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The 25 Best Showtime Series of All Time (Paste Magazine)

August 2, 2017

Paste Magazine ranks their top 25 favorite Showtime series. And Reel Charlie favs make the cut including,

13. The L Word
9. The United States of Tara
6. The Big C
5. Nurse Jackie
1. Queer as Folk

So happy to see Queer as Folk get its due. Click on the series titles above for Reel Charlie reviews of Season 1.

Read the full article on Paste.
What are you Showtime favorites?

13 Essential LGBT Indies From the Post-‘Brokeback Mountain’ Era (Indiewire)

July 22, 2017

Good mainstream list of LGBT indies (I’d question a few of these titles being called “indies”) released after the success of Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Reel Charlie agrees with the following films from Indiewire’s list,

A Single Man
I Killed My Mother
Laurence Anyways
Stranger by the Lake
The Kids are All Right

Missing from the list in order of release date 2006 –
Ha-Buah (The Bubble)
Avant que j’oublie (Before I Forget)

Clapham Junction
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Were the World Mine
Hollywood je t’aime
Contracorriente (Undertow)
Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats)
Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
I Do
Mommy is Coming
Freier Fall (Free Fall)
Interior.Leather Bar.
Reaching for the Moon
The Way He Looks
Holding the Man
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

Remember these are indie films, so Milk doesn’t qualify for this list.
Does not include documentaries.
Culled from Wikipedia lists.

Read the full article on Indiewire.

The 20 Best Foreign Films On Netflix (Decider)

June 29, 2017

Decider offers you 20 great foreign-language films to add to your Netflix queue. From Decider,

Sometimes, expanding your horizons can be exactly the thing you need to revitalize your Netflix queue, and those horizons can exist all the way across the Atlantic sea. Some of the best films of the last twenty years have come out of countries from all over the world, and luckily, a lot of them are available to stream.

The platform is fully stocked with more options than you could ever imagine; Spanish-language films, Bollywood hits, and Korean horror are just some of the massive selection available to you. You can be in pretty much any mood and find something that will satisfy your streaming needs, and subtitles are bound to fade away as you get sucked into the stunning variety of cultures that await you.

Included in the mix are two gay male films Esteros and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? I’ve add those two plus Asoka, The Propaganda Game, Girlhood, and Train to Busan.

Check out the complete list at Decider.

The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far (New York Times)

June 11, 2017

These film lists, even by film critics are riddled with issues. But they can still be fun to ponder, gleefully clap over, or scream at. Out of the 25 Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott from the New York Times featured, I loved:

Inside Out
Hurt Locker

Above title links are Reel Charlie reviews.

What about you?
Check out the list at NYTimes.





Gay Hollywood – Thursdays in June (TCM)

June 4, 2017

Yikes, this graphic from TCM’s website makes the station’s Pride Month film series very white and male. Surely there could have been some pictures of Dorothy Arzner, Katherine Hepburn or Agnes Moorehead thrown into the mix. And that’s just the first three women I could think of off the top of my head.

Still it’s fun TCM openly celebrates Pride Month with a great selection of films each year.  See the full list at TCM.

RIP Robert Osborne. We miss you.

Happy Pride Month 2017

June 1, 2017

We have a lot to be thankful for this year – a reinvigorated strong commitment to attain global equality for gender and sexuality including,

  1. The Equality March happening in Washington, DC and around the globe on June 11, 2017.
  2. Pride Marches around the globe during June including Norwalk, CT and New York City.
  3. Rainbow Railroad has been working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization currently leading the campaign to rescue those facing danger in Chechnya.

Two years ago Reel Charlie journeyed through 30 films for 30 Days of Gay. Read reviews on all 30 films and series.

See a list of Reel Charlie’s favorite gay (mostly male) films of all time.

Browse through the categories:

Bonne Chance France

May 4, 2017

The French presidential election is this weekend. Here’s hoping our French sœurs et frères (sisters and brothers) don’t make the same mistake England and the United States did with Brexit and the U.S. election. Go Macron!

