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Streaming Movies for Gay Pride Month June 2021 Part 4   Leave a comment

1) “Shared Rooms”–Hulu–American film–1 hour & 15 minutes–frontal nudity–3 gay couples–Christmas holiday–how they make families (or not)–WASTE OF TIME

2) “I Want Your Love”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 11 minutes–with nothing to say it throws in soft porn and MAKES MOVIE SEEM LIKE 71 HOURS

3) “Trade”–Prime Amazon–film–1 hour & 53 minutes–Coco Shawn (played by T. Ashanti Mozelle) is a hustler and Michael (Austin Miller) a lawyer–the former educates the latter– COCO’S STORY MORE INTERESTING AND MORE REALISTIC THAN MICHAEL’S

4) “Naz & Maalik”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 26 minutes–2 Black Brooklyn Muslim boys confront their sexuality–aspect of gay life with people not usually seen in a movie–RIDICULOUS FBI STORYLINE THAT GOES ASTRAY BUT MAKES IT MOVIE LENGTH

5) “BWOY”–Prime Amazon–1 hour & 27 minutes–a married man, has an affair with a young Jamaican man starting online–except for ‘soft porn’ this shows an aspect of gay life very rarely spoken about–anyone familiar with this storyline knows where it is going–YES THERE ARE GUYS LIKE BRAD WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER

6) “CIAO”–HERETV–American film–1 hour & 27 minutes–two guys have a friend who recently died–Andrea, a cyber friend of Mark, from Italy, is invited to visit Texas by Jeff who was Mark’s best friend–too many ‘fillers’, unnecessary scenes, makes IT SEEMS TOO LONG AND BY THE TIME YOU GET TO ‘CLIMAX’ IT IS ANTI-CLIMATIC–PUN INTENDED

7) “I Am Michael”–Netflix–American film–1 hour & 45 minutes–is he Gay? Straight? Bi?–who cares?!–BASED ON A TRUE STORY–JAMES FRANCO MORE BELIEVABLE AS GAY MAN THAN STRAIGHT PASTOR IN HIS TRANSFORMATION–TRUE (?) STORY

Posted June 22, 2021 by greatmartin in GAY, MOVIES, Streaming

Streaming Movies For Gay Pride Month June 2021 Part 3   Leave a comment

1) “My Best Friend”–Prime Amazon–Argentinian movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–we get to know Lorenzo and Caito as they get to know each other–whether the former is gay and the latter isn’t won’t be answered until the end and then it doesn’t even matter–ANGELO SPINETTA  AND LAUTERO RODRIGUEZ AS THE LEADS ARE ATTRACTIVE AND TERRIFIC AS 2 YOUNG ADULTS WHO NEED A FRIEND AT THIS TIME IN THEIR LIFE

2)”Dear Ex”–Netflix–Taiwan film–1 hour & 39 minutes–a man leaves his life insurance to his male lover instead of wife and kid–the widow is infuriated and the kid caught in-between her and his dad’s lover–A FUNNY ROM-COM THAT TURNS INTO A FAMILY DRAMA

3) “Just Friends”–Prime Amazon–Dutch movie–1 hour & 20 minutes–an easy going sweet love story about opposites attracting–DELIGHTFUL FROM BEGINNING TO END

4) “Shelter”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 28 minutes–Zach basically brings up his nephew, takes care of his sick dad and helps his sister who is only interested in her own welfare–it is also the story of Zach falling in love with his best friend’s brother–SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THIS REALLY SWEET MOVIE WITH AN ATTRACTIVE CAST

5) “Test”–Prime Amazon–American film–1 hour & 29 minutes–if there is no other reason, and there are many, you should watch this to see what a ballet dancer, in this case Scott Marlowe, can do with their bodies–unbelievable–it’s 1985 in San Francisco–Rock Hudson was on the cover of Newsweek–WE WATCH 2 MEN AND THEIR REACTION TO THE AIDS VIRUS WITHOUT HISTRIONICS

6) “Dancing Queens”–Netflix–Swedish film–with a title of a movie being Dancing Queens and the song “I Will Survive” as the center of 2 production numbers in a drag club you know this is disco and fun–Molly is a straight woman who pretends to be a man in order to dance as a drag queen in a gay club–the choreographer of the club helps her disguise herself–talk about ballet dancers and what they can do with their bodies (see the review of Scott Marlowe in “Test” and)  Fredrik Quinones in this film–except for a secondary storyline which is somewhat of a downer  and a few storylines are not resolved it sort of redeems itself by showing the actor, their real name and the role they played at the end credits–THIS IS LAUGHS & FUN AND YOU CAN NEVER GET TIRED OF GLORIA GAYNOR DOING THE DISCO ANTHEM

Posted June 21, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, GAY, Streaming

Streaming films Gay Pride 2021 Part 2   Leave a comment

1) “4th Man Out”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 26 minutes–Adam, the 4th guy, comes out to his 3 straight friends–every gay stereotype you can think of & a few ‘inside’ you can’t–NOTHING WORTH SEEING

2) “Gayby”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–a gay man and a gay woman, high school friends and now adults, decide to have a baby the ‘old fashioned way’–Adam Driver billed 10th in a gay film–CUTE, FUNNY, NOT AT ALL EXPECTED

3) “Leov”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–one of the main actors, Dhruv Ganesh–has died of TB so there won’t be any sequel–I liked seeing Mumbai and the surrounding country– SCREENPLAY DIDN’T NAKE SENSE–AT LEAST TO ME!

