Thursday, June 9, 2016

Chasing Amy

Hey there folks. Sorry about the delay yesterday but migraine day cannot always be altered or able to avoid it. Getting back to our wordsmith, Kevin Smith who managed to create his own comic book series (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob, Bluntman and Chronic) for what is referred as the View Askewverse manages to churn out a romantic comedy with an original idea. An original idea bringing cultures and subcultures together with a fairly objective view. This is Chasing Amy.

Daredevil or Bat-Man?

Comic book writer/artist calm and collective Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dazed and Confused, Mallrats, Going All the Way, Good Will Hunting, Armageddon, Reindeer Games, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Daredevil, Clerks II and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and loud and obnoxious writer/inker Banky Edwards (Jason Lee of Mallrats, Kissing a Fool, Enemy of the State, Dogma, Mumford, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Big Trouble, Clerks II, My Name is Earl and Alvin and the Chipmunks) best buddies for more than 20 years are living the dream that they wanted for so long. Attending a convention for the sake of their book, fellow writer/artist Hooper X (Dwight Ewell of Stonewall, Flirt, Chasing Amy, Kiss Me, Guido, The Waiting Game, Dogma, Intern, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Wheelmen and Street Poet) rouses a room for the lack of African Americans in popular culture of Sci-fi and comics makes like a Black Panther to get his book out there but is as butch as an ice skater's partner.

Amusing scene aside, artist/writer Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams of Dazed and Confused,Mallrats, Big Daddy, Bruno, Harvard Man, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Big Empty, Endure and She Loves Me Not) a smart, funny and very easy on the eyes girl that practically beams as she enters the room. Holden is almost weak in the knees because of this girl and the foursome make their way to a bar for late night celebration. No sooner does Alyssa takes the mic it is pretty clear she is batting for the other team and crushes Holden but he finds himself captivated by Alyssa and the two develop a friendship and hang out. Holden finally breaks down and confesses his love to Alyssa. The two fight but later that evening the two start a romantic relationship.

Yeah I'm dishy.  What's yer point?

Holden now "distracted" by Alyssa means he is not as focused on the book, the cartoon offer and life itself. Banky hates her outright and does not trust her, proceeding to dig into her past finding out her sexual trysts of the day and how that clearly is not something Holden should have to deal with it. Holden is confused, befuddled by Banky and his love for Alyssa.

What is Holden to do? Can he keep both Alyssa and Banky in his life? Is his funny book worth it?

Fun trivia on this film, Chasing Amy is one of Smith's favorite films and Tarantino favorite flick of 1997. Holden and Hooper X are at the music store looking at Cds at Jack's Music Shoppe across the street from Kevin Smith's comic shop, Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash. One of the hecklers at the beginning of the flick, calling Banky an inker as a tracer was played by Casey Affleck, little brother of Ben Affleck.

Back off Batboy, you can't handle all of this.