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Streaming reviews for week of April 4, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “Nina”–Hulu–documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–Nina Simone  is always in my list of top singers not only for her dynamite voice and piano playing but for who she was–this is only one look at this phenomenal human being!

2) “American Murder: The Family Next Door”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 23 minutes–unlike most documentaries this is short, to the point and the way we live our life on social media–It says a lot about 21st century living.

3) “Honest Thief”–Prime Amazon–movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–it’s Liam Neeson–it’s a crime thriller–it has a good twist–it delivers and is over–like Neeson? You’ll like “Honest Thief”.

4) “Ammonite”–Prime Amazon–movie–2 hours–An exquisite love story with 2 very strong performances that, if we didn’t have an epidemic, their accolades would put all other performances to shame–A MUST SEE!

5) “Mapplethorpe”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–Mapplethorpe–was an artist who shocked not only the art world but the whole world–is not served well in this movie of his life!

6) “Collateral”–Netflix–mystery series–4 episodes–3 hours & 52 minutes–it is a good thing I like  Carey Mulligan because she is everywhere these days and is a contender for all the major awards for her performance in “Promising Young Woman” including an Oscar–this series gives you a feel of the actress and what she can do–it is okay except way too many storylines with many questions answered–hope there is a season 2!

Posted April 9, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

April comes in like a lamb!   1 comment

1) Except for falling and hitting my head April has come to Fort Lauderdale but looking back over the years April hasn’t always been a good month for me–in 2016 I had to have a finger cut off!!!

2) We had a catamaran named Semper Fi visit and every Marine at Gateway had to stop by and say hello!

3) When people ask me how can I afford to eat out, go to the theatre, the movies, etc., all I have to do is show them this BUT sometimes it is just better to have a car like having to go to the doctor 10 out of 14 days but that is a whole other story!

4 & 7) Say hello to my 2 calendar dogs and, in #5) a beautiful heron stopped by to say hi!

6) Couldn’t ask for better weather the first week of April–now we have to hope April remains a lamb!

And on the 7th day of April I got my stimulus money!

Posted April 7, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

“Dear White People”–a MUST SEE series!   Leave a comment

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A series on Netflix–3 seasons with a 4th coming–each season has 10 episodes–about 5 hours per season.

I was sort of hesitant about watching this as I really didn’t know who it was aimed for or what it was about(never having seen the movie it is based on) so I decided to watch the first couple of episodes and before I knew it I had finished the 30th episode and am waiting, impatiently, for the 4th season even though it hasn’t been scheduled yet and the third season was a little on the weak side.

What is it about? It follows mainly black college students at an Ivy League school. Mixed in with the many varieties of color there are a couple of major white students, one, Gabe (John Patrick Amedori),  the lead opposite Samantha (Logan Browning), who has a white father and black mother and are lovers.

It has a first-rate cast including Antoinette Robertson who is such a brat you want to slap her but you can’t wait for her next scene.  The characters run from black, white, every shade in-between, gay, straight, trans, smart, dumb, poor, rich, son of the Dean, etc.

It is funny, shocking, educational, touching, jaw-dropping, puzzling but, most of all, it will hold your attention even when discussing topics you think you might not be interested in or know all about.

One of the faults of the third season is that it is ‘too’ gay—and this is said by a gay man! Following the storyline of Lionel (played by DeRon Horton) as he comes out is interesting as is his becoming a reporter working with Samantha to find a secret society but the main writer of the series (who also wrote the movie screenplay)

Justin Simien spends a little too much time exploring the whole gay spectrum but then again he is exploring the whole race spectrum.

I really would like to hear from people who watch “Dear White People” and their reactions positive or negative!

Posted April 4, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Streaming Reviews week of March 28, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “Bad Trip”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 24 minutes–one of the worst movies I have seen in 80+ years of movie-going–rude, crude, vulgar, disgusting movies ever and I promise I WILL NEVER, EVER SEE TIFFANY HADDISH IN ANYTHING EVER AGAIN (though she is the least of what’s wrong with this movie!)

2) “Barbra: The Music–The Memories–The Magic!”–Netflix–1 hour & 50 minutes–13 city tour ending in Miami–from the Bon Soir on 8th Street in the Village to her last concert she has never disappointed me–HER DUET WITH JAMIE FOXX MAKES THIS CONCERT WORTH SEEING NOT TO MENTION HER MANY OTHER SONGS!

3) “Vita & Virginia”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 50 minutes–this is not the Virginia Woolf  I thought I knew–I was not familiar with Vita except for basic knowledge–FILM NEVER CLARIFIES THE WHY OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP–DOESN’T QUITE WORK!

4) “Parker”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 59 minutes–standard crime caper–PUT JLO IN A MOVIE AND IT IMMEDIATELY BRIGHTENS–SHE ADDS COMEDY AND SEX!

5) “Crashing”–Netflix–series–season 1–6 episodes–2 hour & 10 minutes–with “Killing Eve” and “Fleabag” and now “Crashing” nothing is  ‘normal’ and/or quiet in her world PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE GOT ME! A WINNER! EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

6) “The Most Dangerous Animal of All”–Hulu–documentary–2 hours & 48 minutes–4 part series–was his father really the Zodiac killer? BY THE 2 HOUR MARK YOU DON’T CARE!

Posted April 2, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

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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

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