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STREAMING REVIEWS—MAY 2022—PART 1   Leave a comment

1) “Book of Love”–Prime Amazon–romantic comedy movie–1 hour & 46 minutes–man meets woman–they are complete opposites–man falls in love with woman–woman falls in love with man–man loses woman–man and woman live happily ever after together–come on–that is NOT a spoiler–the movie is filled with every cliche you can think of  and yet we love it every time wherever it takes place–here it is in Mexico–Veronica Echegi reminds me of a younger Penelope Cruz (though the latter isn’t old by any means–a mini romantic getaway

2) “The Weekend Away”–Netflix–a whodunit thriller–1 hour & 31 minutes–it is an old-fashioned ‘who did it?’ and it really doesn’t matter because it is fun–a lot of twists without a lot making sense but makes you hang in there–trashy but watchable with Ziad Bakri playing a smaller role as a friendly taxi driver–of the 5 possible suspects I guessed the 4 wrong ones!

3) “Sense8”–Netflix–a Sci-fi series–season 1–12 episodes–10 hours & 46 minutes–in chapter 4 one person says to another, “You are now 7 people but if you don’t save Nomi you will only be 6!”–I saw him change into different people talking to each other (talking to himself?) except he is talking to her(? Or is it him?) in English and she is talking in Korean–I said that’s enough and in the middle of the 5th episode I completely gave up–Sci-fi is not for me

4) “A Very British Scandal”–Prime Amazon–season 2–3 episodes–3 hours–AND

5) “Anatomy of a Scandal”–Netflix–limited series–6 episodes–4 hours & 28 minutes

In 2018 Hugh Grant played a Liberal Party leader who murdered his gay ex lover in 1979 in a 3 part series called “A Very English Scandal” based on a true story. “A Very British Scandal” is also a true story which is based on the theory that because a woman gives a man oral sex she is a slut, a wanton woman. In this case she is a Duchess and the Duke takes her into public divorce proceedings giving her an out by staying with him which she refuses. “Anatomy of a Scandal” is the only one that is fiction but seems as real as the true stories with a British politician being accused of rape by a woman who works for him and they had an affair. We watch him on trial being faced by the woman while his wife seats in the gallery thinking of their past and their life of privilege. Oh yes, there is a twist to this whole story that is definitely British! (And sort of mild for David E. Kelley.)

You either like movies/series about British parliamentary members, their sexual peccadilloes,  all having underlying themes and if you do you will like both of these “Scandals” and don’t forget to watch “a Very English Scandal” that started this series!

STREAMING REVIEWS APRIL 2022 PART 3   Leave a comment

1) “Audible”–Netflix–documentary–38 minutes–a rare glimpse into the lives of 4-5 teens  who are still reeling from a suicide of one of their friends–as we meet them the boys of a deaf football team who have never lost a game to other deaf teams are not faring well in this game against a hearing team—-A MUST SEE—TELLS MORE IN 38 MINUTES THAN A 2 HOUR FILM WOULD TELL!

2) “Brad’s Status”–Prime Video–movie–1 hour & 41 minutes–a father and son are on tour of New England colleges which the son has applied for including one the father graduated from–the father is going through the change of his son leaving home and is feeling he is a failure, especially in comparison to his extremely wealthy college buddies of yesteryear–
why does a director and/or screenwriter feel their story needs to be told in mostly voice over by the main character? It also hinders the story (in this case Mike White is both director & screenwriter)– THE CAST DOES A GOOD JOB AND THE MOVIE IS NEITHER GOOD OR BAD–JUST A MOVIE.

3) “SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN”–Prime Video–East Indian/Filipino movie–1 hour & 57 minutes–funny, crazy, a farce covering a lot of gay issues with parents, relatives, in-laws, straight and gay marriages, couples, arranged marriages–IT IS ZANY, WILD, EMOTIONAL SHOWING HOW MORE ALIKE PEOPLE ARE THAN NOT!

