Archive for the ‘Directors – John Cameron Mitchell’ Category

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.


The 20 Best LGBTQ Movies of the 21st Century (Indiewire)

September 5, 2017

From Indiewire,

“Moonlight.” “The Handmaiden.” “Carol.” The last few years have not only brought LGBTQ films and stories further into the mainstream, but queer films have dominated awards seasons and found commercial success. This has been a long time coming: The New Queer Cinema was a major influence on the indie film boom of the ’90s, and set the bar high for the many queer films to follow.

From the list of 20, Reel Charlie favorites include,

Far From Heaven
I Killed My Mother
The Kids Are All Right
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Stranger by the Lake

Click on the film titles above to read Reel Charlie’s reviews.
Read Reel Charlie’s Best Gay Films 2010 – 2015.
See the complete list at Indiewire.

Uncle Barb & Reel Charlie’s 30 Best LGBT Films of All Time

April 1, 2016

After kibitzing over the British Film Institute’s 30 Best LGBT Films Of All Time, Uncle Barb and I decided to come up with our own list. We found out we had fifteen in common, so we decided to create a master list featuring our individual selections as well as our common choices. Check out our lists below and let us know where we intersect and differ with your own list.



Click on any of the titles below to read Reel Charlie’s reviews:

Avant que j’oublie (Before I Forget)
Beautiful Thing
Brother to Brother
But I’m a Cheerleader
Contracorriente (Undertow)
Edward II
Go Fish
Ha-Buah (The Bubble)
Le fate ingoranti (His Secret Life)
L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake)
La Mala Educación (Bad Education)

My Beautiful Laundrette
Paris was a Woman
Parting Glances
Reaching for the Moon
The Sticky Fingers of Time

Tongues Untied
The Watermelon Woman

Zero Patience


June 15, 2015

shortbusJohn Cameron Mitchell’s (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) masterpiece Shortbus adds the Q to Reel Charlie’s month of LGBTQ film reviews for Pride 2015. Mixing gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and pansexual characters who converge on a post 9/11 downtown NYC party Shortbus, Mitchell does something rare in feature film. He uses real sex (non-simulated) in place of fake actor sex. The shock of seeing so many different types of people having sex on-screen forces the viewer to stop worrying about the sex and start focusing on the characters. It’s a genius idea really. We all love sex. People seem to always want more sex. And the multi-billion dollar porn industry confirms this as well. Mitchell’s message is simple. We are all searching for connection with other human beings. We crave it. We are all searching for answers. And the truth is we never really find any answers. We either learn to live without the answers or we continue searching. Lead character Sofia’s frantic quest for her first orgasm brings metaphor to the idea of the meaning of life. Shortbus continues to be revolutionary in its normalizing of gay, straight, lesbian, bi, queer, pan sex. In the end, we are all just together and all that matters is that you do what you do with good intention, making yourself feel good, making others feel good and certainly, hopefully not harming anyone in the process. The brave mostly unknown cast met on a regular basis for over two years before filming began to create genuine intimacy between the characters they play. It certainly worked. I laughed with them, I cried with them – especially James, I cheered with and for them. Blessings for Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, PJ DeBoy, Raphael Barker, Peter Stickles, Jay Brannan who sings wonderfully for a living nowadays, Alan Mandell as the Ed Koch character, and the incomparable Justin Vivian Bond as the hostess of Shortbus. Each character carried a secret, a heartbreak, a spiritual purpose, a love, and a kernel of truth they passed on to one another. Such a gorgeous piece of film making. Bravo to writer/director John Cameron Mitchell for the literal risk-taking of Shortbus. We need an entire genre of films like this teaching the world how to love and live. 5 out of 5 for this carnal classic.

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