Emmanuel Macron chose to pose shirtless on the front cover of gay French publication Garcon Magazine in order to counteract Marie le Pen’s rumors that Macron is closeted and his marriage is a sham.

Over the years, Reel Charlie’s reviewed a number of outstanding French films:

La Bûche (The Yule Log)
Avant que j’oublie (Before I Forget)
Juste une question d’amour (Just a Question of Love)
Un Prophete (A Prophet)
L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours)
L’Homme du Train (Man on the Train)
Entre Les Murs (The Class)
Drôle de Félix (Adventures of Felix)
L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake)
Et si on vivait tous ensemble? (All Together)
The Artist
Les Revenants (The Returned): Season 1
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale)


The 20 Best Drama Movies On Netflix (Decider)

April 27, 2017

Friends (Joe P., I’m talking to you) often ask me  how to find great films to watch on streaming services such as Netflix. I am in the process of culling a list of my favorite films and where they are streaming. But I’ve been procrastinating, so in the meantime Decider’s created a great list of 20 Dramas to consider watching on Netflix. From Decider,

The right drama film can take audiences to incredible places; battlefields, courtrooms, even outer space. Dramas encompass the largest category available to stream on Netflix; there’s so much crossover that it’s nearly impossible to classify dramas as just dramas. Romantic dramas, science fiction dramas, war dramas, crime dramas, you name it – just about anything you’re looking for can be categorized as a drama. They sweep the Academy Awards every year, and it’s not hard to see why. These powerful stories pack exactly the right punch.

Netflix‘s “Dramas” category houses classic dramas like The Third Man and Patton, biographical dramas like Hands of Stone and The Butler, teen dramas, sports dramas, social issue dramas, and a slew of other sub-genres. Your drama of choice is just waiting to be watched; the streaming material here is seemingly endless.

Browse the list on Decider. The slideshow is easy to navigate so dive in.

Personal Film List Currently Going Around the Internet (Facebook)

April 23, 2017

I found this list on Glenn Gaylord’s Facebook page (thanks Glenn!). Thought I’d recreate it here on Reel Charlie. Boy was this challenging. Mainly due to having to pick just one in several categories and remember bad films (which I usually ignore) in other categories. Google helped with lists to jar my memory. In the end, this was a lot of fun! Ok, so here’s my best:

Most Hated Movie Of All Time: Partners
Movie I Think Is Overrated: Titanic (1997)
Movie I Think Is Underrated: Making Love
Movie I Love: Donnie Darko
Movie I Secretly Love: Charlotte Gray
Favorite Action Movie: The Italian Job (2003)
Favorite Drama: Howards End
Favorite Horror: Rosemary’s Baby
Favorite Comedy: Best in Show
Favorite Disney Movie: Frozen
Favorite Science Fiction Movie: Children of Men
Favorite Animated Movie: Inside Out
Favorite Superhero Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favorite Musical: Victor/Victoria
Favorite Documentary: The Times of Harvey Milk
Favorite Bad Movie: Mahogany
Childhood Favorite: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Franchise: Eating Out
Best Trilogy: Three Colors
Favorite Director: Alfred Hitchcock & Pedro Almodovar
Favorite Actor: Montgomery Clift
Favorite Actress: Helen Mirren
Favorite Movie This Year So Far: I am Not Your Negro
Movie I Have Recently Seen: Lion
What I thought of it: Decent: 3.5 out of 5
Favorite Movie Of All Time: Maurice

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18 Times Pam From “True Blood” Was The Vampire Queen Of Sass (Next of Ken)

April 7, 2017

Are you aching for perfect one-liners from True Blood‘s Queen of Couture, Pamela Swynford De Beaufort? Me too. Producer Next of Ken brings us the best of Pam’s sassy comebacks. Be forewarned (NSFW), they get racier as you get closer to #1. As much as I adore Pam’s potty mouth – I do love a sexy woman swearing and a sexy lesbian even more delicious, I have to admit my favorite is #5 which is all PG, but still manages to sting like no one else living or dead. #teampam

Check out all 18 on YouTube.

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