Archive for the ‘Best of lists’ Category

The Best British Detective Series, Ranked (Ranker)

July 7, 2018

British Detective Series, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Or at least list the series I have loved over the years. Yanks sure do love a good Brit copper show. Here are some of Reel Charlie’s favorites compiled from a list over at Ranker,

The Bletchley Circle
The Fall
Happy Valley
Prime Suspect
Scott & Bailey
Second Sight
Touching Evil
Wire in the Blood

Click on the links above for Reel Charlie season one reviews.
See the full list at Ranker.
Which are your favorites? There’s so many to choose from and so many winners.


So long Pruitt

July 7, 2018

To celebrate Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the White House as despicable, disgraced EPA chief, I thought I’d put a positive spin by focusing attention on films which can educate and inspire. What a grave world we are handing our children. Power needs to be permanently taken from these greedy, immoral men and moved to people and organizations prepared to work hard to repair and care for the planet and the living beings once and for all. From Global Citizen,

Nowadays, there are environmental films popping up in a range in topics, so the opportunities to learn about the planet and how to protect it are easy and endless — and perhaps essential as world leaders waver on their commitments to fighting climate change.

From climate change to waste production to slaughterhouse effects, here is a list of 11 films that are worth watching (and rewatching) today.

11 film titles:
The 11th Hour
Meat the Truth
If a Tree Falls
Chasing Ice
More than Honey
After the Spill
Before the Flood
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Find the full article on Global Citizen.


July 5, 2018

I’m struggling lately keeping up with my viewing. Next week I leave for a week’s vacation so July will be lighter posting than normal. I’ll do my best to keep up for the next week until I fly out on Friday, July 13. Meanwhile, I was thinking about adaptations. I’ve been enjoying more pleasure reading this past decade. And wonder if a movie can ever really hold its own next to a book? For the most part, I say no. But there are some stunning exceptions:

The Heiress
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Merchant Ivory adaptations are all glorious, particularly these four:
Howards End
The Remains of the Day
A Room with a View

What about Mr. Potter?
Harry Potter films

And the recent YA novel turned film:
Love, Simon

Agree? Disagree? Have any to add to this list?

The Heiress

Christmas in July 2018

July 1, 2018

June is over, so long Pride. Heat wave in full swing here in the NE, USA. Welcome July and Christmas in July! I love teasing you with this post every few years. From 2014,

Never a better time to watch your favorite holiday films than in July. Crank up the a/c, make some homemade hot chocolate, bake some gingerbread and binge watch holiday films. You’ll thank me when you’re in a better mood than usual on Monday morning.

Nothing more perfect than watching a holiday film in the middle of summer. Makes you pine for crisper weather, a decorated home, cookies baking in the oven, and Johnny Mathis playing on Spotify. Here’s my special list of holiday favorites guaranteed to put a smile on your face and warm your heart. There’s even a few anti-Christmas films in there for the cynics in the room. Have at it and Merry July!

Click on the links below for Reel Charlie’s holiday reviews of my favorite Christmas classics:
La Bûche (The Yule Log)
Christmas in Connecticut
Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale)
Hollywood, je t’aime (just one scene, but it’s a doozy)
Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)
Love, Actually
Make the Yuletide Gay
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special
White Christmas

Also don’t forget to pull out your old television DVDs. I recommend Bewitched and The Partridge Family for cockle warming fun.

LGBT Film (and Television) Primer

June 28, 2018

Created a LGBT Film and Television Primer handout for a program several years ago. Updated it this year for LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2018 at the library. What would you add? Delete?

Click to see the full two-page handout.

The 17 Romance Movies On Netflix With The Highest Rotten Tomatoes Scores (Decider)

June 24, 2018

Love discovering film lists online which include LGBT titles. Decider listed the 17 highest rated (on Rotten Tomatoes) romance movies currently streaming on Netflix. Included in the 17:
The Way He Looks
Blue is the Warmest Color

That’s four lesbian films and one gay male feature! Also on the list are Reel Charlie perennial favorites:
Howards End

See the complete list on Decider.

Essential Liz (Quad Cinema, NYC)

June 22, 2018

Get your Liz on. Quad Cinema in New York City currently screening an Elizabeth Taylor retrospective. From Quad,

Essential Liz

An actor first and then foremost a star, Elizabeth Taylor reached highs throughout—and well beyond—the Golden Age of Hollywood. Possessed of striking beauty including but hardly limited to, as cartoonist Garry Trudeau aptly wrote, “violet eyes to die for,” Taylor made her debut in 1942 at age 10. Her talent was evident and her impact upon audiences and industry was instantaneous, inviting choruses of “Who’s that girl?” Soon she was renegotiating her contract with MGM and America’s exhibitors had named her a Star of Tomorrow; by 1961, she was the theater owners’ choice as Top Box Office Star. Taylor’s dramatic screen performances (which earned her two Best Actress Academy Awards) riveted the world, which hungrily consumed gossip on her personal life of multiple marriages, infidelities, divorces, remarriage, births, losses, AIDS activism, and much more. Through it all, she forged a filmography that spanned the sublime to the ridiculous. This retrospective includes a number of rarely screened works and offers proof aplenty that great performances and movie stardom need not be mutually exclusive.

Reel Charlie would love to see on the big screen:
Butterfield 8
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Father of the Bride
A Place in the Sun
Reflections in a Golden Eye
Suddenly, Last Summer
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

See the full schedule and purchase tickets at Quad Cinema.

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.

Happy Pride Month 2018

June 1, 2018

I mentioned in an earlier post this week I’ll be tweeting each day in June 2018 #pridereads focusing on the many aspects of LGBT literature. I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Follow me @reelcharlie

Also, three years ago in 2015, I watched a film or television series each day for 30 Days of Gay. From an earlier blog post,

In June 2015, I created 30 Days of Gay: one review each day for the 30 days of June, LGBT Pride Month. I reviewed classic LGBT films I love but had yet to review on Reel Charlie along with brand new films. The month-long project was a labor of love and so much fun! Please follow the 30 Days of Gay thread by clicking on the link below and navigating forward in the blog by clicking on the film title in the upper-right – begin the first navigation by clicking on the link below, then choosing Maurice:
30 Days of Gay

We have a lot of be thankful for and a whole more to fight for. Future generations will look back on our lives and wonder how we managed to do all we did to further equal rights for gender and sexuality. Keep on doing what you are doing, talk, march, donate, love, show up, just be your authentic self. Special thanks to all my beautiful allies who never cease to amaze me. Your support and love make my heart sing. Happy Pride everyone. XOXO. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a tea dance to find.

Memorial Day 2018

May 28, 2018

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

Business Insider lists 24 military movies to watch over Memorial Day weekend. From Business Insider,

Few things have the power to transport people like the cinema. Who can forget Robert Williams’ “Good morning, Vietnam” or Marine Corps DI Hartman’s memorable quotes?

Reel Charlie favorites off this list:
Good Morning Vietnam
Lawrence of Arabia

Schindler’s List
Three Kings

Still need to watch:
Beasts of No Nation

Read the full list at Business Insider.

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