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Streaming reviews for week of April 4, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “Nina”–Hulu–documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–Nina Simone  is always in my list of top singers not only for her dynamite voice and piano playing but for who she was–this is only one look at this phenomenal human being!

2) “American Murder: The Family Next Door”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 23 minutes–unlike most documentaries this is short, to the point and the way we live our life on social media–It says a lot about 21st century living.

3) “Honest Thief”–Prime Amazon–movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–it’s Liam Neeson–it’s a crime thriller–it has a good twist–it delivers and is over–like Neeson? You’ll like “Honest Thief”.

4) “Ammonite”–Prime Amazon–movie–2 hours–An exquisite love story with 2 very strong performances that, if we didn’t have an epidemic, their accolades would put all other performances to shame–A MUST SEE!

5) “Mapplethorpe”–Hulu–movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–Mapplethorpe–was an artist who shocked not only the art world but the whole world–is not served well in this movie of his life!

6) “Collateral”–Netflix–mystery series–4 episodes–3 hours & 52 minutes–it is a good thing I like  Carey Mulligan because she is everywhere these days and is a contender for all the major awards for her performance in “Promising Young Woman” including an Oscar–this series gives you a feel of the actress and what she can do–it is okay except way too many storylines with many questions answered–hope there is a season 2!

Posted April 9, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming reviews week of February 28, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Moxie”–Netflix–Movie–1 hour and 51 minutes–this one really surprised me–tuned in for a couple of minutes of nonsense about teens in high school and before I knew it I was watching the final credits! REALLY ENJOYED IT

2) “Tina Turner: One Last Time”–PBS Passport–concert–2 performers have left me completely exhausted after each time I have seen them and I always wanted more–one is Better Midler and the other is Tina Turner–the energy this woman expands on stage, never stopping,  never standing still, even when singing ballads is astounding–this was/is her final concert and though very loud IS AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!

3) “Crazy About Her”–Netflix–Spanish movie–1 hour & 42 minutes–I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy and this one has a twist–he is crazy for her and she is crazy!  A FUN ROMANTIC COMEDY

4) “Buried by the Bernards”–Netflix–Documentary–8 episodes–3 hours and 13 minutes–I watched it because it takes place in Memphis–A WASTE OF TIME

5) “Middle of Nowhere”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 37 minutes–one of Ava DuVernay was the first African American to win the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance in 2012 for this movie–the direction, and acting, is excellent and shows why DuVernay is a much admired figure today but “MIDDLE OF NOWHERE” GOES NOWHERE!

Posted March 5, 2021 by greatmartin in REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming reviews for week of February 21, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Made You Look: A True Story of Fake Art”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 34 minutes–a ‘mystery’/scandal in the New York art world–I vote ‘not guilty’ for Ann Freedman–CERTAINLY HELD MY INTEREST!

2) “I Care A Lot”–Netflix–Movie–2 hours–2 first-rate scammers are forced to work together–a story of elder abuse–a winner from beginning to end (which you won’t see coming!)–EXCELLENT!

3) “Behind Her Eyes”–Netflix–limited series–6 episodes–5 hours–helps if you believe in the supernatural–a married woman, who lost her parents in a fire, has a husband, male friend and female friend–I didn’t buy the last 20 minutes but even then IT IS EXCELLENT!

4) “Northern Rescue”–Netflix–series–first season has 10 episodes–7 hours & 10 minutes–a single father has to help his 3 children with the death of their mother and a move to a new town while dealing with his own grief–Amalia Williamson is a standout as the oldest child and the rest of the cast very good–a bit different from the regular family drama.

5) “Bliss”–Prime Amazon–sci-fi movie–very loud, distracting background noises–AJ, where are you when I need you?– TOO CRAZY FOR ME!

6) “Amend”–Netflix–Documentary limited series–5 hours & 48 minutes–if history was only as lively as this when I was in high school! A look at what brought the 14th amendment into being–you WILL learn something new and BE ENTERTAINED!

7) “I Am Divine”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–one of the most famous/infamous drag queens in cinema history–though I am familiar with him and his work I DIDN’T FIND THIS INTERESTING!

Posted February 26, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

Streaming reviews week of February 14, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Naked”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 36 minutes–the stupidest, silliest, dumbest, most ridiculous, absolutely insane, inane, etc., that is so bad it isn’t even ‘camp’–IF NOT THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IT IS ONE OF THE WORST!

