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

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1) “Mrs. America”–Hulu/FX–series–9 episodes–6 hours & 44 minutes–it is hard to believe that ERA didn’t immediately pass when presented and that was mainly the fault of women! This series clarified a lot for me while also will explain the 1970s to many under 50 today–excellent acting lead by Cate Blanchett–A MUST SEE!

2) “Audrey: More Than An Icon”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 40 minutes–an actress–an icon–a model–most of all a person who spent most of her life helping others–A NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN ONE OF A KIND LADY!

3) “Killing Eve”–Hulu/Amazon Prime–series–season 3–8 episodes–5 hours& 31 minutes–when I ‘cut the cord’ one of the very few shows I knew I would miss was “Killing Eve” and I am so glad it is back with the new season on streaming–Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer make this show sparkle and intriguing–SEE IT FROM SEASON ONE!

4) “The One”–Netflix–series–season 1–8 episodes–5 hours & 36 minutes–a sci-fi thriller where DNA can match you with your perfect partner–the series, so far, hasn’t made me want to see season 2 EXCEPT I WAS COMPLETELY ENTHRALLED WITH STAR HANNAH WARE!

5) “Yes Day”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–Silly, stupid, doesn’t make sense, but, YOU WILL LAUGH, ENJOY IT AND THEN FORGET IT!

6) “Murder Among The Mormons”–limited series–3 episodes–2 hours & 40 minutes–the first segment and the last 15 minutes are intriguing and THE REST BORING

Posted March 26, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Spring Break March 2021   1 comment

(Pictures starting with #1 upper left!)

Pictures #1 & 11–if nothing else the Spring Breakers should feel comfortable in the bikinis and Speedos with the daytime afternoon temperatures in the 80s–I learned a long time ago to not go to the beach area this time of the year.

All is not well in Miami Beach where the Spring Breakers are getting wild–pictures # 3, 9, 10 & 12–and all we can hope is that they don’t move from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale Beach!

The week before the ‘celebration’ we had another negative story about Florida–#8–which really wasn’t news to Floridians though for now most of the hate groups are in the North and middle parts of the State!

On a fun note it seems my friends in Maine took a wrong turn and their boat Semper Fi –#6 and 7–is parked outside my building!

Last, but not last, I treated myself for Spring Break first having a cheeseburger at IHOP–#5–and at night I grilled a T-Bone on my George Foreman grill and for dessert a slice of a very good piece of Carrot cake from Winn-Dixie–#4–so though the Speedo might be a bit tight I don’t go to the Berach anyway! LOL

Hope YOU aren’t getting too rambunctious during Spring Break!

Posted March 22, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Streaming Reviews week of March 14, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Sarah’s Key”–Netflix–film–1 hour & 42 minutes–told in two-time frames this film, like most about the holocaust, are hard to watch and moving as this is with an intricate story it is not a must-see but A SHOULD SEE!

2) “Operation Finale”–Netflix–fictionalized documentary–2 hours & 3 minutes–Ben Kingsley does a masterful turn as the evil poster boy Adolph Eichmann responsible for millions of people, mainly Jewish, dying during WW2 and who escapes and lives in Buenos Aires after the war until he is captured by a Mossad Israeli agent–seeing it on the same night as “Sarah’s Key” made for a difficult evening but it is also A SHOULD SEE!

3) “Love, Victor”–Hulu–series–first season–10 episodes–each about 30 minutes–total 5 hours–as a sequel based on the gay teen romance released by a major studio “Love, Simon”‘Victor’ is a light comedy regarding family problems, a teenager and ‘coming out’ in a suburb of Atlanta–PLEASANT SERIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

4) “The Sinner”–Netflix–series–3 seasons–8 episodes per season running from 40-50 minutes–each season revolves around a different, possible, murderer with Bill Pullman as the detective in each season–I found the first season a little hard to follow, the second interesting and the third starring Matt Bomer as a possible killer the most intense–FOR FOLLOWERS OF CRIMINAL SERIES!

5) “Pele: Birth of a Legend”–Amazon Prime–documentary biopic–1 hour & 48 minutes–everyone wants to watch a champ reach his goals–this one more than most which had a dictator telling him he must win–WINNER FOR FANS AND WINNERS!
6) “Evil Genius”–Netflix–limited series–4 episodes–3 hours & 8 minutes–a bizarre true-crime documentary THAT COULDN’T BE MORE BORING!

Posted March 19, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

March 15, 2021   1 comment

It continues to be a crazy world but in spite of some people, I ain’t going anywhere! LOLIt started off with a female blogger calling me a ‘ Nasty ol  FAG party boy’ not realizing how wrong she was/is in just saying it to and/or about anyone. It just gave me a good laugh because I saw who it was coming from!! I could call her a nasty Right-Wing fascist but I gave her the last word and we will leave it at!

