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The Criterion Collection: Reel Charlie’s Top 17

September 15, 2017

Whenever I see a famous person list their favorite Criterion films, I wonder what my list would look like? I took a shot at this back in 2012. Criterion’s been adding films monthly so my favorites list is ever-evolving. Currently I have a list of 17 must-see films from Criterion’s Collection. If you have access to Kanopy, you can see these films any time.

Reel Charlie’s 17 favorite Criterion releases (in alpha order):

All That Heaven Allows
A Christmas Tale
Desert Hearts
Fox and His Friends
Howards End
The Ice Storm
In the Mood for Love
Monsoon Wedding
My Beautiful Laundrette
Nashville
Rebecca
A Room With a View
Rosemary’s Baby
Safe
The Times of Harvey Milk
Weekend (Haigh)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

 

Honorable Mention:

Being There
Boyhood
Brazil
Do the Right Thing
Fish Tank
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty
Grey Gardens
La haine
The Lady Eve
Mildred Pierce
Shallow Grave
Three Colors: Blue
Valley of the Dolls

Explore all Criterion films at their website.

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All of These Shows Are Coming to Hulu (NY Times)

September 4, 2017

Love classic television? Interested in trying out Hulu? Then you’ll be happy to read Hulu struck a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for over 3,000 episodes of their television catalog. From NY Times,

Get ready to update your Watchlist, because Hulu is about to add a raft of shows to its streaming library. (Included are classics such as:)

The Bob Newhart Show
St. Elsewhere
NYPD Blue
M*A*S*H
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Hill Street Blues

Read the full list of shows at The New York Times.

 

Louise Hay 1926 – 2017

September 2, 2017

Spiritual pioneer Louise Hay died this week at the age of 90. Thirty years ago she taught me how to love myself and believe in possibilities. She gave me hope during a time of great darkness in my life and in the world at large – the early years of the AIDS epidemic. I am forever grateful for the spiritual foundation offered to me post-Catholicism. Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life, Emmanuel’s Book, and Caroline Myss’ Anatomy of the Spirit all had profound impact on my young life. Rest in peace dear Louise.

See Louise Hay’s author page on Hay House.
Watch a clip of You Can Heal Your Life, the film based on Louise’s best-selling book.
Buy the film at Hay House.

A Timeline of (Nearly) Every LGBT Couple in TV History (Out)

September 2, 2017

Journey through the American television timeline for a look at the favorite LGBT couples of all time.  Including Reel Charlie favorites,

Willow & Tara (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2000)
David & Keith (Six Feet Under, 2001)
Ben & Michael (Queer as Folk, 2002)
Dana & Alice (The L Word, 2004)
Jenny & Marina (The L Word, 2004) – ok, seriously anyone and Marina.
Omar & Renaldo (The Wire, 2006)
Tasha & Alice (The L Word, 2007)
Rick & Steve (Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, 2007)
Lafayette & Jesus (True Blood, 2010)
Kurt & Blaine (Glee, 2011)
Tara & Pam (True Blood, 2012)
Stef & Lena (The Fosters, 2013)
Piper & Alex (Orange is the New Black, 2013)
Patrick & Richie (Looking, 2014)
Sarah & Tammy (Transparent, 2014)
Dom & Lynn (Looking, 2014)
Augustin & Eddie (Looking, 2015)
Connor & Jude (The Fosters, 2015)
Nomi & Amanita (Sense8, 2015)
Lito & Hernando (Sense8, 2015)

Clicking on the couple takes you to their slide at Out.com.
Clicking on the series title takes you to Reel Charlie’s review.
109 couples in total. Who’re your favorites? See the full list at Out.

Twin Peaks: S1 & S2

May 25, 2017

Caught up with the original Twin Peaks in anticipation of the reboot which started on Showtime last weekend. Netflix has the complete series – both seasons streaming. I enjoyed the first season immensely. Felt like old times revisiting this quirky old Pacific NW logging town. With only eight episodes, the writing felt tight and attentive. Season 2 began dragging its heels weighed down by the promise of a 22-episode arc. The original ratings confirmed this as the show went from being the most watched show in the country during Season 1 to trailing in 85th place by Season 2. Still I love a good experiment and respect envelope pushing for the sake of art and especially fun. Twin Peaks did all that and more. It really changed how we view modern television, paving the way for quirkiness and niche. And the modern streaming world is one grateful off-spring. 3 out of 5 for this classic series.

The River Wild

May 15, 2017

Not sure why but I had a hankering to watch the 1994 Meryl Streep film, The River Wild. I saw it listed on Amazon Video and added it to my queue, but it’s not part of Prime so I would have had to rent it. Luckily we have a copy at the library. It was exactly what I needed. Good escapist fun with a dash of natural American outdoor beauty. And Streep’s the main character whose the skilled white water rafter. All the men play secondary to her. Unfortunately there’s only one interaction between Streep’s character and her mother. So definitely not a Bechdel Test film. Still it was fun and even Kevin Bacon is believable as one of the bad guys after a bit. I truly enjoyed my trip down The River Wild memory lane. 3.5 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?

Grr Argh

March 10, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Buffy the Vampire Slayer who turns 20 today.

My favorite episode is Hush. What’s yours?

Hat tip to NPR. Second hat tip to my dear friend Alex who continues to see this show as his all-time favorite.

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End

March 2, 2017

brink-of-summers-endIFC Theaters in NYC is screening the documentary on writer Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End. The film made it to VHS back in the day, but was never released on DVD. It’s an absolute must-see for anyone interested in AIDS and LGBTQ history. From IFC,

Stranger than Fiction
Exclusive documentary film screenings, hosted by Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers.

PAUL MONETTE: THE BRINK OF SUMMER’S END
March 21, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Winner of the 1997 Sundance Audience Award

Excerpt of Stephen Holden’s 1998 review in The New York Times:

”Go without hate, but not without rage; heal the world,” proclaimed Paul Monette, the author and gay activist who died of AIDS three years ago at the age of 49. That sentiment, at once angry and optimistic, serves as an epitaph in Monte Bramer’s admiring and extremely sad documentary biography ”Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End.”

An intimate portrait of the author, whose 1992 autobiography, ”Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story,” won the National Book Award (he was the first openly gay author to win one), the movie is narrated by the actress Linda Hunt in her best calm-but-stately manner.

Constructed around Mr. [Monette’s] home movies, which follow the author’s roller-coaster final years as he clings to life by embracing travel, love and AIDS activism with a furious enthusiasm, the movie begins as a sober, official-sounding biography, then changes into a vertiginous close-up study of a life that has suddenly caught fire.

Purchase advanced tickets.
Watch the trailer on Daily Motion.

Be Mine 2017

February 14, 2017

gay-love

If you’re a sucker for romance (and heartbreak), why not take a stroll through some great lesbian and gay love stories this Valentine’s Day? From Reel Charlie’s favorites list,

Beautiful Thing
Carol
Freir Fall (Free Fall)
Giorni (Days)go-fish
Go Fish
Ha- Buah (The Bubble)
I Do
The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love 
Jongens (Boys)
Maurice
Metrosexuality
My Beautiful Laundrette
Parting Glances
Presque Rien (Come Undone)
Reaching for the Moon
Weekend


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