Archive for the ‘Aging’ Category

This is the age when you stop discovering new music (NME)

June 20, 2018

NME says at 30.5 years of age you stop discovering new music. Yikes! I think I went a bit longer. I was so into music in my teens and twenties. Then in my thirties and beyond, I let my more music-obsessed friends keep me up-to-date. Since the advent of Spotify and Pandora, I primarily listen to music I’ve loved from previous decades. And I don’t feel a bit of remorse.

Read the full article on NME.
Scan Reel Charlie’s Top Albums of All-Time list from 2014.

Happy listening. And don’t forget to dance a little while you vacuum.


Kylie at 50

May 29, 2018

In the 1980’s, America gave birth to Madonna. Many Americans may not realize it, but for the rest of the world, it’s Kylie Minogue. The Aussie singer’s career spans over three decades. Yesterday she turned 50. I adore her. I have to admit, like most Americans, I came late to the party. It wasn’t until I visited Berlin in the early 2000’s that I caught Kylie Fever. Kylie has no agenda other than making happy music. I was honored to witness her Aphrodite: Live tour in New York City in 2011. The floor was standing only which meant we danced and sang our way through the entire show. Glorious.

It’s hard for me to pick only a few, but here are two of my favorite Kylie songs. Happy 50th Kylie. Welcome to the club.

Catch of glimpse of Kylie’s sweetness as she performs for the GLAAD Awards 2014:

After Forever: Season 1

May 25, 2018

Web series available on Amazon Prime Video, After Forever tells the story of Brian and Jason, a 50-something couple in New York City. I got very excited about this show for various reasons – I’m in the demographic of the previous sentence aside from the NYC and couple thing. Made it through two brief episodes but couldn’t go any further. After Forever lacked substance and wore its heart on its sleeve to the extreme. And one of the actors had trouble emoting naturally. Really wanted to love this. Damn. 2 out of 5. Next.

Mum: Season 1

May 21, 2018

Watched the first two episodes of the British family dramedy, Mum starring Leslie Manville (Phantom Thread, and nearly every Mike Leigh film). Mum is a lovely half-hour show about a newly widowed 60-something woman struggling to find her way after the death of her husband. Mum is quiet and quirky. I wanted to love it more, but it just didn’t grab me like I wanted it to. So I’m saying goodbye. 3 out of 5 for Mum.

Mum is currently available on DVD and Britbox.

100 Men

May 2, 2018

Fascinating documentary currently streaming on Netflix, 100 Men chronicles the ever-changing way gay men look at sex and love through the eyes of filmmaker Paul Oremland’s (Like It Is) list of favorite men. The personal becomes political and historical as Oremland tracks down as many former partners as he can attempting to interview these men about what sex and love has meant to them and how it has evolved with the advent of various political strides during their lifetimes in first world countries around the globe. From the innocence of his experiences as a young man, to the horror of the Thatcher era in Britain coupled with the AIDS crisis, to falling in love for the first time, to finding a long-term partner, to navigating monogamy vs open relationships, to strides in battling HIV and equality for LGBT people, 100 Men takes an intimate look at the life of one man and how that microcosm mirrors the world we live in. At times simple and unsophisticated, Oremland creates an accessible and deeply honest portrayal of an openly gay man and the men he has loved and lusted after during the entirety of his life. Beautiful, celebratory, and kind, 100 Men acts as an archive for a generation of gay men living through the best of times and the worst of times and finding a way to follow their bliss. 5 out of 5.

Watch the trailer for 100 Men on YouTube.

Silver Foxes and My Beautiful Laundrette series (Indiewire)

March 29, 2018

Indiewire reports that two members of the Golden Girls production team are creating a pilot for a show about gay male seniors called Silver Foxes.

And over on the other side of the pond, a television series is being created based on the 1985 film classic, My Beautiful Laundrette starring Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick).

Both projects sound hopeful. Fingers crossed. Read the full articles on Indiewire:
‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Team to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’
‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Show in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani to Star and Co-Write

Grace and Frankie: Season 4

January 28, 2018

Grace And Frankie

Grace and Frankie continues to be a mixed bag for me. Just when I’m ready to give up, something clicks and the stories feel real and I feel a part of the show. Season 4 took its good old-time getting me to that place. Lots of silliness mixed with awkwardness. At the very least, the balance between the girls, the kids, and the ex-husbands seems to flow better each season. There’s even room for additional characters – boyfriends, thrupple potential, kids’ partners, along with oddballs and girlfriends. All in all, I enjoy the show. It just never seems to bowl me over like it finally did in Season 2. I gave the show a 4 out of 5. Seasons 1 & 3 each got a 3 out of 5. Same for this season. Wondering where they might head next.

Bruce Gray: 1936 -2017

December 16, 2017

Bruce Gray and Peter Paige in Queer as Folk (2002)

One of the best things about the American Queer as Folk television series was Emmett Honeycutt played to perfection by Peter Paige. And one of Emmett’s best stories centered around a love affair with an older man, pickle king George Schickel played by Canadian actor Bruce Gray. Emmett’s embrace of an intergenerational relationship was not only a first for television, show producers handled the story with grace, joy, and sexiness. Out of all of Emmett’s relationships, I think warm thoughts when I remember Emmett and George together. Actor Bruce Gray died this week at the age of 81. That made him 66 when he played George on QAF. Peter Paige was 33 at the time. So yes, there was an actual age difference. But what a lesson for all of us in the power of love at any age. Queer as Folk continues to be one of my all-time favorite television shows full of ground-breaking stories for the LGBTQ community. When I reviewed Season 2 on Reel Charlie, “And my favorite plot line of the entire series… Emmett meets George.  Short but oh so sweet is their love story.” Emmett and George’s love will live on forever. Thanks Bruce Gray.

Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic

November 28, 2017

I loved Barbra Streisand when I was young. Then I went through a period of my life where I didn’t listen to her music for a long time. When Spotify rolled around a few years ago, I rediscovered the magic and fell back in love again with her exquisite voice. So for me personally, the new Netflix concert tour, Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic doesn’t quite live up to the original recordings. I’m certainly not criticizing Barbra for performing. I think she sounds amazing at her age. I would simply prefer to listen to the originals when her voice was truly a powerhouse. The concert felt a bit tepid to me. Substantial but tepid. And her face work. I wonder if it was temporary work and not permanent? I hope so. I’d like to see these performers with some wrinkles to prove they’ve paid their dues. Meanwhile, I will love Barbra Streisand’s recordings and say I only got through half of this concert. Still it’s Streisand, so 3 out of 5.

Transparent: Season 4

October 1, 2017

“Sleep and I shall soothe you, calm you and anoint you…”

Who knew the Pfeffermans were as obsessed with Jesus Christ Superstar as I was when I was a little boy. And they remember the words to the songs after all these years. Even Maura’s sister! Such a magnificent and glorious television series Transparent continues to be. Is this the most loving, dysfunctional family you’ve ever met? Does yours rival them? Mine sure doesn’t. Which is probably why I love watching them tick. This season the family connects with their spiritual and social roots on a trip to Israel. Every one comes together and then proceeds to find their own corner and take some time out to contemplate life: Josh at meetings, Sarah with Len, Ali at the farm, and Maura and Shelly meditating in the midst of the chaos. The only logical family member of Maura’s who gets any back story time this season is the luminous Davina, my favorite non-Pfefferman. We dig deeper into Davina’s past to find her vulnerabilities. I love Davina even more after this season. She is the heart, soul, and calm of the show. Alexandra Billings brings nuance and wisdom to the role. Can’t say enough how much I adore Transparent. 5 out of 5 for this family ensemble.

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