Archive for the ‘Decade: 1980's’ Category

9 to 5 tribute

June 21, 2018

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


Happy Pride Month 2018

June 1, 2018

I mentioned in an earlier post this week I’ll be tweeting each day in June 2018 #pridereads focusing on the many aspects of LGBT literature. I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Follow me @reelcharlie

Also, three years ago in 2015, I watched a film or television series each day for 30 Days of Gay. From an earlier blog post,

In June 2015, I created 30 Days of Gay: one review each day for the 30 days of June, LGBT Pride Month. I reviewed classic LGBT films I love but had yet to review on Reel Charlie along with brand new films. The month-long project was a labor of love and so much fun! Please follow the 30 Days of Gay thread by clicking on the link below and navigating forward in the blog by clicking on the film title in the upper-right – begin the first navigation by clicking on the link below, then choosing Maurice:
30 Days of Gay

We have a lot of be thankful for and a whole more to fight for. Future generations will look back on our lives and wonder how we managed to do all we did to further equal rights for gender and sexuality. Keep on doing what you are doing, talk, march, donate, love, show up, just be your authentic self. Special thanks to all my beautiful allies who never cease to amaze me. Your support and love make my heart sing. Happy Pride everyone. XOXO. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a tea dance to find.

Kylie at 50

May 29, 2018

In the 1980’s, America gave birth to Madonna. Many Americans may not realize it, but for the rest of the world, it’s Kylie Minogue. The Aussie singer’s career spans over three decades. Yesterday she turned 50. I adore her. I have to admit, like most Americans, I came late to the party. It wasn’t until I visited Berlin in the early 2000’s that I caught Kylie Fever. Kylie has no agenda other than making happy music. I was honored to witness her Aphrodite: Live tour in New York City in 2011. The floor was standing only which meant we danced and sang our way through the entire show. Glorious.

It’s hard for me to pick only a few, but here are two of my favorite Kylie songs. Happy 50th Kylie. Welcome to the club.

Catch of glimpse of Kylie’s sweetness as she performs for the GLAAD Awards 2014:

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.

Susan Dey Movies on YouTube

April 3, 2018

I have no idea whether any of this is legal or not, but I figure they are on YouTube to watch until they are not. Here are eight Susan Dey films from 1977 – 2002 that have been uploaded to YouTube for your viewing pleasure:

Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)

Little Women, (1978 Part 1)

Little Women, (1978 Part 2)

Love Leads the Way (1984 with Timothy Bottoms)

I Love You Perfect (1989)

Bed of Lies (1992 with Chris Cooper)

Whose Child is This? The War for Baby Jessica (1993 with Michael Ontkean)

Beyond Betrayal (1994 with Richard Dean Anderson)

Disappearance (2002 with Harry Hamlin)

Steven Bochco: 1943 – 2018

April 1, 2018

RIP to television creator Steven Bochco who started off his string of hits with Hill Street Blues and ended with NYPD Blue. In the middle there was a little show called L.A. Law which propelled my girl, Susan Dey into a second successful series. Grace Van Owen became an iconic character who inspired many women to study law. I just loved her. So thank you Mr. Bochco.

Read Bochco’s obituary on CNN.
Read Reel Charlie’s reviews of L.A. Law: Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3.
I want to go watch NYPD Blue right now – starting with Season 2 of course. Hulu’s got it streaming.

Before Moonlight: 10 films that celebrate the African American LGBT experience (LGBTQ Nation)

February 23, 2018

Great list from LGBTQ Nation featuring ten fantastic films celebrating the African-American LGBT experience. I’ve seen 9 out of 10. The only reason why I haven’t seen them all is I’m waiting for Saturday Church to come out on DVD. I’ve ordered a copy for the library’s collection. Seven are stellar films in their own right and I’d mark them as classics:

The Watermelon Woman – Cheryl Dunye’s indie masterpiece
Moonlight – Oscar finally got something right
PariahMudbound‘s Dee Rees’ debut film
Tongues Untied Marlon Riggs’ late 80’s doc on gay, black men
Brother to Brother – Anthony Mackie’s breakout performance
Looking for Langston – Isaac Julian’s love story to the Harlem Renaissance
Tangerine – Trans women of color in a film shot on an iPhone.

Looking for Langston – Isaac Julian (1989)

Be My Gaylentine 2018

February 14, 2018

When I first heard the word Galentine, I thought it meant Gay Valentine. Silly me. Anyway, it got me thinking. So here’s my Gaylentine, Leslentine, Bilentine list of my favorite LGB films filled with romance and love. Click on the link for Reel Charlie’s review.

Beautiful Thing
Freir Fall (Free Fall)
Giorni (Days)
God’s Own Country
Go Fish
Ha- Buah (The Bubble)
I Do
The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love 
Jongens (Boys)
My Beautiful Laundrette
Parting Glances
Reaching for the Moon

Heat and Dust

January 6, 2018

Watched the Cohen Media Group’s restored version of Merchant Ivory‘s 1983, Heat and Dust today. For me this next line will be Merchant Ivory heresy. I did not like the film. I turned it off after 30 minutes. Shudder. The horror. I know! I am so ashamed. I simply could not get into it, understand it, or enjoy it. It wasn’t awful. It was flat and meandering. I’m still shuddering. Take away my lifetime membership card now. Someone quick, beat me with an old VHS of Howards End. For the record, I still consider Merchant Ivory’s quartet of films, A Room with a View, Maurice, Howards End, and The Remains of the Day beginning only two years after filming Heat and Dust to be four of the most perfect films every created. Meanwhile 2.5 out of 5 for Heat and Dust.

Happy Birthday Susan Dey (2017)

December 10, 2017

Susan Dey: you turn 65 today. It’s been 13 years since you last graced the screen. You moved to my old stomping grounds – the Hudson Valley. I just finished watching L.A. Law: Season 3 on video. I always have your work on DVD and streaming. Hoping this finds you enjoying life with your husband and daughter. The happiest of birthdays.

Watch Susan Dey accept her 1988 Golden Globe Award for Grace van Owen on L.A. Law.

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