4) “All The Old Knives”–Prime Video–movie–1 hour & 42 minutes–a thriller–8 years after the fact a hijacking of a plane is being revisited by the CIA team investigating it again never solving what happened at the time–2 agents, who were on the case, Henry (Chris Pine) and Celia (Thandiwe Newton) are ex-lovers who are still, strongly, attracted to each other even though she is now married (to someone else) and has kids–director Janus Metz and screenwriter Olen Steinhauer (based on the latter’s book) have 2 stories to tell and the one of the investigation is given more importance for the movie’s good but leaves the audience wanting more of what ignited the couple’s love and many sex scenes that, if eliminated, would have cut the movie to a lot less time–A SLOW MOVING INVOLVED THRILLER WITH A LOT OF ‘R’  SEX SCENES BETWEEN 2 ACTORS WITH A LOT OF CHEMISTRY!

5) “The Protege”–Prime Video–movie–1 hour & 49 minutes– a violent thriller–I lost the count of those killed in the first 10 minutes–yes, that type of movie–there is a lot of violence, mainly by the lead actress, Maggie Q, and then there is a lot of violence against her–oh, let’s not forget Michael Keaton giving and getting a lot of violence–ANYONE FOR VIOLENCE THIS IS YOUR MOVIE–IT IS A QUICK MOVING FILM AND I ONLY COVERED MY EYES A DOZEN TIMES!

Posted April 11, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

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

Streaming Reviews—April 2022 Part 1   Leave a comment

Streaming Reviews—April 2022 Part 1

1) “To Be of Service”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 20 minutes–about U.S. veterans , PSTD & dogs–emotions  of the vets are raw, sometimes hard to hear and/or see–the dogs take up little space in this documentary but their worth to these men and women are as valuable as their vets service was to the USA–Listen to the words of the song at the end

2) “King of Thieves”–Amazon Prime–film–1 hour & 48 minutes–based on a true story–take a good group, not of ‘old men’, but of veteran actors who know what they are doing and you egt a thumbs up and salute to good old fashioned heist movies–while not quite as good  it is entertaining hearing /seeing them excel at throw away lines and have fun at their job as actors while in their 80s

3) “Bad Vegan”–Netflix–documentary of true crime–6 episodes–3 hours & 28 minutes–a scam & toxic relationship along with true crime stories all all over TV whether broadcast, streaming, cable , etc. & this is one more but as attractive as the  victim is she seems to be too cold to elicit any sympathy, empathy or caring for her–Sarma Melnqailis, sorry, bored me and I didn’t feel anything for her after listening to her talk to her dog and/or her coworkers talking for her.

4) “Black Mirror”–Netflix–5 seasons–22 episodes–season 1–3 episodes-2 hours & 35 minutes–all stories contained in each episode–sort of  a”Twilight Zone” for the 21st century but not as finely written–many varied themes and good cast of actors in each.

5) “Rescued By Ruby”–Netflix–film–based on a true story–1 hour & 33 minutes–yes, there are awes, tears and smiles & yes, you know from the beginning how it is going to end but all of that doesn’t mean thing —both dog Ruby and the State Trouper get an 8th chance at a life they want–the ‘Hollywood’ ending seems contrived, not quite believable, but stay for the credits and you will see it is true.

6) “the Adam Project”–Netflix–movie–1 hour &46 minutes–I liked Ryan Reynolds in this though I haven’t always been a fan of his–I can see how he became a STAR and all the cast here are of the best–I bet Mark Ruffalo can make anyone cry–I am and always have been a big fan of his–doesn’t disappoint in this film–nothing earth shattering (pardon the pun–you will understand that after you see the movie–see it and enjoy yourself and always read the critics AFTER you have seen a movie!

Posted April 1, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming Reviews Week of March 10, 2022   Leave a comment

1) “Goodbye Seventies”–Prime Amazon–movie– 1 hour & 30 minutes–For such a film to look and feel so amateurish and the acting so bad when made in 2020 even though about the 1970s is really disconcerting–yes, the old film news clip look from that era but if that was the director, screenplay and story, all the same man aim it didn’t work–oh yes, Todd Verow also wrote the music–it is my experience that a director shouldn’t do more than 2 jobs at the most–the last 10 of the 15 minutes is what this film should have been

