Archive for the ‘Romance’ Category

Desk Set

December 15, 2017

New computers set to make librarians extinct? Is this 2017? No, it’s 1957 and the same false rumor gets spread around the office in Desk Set, a perfectly charming rom-com starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Apparently the early warnings of librarians’ demise has been a theme for 60 years! Lucky for us, people are now overwhelmed with access to too much information and need help sifting through the rubble. Back in the day, the new computer scared the bejezzus out of Hepburn’s Reference Librarian Bunny (tragic) Watson and her staff Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill, and Sue Randall. Bunny’s been waiting for years for a proposal from her boss. Not sure how all this flies in our current climate, but stay with me. In walks computer geek Richard Sumner played to perfection by Spencer Tracy. You can guess the rest no doubt. Desk Set is a fun, feel-good, Friday night date kind of movie. Hepburn is Hepburn, they just don’t make them like her any more. 4 out of 5 for this classic, light-hearted look at the dawn of the information age.


Love, Simon (trailer)

December 4, 2017

Have you read Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda? Check out my review on Goodreads,

Loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! Easy, feel good YA novel about a 16 year-old boy in the suburbs of Atlanta coming out as gay. These stories warm my heart and make me happy LGBT teens today can find a voice in literature. Great writing and strong characters make Simon stand out in the crowd. The formulaic plot doesn’t hinder – instead makes it easy to breeze through this beautiful book. Becky Albertalli makes Simon 3-dimensional while balancing a light and fun read.

So they’ve adapted the book into a film called, Love, Simon. The first trailer is out and it looks lovely. Check it out.

(BPM) Beats Per Minute (trailer)

December 1, 2017

I couldn’t let World AIDS Day 2017 go by without mentioning the brand-new French film, (BPM) Beats Per Minute. It’s the film I’m most excited about seeing this year.

Indiewire calls it “the Most Authentically Queer Film of the Awards Season.”
France selected it as their entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year.
Glenn Kenny at Roger Ebert’s site said, “Even if you consider yourself reasonably well-versed in the history, “BPM” is a kind of wake-up call, a cinematic alarm against complacency.”
Rotten Tomatoes gives Beats Per Minute (BPM) a 98% rating.
Check out BPM’s official site.
Watch the BPM trailer on YouTube. 
BPM screens this Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Hartford, CT, a co-presentation with REAL ART WAYS and Out Film CT.

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

November 23, 2017

I certainly have many things to be thankful for this year – great friends, an amazing family, a supportive and loving non-partner/partner (my bex, Dennis), a fantastic job in a career that helps the disenfranchised and people at risk, wonderful co-workers, a healthy body that responds to exercise, doctors and medical staff who keep me humming after all these post AIDS crisis years, and a brand-new 7 year-old puppy girl who will come live with us on Saturday.

But this year has not been without struggle. Now more than ever it’s important I keep myself glass half full. There is so much to do if we are to make this country and our world a reflection of decency, kindness, love and inclusion.

Today is U.S. Thanksgiving. Many of you will be home with family and friends. I wish you a calm, happy, foodie day. And afterwards, if you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving movie, consider What’s Cooking. It’s very American and very ethnic. Which is very American. Now more than ever.

Read Reel Charlie’s review of the perfect Thanksgiving film: What’s Cooking.
What’s Cooking is currently streaming on Amazon with a Tribeca Shortlist subscription. Or rent it digitally for $3 from Amazon, Apple, or Vudu. Or get the DVD from Netflix or your library.

The Best Years of Our Lives (Blu-ray)

November 17, 2017

Revisiting this classic brings joyful tears to my eyes each time I watch. Click on the image below for an updated review of William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives.

Shakespeare Wallah at The Quad (NYC) with James Ivory and Madhur Jaffrey

November 8, 2017

Exciting news for Merchant Ivory fans in the metropolitan NYC area. The Quad is screening a restored version of Shakespeare Wallah this week with director/screenwriter James Ivory and star Madhur Jaffrey. I went to the city a few months ago and was honored to catch Ivory for the screening of Maurice. It was a magical evening. Loved hearing stories from one of my favorite film partners of all-time.

Shakespeare Wallah
1965, 120m, DCP, UK/India

Opens Friday—North American theatrical premiere engagement of 2K restoration
The second feature uniting director/screenwriter James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant—known then and forever as Merchant Ivory—with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and actor Shashi Kapoor secured the world cinema reputations of all concerned. Based in part on the diaries that Geoffrey Kendal kept while performing Shakespeare all across India with his wife Laura Liddell, the film introduced audiences to their daughter Felicity Kendal, who stars as the UK theatrical troupe’s ingenue, caught in a love triangle with an Indian playboy (Kapoor) and a Bollywood film actress (Madhur Jaffrey, named Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival). The Merchant Ivory tenets of literate wit, heartbreak, and cultural collision all take center stage.

With Madhur Jaffrey & James Ivory in person at 6.30pm on Fri November 10

Purchase tickets online at The Quad.

Lone Star

November 4, 2017

A classic independent film comes to Fairfield Public Library. Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of Lone Star.

Kevin Keller’s Nuanced Life on Riverdale

November 1, 2017

Riverdale‘s episode last week finally featured a prominent Kevin Keller plot. Keller (played by Casey Cott) is Riverdale’s resident out and proud gay teen. The idea of a high school student going to a public cruising park at night, alone might scare many parents. Kevin’s story reinforces the isolation many modern out gay kids find themselves in as they navigate life with their straight counterparts while trying to find appropriate romantic and sexual partners. The fact that Betty wants Kevin to be just like her and the rest of the gang – searching for love in their school proves impossible and ridiculous since Kevin is the only out gay kid at Riverdale High. Yes, he had an interrupted hook-up with Moose and a brief down low affair with Joaquin last season. Still, Kevin deserves to figure out a good life for himself on his own terms. While not perfect, the episode proves there are many facets to young LGBT sexuality in the midst of their hetero peers. And Kevin owned his sexuality without apology which felt right. The ending with a hug from Keller’s Sheriff Dad (Martin Cummins) also felt good. I hope the writers continue to give Kevin more complicated stories to help him be more than just window dressing for the four main characters. Riverdale serves fun, edgy, and must-see comfort food.

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

October 28, 2017

Often classic films from decades long gone touch me deeply. Occasionally they don’t hold up, feeling awkward and irritating. Such was my experience watching Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. I’m not a huge fan of Scorsese. I enjoyed his Cape Fear remake as well as The Age of Innocence, but I never sought out either film for a second round. Raging Bull and Taxi Driver as excellent as they probably are, simply don’t interest me. I love Ellen Burstyn, but if I had to listen to her sing mediocre songs for one more minute, I would shoot myself. Didn’t event wait for Kris Kristofferson to show up. 40 minutes was more than enough. The film felt flat, amateurish, over acted. Also, every time I think of the title, I hear Rose Royce’s Love Don’t Live Here Anymore in my head. And Madonna’s cover of it as well. That has nothing to do with the Scorsese film. 2 out of 5 for this disappointing classic. Next.

John Sayles’ Lone Star Screening at Library

October 26, 2017

Our second screening of the American Independent Film Series featuring John Sayles’ Lone Star (1996) happens on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the Rotary Room of Fairfield Public Library. Join us as we discuss and view this perfect film from John Sayles’ canon. So excited to revisit this classic American film, perhaps even more topical today 21 years after its release.

Register at the library’s website.

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