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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 1   Leave a comment


1) “Emergency”–Prime–2022 movie (many movies and series have this title–be sure to get this version)–1 hour & 45 minutes–from the beginning we think we know where it is going and it does but then it changes and we hope we are wrong–a tenseness enters our brain without us being aware–there are some laughs–some funny some not–Strong performances in a strong movie–last shot of Kunle will haunt you!

2) “The Pursuit of Love”–Prime–season 1–3 episodes–3 hours–2 women are friends for life as different as they may be from each other and as different as their lives become–takes place in the 1930s and 1940s in England & Europe–being co-dependent the women each are progressive in their own way–nothing special but enjoyable.

3) “Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The unheard Tapes”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 44 minutes–I must admit I was never particularly a fan of MM (as she was known) though I did see most of her pictures and read the gossip about her–might attract those over 60 and/or movie addicts–the screenplay tries to make a big mystery of the tapes and her, especially her death but I doubt you will learn anything new about MM even if you are 20 years old–unless you want to find out the basics of her life this really isn’t worth your time.

4) “The Invisible Thread”-Netflix–Italian movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–Leone is the son of 2 fathers and at that time two men couldn’t get married or legally adopt a child so they found a surrogate woman to have a child for them and is very involved in his life though she lives in the USA–by the time he is 11 the two men can have a legal civil union and when a teenager both names of his father was allowed on the birth certificate–sounds like a happy family but what kind of movie would that make?! Let’s throw in a possible divorce, Leone falling in love with a girl at school but how can that be–he must be gay with 2 gay fathers!–a mixture of drama and comedy and when the question of who is Leone’s biological father you will find yourself rooting for one or the other but it will be Leone who takes a beating with all that is going on.

5) “Ricky Gervais: Supernature”–Netflix–standup comic film–1 hour & 4 minutes–do you want to hear a crude, rude comic explain comedy poorly this is for you–all it did was make me vow to NOT see any more standup comic shows!

Posted June 6, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series

STREAMING REVIEWS—MAY 2022—PART 5   Leave a comment

1) “Hello My Name Is Doris”–Netflix–movie–1 hour& 30 minutes–Doris (Sally Field) is a 60 year old spinster who develops a romantic obsession on a much younger co-worker John (Max Greenfield) but is too timid to do anything about it. Her mother has recently died and her home would easily qualify for the “Hoarders” program.After attending a lecture by a motivational speaker (played by Peter Gallagher) she decides as he suggests, to take a big risk and pursue John. Roz (Tyne Daly–excellent) is Doris’s best friend and is instrumental in setting up an ‘accidental’ meeting with John. The film hovers between comedy and drama–the latter a forceful scene as Doris explains to her brother, and his wife, what she has sacrificed taking care of their mother, and shows why Sally Field is an award winning actress! This is a winning film from beginning to end worth seeing if only for her scenes with Tyne Daly but offers so much more–it is funny, serious, crazy and real.

2) “Night Sky”–Prime Amazon–season 1–8 episodes–6 hours & 13 minutes–up until episode 8 it is a compelling story of a long married couple, who lost a son, are still very much in love, with a secret chamber in their basement–we meet their granddaughter, their friends, strangers, next door neighbors with a sc-fi and religious strain going through the whole series dealing with the chamber and religion but don’t ask me what! Mainly due to the acting of Sissy Spacek and J. K. Simmons it is obvious that the rest of the cast is bringing their A game to the series making the first  episodes compelling and keeping the 8th episode interesting, even if incomprehensible only to me.

3) “Along For The Ride”–Netflix–1 hour & 47 minutes–Auden (Emma Pasarow) is a straight and narrow star student with divorced parents and instead of taking a summer job as her mother’s research assistant she chooses to stay with her father, his much younger wife and their new child at their Colby Beach, North Carolina, beach house working for her stepmother, keeping the books of her book shoppe. She eventually meets Eli (Belmont Cameli) who seems to be a little out of it—hey, this is a boy meets girl story-can’t all run smoothly! I liked it up to the HDP (sorry, if you want to know what that is see the movie) and then I loved it which surprised the hell out of me!

4) “Stay Close”–Netflix–limited British crime series–8 episodes—6 hours & 12 minutes–after 16 years and 3 daughters Megan (Cush Jumbo) and Dave (Daniel Francis) decide to get married–before Megan was Megan she was Cassie, a dancer/stripper and/or ???? at the Vixens Club–no one, including Dave, know about her past but now, suddenly, someone is going to expose her. At the same time Detective Michael Broome (James Nesbitt) and he ex-wife, also a detective, Erin Cartwright (Jo Joyner) are investigating the disappearance of a young man which may involve Megan/Cassie’s daughter. The 4 adults and the rest of the cast give top performances with the many twists and turns. There are very vivid violent scenes and the real villain surprised me as it really wasn’t the best solution but, if nothing else, Megan/Cassie’s story holds everything together and makes this a better than average crime story!