2) “Worst Roommate Ever”–Netflix–documentary–limited series–5 episodes–3 hours & 56 minutes–if nothing else it may make a person think of having a roommate whether the former or latter is male or female to do a lot more investigating of them than if they can afford the rent–also the one renting should be very aware of the law, especially squatting–while I didn’t find it entertaining I did find the documentary interesting & a horror film in one

3) “The Thing about Pam”–NBC–limited series on Dateline–6 episodes (including commercials)–strictly not a streaming show with each episode being shown each succeeding week–upfront I am not a Renee Zellweger fan and this certainly doesn’t change my mind–in one of the very few times I have done this I am not masochistic and have no plans to see anymore episodes

4) “Chasing Payment”–Amazon Prime–film–1 hour & 21 minutes–this sort of short film, which seems anything but, adds many seconds in addition to minutes as fillers o make it a ‘feature’ film–why it is divided into 6 ‘chapters’ I have no idea– the most interesting character is sort of dismissed when you want to learn more about him than the lead–this is another case of the director also producing and writing the film when he should, maybe, just have concentrated on directing

5)  “Pieces Of Her”–Netflix–series–season 1–8 episodes–6 hours & 49 minutes–having many similarities to “In From The Cold” (see ‘steaming reviews of March 1, 2022’)–a mother and daughter with the former having a hidden past the daughter knows nothing about and slowly finds out–this is definitely the most violent of the two not to mention not as well acted–as I am a huge fan of Toni Collette it was very disappointing to see her very flat acting in this–can you handle/like seeing a woman slit a man’s throat, a man put a knife through a woman’s hand, people shot, a woman sitting on a commode, a woman vomiting—and they show it all in the first episode–than this is for you–if you have a choice please choose “In From The Cold”

6) “Say Yes”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 34 minutes–funny, touching, chemistry between the 3 leads–death, life, love but something is/was ‘off’ yet if you asked what it was I couldn’t answer–this is a different, interesting film looking at humans whose sexuality is questionable

Posted March 10, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming Reviews February 17 2022   Leave a comment

1) “Inventing Anna”–Netflix–limited series–9 episodes–10 hours & 3 minutes–I am a fan of Shonda Rhimes series but there is a very big misstep here and that is she takes 9 episodes to tell what could have been a very interesting, somewhat true, story by wasting a lot of time on a secondary story–that of the pregnant reporter–of the many relationships Anna Delvey, a scammer who ‘took’ many wealthy, smart people the one with the reporter was the most uninteresting–she should have spent more time on the 3 women who thought she was their friend–we never do get to know who Anna is!

2) “Holding The Man”–Netflix–Australian movie–2 hours & 5 minutes–Second time I’ve watched this–about a male couple who meet, fall in love, are together 20 years–taking place at a specific time–a true story written by one of the men who died a year after his book was published–a good feeling tear-jerker that will move you

3) “Loev”–Netflix–film from India–1 hour & 32 minutes–another film I have seen a second time–2 childhood friends who have taken different paths reunite–they are in love with each other but love can be shown and mean in many ways–sometimes in violence that the violator knows is wrong–this movie still leaves me very puzzled at the end

4) “My Best Friend”–Amazon Prime–Film from Argentina–1 hour & 30 minutes–2 teenagers discover themselves as they become friends–nothing new here but still very moving

5) “Just Friends”–Amazon Prime–Dutch film–1 hour & 24 minutes– a sweet story about falling in love–a romantic gay movie–mothers know best and in this case their mothers and one grandmother know that they belong together–“You don’t control love–love controls you”

Posted February 17, 2022 by greatmartin in MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming


1) “Harlem”–Prime Amazon–series–season 1–10 episodes–5 hours–it seems 4 is the magic number now for situation comedies–in Harlem we have 4 women with all their woes–after the first 2 episodes you know who will say and do what–after these 10 episodes they will be showing a new episode every Friday–MOST EPISODES ARE INTERESTING AND FUNNY EXCEPT FOR THE CONSTANT ‘I’M A HO’ LINE

