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Check out the Dudes!

Check out the Dudes!

Tune in for the latest edition of Bring Me 2 Life radio’s newest broadcast, Afternoons With The Dudes, now available by clicking here. Join host Selo Closson, yours truly and a great group of guys for an insightful discussion about how men can get better in touch with their feelings ...
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Wrapping Up Reeling

Wrapping Up Reeling

Reeling 38, Chicago’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, recently completed its 2020 edition in its first-ever all-virtual format. With movie houses just now beginning to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this alternative approach made it possible for the festival to go forward, and it worked remarkably well, enabling viewers to screen a variety of films while remaining safe at home. In fact, in some ways, this is a viable approach well worth considering for future events, one that makes it possible to offer the festival’s films to a wider audience and providing flexible viewing conditions, benefits not necessarily available when presented in theatrical venues. Because of this new format, I was able to screen a greater number of films than I have in the past. In total, I watched 18 feature offerings, most of which were above average to excellent. Below are my reviews of the releases I watched, some of which truly had me … reeling. “Cicada” (U.S.) Score: 4.5/5 (****+) A heart-wrenching look at how two gay male partners (Matthew Fifer, Sheldon D. Brown) in an interracial relationship work together at solving their respective past traumas and how the power of love can significantly aid and smooth the ...
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‘Blackbird’ wrestles with matters of life and death

‘Blackbird’ wrestles with matters of life and death

“Blackbird” (2019 production, 2020 release). Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Rainn Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Anson Boon. Director: Roger Michell. Screenplay: Christian Torpe. Web site. Trailer. We’re all aware that our lifetimes are finite in nature and that they will one day come to an end. But, as our lives unfold, many of us become progressively more concerned with how that end will ultimately come about. Will it be on terms of our own choosing? Or will we relegated to circumstances that are out of our control? And how much input will we have in determining the details of the process? Those are among the questions raised in the moving new end of life drama, “Blackbird.” Life for aging ALS patient Lily (Susan Sarandon) has become a shadow of what it once was. The fiercely independent free spirit, who could easily be the poster child for the causes of choice and free will, has led a rich, remarkable, experience-filled life on her terms. However, with the advance of her illness and failing physical state, she’s seen that existence shrink considerably. She’s lost the use of an arm, her breathing has become labored and her sense ...
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Check Out The Cinema Scribe

Check Out The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio on its new day, Tuesday, September 22, at 2 pm ET, available by clicking here. And, if you don’t hear the show live, catch it later on demand ...
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This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “Mr. Soul!”, “Eternal Beauty” and “The Bare Necessity,” as well as two film festival previews, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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Movies with Meaning Now on YouTube!

Movies with Meaning Now on YouTube!

Tune in for the return of Movies with Meaning on The Good Media Network’s Frankiesense & More broadcast, now in its new video format on YouTube, available by clicking here, or by visiting the network’s Facebook video page. Join host Frankie Picasso and yours truly as we discuss the state of the film industry and review 8 new films. Tune in for some lively movie talk! ...
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