CHASING CHASING AMY (Tribeca 2023) – Review by Beth Accomando

Twelve-year-old Sav Rodgers watched Kevin Smith’s 1997 film Chasing Amy and fell in love with it. The experience became the topic of a TED Talk in which Rodgers recalled being gay-bashed: “See, it sucks when everyone else knows you’re queer before you do. Because then you don’t have anything to protect yourself with.” But Rodgers found comfort in Smith’s film, which had an appealing pop culture backdrop and served up an unconventional romance in which a heterosexual man is rejected by a lesbian. This documentary is about Rodgers’ obsession with something that changed his life, an analysis of the film, an exploration of why many in the LGBTQ+ community do not like it, Rodgers’ own coming to terms with his queerness, a general consideration of what makes for good representation, and ultimately a coming-of-age story for Rodgers as a transgender filmmaker.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 10, 2019: Mary Harron’s CHARLIE SAYS

motw logo 1-35Bringing a female gaze to one of the 20th century’s most notorious criminals and the influence he exerted over his zealous followers Mary Harron’s Charlie Says is a compelling look at the power of community and the need to belong. By focusing her film on the women around Charles Manson, rather than directly on Manson himself, Harron shows us how that need can lead to delusion, denial, and destruction.

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Mary Harron on THE NOTORIOUS BETTY PAGE – Rebecca Murray interviews

Mary Harron continues to tackle edgy subject matter. In The Notorious Betty Page, she the story of one of the most fascinating pin-up girls in American history to the big screen. Starring Gretchen Mol as the legendary 1950s model who made a name for herself in fetish poses, the film follows Page’s transformation from the daughter of conservative religious parents to aspiring actress to the vibrant young woman whose provocative photos graced the pages of men’s magazines and made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography.

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