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

Reel Charlie’s Kanopy LGBTQ Favorites

March 17, 2018

Does your public library have Kanopy? Kanopy is an outstanding streaming service available free to card holders. If your town doesn’t have Kanopy, ask your local library to consider acquiring it. Kanopy serves up the best of classic, indie, documentary, shorts, and foreign films. Outstanding catalog. Some of Reel Charlie’s favorite LGBTQ films can be found on Kanopy including (links to Reel Charlie review),

Feature Films:
God’s Own Country

The Watermelon Woman
Parting Glances
Laurence Anyways
Come Undone
Five Dances
Reaching for the Moon
Walk on Water 

Before Stonewall
After Stonewall
The Harvey Milk Story
Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film
Brother Outsider
We Were Here
Making the Boys
To Be Takei
Fish Out of Water
Out Late

Films I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time:
Saturday Church
Wine Women and Friends
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
The Battle of amfAR: The Quest for an AIDS Cure
3 Short Films by Marlon T. Riggs
Eye on the Guy – Alan B. Stone and the Age of Beefcake
This is Not an AIDS Advertisement
Tricia’s Wedding
A Simple Matter of Justice
Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger


qFLIX Philadelphia 2018

March 8, 2018

Program line-up just announced for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018: The LGBTQ+ Film Festival on March 19-25, 2018.

Lots of hopeful films including many pansexual/fluid entries coming to the festival this year. Reel Charlie’s go-to list starts here:

HELLO AGAIN directed by Tom Gustafson
HIDDEN KISSES directed by Didier Bivel
A SKIN SO SOFT directed by Denis Côté
FOAM PARTY! directed by Roberto Pérez Toledo
BETWEEN THE SHADES directed by Jill Salvino
STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS directed by Q. Allan Brocka
THE FEELS directed by Jenée LaMarque
AFTER LOUIE directed by Director Vincent Gagliostro

See the complete program at qFLIX.

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents “Vertigo”: A Special 60th Anniversary Event (Fathom Events)

March 7, 2018

Vertigo comes to the big screen! From Fathom Events,

Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest cinematic achievements, Vertigo is a dreamlike thriller from the Master of Suspense. Set in San Francisco, the film creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder after an acrophobic detective (James Stewart) rescues a mysterious blonde (Kim Novak) from the bay and must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future.

This 60th Anniversary event includes exclusive insight from TCM host Eddie Muller.

Click on the image below and find out where the closest theater is in your area showing this Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece.

How to Watch Every Oscar-Nominated Short Film (InStyle)

March 3, 2018

With 59 films in the running for Oscar gold, you may feel too much pressure to watch one more full length film before tomorrow evening’s broadcast. But there’s always room for shorts. Short films nominees must be less than 40 minutes. Most of the time, they are under 20. Kudos to In Style for listing all the nominees in each of the three categories and where to stream them:

Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Where to Watch: SBNation, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Garden Party
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Negative Space
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Revolting Rhymes
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Live Action Short Film

DeKalb Elementary
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

The Eleven O’Clock
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

My Nephew Emmett
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

The Silent Child
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Watu Wote/All of Us
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Documentary Short Subject

Edith and Eddie
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Knife Skills
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Traffic Stop
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

See the list at In Style.


Saying Goodbye to Netflix DVD

March 2, 2018

Last night I decided to end my Netflix DVD plan. Yes, I am still getting Netflix DVDs in the mail. Until about a year ago, Netflix offered a great selection of physical format not available streaming. So I would watch a few films on DVD from Netflix, watch some streaming, watch some films from the library and purchase a few must-haves for my personal collection. Then Netflix cut way back on their physical product. I hung in there longer than most I suppose. I felt like I was getting the best of both worlds. But my long DVD queue (over 200 at the height of Netflix DVD reign) has shrunk to next to nothing – 26 titles. You can see them below.

Newly released films I can get from the library since I’m the one ordering them. I have Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime. I watch a lot of television, so I’ve really got more than enough choices. But I speak to friends often about the huge holes left from only using the big streamers. Access to smaller gems just doesn’t seem to happen as much as I’d hope. Which is why I still splurge on some Blu-ray and DVD to purchase when I know a film isn’t going to be available any time soon, if ever. Or I just want to support the filmmaker and have access to the film when I want it.

