Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

2017 NYC Pride March: Watch it LIVE!

June 25, 2017

Historic! ABC 7 in New York City is broadcasting the NYC Pride Parade live for the very first time ever! ABC7NY is the broadcast partner of the 2017 NYC Pride March. From WABC NY,

WABC-TV is the official television partner and broadcast the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the 1-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Today, it is one of the world’s best known LGBT events, with 350 marching contingents and more than 2 million spectators in 2016.

WABC-TV broadcasts the annual trek down Fifth Avenue from Noon -3 p.m. on Channel 7 and on its website, abc7NY.

Watch it streaming on ABC 7’s website.

http://abc7ny.com/live/

Orange is the New Black: Season 5

June 15, 2017

Damn ladies. Orange is the New Black just keeps getting better and better. How is that even possible? Every season builds on the previous. Not a misstep in this season. Absolute amazing acting, directing, editing, and writing. Highlights include,

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky getting clean and reaching out
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne falling apart again and again (another Emmy?)
Danielle Brooks as Taystee negotiating the deal of the century
Taylor Schilling as Piper realizing her fate and future
Lea DeLaria as Boo proving butch girls look good doing romance
Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero as Flaca & Maritza proving the ridiculousness of our instant fame culture
Selenis Leyva as Gloria delivering a powerhouse performance and becoming my favorite character for S5
Taryn Manning as Tiffany (Pennsyltucky) navigating the complicated waters of rape culture, forgiveness, and desire
Adrienne Moore as Black Cindy full of comfort and relief in the final episode
Yael Stone as Lorna crazy as ever
Kate Mulgrew as Red full of revenge
Laura Prepon as Alex filled with PTSD and remorse  and just wanting to stay free (of drama and violence)
Kimiko Glenn as Brook walking the long road of grief
Brad William Henke as Piscatella leading with misdirected spite and evil in the face of homophobia
Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida figuring out how to be free
Dascha Polanco as Dayanara facing her consequences

I’m sure I missed someone. What a roller coaster ride this season was and what a cliff hanger. All bets are off that everyone will survive the final moments of the raid. It’s Netflix after all. Unbelievable. Thank you Jenji Kohan and crew for this gift. 5 out of 5.

OITNB: Season 5, 3 more episodes to go

June 13, 2017

If you’re going to watch Season 5 of Orange is the New Black, make sure you don’t read any of the spoilers online. By accident, I just discovered the big spoiler and am so angry. I like being surprised. Damn you Internet! Ugh. 3 more episodes to go. Don’t tell me any more!

 

OITNB: Season 5 – Poussey’s Memorial

June 11, 2017

I made to episode 59 of Orange is the New Black‘s fifth season before shedding any tears. Poussey’s Memorial slayed me. Damn these writers. Damn those set designers. Full season review coming soon. #booksheal

Adam West 1928 – 2017

June 10, 2017

We need more silliness in our lives. The world at large mirrors the dark and violent world of our superheros these days. West’s Batman paved the way for lighter fare like Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool. That’s probably why I loved those new films so much – they hearkened back to the 60’s camp of Batman the TV series.

Read Adam West’s obituary on Variety.
Watch Adam West dance the Batusi as Batman.

Animal Kingdom: Season 1

June 7, 2017

I blew through five episodes of the American television series adaptation of the Australian film, Animal Kingdom based on a true crime family. Ellen Barkin executes a strong performance as the matriarch of a California crime family – four sons and a grandson. The testosterone spews everywhere in this household. Raw, hardcore, feral. These boys barely contain themselves enough to get the job done. Scott Speedman, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, and Shawn Hatosy deliver fine performances as the Cody brothers with Finn Cole entering the family as the youngest member now that his mother has OD’d. There’s definitely a pull with this series. It’s hypnotic, gritty, forbidden. It’s also homoerotic with all the guys hanging out shirtless around the pool half the time. You can’t help but keep watching. I made it through five episodes. There’s one awful homophobic bashing I got through early on, but another begins in episode five and I just couldn’t stomach it. Both make sense per the plot. Perhaps you may have a higher tolerance to violence. I simply could no longer watch. Animal Kingdom performs well. 3 out of 5 for me. Higher if you can stomach the violence.

Divorce: Season 1 Episode 1

June 6, 2017

Tried watching the new HBO Sarah Jessica Parker series Divorce. I only watched the first episode. Too sad for me to continue. I think it’s a fascinating premise handled well – great production, good actors involved. But it’s too much sadness for me to wrap myself up in. 3 out of 5.

Bloodline: Season 3

June 5, 2017

Saying goodbye to the Rayburns of Bloodline I felt sadness and relief. Sadness because I came to love several of the characters. Relief because I felt exhausted watching the siblings dig themselves deeper and deeper into their lies and deceit. So many unnecessary deaths. I still blame Danny who brought plague onto his family. This season in particular felt biblical. I was on the edge of my seat each episode wondering what might go wrong next and who might screw up the most. The final two episodes were a bit surreal, but I think it gave the fans what they needed – a final dose of Danny. Trying to side step any spoilers here. Sally drove me crazy, Kevin couldn’t get one thing right and Meg just fled. Poor John left to clean up everyone’s mess. All in all I loved Bloodline. It was a fun romp in the Florida Keys through the eyes of a very damaged family. 4 out of 5.

The Wire turns 15

June 4, 2017

Happy 15th to The Wire which premiered on HBO June 2, 2002. Congrats to creator David Simon and the fantastic crew and actors who created legendary characters Bunk, McNulty, Kima, Bubbles, Lester, Stringer, Avon, Ziggy, Prop Joe, Omar (sigh), Bunny, Stanfield (shudder), Clay Davis (shiiittt), and so many others. If you’ve been meaning to find out what all the buzz is about, now is the time. If you haven’t visited Baltimore recently, revisit The Wire which continues to be one of the best television shows ever created in America. The Wire streams on HBO Now and Amazon Prime.

Reel Charlie reviews:
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

‘Sense8′ Cancelled: Netflix Ends The Wachowskis’ Progressive Sci-Fi Drama After Two Seasons (Indiewire)

June 3, 2017

Damn you Netflix. From Indiewire,

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the cancellation:

After 23 episodes, 16 cities, and 13 countries, the story of the ‘Sense8’ cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never as there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe, and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.

“Sense8” earned mostly positive reviews for both seasons, with a slight uptick in acclaim for Season 2. IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller gave the follow-up year a B+ in her review and said, “‘Sense8’ may have had a slow start in Season 1, but Season 2 is a hell of a ride. Hold on tight.”

Because of the series’ originality as well as its diverse cast and progressive storylines — including a scene filmed during the largest gay pride celebration in the world — “Sense8” earned a passionate following as well as accolades from the GLAAD Media Awards and the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, among others.

Read the full article on Indiewire.
Read Real Charlie’s reviews of Sense8 Season 1 and Season 2.

What I loved most about Sense8 was the creators’ ability to break through convention and try new things. Some worked gloriously. Others failed. But the pulse of the show was always frenetic and captivatingly addictive. It was an imperfect show I adored. Thank you Sense8 for pushing the envelope and expanding our universe.

Sense8’s Lito and Hernando at San Paolo’s Gay Pride 2016


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