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STREAMING REVIEWS DECEMBER 2021 PART 4   Leave a comment


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

STREAMING REVIEWS DECEMBER 2021 PART 3   Leave a comment


1) “Coming Out Colton”–Netflix–commentary–6 episodes–3 hours & 15 minutes–this really surprised me–I thought ‘just’ another coming out celebrity thing–he hits a lot of subjects but the most important/impressive segment to me is where he speaks to his old school coach about the adults at school, including him, disregarded and/or added to the suicide rates among young gays and making kids, young adults, hate themselves more by allowing the calling of names, using the q word, using gay as a negative, etc., which made life so tough for him–after he was on “The Bachelor” he did some despicable things and they are talked about—COLTON UNDERWOOD IS ON HIS JOURNEY DISCOVERING WHO HE IS–GAY OR STRAIGHT YOU WILL SEE YOURSELF–JOIN HIM NOW

2) “Father Christmas is Back”–Netflix–British Christmas movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–the Christmas family gets together every year for the fair–UNLIKABLE FAMILY BICKERING ALL THE TIME IN UNLIKABLE FILM

3)”Single All The Way”–Netflix–Christmas Movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–people falling in love, Christmas carols, snow, lights, fun, joy, tears, misunderstandings, romance–add great chemistry between the leads and you have a Christmas movie gem–with a difference–the romantic leads are two men and except for a few stereotypes–LOVE IS IN THE (CHRISTMAS) AIR

4) “Spoiled Brats”–Netflix–French movie filmed in Monaco–1 hour & 35 minutes–a silly, funny movie about what the title says and their father trying to ‘unspoil’ them–NOTHING NEW OR DIFFERENT BUT THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT A PLEASANT FILM TO WATCH

5) “Scenes of a Sexual Nature”–Netflix–British comedy–1 hour & 31 minutes–only the British can make a light,frothy comedy like this and make you care about all the various people–we are spending a day in the park with couples ranging from a pair who are divorced, an interracial couple, another couple who knew each other years ago, a man dumping his girlfriend, a gay couple talking about adoption, another couple whose relationship I can’t figure out and let’s not forget the couple on a blind date plus 1 single guy and a single woman who never couple–A COMEDY AS ONLY THE BRITISH CAN MAKE

6) “Power of the Dog”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 7 minutes–the film is getting raves and though I agree as far as the acting is concerned I have no idea where the excitement is coming from–except for 1 brief scene that might explain everything who Cumberbatch is was left up in the air—THIS MOVIE IS TOO ENIGMATIC FOR ME

Posted December 5, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS DECEMBER 2021 PART 2   Leave a comment

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

STREAMING REVIEWS DECEMBER 2021 PART 1   Leave a comment

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

STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 5   Leave a comment


A MUST SEE–STREAMING NOW–“TICK, TICK….BOOM!”
1) “Wanderlust”–Netflix–British series–6 episodes–5 hours & 43 minutes–starting off with a promising premise, starring Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh, as a long married couple agree to affairs with others–we follow 6-7 couples, all ages–ABOUT EPISODE IT ALL FALLS APART.

2) “Tiger King 2”–Netflix–series–5 episodes–3 hours & 33 minutes–Part 1 was crazy, shocking, funny and camp–PART 2 IS NOWHERE AS INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE OR WORTH WATCHING

3) “Sex/Life”–Netflix–season 1–8 episodes–6 hours & 19minutes–woman in a prefect marriage with a a perfect home and baby misses the ‘bad boy’ she was with before meeting her husband–COMPLETE MISSTEP IN EVERY DEPARTMENT

4) “Convergence:Courage in a Crisis”–Netflix–British documentary–1 hour and 53 minutes–10 directors from around the world look at front-line workers who work in under-served COVID communities–SACRIFICES MADE BY COUNTLESS CAREGIVERS

5) “The Movies That Made Us”–Netflix–documentary–6 hours & 25 minutes–with titles like “Halloween”, “Friday the 13th” and “Nighttime On Elm Street” and 5 more films this was, obviously, made for Halloween, if you are into basically horror films this is for you–does divert a bit with films like “Elf”, Coming to America” and does have the classic “Aliens”–MAINLY FOR MOVIE NERDS INTO THIS GENRE

6) “Handsome Devil”–Netflix–Canadian Movie–2 soccer players fall in love–full of ‘coming out’ cliches but handled SO WELL BY FIONN O’SHEA AND NICHOLAS GALITZINE IT ALL SEEMS NEW

