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.

Read more

CLERKS III – Review by Martha K Baker

Clerks III asks audiences to see that slackers can go deep. It’s a trudge. For the cast of characters to be more than foul-mouthed, testosteronic, and imbecilic buds, Kevin Smith asks audiences to allow for them to consider Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Longevity. Smith wrote and directed Clerks III in the New Jersey convenience store, Quick Shop, where it all began.

Read more