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“Lines Got Blurred”: Jeffrey Tambor and an Up-Close Look at Harassment Claims on ‘Transparent’ (Hollywood Reporter)

May 8, 2018

I’m so sad about Transparent. I hope creator Jill Soloway, cast, and crew can transform the final season into a tribute to the remaining characters. For what it’s worth, Jeffrey Tambor did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to tell his side of the story. He is the first accused man to do so since the #MeToo era began. From The Hollywood Reporter,

Where Tambor is right now is uncharted territory. He is about to become the first high-profile subject of the sweeping #MeToo movement to sit for an in-depth interview about his alleged sexual harassment scandal. His is a dizzying tale entangled in Rashomon-like perspectives and political trip wires. And at the center of it all stand three figures: Tambor and his two accusers, Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, and Trace Lysette, an actress on the series.

That Barnes and Lysette are both transgender women is not insignificant. After all, Transparent — led by Tambor’s twice Emmy-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman — was only recently being held up as a beacon of social progressivism, lauded by activist groups like GLAAD for igniting a global transgender movement. In the blink of an eye, however, all that has changed, as Tambor — who admits to having lifelong anger issues but denies sexually harassing his accusers — watched his image go from that of LGBTQ folk hero to fugitive.

Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter.
Check out Reel Charlie’s glowing reviews of Transparent Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4.



Happy Birthday to Me (2017)

November 16, 2017

No, I’m not 2017 years old. I just feel like it some days. I’m in the air on my birthday this year. I thought it might be fun to post something like this:

If you really love me, you’ll watch a film by at least one of these directors sometime in November:

Alfred Hitchcock
Andrea Arnold
Andrew Haigh
Barbara Streisand
Cheryl Dunye
Christopher Guest
Dee Rees
Derek Jarman
Douglas Sirk
Eytan Fox
Ferzan Ozpetek
Glenn Gaylord
Gurinder Chadha
Ilene Chaiken
Ingrid Jungermann
James Ivory
Jill Soloway
John Cameron Mitchell
John Greyson
John Sayles
John Waters
Kenneth Lonergan
Lisa Cholodenko
Lisa Gornick
Lynne Ramsay
Mike Leigh
Mira Nair
Nicole Holofcener
Pedro Almodovar
Peter Paige
Rikki Beadle Blair
Robert Altman
Spike Lee
Stephen Frears
Susan Seidelman
Todd Haynes
Tom McCarthy
Ventura Pons
Xavier Dolan

It’s good to have choices.

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.

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


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.

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