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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

Masterpiece “US”–PBS–MUST SEE TV!   Leave a comment

Can be watched on PBS (check local listings), or  or here
“US” is a 4-hour film/limited series on PBS  in 2- 2 hour showings. Connie Petersen (Saskia Reeves) has decided her relationship with Douglas Petersen (Tom Hollander) after 25 years, including 20 years married, is over now that their son Albie (Tom Taylor) is off to college and agrees to go on the 3-week vacation that was planned previously. 
As they leave for Paris each goes over highs and lows in the years they have built a life together from when they were young—played by Iain De Caestecker and Gina Bramhill–and Connie, an artist, was intrigued by brainy, well organized Douglas, fell in love, gone through the loss of their first child, thrive on the birth of their son and while Connie concentrates on making a home for her son and husband leaving her artist side behind. 

While Albie and his mother get along famously he and his father are always at odds with each other. Albie meets a girl, Kat, (Thaddea Graham) in Paris and through her actions Connie sees her husband reacting and knows then and there their relationship is over and goes home while the next day Albie and Kat take off.

Douglas decides to go after his son which is very unlike him.”US” will make you want to go to Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, among other places, as they are an important part of telling the story just as the humor, sadness, drama, arguments and the lingering thoughts in the back of your mind whether it will a ‘happy ever after’ or is Douglas meeting divorcee Freja (Sofie Grabol) a ‘red herring’?

At about the 3 hours & 40-minute mark there is a twist that took me completely by surprise and is just one of the many storylines that the screenplay writer, David Nicholls who also wrote the book the film is based on, bring together in rational ways explaining what is happening.

The lead actors Reeves, Hollander and Taylor are a family with Taylor looking more like his mother than his father, including an important scene where father and son are bare-chested and while the father is very hairy the son doesn’t have any hair on his chest making you laugh while the scene is moving your emotions.

Masterpiece “US” is excellent and worth your time–must-watch TV!

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

Streaming reviews for week of April 25, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me”–Netflix–series–season 1–8 episodes–a 1950s sitcom for 2021?? Jamie Foxx is talented BUT NO THANKS & I HOPE NO SEASON 2!

2) “The Stand-In”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 41 minutes–Barrymore playing 2 characters does a good job in both roles BUT FILM DOESN’T KNOW WHETHER IT WANTS TO BE A COMEDY OR DRAMA AND FAILS AT BOTH!

3) “Genius : Aretha Franklin”–HULU–miniseries-8 episodes–6 hours & 29 minutes–ended too abruptly–goes back and forth too much in time–both Shaian Jordan (as a young Aretha) and Cynthia Erivo do star turns as Franklin–GOOD DOUBLE FEATURE WITH “AMAZING GRACE”

4) “Making a Murderer”–Netflix–documentary–10 episodes–10 hours & 13 minutes–a man is wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years or was he???–THOUGH TOO LONG AND A BIT CARELESS HERE AND THERE THE MAIN CHARACTER HOLDS YOUR INTEREST!

5) “Another Round”–HULU–movie–1 hour & 57 minutes–Oscar-nominated film that Leonardo DiCaprio has bought the rights to make an American version–IT IS A STAR TURN FOR THE LEAD BUT WHY WAS IT OSCAR

6) “Deux” (aka “Two of Us”)–HULU–movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–two women in love who keep it hidden from their families until they can’t anymore–A DRAMATIC LOVE STORY THAT IS TRULY ABOUT LOVE AND NOT SEX!

Posted April 29, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming, TELEVISION