Posted November 25, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

“tick, tick…BOOM”–FILM REVIEW PLAYING IN THEATRES AND STREAMING OF NETFLIX   Leave a comment


“Rent” was never a favorite show of mine but I understood how Jonathan Larson’s show brought change to Broadway and also the legend of his death the night of its first performance off-Broadway. What happened before that night is what  “tick,tick…BOOM” is about, a show Larson wrote the book, music and lyrics for–a story of a writer wants to ‘make it’ before he is 30 and he hears the clock ticking away.This is a movie for anyone in their twenties who are dreaming of success in whatever chosen field they have picked whether it being in show business or any other business or whatever road they might take. It is a movie for anyone over thirty who made it or didn’t.I didn’t really get into the film until it was about halfway through and then it completely took me over. I was back to being in my twenties, working as a waiter, writing books and plays, seeing myself as a successful writer. On the screen were words that I had thought, might even had said, both negative and positive. Now, 60 years later, I could laugh and/or cry, watching a guy about to be thirty seeing himself as a failure, thinking life ended at thirty.

While I don’t remember a single song I remember listening to each one as a story being told. You can hear Jonathan Larson’s voice telling you how and what he felt as he reached for success and, possibly, seeing failure.I don’t know how much of the screenplay are actually Larson’s words and what Steven Levenson contributed but it runs smoothly covering all points of a creative mind. Director Lin-Manual Miranda, in many interviews, has credited Larson for making it possible for him to write and get “In The Heights” on Broadway to be followed by “Hamilton”. In a way, here he is thanking Larson for that and in turn does fine work in his first turn as a director.The acting is first rate from Andrew Garfield as Larson to one of the many cameos where if you blink you will miss Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Joel Gray, Brian Stokes Mitchell to name a few, even Miranda as a cook!

The cameos in no way distract from Judith Light as Larson’s agent or Bradley Whitford as Stephen Sondheim, in a way Larson’s mentor. Alexander Shipp as Susan, Larson’s girlfriend and Vanessa Hudgens as Karessa, as a singer in the show within a show are highlights of the cast while Robin de Jesus as Larson’s best friend is a standout.

I was so taken in by the second half of “tick, tick…BOOM” that all I remember is being awash in tears. THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE!

Posted November 21, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, ENTERYTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 3   Leave a comment


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

STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 2   Leave a comment


1) “Love Hard” –Netflix–movie–1 hour & 46 minutes–the first of many new holiday movies–from the title to the ending everything works together to be a Christmas rom/com–with good chemistry between the leads–NOT A CLASSIC BUT A WINNER

2) “Te Ata”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–based on a true story–I love a movie that makes me want to learn more about the person it is based on–after the movie go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Ata_Fisher  if you are like me you know very little about American Indian history except what you have learned from Hollywood movies–THIS MOVIE IS DIFFERENT AND HAS YOU LOOK AT AN AMERICAN INDIAN’S LIFE

3) “Aquarius”–Netflix–limited series–10 episodes–7 hours & 25 minutes–another series based on Charles Manson that doesn’t tell us how he lured his followers to do the horrendous acts they did for him–it stars David Duchovny who doesn’t add anything to the series–VIOLENT, CRUEL AND JUST ANOTHER DETECTIVE STORY THAT JUST SITS THERE

4) “The Harder They Fall”–Nerflix–movie–2 hours & 4 minutes–based on real people who, probably, never met in real life–there are some good moments and all the western genre happenings are covered–A WESTERN IS A WESTERN

5) “Maid”–Netflix–series–season 1–10 episodes–9 hours–an abused woman who can’t arise above the poverty level to make things better for her and her 3 year old daughter–Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell, Tracy Vilar and Anika Noni Rose lead a fine cast–A GOOD SERIES AND LOOKING FORWARD SEASON 2

6) “Destination Wedding”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 27 minutes–Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have 0 chemistry and what is basically just 2 actors talking–A LOT OF TALKING BUT THAT’S IT

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

STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 1   Leave a comment


1) “Nobody Knows I’m Here”–Netflix–Chilean Movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–a former child singer traumatized becomes a recluse–Jorge Garcia, a fan favorite from the “Lost” series, shines–there is nothing new or surprising here BUT IF YOU WANT A SWEET STORY WITH AN EXPECTED ENDING THIS IS YOUR MOVIE

