‘The Great British Baking Show’ Will Help You Through The 2018 Garbage Fire (Decider)

June 30, 2018

This headline pretty much sums up how I feel about life. The world is literally crumbling around us. I’m horrified to be witnessing the destructive anti-human behavior of the vial Trump Administration and his Republican sellouts. So I fight when I can, work to keep food on my table, and laugh and love because these assholes are not going to take away my beautiful life. Part of my laughter and love comes from escaping to the movies – and television shows. My very favorite escape is The Great British Baking Show. Decider sums up my feelings perfectly,

But there’s one show that can always be counted on to be kind during even the most terrifying news stories. If you need a break from the waking nightmare that is 2018, you need to watch The Great British Baking Show.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s little baking show is just so nice… Each hour The Great British Baking Show shows another batch of normal, everyday people pursuing their dreams in between their day-to-day lives. They’re not trying to become the next best baker of all time. Some of the contestants don’t even seem interested in showing off. They just want to impress their baking idols, challenge themselves, and have some fun in the process. Plus there’s no mention of Donald Trump in any episode. In fact, the competition show is so far removed from Trump and politics as a whole, it sometimes feels like it exists in a completely separate, happier timeline. It’s wonderful.

Such a wonderful show. America’s Season 5 just started streaming for free on PBS.org and their app.

Read more on Decider.



What’s New On… (Decider)

June 29, 2018

Your friendly film and television review blogger here reminding you that each month your favorite streamers add and subtract content. The easiest way to keep track of what’s coming (and what’s leaving – yikes watch it tonight)) is to follow a website which posts the information. Decider does a great job and you can subscribe to their weekly email so there’s no missing a month. They send out emails alerting you to what’s new this weekend as well as a monthly round-up of all the content streamers are changing. From Decider,

Here’s to the streamin’ weekend! It’s Friday already, which means you’re about to enter some beautiful bingeing territory. Get ready for some top-notch movies and shows to hit your favorite platforms. This weekend, two of last year’s biggest blockbusters, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and the truly terrifying IT – are arriving on Netflix and HBO, respectively. If you’re more in the mood to binge something, get ready for GLOW: Season 2, and the second installment of hilarious baking show NAILED IT,  addicting political thriller Secret City, the latest season of Supergirl, and more.

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LGBT Film (and Television) Primer

June 28, 2018

Created a LGBT Film and Television Primer handout for a program several years ago. Updated it this year for LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2018 at the library. What would you add? Delete?

Click to see the full two-page handout.

LGBTQ+ Pride 2018 Library Display

June 27, 2018

One of our display tables at work went out and proud this month for LGBTQ+ Pride 2018. I created cool bookmarks, one for each of the four letters (LGBT). I also created a film decade primer and favorite film list. Enjoy the photos and feel the love:


Special thanks to my co-worker Robin who did a lot of the work to make this display happen.

Scott & Bailey: Season 2

June 26, 2018

Still loving the British police procedural, Scott & Bailey. Fun to see the genders reversed – the women to be making the decisions, drinking too much, fucking up their relationships, and solving all the crimes. Best parts of Season 2: Janet’s marital problems, Rachel’s brother Dominic, Sean’s reappearance in Rachel’s life, Andy’s reappearance in Janet’s life, Sean’s surprise family member, Andy and Janet’s screw-up at work, Nick Savage’s reappearance, and Rachel’s Mom who helps with the cliffhanger. Kudos to the direction and writing. Tight, smart and easy to digest, Scott & Bailey is perfect for almost any occasion. Breezed through this second season full of surprises and filled with the familiarity of our heroines. 4 out of 5.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

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.

The 17 Romance Movies On Netflix With The Highest Rotten Tomatoes Scores (Decider)

June 24, 2018

Love discovering film lists online which include LGBT titles. Decider listed the 17 highest rated (on Rotten Tomatoes) romance movies currently streaming on Netflix. Included in the 17:
The Way He Looks
Blue is the Warmest Color

That’s four lesbian films and one gay male feature! Also on the list are Reel Charlie perennial favorites:
Howards End

See the complete list on Decider.

Enlightened: Season 2 (take 2)

June 23, 2018

Click on the image below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of the colossal whistle-blower television series, Enlightened from the brilliant minds of Mike White and Laura Dern.

Essential Liz (Quad Cinema, NYC)

June 22, 2018

Get your Liz on. Quad Cinema in New York City currently screening an Elizabeth Taylor retrospective. From Quad,

Essential Liz

An actor first and then foremost a star, Elizabeth Taylor reached highs throughout—and well beyond—the Golden Age of Hollywood. Possessed of striking beauty including but hardly limited to, as cartoonist Garry Trudeau aptly wrote, “violet eyes to die for,” Taylor made her debut in 1942 at age 10. Her talent was evident and her impact upon audiences and industry was instantaneous, inviting choruses of “Who’s that girl?” Soon she was renegotiating her contract with MGM and America’s exhibitors had named her a Star of Tomorrow; by 1961, she was the theater owners’ choice as Top Box Office Star. Taylor’s dramatic screen performances (which earned her two Best Actress Academy Awards) riveted the world, which hungrily consumed gossip on her personal life of multiple marriages, infidelities, divorces, remarriage, births, losses, AIDS activism, and much more. Through it all, she forged a filmography that spanned the sublime to the ridiculous. This retrospective includes a number of rarely screened works and offers proof aplenty that great performances and movie stardom need not be mutually exclusive.

Reel Charlie would love to see on the big screen:
Butterfield 8
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Father of the Bride
A Place in the Sun
Reflections in a Golden Eye
Suddenly, Last Summer
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

See the full schedule and purchase tickets at Quad Cinema.

9 to 5 tribute

June 21, 2018

My good luck charms: Lily, Jane, and Dolly in 9 to 5.

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