4) “Monsoon”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 25 minutes–though he is fairly new to movies having made a big hit in “Crazy Rich Asians” Henry Golding has become an actor whose movies I want to see–here he returns to Vietnam having escaped with his family when he was 6 as the war started–now he is returning with his parent’s ashes–along the way we meet how different people like Americans who stayed after the war, Vietnamese who fought in the war and remained–A LOOK AT A CITY AND THE PEOPLE AFTER A WAR

5) “Pit Stop”–Prime Video–movie–1 hour & 20 minutes–4 couples who have broken up looking for love– SCREENPLAY TOO SHORT FOR ANY OF THE CHARACTERS TO LEAVE AN IMPRESSION

6) “Love Victor”–Hulu–series–season 2–10 episodes–4 hours & 49 minutes–based on a film about a teenager struggling with who he may be–the series picks up where he comes out and how he deals with his parents, friends and first lover–and an ex-girlfriend who like most teens gay and/or nongay are dealing with their sexuality–teenagers are teenagers–I DO KNOW IF BENJI DOESN’T COME BACK FOR THE 3RD SEASON NEITHER AM I!

7) “Les Ballets Trockadora de Monte Carlo” PBS–also known as “The Ballerina Boys” on PBS Passport–documentary–1 hour–looks at this all-male ballet company founded 47 years ago and playing to sold-out audiences ever since–THE COMEDY ASPECTS OF THE COMPANY AND THE SINCERITY OF THE ‘BOYS’ MAKES THIS A WINNER

Posted June 14, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, GAY, Streaming

Streaming reviews for week of June 6, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “I Am All Girls”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 47 minutes–human trafficking is a huge problem but not much is being done about it–yes, it is a delicate topic but it has to be talked about and the trafficking stopped–AN INFURIATING AND ABSORBING MOVIE WITH A STARTLING PERFORMANCE BY HLUBI MBOYA!

2) “Machines”–Hulu–documentary–1 hour & 11 minutes–for a guy with 0 mechanical ability (see my NYU aptitude tests if you don’t believe me) I don’t know why I turned on a film with the title of “Machines” but I did and stayed to the end–kids and grown men work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for a pittance–most can’t afford to buy a cigarette and never talk about food–most are so skinny it is hard to believe they work so hard–YES THE MATERIALS THEY MAKE ARE STUNNING BUT WHERE IS THEIR BEAUTY–NOT EASY TO WATCH BUT YOU WON’T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE SCREEN

3) “Pink: All I Know So Far”–Prime Amazon–documentary–1 hour & 39 minutes–up until seeing this film all I knew about Pink was that she was a singer and that was that–as a mother she is very much admired but as a singer I don’t like and/or remember her big numbers–when she sings by herself I like her but not her songs–OBVIOUSLY ALL 80,000 PEOPLE IN THE STADIUM LOVER HER

4) “Solos”–Prime Amazon–series–season 1–7 episodes–3 hours & 5 minutes–people see themselves in the future looking back on their past–sci-fi–most are monologues hence the title–TOP ACTORS SUCH AS HELEN MIRREN AND MORGAN FREEMAN SHOWING A RANGE OF EMOTIONS BUT WILL THERE BE A SECOND SEASON?

5) “Framing John DeLorean”–Hulu & Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 49 minutes–with Alec Baldwin playing DeLorean in reenactments–he doesn’t come across as the villain he seems to be making for a ‘quiet’ documentary–IF A MAN’S DOWNFALL INTERESTS YOU SO WILL THIS FILM

6) “Blue Miracles”–Netflix–movie based on a true story–1 hour & 35 minutes–if you don’t know where this story is going and/or if you don’t get choked up by the 80-minute mark and/or if you don’t want to make a donation and/or if you can’t believe this is a true story I DON’T WANT TO KNOW YOU–THIS IS A MUST SEE FILM & WAIT FOR THE END CREDITS

Streaming reviews week of May 30, 2021   4 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gay Pride Movies for June 2021   Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Streaming reviews week of May 16, 2021   Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted May 21, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Posted May 14, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming reviews for week of May 2, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “Elizabeth & Margaret: Love & Loyalty”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 27 minutes– I always liked Margaret and always rooted for her–talk about sibling rivalry!!

2) “My Love: 6 Stories of True Love”–Netflix–Documentary–6 episodes–7 hours–6 couples talk about their long term relationships–each couple from a different country–interesting study about what makes long term relationships work.

3) “My Octopus Teacher”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 25 minutes–took a while for me to get around to seeing this–excellent–man and ‘beast’ become friends –a MUST SEE!

4) “Who Killed Sara”–series–season 1–10 episodes–6 hours & 43 minutes (Season 2 starts May 19)–a very interesting murder thriller with an excellent cliffhanger–definitely will watch season 2

5) “The Mole”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 29 minutes–it is sad to see a nursing home where old people are, mostly, forgotten by family, lost in their own world but it is an aspect of life most people don’t think about or are comfortable with seeing–hard to watch but shouldn’t be missed

6) “Otherhood”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–for Mother’s Day–where does a mother fit in with her older son’s life–Felicity Huffman, Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette make it worth seeing

7) “Guide to Sleep”–Netflix–documentary–season 1–7 episodes–2 hours & 10 minutes–halfway through the second episode you’ll fall asleep–and that is meant in a good way–I have been doing a variation of the first episode for years and it works–definitely helpful but repetitious.

Posted May 7, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming, TELEVISION

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