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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

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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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

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

85 years of singers and songs Part 4   Leave a comment

85 years of songs & singers  part 4

The list of great singers is endless and I tend to favor those who were known before 1960 and mostly those referred to as balladeers. Of the singers and songs listed below the latest of the recordings was in 1966.

Like many listed above Sinatra first found fame in the 1940s and it would be hard to pick just one song of his to represent the singer because he had so many hits but the one I picked by him was a big hit when I was 30 and about to go a big change in my life.

All the songs, and singers, bring back memories, mainly in the 1950s as I came out in New York City and each one brings back many memories!

1)  Frank Sinatra “Strangers In The Night” 1966   https://youtu.be/BTOeRwIUnG0

2) Tony Bennett “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 1957 https://youtu.be/jBesLqgs4yA

3) Johnny Ray “Cry” 1951 https://youtu.be/5FO07LN72ek

4) Mel Torme “The Christmas Song” 1950 Though made more famous by Nat King Cole Torme wrote this song so—- https://youtu.be/8fxmh9srt1w

5) Eddie Fisher  “Wish You Were Here” 1953 https://youtu.be/OPkEdMAFT00

6) Frankie Laine (One of my brother’s favorite singers–drove me crazy with “Mule Train” but I did like this one) “Black And Blue” 1946 https://youtu.be/23ccsC7UTOE

7) Vic Damone “We Kiss In A Shadow” 1958  from “The King and I” a Gay anthem https://youtu.be/xBBaCxxyBt0

8) Johnny Mathis “It’s Not For Me To Say” 1957 https://youtu.be/xBBaCxxyBt0

9) Billy Eckstine “My Foolish Heart” 1950 from one of my favorite movies https://youtu.be/tNTVqFUQxi4

10) Harry Belafonte “Day O” aka “Banana Boat Song” 1956 https://youtu.be/6Tou8-Cz8is

11) Nat King Cole “Unforgettable” 1951 https://youtu.be/JFyuOEovTOE

12) Al Martino “An Affair To Remember” 1957 Another favorite movie https://youtu.be/6EHGoJVeBK0

13) Perry Como “If (They Made Me A King)” 1951 https://youtu.be/jQvW1M7K6II

14) Tony Martin “Stranger In Paradise” 1954 https://youtu.be/rXJM_ZeMs1g

Posted January 31, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Streaming reviews week of January 10, 2021   Leave a comment


1) “LUPIN”–French Mystery Series–Season 1–5 episodes–2 hours & 51 minutes–first I was extremely impressed by the actor Omar Sy, including his acting, as the gentleman thief Arsene Lupin based on a series of French books written in 1905–I was ‘lost’ a few times by the story but I am definitely ready for season 2–A MUST SEE
2) “Pieces of a Woman”–American Movie–2 hours & 6 minutes–opens with a 28-minute harrowing segment watching a woman giving birth at home which ends in tragedy–the rest of the movie is about what happens to the woman–Vanessa Kirby is excellent and the movie has been getting rave reviews but after that opening, I kept waiting for something to happen–I am still waiting!
3) “Rich In Love”–Brazillian Movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–no difference between a Brazillian and Hollywood romantic comedy–losing a bet a rich kid plays poor–if you enjoy the latter you’ll enjoy this–nothing special but okay.4) “San Pa Sins of the Savoir”–Italian Documentary–season 1–5 episodes–5 hours–I tried, I really tried, but couldn’t get past the 3rd episode so just went to last 15 minutes–about heroin addicts and a man who tried to save them and became a controversial figure–boring.5) “Pretend It’s a City”–American documentary–limited series–7 episodes–3 hours & 23 minutes–Martin Scorsese interviews and follows Fran Lebowitz around New York–Lebowitz, in many ways, is the stereotypical New Yorker–it could have been an episode or two shorter but then it wouldn’t have been about New York or New Yorkers–I enjoyed seeing a lot of the places I used to hang out–this is for New Yorkers and/or those who don’t know any New Yorkers.
6) “Alice Junior”–Brazillian Movie–1 hour & 27 minutes–Alice, a transgender teenager, finds herself in a small, conservative town and in a co-ed Catholic school–a sweet, short movie that covers a lot of territories. 
7) “Equinox”–Danish series–season 1–6 episodes–4 hours & 30 minutes–a fantasy mystery thriller that was recommended to me–wish I could remember who recommended it because I won’t ever watch another show they recommend!

