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Streaming Movies for Gay Pride Month June 2021 Part 4   Leave a comment


1) “Shared Rooms”–Hulu–American film–1 hour & 15 minutes–frontal nudity–3 gay couples–Christmas holiday–how they make families (or not)–WASTE OF TIME

2) “I Want Your Love”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 11 minutes–with nothing to say it throws in soft porn and MAKES MOVIE SEEM LIKE 71 HOURS

3) “Trade”–Prime Amazon–film–1 hour & 53 minutes–Coco Shawn (played by T. Ashanti Mozelle) is a hustler and Michael (Austin Miller) a lawyer–the former educates the latter– COCO’S STORY MORE INTERESTING AND MORE REALISTIC THAN MICHAEL’S

4) “Naz & Maalik”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 26 minutes–2 Black Brooklyn Muslim boys confront their sexuality–aspect of gay life with people not usually seen in a movie–RIDICULOUS FBI STORYLINE THAT GOES ASTRAY BUT MAKES IT MOVIE LENGTH

5) “BWOY”–Prime Amazon–1 hour & 27 minutes–a married man, has an affair with a young Jamaican man starting online–except for ‘soft porn’ this shows an aspect of gay life very rarely spoken about–anyone familiar with this storyline knows where it is going–YES THERE ARE GUYS LIKE BRAD WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER

6) “CIAO”–HERETV–American film–1 hour & 27 minutes–two guys have a friend who recently died–Andrea, a cyber friend of Mark, from Italy, is invited to visit Texas by Jeff who was Mark’s best friend–too many ‘fillers’, unnecessary scenes, makes IT SEEMS TOO LONG AND BY THE TIME YOU GET TO ‘CLIMAX’ IT IS ANTI-CLIMATIC–PUN INTENDED

7) “I Am Michael”–Netflix–American film–1 hour & 45 minutes–is he Gay? Straight? Bi?–who cares?!–BASED ON A TRUE STORY–JAMES FRANCO MORE BELIEVABLE AS GAY MAN THAN STRAIGHT PASTOR IN HIS TRANSFORMATION–TRUE (?) STORY

Posted June 22, 2021 by greatmartin in GAY, MOVIES, Streaming

Streaming Movies For Gay Pride Month June 2021 Part 3   Leave a comment


1) “My Best Friend”–Prime Amazon–Argentinian movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–we get to know Lorenzo and Caito as they get to know each other–whether the former is gay and the latter isn’t won’t be answered until the end and then it doesn’t even matter–ANGELO SPINETTA  AND LAUTERO RODRIGUEZ AS THE LEADS ARE ATTRACTIVE AND TERRIFIC AS 2 YOUNG ADULTS WHO NEED A FRIEND AT THIS TIME IN THEIR LIFE

2)”Dear Ex”–Netflix–Taiwan film–1 hour & 39 minutes–a man leaves his life insurance to his male lover instead of wife and kid–the widow is infuriated and the kid caught in-between her and his dad’s lover–A FUNNY ROM-COM THAT TURNS INTO A FAMILY DRAMA

3) “Just Friends”–Prime Amazon–Dutch movie–1 hour & 20 minutes–an easy going sweet love story about opposites attracting–DELIGHTFUL FROM BEGINNING TO END

4) “Shelter”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 28 minutes–Zach basically brings up his nephew, takes care of his sick dad and helps his sister who is only interested in her own welfare–it is also the story of Zach falling in love with his best friend’s brother–SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THIS REALLY SWEET MOVIE WITH AN ATTRACTIVE CAST

5) “Test”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 29 minutes–if there is no other reason, and there are many, you should watch this to see what a ballet dancer, in this case Scott Marlowe, can do with their bodies–unbelievable–it’s 1985 in San Francisco–Rock Hudson was on the cover of Newsweek–WE WATCH 2 MEN AND THEIR REACTION TO THE AIDS VIRUS WITHOUT HISTRIONICS

6) “Dancing Queens”–Netflix–Swedish film–with a title of a movie being Dancing Queens and the song “I Will Survive” as the center of 2 production numbers in a drag club you know this is disco and fun–Molly is a straight woman who pretends to be a man in order to dance as a drag queen in a gay club–the choreographer of the club helps her disguise herself–talk about ballet dancers and what they can do with their bodies (see the review of Scott Marlowe in “Test” and)  Fredrik Quinones in this film–except for a secondary storyline which is somewhat of a downer  and a few storylines are not resolved it sort of redeems itself by showing the actor, their real name and the role they played at the end credits–THIS IS LAUGHS & FUN AND YOU CAN NEVER GET TIRED OF GLORIA GAYNOR DOING THE DISCO ANTHEM

Posted June 21, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, GAY, Streaming

Week in June 2021   1 comment


No matter how much doctors and hospitals try to drive me crazy Mother Nature and life always keeps me sane! I may be put on hold for 39 minutes—see photo #3— but then I look at the canal and there is a swan float—#2–going up the canal without any visible strings pulling it!!

