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Entertainment > Streaming Reviews--gay Pride Month--june--part 1
 

Streaming Reviews--gay Pride Month--june--part 1






1) "Other People"--Netflix--movie--1 hour & 37 minutes--a gay comic writer (Jesse Plemons) living in New York returns home to Sacramento to deal with his mother (Molly Shannon) dying of cancer--adding to that is his breakup with his lover of 5 years, his career not going well, his father Bradley Whitford) never accepting him plus having to give emotional support to his 2 sisters (Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty)--though funny, in spurts, and sad it just misses with Plemons a bit too blank and a negative note played by child actor Justin (JJ Toah) playing an effeminate drag loving kid who has played this sort of role before.



2) "Pride"--Peacock--documentary--season 1--6 episodes--2 hours & 16 minutes--each episode deals with a city starting with New York and got off on the wrong foot with me as it seems there was no 'gay' Gay life before "Stonewall", erasing 21 years of my life--other cities are, in the order presented, Salt Lake, Hong Kong, Palm Springs, Calgary and Berlin. Some discussions are obvious like religion in Salt Lake, Nazism and their effect on homosexuality including the reality of a man being sentenced to life in a concentration camp/prison until laws were changed in the 1990s while others might be new to many people such as gay life in Palm Springs and acceptance of various groups in Calgary--all topics and aspects of Gay life are touched on from elderly gay people to immigrants and gay marriage and what's ahead made up for the New York episode.













3) "Queer As Folk"--Peacock--series--season 1--8 episodes--6 hours & 33 minutes--this the second reboot of the original British series which was followed by a new take shown on Showtime--this one takes place in New Orleans and deals with a mass killing at a gay bar, such as took place in Orlando at the Pulse, and the aftermath--while what brought that about and what happened is dealt with after, many different identifies and personalities are included in this cast from self-hating men to trans people to drag queens, married couples, confident and/or aggressive gay men and women, etc., this seems to have more sex scenes--and all the variations--than the other series which will bring some people and turn some people away this is NOT what the series is about!


4) "Keep The Lights On"--Prime--movie--1 hour & 41 minutes--10 years in the life of a couple with both addictive personalities Erik (Thure Lindhardt), a documentary filmmaker, to sex, both phone and casual hookups, and Paul (Zachary Booth) a closeted lawyer addicted to crack--it's gay life in New York as it was in the1980s including the sex life of many--at the beginning the attraction both physically and emotionally between the men seem to override their addictions but that changes--we watch their reconciliations and partings knowing how it will end--as with Jesse Plemons in "Other People"--Thure Lindhardt doesn't have 'it' to get our sympathy so we gravitate towards Booth taking away the emotional pull so the ending is right and as it would/should be it is still a downer!


5) "Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration"--Netflix--Gay Pride Special--1 hour & 36 minutes--I counted about 24 names with some like Lily Tomlin and Rosie O'Donnell introducing other comics, like Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho, who did 2-3 minutes each--I laughed, maybe 3 times, at some of Margaret Cho's thoughts and I was really surprised seeing Eddie Izzard in his/her/they new public figure but though I don't like Sandra Bernhardt and didn't laugh at her 'jokes' she gave a really needed emotional 'speech' when she went 'off book' and talked about gun control, abortion and the attacks on Gay people taking place and how we must march and yell and not keep quiet now and/or at election time.

PS I cut the cable a couple of years ago--I have an indoor antenna plus a smart TV--subscribe to Netflix and Prime so with a senior citizen's discount I pay about $17 for all the TV I could possibly want to watch! As far as Peacock goes I took their $4.99 monthly trial to see the Gay Pride specials but will cancel it at the end of the month.

posted on June 11, 2022 2:24 PM ()

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