Archive for the ‘Risk-taking’ Category

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.

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Sense8: The Finale

June 10, 2018

Never have I loved such a flawed show as much as I love Sense8. The plot can be ridiculous, the story lines impossible to follow, the back story baffling, and the violence over the top gross. And yet, in-between lives an arc of love, connection, compassion, and a sense of wonder. Gloriously filmed in Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Reykjavik, San Francisco, and Seoul, this finale movie wrap-up lands in Paris where the sensates gather to do battle with the Chairman and save their race from enslavement and extinction. I forgot much of the plot between Season 2 and the wrap-up movie. I sure wish Netflix and other streamers would create “last season on…” trailers to remind us where we left off in the previous season. Instead I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the ride. There’s way too much violence for me, and Daryl Hannah’s face work never stops being distracting. Still Sense8 imagines a world of possibilities for love and friendship. And for that I will end this series content and fulfilled. What’s not to love about a kooky, over-the-top, sex positive TV show that has a HEA ending? My girls found their moment after the battles ended. 4 out of 5 for the ambitious Sense8 from the Wachowskis.

Queer as Folk: Season 5, The Final Season (take >3)

June 9, 2018

I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I moped when it ended. Click on the image below to see my updated review of the classic television series, Queer as Folk: Season 5: The Final Season.

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.

Queer as Folk: Season 4 (take >3)

May 27, 2018

Fall in love all over again with the cast of Queer as Folk as they navigate life in 2004. 14 years: so much has changed and yet in many ways we are still fighting the same battles. Click on the image below to read an updated review of Queer as Folk: Season 4.

 

Sense8: The Series Finale (trailer)

May 20, 2018

From Netflix,

Together until the end. From our cluster to yours, the Sense8 Series Finale comes to Netflix on June 8 (2018).

No matter the limitations with this series, remembering Sense8 fills me with excitement and hope – a world united in every aspect. A dream which needs to become reality. I will miss these characters. For now let’s celebrate the show as we get once last glimpse at Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Wolfgang, Lito, and Will.

Reel Charlie’s review:
Sense8: Season 1
Sense8: A Christmas Special
Sense8: Season 2

‘Paper Boys,’ ‘Gay Husbands’ and 8 other streaming gay series to binge now (Queerty)

May 17, 2018

Web series are a great way to binge quickly through a series and discover new talent along the way. Usually web series episodes last anywhere from 3-20 minutes. Think short films but instead – short television. Queerty hunts down 8 gay series to watch. Check out YouTube and Vimeo for more series of all kinds. From Queerty,

The advent of the streaming age opened up a whole new catalog of film and television content, and an even wider audience to view it. Naturally, we are ahead of the curve with not one, not two, but three specialized streaming services focusing specifically on queer film and television and getting said content to the community. Meanwhile, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Video are also generating reams of first-rate queer-friendly content.

Revry, Dekkoo and World of Wonder Plus have also opened the door to a new generation of creators who finally have the platform and budget to produce series too incendiary for network audiences.

Read more at Queerty.

Some web series Reel Charlie has reviewed over the years:
Mess
Go-Go Boy Interupted
Husbands
The Outs
Stupid Idiots

And perhaps my favorite web series, The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo. Wickedly funny. One final word: Freckle.

“Lines Got Blurred”: Jeffrey Tambor and an Up-Close Look at Harassment Claims on ‘Transparent’ (Hollywood Reporter)

May 8, 2018

I’m so sad about Transparent. I hope creator Jill Soloway, cast, and crew can transform the final season into a tribute to the remaining characters. For what it’s worth, Jeffrey Tambor did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to tell his side of the story. He is the first accused man to do so since the #MeToo era began. From The Hollywood Reporter,

Where Tambor is right now is uncharted territory. He is about to become the first high-profile subject of the sweeping #MeToo movement to sit for an in-depth interview about his alleged sexual harassment scandal. His is a dizzying tale entangled in Rashomon-like perspectives and political trip wires. And at the center of it all stand three figures: Tambor and his two accusers, Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, and Trace Lysette, an actress on the series.

That Barnes and Lysette are both transgender women is not insignificant. After all, Transparent — led by Tambor’s twice Emmy-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman — was only recently being held up as a beacon of social progressivism, lauded by activist groups like GLAAD for igniting a global transgender movement. In the blink of an eye, however, all that has changed, as Tambor — who admits to having lifelong anger issues but denies sexually harassing his accusers — watched his image go from that of LGBTQ folk hero to fugitive.

Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter.
Check out Reel Charlie’s glowing reviews of Transparent Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4.

 

Queer as Folk: Season 2 (take >3)

May 5, 2018

Continuing my comfort food cuddle with Queer as Folk. Click on the image below to read an updated Season 2 review for this still topical and always lovely series.

Bruce Gray: 1936 -2017

December 16, 2017

Bruce Gray and Peter Paige in Queer as Folk (2002)

One of the best things about the American Queer as Folk television series was Emmett Honeycutt played to perfection by Peter Paige. And one of Emmett’s best stories centered around a love affair with an older man, pickle king George Schickel played by Canadian actor Bruce Gray. Emmett’s embrace of an intergenerational relationship was not only a first for television, show producers handled the story with grace, joy, and sexiness. Out of all of Emmett’s relationships, I think warm thoughts when I remember Emmett and George together. Actor Bruce Gray died this week at the age of 81. That made him 66 when he played George on QAF. Peter Paige was 33 at the time. So yes, there was an actual age difference. But what a lesson for all of us in the power of love at any age. Queer as Folk continues to be one of my all-time favorite television shows full of ground-breaking stories for the LGBTQ community. When I reviewed Season 2 on Reel Charlie, “And my favorite plot line of the entire series… Emmett meets George.  Short but oh so sweet is their love story.” Emmett and George’s love will live on forever. Thanks Bruce Gray.


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