Archive for the ‘Camp’ Category

Deadpool 2

August 27, 2018

I gave a 4 out of 5 to the original Deadpool. Loved the snarky superhero vibe Ryan Reynolds infused into the character. Unfortunately, not all movies need sequels. To me, Deadpool 2 wore out a good thing. Too many credit jokes, too many Gilmore Girls meets Marvel. And the random killing of humans and animals nauseates me. I know, I know. I’m not the target audience for these kinds of films. I get it. I’ll stop watching. 2 out of 5. Next.


A Very British Scandal

August 18, 2018

It’s often unsettling for me to watch a gay-themed program marketed for the masses. I’m constantly waiting for the shoe to drop. A Very British Scandal created by the Brits and imported for America by Amazon doesn’t contain too many surprises for seasoned LGBT film and television viewers. Adapted from a book by John Preston and it should be noted this is John Preston the British film and television critic for the Telegraph and not John Preston, the American author who wrote gay erotica and died of AIDS in 1994, A Very British Scandal was adapted by Preston and Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk) and directed by one of my favorites, Stepen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity, My Beautiful Laundrette). The pedigree alone for the adaptation made me want to watch. I waited a bit because the previews alluded to silly over substance. But I’m glad I finally did watch. The quality of acting from Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw, Frears effortless directing and a story so absurd, it has to be based in truth make the 3-part mini-series a lot of fun to watch. Still that pesky concept of more straight sex scenes than gay sex scenes in a gay show makes me scratch my head – especially in 2018. Yes, I know both characters dabbled in heterosexual marriages, but it was clear from the writing that these were not bisexuals, but men hiding in or using the closet and women to their advantage. The writing clearly embraced the desperation most gay men felt living in a time period without support from the law and society. For that and more, I enjoyed A Very British Scandal. It is well-crafted, light enough to watch on a Friday night after a long week, and sports an amazing soundtrack. 3.5 out of 5.

Your Friday Dream Team: Cher covers ABBA

August 10, 2018

Ok, it’s been a rough week. There have been moments I’ve wanted to cry. There have also been wonderful moments. So let’s end this one on a high note. Cher’s first song from her cover album of ABBA hits via Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again just hit YouTube today: GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A Man After Midnight). Cher is the only singer I smile with glee when I hear her auto tune. 72 years old. Serving major diva club anthem realness. All hail.

Listen to Gimme! on YouTube.
Visit Cher’s Dancing Queen site.


Bye Bye Birdie (1995)

April 11, 2018

Some things are simply sacred and should never be tampered with. So it is with the adaptation of the stage musical, Bye Bye Birdie to film in 1963. Ann Margaret. Janet Leigh. Dick van Dyke. Paul Lynde! Please don’t remake this. But they did in 1995 with a reasonable cast, but the performances made me fast-forward. No pop, no zing, no pow. C’mon. How can you top Ann Margaret? 1 out of 5. Next.

Babylon Berlin: Episode 2 – The Dance Sequence

February 2, 2018

I started watching the Netflix German television series, Babylon Berlin created and produced by Tom Tykwer and friends. It’s got a lot of violence, but I’m still enjoying the complicated story and the lush production value – it’s the most expensive television series ever produced outside of the U.S. Last night, I caught episode two from the first season. There’s a dance sequence in the series that’s insanely beautiful, celebratory, and just plain fun. Imagine a flash mob in 1929 headed by a beautiful woman in drag. It’s just plain gorgeous.

Season 1 review coming in a few.
Check the dance sequence out on YouTube.

Grace and Frankie: Season 4

January 28, 2018

Grace And Frankie

Grace and Frankie continues to be a mixed bag for me. Just when I’m ready to give up, something clicks and the stories feel real and I feel a part of the show. Season 4 took its good old-time getting me to that place. Lots of silliness mixed with awkwardness. At the very least, the balance between the girls, the kids, and the ex-husbands seems to flow better each season. There’s even room for additional characters – boyfriends, thrupple potential, kids’ partners, along with oddballs and girlfriends. All in all, I enjoy the show. It just never seems to bowl me over like it finally did in Season 2. I gave the show a 4 out of 5. Seasons 1 & 3 each got a 3 out of 5. Same for this season. Wondering where they might head next.

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.

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

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.

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