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

7 Netflix reviews   Leave a comment

Inline image 1) A MUST SEE–“IMMIGRATION NATION”–DOCUMENTARY–6 EPISODES–6 HOURS AND 15 MINUTES–I don’t care how much you think you know about immigration in the United States you don’t know anything!! Do you have any idea how many veterans have been deported after serving as, say, a Marine, honorably for years who has done no wrong has been deported and can’t get back into the States? Do you know how many billions of dollars ‘illegal’ immigrants pay in taxes every year? Do you have any idea how many kids are taken away from their parents? Do you know how much private companies in cooperation with ICE make for each immigrant ‘caught’? Do you know our laws are being broken by our law enforcers? Do you have any idea how many immigrants don’t get paid for the work they do for contractors with ties to politics? PLEASE WATCH THIS!
2) John Leguizamo’s “Latin History For Morons”–solo stage performance–1 hour and 30 minutes–he is a brilliant actor and comedian and there is a lot to learn here plus a lot to laugh at if only he would clean the language up (but that’s my ‘thing’!)
3) “The Claudia Kishi Club”–short film–17 minutes–Having seen “The Baby Sitter’s Club” figured I might watch this–basically shows how an Asian character affects other characters–as the ‘Club’ this is mainly for teenage girls.
4) “The Governor”–Nigerian series–Season 1–13 episodes–9 hours and 37 minutes–your head will spin seeing the costume changes of the lead actress who becomes  Governor after the previous Governor dies. I’ve watched 5 episodes so far and a lot of the acting is off-putting as are some of the secondary storylines but Caroline Chikezie as the new Governor is a winner. Also, the main story of a woman handling a ‘man’s job’ is strong.

5) “Work It”–the movie–1 hour and 33 minutes–Teenagers in high school enter a dance competition. Nothing new but goof free form dancing except the female lead who really can’t dance.
6) “As Long As I’m Famous”–the movie–1 hour and 32 minutes–name dropping trash but not even good trash!
7) “The Lost Husband”–the movie–1 hour and 30 minutes–seen this type of movie a million times but the ‘hot farmer’ is hot! Sadly no chemistry with the female lead.

Posted August 14, 2020 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Streaming, TELEVISION

Streaming Reviews: 3 mystery series and 3 movies   Leave a comment

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1) “Lucifer–Netflix–American–series–59 episodes–47 hours and 31 minutes2) “Dark Desire” Netflix–Mexican–series–18 episodes-9 hours and 49 minutes3) “Endeavour–PBS–British–series–Season 7–3 episodes–4 hours and 30 minutesOf the 3 mysteries “Dark Desire” is the best as far as being interesting with many twists and turns. The only negative I have is too many male butt and female breast shots. “Lucifer” has run of the mill mysteries but with the Devil, helping the lead female detective, and his assorted cohorts including a brother there are a lot of laughs. (It originally ran for 4 seasons and now has added 2 more–so far I have watched the 13 episodes in the first season and looking forward to the rest.) I am not quite sure about the ‘history’ of “Endeavour”–I think this is the 7th season–but after watching the mystery series “Grantchester” previous Sundays this is pretty disappointing.4)”Adu”–Netflix–Spanish–movie–1 hour and 59 minutes–interesting and confusing–multiple storylines that intersect.5) “Shine Your Eyes”–Netflix–Nigerian film that takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil–1 hour and 42 minutes–a mixture of a detective story, family drama, sibling rivalry and finding one’s identity that I enjoyed while watching it but have forgotten already!6) “7500”–Amazon–German film mostly in English–1 hour and 32 minutes–just another movie–99% takes place in the cockpit of a plane–stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt–boring.

Posted August 7, 2020 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, TELEVISION

Finally–3 funny comedians!!   Leave a comment

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1) Jeanne Robertson– videos–6’2″, former Miss North Carolina, former Physical Education teacher, formerly a blond, now white-haired (her words), a motivational speaker who believes humor is a strategy for success! Just watch her “Don’t let a Man Go Shopping”, “The Great Marmot Standoff” or “The Baton”–the first about her husband, the second about her son (in the audience) and the third about a potential beauty contest winner and a baton! I laughed constantly at all 3 as I did at many other of her videos! Here’s the first!

2) Jim Gaffigan–Amazon Prime–“The Pale Tourist”–2 episodes–the first is 45 minutes and takes place in Canada and the second in Spain 50 minutes. Known as “The Clean Comedian” he is slightly off-color regarding body parts but he doesn’t yell, didn’t use the ‘f’ word, talks about food a lot, especially in the Spain segment but mostly talks about everyday life including his 5 kids!3) Jack Whitehall–Netflix–“I’m Only Joking”–58 minutes–Yes, he is loud, uses the ‘F’ word, does a lot of dirty bits but he is young, thin, English and funny! And then there is “Travels With My Father”– 3 seasons with the first 6 episodes totaling 3 hours and 4 minutes, the second 5 episodes totaling 2 hours and 13 minutes and the third 2 episodes totaling 1 hour and 39 minutes. Father and son don’t have chemistry but both are very funny. The father, Michael, is very sarcastic–to his son–“You couldn’t score in a brothel!”–as only an elderly British man can be while Jack is hilarious with his reactions to his father in some everyday situations in their travels. The episode when the father is faced with a very ultra bidget or in another country with having to use an outdoor facility—or not–is laugh out loud funny. They may not appear to have chemistry between them as comedians but they certainly have a positive, caring, loving relationship as father and son!Another Jeanne Robertson video

