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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

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

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

Streaming reviews week of May 30, 2021   4 comments

1) “The Whole Truth”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 33 minutes–WOW! Don’t know where to start–first, this is a must-see movie even if you don’t like murder thrillers–I usually don’t. I don’t believe I never heard of it though it was made in 2016–I don’t think any actress has changed in 5 years as much as Renee Zellweger–I did not recognize her until at least half way through the movie! I did recognize Guga Mbatharaw who after I saw her in 2 star making movies (“Belle” and “Beyond The Lights”) did not understand why she didn’t become a huge star unless her name is the reason–the first half of this movie is another matter of fact criminal murder trial–the second half will spin your head–I had suspected something completely else–DEFINITELY A MUST SEE & YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE IT A SECOND TIME TO SEE IF THE ENDING FITS!!

2) “Kaminsky Method”–Netflix–series–Final season 3 –6 episodes–2 hours & 48 minutes–might be politically incorrect but Kathleen Turner’s appearance is shocking even if due to Rheumatoid Arthritis with drug and chemotherapy being the culprits!  THIS IS A GOOD SERIES WHICH I HATE SEEING COME TO AN END!

3) “Studio 54”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 37 minutes–this nightclub defined the disco era and contained drugs, sex, celebrities acting badly and everything you may have heard about it–IN A DOUBLE BILL WITH “HALSTON” THIS WILL SHOW YOU WHAT THAT ERA WAS ALL ABOUT

4) “Life in Color with David Attenborough”–Netflix–limited series–3 episodes–2 hours & 23 minutes–I am not a fan of Attenborough as a narrator but the photography in his documentaries, particularly this one is amazing! MOTHER NATURE AT HER GLORIOUS BEST!

5) “Deadman Down”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 58 minutes–a good crime/thriller /revenge /romance Hollywood movie–WHEN ARMAND ASSANTE IS LISTED 20TH IN THE CAST CREDITS YOU KNOW THERE IS A STRONG ACTING CAST!

6) “The Boy From Medellin”–Prime Amazon–movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–J Balvin, a huge Latin star in the world of music fighting anxiety and depression–he has everything fame can bring but his illness can make him want to die–just wish some  more of the Spanish songs were given English translations–HE WAS/IS AN “ENTERTAINER”!7)

7)“Sabotage”–Prime Amazon–movie–1 hour & 49 minutes–COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!

Posted June 5, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

“Cruella”–movie theatre review–a few words about ‘normal’   1 comment

There are only 2 reasons to see “Cruella” and they are 1) the soundtrack and 2) Emma Thompson. The former is a great mixture of previous hits and the latter is a delight in her various costumes and looks! Otherwise I would say skip it!

This is my second week of going back to ‘normal’ after 15 months and normal was going to see, in most cases, a good movie matinee in a movie theatre and then get a late lunch. For various reasons normal is not as great as it had been. Yes, I love seeing a movie on a large movie screen instead of a TV screen no matter how big!

The first 2 movies I have seen on a movie screen have been losers. In a sense streaming has spoiled me in that I could fast forward over many scenes that I didn’t like or were boring and I loved that I could subtitle all films as I have found that many times I will miss important scenes due to the sound being very low.

A perfect example of both is that last week’s movie “Port Authority” makes my videos look like  Oscar winners as not only was most of the soundtrack  too low to hear but the photography was so bad most of the movie was unwatchable. The fast forward button on the first film would have gotten a workout because “Cruella”, at 2 hours and 16 minutes, was about 45 minutes, at least, too long!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that next week “In The Heights” will take me back to the normal—a good movie–of enjoying a film on the big screen and not feeling I am missing something watching a movie on a TV screen!

Posted June 4, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS

Gay Pride Movies for June 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Breaking Fast”–Prime video–DVD can be also rented ($2.99) or bought ($4.99)–movie–1 hour & 32 minutes–I love a good love story and from their first meeting you know where this film is going and how it will end but the trip to get there is really a good one! (The towel scene, lasting less than a minute is worth seeing the movie!)

