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“ELVIS”–MOVIE THEATRE REVIEW   1 comment


There is something special about not expecting much from a movie only to be delightfully surprised and such was the case regarding “Elvis”. I was never a fan of Elvis Presley though when I heard him I liked his singing of some songs but his ‘moves’ I thought were funny. I never saw him in concert except on his worldwide TV spectacular and, if I recall, I didn’t see the whole thing. I, also, know that director Baz Luhrmann loves big gestures and with Elvis I knew he would probably go overboard.

Austin Butler does a great job as Elvis! He has the looks, the moves and though I read some of the songs were sung by Elvis I couldn’t tell the difference where they were his voice and where it might have been Butler just as I couldn’t tell if it was the real Elvis or Butler in the last few minutes of the movie.

Elvis was born a year before me and though I have lived twice as long as he did we both went through some major events in the USA including the assassinations of Jack and Robert Kennedy plus Martin Luther King. We both lived through the Korean and Vietnam wars, the sexual revolution and segregation attitudes.  Our main difference was that he had Colonel Tom Parker played by Tom Hanks—more about him in a moment! The Colonel wasn’t one nor was he a US citizen which caused a major change in the  relationship between him and Elvis. He made Elvis one the highest paid actors in Hollywood, was responsible for  getting him on and making a star of him on TV and followed with record breaking concerts plus made him a recording star with more million dollar selling of single records than any other male artist. I know most of what we are told about Elvis in the movie but very little about Parker who was a conman from the get go and took, at the least, 50% of all of Elvis’s earnings.

Baz Luhrmann does, as expected, a spectacular job of directing the many musical various musical numbers plus others besides those of Elvis. The big problem seems to be the 4 screenwriters seemed to have many different ideas of how to approach the various stories in the screenplay and the editing by Jonathan Redmond, Matt Villa and Luhrmann not only mixing everything up but extending the movie to 2 hours and 39 minutes when it could have easily been cut but at least 30 minutes!

The big (no pun intended) to me was Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker! Hank recently came out saying that straight men should not play gay men in movies even though he won an Oscar doing just that. After seeing this I think he should also say that only fat men should play fat men in movies or, like many have, thin actors should eat and get fat instead of getting using latex, botex and whatever else to make his appearance very distracting in addition to having  an accent that just doesn’t fit who the character was. More is told about the man in the end credits than the screenplay does and those faults are strictly on the director’s and actor’s shoulders!
Though I make a ‘big deal’ of the problems in the last 2 paragraphs I strongly suggest seeing this and seeing it on a movie theatre screen if for no other reason than the performance by Austin Butler but there are other reasons to see it.

A note, for whatever it is worth, the theatre auditorium was more crowded than I have seen in awhile plus I am willing to bet most, if not all, of the audience were over 60!

Posted June 24, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, MOVIE REVIEW

STREAMING REVIEWS–JUNE 2022–PART 4   Leave a comment

1) ” Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live”–Netflix–1 hour–part of the Netflix ‘Netflix is a joke festival’ being shown in separate statements–I LOVE Jane and Lily and would see them in anything anywhere because just seeing them make me smile–they basically introduce the acts, all who are women except at the end one man comes on–Jane and Lily answer questions that have been submitted by audience members–if only that was the hour but no we get comediennes who prove they can use the ‘f’ word as often as men and be just as ‘dirty’–Jane is the only one (sorry but Lily used it once!) who didn’t use it but then she wasn’t/isn’t a standup comic–sorry, I didn’t laugh once at any of the comics though Jane and Lily did make me smile!

2) “Spiderhead”–Netflix–1 hour & 47 minutes–I am not quite sure what kind of movie this is supposed to be–a mad scientist goes crazy or a sci-fi movie regarding control of minds–is it a take off or a farce or a comedy or thriller or what?!? All I can say is I watched it to the end and all I can tell you is that it a story of a doctor(?) who gives killers all kinds of drugs to control them but…….just from this film I have become a big fan of Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett–it’s hard to tell where the story is going but stick with it.