Before I left to see my pulmonary doctor I received two packages I had ordered but didn’t have time to unpack/look at them.Won’t get into the whole doctor thing but my appointment was for 2:13 and he didn’t see me until 3:13 and 5-10 minutes I was out the door. (Allen you may have to take me to quest  on Thursday–no, not for blood!)

The saving grace for the whole day was the weather!! The Spring Breakers kids down in Fort Lauderdale are loving it. Speedos and bikinis all over the [place.The skies are sunny, bright blue and just beautiful!When I got home I saw my neighbor got a friend for their dog Lucy–a stuffed squirrel!! (See that rivergirl??? All you had to do was get a stuffed dog for Mrs. Squirrel and she would have left the roof alone!!)

thought I had ordered a padded toilet seat which I have used for at least 40 years but I was wrong? It was a pain getting the new one on but one of the maintenance guys came up and did it! I have a feeling I will keep it though its main part—a slow lowering toilet seat–means nothing to me.

Another item I thought would really be great but after about an hour I didn’t even waste time repacking to send it back! They are/were Zen Toes Metatarsal pads–4 pack of foot cushions! Forget wearing them with shoes!

Even with the bad–whether it be crude name-calling or bad orders—Betty gave me my philosophy of life in 1950 in Miami where/when I heard her sing:

Posted March 15, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Streaming reviews for week of March 7, 2021   1 comment

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I took a month trial of HULU this week as they had a couple of films I wanted to see and would have normally gone to a movie house to see them. I, also, came across a couple of past movies/series they have and after watching them I’ll decide whether to keep HULU or not. I currently have Netflix and Amazon Prime which seem more than necessary but a lot cheaper than before I cut cable and went streaming.

1) “Nomadland”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 48 minutes–every year a movie comes along that gets raves and is nominated for every possible award and wins a few–I will go see it and just shake my head and ask “Why?” This year it is “Normanland” and, to me, IT IS A WASTE OF FILM AND TIME!

2) “The United States Versus Billie Holiday”–Hulu–movie–2 hours and 10 minutes–the movie, unfortunately, doesn’t back up the performance by Andra Day–the last time I saw Billie Holiday was in Beverly Hills in 1954 when she was playing at the Keyboard and she was magic–it is hard to believe that many didn’t know about her ‘problems’–she would die in 1954–2 completely unnecessary performances are by Natasha Lyonne and Leslie Jordon and whoever made his wig should never be allowed to make a movie again! The screenwriter, Suzan-Lori Parks, and the director, Lee Daniels’ but they let Andra Day (and Billie Holiday) down–A MUST SEE FOR ANDRA DAY’S PERFORMANCE AND HOLIDAY SONGS!

3) “Fosse/Verdon”–Hulu–limited series–8 episodes–6 hours & 32 minutes–Do you have to be obnoxious to be a ‘genius’? Bob Fosse was both and Sam Rockwell as Fosse does a good job–too good, almost ruining the movie–while Michelle Williams is brilliant as Gwen Verdon–the series gives Verdon all the credit she deserves for making Fosse the star he became and she was–professionally it was a great relationship but personally, it wasn’t–A MUST SEE FOR MICHELLE WILLIAMS’ PERFORMANCE AND FOR THOSE WHO KNEW, OR DIDN’T KNOW, GWEN VERDON, THE STAR!

4) “Tell Me Your Secrets”–Amazon Prime–series–Season 1–10 episodes–I watched this until the end not realizing I had seen it before until the end! NOT WORTH SEEING THE FIRST TIME!

5) “Sweet Magnolias”–Netflix–series–season 1–10 episodes–8 hours and 3 minutes and
6) “Ginny & Georgia”–Netflix–series–season 1–10 episodes–8 hours and 5 minutesBoth series are about the friendship between women but both are different enough to be what they seem–whether it is dealing with business or personal relationships or their children–the first takes place in the South and the latter in New England–‘Magnolias’ revolves around 3 women, 2 who have children and ‘Ginny’ is about a mother and daughter–BOTH ARE INTERESTING, WELL ACTED AND FOR LOVERS OF “GILMORE GIRLS”–ISN’T EVERYONE?

On a last note–I plan to watch “Mrs. America” on HULU before I decide whether to stay with it or just cancel.

Posted March 12, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Flowers, dogs, a (very) young me and …….   1 comment

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March came in like a lamb and I am hoping it goes out that way. We have had mild weather with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to higher 70s.

The kids are down for Spring Break and though lax with masks are, so far, behaving themselves.

In the upper left corner, a friend on Facebook–who has a much better memory than me–posted a picture of a group of us at a party–looks like in our mid-teens but I remember nothing about it. I am the guy, first on the right, back row–still look the same today but I hope I lost that tie.

Then there are the March 2021 calendar dogs that will keep me company all month!

