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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Screen Savor: Docs for Pride

For her documentarian directorial debut, actress/comedian/activist Whoopi Goldberg chose the late comedy legend Moms Mabley. Goldberg’s doc, Moms Mabley: The Original Queen of Comedy (HBO Home Entertainment) begins with the premise that Mabley, who died in 1975 at 81, had a profound impact on Goldberg, and then proceeds to give examples of comedians and others on whom her effect was equally great.

If you didn't see 2011's terrific reboot of the classic Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's not necessarily required viewing to enjoy or follow the story of the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The new film takes place ten years after the events of the first movie -- and the opening title sequence helpfully fills in the details of the simian flu which has decimated humankind -- and now finds the band of intelligent apes (created by the same virus that killed the humans) living peacefully in San Francisco's Muir Woods. It's been at least two winters since they've last seen a human, so they assume everyone is now gone.

I am a Melissa McCarthy fan… to a point. She really burst into stardom with her scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids and her TV series Mike and Molly. (She was also a bright spot on the almost forgotten Samantha Who?) She had an impressive first-time hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, where she showed a real range of characters from her patented obnoxious slob to a Mae West-style old-time movie star.

The rags-to-riches story Jersey Boys, which chronicles the career highs and lows of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, made its Broadway debut in 2005, racking up four Tony Awards (including Best Musical), spinning off international versions, and launching a U.S. tour in 2006 which is still on the road today. Now director Clint Eastwood brings that show to the big screen with several cast members from Broadway or touring companies reprising their roles.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Celebrate Pride With a Movie!

Happy Pride Month! As we celebrate Baltimore Pride (and Pride celebrations around the country), you may be looking for ways to enjoy the month beyond the parade and festival, which encompass just two days of the 30 in June. So what better way to show your Pride all month than by looking back at some of the most popular and influential LGBT movies available on home video. Everyone has their own opinion on what constitutes a good movie, so I offer my highly subjective take on LGBT movies to consider watching, or re-watching, during Pride Month.

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