2) “Greater”–Netflix–documentary–2 hours & 10 minutes–a true, effective story about a young football player who excels where everyone thinks he will fail–except for his mother–the movie is a bit long and goes overboard with the religious angle but IT IS A GOOD TEARJERKER

3) “Homefront”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and was going to star in it but, rightly, decided it needed a young with all the action involved–he got a good substitute with Jason Statham–the last 30 minutes will satisfy all action fans–IT IS A ‘B’ MOVIE FROM YESTERDAY

4) “The Forty-Year-Old Version”–Netflix–2 hours & 9 minutes–movie based on a true story–the director stars in her own story–took me about 30 minutes before I could get into it–sorry, but I am a prude–I don’t handle women using dirty language even if it is called ‘rap’–the movie centers around, yes, a 40 year old woman in a role that isn’t often portrayed on the screen–GOES ON A LITTLE TOO LONG AS IF THE ACTRESS/DIRECTOR FEELS SHE WON’T GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT BOTH BUT SHE DOES BOTH WARRANTING MORE WORK AS BOTH

5) “Mudbound”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 14 minutes–while it is a familiar story about how a white and black family interact, the director and screenwriters get the key scenes, especially one near the end , THOUGH NOT A ‘MUST SEE’ MOVIE IT WILL HOLD YOUR INTEREST BEGINNING TO END

6) “Hypnotic”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–a thriller–nothing new, nothing unexpected–A GOOD MOVIE WHEN YOU NEED/WANT BACKGROUND NOISE OR WANT A HALLOWEEN MOVIE–WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR

Posted November 1, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS OCTOBER 2021 PART 5   Leave a comment

1) “Athlete A”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 43 minutes–about the case brought against a doctor for physically abusing gymnastic athletes including Olympic contenders–hard to listen/watch some of the then girls, now women, talking about what happened–WHEN THEY FINALLY FACE THEIR ABUSER(S) YOU WILL TEAR UP–A MUST SEE

2) “Found”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 38 minutes–3 children were given away by their birth parents (enforced by the country politicians) due to the one child per parents unless you could afford to pay $8,500 for each child–we follow the 3 girls who are adopted by different American parents–as they grow older they get interested in finding their birth parents though they are obviously loved and brought up with many things they wouldn’t have had–THE GIRLS FIND EACH OTHER AND BUILD A DEEP RELATIONSHIP MOVING THE VIEWER TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION AND MAKING ONE’S OWN FAMILY

3) “His House”–Netflix–English movie–1 hour & 33 minutes–a refugee couple from South Sudan move to London–voodoo, ghosts, a dead child, people coming out of walls, floors, ceilings and lights going on and off by themselves–A GOOD HALLOWEEN HORROR FILM

4) “Strong Island”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 47 minutes–a Black man is shot and the man who shot him goes free–we hear what happened that night and the dead man from his 2 sisters, parents and best friend–A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE–REJECTING THE KILLER’S PLEA AS SELF DEFENSE–YOU HAVE TO ANSWER THOSE AND OTHER QUESTIONS

5) “Justin Bieber: our World”–Amazon–documentary–1 hour & 34 minutes–preparing for a virtual performance we follow all the work involved–I know of him but was not familiar with him as an entertainer–you hear one song you have heard them all except for a slow tune and the ONLY difference is that there are only 3 performers on stage otherwise all is the same from the crotch grabbing (men and women),  even in the slow songs, repetitive lyrics, the stage loaded with dancers, musicians, fireworks, etc. His crew, many with him 11 or more years, love him and he loves them–EVERYTHING IS A LOVE FEST AND EVERYTHING IS A BORE EXCEPT–WELL, NO EXCEPTIONS

6) “Operation Hyacinth”–Netflix–Polish film–1 hour & 52 minutes–based on a true story that happened in the mid 1980s–secret police tracking down homosexuals and entering their name into a data base which would eventually have 11,000 names–our hero, a policeman, similar to Al Pacino’s role in “Cruising”, may or may not feel he is gay too, while investigating a possible serial killer of Gays–hyacinth is the Polish equivalent to the Americans pansy when referring to Gays–the possibility of the policeman being gay does add a layer, somewhat of suspense, but aside from genre movies of detectives in the 1940s and later films REGARDING IS HE OR ISN’T HE AND THE MCCARTHY WITCH HUNT MY FEELING WAS BEEN THERE, DONE THAT–NOTHING COMPELLING OR MAKING IT A MUST SEE

Posted October 24, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

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