Mary Harron: A Favorite Director I Didn’t Even Know I Had
In the interest of blogging more frequently, I’d like to announce the start of the XX Saturday matinee. XX refers to the chromosome, because this series features All Lady Directors, All the Time. The next few weeks will be devoted to Women of Action. If you have any suggestions, please pass them on.
Kathryn Bigelow isn’t the only lady who kicks ass at helming movies about characters kick other people’s asses. There’s a long line of women out there who do gripping work in the Action genre. Now, I realize that drawing attention to the “femaleness” of a director is somewhat problematic… This is exactly why I would like to draw attention to Mary Harron. Over the years, I’ve watched everything she’s done without ever consciously attaching a gender pronoun to her work. I am still haunted by American Psycho 5 years later. It is high time I do a critical analysis to figure out if the secret to film’s staying power is locked in it’s art and/or form.