Posted January 15, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming

Streaming reviews–week of January 3, 2021–on Netflix unless otherwise noted.   Leave a comment


1) “History of Swear Words”–Series–season –6 episodes–each episode 20 minutes–hosted by Nic Cage–for a guy who doesn’t curse I found all of this educational and funny.

2) “On My Block”–Series–3 Seasons–season 1–10 episodes–4 hours & 39 minutes–season 2–10 episodes–4 hours & 42 minutes–season 3–8 episodes–4 hours & 5 minutes–surprised me–thought it was just another teenage nothing but  is a lot more–it is about family–we follow 4 high school teenagers–they are funny, touching, emotional kids who back up each other in a life that is not easy–halfway into the first season it became a must see for me.

3) “We Can Be Heroes”–Movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–funny, silly, imaginative, special effects ‘to die for’, fast paced fantasy–it seems Robert Rodriguez’s mind never stops and the action doesn’t–pure entertainment.

4) “Monarca”–Spanish Series–Season 1–10 episodes–7 hours & 8 minutes–Season 2–8 episodes–6 hours and 5 minutes–typical Mexican novella about a family involved with the mob and 3 children fighting about who takes over the business, of making tequila and building hotels, after father is killed–large cast with familiar story–for “Dynasty” lovers

5) “Murder in the Bayou”–Amazon Prime–Documentary–Season 1–5 episodes–4 hours & 29 minutes–an excellent fast paced mystery documentary though would have been much better if was edited to half the time–use of fast forward button will make it better.

6) “Nocturnal Animals”–Movie–1 hour & 56 minutes–this didn’t last long in the movie theatres when it came out in 2016 or I would have seen it being a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Linney–good, interesting until the end–a big disappointment

7) “The Midnight Sky”–Movie–2 hours–would have been a lot better on a large movie screen–the last time I saw a space picture that I didn’t get was “2001 A Space Odyssey” in 1968 and the second time I saw it I ‘lit up’ (that was in my ‘bad boy’ days)–maybe that’s what I needed for this–a strong cast with good directing by George Clooney but forgettable

Posted January 8, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–week of December 27, 2020   Leave a comment

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1) “Yearly Departed”–Amazon Prime–44 minutes and 2) “Death To 2020”–Netflix–1 hour & 10 minutes–2 ‘comedy’ specials–almost 2 hours and no laughs but plenty of foul-mouthed women in the former and except for Hugh Grant and Lisa Kudrow in the former worth seeing a waste of your time in the new year! (And if I NEVER see Tiffany Haddish I will be happy!)

3) “Sylvie’s Love”–Amazon Pride–Movie–1 hour & 55 minutes–How can any movie be bad when it haves Doris Day singing on the soundtrack? This is one of those ‘they don’t make anymore’ and I wish they would–though you know the ending before it even starts you love every minute of–besides Doris Day the soundtrack is made up of a lot of good music and singers from, the 1950s and 1960s–my second favorite movie of December!

4) “Giving Voice”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–Excellent–a look into the works of one of the best American playwrights August Wilson–budding high school actors from all over the USA audition doing monologues from his plays and we watch the final 6 competitors–you want all of them to win and the one I was rooting for came in second but they are all interesting human beings wanting to be in a tough business–A MUST SEE!

5) “How The States Got Their Shape”–Amazon Pride–Documentary series–season 1–10 episodes–7 hours–until I came across the title I had never given it a thought! Originally on the History channel, it is an interesting, educational (in a good way), look into the growth of a country–Brian Unger is a good, fun host–more than worth your time.

6) “Bridgerton”–Netflix–series–season 1–8 episodes–8 hours and 7 minutes–mix Rhonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, “How To Get Away With Murder”) with PBS Masterpiece get ready for a fun, meaningless romp in the 19th century–a lot of chemistry between the leads–smoldering sex, very funny, the voice of Julie Andrews as a gossip writer of the time and hundreds of outrageous wigs worn by the queen making it alone worth seeing and waiting for season 2–get lost in a sexy, funny world of another time.

7) “The Surgeon’s Cut”–Netflix–Documentary series–4 episodes–3 hours & 36 minutes– renowned surgeons talk about their life and their work–some graphic scenes which I found hard to watch–strange, but a doctor can do whatever he wants to me still I can’t watch him/her cut up someone else–a fascinating look at what makes a doctor and how/why they improvise on people’s lives–the first episode alone is mind-boggling–or, at least, was to me!

Posted January 1, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

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