‘Sense8’ is back in production, and the finale is going to be totally ‘epic’ (Queerty)

August 12, 2017

Has your cluster been informed yet? Sense8 is coming back for one final epic wrap-up movie. The Netflix series that was too big for just two seasons is back in production and due to release their final film in 2018. Watch an extended “thank you” video from creator Lana Wachowski, her cast and crew. Adorable clips abound. I still get chills when I think of this series. For all its imperfection and limitation it certainly did propel storytelling forward. It created a world where everyone is equal, where everyone’s voice and love are honored. Sense8 wrote the manual for the future of humanity.

Read the full article on Queerty and check out Lana’s fifteen minute video.
Check out Reel Charlie’s reviews of Sense8: Season 1, the Sense8 Christmas Special, and Sense8: Season 2.

Instead of sharing a pic of the cast or creators or a poster, I want to share two pics of my favorite supporting actors – Max Mauff who plays Felix and Michael X. Sommers who plays Bug.

 

Max Mauff (Felix)

Michael X. Sommers (Bug)

 

 

 

Prison Break: Event Series

August 9, 2017

A lot has changed in the twelve years since Prison Break premiered on Fox in 2005. American television kept climbing until the best industry people take time to create phenomenal series truly elevating the medium to an art form. Which makes it more and more difficult for me to watch mediocrity. I loved the escapist comfort food of Prison Break back in the day. The series took me out of my world and allowed me to spend time… well if truth be told, I spent time fantasizing about a threesome with Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller. Fast-forward 12 years. Dominic Purcell is still broodingly masculine. Wentworth Miller got a little closer to my reality by coming out of the closet. And my taste in television got a lot more sophisticated thanks to the dearth of outstanding choices from streaming services, premium cable channels and even a few broadcast shows. Too bad the new incarnation of Prison Break just doesn’t hold my attention. Dominic and Wentworth are still sexy as all hell. But I need my eye candy with a sophisticated plot and outstanding writing. Golden Age of Television: you’ve spoiled me for the pretty boys. 2.5 out of 5. Next.

Transparent: Season 2 (take 2)

August 8, 2017

Reel Charlie continues a second look at Maura Pfefferman and family in Amazon Prime’s exquisite Transparent. Click on the image below for an updated review of Transparent: Season 2.

Big Little Lies

August 8, 2017

HBO’s limited series, Big Little Lies based on the Liane Moriarty book packs a powerhouse of acting punch to the already crowded room of outstanding American television series. I have to say I was hesitant about wrapping myself up in a world so similar to the one I live in. Think of me being the male librarian background character who sees Shailene Woodley’s Jane on a semi-regular basis – Jane being the only character who doesn’t buy her books online. But wow, what a surprise this series ended up being. Reese Witherspoon acted crazy good as Madeline, Nicole Kidman continued showing off massive talent as Celeste, Laura Dern nailed a razor-sharp performance as Renata, and Zoe Kravitz floated as easy, breezy Bonnie. There’s been lots of talk this year about a woman’s gaze in television and film. Not sure if Big Little Lies falls into that category? The book was written by a woman, and the cast and stories are all female-centric. But the direction is Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) with screenplay by David E. Kelly. So it’s definitely not a female gaze. In the end, the mix makes for some very juicy, sophisticated story telling. I loved it. 4 out of 5 for Big Little Lies.

The Great British Baking Show: Season 4

August 6, 2017

What reality show makes you cry with happiness over the contestants? What reality show proves kindness trumps selfishness? What reality show makes me forget all the world’s problems for an hour each episode? Those are just a few of the marvelous things The Great British Baking Show does for me each time I watch. Season 4 exceeded all my expectations. More fun from the hosts and judges. More outstanding bakes from the diverse and cordial contestants. By the time the show got down to the top 5, it was anyone’s win. And through the final bake, any finalist could have snagged the crown, err cake stand. I thank my lucky stars for the break from the horrors of our current reality. Thank you to the creators and producers of The Great British Baking Show for giving us outstanding entertainment and hope for the human race. XOXO. 5 out of 5 for this classic reality television series.

Did you pick this season’s winner?

 

Wild Oats

August 5, 2017

Another contemporary Shirley MacLaine vehicle Wild Oats falls flat. Not sure what’s going on. Perhaps there’s not enough good scripts out there to choose from. Or does Shirley suffer from the Diane Keaton syndrome: hasn’t made a good film in years. What’s up with that? Wild Oats is dull, obvious and a waste of MacLaine’s colossal talent. Jessica Lange and Demi Moore also seem lost in the film. 2 out of 5. Next.

Rhoda

August 4, 2017

“New York: this is your last chance!” Ba ba ba ba ba, ba ba ba ba…

And so goes the intro to Rhoda, the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off starring Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern, a 30-something, single, Jewish, New York woman who moves back to her hometown after living in Minneapolis. I loved this show as a kid. I had a mad crush on David Groh who played Rhoda’s love interest Joe and spoiler alert – husband. This is another show better left in my memory. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit flat all these years later. I watched two episodes of Rhoda and had enough. Oh well, I’ll hold on to the memories. Giving Rhoda a 3 out of 5 for old-time sake.

The Last Tycoon

August 3, 2017

After enjoying the pilot of Amazon Prime’s The Last Tycoon based on the unfinished novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald, I looked forward to the season one drop. Watched the first two episodes over the weekend. I certainly didn’t hate it. But the overall show felt dull to me. All the pieces were in place –  good actors, great period costumes and sets, a suspenseful, workable plot. In the end, I just didn’t care much about where the story headed or what happened to the characters. I wanted to love The Last Tycoon because I want to see Matt Bomer break some ceilings. I give this just under a 3 out of 5.

The 25 Best Showtime Series of All Time (Paste Magazine)

August 2, 2017

Paste Magazine ranks their top 25 favorite Showtime series. And Reel Charlie favs make the cut including,

13. The L Word
9. The United States of Tara
6. The Big C
5. Nurse Jackie
1. Queer as Folk

So happy to see Queer as Folk get its due. Click on the series titles above for Reel Charlie reviews of Season 1.

Read the full article on Paste.
What are you Showtime favorites?

Ozark

August 1, 2017

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman star as married couple Wendy and Marty Byrd in Netflix’s new creepy crime drama, Ozark. There’s now a solid sub-genre of crime drama where an otherwise ordinary person or family gets involved in high crime. I’m not talking white-collar crime. I’m talking kill people and dissolve them in acid crime. Ozark definitely follows this trend as a child of Breaking Bad. And that’s not a bad thing. Especially when the acting is top-notch and the location shoot is beautifully eerie. There are of course the many plot thrusters which have to be ignored, such as people not hearing gun shots from close range, police not being called when someone destroys a hotel room, or FBI agents drinking on the job. But if you can suspend your belief for an hour at a time, you’ll be rewarded with a scary and exciting first season of life in rural Midwest. Yes, there’s a few scenes that are disgusting. But it’s fun and worth the watch if you can stand the violence. 4 out of 5.


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