Archive for February 2021

February 2021–3 years to go til I am 22!!   1 comment

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Whether it is looking out at a full moon at night or birds looking for worms after a rainstorm life is good for this 21-year-old guy!

Though I am not thrilled about being an adult I’ll deal with it and maybe by the time I am 22 in 2024 I will have adjusted to all the responsibilities and annoyances that ‘maturity’ brings!!

If you look at the bottom left picture you can say hello to our latest resident! A bit young to live here but we will age him quickly!

I felt like I was ‘cheating’–doing something wrong–but did it anyway! Went to JMark’s for lunch and had a steak and baked potato plus I did NOT order their carrot cake (but I did take a bite out of the one Allen ordered! Picture of the cake in the lower right of the collage.) Then the following week went to Big Louie’s and we had a pizza! Amazing how little it takes to make you feel human with this epidemic.

I did get my first vaccine shot–no after-effects–and go for the second one next Friday, March 5 so though I won’t go wild I will feel a little more comfortable going out.

Had a few medical problems even though I felt fine–so far 4 doctors and 8 tests and no answers as to what is wrong except I do have to get my aorta valve replaced after 13 years but that can’t be done until they find out what is wrong so more tests coming up!All in all, February 2021 goes into the positive column, and now on to March!


Posted February 28, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE

Streaming reviews for week of February 21, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Made You Look: A True Story of Fake Art”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 34 minutes–a ‘mystery’/scandal in the New York art world–I vote ‘not guilty’ for Ann Freedman–CERTAINLY HELD MY INTEREST!

2) “I Care A Lot”–Netflix–Movie–2 hours–2 first-rate scammers are forced to work together–a story of elder abuse–a winner from beginning to end (which you won’t see coming!)–EXCELLENT!

3) “Behind Her Eyes”–Netflix–limited series–6 episodes–5 hours–helps if you believe in the supernatural–a married woman, who lost her parents in a fire, has a husband, male friend and female friend–I didn’t buy the last 20 minutes but even then IT IS EXCELLENT!

4) “Northern Rescue”–Netflix–series–first season has 10 episodes–7 hours & 10 minutes–a single father has to help his 3 children with the death of their mother and a move to a new town while dealing with his own grief–Amalia Williamson is a standout as the oldest child and the rest of the cast very good–a bit different from the regular family drama.

5) “Bliss”–Prime Amazon–sci-fi movie–very loud, distracting background noises–AJ, where are you when I need you?– TOO CRAZY FOR ME!

6) “Amend”–Netflix–Documentary limited series–5 hours & 48 minutes–if history was only as lively as this when I was in high school! A look at what brought the 14th amendment into being–you WILL learn something new and BE ENTERTAINED!

7) “I Am Divine”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–one of the most famous/infamous drag queens in cinema history–though I am familiar with him and his work I DIDN’T FIND THIS INTERESTING!

Posted February 26, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

85 years of songs and singers Part 7   2 comments

85 Years of songs, singers, songwriters    Part 7

Fun songs from Broadway

A story song from yesterday, “Miss Otis Regrets” sung by Carmen McCrae written by Cole Porter for “Hi Diddle Diddle”

Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur  “Bosom Buddies” from “Mame”

Nathan Lane “Comedy Tonight” from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

“A Musical” from “Something Rotten”

“Dance 10, Looks 3” (AKA T**s & A$$) Original cast of “A Chorus Line” with Pamela Blair as Val

“Adelaide’s Lament”  Vivian Blaine in “Guys And Dolls”

“Another Opening, Another Show” Broadway cast revival of “Kiss Me Kate”

“Big Spender” Original cast of “Sweet Charity” starring Gwen Verdon

Judy Holliday  Original BroadwayCast “Bells Are Ringing”  singing “I’m Going Back”

Posted February 22, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Streaming reviews week of February 14, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Naked”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 36 minutes–the stupidest, silliest, dumbest, most ridiculous, absolutely insane, inane, etc., that is so bad it isn’t even ‘camp’–IF NOT THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IT IS ONE OF THE WORST!

2) “The Greatest”–Netflix–2009 movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–I don’t know why I didn’t see this in a movie theatre when it came out as I have never missed a Susan Sarandon movie–this has an excellent cast with Pierce Bronson and I am just recently getting acquainted with Carey Mulligan–THIS IS A 4 STAR 4 HANKIE SOAP OPERA AND I LOVED IT!!

