Archive for the ‘Bisexual’ Category

Watch Three Clips from the Gay Drama ‘Beach Rats’, Due Out This Friday (Towleroad)

August 22, 2017

I’ve heard buzz this year about the new indie film, Beach Rats. Now that it’s being released in theaters this Friday, there’s more news including three new clips released on Towleroad today. From the earlier blurbs on various websites, I wasn’t interested in watching a negative film about coming out. Should filmmakers be able to make work without happy ever after endings? Absolutely. From Towleroad,

Wrote on commenter on Towleroad (andrewd215) a month ago (possible SPOILERS):

I had Beach Rats as one of my must see movies when I went to the Provincetown Film Festival in June. After watching the movie I left wondering if they had shown a different version than the one I had read about getting all the praise. The film did a good job of drawing you into the character and the struggles he was going through, especially in the hyper sexual heterosexual normative male environment he was in. However, it was interesting at the conclusion of the movie to hear more than a few scattered boos but rather a good number and vocal comments among people as they stood to leave and walking out making comments such as “such a f**king cop out” and other like statements. It seems that among those most verbal, that an ambiguous ending for movie can be exceedingly frustrating after the build up the movie because the ambiguity of the ending was so complete and that it would be hard to have a discussion as to how Frankie’s life went from there. Maybe the harsh reactions at the end of the movie were because it showed the anguish, the angst, and his struggles but did not portray or provide that anything resulted from it all so that any dialogue would have to been abstract.

From what I remember about the movie the cruising that went on was a result of Frankie’s online cam site sessions, that in addition or rather than a JO session, lead to an arrangement to meet up. The active cruising scene was the exception but was the result of a failed hook up that lead him to approach a car in the hookup cruise parking area that lead to a very successful night of hot sex. I don’t think this movie is one that will reach people that need to be reached, or in pain and conflict or questioning their sexuality because of the ending of the film. If anything the movie will probably lead those in similar situations and environments to stay in the closet. At least in a 90’s coming out movie you had some idea that come out was a positive thing to do.

I will say that I’m not seeing (for now) Beach Rats. I can handle difficult films with ambiguous endings. I adore French cinema after all. But I’m too wrapped up in politics right now to deal with films that don’t at the very least offer a glimmer of hope to young gay characters. For similar reasons, I’m avoiding Call Me By Your Name. I read the book. Hated it. It’s a story about two straight-identified men who have an affair one summer and then go back to being straight. Whatever. Fluidity be damned. Maybe this story makes sense to hetero men who dipped their toe in the pool in their youth. If you’re going to show bisexuality, show it with satisfying and positive relationships on both sides of the sexual aisle. Otherwise, you’re simply reinforcing heteronormativity. Personally I rarely get to see myself on the screen. I’d rather not have to share it with a straight male’s interpretation of what a gay experience is. And to reinforce this interpretation, the director made a choice not to show any male/male intimacy. Just longing. Give me a freaking break.

Watch the Beach Rats clips.
Beach Rats trailer.

Call Me By Your Name trailer.

Transparent: Season 3 (take 2)

August 15, 2017

Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of the splendorous Amazon Prime original series Transparent.

‘Sense8’ is back in production, and the finale is going to be totally ‘epic’ (Queerty)

August 12, 2017

Has your cluster been informed yet? Sense8 is coming back for one final epic wrap-up movie. The Netflix series that was too big for just two seasons is back in production and due to release their final film in 2018. Watch an extended “thank you” video from creator Lana Wachowski, her cast and crew. Adorable clips abound. I still get chills when I think of this series. For all its imperfection and limitation it certainly did propel storytelling forward. It created a world where everyone is equal, where everyone’s voice and love are honored. Sense8 wrote the manual for the future of humanity.

Read the full article on Queerty and check out Lana’s fifteen minute video.
Check out Reel Charlie’s reviews of Sense8: Season 1, the Sense8 Christmas Special, and Sense8: Season 2.

Instead of sharing a pic of the cast or creators or a poster, I want to share two pics of my favorite supporting actors – Max Mauff who plays Felix and Michael X. Sommers who plays Bug.

 

Max Mauff (Felix)

Michael X. Sommers (Bug)

 

 

 

Transparent: Season 2 (take 2)

August 8, 2017

Reel Charlie continues a second look at Maura Pfefferman and family in Amazon Prime’s exquisite Transparent. Click on the image below for an updated review of Transparent: Season 2.

Transparent: Season 4 trailer

July 31, 2017

“It’s like an Orthodox, Jewish, Disneyland” – Sarah Pfefferman.

