universe in ‘Mallrats’. This movie is much more relatable to people than ‘Clerks’ as you follow two best friends who go to the local mall after their girlfriends break up with them… for, well, quite relatable reasons.
Even Stan Lee makes a cameo in this one!
Chasing Amy (1997)
‘Chasing Amy’ goes down a completely different route compared to the first two movies. While the first two were more of comedies, this is the first romantic comedy by Kevin Smith. It follows the story of a male comic book artist who falls in love with a lesbian.
If you love Ben Affleck and you love rom coms, this might be the movie you should start with. While it has a different feel compared to the rest of the movies in the View Askew universe, it’s still one of my favorites – and not just coz of Ben Affleck.
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The most fun thing about ‘Dogma’ for me is definitely its star-studded cast. Get ready see a lot of familiar faces in this one. While also a comedy, ‘Dogma’ also falls into the realm of fantasy. The story follows the lives of two fallen angels who try to get back into heaven after God kicks them out. Of course, they cannot do that because if they succeed at doing so, it would prove that God can be thwarted and all creation would be lost. As such, a few prophets try to stop them… it’s a whole lot of fun to watch, if even just for the cast alone – trust me!
This movie was a bit controversial when it came out, especially within the Catholic community; but if you keep in mind that it’s just a movie and was made for laughs, you are sure to enjoy it.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ is my favorite movie in the View Askew universe, mostly because Kevin Smith himself finally has a much bigger role in it. That aside, it’s also the most stupid movie out of all of the other movies in here and I think that at the time that I first watched it in college, it was exactly what my mababaw self needed. The movie follows the lives of, well, Jay and Silent Bob who set out to demand royalties for a film that is being made based on a comic book in their likenesses.
There are a lot of great cameos in this one, too!
There are other movies out there by Kevin Smith, including ‘Jersey Girl’ and ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno’; but for me, the ones in the View Askew universe with these particular cast members are definitely the most memorable ones and the ones worth watching.
And in case you end up liking these, you’ll be excited to hear that a Jay and Silent Bob sequel might be coming soon! Snootchie bootchies, baby. Snootchie bootchies!