As always, 12 months a year, the Cuban plant is blossoming. It all started with a couple of twigs I took from an outside bush a dozen years ago!

Last but not least there is a condo that wasn’t there last year–it was land originally owned by a church but that changed, it seemed, overnight! We saw the church was taken down and all of a sudden there was an apartment building with bikes on the balcony.

And an aside: got my second vaccine shot last Friday. I am ready to go but where??????

Posted March 10, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

“NORMAL”? NOT!!!   1 comment

For about 15 years Allen has picked me up on Thursdays and we would go to The Dollar Tree, Winn-Dixie, and out for lunch! Sometimes if I had prescriptions to get we would swing buy CVS, other times to the bank for me to take money out of the bank, usually, the first week of the month also stop by the cleaners.Of course, things changed a year ago in March with the first not going to the movies on Friday and for a bite to eat afterward.
Now the ‘normal’ has become wearing a mask, going to the bank drive-through window and skipping lunch. We did tentatively start to eat lunch out a few times though I really didn’t feel completely comfortable. We also tried the movies once a month or two ago as I had a movie gift card! There were only 4 of us in the theatre so things were okay but it would have to be a really good movie to go back! (Still have cre4dits on that gift card!)In any case this past Thursday after The Dollar Tree we decided to have lunch at the new nearby Quarterdeck and it almost seemed normal. The restaurant had a good, but not overcrowded, group of diners and we are able to take off the mask while eating and drinking but one thing was different!I love their Jambalaya but I was in the mood for something I usually don’t have and after looking over the menu I picked the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich with curly fries. For whatever reason, and I still haven’t figured it out, though the sandwich was good I couldn’t/wouldn’t eat it all and left most of the fries over.Stranger was that I wasn’t hungry that night either! ME? NOT HUNGRY? I know I have been having some medical problems but this was serious!!The next day I went for my second vaccine shot and the only reaction I had was a solid 12 hours sleep that night!I have been juggling between 3 doctors who don’t seem to communicate with each other and today is the third week since I had 3 possible reasons for why I wasn’t feeling well plus the news that I had to have a replacement put in for my pig aorta valve I had put in 13 years ago. I was also told I needed to have 3 tests taken of which 0 have taken place.Today is my no more nice Martin and I plan to spend all day, if not 2 as I am sure that is how long it will take to get those doctors talking to each other! And then a third day to, maybe. get some answers or at least the tests set up for next week!
I don’t like experiencing not being hungry and not ‘cleaning my plate’–time to get normal, whatever that might be, with or without masks, again!

Posted March 8, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Got the second shot!   1 comment

Got my second show yesterday and was easier than the first. I don’t know if because there are more vaccinations and types available and/or more places giving the shots but in the picture at the left the last time all you could see were cars–no grass, poles, trees!

Luckily, being without a car and old our Broward County Aging Agency made a deal with TOPS, our local transportation, to pick us up where we lived, go to the park to the head of the line, get our shot, wait for 15 minutes and then take us home!

We were 3 to a bus and the ladies would come on the bus and give us our shot.It was Pfizner. They gave us our card and told us to carry it wherever we went and said we should still wear our masks–which I planned to do anyway.

My arm was a bit sore last night but not enough to annoy me. Now I don’t know if the shot had anything to do with it but I went to sleep early–for me–1:05 AM and didn’t wake up until 11:30 AM—a real sound sleep!

Now if I could only get this group to work with my cardiologist, thoracic surgeon and pulmonary doctor I might have better news!!

Posted March 6, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Streaming reviews week of February 28, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Moxie”–Netflix–Movie–1 hour and 51 minutes–this one really surprised me–tuned in for a couple of minutes of nonsense about teens in high school and before I knew it I was watching the final credits! REALLY ENJOYED IT

2) “Tina Turner: One Last Time”–PBS Passport–concert–2 performers have left me completely exhausted after each time I have seen them and I always wanted more–one is Better Midler and the other is Tina Turner–the energy this woman expands on stage, never stopping,  never standing still, even when singing ballads is astounding–this was/is her final concert and though very loud IS AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!

3) “Crazy About Her”–Netflix–Spanish movie–1 hour & 42 minutes–I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy and this one has a twist–he is crazy for her and she is crazy!  A FUN ROMANTIC COMEDY

4) “Buried by the Bernards”–Netflix–Documentary–8 episodes–3 hours and 13 minutes–I watched it because it takes place in Memphis–A WASTE OF TIME

5) “Middle of Nowhere”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 37 minutes–one of Ava DuVernay was the first African American to win the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance in 2012 for this movie–the direction, and acting, is excellent and shows why DuVernay is a much admired figure today but “MIDDLE OF NOWHERE” GOES NOWHERE!

Posted March 5, 2021 by greatmartin in REVIEWS, Streaming

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