3) “Outer Range”–Prime–series–season 1–8 episodes–7 hours & 20 minutes–is this a sci-fi western or a western sci-fi? Is there a difference? There is a hole in the center of the earth (that I think goes into another world) on a ranch–people are thrown or jump into the hole and some return 8 years later, some don’t and who the heck is Autumn? Josh Brolin is an interesting actor who always gives a first rate performance as he does here and if you want to know some of the answers season 2 is waiting for you.

4) “Bathtubs Over Broadway”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour and 26 minutes–for many years there was a part of show business that many people didn’t know about called industrial shows–the shows employed many people who made a living working them or in between Broadway shows–many stars came from them and many established composers wrote the music for the shows–the shows were put on by big corporations for their employees–I know about them because my dad took me to 2 Milikin shows–one of the shows, in 1956, cost $3 million while the original production that year of “My Fair Lady” only cost $500,000–Steve Young who was a long time writer for the Late Show with David Letterman and became interested in the recordings of these shows when David started doing “Dave’s Record Collection”–he takes us on a journey looking for and finding these rare recordings and meets, introducing us to singers and dancers who did the show and makes this documentary a fascinating trip to ‘yesterday’–thanks to my Facebook friend who steered me to this.

5) “Toy Boy”–Netflix–Spanish series–season 1–13 episodes–11 hours & 5 minutes–all I can say is that it took me 3 episodes to realize that I had seen, and reviewed, this before and watched 2 seasons so it couldn’t have been THAT bad!

STREAMING REVIEWS–JUNE 2022–PART 2   Leave a comment


1) “Toscana”–Netflix–Danish film–1 hour & 30 minutes–IF you are a food lover the first 10 minutes will get you hooked–it did me!! IF you love breathtaking scenery this is for you–IF you like to see a wise arse chef get his dues, or IF you don’t, this is for you. IF you would you like a fantastic sandwich for a snack? This is the chef for you! IF you would feel good about a woman showing that “I can cook anything better than you” chef doesn’t know everything this is for you! Oh, IF you would like a little romance and a love song sung in Italian this is for you! IF you love watching people fall in love with food this is for you! IF you can finish this sentence, “The most important ingredient when cooking is_______?” you’ll love this movie! IF not you will just enjoy it!

2) “Perfect Pairing”–Netflix–Australian film–1hour & 42 minutes–just by watching the first 5 minutes, along with the title, you know what this is all about–with wine! If it is in Australia you will see it here: sheep shearing, a kangaroo though I missed the koala–instead of cooking like in “Toscana” here we are dealing with wine making and selling and love–you have to see the last look of Max’s dog looking at Baaabra–if you like the movie above you will also like this one!

3) “Halftime”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 36 minutes–mostly revolving around Jennifer Lopez rehearsing and doing the halftime show at the super bowl it also looks at the lady ready to tackle the second 50 years of her life–she is Latin and wears that with pride–you feel her disappointment, her resigning to losing, the best supporting actor’s Oscar for “Hustlers” which everyone thought she would and deserved to win–while the documentary shows THAT green dress and doesn’t touch on the renewal of her and Afflick but this is an entertaining hour and a half though you won’t learn anything new about her but the hard work she does o be her best.

4) “I Love Dick”–Prime–series–season 1–8 episodes–3 hours & 32 minutes–of course the title is a double-entendre with co-star Kevin Bacon’s film name giving his co-star Kathryn Hahn the chance to say/do a lot of leering, on the edge of ‘dirty’ lines–sex, nudity, a lot of nudity, mainly woman showing full frontal nudity while men show a butt here and there–if I didn’t know better I would have sworn this was written and directed by a man but no, it is written and directed by a woman and shows that women can be as crude and crass as men!

5) “Dirty Lines”–Netflix–Dutch series–season 1–6 episodes–4 hours & 37 minutes–two brothers start a first time sex phone line in Amsterdam–a lot of sex tapes, sex talk–and, guess what? It was written and directed by a man and just shows how crass and crude men can be and women (see #4) can learn even more than them–it is being sold as a comedy–I didn’t laugh!