Mo (Haaz Sleiman) is a Moslem doctor whose family accepts and supports him as a gay man–he lives in West Hollywood where he meets an American actor, Kal, (Michael Cassidy) who is also an excellent cook and the complete opposite of Mo in that what little family he had was extremely dysfunctional–Mo does have the standard Hollywood rom-com very effeminate friend, Sam (Aminel Gamal)–oh yes any Superman fan already knows one of the jokes–when was the last time you heard “The Trolley Song” sung in a movie or “Climb Every Mountain”? Where else will you hear references to Maria of both “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music” plus “Into The Woods”?Yes, this is a Gay love story but before that, it is a love story! The laughs come, the tears come and when it is over you will want to see it again!   A MUST SEE FOR GAY & NON-GAY PEOPLE!

2) “Hating Peter”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 31 minutes–Do you know who Peter Tatcher is? I didn’t and I was taken completely by surprise. There is so much history people don’t know about and I am talking about gay people who owe so much to this man and non-gay people could learn a lot about being an activist from this man.There is so much I learned from this documentary about a man born in Australia to a very religious family and though his mother could not accept his sexuality she was by her son’s side from day one and still is! He made/makes his home in England and became a man who stood up to world leaders, was beaten, didn’t take anything from the Archbishop or Margaret Thatcher and at the age of 54 is still facing up and fighting for rights for those who can’t and those who don’t. ABSOLUTELY A WINNER!

3) “Pride”–on FX and FX ON HULU–6 episodes–the best documentary I have seen about gay people—there are 6 episodes—first starts with the 1950s (and gets it right–especially about all the fun that was had!!! In spite of the harassments!)Each decade has a different narrator–generally someone who was involved with that decade–it is also a good reminder of how the 1950s-1970s prepared the gay world for AIDS and how the 1980s-2000 changed the world and is still changing it. WITH #2 A HISTORY OF A MOVEMENT THAT IS FAR FROM OVER AND AFFECTS EVERYONE!

4) “Special”–Netflix–Season 2–8 episodes–3 hours and 50 minutes–easy show to binge in 1 or 2 evenings–story is written by and based on Ryan O’Connell’s life–he is a gay guy with Cerebral Palsy and how people, gay and straight, interact with him and his strained relationship with his mother–SHORT, TOUCHING, SWEET AND FUNNY

5) “Freak Show”–HULU and Prime Video–1 hour & 30 minutes–Adults already know that teenagers are freaks–DUH! Nothing really new but small things like using Bette Miller in a small role being hammy and funny–Laverne Fox, who if you don’t know who she is, you won’t know how funny her lines really are–and shame on you for not knowing who she is! ALEX LAWTHER IS ONLY ALLOWED TO SHOW ONE SIDE OF BEING A ‘FREAK’ BUT HE DOES IT WITH STYLE & BRAVELY!

6) “Port Authority”–movie theatre–1 hour & 34 minutes–first movie I went to see since The Gateway has reopened–the nicest thing I can say about it is that the dialogue and camera work makes my videos look professional–DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY–SEE #1 INSTEAD!

Posted June 3, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Streaming

Streaming reviews for week of May 23, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “America Me”–movie–Netflix and Amazon Prime–2 hours & 5 minutes–1992 film with Edward James Olmos–violence, crime, gang warfare and redemption–NOTHING YOU HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE

2) “Without Remorse”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 50 minutes–Navy seal is out to revenge his pregnant wife’s murder–don’t look for any sensible explanations for anything–just sit back and ENJOY THE ACTION IF THAT IS WHAT YOU LIKE

3) “Wild Mountain Thyme”–Amazon Prime or HULU–movie–1 hour & 42 minutes–Come on–a love story set in Ireland where everyone and everything is beautiful and poetic–NOTHING NEW BUT A GOOD LOVE STORY/MOVIE

4) “The Sons of Sam”–Netflix–Documentary–4 episodes–4 hours–a good conspiracy story that can’t be proved–I LOVE TO HEAR THAT NOO YAWK ACCENT SPOKEN IN THE STREETS!

