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13 Essential LGBT Indies From the Post-‘Brokeback Mountain’ Era (Indiewire)

July 22, 2017

Good mainstream list of LGBT indies (I’d question a few of these titles being called “indies”) released after the success of Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Reel Charlie agrees with the following films from Indiewire’s list,

A Single Man
I Killed My Mother
Laurence Anyways
Stranger by the Lake
The Kids are All Right

Missing from the list in order of release date 2006 –
Ha-Buah (The Bubble)
Avant que j’oublie (Before I Forget)

Clapham Junction
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Were the World Mine
Hollywood je t’aime
Contracorriente (Undertow)
Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats)
Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
I Do
Mommy is Coming
Freier Fall (Free Fall)
Interior.Leather Bar.
Reaching for the Moon
The Way He Looks
Holding the Man
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

Remember these are indie films, so Milk doesn’t qualify for this list.
Does not include documentaries.
Culled from Wikipedia lists.

Read the full article on Indiewire.


Bruce C. Kingsley: 1942 – 2017

July 4, 2017

Back in my Alternative Video days, one of the favorite parts of my job was interacting with all the interesting customers who came through our doors. In particular, the weekends were swamped with NYC residents stopping by on their way to their mountain homes. Two men, Bruce Kingsley and John Laub came in nearly every week and always checked out the most interesting films. We had some great conversations during their brief stops each week. Sadly, John died in 2005 while they were still coming to the Catskills. When I left for grad school in 2006, Bruce brought a delicious homemade soup to the gathering. I always felt bad about not staying in touch more with Bruce. We were Facebook friends who never saw each other after my going-away party.

On Friday, I learned of Bruce’s death. He died in the most remarkable way – of a sudden heart attack while attending the Provincetown Film Festival on Friday June 16, 2017. Bruce’s obituary can only be described as celebratory. May we all live life to the fullest savoring what we truly hold dear in this world. Bruce was a true keeper of the arts and a film aficionado, patron, and historian. His obituary tells the tale of his beautiful life and loves. From SaukValley,

For the past 13 years, Kingsley, who resided in New York, was an active member of the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, where he was a film reviewer and where he had been on the organization’s board of directors for the last 8 years. In New York, Kingsley, with Arnold Himelstein, ran Talking Pictures, a film-appreciation course offered at Penn South Senior Center in Chelsea. For the past decade, Kingsley also sponsored a popular movie night in his apartment, screening classic films every Monday for a loyal following. Kingsley’s film work also included serving as chief researcher on Richard Alleman’s “The Movie Lover’s Guide to New York” and “The Movie Lover’s Guide to Hollywood.”

Read the full obituary in SaukValley.
Thank you Bruce for your kindness over the years.


The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far (New York Times)

June 11, 2017

These film lists, even by film critics are riddled with issues. But they can still be fun to ponder, gleefully clap over, or scream at. Out of the 25 Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott from the New York Times featured, I loved:

Inside Out
Hurt Locker

Above title links are Reel Charlie reviews.

What about you?
Check out the list at NYTimes.





Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies – Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (YouTube)

May 2, 2017

Steve Hayes, our favorite classic film lover is back with a video review of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. So much fun made me put the DVD on hold from the library right away. Thanks Steve! From  Steve Hayes’ Tired Old Queen at the Movies YouTube Channel,

It’s a creepy time down South when Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, Mary Astor, Victor Buono and Oscar nominated Agnes Moorehead team up In “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte”, Robert Aldrich’s fabulous follow-up to “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?’. With this entry, the legendary feud between Davis and Joan Crawford continued. Joan Crawford was originally cast, but was replaced by de Havilland early in the proceedings, the back story of which is almost as good as the film. The movie is a murderous, macabre and magnificent entertainment from an impeccable line up of pros. Don’t miss it!

Watch Steve Hayes, Tired Old Queen at the Movies review Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte on YouTube.


March 24, 2017

From Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film,

This past Sunday, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film bestowed its Trudy awards among a dozen films at its annual awards ceremony, held at Harvard Square’s Brattle Theater. However, of those 12 films only one was a multiple winner, Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT, which came away with four Trudies: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor, for Mahershala Ali’s memorable performance.

The rest of the night’s awards included surprises, first-timers and local favorites. In the acting categories, France’s Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress for a riveting take-no-prisoners performance in ELLE, while Joel Edgerton was a surprise Best Actor winner for his moving portrayal of quiet civil rights pioneer in LOVING. Newcomer Lily Gladstone won her Best Supporting Actress Trudy for her taciturn, open faced Rancher in Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN.

See Chlortudis’ website for all the winners! And congratuations. 
Reel Charlie is an out-of-state member of Chlotrudis.