Still there’s an empty feeling of melancholy as I let go of yet another way for me to access media. I love the streamers. No doubt they’ve changed our lives. But so much of what they offer is just good enough rather than knock-me-off-my-seat entertainment. And that makes me sad.

Numbers nerds may be interested to know I watched 1,165 films on DVD through Netflix since February 15. 2007. Eleven years.

My final Netflix queue 2018:
Bonnie and Clyde
Doctor Zhivago
The Bishop’s Wife
My Reputation
The Big Clock
Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Fog
When Night Is Falling
Ball of Fire
Born Yesterday
Green for Danger
The Singing Detective: Disc 1
Above Suspicion: Set 1: Disc 1
Angels in America: Disc 1
Angels in America: Disc 2
The Mothman Prophecies
Driving Lessons
The Laramie Project
Sunday Morning Shootout: The Best of War Requiem
Beach Café

Before Moonlight: 10 films that celebrate the African American LGBT experience (LGBTQ Nation)

February 23, 2018

Great list from LGBTQ Nation featuring ten fantastic films celebrating the African-American LGBT experience. I’ve seen 9 out of 10. The only reason why I haven’t seen them all is I’m waiting for Saturday Church to come out on DVD. I’ve ordered a copy for the library’s collection. Seven are stellar films in their own right and I’d mark them as classics:

The Watermelon Woman – Cheryl Dunye’s indie masterpiece
Moonlight – Oscar finally got something right
PariahMudbound‘s Dee Rees’ debut film
Tongues Untied Marlon Riggs’ late 80’s doc on gay, black men
Brother to Brother – Anthony Mackie’s breakout performance
Looking for Langston – Isaac Julian’s love story to the Harlem Renaissance
Tangerine – Trans women of color in a film shot on an iPhone.

Looking for Langston – Isaac Julian (1989)

A Streamer’s Guide to Best Actress (Decider)

February 21, 2018

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I love these articles popping up online pointing us to the best of someone’s career and how to stream it. Decider just posted an article about the five actresses nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars and how to stream the best of their canon. From Decider,

The 2017 Best Actress field at the Academy Awards is an especially strong field, representing some of the top Best Picture contenders in a way that doesn’t always happen with the Oscars. It’s something that deserves to be celebrated, so first off a big round of applause for:

  • Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

  • Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

  • Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

  • Meryl Streep in The Post

Find all the films and the full article on Decider.

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Seeing Ourselves in Film: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

January 26, 2018

Seeing Ourselves in Film: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) screening Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Fairfield Woods Branch Library. Click to register.

#MeToo Question

January 19, 2018

As we prepare for our annual How to Win Your Oscar Pool program at the library on March 2, 2018, I emailed a question to my all-female team of experts. We print out a list of our favorite films for the year along with a list of our all-time favorite Oscar Best Picture films for participants to take home. My list from previous years has two glaring problems:

American Beauty (Kevin Spacey)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen)

What should I do? Scrap these from the list? I can easily do that. I want to add Moonlight to the list so I need to get rid of at least one film. But there are other films I could choose to delete.

Is it ok to love old films made by or starring actors who are involved in sexual abuse in their personal lives? I asked this suggestion previously when I recently re-watched Allen’s Radio Days. Comments? Suggestions?

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Episode 1

January 17, 2018

David Letterman’s new monthly Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction features President Barrack Obama and Rep. John Lewis as his first guests. Streaming now on Netflix, this show is a must-see not so much for the content, but for the way it will make you feel. I had a visceral reaction watching President Obama walk out on stage. I burst into tears. I grieve for the state this country is currently in due to the election of Donald J. Trump. But Rep. Lewis reminds us that this is simply a setback on the road to creating a better tomorrow. I’m paraphrasing, but you get the point. Both inspirational as well as a reminder of how different the world is in 2018 with Trump in charge. If you want to feel good, watch Letterman’s show. It’s one hour of inspiration. Obama never had all the answers. But he knew how to lead and inspire. He followed rules and protocol and saw us through an economic recovery that was created by people like Trump. We have to stay positive and this first episode of the new Letterman show does just that.

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