LGBTQ Film and Television History (SlideShare)

October 28, 2016

I updated my presentation I gave at Fairfield University last Spring for a program I did here at Fairfield Public Library on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Connecticut. LGBTQ Film and Television History is a great introduction to the many films that despised and eventually celebrated our culture. Many of these films I have reviewed here on Reel Charlie. The PowerPoint is available on LinkedIn and SlideShare. Feel free to have a look below.

Today in TV History: The Great Pumpkin Messed with the Heads of Local Children (Decider)

October 27, 2016

great-pumpkinFrom Decider,

Of all the great things about television, the greatest is that it’s on every single day. TV history is being made, day in and day out, in ways big and small. In an effort to better appreciate this history, we’re taking a look back, every day, at one particular TV milestone. 


WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: After the success of A Charlie Brown Christmas the year before, the Peanuts gang was back for another TV special. This one featured some of the old standbys, including Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown, Snoopy’s adventures as the World War I flying ace, and Sally’s crush on her sweet babboo Linus. But besides Charlie Brown’s sad-sack efforts to go out trick-or-treating (“I got a rock”), It’s the Great Pumpkin belongs to Linus.

Happy 50th Birthday, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Read the full article.

More LGBTQ Film History Anticipation

October 27, 2016

So it was sleeting this morning here in CT. Which doesn’t bode well for people coming out to an evening program. Fingers crossed that we have some brave film lovers who will zip over to the library tonight to hear my program on LGBTQ Film and Television History.

In honor of the week’s events, I thought I’d post a link to my favorite gay male film. Maurice. Last time I watched it was June 2015. It continues to take my breath away. Thank you E.M. Forster. Thank you Merchant Ivory. A love letter to a better time. That time is now. A perfect love story for 2016.


Almost Everything And Nothing Has Changed In First ‘Gilmore Girls’ Trailer (Huffington Post)

October 26, 2016

Huffington Post has the new trailer for the first Gilmore Girls reunion premiering in the U.S. November 25, 2016 – the day after Thanksgiving. So excited! From Huff Post,

It’s been nine years since we last saw our beloved “Gilmore Girls” and, by the look of the first official trailer for the Netflix revival, almost everything and nothing has changed.

Lorelai and Rory are still wildly unhealthy, Emily can outwit anybody in the room and Luke is as much of curmudgeon as you remember. The biggest difference? Kirk apparently got an invite to Friday night dinner.

See the trailer on YouTube.

Favorite Gay Films & Television Series

October 25, 2016

gay-tvAs I put the final touches on my LGBT Film and Television History talk for Thursday night (10/28/2016), I am reminded of my own lists of favorites many of which I will be sharing.

I try to update my Favorite Gay Films list a few times each year. Added the web series, The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo to the list just now as I re-edited this list:

Favorite LGBT films

The Adventures of Felix (f)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Adored: Diary of a Porn Star (
Angels in America
American Experience: The Stonewall Uprising
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City
Bad Education
Beautiful Thing
Before I Forget
Blue Citrus Hearts
The Boys in the Band
Brother to Brother
The Bubble
But I’m a Cheerleader
Cambridge Spies
Clapham Junction
Chris & Don: A Love Story
The Cockettes
Come Undone
Edward II
Far from Heaven
Five Dances
Free Fall
Gaudi Afternoon
Get Real
Go Fish
Hard Pill
His Secret Life
Hollywood Je t’aime
How Do You Survive a Plague? (d)
I Do
I Killed My Mother
The Imitation Game
The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love
Interior. Leather Bar
Jongens (Boys)
Keep the River on Your Right
The Kids are All Right
The Killing of Sister George
L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake)
Latter Days
Law of Desire
The Legend of Leigh Bowery
The Man I Love
Mary Lou
Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
My Beautiful Laundrette
The Normal Heart
Paragraph 175
Paris was a Woman
Parting Glances
Prodigal Sons
Reaching for the Moon
Save Me
Saved by the Belles
Sex in an Epidemic
Sex Positive
Soldier’s Girl
The Sticky Fingers of Time
Tongues Untied
United in Anger
The Watermelon Woman
We Were Here
Zero Patience

f= foreign language d=documentary

Favorite LGBT Television

F to the 7th
The Fosters
The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo
The L Word
The Normal Heart
Orange is the New Black
The Outs
Queer as Folk
True Blood
Ugly Betty
The United States of Tara
The Wire

You damn well should care about the AT&T and Time Warner deal (Mashable)

October 24, 2016


Cautionary news from Mashable on AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner,

If you’re not a media wonk, it can be hard to really care about things like the $80 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner. But you should. You definitely should.

