Archive for the ‘Ways To See Film, Television, and Media’ Category

The Wire on Blu-ray

July 27, 2017

Watched the first episode of The Wire on Blu-ray this weekend and I have to say the picture quality is outstanding. Well worth the investment. Or a simple loan from your local library.

Did you know you can access reviews of Blu-ray releases that rate video, audio and extras qualities to help you determine if it’s worth owning? Many remastered Blu-rays really change the way you see and hear a film or series. And with 4K right around the corner, our viewing pleasure keeps getting better and better.

Read all about The Wire on Blu-ray.

Queer Icons (BBC Radio 4)

July 24, 2017

From BBC Radio 4 Front Row,

LGBTQ guests champion queer artworks which are special to them, to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. From the poetry of Sappho to the songs of Frank Ocean. More guests coming soon, including Mary Portas, Nicholas Hytner, Rebecca Root, David Sedaris, and Colm Toibin.

These 5 minute audio pieces are powerful examples of the various types of LGBT art and how something influences a person at a certain moment in time. What’s your icon?

See the entire list of guests discussing their favorite queer icon on BBC Radio 4.

Huge transparent, flexible OLED display flows like water (CNET)

July 21, 2017

Fascinating article from CNET on the future of television here now. From CNET,

Think you have your head wrapped around flexible displays? Wait till you see through this.

LG Display is the purveyor of OLED, our favorite TV technology, and the Korean manufacturer has a crazy new concept display. Billed as the world’s first 77-inch transparent and flexible OLED display, it can look like water flowing over a shelf. But it’s a TV.

  • It’s 77-inches diagonal, but can be rolled up to a radius of just 80mm. That’s a diameter of just over 6 inches, a bit smaller than a volleyball.

  • It’s transparent. LG claims 40% transparency and judging from the image below, that’s basically a window. But with moving images.

The future is now!
Read the full article on CNET.

24 Lafayette Quotes From “True Blood” To Get You Through The Day (Next of Ken)

July 16, 2017

Media team Next of Ken compiled this beautiful tribute to True Blood’s Lafayette character on July 9, 2017 in honor of Nelsan Ellis who died this past week. From Next of Ken,

RIP Nelsan Ellis. 😦

The groundbreaking LGBT True Blood character, Lafayette, was never originally meant to survive season one. However, due to his overwhelming popularity, Lafayette continued to bring his special brand of sass for the entirety of the show’s run. When news broke yesterday that the actor who portrayed him, Nelsan Ellis, had passed away, we over here at Next of Ken knew it was time to do a tribute video to Nelsan’s best role. Here’s to you, Nelsan… 24 Quotes From “True Blood” To Get You Through The Day.

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A 78-Year-Old Gay Man Shares Sobering Truths With A 13-Year-Old Gay Boy (Logo)

July 11, 2017

May the generations reach out to each other in unique and creative ways. From Logo,

Commemorating 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in the U.K., a new video sits a 78-year-old gay man across from a gay boy 65 years his junior.

The heartwarming video, produced by YouTubers duo Trent & Luke in collaboration with London Pride, gives the two British blokes the rare opportunity to compare their experiences coming out and living as gay in two very different times.

 At 13, Louis already has a boyfriend and is overwhelmingly supported by his peers and family. “I think you’re so lucky the world has changed and you can just be yourself,” Percy tells him.
Watch the 11-minute short interview on YouTube.
https://youtu.be/yOXKf_nPWpk

The 20 Best Foreign Films On Netflix (Decider)

June 29, 2017

Decider offers you 20 great foreign-language films to add to your Netflix queue. From Decider,

Sometimes, expanding your horizons can be exactly the thing you need to revitalize your Netflix queue, and those horizons can exist all the way across the Atlantic sea. Some of the best films of the last twenty years have come out of countries from all over the world, and luckily, a lot of them are available to stream.

The platform is fully stocked with more options than you could ever imagine; Spanish-language films, Bollywood hits, and Korean horror are just some of the massive selection available to you. You can be in pretty much any mood and find something that will satisfy your streaming needs, and subtitles are bound to fade away as you get sucked into the stunning variety of cultures that await you.

Included in the mix are two gay male films Esteros and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? I’ve add those two plus Asoka, The Propaganda Game, Girlhood, and Train to Busan.

Check out the complete list at Decider.

Barbra Movie Marathon at the Quad (NYC)

June 28, 2017

Are you not the outdoorsy type? What if it rains all day over the weekend? Never fear. Quad Cinema created the radical idea to host a week-long Barbra Streisand film career retrospective. From Quad,

Simply Streisand

June 30 – July 6, 2017

After an already-successful recording career, Brooklyn’s own Barbra Streisand came to the movies at 25, winning the Oscar and Golden Globe for her debut as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Emerging as a major force behind the camera as well, she was the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Song (for A Star Is Born) and a Golden Globe for Best Director (for Yentl). In honor of her recent 75th birthday, the Quad is pleased to salute the evergreen big-screen work of the one, the only, Barbra.

“The best thing you can do for July 4 in NYC.”  Time Out New York

Discover the entire program at Quad, gorgeous.

 

Maggie Smith Interview with British Film Institute (YouTube)

June 27, 2017

Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

Nearly 16 minutes of shear bliss with British acting legend Maggie Smith at the British Film Institute. From YouTube,

Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s costume drama, talks to Mark Lawson about why her character should be killed off, forgetting which film she’s shooting on and why she was considered “too common” to appear in plays at school. This event, which was called Dame Maggie Smith in Conversation, was held as part of the BFI + Radio Times TV festival, which took place in April.

Watch Maggie Smith on Youtube.

Frameline 41: Genre Queer

June 14, 2017

San Francisco’s amazing LGBTQIAA yearly film festival turns 41 in 2017. This line-up is as always fantastic. Information on dates and links to Frameline’s site below. I’ve also listed the film titles I’m most interested in watching when they come to a streaming service near me:

Frameline 41: Genre Queer
San Francisco, CA
June 15-25, 2017

100 Men
After Louie
Bayard & Me
Rusalka
The Colour of His Hair
Lavender Scare
Center of My World
My Friend Dahmer

Gay Hollywood – Thursdays in June (TCM)

June 4, 2017

Yikes, this graphic from TCM’s website makes the station’s Pride Month film series very white and male. Surely there could have been some pictures of Dorothy Arzner, Katherine Hepburn or Agnes Moorehead thrown into the mix. And that’s just the first three women I could think of off the top of my head.

Still it’s fun TCM openly celebrates Pride Month with a great selection of films each year.  See the full list at TCM.

RIP Robert Osborne. We miss you.


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