Of course at this time of the year and I can look out my window and, if I wanted to, could dive into a tree loaded with Queen Crepe Myrtle blooms–#4.

I didn’t know whether to laugh at the iguana who was afraid of me enough to scamper up a tree–see #7– or shake my head at the lack of a classic building–#5–that was built to honor the men and women who served in WW 1 & 2–being torn down to be made into a modern skating rink for the Panthers hockey team to train in and open to the public at other times. I am curious to see what they will come up with as they also ‘redoing’ the Parker Playhouse which is perfect as is and, so far, they haven’t changed much on the outside.

Though it is our rainy season we have been having a lot of sunny weather and there are always people in various vessels going up and down the canal–#6–but no, none were pulling the swan!

Last, but not least, there is always Bette Davis–#1–to look at (sometime I am going to have to take a week of pictures of her different outfits–sorry you really can’t see this one, matches the colors on the weatherboard!), tell us the weather and even downplaying the 30% chance of rain on Father’s Day!With the medical department against Mother Nature I would bet on the latter with a little good human nature thrown in!

Posted June 19, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Getting back to ‘normal’!   1 comment


Little by little ‘normal’ is coming back in my life though at the same time it can be shocking as in this case eating out in restaurants. Prices have almost doubled in most places and even lunch is now getting into the $25-$30 per person.

After not accomplishing anything at the hospital and Rion having to sit around for 5 hours I took him for lunch and we went to the new Tacocraft without knowing it was Taco Tuesday (all tacos $3) or that Margaritas were $5. We both had 2 tacos (I had the shrimp–and it lived up to its name!) and he had a Margarita. The check was around $20 plus a tip based on what it would have cost. I was very disappointed for a couple of reasons, such as not being given napkins, but the main reason was that the tacos were so small I hope they don’t have these servings when at regular price. Were they good? I am serious when I say that they weren’t big enough to get any taste! Oh, did I mention they serve water at room temperature?

For a late lunch one afternoon Allen and I went to JMarks where they have a special lunch menu but we were too late for that and ordered off the regular menu. He usually has the 10 ounce NY Strip steak which costs $19 at lunch and $24 at dinner. I have been looking for a good ‘old-fashioned’ Shrimp Scampi and so far haven’t had any luck though this was close. So far in the restaurants I have tried it they have either breaded the Shrimp or cooked it in a heavy sauce if they even sauteed it! Though this one wasn’t cooked in JUST garlic and oil (had a light lemon cream sauce) it did taste okay. The price was $26 so with tax and tip it was a fairly expensive lunch.

Last, but not least, we went to Big Louie’s after the Friday movie to have pizza and, as always, didn’t disappoint. We had the medium—yes, medium, not large!–12 inches with 5 toppings for $15.99 plus tip and tax and a soda we got away for less than $20 each and with 4 slices of pizza each more than satisfied—though I can remember back in the ‘old days’ I could eat a large one all by myself and have dessert after. LOLOh, yes, the first picture is of Jordan, Becky’s great-grandchild, and one of the very few times he wasn’t smiling. Next time I will catch his priceless smile which makes everyone who looks at him smile back!By the way, the other baby is me—smiling and not!

Posted June 17, 2021 by greatmartin in RESTAURANTS

UNBELIEVABLE!!   1 comment

When I woke up Monday morning I was sort of concerned about my right where they had put in a stent to open a blocked artery last Wednesday.It was red, swelling, felt warm, painful and because I am taking 3 blood thinners I wasn’t really concerned about a blot clot but ?????????????

Took Allen to the airport and asked Rion to come along as I wanted to go to the ER on the way back and I was concerned about driving if they gave me some muscle relaxer, pain killer or antibiotic that may make me drowsy.

We got there about 9:30 AM and at 11 AM they put me on a bed in the hallway in the ER section. A little after 12:30 PM they took me for a 10-15 minute ultrasound and said the results should be fairly quick and finally at 1:30 PM I went to the nurses station and asked if they could find out anything and within 10 minutes ‘my’ nurse handed me a batch of papers–well 11 to exact–and said I was discharged and should see my primary doctor within a week to 10 days–at 2:08 PM (see bottom, right hand corner of  photo!The diagnosis was ‘puncture wound’ followed by a list of home care, mainly the possibility of pain killers or antibiotics and then came the ‘kicker’—seek photo below with has “When to seek medical advice” or go to the second sentence in this post!!!