2) “The Greatest”–Netflix–2009 movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–I don’t know why I didn’t see this in a movie theatre when it came out as I have never missed a Susan Sarandon movie–this has an excellent cast with Pierce Bronson and I am just recently getting acquainted with Carey Mulligan–THIS IS A 4 STAR 4 HANKIE SOAP OPERA AND I LOVED IT!!

3) “A Fall From Grace”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 1 minute–I like Tyler Perry’s productions (except for his Medea movies) and though I am not that good about solving mysteries I got this before even halfway through–not one of his best movies but ENTERTAINING

4) “Bonding”–Netflix–series–2 seasons–4 hours & 23 minutes–each episode between 13 to 24 minutes–about a dominatrix and her gay friend she hires as an assistant–NOT FUNNY, NOT SEXY, NOT EVEN TRASHY

5) “Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”–Netflix–documentary–4 episodes–3 hours & 39 minutes–could have been/should have been an intriguing true-crime story if told in 1 hour–BORING

6) “Monsoon”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 25 minutes–this took me completely by surprise as I really didn’t know what it was about except it starred Henry Golding who I saw first in “Crazy Rich Asians” and have been following since–he gets better with each film, not that he was bad to start with–the story is about a son who returns to Vietnam, where he was born though brought up in London, to spread his mother’s ashes and his brother would follow the next week with their father’s ashes–I was surprised at the gay angle and I was taken aback how padded the  movie seemed–I didn’t understand the purpose of the film but found the setting and look at Vietnam interesting–A SMALL ‘ART’ FILM WORTH SEEING

Posted February 19, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–week of February 7, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “The Next 3 Days”–film–2 hours & 13 minutes–a man’s wife is tried and convicted for murder and he knows she is innocent and becomes obsessed with breaking her out of prison–I am a huge Russell Crowe fan and he does an excellent job here–surprisingly, another favorite actor of mine, Liam Neeson does a cameo that is perfect–A GOOD THRILLER!

2) “Malcolm & Marie”–film–1 hour & 35 minutes–husband and wife coming home after  debut of film he has written and directed–John David Washington excellent and Zendaya, who I am not familiar with, didn’t impress me in a role that is very whiny–a lot of noise that DOESN’T ADD UP TO ANYTHING!

3) “Firefly Lane”–series–season 1–10 episodes–8 hours & 18 minutes–a look at a friendship between 2 completely different girls/women over 30 plus years–we meet young Tully (Ali Skorbye) and young Kate (Roan Curtis) and older Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) going back and forth with their good and bad experiences–a lot of melodrama–full disclosure–I have never liked Heigl and don’t understand how she keeps on getting jobs–that plus her character here is so off-putting that if there is a second season I WON’T WATCH IT!


Posted February 12, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

Streaming Reviews–week of February 1, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “London Spy”–Netflix–British limited series–5 episodes—4 hours and 47 minutes– originally on BBC then PBS and now Netflix–as the first episode finished all I could think of was “WOW”! I was hooked and though I hoped it wouldn’t be disappointing I am so glad to report I wasn’t. The center relationship (one of many) captures you just as the spy aspect does. A DEFINITE MUST SEE–AS EXPECTED FIRST-RATE ACTING FROM COMPLETE BRITISH CAST–WHERE AND/OR WHEN IS SEASON 2?
2) “Black Rose”–Netflix–Nigerian movie–2 hours–First hour and 45 minutes is a good film, love story, comedy, look at how other people live and then it all falls apart, especially the last ‘explanation’–DISAPPOINTING
3) “The Highwaymen”–Netflix–Hollywood movie–2 hours & 12 minutes–a true story about 2 lawmen going after Bonnie & Clyde-I would suggest you watch the 1967 “Bonnie & Clyde” starring Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty, directed by Arthur Penn, which is much better in telling the story!
4) “Queen of the South”–originally on USA and now on Netflix–adapted from a Spanish novella–6 seasons (4 on Netflix as of now)–10 episodes each season–running approximately 6 hours and 50 minutes per season–underlying the violence involved in running a drug empire this series has a lot of heart, mainly provided by Alice Braga, who is dynamite, as Teresa, running from Mexico and setting up a narcotics organization in the USA–Alice Braga is a STAR, not to be missed and the series keeps up with her!
5) “The Dig”–Netflix–British movie–1 hour & 52 minutes–based on the true story of the excavation in 1939 on the estate of widow Edith Pretty lead by Basil Brown a self-taught archeologist–it is a typical British film which is a good thing!
6) “Triple Frontier”–Netflix–American film–2 hours & 5 minutes–if you like thrillers with chases and shootouts this might be for you–I don’t so I fast-forwarded through at least an hour–some of the heist scenes were fine but the character interactions aren’t.
7) “The Mess You Leave Behind”–Netflix–Spanish series–8 episodes–6 hours & 3 minutes- -I watched all 8 episodes thinking I have seen all 8 episodes before and I still don’t know if I have!! Looking to see if I reviewed it before!

