Archive for the ‘Political’ Category

So long Pruitt

July 7, 2018

To celebrate Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the White House as despicable, disgraced EPA chief, I thought I’d put a positive spin by focusing attention on films which can educate and inspire. What a grave world we are handing our children. Power needs to be permanently taken from these greedy, immoral men and moved to people and organizations prepared to work hard to repair and care for the planet and the living beings once and for all. From Global Citizen,

Nowadays, there are environmental films popping up in a range in topics, so the opportunities to learn about the planet and how to protect it are easy and endless — and perhaps essential as world leaders waver on their commitments to fighting climate change.

From climate change to waste production to slaughterhouse effects, here is a list of 11 films that are worth watching (and rewatching) today.

11 film titles:
The 11th Hour
Meat the Truth
If a Tree Falls
Chasing Ice
More than Honey
After the Spill
Before the Flood
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Find the full article on Global Citizen.


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.

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.

Amazon Prime is filled with Alex Jones conspiracy theory videos it calls ‘documentaries’ (Mashable)

June 19, 2018

I’m thrilled Mashable has picked this story. I noticed over a month ago that Amazon added Dinesh D’Souza’s conspiracy theory videos to their streaming platform free for Prime members. I immediately wrote to Amazon. D’Souza is responsible for poisoning family members of mine with his Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ridiculous films. My family members are intelligent enough to get the real facts on their own. But they live in an ivory tower of fear so they were easy prey. Please consider contacting Amazon by clicking on this sentence.

Mashable focuses on Alex Jones but both D’Souza and Jones are cut from the same cloth. They are both interested in bringing this country down. From Mashable,

Amazon Prime’s documentary genre features many Academy Award-winning feats of investigative journalism. But it has a problem: Amazon categorizes legitimate documentaries from HBO and PBS in the same way that it does conspiracy theory films from the likes of Alex Jones.

The Telegraph first reported the troubling appearance of conspiracy theory “documentaries” on the streaming platform, in particular films from Jones and noted crazy-person David Icke. Jones is the talking head of InfoWars, who is currently being sued by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims for claiming that the deaths of their children was a hoax. Icke is a conspiracy theorist who calls himself a “conspiracy realist.”

Read the full article on Mashable.
Contact Amazon to make your voice heard.

Bobby Kennedy for President

June 6, 2018

Netflix four-part docuseries, Bobby Kennedy for President chronicles the political rise of JFK’s younger brother from campaigner, to the controversial appointment of him as his brother’s Attorney General, to the assassination of JFK, to his senate win, to his presidential race, and to his own tragic assassination. The series is good, but didn’t grab me enough to complete it. I needed to be in a different state of mind. It was well-assembled with compelling footage. Perhaps someday I’ll feel more interested in going back and finishing Bobby Kennedy for President. Meanwhile, 3 out of 5.

Happy Pride Month 2018

June 1, 2018

I mentioned in an earlier post this week I’ll be tweeting each day in June 2018 #pridereads focusing on the many aspects of LGBT literature. I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Follow me @reelcharlie

Also, three years ago in 2015, I watched a film or television series each day for 30 Days of Gay. From an earlier blog post,

In June 2015, I created 30 Days of Gay: one review each day for the 30 days of June, LGBT Pride Month. I reviewed classic LGBT films I love but had yet to review on Reel Charlie along with brand new films. The month-long project was a labor of love and so much fun! Please follow the 30 Days of Gay thread by clicking on the link below and navigating forward in the blog by clicking on the film title in the upper-right – begin the first navigation by clicking on the link below, then choosing Maurice:
30 Days of Gay

We have a lot of be thankful for and a whole more to fight for. Future generations will look back on our lives and wonder how we managed to do all we did to further equal rights for gender and sexuality. Keep on doing what you are doing, talk, march, donate, love, show up, just be your authentic self. Special thanks to all my beautiful allies who never cease to amaze me. Your support and love make my heart sing. Happy Pride everyone. XOXO. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a tea dance to find.

Dear White People: Season 2

May 18, 2018

I love the complexity of the Netflix series, Dear White People. It uses the fearless quality of a college student to describe the insanity of the world we inhabit. A world where many people don’t seem to care about anything but themselves. Dear White People isn’t afraid to put it all up in our face. And I’m grateful for that. It’s also very funny. I watched the first 3 episodes of Season 2. I love Sam and her inability to focus in episode 1. Episode 2 explores how much things have not changed on college campuses over the decades. And episode 3 shows us how awkward Lionel can be trying to get his gay groove on. For some reason I lost interest. Not because the show isn’t great. It is. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for college angst. 3 out of 5 for this topical and underrated show.

Queer as Folk: Season 3 (take >3)

May 13, 2018

Click on the image for an updated review of the iconic Queer as Folk: Season 3. Thumpa, thumpa.



A Very English Scandal (trailer)

May 9, 2018

From BBC,

Coming soon to BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal is the story of an illegal love affair that threatened the life of one man and the entire British establishment. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and written by Russell T Davies, this brand new three-part series is a darkly comic adaptation of true events.

Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe
Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Gabriel Sherman to Write Trump Movie ‘The Apprentice’ (Hollywood Reporter)

May 6, 2018

I’ve often reminded myself there is one thing we need to remember about Donald Trump. Only one thing. His mentor in the 1980’s was Roy Cohn, That’s all you need to know. If you are unfamiliar with Roy Cohn, Vanity Fair and New York (magazine) both have pieces on him and his relationship with Trump. It’s frightening. To quote Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Cohn was “the polestar of human evil… the worst human being who ever lived … the most evil, twisted, vicious bastard ever to snort coke at Studio 54.”

From Hollywood Reporter,

Donald Trump is getting the big-screen treatment in a film called The Apprentice that will dramatize his rise to power, focusing on his early influences like attorney Roy Cohn.

Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent to Vanity Fair, who also authored a book about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room, has been tapped to write the original screenplay for Amy Baer, who is producing the pic through her Gidden Media.

Fasten your seatbelts.

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