Archive for the ‘Camp’ Category

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2

November 15, 2017

I’ve enjoyed the remarkable experiment that is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for over two seasons. Innovative, creative, outside the box, feminist manifesto wrapped up in a Rom-Com wrapper are just some of the words and phrases I could use to describe the show. I gave Season 1 a 4 out of 5. I gave Season 2 a 3.5 out of 5. The sophomore season lost a bit of its edge. And the first two episodes of the third season feel like the creators have done all they can with the story. I currently follow 25 shows. That’s a huge commitment. So when I can bolt, I do. Rather quickly. Not out of hatred or horror normally. Out of a need to whittle that list down just a smidge so I can get more reading and more offline time into my life. I understand a future episode involved Rebecca and her mother shines bright with AV Club singing its praise. I’m happy the show is having some fine moments. I feel it’s best for me to step aside and remember season 1 for the remarkable creation it is. 2 out of 5 for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3. Next.

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Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017

Remember, Halloween doesn’t have to be ugly or bloody. It can be retro, campy, and gorgeous. Take a cue from the cast of Bewitched.

Samantha and Endora

Uncle Arthur & Serena

 

Halloween Favorite Films and Television 2017

October 27, 2017

Twas the weekend before Halloween, and all through the blog.

Each year I repost my favorite spooky reviews: films and shows worth watching during Samhain season. Blessed be and trick or treat.

From the archives,

American Horror Story – first couple seasons are the best
The Bat – give Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead some sugar
Black Mirror – get your Sci-Fi, near future tech savvy freak show on
The Cabin in the Woods – new-ish camp classic
The Conjuring – Connecticut ghosts!
Halloween – the original
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special – can it possibly get any more camp than this?
Paranorman – genius animated film with zombies and witches centering around bullying!
Les Revenants (The Returned) – amazing two season French television ghost story.
Rosemary’s Baby – what’s not to love about a nice NYC couple living next door to a coven of witches?
The Shining – the original
True Blood – Alan Ball’s adaptation of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris

Reel Charlie spooktacular categories to peruse:
Directors – Alfred Hitchcock
Horror
Supernatural
Suspense

Match Game ’75

October 16, 2017

Thanks to Buzzr, Amazon Prime Video added some classic game shows. One of my all-time favorites, Match Game has a number of episodes streaming from 1975 and 1976. So much fun! Brett Somers, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg, Betty White, Greg Morris, and many, many more. Were they drunk? Were they stoned? Only host Gene Rayburn knows for sure. Whatever, they were giggly and silly. Great nostalgia. 4 out of 5.

My Favorite Martian: Season 1, Ep. 1 & 2

September 24, 2017

Told you Amazon Prime has been adding a whole lot of classic television. Watched two episodes of the crazy My Favorite Martian which landed in television sets during the mid-1960’s. Ray Walston plays Uncle Martin the Martian. Walston’s role felt familiar alongside other fussy, bachelor-type characters of the day including Jonathan Harris’ Dr. Smith from Lost in Space, Sebastian Cabot’s Mr. French of Family Affair, and Paul Lynde’s Uncle Arthur in Bewitched. These characters were a combination of comic relief, throwing some spice in an otherwise ordinary household and acting as a surrogate parent – particularly in place of an absent mother for a heterosexual household. In 2017, these characters read old school asexual gay to me: don’t ask, don’t tell. Walston’s character acts more as an intrusion into main character Bill Bixby’s life as the marooned Martian in the series. He also plays cupid for Bixby as he struggles with finding the girl of his dreams. What struck me most about this stroll through nostalgia was the size of Bixby’s waist. A lean young man indeed, he was 29 during the first season. Full of sexist remarks – most surprisingly from the female characters, as well as the mandatory and annoying laugh track, My Favorite Martian remains best as a memory instead of a binge. 2 out of 5. Next.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

September 20, 2017

I usually love most classic films Steve Hayes recommends. This time I simply couldn’t arouse any excitement for the 1959 Jules Verne adaptation, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Not even Alan Napier in a pre-Batman’s Alfred role, Pat Boone singing, or a nearly always shirtless Peter Ronson could help me sustain interest in this sci-fi classic. I loved the silly effects, but the story snoozed me out. 2 out of 5. Next.

Batgirl’s Debut 50 Years Ago Proved Damsels Can Save The Day (Decider)

September 14, 2017

For my first long-term partner – that means husband in pre-marriage equality 80’s gay relationship lingo – Joe Greenwood who loved Batgirl as much as I did. Joe is probably up in heaven with Yvonne Craig cackling over 50 years of Batmania. From Decider,

The biggest superhero of 2017 wasn’t Spider-Man or Wolverine or the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was Wonder Woman, the Amazonian headliner of the biggest movie of the summer, the second highest-grossing film of the year, and the film that finally broke the bad luck streak female superheroes have unfairly shouldered. This ground-breaking movie (which is getting a ground-breaking sequel) was a major step forward for inclusivity in the superhero genre–and the first step on that journey was taken 50 years ago today.

On September 14, 1967, another A-list DC Comics super woman made her live-action debut, pushing her purple high-heeled boot through the door of the comic book boys club. Yvonne Craig pulled double duty as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara and Batgirl in Batman’s Season 3 premiere, giving pop culture its first live-action female superhero.

This moment of subversive brilliance exposes the damsel trope for what it is: it’s a costume that immensely capable female characters have to wear in order to fit in with what men expect. It would have been great to see Barbara figure out a way to free herself as Barbara in front of Batman and Robin, thus preserving her identity and de-samseling her alter ego, but the fact that a 1967 superhero romp subverted the trope at all is revolutionary. Viewers in 1967 were just shown that damsels can save themselves and save the boys.

Read the full article on Decider.
Happy Anniversary Batgirl.

 

Clue

September 8, 2017

Can’t believe I’ve never reviewed the 1995 camp classic, Clue based on the Parker Brothers’ board game. Always good for 94 minutes of silly fun, Clue boasts an outstanding cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Colleen Camp. Who wouldn’t want to watch a film starring Madeline Kahn and Lesley Ann Warren? Created with three alternative endings, Clue proves the silliest ideas can bring out the smiles. 4 out of 5 this gem.

Viva Las Vegas (Blu-ray)

August 27, 2017

Finally watched my very first Elvis film, Viva Las Vegas on Blu-ray. I was reminded earlier in the week of the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death. I’ve always wanted to check out his films, and so I treated myself to the camp classic, Viva Las Vegas. Ironically, Elvis’ energy isn’t what fuels the film. He actually comes off a bit flat. But Ann Margaret sure can swing. She’s got that beatnik shake, rattle, and roll va-va-va-voom about her. Lots of fun, especially the dance numbers. Didn’t realize the film revolved around a car race. In the end, the race itself proved the dullest part. But overall, Viva Las Vegas reminds me of the fun I’ve had watching beach films from Frankie and Annette. Silly, insipid, and endearing. 3 out of 5.

Victor Victoria (first time on Blu-ray)

August 13, 2017

Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s review of the timeless classic film, Victor Victoria.


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