So with the prospect of joy just around the corner, I am actually feeling pretty good today. Funny how an extra 24 hours of freedom can add so much happiness to your life. A lot of people would just pull a sicky and have an extra day when they felt like it, but I just can't do that. I get wracked with guilt when I have a sick day, even when I am sick, which is the only time that I do have a day off. I just have this insane sense of obligation to my work that makes me feel bad for having any time off, even when I am really unwell. God help me if I ever do get really unwell because I know that I will carting my half dead carcass into work when I should be at home or in a hospital bed. I can see me now rocking up in a gown with a drip still attached trying to explain that I am ready to return.
This sense of obligation and accountability is something that I think my parents instilled into me as a child, because all of my siblings have an incredible work ethic as well. And just like me, they make shitty patients and sick people too. None of us is able to sit still for very long and prefer to be kept busy.
If it wasn't for my obsession with cinema and cheese I would have the same body proportions as Kate Moss I reckon. But thank God I don't because no one wants to be around a skinny nutter that lives to work, doesn't go to the movies or eat camembert, agony!
Release Date: 1994
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 92 mins
Written and directed by Kevin Smith, this shoe string budget comedy, shot in black and white surprised everyone when it grossed over $3 million in theatres, launching Smith's career and making 'Silent Bob and Jay' household names.
It's a day in the lives of two convenience store clerks, Dante and Randal. Whilst giving their half-heart efforts and attentions to their minimum wage jobs, they meet a variety of weirdos and talk at length about relationships and life in general.
The movie is all shot at the Quick Stop, and is completely reliant on dialogue to deliver it's profound message about a mundane life. The black and white filming choice was wise, as it really enhances the colourless and prosaic existences of the characters. This is sharply written, darkly funny and obscenely entertaining stuff. I thought that it was brilliant and that Kevin Smith completely deserved all of the attention that this movie generated for him.
FINAL SAY: This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.
4 Chili Peppers