STREAMING REVIEWS APRIL 2022 PART 5   Leave a comment

1) “Heartstopper”–Netflix–British series–season 1–8 episodes–3 hours and 53 minutes–A MUST SEE–DESERVES A SEPARATE REVIEW WHICH I WILL POST DURING THE WEEK–WANTED TO GIVE YOU A HEADS UP!

2) “Servant of the People”–Netflix–Ukrainian–season 1–23 episodes–9 hours & 35 minutes–truth stranger than fiction? “Vasily Petrovych Goloborodko (played by Volodymr Zelenskyy–who also wrote the series), an absent-minded high school history teacher turns into an overnight sensation when he is elected President of Ukraine–the series running from 2016 to 2019! That is fiction while the truth is comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskyy  became the 6th president of Ukraine in 2019! His leadership and standing up to Putin, Russian leader’s invasion of Ukaine has won him international admiration and fame–watching the series today you have to wonder which is truth and which is fiction–if the former it is not as funny as if it is the latter but you will laugh at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’!

3) “Goliath”–Prime Amazon–season 4–8 episodes–6 hours & 35 minutes–this, the final season, is a mixed bag and nowhere near the sharpness of the previous seasons–it takes 8 episodes to have 1 hour be like the previous seasons–J.K. Simmons is excellent but Nina Arianda isn’t given near enough time as she had in the past to bring a lightness to the final chapter–Billy Bob Thornton delivers as Goliath even if the script doesn’t–he makes streaming all 4 seasons worthwhile.

4) “Cobalt Blue”–Netflix–Indian film–1 hour & 52 minutes–a brother and sister fall in love with the same guy each finding out something about themselves–there is a gay teacher who explains why it is so hard to be a gay person in India–a lot of ‘artsy’ cinemas scenes–Tennessee Williams’s “The Kindness of strangers” is said very early in the film and later he is referred to–art and writing is a secondary theme–Sachin Kundalkar directs the film based on his best selling novel about anyone not following normal sexual expressions staying in the closet and/or domestic abused and abuser can be manipulated.

5) “The Outlaws”–Prime Amazon–British series–6 episodes–3 hours & 50 minutes–a story about a supervisor of 7 low-level people doing community service for minor law infractions and the latter binding together to help one who will be facing a high crime charge–8 different people–some interesting, some not, but a lot of low level comedy makes for a somewhat enjoyable series.

6) “Dancing On Glass”–Netflix–Spanish film–2 hours & 19 minutes–Oh! The Drama! A wicked, evil ballet mistress, two ballerinas fighting for a role when the former lead commits suicide–all that is missing is a gay scene! Let’s all sacrifice and give up all for our ‘art’–Spanish melodrama in the American “Black Swan” genre but the best ballet film is still “The Red Shoes”–see that instead of this.


Posted April 24, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Series, Streaming

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