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Transparent: Season 4

October 1, 2017

“Sleep and I shall soothe you, calm you and anoint you…”

Who knew the Pfeffermans were as obsessed with Jesus Christ Superstar as I was when I was a little boy. And they remember the words to the songs after all these years. Even Maura’s sister! Such a magnificent and glorious television series Transparent continues to be. Is this the most loving, dysfunctional family you’ve ever met? Does yours rival them? Mine sure doesn’t. Which is probably why I love watching them tick. This season the family connects with their spiritual and social roots on a trip to Israel. Every one comes together and then proceeds to find their own corner and take some time out to contemplate life: Josh at meetings, Sarah with Len, Ali at the farm, and Maura and Shelly meditating in the midst of the chaos. The only logical family member of Maura’s who gets any back story time this season is the luminous Davina, my favorite non-Pfefferman. We dig deeper into Davina’s past to find her vulnerabilities. I love Davina even more after this season. She is the heart, soul, and calm of the show. Alexandra Billings brings nuance and wisdom to the role. Can’t say enough how much I adore Transparent. 5 out of 5 for this family ensemble.

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Transparent: Season 3 (take 2)

August 15, 2017

Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of the splendorous Amazon Prime original series Transparent.

Transparent: Season 2 (take 2)

August 8, 2017

Reel Charlie continues a second look at Maura Pfefferman and family in Amazon Prime’s exquisite Transparent. Click on the image below for an updated review of Transparent: Season 2.

Transparent: Season 4 trailer

July 31, 2017

“It’s like an Orthodox, Jewish, Disneyland” – Sarah Pfefferman.

The song playing in the background is “Everything’s Alright” from the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Love how they fuck with everything and everyone.

Watch the trailer for Season 4 of Transparent here.

Discover all the Reel Charlie posts on Transparent.

 

Transparent: Season 1 (take 2)

July 19, 2017

Took a trip down recent memory lane and watched season one of Amazon Prime’s colossal hit television series, Transparent for the second time. Bravo to Jill Soloway and crew. 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.

Transparent: Season 3

October 2, 2016

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Transparent continues to shock and awe. To confront and inspire. To touch the deepest parts of our humanity with the rawest of emotion. Season 1 felt internal. Season 2 felt like defining female sexuality and what it means to be a woman. Season 3 continued covering all these themes but also focused on alienation, consequences, self-absorption, and my favorite theme – Maura’s continual use of her white male privilege in her trans woman body. Josh and Len get to crash the party a little deeper. Otherwise, Transparent is a female tour de force. Triumphantly so. Transparent goes dark. Transparent goes nasty. Transparent goes where you hope it goes. The difference between good television and great television is this: if you think it and it happens, then they’re doing their job. Every time I thought something should happen, it did. Transparent never holds back. And it is that kernel which makes Transparent fearless and one for the history books. The final episodes reveal more about Judith Light’s Shelly than we’ve been privy to. The cruise ship performance is nothing short of astonishing. Laugh, scream, cry. Do it all. The dysfunctional Pfeffermans in all their dysfunctional glory will be standing next to you waiting, watching, bitching, loving. 5 out of 5 for Transparent: Season 3.

8/2017: Just as good the second time around. I’m chomping at the bit for Season 4 to be released. The Israel season!

Jill Soloway’s Emmy Award Acceptance Speech 2016

September 19, 2016

Congratulations Jill! We’ve loved you since Six Feet Under. We love you even more with Transparent. Topple the Patriarchy!

Click to the YouTube clip.

And congrats to all my favorites who won last evening:

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Transparent”: “Man on the Land,” (Jill Soloway) – WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” – WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Sarah Paulson, “The People v O.J.: American Crime Story” – WINNER (haven’t seen it but I love Paulson)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” – WINNER

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” – WINNER

and earlier in the week, my “one degree of separation” RuPaul won Outstanding Host of a Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program.

See the full list over at Towleroad.

I Love Dick (Amazon Pilot)

September 3, 2016

i love dickNo, that’s not on a t-shirt I owned in the 80’s, although it could have been. Based on Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel Love Dick, Transparent creator Jill Soloway adapted the novel into an Amazon pilot that appears to already have been picked up for a full season. I Love Dick is odd and quirky – a 21st Century Woody Allenesque exposé of a NYC couple who trek out to Marfa, Texas for a fellowship with some genius recluse wannabee cowboy hipster named Dick. Dick is played slyly by Kevin Bacon. The NYers played by Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne venture out of their urban bubble and into a bizarre small town set up for quirky academics and performance artists. The tone of I Love Dick was odd to be sure. I have no doubt that was the point. I just hope that can be sustained on some level, or better we can see beyond the oddness in future episodes to a greater depth of character development. The jury’s still out on this one. But I am intrigued so I will definitely watch episode two when it gets released next year. Meanwhile 3 out of 5 for the pilot.


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