By Bo Nicholson - Managing Editor Pop Culture
Picture credit: Caroline Thompson
Looking for a recommendation? Managing Editor Bo Nicholson has your back, with his picks of the week from both Stan and Netflix!
Chasing Amy (1997)
Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee
Streaming from October 6th
Kevin Smith fans have reason to rejoice as Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Chasing Amy all hit Stan on the same day. While Smith’s debut film, Clerks, earns most of the critical-acclaim Smith receives for its accurate portrayal of slacker culture and lovingly crafted geek references spoken by Dante and Randall, who are both essentially quote machines with the way they pump out well thought-out diatribes, it is Chasing Amy that presents a truly fascinating view of sexuality and love that, despite being made over 20 years ago by a straight, white man, has aged quite well.
Chasing Amy is filled with memorable dialogue, particularly from Jason Lee, who plays homophobic ‘tracer’ Banky Edwards, while Joey Lauren Adams positively steals the show as Alyssa, earning herself a Golden Globe nomination in the process. It’s hilarious, rude, romantic, touching and surprisingly insightful, yet still filled with enough geek references to keep Kevin Smith fans happy. It’s his most complete work, and well-worth your time.
Big Mouth: Season 2
Animated Comedy (Adult)
Starring Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph
Season 1 available now. Season 2 streaming from October 5th
Big Mouth Season 1 is impossibly crude and uncomfortable viewing as it tracks the lives of a bunch of teenagers as they first encounter puberty, which is personified by their very own Hormone Monster, a being that is almost always focussed on sex.
Some pretty interesting territory is covered in the first season, including first loves, first kisses, first times masturbating, first periods (the list, mercilessly, goes on), but beneath the swearing, the sex and the confronting vision of animated teens experiencing these events, there’s a real relatability to Big Mouth.
It certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the way that the show’s writers delicately balance the gross out laughs with the more tender moments is a pretty astonishing tightrope act. I can’t wait to see what Season 2 has in store.
Bo Nicholson is the Managing Editor for Pop Culture at The Pioneer Australia. Despite thinking that he has tremendous taste in all things Pop Culture, he’s ashamed to admit that ‘The OC’ is probably still his favourite TV show to watch and, therefore, asks that you take his opinions with a grain of salt!