The song playing in the background is “Everything’s Alright” from the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Love how they fuck with everything and everyone.

Watch the trailer for Season 4 of Transparent here.

Discover all the Reel Charlie posts on Transparent.

 

Dynasty: Blake’s Trial & Homophobia and the Reincarnation of Steven Carrington

July 28, 2017

The two Steven Carringtons played by Al Corley and Jack Coleman.

The CW prepares to air a brand-new version of Dynasty this fall. It might be helpful to take a look back at this popular and troubled series before jumping into the 2017 version.

It’s incredible how my memory of the 80’s television soap continues to feel so positive. I remember my friend Pat coming over to my house and having a glass of champagne with my parents while we watched the ridiculous, over-the-top series. I remember a huge group of gay men in college converging on my friend Duane’s apartment because he had the biggest television. We howled, we screamed, we laughed together. In hindsight, I suppose any gay content was positive back then.

Watching the original Dynasty today streaming on Netflix, I am appalled at how homophobic and disgusting the plot lines were. Gay character Steven Carrington started out being gay and proud. Then he had an affair with a married woman – sleeping with her more than once, then slept with his male ex-lover Ted from NYC once, then Stephen’s father, Blake (the star of the show) went on trial for Ted’s murder. He did murder him. And Blake’s behavior towards Steven was nothing short of a bully. Blake was the perfect image of the disgusting treatment LGBT people faced during the Reagan Administration by Reagan himself (silence on AIDS) and the formation of the Religious Right. On Dynasty, fictional Steven married a woman and had a child with her. Why not make him bisexual? Such sad and revolting writing for a gay male character to endure.

There’s no way I could continue watching Dynasty today. Truth be told I fast-forwarded through episodes in Season 1 and Season 2 for a reminder of the murder trial. It’s unbelievable things were that bad for gay people in my lifetime. Yes I was an adult at the time and out. I guess we didn’t demand the respect in the media we do today. Of course things are far from perfect today, but we have a slew of LGBT characters on film and in television who do us proud.

I wrote extensively on Steven Carrington, The Two Steven Carringtons Legacy in 2015 for Reel Charlie.

For more on Blake’s disgusting behavior towards Steven later in the series, see Cora Buhlert’s blog post from 2013, Dynasty and socially acceptable homophobia.

The Dynasty reboot promises to be filled with a decidedly not confused Steven salaciously bedding a man named Sam – a nod to Heather Locklear’s Sammy Jo character. Gotta love 2017. Australian actor James Mackay plays Steven. The new Dynasty premieres October 11, 2017 on the CW after Riverdale.

Queer Icons (BBC Radio 4)

July 24, 2017

From BBC Radio 4 Front Row,

LGBTQ guests champion queer artworks which are special to them, to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. From the poetry of Sappho to the songs of Frank Ocean. More guests coming soon, including Mary Portas, Nicholas Hytner, Rebecca Root, David Sedaris, and Colm Toibin.

These 5 minute audio pieces are powerful examples of the various types of LGBT art and how something influences a person at a certain moment in time. What’s your icon?

See the entire list of guests discussing their favorite queer icon on BBC Radio 4.

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
Tangerine
Stranger by the Lake
Pride
The Kids are All Right
Weekend
Carol

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

Clapham Junction
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
XXY
Were the World Mine
Hollywood je t’aime
Contracorriente (Undertow)
Bashment
Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats)
Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
Cloudburst
Pariah
I Do
Mommy is Coming
Freier Fall (Free Fall)
Interior.Leather Bar.
Reaching for the Moon
Test
The Way He Looks
Holding the Man
Moonlight
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.

Transparent: Season 1 (take 2)

July 19, 2017

Took a trip down recent memory lane and watched season one of Amazon Prime’s colossal hit television series, Transparent for the second time. Bravo to Jill Soloway and crew. Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review.

50 Shades of Gay (2017) – Channel 4

July 11, 2017

An unfortunate title, Channel 4’s 50 Shades of Gay turns out to be a brief, compelling look at the progress made in Britain’s gay community since the repeal of sodomy laws 50 years ago. Rupert Everett wrote and presented this snapshot of how lives have changed since 1967. Remarkably, Everett manages to include older gay men, people of color, television actors, laborers, a lesbian community, a lesbian trans couple, Princess Diana’s former assistant and the former head of BP. Quite an impressive collection of diverse stories for 47 minutes. And Everett himself softens his persona in order to welcome the changes that have taken place allowing the viewer to decide which are positive and which may be troublesome. 4 out of 5 for 50 Shades of Gay. Watch it on YouTube.


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