Archive for the ‘Gender’ Category

Scott & Bailey: Season 4

July 21, 2018

I finished Season 4 of Scott & Bailey on vacation. I watched very little television, but did catch the final few episodes of this solid television series from England. The best from Season 4: the promotion, Rachel’s Mom, Janet’s daughter Elise leaving home, Rachel and her sexy new man, Gill’s drinking, Gill’s impending retirement, and the slaves at the farm. Hard to believe only one more to go. Time flew by with Janet and Rachel. 4 out of 5.

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Scott & Bailey: Season 3

July 2, 2018

Season 3 turned out to be the most complex and shocking Scott & Bailey so far. Friendships destroyed, difficult relatives, free-fall marriages, difficult cases and a mole among the staff are just some of the challenges facing Janet and Rachel in this twisty eight-episode arc. Really love this show. It’s so easy to watch. Nothing too complicated and yet the quality never falters. 4 out of 5.

LGBT Film (and Television) Primer

June 28, 2018

Created a LGBT Film and Television Primer handout for a program several years ago. Updated it this year for LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2018 at the library. What would you add? Delete?

Click to see the full two-page handout.

LGBTQ+ Pride 2018 Library Display

June 27, 2018

One of our display tables at work went out and proud this month for LGBTQ+ Pride 2018. I created cool bookmarks, one for each of the four letters (LGBT). I also created a film decade primer and favorite film list. Enjoy the photos and feel the love:

   

Special thanks to my co-worker Robin who did a lot of the work to make this display happen.

Scott & Bailey: Season 2

June 26, 2018

Still loving the British police procedural, Scott & Bailey. Fun to see the genders reversed – the women to be making the decisions, drinking too much, fucking up their relationships, and solving all the crimes. Best parts of Season 2: Janet’s marital problems, Rachel’s brother Dominic, Sean’s reappearance in Rachel’s life, Andy’s reappearance in Janet’s life, Sean’s surprise family member, Andy and Janet’s screw-up at work, Nick Savage’s reappearance, and Rachel’s Mom who helps with the cliffhanger. Kudos to the direction and writing. Tight, smart and easy to digest, Scott & Bailey is perfect for almost any occasion. Breezed through this second season full of surprises and filled with the familiarity of our heroines. 4 out of 5.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

June 25, 2018

I was told by a good friend to check out Hannah Gadsby’s show, Nanette live at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC. I should have listened. Netflix picked the performance up and now has it streaming. I sent this text out after watching Nanette today,

You have to watch Netflix’s Hannah Gadsby: Nanette.  It’s the most powerful piece of performance I’ve seen in a long time. Starts out as stand up and then moves in a totally different direction.  Incredible.

Nanette is astonishing. It creeps up on you in the slyest of ways. Relaxing you, preparing you for the tension (as Hannah calls it) which comes in droves during the last half of the special. Gadsby’s show is so necessary. It’s so contemporary, and yet timeless as well. It feels like Hannah is speaking a new language we need to all start using if we want to survive. Mandatory viewing. You will be moved and changed. 5 out of 5.

The 17 Romance Movies On Netflix With The Highest Rotten Tomatoes Scores (Decider)

June 24, 2018

Love discovering film lists online which include LGBT titles. Decider listed the 17 highest rated (on Rotten Tomatoes) romance movies currently streaming on Netflix. Included in the 17:
AWOL 
Carol
Pariah
The Way He Looks
Blue is the Warmest Color

That’s four lesbian films and one gay male feature! Also on the list are Reel Charlie perennial favorites:
Howards End
Amelie

See the complete list on Decider.

Enlightened: Season 2 (take 2)

June 23, 2018

Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of the colossal whistle-blower television series, Enlightened from the brilliant minds of Mike White and Laura Dern.

Essential Liz (Quad Cinema, NYC)

June 22, 2018

Get your Liz on. Quad Cinema in New York City currently screening an Elizabeth Taylor retrospective. From Quad,

Essential Liz

An actor first and then foremost a star, Elizabeth Taylor reached highs throughout—and well beyond—the Golden Age of Hollywood. Possessed of striking beauty including but hardly limited to, as cartoonist Garry Trudeau aptly wrote, “violet eyes to die for,” Taylor made her debut in 1942 at age 10. Her talent was evident and her impact upon audiences and industry was instantaneous, inviting choruses of “Who’s that girl?” Soon she was renegotiating her contract with MGM and America’s exhibitors had named her a Star of Tomorrow; by 1961, she was the theater owners’ choice as Top Box Office Star. Taylor’s dramatic screen performances (which earned her two Best Actress Academy Awards) riveted the world, which hungrily consumed gossip on her personal life of multiple marriages, infidelities, divorces, remarriage, births, losses, AIDS activism, and much more. Through it all, she forged a filmography that spanned the sublime to the ridiculous. This retrospective includes a number of rarely screened works and offers proof aplenty that great performances and movie stardom need not be mutually exclusive.

Reel Charlie would love to see on the big screen:
Boom!
Butterfield 8
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Father of the Bride
A Place in the Sun
Reflections in a Golden Eye
Suddenly, Last Summer
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

See the full schedule and purchase tickets at Quad Cinema.

9 to 5 tribute

June 21, 2018

My good luck charms: Lily, Jane, and Dolly in 9 to 5.


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