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Looking for Some Good News? Amazon Prime Just Added a Bunch of Classic Sitcoms from the ‘60s and ‘70s (Decider)

August 15, 2017

Miss the simplicity of old-time television? Wonder why MeTV and TVLand don’t have app counterparts streaming?  Good news on Amazon Prime. From Decider,

Amazon Prime Video is watching out for you in these stressful times. The streaming service just added five classic sitcoms to its growing selection of television. These ’60s and ’70s classics include The Doris Day ShowThe Beverly HillbilliesPetticoat JunctionHere’s Lucy, and Family Affair. All five series were made available to stream over the last month.

If you’re old enough to remember watching these shows when they first aired, then Prime Video can provide you with a wonderful dose of nostalgia this weekend. See stars like Lucille Ball (Here’s Lucy) and Brian Keith (Family Affair) shine in some career defining roles.

Read the full article on Decider.

Lucille Ball Photo: CNN

 

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.

Wild Oats

August 5, 2017

Another contemporary Shirley MacLaine vehicle Wild Oats falls flat. Not sure what’s going on. Perhaps there’s not enough good scripts out there to choose from. Or does Shirley suffer from the Diane Keaton syndrome: hasn’t made a good film in years. What’s up with that? Wild Oats is dull, obvious and a waste of MacLaine’s colossal talent. Jessica Lange and Demi Moore also seem lost in the film. 2 out of 5. Next.

Rhoda

August 4, 2017

“New York: this is your last chance!” Ba ba ba ba ba, ba ba ba ba…

And so goes the intro to Rhoda, the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off starring Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern, a 30-something, single, Jewish, New York woman who moves back to her hometown after living in Minneapolis. I loved this show as a kid. I had a mad crush on David Groh who played Rhoda’s love interest Joe and spoiler alert – husband. This is another show better left in my memory. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit flat all these years later. I watched two episodes of Rhoda and had enough. Oh well, I’ll hold on to the memories. Giving Rhoda a 3 out of 5 for old-time sake.

Chewing Gum

July 16, 2017

Netflix’s British import, Chewing Gum combines an oddball hipster feel with a modern feminist premise. Tracey (Michaela Coel) is a 24 year-old religious woman, still a virgin who desperately wants to have sex. Her boyfriend would rather pray than play which frustrates Tracey and has her investigating a sexy, sweet neighbor in the premiere episode. Another interesting show that just didn’t grab me. Comedy as I’ve said many times is extremely subjective. Chewing Gum just didn’t make me laugh. If you like quirky, unique protagonists, you might want to give Chewing Gum a try. 2 out of 5.

GLOW

July 15, 2017

Continuing down the retro road of the 1980’s, Netflix serves up some Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in their fresh new series, GLOW. I’m loving so much attention being paid to women dominated series. About time. Certainly GLOW feeds us all the components needed for a compelling and absurd comedy while serving up what it felt like to be a woman breaking into acting during the Reagan era. For me personally I don’t connect with these 80’s flashbacks. I get GLOW and think it’s well-done. It just doesn’t move me nor does it make me laugh out loud or compel me to keep binging. Similar reaction to Stranger Things. I know I’m in the minority. Certainly that time period was good to me. For some reason I’ll probably be happier when they start retro-ing the 90’s. 3 out of 5 for GLOW. If you’re a fan of the decade, you’ll probably want to give this a try.

Okja

July 2, 2017

Netflix hit one out of the park with their new feature film, Okja. I haven’t felt this excited about the creative expressions of a film in a very long time. I keep thinking of I Heart Huckabees, even though the films aren’t even close to being similar. The artistic chances Okja takes and where it succeeds remind me of the best film making can do. Okja transports the viewer through humor, absurdity, and consciousness all wrapped up in a movie which tells the simple story of a little girl, her big pig and the lifetime love these two beings share. Filmed in South Korea and the U.S., I wanted to recommend this to my niece and nephew’s kids, but like any good creatively forward film the creators of Okja break convention and have some of the characters swear like sailors. So this is a film for “kids” who are old enough to understand the nuance of the word fuck. Directed by South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho (Snow Piercer, Mother), Okja takes the best fairy tale, animal rights activism, corporate greed, and bumbling humans everywhere mixing it up and putting it in his slow cooker until the subjects and genres blend into the most delicious cinematic experience. Outstanding cast featuring Tilda Swinton, Hee-Bong Byun, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Daniel Henshall, Lily Collins, Jihoon Park, Devon Bostick and introducing Seo-Hyun Ahn to American audiences as Mija. Darius Khondji’s (Amour, Se7en) gorgeous cinematography makes the crazy good animation seem all the more real. Bravo to the cast and crew. I’ve been avoiding watching the slew of factory farm documentaries out there because I knew I’d have to give up eating most meat. Okja provided a much-needed push in that direction. I want to watch more Bong Joon-ho’s films. Okja made my senses come alive. 5 out of 5 for this complex and masterful film.

Adam West 1928 – 2017

June 10, 2017

We need more silliness in our lives. The world at large mirrors the dark and violent world of our superheros these days. West’s Batman paved the way for lighter fare like Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool. That’s probably why I loved those new films so much – they hearkened back to the 60’s camp of Batman the TV series.

Read Adam West’s obituary on Variety.
Watch Adam West dance the Batusi as Batman.

Veep: Season 1 (take 2)

May 27, 2017

Check out my updated review of Veep. I get why so many love it. It’s still not my type of humor. But I get it. Congrats on being renewed for a seventh season. Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review.

I Love Dick: Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

May 22, 2017

I was intrigued by the Amazon pilot I Love Dick, Jill Soloway’s (Transparent) new comedy on Amazon which aired earlier this year and got picked up for a full season. Soloway bills it as the first series which looks at the world from a female gaze. I’m paraphrasing there but that idea intrigued me enough to watch the next episode on Amazon.  Unfortunately I didn’t find the characters universal or relatable as in Transparent. To be honest, there was too much posing. The show feels too contrived skewering the hipster world of art and writing. Full disclosure, I read this rather confusing article last evening about Soloway which may have put a damper on my enjoyment of the show. Sometimes I learn too much about the creatives behind a project which colors my feelings. Based on the novel by Chris Kraus, I Love Dick explores a woman following her male partner to Marfa, TX where she explores the meaning of her art and life through an obsession with a self-absorbed male teacher named Dick. Though the premise and pilot intrigued me, I didn’t connect with the series after viewing episode 2. Again, I’m thrilled to not add another series to my list of must-see’s. I didn’t hate Dick, it just got on my nerves. Art hipster posing is not something I look forward to embracing on a rainy evening after dinner. 2.5 out of 5.


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