Posted July 27, 2020 by greatmartin in REVIEWS, Streaming, TELEVISION

TV Reviews week of June 21 2020   Leave a comment

Week of June 21 Television reviews

Must See: 1) “Ann” written and performed brilliantly by Holland Taylor in a one-woman show about Ann Richards, former governor of Texas–PBS–Amazon Prime Video–1 hour and 53 minutes
Must See 2)  “Toni Morrison The Pieces I Am” Documentary–PBS–Brilliant writer and claims to make THE best carrot cake ever–how could you not love her?–if you haven’t read all her books or heard her speak you are missing the experience of a lifetime!–2 hours
3) “Athlete A”–Documentary–Netflix–When you hear an adult woman says she was ashamed to be a member of the Olympic team as a child you know some of the pain these young girls, and later as women, felt. This is the story of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar and the cover-up by the USA Gymnastics leaders–1 hour and 43 minutes.
4) “Nobody Knows I’m Here”–Spanish movie–English subtitles–Netflix–starring Jorge Garcia of “Lost”-I’m still waiting for the ‘big moment’ which is given away at the beginning–1 hour and 31 minutes wasted
5) “The Night Clerk”–Movie–Netflixcould/should have been much better–1 hour and 30 minutes
6) “Dave Chappelle Sticks & Stones”–Netflix–1 man show–Gross–not funny–nasty–1 hour 5 minutes
7) “Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue)”–French movie with English subtitles–Netflix–for fast, furious, violent car chases, bullets and fight fans–not me–1 Hour and 33 minutes
8) “Pass Over”–play adapted for the screen by Spike Lee about 2 Black homeless guys–Netflix–loses something major in the translation from stage to film–1 hour and 15 minutes.
9) “The Politician”–series–2nd season–Netflix–worth it just to see Bette Midler and Judith Light as they shine on the screen–Ben Platt sort of flat til the last half hour when he comes through (and sings!)– typical Ryan Murphy production and you get what you expect–7 episodes–4 hours and 39 minutes

Posted June 26, 2020 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, TELEVISION, Uncategorized

TV Reviews week of June 14, 2020   Leave a comment

TV reviews week of June 14

1) Beecham House PBS Sunday 10 PM–6 episodes–I was really impressed with the settings and cast– looking forward to the next 5 Sundays BUT I just read in the Hollywood Reporter that it has a major cliffhanger but hasn’t been renewed for a 2nd season so watch it at your own risk.
2) Da 5 Bloods–Netflix–Spike Lee’s new movie–at 2 hours and 36 minutes too long–he tries to cover too much–direction is excellent as is the cast but needed/needs more editing.
3) Grantchester–PBS Sunday 9 PM–Season 5 (first 4 seasons available on Prime Video) It is my first time seeing this show and while not ‘a must-see’ it is enjoyable enough for me to see the whole season.
4) The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour and 45 minutes–Something that should have interested me but didn’t–instead of concentrating on the title person, a rule breaker in many ways starting with being a transgender activist, 2/3rds of the film is given to non-interesting people.
5)  *What Happened, Miss Simone?–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour and 42 minutes–if you are familiar with Miss Simone or ever heard her sing “Mississippi, G-d Damn” or you are not familiar with her this is still a MUST SEE! Okay, I am a huge fan of hers, used to have every recording of hers and saw her in person 8 times but was totally unaware of her being brutalized by her policeman husband, who wasn’t/isn’t the least apologetic among other surprises. The fact that I never fail to get a tear in my eye when she sings “I Loves You Porgy” always amazes me.
6) The Woods–Netflix–Series–6 episodes–5 hours and 6 minutes–I know I watched the first episode but I don’t remember it at all nor do I remember if I watched any of the other episodes–can I blame old age? Or it was/is just bad? And/or boring?
Reminder: *MUST SEE “Hamilton” on Disney+ July 3–Hasan Minhaj, a political comedian on Netflix–Money Heist series on Netflix–What Happened, Miss Simone (see #5)

Posted June 19, 2020 by greatmartin in REVIEWS, TELEVISION, Uncategorized

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