Posted February 7, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming

Streaming reviews week of January 24, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Dangerous Lies”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–crazy mixed up mystery thriller that doesn’t make sense plus has a bad lead actor but IS FUN.

2) “So My Grandma’s a Lesbian”–Netflix–Spanish comedy–1 hour & 35 minutes–a story of love, family, fun, craziness involving 3 families–and 2 grandmas coming out to get married–RECOMMENDED!

3) “Imposters”–Netflix–American series–2 seasons–10 episodes each season for a total of 14 hours & 2 minutes–recommended to me by my friend Gene (and we are still friends!)–fun, escapades, twists and turns, not too many holes in the stories revolving a woman who marries 2 men and 1 woman with others masterminding her moves–the exes get together for revenge– good cast–I didn’t expect the last line!! RECOMMENDED!

4) “The White Tiger”–Netflix–An American film made in India–2 hours & 5 minutes–an interesting look at the caste system in India separating the rich and poor–except for that aspect JUST ANOTHER MOVIE!

5) “Fearless”–Netflix–British crime thriller–6 episodes–3 hours–up to the 4th episode a routine mystery then it takes off to become TOP RATE!

6) “The Vanished”–Amazon Prime—-movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–child disappears in a RV campsite–you may not see the end coming which is a good–WASTE OF TIME!

7) “Strong Island”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 47 minutes–filmmaker looks at the murder of his brother and the man who got away with it–in 1992 and what has happened since then–could have been/should have been stronger–NOT ONE OF THE BETTER FILMS MADE ON THE SUBJECT!

8) “Kim’s Convenience”–series–4 seasons–each season 13 episodes–total 21 hours–a series about a Korean family who own a convenience store in Canada and their misadventures with each other and others–typical old fashioned comedy series WHICH IS FUNNY!

Posted January 29, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming, TELEVISION

Streaming reviews week of January 17, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “One Night In Miami”–movie–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 45 minutes–one of the best movies in the past year–a gathering of Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay in a Miami hotel room, and each talks about his personal experience as a black man–excellent acting and direction A MUST SEE

!2) “Mudbound”–movie–Netflix–2 hours & 15 minutes–a good film that could have been better by 20-25 minutes of editing–a story of 2 Mississippi families–one black and the other white–A Very Emotional Moving Movie

3) EDHA–Netflix–Argentina series–Netflix–Season 1–10 episodes–6 hours & 28 minutes–not a bad soap opera that takes place in the fashion world–Nothing Special.

4) “The ABC Murders”–Amazon Prime–Limited Series–3 episodes–2 hours and 51 minutes–Hercule Poirot played by John Malkovich–as written by Sarah Phelps–never thought I would put Agatha Christie and boring in the same sentence but the writer who rewrote Christie’s story and actor Malkovich are both Boring!

5) “Show Business: The Road to Broadway”–Amazon Prime–documentary–1 hour & 42 minutes–for Broadway musical lovers who wonder what involves bringing a musical to Broadway–the pitfalls and hard work–looks at 4 shows: Wicked, Avenue Q, Taboo and Caroline or Change–Interesting to followers of Broadway

6) “Alaska is a Drag”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 23 minutes–a gay teen in–where else?– Alaska dreams of being a star drag queen–and performs for his sister–That’s it, folks!

7) “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992”–Amazon Prime–documentary–2 hours & 23 minutes–though it is about Rodney King, the verdict, and the riots caused by it, this documentary could be made today about today–A real-life shattering drama.8) “Night Stalker: Hunt For a Serial Killer”–4 part documentary series–3 hours & 9 minutes–could have been told in 2 hours or less–as seen through the eyes of the two detectives who worked the case–If you are into graphic true crime stories.

