Archive for the ‘Asian-American’ Category

Strike a Pose

May 28, 2017

An honest and raw examination surrounding the aftermath of fame. Strike a Pose follows former back-up dancers to Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition Tour who were also in her film, Truth or Dare. Fame is a tricky experience to deal with, at least from my distant observation. Fame can empower you, fame can indulge you, fame can consume you. And fame can give you the worst crash of your life. So we hear stories of the seven male dancers who became symbols of freedom and self-expression at a very early age. Something none of them signed up for. What they did sign up for was to dance and dance they did. But the film of the tour, Truth or Dare exposed their personal lives. Most of the dancers were fine with that, a few were not. After the tour, three of the dancers sued Madonna. One of them died from AIDS. Two of them are long-term HIV survivors. All of them have struggled with how to live in the world after riding that magic carpet with her Madgesty. For those who hunger for more than superficial glamour, Strike a Pose provides a truthful glimpse into the lives of these talented men. 4 out of 5.


Orange is the New Black | Season 5 Official Trailer (YouTube)

May 11, 2017

I’m taking my time absorbing the second season of Sense8 slowly and methodically. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer for Season 5 of Orange is the New Black.

Orange is the New Black: Season 5 (teaser trailer)

February 11, 2017

Fifteen seconds of teasing from Litchfield Prison and Season 5 of the luscious Orange is the New Black. Release date: June 9, 2017. Watch the teaser on YouTube.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

November 24, 2016

whats-cookingI certainly have many things to be thankful for this year – great friends, an amazing family, a fantastic job in a career that helps the disenfranchised and people at risk, wonderful co-workers, a healthy body that responds to exercise, doctors and medical staff who keep me humming after all these post AIDS crisis years, and the 63,620,704 people who voted for Hillary Clinton to be president.

Now more than ever it’s important I keep myself glass half full. There is so much to do in the next four years. Meanwhile I realize it’s Thanksgiving. Many of you will be home with family and friends. I wish you a calm, happy, foodie day. And afterwards, if you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving movie, consider What’s Cooking. It’s very American and very ethnic. Which is very American. Now more than ever.

Read Reel Charlie’s review of the perfect Thanksgiving film: What’s Cooking.
What’s Cooking is currently streaming free on Amazon with a Prime subscription. Or rent it for $3 from Apple, Google Play, Vudu, or Microsoft. See all your choices here.

Mess (Web Series)

October 31, 2016

Mess is a brand-new web series about gay male Millennials in NYC navigating sex and HIV. Using Vimeo, producer Jason Lee Courson showcases a multi-racial group of young gay men figuring out life and love in the Big Apple. Did that sound corny? Didn’t mean it to be. I’m not sure I need to continue watching, but I hope it speaks to younger gay men. 3 out of 5. Click to view Mess: Episode 1.

Margaret Cho: Psycho

October 16, 2016

margaret-cho-psychoMargaret Cho’s 9th comedy tour, PsyCHO produced for Showtime has made its way to Netflix. I remember laughing so hard in the movie theater over I’m the One that I Want, I thought I was going to get kicked out. Luckily the guy behind me was howling just as bad. I saw Cho live in NYC post-9/11. It continues to be one of the highlights of a handful of brilliant performances I’ve seen in my lifetime. PsyCHO isn’t the pinnacle of Margaret Cho, but her heart and passion are as strong as ever and with age brings more wisdom. Cho is fearless and envelope pushing and speaks out more for gay rights than most gay people I know. She continues to be a true trail blazer and PsyCHO punctuates some perfect comedic moments for Cho during this 2016 tour special. Margaret remains funny as hell while taking no prisoners. I love this woman. 3.5 out of 5.

Star Trek Beyond (IMAX 3D)

August 11, 2016

star trek beyondFinally saw my first modern 3D film. Star Trek Beyond certainly doesn’t break any new ground. If anything, the producers take a safe brand and use the film to set up sequels which will take them beyond 2016. Idris Elba plays Krall the evil villain. Lots of ship crashes, warfare, with only moments – split seconds really of humanity. Star Trek could be so much more than what it has become – another blockbuster Hollywood vehicle. It takes more than a glimpse of showing us Sulu is gay to get it through the thick skulls of our current humans that we all have to work on this planet’s future together. Meanwhile, Star Trek Beyond wasn’t awful. It was simply predictable and static. Nothing really happened. Perhaps that was the point. The effects were fun in IMAX 3D but I felt they could have used them more effectively. Delicate 3D could have proved more spine-tingling that massive destruction 3D. But that’s just me. 3 out of 5 because I have a soft-spot in my heart for the franchise.  I still miss TNG.

We Are America ft. John Cena | Love Has No Labels | Ad Council

July 7, 2016

This new PSA makes me love John Cena even more than I already do. Where oh where is his single, gay male doppelganger? From the Ad Council,

To love America is to love all Americans. John Cena takes a break between dropping body slams to drop some truth – that patriotism is more than pride of country, it’s love beyond labels.

Watch Cena’s Ad Council PSA on patriotism and diversity over at YouTube.


Orange is the New Black: S4 trailer

May 15, 2016

Netflix has released the dark Orange is the New Black trailer for season 4. I’m already loving the tone. Excited for a new season featuring a for-profit prison story line with 100 new inmates including Blair Brown (Molly Dodd!). Tight quarters indeed! From YouTube,

The Fosters: S3 (part II)

May 3, 2016

fosters s3bBreezed through the second half of Free Form’s (formerly ABC Family), The Fosters season three thanks to Netflix. This is such perfect comfort food for me. Yes, it’s formulaic. But it’s taken a tried and true formula and made it honest and contemporary. The kids do bad things and pay the price. Stuff happens that is out of anyone’s control. I particularly appreciated the candor with which The Fosters dealt with breast cancer this season. Honest, informative, and expecting the audience to understand anatomy and sexuality. The parents aren’t asexual lesbians, nor are they perfect lesbians. The still have passion as well as the ability to learn how to be better partners for each other. And the kids also navigate their sexuality amidst romance and heartbreak. The new Jesus certainly nods to Bewitched and Roseanne, but with breast cancer and broken foster care system, this is no Brady Bunch. The Fosters is fresh, honest, and modern – a very 21st Century family show. 4 out of 5 for this lovely and addictive series.

Read Reel Charlie’s review of The Fosters: Season 3 (part I).

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