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted June 15, 2021 by greatmartin in HEALTH

Streaming films Gay Pride 2021 Part 2   Leave a comment


1) “4th Man Out”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 26 minutes–Adam, the 4th guy, comes out to his 3 straight friends–every gay stereotype you can think of & a few ‘inside’ you can’t–NOTHING WORTH SEEING

2) “Gayby”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–a gay man and a gay woman, high school friends and now adults, decide to have a baby the ‘old fashioned way’–Adam Driver billed 10th in a gay film–CUTE, FUNNY, NOT AT ALL EXPECTED

3) “Leov”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–one of the main actors, Dhruv Ganesh–has died of TB so there won’t be any sequel–I liked seeing Mumbai and the surrounding country– SCREENPLAY DIDN’T NAKE SENSE–AT LEAST TO ME!

4) “Monsoon”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 25 minutes–though he is fairly new to movies having made a big hit in “Crazy Rich Asians” Henry Golding has become an actor whose movies I want to see–here he returns to Vietnam having escaped with his family when he was 6 as the war started–now he is returning with his parent’s ashes–along the way we meet how different people like Americans who stayed after the war, Vietnamese who fought in the war and remained–A LOOK AT A CITY AND THE PEOPLE AFTER A WAR

5) “Pit Stop”–Prime Video–movie–1 hour & 20 minutes–4 couples who have broken up looking for love– SCREENPLAY TOO SHORT FOR ANY OF THE CHARACTERS TO LEAVE AN IMPRESSION

6) “Love Victor”–Hulu–series–season 2–10 episodes–4 hours & 49 minutes–based on a film about a teenager struggling with who he may be–the series picks up where he comes out and how he deals with his parents, friends and first lover–and an ex-girlfriend who like most teens gay and/or nongay are dealing with their sexuality–teenagers are teenagers–I DO KNOW IF BENJI DOESN’T COME BACK FOR THE 3RD SEASON NEITHER AM I!

7) “Les Ballets Trockadora de Monte Carlo” PBS–also known as “The Ballerina Boys” on PBS Passport–documentary–1 hour–looks at this all-male ballet company founded 47 years ago and playing to sold-out audiences ever since–THE COMEDY ASPECTS OF THE COMPANY AND THE SINCERITY OF THE ‘BOYS’ MAKES THIS A WINNER

Posted June 14, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, GAY, Streaming

Hospital June 8-10, 2021   1 comment


Won’t go into the whole story but I went into the hospital on a Tuesday at 9 AM for a test and before I knew it, or was told, I had a stent put in just above the wrist area, into a clogged artery and woke up to be told not to move my right hand! And that I would be in the hospital overnight which turned out to be 2 nights so what to do?

Sure, take pictures of the food, the room, the menus, the outside view, the nurse’s chart and the arm!

Here I am 5 days later and don’t understand why the arm is redder, more swollen and hurts more than it did Wednesday! I have been given an additional blood thinner making 3 I am taking so, sensibly, at least to me, I reason that I can’t have a blood clot!

Was thinking of going to the ER but for a couple of reasons–illogical ones–I will wait and call the doctor tomorrow.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we are having our early evening rain which will make the humidity rise and going out means fogged up glasses!

And how are you doing?? :O)

Posted June 13, 2021 by greatmartin in HEALTH, LIFE

Streaming reviews for week of June 6, 2021   Leave a comment


1) “I Am All Girls”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 47 minutes–human trafficking is a huge problem but not much is being done about it–yes, it is a delicate topic but it has to be talked about and the trafficking stopped–AN INFURIATING AND ABSORBING MOVIE WITH A STARTLING PERFORMANCE BY HLUBI MBOYA!

2) “Machines”–Hulu–documentary–1 hour & 11 minutes–for a guy with 0 mechanical ability (see my NYU aptitude tests if you don’t believe me) I don’t know why I turned on a film with the title of “Machines” but I did and stayed to the end–kids and grown men work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for a pittance–most can’t afford to buy a cigarette and never talk about food–most are so skinny it is hard to believe they work so hard–YES THE MATERIALS THEY MAKE ARE STUNNING BUT WHERE IS THEIR BEAUTY–NOT EASY TO WATCH BUT YOU WON’T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE SCREEN

3) “Pink: All I Know So Far”–Prime Amazon–documentary–1 hour & 39 minutes–up until seeing this film all I knew about Pink was that she was a singer and that was that–as a mother she is very much admired but as a singer I don’t like and/or remember her big numbers–when she sings by herself I like her but not her songs–OBVIOUSLY ALL 80,000 PEOPLE IN THE STADIUM LOVER HER

4) “Solos”–Prime Amazon–series–season 1–7 episodes–3 hours & 5 minutes–people see themselves in the future looking back on their past–sci-fi–most are monologues hence the title–TOP ACTORS SUCH AS HELEN MIRREN AND MORGAN FREEMAN SHOWING A RANGE OF EMOTIONS BUT WILL THERE BE A SECOND SEASON?