Birthday Reflections (2016)

November 16, 2016

feelgoodI’m feeling particularly reflective this year because of the election. I struggle over not wanting to post drivel on Reel Charlie – possibly insulting those of us who still wade through intense emotions over the outcome and uncertainty of the next four years. I continue to be filled with a myriad of feelings which change throughout the day. Anxiety leads to anger, fear, hurt, confusion, compulsion, and hopelessness. I’m not really a glass half empty kind of guy – at least when I put my mind to it. So I end up finding hope in something at some point. Given the gravity of the situation, it’s a good thing I haven’t brushed this off and ignored the severity.

But we must take breaks. We must refuel and catch our breath. Film can be a much-needed relief from the pressures of our current reality. So my happy birthday to me this year is a reminder for all of us to watch more feel-good movies. And to that end, I give you Time Out’s list of the 25 best feel-good films on Netflix posted last month. My personal favorites include,

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Chocolat (2001)
Mermaids (1990)
The Dish (2000)

Read the full article and see the list of all 25 films.
Share your go-to feel-goods in the comments section.
And yes after I refuel, I’m ready to continue to fight for justice and equality.

LGBTQ History Month: LGBTQ Film and Television: A Brief History

October 23, 2016

Local friends – come here me speak on the history of LGBTQ film and television at Fairfield Public Library. Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. From Facebook,

Our final program for LGBTQ History Month is a trip though movie and television history focusing on LGBT characters and stories on Thursday, October 27th at 7 pm. Join Reference Librarian and Film Blogger Philip Bahr and learn where we’ve come from, where we are now and where we are headed. Register:

What makes a film or television series gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender? The creator? The characters? The plot? Using Vito Russo’s seminal work, The Celluloid Closet as a jumping off point, we will explore the depiction of LGBTQ characters and stories in film and television over the past 100 years. What themes stand out? Which films are must-sees from each decade? And where does television fit into the discussion?

Library: Fairfield Public Library

Presenter: Philip Bahr is a Reference Librarian at Fairfield Public Library.

LGBT Movies Galore: Moonlight, The Handmaiden, and NewFest (Towleroad)

October 22, 2016

From Towleroad and Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience,

If there was ever a weekend to get your gay ass to the movie theaters it’s this one. The choices are suddenly abundant and very pleasurable… at least on the coasts (consider this a November preview if you’re further inland).

This is a crucial moment because we get not one but two new must-see art films, Moonlight and The Handmaiden, which couldn’t be more different but for their immense quality. Together they remind us of the range and diversity and aesthetic power that queer cinema is capable of. They’re also both platform releases and how well such releases do and how many cities they expand to always comes down to us; if we don’t support LGBT cinema we eventually get much less of it.

On top of these two arguably masterworks, those near New York City have even more options because NewFest opens today and runs through the 25th.

Chiron’s first gay experience in “Moonlight”

Read the full article on Towleroad.

‘Consider yourself hooked’: Netflix data reveals what episodes got viewers hooked on various shows (Mashable)

September 22, 2016

More Sci-Fi future tech now antics from Mashable,

Netflix knows you’re hooked and exactly when you got hooked to its shows.

The Los Gatos-based streaming service on Wednesday released the latest data unveiling “hooked episodes,” a.k.a. the “specific episodes that take watchers from indecision to infatuation” for a handful of shows available to stream from the

When 70 percent of viewers who watched that episode went on to complete season one of the same series, it is considered a hooked episode. The data was compiled on a global scale, with Netflix researchers examining viewership habits of members from six continents.


Read the full article.

Pre-Code Hollywood: LGBT

September 15, 2016

I’m updating my History of LGBTQ Film and Television program to present next month at the library for the general public. Having to go back and add credits into my PowerPoint since older people tend to have more questions about details than younger people. First time I gave this talk was last Spring (2016) for my friend Dr. Sally O’Driscoll’s Gender and Sexuality in Film and Literature class at Fairfield University. While Googling film titles and dates, I came across a great blog post created last July at Let’s Misbehave: A Tribute to Precode Hollywood. From the blog owner Emma,

A to Z of Precode Gays & Lesbians

Despite any inference or inclusion of LGBT people or ‘sex perversion’ – as it was called – being a fundamental no-no in the 1930 Motion Picture Production Code, Precode films are full of references to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people both to increase dramatic tension and for comedic effect. Whether as a ‘sissy’ or the stereotypical ‘butch woman’, several actors made a living out of playing these roles. Below is my A to Z of the best and worst of Precode LGBT.

Read the full article and this comprehensive list of actors and films from pre-1930’s Hollywood.


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