Posted June 17, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Series, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS–JUNE 2022—PART 2   Leave a comment


1) “The Perfect Mother”–Netflix–French mystery series–season 1–4 episodes–3 hours & 16 minutes–mothers get a bad rap in this series (but don’t they always?)–but mothers will go to any lengths to protect their children even if they really don’t know them–Helene is their for her daughter Anya when the latter is accused of, or at least implicated as an accessory, since she is found to be lying–from there she is asked questions, answers them to not be believed–I did have one major question that wasn’t really answered but it didn’t distract from a good mystery which isn’t stretched out as most murder series are even if 4 episodes could have just been made in 3!

2) “Z: The Beginning of Everything”–Prime–season 1–10 episodes–4 hours & 50 minutes–was F. Scott Fitzgerald really this petty of a man? Did Zelda really do most of his writing? This is not a very flattering picture of the man and yet, Zelda, with all her negative actions is made top look like4 an angel–I love Christina Ricci and have been a huge fan of hers since day 1 and she does a fine job as the flapper with a reputation of being a bit ‘wild’ though the series is wholly on her side–if there is a second season will it turn against her? Just had a thought–she and Laura Linney would be great in a movie playing sisters? Mother and daughter? Guess I’ll have to become a producer!

3) “Beauty Queen of Jerusalem”–Netflix–Israeli TV series–10 episodes–7 hours & 23 minutes–this is a story about a bond between a father and his oldest daughter–his mother rules everyone and her late husband’s business which their son now runs–she doesn’t care about her daughter-in-law at all and doesn’t feel she should have it any better than she did which wasn’t good to begin with–I never did understand the strong bond between the father and daughter and not the husband and wife, though she was brought into the marriage to give him a son and instead ‘give’ him 3 daughters–it takes place from Israel being under the rule of the British to going independent and prosperity going back and forth between the decades–it would have been much better if it had been done in a linear manner plus it leaves a lot of unanswered questions but not about the mother-in-law as it is obvious she is very bitter and why–if there is a second season there are a lot of questions that have to be answered!

4) “Jimmy Saville: A British Horror Story”–limited series documentary of a true story–2 parts–2 hours & 51 minutes–if you are dumb or just never taught or only assumed all pedophiles were homosexual it is a fact that more heterosexual fathers, stepfathers (and mothers) abuse children more than any other group–Jimmy Saville was a very popular entertainer on British television, also known for his charity work, knighted by the Queen including raising $20 million for Stoke Mandeville hospital where, among other places, he abused over 400 children and adults with mental problems or unable to fight back–the second part is hard to watch because for over 40 years he was loved by the public and as some of his victims speak you wonder how the public didn’t know or didn’t want to know and, sadly, there are still monsters like that everywhere!

5) “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy”–Prime–documentary–1 hour & 24 minutes–with the exception of Cole Porter most of the original music makers of Broadway were men—yes men–that’s another film!–such as Lorenz Hart, Richard Rogers, George & Ira Gershwin, Jerry Bock, Jule Styne, Jerome Kern, Kurt Well, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz, Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, etc., gave Broadway such shows as “The King & I”,  “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Show Boat”, “West Side Story”, “Funny Girl”, “Cabaret”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, Porgy & Bess”, etc., most showing how the people in these shows were also seen as ‘outsiders’ with , basically, only ‘Fiddler’ and ‘Funny Girl’ were ‘Jewish’–the documentary shows and proves their hypothesis which leads up to making room for Stephen Sondheim, Adam  Guettel and a different kind of music, songwriters and ‘Broadway’–it is worth watching  to see the progression of what has become the world famous Broadway, with many examples and clips from the shows.