Time Warner has a lot that TV, movies and sports people love. Enjoy Game of Thrones? TW owns HBO. Like the NBA? TW has that on TNT. Into DC Comics movies? TW owns Warner Bros. movies.

AT&T, on the other hand, mostly operates wireless, telephone and cable networks touching millions of Americans.

These two companies are already huge on their own. Together, AT&T and Time Warner would form one of the most powerful media companies in the world, making a serious impact on the overall market as well as what ends up being offered to consumers.

And there’s more at stake than two major U.S. companies. AT&T wants to buy Time Warner so that it can gear up for the brave new world that we’re all heading toward. Whether we’re (and most importantly whether the federal government is) OK with this deal will be an important decision in how that world is shaped.

Read the full article on Mashable.

LGBTQ History Month: LGBTQ Film and Television: A Brief History

October 23, 2016

Local friends – come here me speak on the history of LGBTQ film and television at Fairfield Public Library. Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. From Facebook,

Our final program for LGBTQ History Month is a trip though movie and television history focusing on LGBT characters and stories on Thursday, October 27th at 7 pm. Join Reference Librarian and Film Blogger Philip Bahr and learn where we’ve come from, where we are now and where we are headed. Register:

What makes a film or television series gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender? The creator? The characters? The plot? Using Vito Russo’s seminal work, The Celluloid Closet as a jumping off point, we will explore the depiction of LGBTQ characters and stories in film and television over the past 100 years. What themes stand out? Which films are must-sees from each decade? And where does television fit into the discussion?

Library: Fairfield Public Library

Presenter: Philip Bahr is a Reference Librarian at Fairfield Public Library.

LGBT Movies Galore: Moonlight, The Handmaiden, and NewFest (Towleroad)

October 22, 2016

From Towleroad and Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience,

If there was ever a weekend to get your gay ass to the movie theaters it’s this one. The choices are suddenly abundant and very pleasurable… at least on the coasts (consider this a November preview if you’re further inland).

This is a crucial moment because we get not one but two new must-see art films, Moonlight and The Handmaiden, which couldn’t be more different but for their immense quality. Together they remind us of the range and diversity and aesthetic power that queer cinema is capable of. They’re also both platform releases and how well such releases do and how many cities they expand to always comes down to us; if we don’t support LGBT cinema we eventually get much less of it.

On top of these two arguably masterworks, those near New York City have even more options because NewFest opens today and runs through the 25th.

Chiron’s first gay experience in “Moonlight”

Read the full article on Towleroad.

NewFest 2016

October 21, 2016


NewFest – New York City’s LGBT Film Festival runs through Monday, October 25, 2016. From NewFest,

Join NewFest for a celebration of the year’s best LGBT films from the U.S. and abroad, as well as parties and events bringing filmmakers and film lovers together for six fun-packed days.

Presented in partnership with Outfest, NewFest’s collection of narratives, documentaries and shorts portrays the diverse and compelling stories from across the LGBT spectrum. With more than 70 films to choose from, post-film talkbacks with cast and crew, celebrity sightings and parties, NewFest 2016 is an event not to be missed!

Check out all the films.


October 21, 2016

I’ve been religiously watching Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show, Chelsea since it premiered this year on Netflix. The format is half-hour, three times a week. The shows air right after they are taped before a live audience, so the content is topical. I loved Chelsea’s documentaries she did for Netflix. I’d never watched her other shows nor had I ever seen her stand-up or read her books. I thought she was a bit too rough for me. But I’ve come to love the Netflix show and Chelsea’s honest, courageous conversation with the world. I especially like her focus on women. The prerecorded comedy skits don’t always work. The interviews (ala Daily Show) work better and the dinner parties are the best. Chunk Handler hands down is the best side kick ever. I talk to him on the TV whenever he’s on camera. Tammy is the sweetest old lady dog. You have to love someone who brings her dogs to work. And takes better care of them than most people treat each other. I love Chelsea’s spirit. Her show Chelsea has been a welcome addition to Netflix and my weekly watch. I hope they do more weekly episodic experiences. 4 out of 5.


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