2) “Closer”–Netfix–movie–1 hour & 44 minutes–a 2004 movie starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman in a play adapted to film–cast is strong–sharp direction and dialogue–a lot of loving that could be called sex/love affairs/relationships/marriage with changing partners happening quite often–TIME PERIODS ALL OVER THE PLACE CAUSING CONFUSION BUT EVERYTHING EVENTUALLY ALL FALLS IN PLACE–CAST A JOY TO WATCH

3) “Surviving Christmas”–Netflix–British Christmas film–1 hour & 44 minutes–the family gets together for the holidays–NO SURPRISES BUT BRITISH WIT AND FIRST RATE ACTORS

4) “High on the Hog”–Netflix–documentary–season 1–4 episodes–3 hours & 28 minutes–how many foods from Africa became part of the American every day menu–many surprises–INTERESTING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEASON 2

5) “Gypsy”–Tubi (free streaming)–filmed live performance at London’s Savoy–the role of Momma Rose is often seen as an actresses equivalent of an actor’s Hamlet–I have seen Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daley, Bette Midler, Patti Lupone and Ethel Merman (who originated the role) all play Rose with each bringing something different but Imelda Staunton is the strongest actress with the powerful voice used when needed–WITH A STRONG LEAD, A STRONG SUPPORTING CAST, MEMORABLE SONGS THIS IS A SHOULD SEE

6) “Voir”–Netflix–season 1–6 episodes–2 hours & 2 minutes–6 visual essays of movies and movie going–opens with the violence of “Jaws” and closing with the violence of “48 Hours” and looks at Eddie Murphy becoming a star–movies also include “Lawrence of Arabia”,  clips of James Cagney movies and scenes from movies over the past 100 years–THOUGH NOT SPECIFICALLY ABOUT VIOLENCE IN MOVIES IT SHOWS A LOT OF MEMORABLE VIOLENT SCENES

Posted December 8, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming


1) “Rocco”–Netflix–French Documentary–1 hour & 45 minutes–supposedly the number one porn star is retiring to work behind the camera–a lot of talk–he doesn’t really seem to know himself–DUBBING IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES IS PRETTY BAD AS ROCCO SEEMS TO BE IN HIS JOB

2) “A Castle For Christmas”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–at this time of the year there are dozens of rom/com Christmas movies and each one has to have a ‘gimmick’ so Castle has a few with the primary one being filmed in Scotland plus the chemistry between Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes–nothing like a duke meeting a commoner–a Christmas song–WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT? OH YES, ONE OF THE BEST DOG ACTORS EVER.

3) “Procession”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 58 minutes–6 men sexually abused by priests as children tell what happened–the church tries, as one of many diversions, by calling them homosexual acts which they aren’t–these are acts by pedophiles which really doesn’t make it any easier to hear but it does divert from the criminal aspect–NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU READ AND/OR HEAR ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IT NEVER GETS EASY TO HEAR/SEE BUT IT MUST STAY IN THE NEWS

4) “A Boy Called Christmas”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 46 minutes–the ‘gimmick(s)’ in this Christmas movie are having Maggie Smith telling the story, a boy called Christmas, a talking mouse, a reindeer named Blitzen, elves, snow, lights, children and, oh, did I mention Maggie Smith?–COME ON THIS IS CHRISTMAS–HOW DO I SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT A MOVIE WITH MAGGIE SMITH AND A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS?

5) “Vita & Virginia”–Prime Amazon–movie–1 hour & 49 minutes–based on a true story–the production values of this British film outshine the story and the lives of these two women–HOPEFULLY VITA AND VIRGINIA WERE MORE INTERESTING IN LIFE THAN THEY COME ACROSS IN THIS MOVIE

6) “Yara”–Netflix–Italian film–1 hour & 36 minutes–true story of a 13 year old girl who is murdered just before the beginning of DNA is used to solve crimes–except for the description of how the young girl was killed there is no other violence in the filmA GOOD TRUE CRIME STORY

Posted December 3, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming


1) “My Dad’s Christmas Date”–Netflix–Christmas Movie–1 hour and 31 minutes–it’s a Christmas film–a good one–though listed as a comedy it has a twist–his wife, her mother had died a few years ago and the daughter puts her dad’s profile on a dating site–yes, the laughs come but soon the tears will flow–IT IS A GOOD CHRISTMAS FILM

