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A Feminist Film Critic in the Age of Weinstein (The Hollywood Reporter)

October 12, 2017

Film critic Sara Stewart unpacks her understanding of the Harvey Weinstein story and the avalanche of misogyny in Hollywood both in the industry as well as the products created. From The Hollywood Reporter,

In six years, it’s been incredibly rare for anyone from the critical community to simply say to me, “You know, that’s a good point about women.” It seems to me that, when it comes to reviews, voicing concerns about representation is often seen by my peers as an abdication of one’s pure love of filmmaking — a prioritizing of activism over criticism. I disagree. Misogyny in film should be pointed out as plainly and as often as possible. I try to support and promote other writers who do so. Because what message does our collective embrace, or enabling, of onscreen objectification send to the predators still out there?

Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter.


Cut the Cord 2017

October 11, 2017

Presenting Cut the Cord tonight for the fourth year at Fairfield Public Library. First time I am doing it at the branch library. Still amazed at how many people continue to seek out this information. This year I separated the program into two parts – Intro and Advanced. I’ll post my new PowerPoint next week after I present the second half. I’ve spent so much time updating the presentation. There’s so much new information, it’s astounding. Who knew we’d have six choices for cable replacement services in 2017?

We have a capacity of 70 people. 110 signed up this week, 92 for next week. I’ve already discussed doing another set in a month to support as many people as possible in the community.

Looking forward to sharing information this week and next. Tonight at 6:30 pm at Fairfield Woods.

Netflix is raising its prices for US subscribers (The Verge)

October 5, 2017

Do  you care about spending $2 more per month for Netflix? From The Verge,

Netflix is raising two of its pricing tiers for US subscribers beginning next month, Mashablereports. The standard tier, which allows subscribers to watch on two screens at once, will be bumped up from $9.99 to $10.99 per month. The premium tier, which is available in Ultra HD and allows users to watch on up to four screens, will go up from $11.99 to $13.99. The Basic $7.99 per month plan will remain the same.

Read the full article on The Verge.

NewFest 2017

September 29, 2017

Metro NYC peeps: NewFest 2017
The 29th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival

Thursday October 19 – Tuesday October 24

NewFest will be celebrating its 29th annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 19th – 24th, 2017. The six-day festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.

Reel Charlie’s looking forward to:
100 Men
Hot to Trot
My Wonderful West Berlin
One Last Thing

Oscars: France Selects ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ for Foreign-Language Category (Hollywood Reporter)

September 27, 2017

From The Hollywood Reporter,

Robin Campillo’s drama won the Grand Prize at this year’s Cannes film festival.

France has selected Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute as its submission in the best foreign-language film category of the Oscars.

The film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The selection committee was chaired by National Cinema Center (CNC) head Frederique Bredin and composed of executives including Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux, French Academy president Alain Terzian, UniFrance film body head Serge Toubiana and former head Jean-Paul Salome, as well as CNC financing commissioner Teresa Cremisi.

BAFTA- and Cesar-nominated director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) and Cesar winner Deniz Gamze Erguven, director of the Oscar-nominated Mustang, rounded out the committee.

The commission selected from a shortlist including 120 Beats Per Minute, Mathieu Amalric’s Cannes Un Certain Regard special prize winner Barbara and Redoubtable from Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).

Read the full article.

Hollywood Still Sucks at Lesbian Visibility (After Ellen)

September 25, 2017

Disturbing article on the percentage of lesbian characters in major Hollywood films during 2016. From After Ellen,

The US population is 50.8% female, but in the last 9 years, the percentage of speaking roles occupied by women has not exceeded 32.8%

Of 4,544 speaking characters in the top 100 movies of 2016, only 9 characters were lesbian, and none were protagonists.

Of course none of this is surprising. Without the independent film community, there would be very little diversity in film and very few LGBTQ protagonists. The 100 top grossing US films of any year continue to primarily appeal to teenage boys. Support independent cinema.

Read the full article at After Ellen.

Batgirl’s Debut 50 Years Ago Proved Damsels Can Save The Day (Decider)

September 14, 2017

For my first long-term partner – that means husband in pre-marriage equality 80’s gay relationship lingo – Joe Greenwood who loved Batgirl as much as I did. Joe is probably up in heaven with Yvonne Craig cackling over 50 years of Batmania. From Decider,

The biggest superhero of 2017 wasn’t Spider-Man or Wolverine or the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was Wonder Woman, the Amazonian headliner of the biggest movie of the summer, the second highest-grossing film of the year, and the film that finally broke the bad luck streak female superheroes have unfairly shouldered. This ground-breaking movie (which is getting a ground-breaking sequel) was a major step forward for inclusivity in the superhero genre–and the first step on that journey was taken 50 years ago today.

On September 14, 1967, another A-list DC Comics super woman made her live-action debut, pushing her purple high-heeled boot through the door of the comic book boys club. Yvonne Craig pulled double duty as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara and Batgirl in Batman’s Season 3 premiere, giving pop culture its first live-action female superhero.

This moment of subversive brilliance exposes the damsel trope for what it is: it’s a costume that immensely capable female characters have to wear in order to fit in with what men expect. It would have been great to see Barbara figure out a way to free herself as Barbara in front of Batman and Robin, thus preserving her identity and de-samseling her alter ego, but the fact that a 1967 superhero romp subverted the trope at all is revolutionary. Viewers in 1967 were just shown that damsels can save themselves and save the boys.