Posted June 8, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, REVIEWS, Streaming

“Top Gun: Maverick”–Movie Theatre Review   1 comment


Unless you have a great memory that goes back to 1986 and can remember a lot of the important relationships in the first “Top Gun” movie the 2022 “Top Gun: Maverick” can cost a lot of confusion plus taking you out of the current movie trying to remembering the first one!

There are a lot of stories running through the main screenplay but the majority of scenes and what makes the picture are the flying scenes which would probably be more thrilling seeing them on an IMAX screen.

A lot has been made, in interviews and stories, of Tom Cruise doing his own flying but how do you know, how can you tell with computer generated imagery used so much in today’s movies. In any case they make up the bulk of the movie and are very effective.

Talking about Tom Cruise he does a great job showing how and why he is the top gun not only in this movie but the many hit movies he has made. He is surrounded by a top notch supporting group and has a special touching scene with Val Kilmer, who in real life due to cancer can only talk in a low raspy voice.

“Top Gun: Maverick” will probably be a huge blockbuster due to Ton Cruise, those who remember “Top Gun” affectionately, the fact that is it an adventure action film plus it i playing over Memorial Day Weekend in thousands of cinemas including small ‘art’ theatres like The Gateway that is showing it on 2 screens! (Not to forget we are having another air and sea show in South Florida!)

For those of you who are going to see it will go not matter what is said but I strongly suggest you see the first “Top Gun”—which you can see on many of the streaming shops–to remember or understand “Top Gun: Maverick” easier.

A lot has been made, in interviews and stories, of Tom Cruise doing his own flying but how do you know, how can you tell with computer generated imagery used so much in today’s movies. In any case they make up the bulk of the movie and are very effective.Talking about Tom Cruise he does a great job showing how and why he is the top gun not only in this movie but the many hit movies he has mad. He is surrounded by a top notch supporting group and has a special touching scene with Val Kilmer, who in real life due to cancer can only talk in a low raspy voice.”Top Gun: Maverick” will probably be a huge blockbuster due to Ton Cruise, those who remember “Top Gun” affectionately, the fact that is it an adventure action film plus it i playing over Memorial Day Weekend in thousands of cinemas including small ‘art’ theatres like The Gateway that is showing it on 2 screens! (Not to forget we are having another air and sea show in South Florida!)
For those of you who are going to see it will go not matter what is said but I strongly sugges you see the first “Top Gun”—which you can see on many of the streaming shops–to remember or understand “Top Gun: Maverick” easier.

Posted May 27, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS

“THE DUKE”–MOVIE REVIEW–SEEN IN THE GATEWAY THEATRE IN FORT LAUDERDALE   1 comment


I was really looking forward to seeing “The Duke” for many reasons from the fact that it starred one of my favorite actresses, Helen Mirren, and her co-star, Jim Broadbent, always gives a good, sometimes great, performance. They were the leads in this film based on a true story and was being billed as a British comedy which is always a plus when it comes to movies! Also, in its favor it was only 1 hour and 36 minutes which meant it had to move fast. Last, but not least, there was included a story about one man fighting against the system with social overtones and, to a certain degree, showed how the British government did, or didn’t, work.

I was ready to relax and enjoy all the above.

The true story is interesting but not worth 96 minutes! Oh yes, that 96 minutes seemed like 4 hours. There was only one time I, or anyone else, laughed but I won’t tell you because might as well leave you something to look forward to. There is a twist that unless you know the story you won’t see it coming and might not believe.

Mirren and Broadbent are good but there is a whole story between them that is only touched on and could have made for a more powerful story.The trial section is entertaining to a point but not as funny as the spectators, the lawyers, judges, court personal and the prisoner to to think it is.

“The Duke” is really slow moving, not funny, not dramatic and not really a movie worth seeing on TV as it certainly is not worth paying admission to see it in a movie house!

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.

WATCH “HEARTSTOPPER” AND LOOK FOR MY REVIEW IN A COUPLE OF DAYS–WOULD LOVE SOME FEEDBACK AFTER YOU HAVE SEEN IT!