2) “On My Block”–Netfix–series–4 seasons–season 1–10 episodes–4 hours & 33 minutes–we follow 4 (3 males and 1 female) through high school from freshmen to senior year–completely different families, backgrounds, problems–THE 4 LEADS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO HOLD YOUR ATTENTION THROUGH ALL THE SEASONS

3) “True Story”–Netflix–limited series–7 episodes–4 hours & 15 minutes–I am not a fan of Kevin Hart but he does a good job here–Wesley Snipes is getting the good reviews but he seems a little ‘off’ to me–they are brothers with Snipes always ripping Hart off–A GRADE B MOVIE EXTENDED 4+ HOURS–WASTE OF TIME

4) “Just Short of Perfect”–Netflix–Brazilian Film–1 hour & 34 minutes–she is VERY tall while he is VERY short and they fall in love causing problems with her family–POLITICALLY INCORRECT, SILLY, FUNNY –ENJOY

5) “Timeout”–Netflix–Indian film–1 hour & 38 minutes–a brother idolizes his older brother who is much admired in their high school–when he finds out his hero is gay he doesn’t know how to handle it–NOT A NEW IDEA BUT HANDLED BEAUTIFULLY AND WILL LEAVE YOU CRYING AT THE END

6) “Snowbound for Christmas”–Netflix–Canadian film–1 hour & 24 minutes–completely “G”–if the two male leads had changed roles this would have been a much more interesting film–A HOLIDAY FILM SO LET’S LEAVE IT AT THAT

Posted December 1, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming


1) “Suddenly Last Summer” American version–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 54 minutes  2) “Suddenly Last Summer”–British version–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 22 minutes–the American version is 30 minutes longer because Gore Vidal reworked Tennessee Williams poetry , visualized his words and also had to rework many of his thoughts as ‘the movie code’ in 1959 wouldn’t really allow Vidal to say what Williams did, while the British version was Williams and only Williams words, his play, consequently, for me, the better version. Though Clift and Lowe are listed as stars their roles are secondary to Hepburn, Taylor, Richardson and Smith and trying to compare Hepburn versus Smith and Taylor versus Jackson is like trying to compare apples and oranges. Each actress does a fine job though Taylor surprised the most being seen as a ‘star’ and very seldom recognized for the actress she was–WATCH BOTH AS A DOUBLE BILL–WILLIAMS POETRY HITS HOME

3) “Motive”–Netflix–documentary–4 episodes–2 hours–if you can make it through the descriptions, the first 10 minutes, of the killings, you might be interested in this 14 year old who killed his parents and 2 sisters–is he just a ‘bad seed’? Had no feelings? Knew exactly what he was doing? It leaves too many questions at the end such as how long did he spend in prison, how is he living unknown today in our information world? HIS LIFE TODAY IS SHOCKING TO ME AND THIS IS NOT AN EASY DOCUMENTARY TO WATCH AND UNDERSTAND

4) “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 36 minutes–is the Pope a wise man or is a wise man the Pope? He speaks wisely but does he act wisely? He says all the right things using the words and thoughts of God but does he do what he says he will do?He talks about the many problems we all face but has he solved any of them? THE POPE TALKS ABOUT THE CHURCH SHOULD BE A POOR CHURCH BUT WHAT IS HE DOING TO MAKE IT THAT WAY?

5) “The Raincoat Killer”–Netflix–Korean documentary–3 episodes–2 hours & 23 minutes–a serial killer killed over 20 people violently and disposed of them in a violent way–the brutality of the murders have stayed with the  police for over 15 years and the less than stellar way they investigated the killer–IF YOU LIKE VIOLENCE THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY FOR YOU

6) “Shameless”–Netflix–series–11th season–10 episodes–9 hours & 7 minutes–I hate to see this series end as I have loved it since its first episode–though ‘Fiona’ was the backbone of the show along with Frank, the father, she quit after the 9th season but the last season is as good as the first–it is outrageous, funny, touching and the emphasis as and has always been about family–everyone, good or bad, is represented in the Gallagher family and you love them all,  including the unlovable ones–A MUST SEE SERIES WITH UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS AND ACTORS

Posted November 12, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

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