Archive for the ‘Classic’ Category

White Christmas: Sisters

July 21, 2018

I’m back from Florida. Had an amazing time. I flew back into 73 degree weather at Westchester airport in NY and felt chilly. Way back when I was a little kid, the only idea I had about Florida was from the film, White Christmas. Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen do the Sisters number in a Florida nightclub called, Novello’s. I still think it would be an amazing idea to recreate the club in Fort Lauderdale as a tribute to the film. Investors, hit me up. Meanwhile see what I’m talking about in this White Christmas clip from YouTube. Remember, it’s still Christmas in July.



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

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.

Enlightened: Season 2 (take 2)

June 23, 2018

Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of the colossal whistle-blower television series, Enlightened from the brilliant minds of Mike White and Laura Dern.

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.

9 to 5 tribute

June 21, 2018

My good luck charms: Lily, Jane, and Dolly in 9 to 5.

Enlightened: Season 1 (take 2)

June 15, 2018

In awe of how great Mike White’s Enlightened is the second time around. Must see for anyone who’s ever felt dead inside and lost from our brutal corporate reality. Or for anyone who wants a wake-up call. Or anyone who craves intelligent television. Click on the image to read Reel Charlie’s updated review.

The Wizard of Oz, Now and Forever

June 14, 2018

The youngest child, Cassandra visiting this week is only four months old. She hasn’t yet found the time to obsess over pop culture. I predict no matter what, she will at some point and hopefully for the rest of her life fall in love with The Wizard of Oz. Because everyone needs a little Glinda in their life.

Queer as Folk: Season 5, The Final Season (take >3)

June 9, 2018

I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I moped when it ended. Click on the image below to see my updated review of the classic television series, Queer as Folk: Season 5: The Final Season.

The Waltons

June 8, 2018

Yes, that The Waltons – the 1972 television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr. about growing up during the Depression, poor and full of love. It’s back, all nine seasons thanks to Amazon Prime Video. I wondered if time would be kind to this sweet show which bucked the odds during the kooky and crazy 1970’s. Time has been kind to the kinder Walton family. The show overflows with sincerity, simplicity, and love. I watched one episode so far. I can imagine revisiting The Waltons when I’m in the mood for something sweet and endearing. I still can’t believe Will Geer who played Grandpa is the same Will Geer who was a socialist and long-time lover of Harry Hays, the founder of the modern gay rights movement. Wish I would have known that fact back then. It would have saved me a lot of soul-searching for gay male role models. Still, hugs to The Waltons. I’m glad you still hold up after all these years. 3 out of 5.

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