Posted January 22, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

Streaming reviews week of January 10, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “LUPIN”–French Mystery Series–Season 1–5 episodes–2 hours & 51 minutes–first I was extremely impressed by the actor Omar Sy, including his acting, as the gentleman thief Arsene Lupin based on a series of French books written in 1905–I was ‘lost’ a few times by the story but I am definitely ready for season 2–A MUST SEE
2) “Pieces of a Woman”–American Movie–2 hours & 6 minutes–opens with a 28-minute harrowing segment watching a woman giving birth at home which ends in tragedy–the rest of the movie is about what happens to the woman–Vanessa Kirby is excellent and the movie has been getting rave reviews but after that opening, I kept waiting for something to happen–I am still waiting!
3) “Rich In Love”–Brazillian Movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–no difference between a Brazillian and Hollywood romantic comedy–losing a bet a rich kid plays poor–if you enjoy the latter you’ll enjoy this–nothing special but okay.4) “San Pa Sins of the Savoir”–Italian Documentary–season 1–5 episodes–5 hours–I tried, I really tried, but couldn’t get past the 3rd episode so just went to last 15 minutes–about heroin addicts and a man who tried to save them and became a controversial figure–boring.5) “Pretend It’s a City”–American documentary–limited series–7 episodes–3 hours & 23 minutes–Martin Scorsese interviews and follows Fran Lebowitz around New York–Lebowitz, in many ways, is the stereotypical New Yorker–it could have been an episode or two shorter but then it wouldn’t have been about New York or New Yorkers–I enjoyed seeing a lot of the places I used to hang out–this is for New Yorkers and/or those who don’t know any New Yorkers.
6) “Alice Junior”–Brazillian Movie–1 hour & 27 minutes–Alice, a transgender teenager, finds herself in a small, conservative town and in a co-ed Catholic school–a sweet, short movie that covers a lot of territories. 
7) “Equinox”–Danish series–season 1–6 episodes–4 hours & 30 minutes–a fantasy mystery thriller that was recommended to me–wish I could remember who recommended it because I won’t ever watch another show they recommend!

Posted January 15, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming

Streaming reviews–week of January 3, 2021–on Netflix unless otherwise noted.   Leave a comment

1) “History of Swear Words”–Series–season –6 episodes–each episode 20 minutes–hosted by Nic Cage–for a guy who doesn’t curse I found all of this educational and funny.

2) “On My Block”–Series–3 Seasons–season 1–10 episodes–4 hours & 39 minutes–season 2–10 episodes–4 hours & 42 minutes–season 3–8 episodes–4 hours & 5 minutes–surprised me–thought it was just another teenage nothing but  is a lot more–it is about family–we follow 4 high school teenagers–they are funny, touching, emotional kids who back up each other in a life that is not easy–halfway into the first season it became a must see for me.

3) “We Can Be Heroes”–Movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–funny, silly, imaginative, special effects ‘to die for’, fast paced fantasy–it seems Robert Rodriguez’s mind never stops and the action doesn’t–pure entertainment.

4) “Monarca”–Spanish Series–Season 1–10 episodes–7 hours & 8 minutes–Season 2–8 episodes–6 hours and 5 minutes–typical Mexican novella about a family involved with the mob and 3 children fighting about who takes over the business, of making tequila and building hotels, after father is killed–large cast with familiar story–for “Dynasty” lovers

5) “Murder in the Bayou”–Amazon Prime–Documentary–Season 1–5 episodes–4 hours & 29 minutes–an excellent fast paced mystery documentary though would have been much better if was edited to half the time–use of fast forward button will make it better.

6) “Nocturnal Animals”–Movie–1 hour & 56 minutes–this didn’t last long in the movie theatres when it came out in 2016 or I would have seen it being a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Linney–good, interesting until the end–a big disappointment

7) “The Midnight Sky”–Movie–2 hours–would have been a lot better on a large movie screen–the last time I saw a space picture that I didn’t get was “2001 A Space Odyssey” in 1968 and the second time I saw it I ‘lit up’ (that was in my ‘bad boy’ days)–maybe that’s what I needed for this–a strong cast with good directing by George Clooney but forgettable

Posted January 8, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

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