5) “New Heights”–Netflix–Swiss series–season 1–8 episodes–6 hours & 20 minutes–the crazier a family is the better the drama is and this Swiss family is a mess! The grandmother/mother-in-law to the mother and the three kids was the mother to the husband/father who committed suicide and that’s just the beginning! All 3 kids were born on the father’s farm–the oldest son is a Zurich business consultant coke head–another son is a farmer’s farmer while their sister wants the farm sold for her share of the money and the new age athletic business she runs–the various stories are about the farm and what to do with it and the 3 adult children while the mother wants to keep it and have the younger son run it. By the way the older son is gay and involved with 2 different guys–one from his past who is married and one at his business who  can help him become a partner and that’s all just in the first episode!! It’s just a good old fashioned soap opera–the Swiss version!

Posted May 29, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, Series, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS—MAY 2022—PART 4   Leave a comment


1) “Blood Sisters”–Netflix–Nigerian limited series–4 episodes–3 hours & 44 minutes–Uduak, (played by Kate Henshaw-Nuttal) is like no other mother you have ever seen–including Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest”!! She is evil, nasty, bitchy–name it–and she excels at the drama–her clothes are WOW as many of the costumes and accessories are but HER outfits, attitude, jewelry and the looks she gives, as mother of the groom who doesn’t approve of the bride, are none you have never seen before–the themes are relatable to families everywhere if not as melodramatic–and the series is full of melodrama–there are a couple of good twists in the series but the whole show belongs to Kate Henshan-Nuttal–a must see to believe!

2) “Bordertown”–Netflix–Finnish series–3 seasons–season 1–11 episodes–10 hours & 27 minutes– the leading man is on of the most boring characters I have seen in years–as he is in charge of the murder investigation of young girls, which is not new to the first story called the “Doll House”–whether he is boring or written that way I don’t know but I gave up by the 6th episode–it is good if you want to be put to sleep!

3) “The Kids in the Hall”–Amazon Prime–8 episodes–3 hours & 23 minutes–maybe the ‘kids’ gave their all when they first came on the scene but it seems they have nothing more to give–anyone, like me, who aren’t familiar with them won’t understand why this was made and those who did see them when they were young will wonder why this has been made!

4) “Our Father”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 37 minutes–Doctor Cline inseminated at least 94 women with his sperm who have had a child by him and not their consent–he truly believes he did it in the name of God–he told the women the sperm was donated by a pool of medical students–we hear from many of the siblings not knowing each other about their health problems, mental problems among other things all this has caused by this one doctor (and, eventually, at least 44 others who did the same thing). We only hear from the women and except for his belief that God made him do it we learn nothing about the man–there were no laws against what he did and he received a one-year suspended sentence, a $500 fine and ultimately, served no prison time–this is a horror story with the monster walking away.

5) “Operation Mincemeat”–Netflix–British film–2 hours & 7 minutes–based on the true story of an elaborate subterfuge during WW 2–the title was based on a beginning author who served in the outfit–Ian Flemming–it is a high class production with, as expected, excellent acting–the last shot after the ‘what happened to…?’ is as fitting an ending to a true story as you can get–as much as I love American movies only the English can make a movie like this and make it so good!

6) “David Spade; Nothing Personal”–Netflix–standup special–1 hour & 6 minutes–he is a professional who has been around over 30 years–yet I felt I was watching a guy trying standup comedy for the first time–yes the “F” word, penis jokes, crass stories–nothing funny–nothing memorable–all forgotten 2 minutes after whatever he says–even the crudeness regarding Sly Stallone and others–a complete waste of time!

Posted May 24, 2022 by greatmartin in MOVIES, Series, Streaming, TELEVISION

STREAMING REVIEWS–MAY 2022—PART 2   Leave a comment

1) “Grace & Frankie”–Netflix–Season 7–Part 2–12 episodes–5 hours & 34 minutes–end of series–this series reminds you of early television when a show ‘invaded’ your house and brought pleasure with each episode but except for a small attempt allowing for age and how it changes you they want to, and do, entertain you–it opened with the husbands (Sam Waterson & Martin Sheen) of the 2 women leaving them to live with each other and the women asking “What now?”–the 4 leads are dynamite as are the rest of the cast but the spotlight is on the 2 women and they deliver–Tomlin gets a laugh just with a look and with Fonda they work together like the pros they are but, obviously, enjoying their friendship–a great, fun show to stream!

