With a free ticket to the local cinema about to expire, I found the only currently showing title of any interest to me was VICTORIA & ABDUL. I knew nothing about the movie other than the adds and my enjoyment of the TV series Victoria. I am so thankful I chose this movie.
The story is so beautifully crafted, the script played my emotions like a symphony through many waves of laughter, anger and tears. I was not alone with my tears as it seemed everyone in the cinema was moved by this gem of a movie … except for the old fool near me who was snoring during the most important part of the dialogue and his wife’s phone rang then as well … some people just have no dignity or consideration!
Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal were mesmerising. Stephen Frears’ direction is faultless. The other cast were amazing and included the final performance by the now late Tim Pigott-Smith who I first saw in the 1976 Doctor Who episodes The Masque Of Mandragora.
DOWNRIVER is a dark Aussie movie with a number of gay characters, but not what I would call a Gay movie otherwise. Not a movie that I will ever watch again or recommend to others as an enjoyable night’s viewing.
The cast were exceptional in their performances, but the story was slow, depressing and had some obvious holes. We need movies with some magic, some style instead of all this dark, brooding arty indulgence.
Sometimes writing and directing your own movie can be a risk because it can become self-indulgent and many of the checks and balances of bigger productions are not there, but then there are some crap Hollywood movies that should never have been funded as well. This movie was funded by a number of big Australian film finance groups and I question why they would finance a gay movie that is so dark and adds nothing to the GLBTIQ legacy. It must be about who you know. Dare I say it, my partner and I have recently written stories that would make far more engaging Aussie Gay movies but how the hell do we get from here to where they did to get the financing and get our stories out there to uplift many, many in our community and beyond, rather than this movie that uplifted no-one?
ICE BLUES is the fourth and final movie in the series of Donald Strachey Mysteries.
This one is about the consequences of a missing $3M. An action packed mystery thriller kind of Gay thing with elegance, charm and humour. Oh, and martinis are still essential to the setting. Still has the same corny style of titles and music.
VICTORIA Season 2 Episode 6. In general I love this series from BBC with Jenna Coleman playing the role of her lifetime exceptionally, a stellar cast, great writing and exceptional production values.
However, Season 2 Episode 6: FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY was the most brilliant episode of TV Drama I have seen in a long time. This episode is about the Irish Potato Famine of the mid 19th Century and the courage of Dr Robert Traill.
Series creator and writer, Daisy Goodwin, deserves to win awards for her amazing work on this episode. Also beautifully directed by Jim Loath. I was reduced to tears several times.
EMPIRE/ THIS IS US. Both shows have returned for another season but they were really struggling to hold my attention. Then suddenly with Episode 6 they both returned to the standard of their previous seasons and blew me away. I question how it can take six episodes of a series before the endless list of producers realise that they are getting it wrong. Is that how long they take to get our viewer feedback and make the needed changes?
Well, they are back on form and even reducing me to tears again in Ep 6 & 7 of THIS IS US.
UPDATE: Jan 2018:THIS IS US Episode 10 was so unengaging, dull and weakly written that I am now DUMPING this series for good!
A combined story over one week’s episodes of Supergirl, Arrow, Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow. The CW, Warner Bros., Greg Berlanti (my hero), Andrew Kreisberg (now fired due to sexual harassment claims) and the team have created a brilliant cross-over storyline that adds new life to all four shows.
One of the biggest statements of the story is the Lesbian one-night stand, and the Gay kiss-of-the-century between out gay actors WENTWORTH MILLER and RUSSELL TOVEY. The other statement is the Nazi victory in WW2 on Earth X which is also a big nod to the recent powerful series Man In The High Castle.
Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow had lost me as a viewer in their current seasons, Supergirl has me just hanging on, and Arrow still has me hooked.
Teenage Kicks: The Scars Of Our Youth Shape The Adults We Become
Aussie gay movie from 2016 about two 17 year old mates with an underlying physical attraction. Daniel Webber (Home & Away/ 11.22.63) and hot Miles Szanto (Love My Way) own the screen alongside a skilled and perfectly directed Aussie cast.
Sexually and emotionally beautiful and violent with a strong dose of ‘real world’ truth that never goes for the easy way out or the happy-ever-after clichés. The emotions were so raw that I ended up angry about something and someone in my life not treating me with the respect and dignity I deserve.
Strangely, I had to get the DVD from Germany with all the text on the cover and the promo material contained inside written in German. The movie is in English with other language subtitles available … thankfully they didn’t do the usual annoying German habit of dubbing it into their language. I have since found it available from JB Hifi.
Blake has just become engaged to Crystal. Fallon is still a bitch and Steven is still gay. The Colby’s are black, Sami Jo is a hottie, and Blake is more ruthless than before while Crystal is a fire cracker this time around… and it is ON for young and old. Alan ‘Everywhere’ Dale is Anders, the butler and that’s what I call a Mansion!
A cross between the original Dynasty, 90210 and Revenge … the CW could be onto another winner with this one.