Read the full article on Decider.
Happy Anniversary Batgirl.


David Simon: ‘If you’re not consuming porn, you’re still consuming its logic’ (The Guardian)

September 10, 2017

Outstanding article from The Guardian on David Simon and his new HBO series, The Deuce. From The Guardian,

Alongside longtime collaborator George Pelecanos, The Wire’s creator talks about their new TV drama, The Deuce, which examines porn’s impact on US society“

“What I stumbled into seemed to be a ready-made critique of market capitalism, and what happens when labour has no collective voice, and that seemed to be apt for this moment because I think a lot of the lessons of the 20th century are going to have to be learned all over again thanks to Reagan and Thatcher and all the neoliberal and libertarian argument that has come after,” says Simon, 57, unfailingly intense as he leans forward on a sofa.

“I don’t think you can look at the misogyny that’s been evident in this election cycle, and what any female commentator or essayist or public speaker endured on the internet or any social media setting, and not realise that pornography has changed the demeanour of men.”

(Pelecanos) believes there is a through line to Trump’s stunning victory in last year’s presidential election. “There’s no doubt if Hillary Clinton had been a man, she would be president now. The code words that were used against not just her but female journalists and everybody that was involved peripherally in the campaign was awful. Never seen anything like it.”

I’m really excited for the series now. Even with a double dose of James Franco.
Read the full article at The Guardian.


The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey (IndieWire)

September 7, 2017

Interesting article about millennials not caring about older films. IndieWire highlights a list of “one film — the right film — could change their minds.” From IndieWire,

A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.

Later in the piece Vadim Rizov (@vrizov), Filmmaker Magazine writes,

I also don’t understand why millennials need to see older films. There’s an assumption here, I guess, that it’s valuable to have some kind of shared national cultural reference points, the “shared monoculture as uniter” concept, but I’m not so sure that’s true.

I’m not sure why it’s important for anybody without the interest for something outside of their cultural intake comfort zone to sit down and watch “Rear Window.” I’m sure they can find other things to do with their time, and not everybody needs to care about movies. They already don’t.

The other thing is that people used to sit and watch older movies on TV for hours at a time simply because they had nothing better to do. Now people have tons of “content” they can consume, so they’re not sharing a collective, inertia-driven intake of older movies, and that’s not coming back, so it’s logical that fewer younger people would be watching older movies.

If you don’t enjoy film, I get the comments above. If you’re consumed only with media created by and for your generation, your youth, I also get that. But to lump an entire generation into one category seems as limiting as assuming everyone needs to watch classic film. I know many people who don’t embrace classic film. That’s fine. But I disagree completely with the idea that since we all have access to streaming services on the device in our pocket, we no longer need to see Hitchcock films. I watched very few classic films in my 20’s. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC in my 30’s and had access to Kim’s Videos and Two Boots Video that I began delving into classic film. I never hit the retrospective theaters until after I discovered classics at home on VHS. So it’s fine to give millennials space to come to the party late like I did. But as a media blogger, I would continue to encourage any one at any age to give older films a try. We live in an era where a certain type of film gets made. These films don’t appeal to many people. Perhaps another group of films from another time may speak more authentically to those alienated by superheroes and violence. I know I’m generalizing here, but hopefully you catch my drift.

Read the full article on IndieWire.
Browse Reel Charlie’s category Classic (which doesn’t always mean older films).

Where Are All the Great, New, Streaming Movies?

September 6, 2017

I receive a monthly email from Decider telling me what’s new to streaming each month. Decider publishes separate lists for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO NOW, Starz, Showtime, Sundance Now, Shudder, Acorn TV, Tribeca Shortlist, and Britbox. I only subscribe to Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The past few months I’ve noticed there’s fewer films I’m interested in adding to my queue. Sure, I’m a series junkie and in September alone I’m looking forward to new seasons from Transparent and One Mississippi. But this man cannot live on episodes alone. It’s hard for me to believe I’m that snobbish I can’t find any newly acquired films on either platform. But this month, there was nothing at all on either list. What’s happening?

Keep in mind, I’m talking new content here. There are 155 items (film and television seasons) in my Netflix streaming queue, 38 in my Netflix DVD queue, and 198 items in my Amazon Prime Watch List. It’s going to take me a long time to work my way through those titles.

Also realize there are outstanding new titles being added this month. However they are films I’ve already seen such as Hidden Figures, Requiem for a Dream, and Carol on Netflix. Nothing I’ve already seen and loved on Amazon Prime. Hmm.

For this post I’m specifically talking about fresh content new to me. I suppose it’s time to start doing some research. I will compare the multiple platforms and see if there’s another worthy of my subscription. If you’re interested in doing the same, follow these links below to see all that’s available in September. No real surprise that I continue to use disks to enhance my viewing experience. From Decider,

From original series to new and classic movies, here’s everything new on your favorite services this month:

Here’s Everything New On Netflix This September.

Here’s Everything New On Amazon Prime Video This September.

Here’s Everything New On Hulu This September.

Here’s Everything New On HBO NOW This September.

Here’s Everything New On Starz This September.

Here’s Everything New On Showtime This September.

Here’s Everything New On Sundance Now This September.

Here’s Everything New On Shudder This September.

Here’s Everything New On Acorn TV This September.

Here’s Everything New On Tribeca Shortlist This September.

Here’s Everything New On Britbox This September.


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