2) “Ozark”–Netflix–Season 4–part 2–7 episodes–7 hours & 8 minutes–another series coming to an end–while each season had its ups and downs Laura Linney & Ruth Langmore–the former never giving a bad performance and the latter equaling her, basically, making her a new star–there is a lot of gambling, drug dealing, double crossing, not as much sex but dealing with families relationships–I wasn’t happy with the ending with certain cast members but unlike movies/shows from years ago this, in most cases, shows that crime does pay! Richard Thomas and Veronica Falcon give strong support.

3) “Oprah And Viola”–Netflix–Special Event–48 minutes–when you hear Viola Davis talk about hearing rats eating her porcelain doll you can feel how it means to be poor if you never were –she is talking with Oprah about her book, “Finding Me–A Memoir” and while I like Oprah I LOVE Viola Davis–a few quotes from her/her book: “My dreams had to be bigger than my fears,” “When faced with empathy and compassion you know you are being seen” but it is her talk with God about the type of man she wants is laughable, heartening, romantic and you can hear her waiting for His answer–Viola Davis is a force of nature and Oprah, one herself, knows just what to ask so we get to know the woman behind the actress–definitely a MUST SEE!

4) “Russian Doll”–Netflix–season 2–7 episodes—3 hours & 27 minutes–like season 1 season 2 doesn’t make much sense but Natasha Lyonne who stars in it and co-wrote it holds your attention just like she did in the previous season–instead of living the same day over and over this time she has gone back in time to 1982 and not only is she herself she is her mother too–it doesn’t have to make sense, just listen to the wisecracks–she sometimes plays her mother while other times Chloe Sevigny does, sometimes she is on a subway in NYC and sometimes it is 1962 and in Germany or Russia or who knows–and a plus is having Elizabeth Ashley as a tie between mother and daughter.

5) “Elite”–Netflix–Spanish series–season 5–8 episodes–6 hours & 12 minutes–it is a repeat of the first 4 seasons–the couplings, uncoupling, the crying, the changes, the gay or straight, the is he or she or isn’t, he did what! There are mostly old characters with a few new ones thrown in and possibly one shocker regarding who is having sex with who but all in all if you watched the first four seasons you’ll like this season and the way it ends–somewhat logical!

Posted May 9, 2022 by greatmartin in Netflix, Series, Streaming, Uncategorized

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 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 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 Week of March 27, 2022   Leave a comment


1) “The Puppet Master”–Netflix–Documentary–limited series–3 episodes–2 hours & 7 minutes–for what should have been an exciting British true true thriller–a con artist manipulates people over 2 decades to the present–I found the first 2 episodes boring–you can watch the 3rd episode and know the whole story and shake your head in wonder not only how it happened but how it ends–badly!

2) “Capitani”–Netflix–series–season 1–12 episodes–5 hours & 34 minutes–filmed and created in Luxembourg, in French with subtitles available–a police inspector, in a strange town, investigates a possible murder with 2 local police officers—one,  an inept male and another a smart, competent female–there are teenage twins involved making for a good tale but the screenplay has too many questions about them–confusing last 5 minutes that makes no difference who did it–I won’t be back for the second season!

3) “Beautiful Boy”–Amazon Prime–movie–2 hours–as much as you may love a child and don’t want to turn your back on them sometimes you have no choice–this is a story about a father (Steve Carell) who does whatever he can to help his drug addicted son (Timothee Chalamet)–both actors are dynamite in their roles–it is a true story written by David Sheff and his son Nic , both giving their own versions of what took place–a hard movie to watch but one that should be seen (in spite of one of the worst soundtracks I have ever heard in a film!)

4) “I Want You Back”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 51 minutes–Peter and Emma have broken up with their lovers– how they meet and plan to either get their lovers back or get revenge is what the screenplay is about–if after the first 10 minutes you don’t know who will end up together you haven’t seen too many Hollywood romantic comedies–this is a good example of a Hollywood romantic comedy with a good cast, smart writing, good locations and quick moving–a fun movie

5) “The Highwaymen”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 12 minutes–the movie is another take on the Bonnie and Clyde story but from a different point of view–the director, John Lee Hancock, does a first rate job and the screenwriter, John Fusco, goes straight where it has to–what makes a run of the mill film good? A cast like Kevin Costner (who I don’t particularly care for as an actor) and especially Woody Harrelson with an excellent cast supporting them

Posted March 28, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Series, Streaming

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