5) “Who Killed Sara”–Netflix–season 2–8 episodes–5 hours & 40 minutes–NOT AS GOOD AS SEASON 1 BUT DOES  ANSWER A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS FROM THAT SEASON

6) “Special”–Netflix–Season 2–8 episodes–3 hours and 50 minutes–easy show to binge in 1 or 2 evenings–story is written by and based on Ryan O’Connell’s life–he is a gay guy with Cerebral Palsy and how people, gay and straight, interact with him and his strained relationship with his mother–SHORT, TOUCHING, SWEET AND FUNNY

7) “The Startup”–Netflix–series–3 seasons–25 hours–it wasn’t until episode 8 that I lifted my fist in the air and shouted “YEAH!” (I live alone so I can do things like that!) I usually don’t last with a show that long but something held my interest and did for 3 seasons–all the Internet talk went over my head but the LEADS WERE NOT PEOPLE YOU USUALLY SEE WORKING TOGETHER IN A SERIES AND THEY WERE ALL INTERESTING

Posted May 28, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming reviews week of May 16, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “The Circle”–Netflix–Reality show–2 seasons–season 1 12 episodes–9 hours & 42 minutes– not my sort of reality how–too much negativity–DIDN’T/WON’T WATCH SEASON 2

2) “Monster”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–I had to watch it–I LOVE Charlize Theron and she was great in another movie titled “Monster” and Jennifer Hudson–I said if they didn’t win an Oscar for their roles (Theron in Monster and Hudson for Dreamgirls) I would never go to the movies again–WHEW!! They both won!) BEEN DONE BEFORE & BETTER

3) “The Upshaws”–Netflix–comedy series–season 1–10 episodes–4 hours & 31 minutes–I didn’t laugh once–gave up–I LIKE WANDA SYKES BUT….

4) “Why Did You Kill Me?”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 23 minutes–a mother uses social media, and her niece, to find the men (man) who killed her daughter–though the mother is far from perfect DOES ANYONE DESERVE TO LOSE A CHILD? 

5) “The Clovehitch Killer”–HULU/Prime–movie–1 hour & 50 minutes–search for a serial killer–too many holes in the screenplay–LEAVES TOO MANY QUESTIONS AT THE END

6) “Dance of the 41”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–I am surprised I never heard of this before–based on a true story of 42 members of gay men in the upper echelon of Mexican society including the son of the president of Mexico–became the first society to be spoken about in the Mexican media–AN OPULANT PRODUCTION PRESENTING LIVES THAT WERE CHANGED FOREVER

7) “Safe”–Netflix–thriller series–season 1–8 episodes–6 hours–first 7 episodes interesting, intriguing, following a linear story–IN EPISODE 8 IT FALLS APART AND RUINS EVERYTHING

PS Season 2 of “Who Killed Sara?” has returned to Netflix and the last season of “Bosch” has returned to Prime while “Lucifer” will return to Prime May 28 and on the same date “The Kominsky Method” pairing Mike Douglas & Kathleen Turner will return to Netflix.

Posted May 21, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming reviews for week of May 9, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “The Innocent”–Netflix–limited series–8 episodes–7 hours & 47 minutes–why, oh why, do some pivotel scenes have to be filmed in the dark?–good mystery–interesting story lines–good cast–A WINNER!

2) “Feel Good”–series–season 1–6 episodes–2 hours & 32 minutes–2 lesbians with issues meet and live together–Mae Martin, who also wrote it, is a Canadian comedienne who, sorry, ISN’T FUNNY & NEITHER IS SHOW

3) “Disclosure”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 40 minutes–a follow up to “The Celluloid Closet” in 1993 based on the book by Vita Russo–dealing with transgenders in film–at this time in history SHOULD BE SEEN AS SHOULD “THE CELLULOID CLOSET”


5) “Master of None”–Netflix–series–2 seasons–season 1  4 hours & 53 minutes–season 2–5 hours & 28 minutes–10 episodes each–a New Yorker trying to figure out his life–COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!

6) “Love of Duty”–HULU–season 1–5 seasons–each episode about an hour–SUGGESTED BY A FRIEND BUT BECAME TOO VIOLENT FOR ME

7) “Tell Me When”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 37 minutes–a romantic comedy that is neither romantic or funny–NOTHING YOU HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE

Posted May 14, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

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