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

Streaming Reviews April 2022 Part 4   Leave a comment

1) *”Disclosure: Tran Lives On Screen”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 45 minutes–As a gay man it is assumed (and we do know what assumed stands for, don’t we?) that I know what a trans person goes through–I don’t–I do know to a certain extent what any person who is ‘different’ goes though but just because I am human being it doesn’t mean I know what a woman, or for that matter, what any other human goes through–I know hate, discrimination, I know how being ostracized but I don’t know how a man feels wanting to be a woman or a woman who feels wanting to be a man–I never wanted to be a woman, never wanted to dress like a woman–I have liked who I am as a gay man since I can remember–I learned a lot from this movie and so can you–famous, infamous and people like your next door neighbor share their thoughts and lives!

2) “Master”–Prime Video–horror movie–1 hour & 38 minutes–I am not into ghost/horror stories but tuned into this because Regina Hall stars in it–yes, there is a haunted room, witchcraft and other ghost movies must but underlying it all is the racism that has infested this school where it takes place since the first Black person attended the school–If you like the horror/ghost genre movie than this is for you otherwise skip it.

3) *”Queen of the South”–Netflix–series–Season 5–6 hours & 51 minutes–this has been one of my favorite series ever since it started on the USA cable station–I have watched every episode since and now it is on Netflix–Alice Braga is dynamite in looks, talent and, certainly always the center of any scene she is in or missed as she is in the last episode of the series–a lot of wheeling and dealing, trust issues, chases, murders But it is Braga who is the  Queen of the south from the first season, first episode to season 5, the tenth episode–the end!

4) “The Bubble”–Netflix–2 hours & 6 minutes–a silly look ‘behind the scenes’ of a Hollywood sci-fi spectacular made during the pandemic so everyone involved in the making the film is more or less confined to a ‘bubble’–a waste of time unless you want to see some, not many, of the tricks done to make a movie.

5) *”Priest”–Prime Video–movie–1 hour & 38 minutes–the story is about a young priest going through a painful examination of his life, the community he is new to, his religion, and the world he lives in–at a certain point in the film it becomes emotionally horrifying to the viewer–at 1 hour and 5 minutes what was a 2-3 star film becomes a 5 star MUST SEE film!

6) “Metal Lords”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 37 minutes–WOW! Here’s a new idea for a movie–let’s get 3 misfit teenagers in high school, add some music—like hard metal–that only they like and get them to start their own band–oh, let one of the 3 be a female–mmmm–except for the music nothing new here–not bad–not good–but, oh yeah, a lot of LOUD music.

*HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS FILM EVEN IF IT SOUNDS LIKE A FILM YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE!

Posted April 15, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Streaming

“Mothering Sunday”–Movie Review–seen in Movie House   Leave a comment


From what I understand the term Mothering Sunday has many meanings from being the day people gave their servants a day off to visit their family or in church the 4th Sunday of Lent or what was to become Mother’s Day to honor Mothers. I don’t quite know what it has to do with this movie though it deals with 2 mothers who are far from the title characters.

The movie is basically about a maid,(Odessa Young), who has an affair with a rich young man,(Josh O’Connor), both knowing there is no future for them. (Oh yes, both seem very comfortable with their full frontal nudity!)

The story seems to be about 3 different stages in Jane’s life–Glenda Jackson, at 86, playing her as an old woman in a very small role–and we are constantly going back and forth in time which seems to be very popular in movies these days and I only find confusing! Though there is a lot about a writer there is more voice-over than writing or story telling and that combined with the constant change of time only makes for a confusing story. I still don’t know who O’Connor’s parents are!!

The editing doesn’t help the movie but I think that is more of the director and screenwriter’s fault.  The story is all over the place and making it even worse some scenes are just fillers because without so many it would be a very short movie.

