Archive for the ‘Classic’ Category

Director James Ivory (Merchant Ivory) at the NYC 30th Anniversary Screening of Maurice

May 21, 2017

What an honor to spend an evening watching the 4K remastered version of Merchant Ivory’s Maurice last night. For Maurice’s 30th Anniversary, the Quad Cinema in New York City hosted director James Ivory in a Q&A after the screening of the film. Truly a masterpiece, E.M. Forster’s adaptation felt just as fresh and necessary today as it did 30 years ago. And to think Forster and Ivory had the audacity to leave us with a hopeful ending. A sumptuous feast for romantics at heart. Always a 5 out of 5.

88 year-old James Ivory discussing the making of Merchant Ivory’s Maurice to a sold-out audience at the Quad Cinema in New York City. May 20, 2017.

Maurice at The Quad (NYC)

May 16, 2017

NYC peeps!

Maurice
Opens Friday

New York Premiere of 30th Anniversary Restoration in 4K

A gay art cinema trailblazer about love and loss, Merchant-Ivory’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s posthumously published novel follows a young man’s (James Wilby) struggle to come to terms with his sexual identity after his first love (Hugh Grant) abandons him for a respectable marriage.

With James Ivory in person following the 6:40pm screenings this Friday and Saturday
Reel Charlie’s got his tickets for Saturday night. See you there.
Purchase tickets.

That Gay Episode: ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Comes Out Of The Closet (Decider)

May 9, 2017

Photos: HULU ; Illustration: Dillen phelps; from Decider

Brett White over at Decider continues the series, That Gay Episode this time focusing on the famous Mary Tyler Moore episode where Phyllis finds out her brother is gay. From Decider,

Gay people worry about how they’re perceived — not for vanity reasons, but survival reasons. The period of a gay person’s life — be they minutes, months or years — between acknowledging their queer identity and proudly flying a rainbow flag are a nonstop internal Q(ueer) & A session.”Do they know I’m gay?” “Wait, does this make me seem gay?” “When do I tell them I’m gay?” It’s hard to express who you now know you are when you’re dealing with people whose perceptions of you run back decades.

These are the issues at the heart of The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s 1973 episode “My Brother’s Keeper.” Unlike Cheers‘ “The Boys in the Bar,” which tackled machismo and gay panic by making half the cast straight-up homophobes, “My Brother’s Keeper” saved its big gay reveal for the very end. To get all meta, this is a gay episode that literally plays it straight for 24 of its 25 minutes.

Read the full article.
Read Kenneth in the 212’s blog post about how this episode and other quintessential queer moments on television personally affected him.

Gosford Park screens at Metrograph (NYC)

May 3, 2017

Metro NYC peeps: Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, and Julian Fellowes’ sumptuous pre-Downton Abbey class drama, Gosford Park appears on the big screen next week at Metrograph in NYC. Catch it if you can. Bob Balaban’s going to be there in person for Q&A. From Metrograph,

Gosford Park
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
1:15pm4:15pm7:00pm

2001 / 131min

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALTMAN

CAST: BOB BALABAN, MAGGIE SMITH, MICHAEL GAMBON, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, CAMILLA RUTHERFORD, CHARLES DANCE, GERALDINE SOMERVILLE, RYAN PHILLIPPE

Introduction and Q&A with Bob Balaban

Robert Altman’s classic whodunit set over a shooting weekend at an English country estate in 1932 features a peerless ensemble cast portraying the upstairs-downstairs array of guests and servants, fusing the spirits of Agatha Christie and Jean Renoir in this arthouse hit. Bob Balaban, who created and produced the movie, plays a holidaying American film producer and joins Metrograph for this one-night-only screening to discuss the film’s production. The screenplay comes courtesy Julian Fellowes, who would continue to dissect the English class system in Downton Abbey.

Contact Metrograph for tickets.
Read Reel Charlie’s review of the triumphant Gosford Park
. It’s been nearly three years since I’ve last seen it.

Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies – Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (YouTube)

May 2, 2017

Steve Hayes, our favorite classic film lover is back with a video review of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. So much fun made me put the DVD on hold from the library right away. Thanks Steve! From  Steve Hayes’ Tired Old Queen at the Movies YouTube Channel,

It’s a creepy time down South when Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, Mary Astor, Victor Buono and Oscar nominated Agnes Moorehead team up In “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte”, Robert Aldrich’s fabulous follow-up to “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?’. With this entry, the legendary feud between Davis and Joan Crawford continued. Joan Crawford was originally cast, but was replaced by de Havilland early in the proceedings, the back story of which is almost as good as the film. The movie is a murderous, macabre and magnificent entertainment from an impeccable line up of pros. Don’t miss it!

Watch Steve Hayes, Tired Old Queen at the Movies review Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte on YouTube.

‘Maurice’ returns to the big screen 30 years later (LA Blade)

April 29, 2017

My favorite film of all-time, Maurice returns to theaters after 30 years. From the Los Angeles Blade,

It’s been 30 years since “Maurice,” the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s posthumously published novel of gay love, made its theatrical debut.

A lot has happened across that time span, not the least of it being the rapid gains LGBT rights have made, climaxed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage. Two entire generations of gay men suffered the ravages of a deadly AIDS epidemic. In that context, it is striking to see the film again, given all we have achieved since its release.

On the screen many gay love stories have come in “Maurice’s” wake, the most famous being the closeted sheepherder saga “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). But that was a gay love story with an unhappy ending. Those with happy ones like “Maurice” include “Beautiful Thing” (1996), a tale of gay lower middle-class British teenagers, and “Weekend” (2011), about an adult pair of British bohemians. But none have quite the special charge of “Maurice,” stemming from its lush setting and aristocratic-commoner breeding.

E.M. Forster (1879-1970) has long been acknowledged as one of Great Britain’s greatest writers. But he was largely the subject of academic study until the 1980s, when film adaptations of his work made him popular.

Cohen Media Group has re-mastered 30 films by the legendary Merchant Ivory Productions, including Maurice, which is set for release in select theaters this month.

Read the full article at Los Angeles Blade.
Read Reel Charlie’s review of Maurice.

I’m not thrilled with the new 4K poster. It should have James Wilby front and center with Rupert Graves next to him and Hugh Grant fuzzed out in the background. Hopefully the Blu-ray will have better cover art.

BINGE ALERT: Why you need to start your ‘Twin Peaks’ catch-up tonight (Mashable)

April 26, 2017

Sorry, this is already 5 days old so at some point. If you follow this formula, you will have to binge at least doubles for a few days or one day off doing a marathon. Yes the quirkiest television series ever shown on 90’s Network television is coming back! This time on Showtime. Premiere date: May 21, 2017. So, all that said, if you want a memory jog, rush over to Netflix and watch the original streaming now.

Read the full article on Mashable.

Enjoy this picture of still waters run deep hunk Michael Ontkean who will not be reprising his role as Sheriff Harry S. Truman.

 

‘Downton Abbey’ movie will begin filming at ‘the end of this year’ (Cultbox)

April 14, 2017

Amazing news for Downton fans! From Cultbox,

It looks production is finally gearing up for the long-awaited Downton Abbey film.

Rumours surrounding the movie have been going around for over a year now, with a production source announcing in January that “the financing ducks are being lined up very nicely.”

…Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes previously explained the reasons behind the delay: “The thing about Downton is we have a lot of running characters and we really do need them for the movie, so you can imagine at the end of the show they all shot off into shows on Broadway, series in LA, things on television… and they somehow have to gradually be coaxed back into the fold.”

Read the full article on Cultbox.
Stream every episode of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime.
Buy the DVD or Blu-ray box set on Amazon.

 

 

Classic TV Bloopers: Uncensored

April 9, 2017

Amazon Prime streams a pair of blooper reels from film and television. I watched Classic TV Bloopers: Uncensored. Most of the scenes are from television during the 60’s and 70’s. Think I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, M*A*S*H*, The Andy Griffith Show, and Laverne and Shirley. Uncensored means you get to hear your favorite celebrities swear like sailors. This makes for two hours of whimsical entertainment. Reacting to their mistakes is even funnier than the mistakes themselves. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with your favorite television stars. 3 out of 5.

Ab Fab on Netflix!

April 2, 2017

Absolutely Fabulous – the series is streaming now on Netflix. Seasons 1-4 and the 2002 Christmas Special: Gay are available to Netflix subscribers. What’s your next binge?


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