5) “Framing John DeLorean”–Hulu & Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 49 minutes–with Alec Baldwin playing DeLorean in reenactments–he doesn’t come across as the villain he seems to be making for a ‘quiet’ documentary–IF A MAN’S DOWNFALL INTERESTS YOU SO WILL THIS FILM

6) “Blue Miracles”–Netflix–movie based on a true story–1 hour & 35 minutes–if you don’t know where this story is going and/or if you don’t get choked up by the 80-minute mark and/or if you don’t want to make a donation and/or if you can’t believe this is a true story I DON’T WANT TO KNOW YOU–THIS IS A MUST SEE FILM & WAIT FOR THE END CREDITS

“In The Heights”–Movie Theatre Review   Leave a comment

It is very hard to imagine the musical numbers in “In The Heights” being half as exciting or as effecting on a TV screen–no matter what size–as on a movie screen. The choreography by Christopher Scott outdoes anything Busby Berkeley (ask your grandparents or google him!) ever did in his heyday. The singing by all is very strong and the joy and professionalism of each and every cast member make each frame of the film stand out!

The main problems I had with the movie were the length, 2 hours and 23 minutes, and the story in between the musical numbers. On stage there is a 15-20 minute intermission so the length is easier to handle while the screenplay by Quiara Alegria Hudes and  Lin-Manual Miranda, based on the book they wrote for the stage version has been changed in many ways and not for the better.Today Miranda is mainly known for the stage musical “Hamilton” for which he wrote the book, lyrics and music but “In The Heights” was his first show and it introduced his use of lots of varied music from typical Broadway tunes to rap which he extended the use of the latter in the former show.I am a minority in this opinion but I find “In The Heights” more entertaining, more moving and with a much better score than “Hamilton”.

Many years ago in Hollywood movies at the end credits would show a picture along with their movie name and role they played and though there are many veteran performers is this film there are many new ones whose characters I knew by name but not the actor who played the role. Among the vets was a minor role played by Miranda who sells shaved ices with a cart, Marc Anthony as the father of the lead’s store helper, Jimmy Smits as the widowed father one of the female leads and Daphne Rubin-Vega, who, on stage, would stop the show with her “Carnival del Barrio”, just to name a few.

Among the new faces to me is Anthony Ramos, the lead, who plays the role that Miranda originated on Broadway, Cory Hawkins, who impressed me the most, Leslie Grace as his girlfriend, Melissa Barrera as Ramos’s girlfriend, George Diaz IV as the store helper who represents the  DACA group plus Olga Merediz, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanca, Patrick Page, Noah Catala and others showing the striving working-class of Latins who live in a special section of New York, called—you guessed it!–Washington Heights.

The resilience of this group of Latins shines through the many musical numbers whether the joyous upbeat numbers or the quieter numbers mainly sung by the women.

I cannot comprehend the musical numbers and/or the reaction of those watching this film on a TV screen with, maybe, 2-3 other people, can be as meaningful and entertaining as I experienced watching it on a movie screen with a movie audience and, someday, I might give it a look at the former way.

Posted June 11, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, MOVIES

GAY PRIDE MONTH JUNE 2021 PART 2   Leave a comment

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1) “Gay Like Me” by Richie Jackson–one of the best books–if not THE best–about gay life for Gay & non-Gay people–he is open, honest and even though it says, “A Father Writes to His Son” it is if he is writing directly to you whether father, mother, a relative of any kind, man, woman, knowledgable of Gay life and People or know nothing of them or only know what politicians and religious ‘leaders’ preach! Over the years I have donated to many Gay causes and these are just 3 of them!

2) The Hetrick-Martin Institute “The Hetrick-Martin Institute is a New York City-based non-profit organization devoted to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth between the ages of 13 and 24, and their families.”Ilearned very early that instead of giving a lot of money to one organization–which is nice–all organizations need/can use funds small or large. I never failed to send this Institute something over the years!

3) Gay Games IV “The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that promotes acceptance of sexual diversity, featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes, artists and other individuals.” The athletes need a venue wherever they may travel and donations of all sizes help pay for that, obviously very much needed. In 2022 they will take place in Hong Kong and I am curious as to how they will handle the transgender athletes, hopefully doing the right thing!

4) The Celluloid Closet  “The Celluloid Closet is a 1996 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on the 1981 (revised 1987) book of the same name written by Vito Russo.” From the first time I read the book I thought it was the perfect gift to give to anyone interested in movies and/or Gay life. As soon as I read they were making a movie of the book I had to help them get it made. All involved did an excellent job and the movie should be seen! (By the way, the ‘Dr.’ Goodkin was misinterpreted by someone seeing Martin D. on the donation!!!)

The first 2 quotes #2 & #3 are from wikipedia and #4 from bing.

Posted June 7, 2021 by greatmartin in GAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

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