3) “A Fall From Grace”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 1 minute–I like Tyler Perry’s productions (except for his Medea movies) and though I am not that good about solving mysteries I got this before even halfway through–not one of his best movies but ENTERTAINING

4) “Bonding”–Netflix–series–2 seasons–4 hours & 23 minutes–each episode between 13 to 24 minutes–about a dominatrix and her gay friend she hires as an assistant–NOT FUNNY, NOT SEXY, NOT EVEN TRASHY

5) “Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”–Netflix–documentary–4 episodes–3 hours & 39 minutes–could have been/should have been an intriguing true-crime story if told in 1 hour–BORING

6) “Monsoon”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 25 minutes–this took me completely by surprise as I really didn’t know what it was about except it starred Henry Golding who I saw first in “Crazy Rich Asians” and have been following since–he gets better with each film, not that he was bad to start with–the story is about a son who returns to Vietnam, where he was born though brought up in London, to spread his mother’s ashes and his brother would follow the next week with their father’s ashes–I was surprised at the gay angle and I was taken aback how padded the  movie seemed–I didn’t understand the purpose of the film but found the setting and look at Vietnam interesting–A SMALL ‘ART’ FILM WORTH SEEING

Posted February 19, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Bright/Good Day!   Leave a comment

Doctor Singer has been my pulmonary doc for 19 years now and he is a good guy!

Right now he is mad that the other two doctors aren’t ‘doing their job’ !! He told me if I get a run around regarding the Thoracic surgery to call him immediately. One less thing for me to worry/think about–I like doctors like that!!

By the way, how many of your doctors are a “Hot Doc”? He reminds me that was back in 1999 and it is a medical award, not a ‘body’ award!

In the first picture, we are driving by the beach on the way to the vaccine shot area while the one on the bottom left is from my apartment. I know we don’t have 4 seasons but our trees lose their leaves in February so can we say we have Autumn in winter? On the top right is the Cuban plant that is constantly in bloom all year round in my apartment.

I may feel a little guilty when I look at the weather map and we have the highest temperatures in the USA but I get over that quickly. Our high was 85 today–‘cold wave’ coming Saturday when our high temp will be 74!!

Posted February 17, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE

Everything is good on Valentine’s Day!   1 comment

Everything is good on Valentine’s Day whether it be the calendar February dogs or a new shower curtain not to mention a new bed in a bag set!There is a promise of the Broadway touring shows coming back this Fall and even if I don’t have a birthday this year Baskin & Robins sent me a coupon for a free Sundae and, yes, I even got some Valentine’s Day cards!!Spent a few days in and out of hospitals and seeing doctor after doctor plus got my first vaccine shot and our local supermarket Winn-Dixie gave me a free quart of ice cream for my unbirthday.Today is Valentine’s Day and we are having a high temperature of 84 degrees with blue skies and great sun all over. There’s enough love in the air for everyone to give and get plus don’t forget, great sales on chocolates TOMORROW at all kinds of stores!!

Posted February 14, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE

Streaming Reviews–week of February 7, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “The Next 3 Days”–film–2 hours & 13 minutes–a man’s wife is tried and convicted for murder and he knows she is innocent and becomes obsessed with breaking her out of prison–I am a huge Russell Crowe fan and he does an excellent job here–surprisingly, another favorite actor of mine, Liam Neeson does a cameo that is perfect–A GOOD THRILLER!

2) “Malcolm & Marie”–film–1 hour & 35 minutes–husband and wife coming home after  debut of film he has written and directed–John David Washington excellent and Zendaya, who I am not familiar with, didn’t impress me in a role that is very whiny–a lot of noise that DOESN’T ADD UP TO ANYTHING!

3) “Firefly Lane”–series–season 1–10 episodes–8 hours & 18 minutes–a look at a friendship between 2 completely different girls/women over 30 plus years–we meet young Tully (Ali Skorbye) and young Kate (Roan Curtis) and older Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) going back and forth with their good and bad experiences–a lot of melodrama–full disclosure–I have never liked Heigl and don’t understand how she keeps on getting jobs–that plus her character here is so off-putting that if there is a second season I WON’T WATCH IT!