This is the second movie in the past year that Olivia Coleman is in a movie that constantly goes back and forth in time but here she only has a cameo and one quick scene with tears that would be effective if we knew more about her (instead of knowing she is the mother of 2(?) dead sons!) Her husband is played by Colin Firth, who I found for the first time not inhabiting a role. For most of the film I had thought they were O’Connor’s parents but wrong

I had suggested to Allen we go see this movie because I had thought it was along the lines of Downton Abbey, Sandition or Bridgerton which is his sought of go to film but we both agreed the major word for the movie is boring, even in spite of the  nudity!

An aside: I might becoming impatient with movies in theatres as I would have fast forwarded through this and seen a good 45 minute movie plus is it really fair to pay $9+ for a movie when you can pay $8.99 for streaming and see 100 movies? Oh, I will never stop going to movie houses to see a movie  but I think it will be more in the genre of “The Lost City” which was made for a HUGE screen, saw last week and enjoyed much more than this!

Posted April 8, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, MOVIE REVIEW

Streaming Reviews April 2022 Part 2   Leave a comment

1) “Jeff Foxworthy: The Good Old Days”–Netflix–Standup–Finally a ‘clean’ comic–I have not seen and/or heard him in awhile–I loved his ‘You might be a redneck if……’ routines–what a pleasure to see him again—not a single time did he use THE ‘f’ word though he did say fart once–sure, there is a lot of sexual innuendo and he likes the words pee and peeing, especially in his last bit, but he is very funny using it—yes he refers to his ‘junk’ but 95% of his act is funny and clean–HE GOT ME TO LAUGH OUT LOUD A FEW TIMES WHICH ISN’T EASY FOR A STANDUP COMIC–A MUST SEE!

2) “Bridgerton”–Netflix–series–season 2–8 episodes–7 hours & 14 minutes–you know what to expect for ‘Shondaland’ productions and she delivers–a classic costume drama that takes place in the Regency era, early 1800 s–we have mothers wanting to marry their daughters off for monetary reasons–we have wives addressing their husbands as ‘My Lord’ in the privacy of their bedrooms–and we have Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte who wigs alone make this series worth seeing–the series hits all the right buttons and though you know where it is going you don’t want it to go there yet are happy when it does–you must see Golda!!!

3) “Standing Up”–Netflix–season 1–6 episodes–2 hours & 38 minutes–French with subtitles–we follow 4 comics from a beginner to one at it for awhile–none are funny–they are actors acting and do fine in the personal scenes but so many parts are of them doing stand up routines they don’t–a comedy about standup comics that is not funny nor are the actors.

4) “In Good Hands”–Netflix–Turkish movie filmed in Istanbul–1 hour & 45 minutes–the first half is a funny romantic comedy and second half a sad romantic drama–both are held together by a 6 year old (Mert Ege Ak)–there is only one thing I didn’t believe (nor do I believe what takes place between mother and son)–Asli Enver and Ezgi Senier are the leads but Ak is the STAR–“My heart hurts enough” is the story–if you are not crying and smiling at the ending I don’t want to know you!

5) “Windfall”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 32 minutes–Nobody (played by Jason Segal) holds CEO (played by Jesse Plemons) and Wife (played by Lily Collins) captive and Nobody isn’t good at this job–just as the people aren’t given names a lot of things aren’t revealed until—-it is rich versus poor–it is comedy versus drama–there’s a gun but…..there is a kidnapping but….there is a ransom but….there is a surprise ending that I didn’t see coming which makes for a good thriller

6) “The Woods”–Netflix–series—season 1–6 episodes–3 hours & 6 minutes–a novel set in New Jersey turns into a film set in Poland–a thriller that is too complex–too much going back and forth in time–interesting enough to keep you watching but by the 5th episode I wanted it to be over–the 5th episode seemed to never end–a teenage girl is missing and her brother is telling the story of what happened—or did it? Other teenagers  are missing–and people, giving their versions of what happened, help and hinder–by the end of episode 6 I didn’t care if the kids were missing, dead or ??? I won’t be seeing season 2 if the mystery wasn’t solved–I really don’t know or care

Posted April 6, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Netflix, REVIEWS, Series

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