Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

9 to 5 tribute

June 21, 2018

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

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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 Break with Michelle Wolf

June 3, 2018

Stood firmly behind Michelle Wolf after so many criticized her White House Correspondents Dinner speech. I thought she did great. She’s a comedian. It’s a roast. The president is actually supposed to be there and have a sense of humor. That said, I’m not a fan of her new show, The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix. It’s simply too formulaic for my taste. And like my only complaint about Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show, the comedy skits are always awkward, never funny. Michelle’s talent deserves better. And Netflix’ cutting edge looks a little too familiar – like late night network talk shows. Netflix, you can also do better. Ugh. 2 out of 5 for The Break with Michelle Wolf. Next.

Queer as Folk: Season 4 (take >3)

May 27, 2018

Fall in love all over again with the cast of Queer as Folk as they navigate life in 2004. 14 years: so much has changed and yet in many ways we are still fighting the same battles. Click on the image below to read an updated review of Queer as Folk: Season 4.

 

Dear White People: Season 2

May 18, 2018

I love the complexity of the Netflix series, Dear White People. It uses the fearless quality of a college student to describe the insanity of the world we inhabit. A world where many people don’t seem to care about anything but themselves. Dear White People isn’t afraid to put it all up in our face. And I’m grateful for that. It’s also very funny. I watched the first 3 episodes of Season 2. I love Sam and her inability to focus in episode 1. Episode 2 explores how much things have not changed on college campuses over the decades. And episode 3 shows us how awkward Lionel can be trying to get his gay groove on. For some reason I lost interest. Not because the show isn’t great. It is. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for college angst. 3 out of 5 for this topical and underrated show.

‘Paper Boys,’ ‘Gay Husbands’ and 8 other streaming gay series to binge now (Queerty)

May 17, 2018

Web series are a great way to binge quickly through a series and discover new talent along the way. Usually web series episodes last anywhere from 3-20 minutes. Think short films but instead – short television. Queerty hunts down 8 gay series to watch. Check out YouTube and Vimeo for more series of all kinds. From Queerty,

The advent of the streaming age opened up a whole new catalog of film and television content, and an even wider audience to view it. Naturally, we are ahead of the curve with not one, not two, but three specialized streaming services focusing specifically on queer film and television and getting said content to the community. Meanwhile, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Video are also generating reams of first-rate queer-friendly content.

Revry, Dekkoo and World of Wonder Plus have also opened the door to a new generation of creators who finally have the platform and budget to produce series too incendiary for network audiences.

Read more at Queerty.

Some web series Reel Charlie has reviewed over the years:
Mess
Go-Go Boy Interupted
Husbands
The Outs
Stupid Idiots

And perhaps my favorite web series, The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo. Wickedly funny. One final word: Freckle.

Queer as Folk: Season 3 (take >3)

May 13, 2018

Click on the image for an updated review of the iconic Queer as Folk: Season 3. Thumpa, thumpa.

 

 

El ministerio del tiempo (The Ministry of Time): Season 1, Episode 1

May 3, 2018

Caught the first episode of the Spanish time traveling television series, El ministerio del tiempo (The Ministry of Time) last night on Netflix. I love this genre and was hoping El ministerio would be centuries of fun. Instead, I found it awkward. The three leads didn’t to mesh. I felt like the show runners were trying for a modern-day Three Musketeers, but the combination of characters from three different eras fell flat. Also, it had the production value of a b-movie Sci-Fi network show. No elegance. 2 out of 5. Next.

Steel Magnolias

April 12, 2018

Watching Steel Magnolias nearly 30 years after its release makes me wonder. The closing shot of all the Easter egg hunt participants running after the truck carrying Daryl Hannah’s water just broke pregnant character and her husband to the hospital makes me wonder: is Steel Magnolias the whitest film ever made? Maybe that’s why when they did a remake in 2012, it was with an all-black cast. When I’ve thought of the 1989 version over the years, the words iconic and classic come to mind. Certainly it is comfort food watching this glorious female cast command a film. But the perfection in my mind as I remember my original feelings about Steel Magnolias fades a bit as I watch it in 2018. Julia Roberts’ and Sally Field’s accents ebb and flow. Tom Skerritt annoys me, but I’m wondering if that doesn’t happen more often than not when he’s in a film. Dylan McDermott feels pretty flat as Roberts’ husband. The positives that have stood the test of time: Daryl Hannah’s awkward Annelle is a little piece of heaven, Dolly Parton played Dolly Parton and we’re always happy to have more of that in our lives, Sam Shepard was understated and sexy and we’re always happy to have more of that in our lives, and finally the comedic team of Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis continue to be a master class in acting as the two powerhouses carry every scene they’re in, each and every time. I still love it. I just didn’t luuuvvvve it. It’s worn down a bit since 1989. But it’s still a fun watch. 4 out of 5 because of Hannah, MacLaine, and Dukakis. More women-centered films please.

The Man Who Came to Dinner

March 15, 2018

I wish I had a category called “return to later” like I do with books on Goodreads I think are good, I’m just not in the mood to finish. Such is the fate of The Man Who Came to Dinner, a 1941 comedy based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart starring Monty Whoolley, Bette Davis, Billie Burke, and Mary Wickes. Woolley plays a famous author who gets stranded in a small Midwestern town and ends up alienating everyone around him. Classic film critic Steve Hayes felt Woolley’s character was the quintessential fussy urban gay man, which made me add this to my to watch list since I’m always looking for hidden classic film gems with LGBT content or in those days – LGBT implications. For some reason, after finishing about a quarter of the two-hour film, I lost interest. It’s a well-made film. It just didn’t speak to me. Perhaps another time. For now, I’m giving it a 3 out of 5. Next.

By the way, this is the last DVD I received from Netflix after cancelling my DVD subscription.


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