(The scene begins outside of a door, which leads to a phone ringing as James tumbles out to answer the phone in Black and White.)

Hello? What? No, I just came off a 69-hour shift getting everything done for the end of 2023. I’m taking a day off to sleep. Why don’t you call Rowdy? Because I’m fucking tired! I don’t have the energy today. Okay, fine, Chad, I’ll be there by eight-thirty AM! Swear, I swear it. If I’m not, you can cancel the whole thing. That was your plan from Day one of joining me, wasn’t it? Just shut up, and I’ll be there. (James shuts off the phone as it cuts to a black screen with the words “The Last Of The Americans’ Kevin Smith Marathon” and the song “Clerks” by Love Among Freaks” plays throughout the foreground of the intro then cuts to James as he gets ready then cuts to the names on a black screen “James Faraci, Paulo Fonseca, Brenda Fonseca, Rebecca Yaun, Nick Yaun” on a black screen then cuts to James as he gets ready even further by having breakfast then cuts to the names “John Ross Santos, Mike Santos, Andrew Beach, Ed Champion” on a black screen then cutting to James getting his ride to his studio as he gets chewed out and walks out to the front of his studio then cuts to the names “Eric Kurtzke, Renee Miller & Olivia Horvath” on a black screen as it then cuts to James as he turns on the lights for another year of reviews then cuts to the words “Executive Producers: James Faraci, Paulo Fonseca, Rebecca Yaun, Olivia Horvath” on a black screen then cuts to James as he notices that he is out of newspapers and pays for a load with change at a newspaper dispenser and surprisingly gets the exact change back. Then finds his usual sign unavailable and makes one from Shoe Polish and a white tarpaulin, which he straps to the front of the building as it cuts to “Editing by Eric Kurtzke and James Faraci” on a black screen, then jumps to James feeling exhausted then cuts to “Written and Directed by James Faraci” on a black screen then cuts to the sign made by shoe polish saying “I assure you, we will get through 2024!” Then, cutting to the words “The Different Cuts of “CLERKS,” then cutting to James as he adjusts the camera to film in color.)

I’m James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and the views I’m about to express are that of my own and some of yours. And this year, we’re starting off with “The Different Cuts”

(Whistling version “The Lumberjack Song” is heard as the scene cuts to Team TLOTA dressed as Lumberjacks see a gigantic piece of film celluloid and James chops it down and the other members cut it to different lengths and on the ends sticking out of the back of the truck the words “The Different Cuts” are seen in differing syllables. as it cuts to clips of “CLERKS” and James does a voiceover.)

When it comes to it, “CLERKS” is that Great American independent film. It was made on the budget of, I’d have to say, three months’ worth of groceries by today’s standards. And there’s a charm to it. I’ve loved this film since I first saw it. It made me believe That I could become a filmmaker, and given everything I’ve been through, it’s clear that it’s not happening in this lifetime. However, the version we saw was basically the edited version. And the version Kevin Smith originally directed was shown once, and someone there said to a monstrous piece of shit, “With some edits, we got ourselves a hit!” and it is to this day. (Cut to James physically.)

However, because he did release those scenes as deleted scenes on the DVD, and then for the tenth anniversary DVD and Blu-ray home market releases, the original cut is also available with the theatrical cut as well as subsequent releases on the home market, which makes it worthy of “The Different Cuts.”

Which Cut Deserves to be here?

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