Posted February 12, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

Streaming Reviews–week of February 1, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “London Spy”–Netflix–British limited series–5 episodes—4 hours and 47 minutes– originally on BBC then PBS and now Netflix–as the first episode finished all I could think of was “WOW”! I was hooked and though I hoped it wouldn’t be disappointing I am so glad to report I wasn’t. The center relationship (one of many) captures you just as the spy aspect does. A DEFINITE MUST SEE–AS EXPECTED FIRST-RATE ACTING FROM COMPLETE BRITISH CAST–WHERE AND/OR WHEN IS SEASON 2?
2) “Black Rose”–Netflix–Nigerian movie–2 hours–First hour and 45 minutes is a good film, love story, comedy, look at how other people live and then it all falls apart, especially the last ‘explanation’–DISAPPOINTING
3) “The Highwaymen”–Netflix–Hollywood movie–2 hours & 12 minutes–a true story about 2 lawmen going after Bonnie & Clyde-I would suggest you watch the 1967 “Bonnie & Clyde” starring Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty, directed by Arthur Penn, which is much better in telling the story!
4) “Queen of the South”–originally on USA and now on Netflix–adapted from a Spanish novella–6 seasons (4 on Netflix as of now)–10 episodes each season–running approximately 6 hours and 50 minutes per season–underlying the violence involved in running a drug empire this series has a lot of heart, mainly provided by Alice Braga, who is dynamite, as Teresa, running from Mexico and setting up a narcotics organization in the USA–Alice Braga is a STAR, not to be missed and the series keeps up with her!
5) “The Dig”–Netflix–British movie–1 hour & 52 minutes–based on the true story of the excavation in 1939 on the estate of widow Edith Pretty lead by Basil Brown a self-taught archeologist–it is a typical British film which is a good thing!
6) “Triple Frontier”–Netflix–American film–2 hours & 5 minutes–if you like thrillers with chases and shootouts this might be for you–I don’t so I fast-forwarded through at least an hour–some of the heist scenes were fine but the character interactions aren’t.
7) “The Mess You Leave Behind”–Netflix–Spanish series–8 episodes–6 hours & 3 minutes- -I watched all 8 episodes thinking I have seen all 8 episodes before and I still don’t know if I have!! Looking to see if I reviewed it before!

Posted February 7, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming

Like it was Friday 2019–a THEATRE MOVIE REVIEW “Supernova”   Leave a comment

A year ago February–when I reached 21–I got, as one gift, a gift card to the AMC theatre and a week later the movie theatres shut down, as did the restaurants. For 20 years I went to a movie and then after a bite to eat and now,  all of a sudden, it was watching movies on a TV while eating at home.
After 11 months I was ready, and taking all the precautions, we (Allen and I) decided to go for it. I had to go to Broward General hospital for a COVID-19 test for an outpatient test on Wednesday. My appointment was for 2 PM and the moving picture started at 4:30 PM so it was the appointment, then a bite to eat followed by the movie.
We went to the Peter Pan Diner for a late lunch and to add to the celebration I had a piece of carrot cake! The diner was doing a nice business with all the help wearing masks and only every other table being used. On a plus note, our waiter was one who knew me from the Denny’s on 17th Street where I had at one time worked and where he usually waited on me in later years. I will say neither Allen or myself were pleased with what we got served but that’s another review.
I had read a few excellent reviews of “Supernova” and Terry, in Memphis, said he and Chuck really liked it. It is basically a story of long-term lovers facing the tragedy of one living with early-onset dementia and how they are dealing with it.
The performances of Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as the couple are excellent but, sadly—no pun intended–a 20-25 minute movie is expanded to 93 minutes with way too many hillside shots and road scenes, of their taking a trip in a RV, in spite of the stunning scenery in the English Lake District.
Yes they bicker, banter, show their love for each other but the movie should have started showing 10 minutes of this and then going into the pivotal turn of one of the men hearing a recording as the last 20 minutes are very emotionally moving. The piano solo at the end added time but nothing to what we had just gone through.
“Supernova” is worth seeing for Firth and Tucci’s performances and the last 20 minutes.
By the way, all help at the AMC wore masks, there were hand sanitizer stations all over, distance markings on the floors and the auditoriums are restricted to 40% capacity though I will say only 4 people–2 besides us–were in the auditorium we were and the rest of the theatre looked about the same it was a safe enviroment.

Posted February 6, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, MOVIES

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