This month's pick: Hey Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Selects
Picked by: Claire Frisbie, Digital Media Coordinator
1. Why Hey Girlfriend?
It’s so well rounded, quirky, and smart! From teen camp to Lynchian weirdness, Hey Girlfriend! basically encompasses everything I want to see in film. The music in these films is reason alone to attend the series.
Much of my initial excitement was nostalgia-induced (I could recite the better part of Clueless from memory), but a good number of the films are entirely new to me, including Amy Heckerling’s new gal-pal vampire flick, Vamps, which will be screened as a special sneak preview at the series.
2. What makes it unique?
It’s a film series in anticipation of a TV show (Dunham’s HBO series Girls, premiering April 15)—a nice nod to the recent run of quality television we’ve seen over the past few years, and a wonderful continuation of BAMcinématek’s relationship with Dunham (whose first film, Tiny Furniture, made its NY premiere at BAMcinémaFest 2010).
3. You might like this if you liked:
Tiny Furniture, obviously. But also John Hughes flicks, Heathers, My So-Called Life, David Lynch, Alicia Silverstone, the 90s, intelligent women who also have emotions.
4. Guilty-pleasure reason for seeing the show:
Vamps features actors from two of my current favorite TV shows: Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) and Dan Stevens (dreamy Matthew in Downton Abbey), along with Alicia Silverstone, who’s long been missing in action. Need I say more?
5. Final words:
While these are movies about chicks, they transcend the chick flick label on so many levels. If this is what inspired Girls, I’ll soon be adding another favorite TV show to my list. Hey Lena Dunham, thank you for selecting!