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STREAMING REVIEWS–SEPTEMBER 2021 PART 1   Leave a comment

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1) “She’s Out of My League”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 44 minutes–started watching it thinking it was “Out of My League” (see below)–boy meets girl, boy loses girl, audience cheers for boy to get girl–he’s a 5–she’s a 10–will it work? CONVINCING ENOUGH THAT YOU WILL CHEER FOR HIM TO BECOME A 10 FOR HER!

2) “Before/During/After”–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 23 minutes–boy meets girl–boy gets girl–boy and girl get divorced–story is a basic one about a marriage breaking up but the writer tries to approach it from a different angle–many ‘bits’ played by Broadway names–DOESN’T QUITE SUCCEED BUT TRIES

3) “Clive Davis: Sound Track of Our Lives”–Netflix–documentary–2 hours & 4 minutes–loads of clips and loads of praise for Davis–some by Davis–the man made many a “STAR”–responsible for many hit songs–many clips of Manilow, Warwick, Aretha (who seems to be all over these days) but mainly of ‘his’ star Houston–A LOVE SONG TO AND BY DAVIS WHO DESERVES IT

4) “Annette”–Amazon Prime–movie–2 hours & 20 minutes–a wife on the rise and her husband on the way down–“A Star Is Born”? not quite–a almost all sung through film to tell an old story with no chemistry between Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and a puppet for a child–TOO MANY NEGATIVES

5) “Out of My League”–Netflix–Italian movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–she’s sick–an ‘ugly duckling’ in her words–she is sick with a short future ahead of her–he is rich and handsome–she has 2 gay friends but it doesn’t help–guess what happens–ALL CONTRIVED AND NO ITALIAN ‘HEAT’

6) “Count Me In”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 21 minutes–the best band drummers talk for and to themselves–even had my favorite from years ago Gene Krupa–CERTAINLY A LOT OF NOISE AND THE JAM SESSION AT THE END SHOWS HOW BEAUTIFUL NOISE CAN BE

Posted September 5, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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A week in Fort Lauderdale September 2021   1 comment

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I don’t know how/if this will work but I am giving it a try. It is a video made up of photos I took this week from the day it rained so hard for 5 minutes I couldn’t see outside my window!

Five minutes later the sun came out and 10 minutes later it looked nothing happen! The weather for the week is typical for September–over 90 every day–rain, usually in early afternoon or at night.

Not having pets I have to depend on my calendar dogs–different pets every month.

Ate out at JMark’s where I had mussels in a not too good sauce and today at THE TOP HAT where I had a combo corned beef and pastrami sandwich.

No movie today as I was held up at the dentist!

Rain, heat, snow or what have you all I have to do is wait a few minutes and there will people going up or down in the canal.

Oh yes, between looking at the canoers and the rain I will, surprisingly see an orchid come back after being gone for a year—year after year after year!

Last, but not least, the latest grandson of Gateway–the kid will not smile unless I take the camera away and then he shines!!

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Posted September 3, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Streaming Reviews–August 2021–Part 6   Leave a comment


1) “The Accompanist”–Amazon Prime–French Movie–1 hour & 33 minutes–Frederick Keeve stars, directed, wrote the screenplay and wrote 4 of the songs plus performing one–now if he had hired a director, writer and some actors this might have made sense–or even a movie–GUESS FREDERICK KEEVE KNOWS WHAT THIS FILM IS ALL ABOUT–I DON’T/DIDN’T
2) “Inventing David Geffen”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 54 minutes–there is a lot said about Geffen being a wheeler and dealer, competitive–mean spirited–a ‘get even’ type–but it is never shown–all we do is see him smiling, being mister nice guy–INTERESTING DOCUMENTARY IF YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT DAVID GEFFEN BUT ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH SHOW BUSINESS WON’T LEARN ANYTHING NEW HERE
3) “Grace & Frankie”–Netflix–7 part series–part 6, 13 episodes and 7, 4 episodes–8 hours and 21 minutes–this has been a fun series with Tomlin and Fonda a great team as are Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as their exes–it is fast moving and touches on a lot of subjects–STREAMING, WITHOUT ADS, IT MOVES FASTER AND IS BETTER TO WATCH 4 PROS AT THEIR BEST
4) “Boys”–Amazon Prime–Dutch film–1 hour & 17 minutes–English subtitles handled very badly so watching film depends on your understanding what’s happening and that is very basic–NOTHING SPECIAL–ANOTHER FILM ABOUT TEENAGERS AND SEXUALITY –DIFFERENT IN THAT THERE IS NO SEX
5) “Tennessee Queer”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 30 minutes–Jason Potts returns home to Smythe, Tennessee, after living in New York City a few years–decides to have a Gay Pride Parade–CORNY OLD-FASHIONED FILM THAT WILL DRAW YOU IN AGAINST YOUR BETTER JUDGMENT
6) “Lady Boss”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 36 minutes–who was Jackie Collins? Her public image? The famous and best seller writer? Mother of 3 and wife of 23 years to a man who adored her? The sister of a famous Hollywood star?–“LADY BOSS” IS A PR PRODUCTION AND YOU WON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAN YOU DID ABOUT JACKIE COLLINS–NO SCENES BETWEEN HER AND JOAN BUT THE LATTER SAYS NICE THINGS ABOUT HER YOUNGER SISTER

Posted August 18, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming, Uncategorized

Streaming reviews week of July 18, 2021   Leave a comment


1) “Dirt Music”–Hulu–Australian movie–1 hour & 44 minutes–beautiful scenery–Timour Island–Dampier Peninsula–SADLY A BORING STORY & A LOT LEFT UNEXPLAINED

2) “Mr InBetween”–Hulu–Australian series–3 seasons–season 1–6 episodes–2 hours & 30 minutes–Ray is basically everyone’s caretaker even if he is a hit-man–AS FUNNY AS IT IS VIOLENT & IT IS VIOLENT

3) “Murder by the Coast”–Netflix–Spanish documentary–1 hour & 28 minutes–a wrong person found guilty, because of media coverage, until the truth comes out–VERY INTERESTING, INVOLVING FILM

4) “Fatherhood”–Netflix–American film–1 hour & 50 minutes–based on a true story–by the numbers with a good performance by Kevin Hart as a widowed father raises his daughter by himself–VERY EFFECTIVE, MOVING FILM

5) “Macho”–Netflix–Mexican film–1 hour & 41 minutes–straight male designer pretends to be gay–OFFENSIVE TO EVERYONE–GAY AND NONGAY

6) “The Best of Enemies”–American film based on a true story–2 hours & 13 minutes–do you know what a ‘charrette’ is? (I didn’t!) It is defined as ‘majority vote rules’–though you know where/how it will end even if you don’t know a thing about this 50 year old event YOU WILL BE TOUCHED AND BE SURE TO STAY FOR THE END CREDITS TO MEET THE REAL PEOPLE

Posted July 21, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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“Summer of 85”–movie theatre review   Leave a comment

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(In French with subtitles)Just being a teenager is complex enough but to be the  new boy, Alex, in town, 16 and from a working class family, to fall in love with 18 year old David, a Jewish boy whose father recently died and left a thriving business to his wife and son, could drive him crazy.As Alex states he is in love with death and it is not a spoiler to say we find out why the picture opens with him handcuffed and being taken by a police officer through the hall of a police station.

“Summer of 85” touches on a lot of subjects and the two actors, Alex played by Felix LeFeb with Benjamin Voisin as David, deliver with both being completely different characters, from the point of their meeting ‘cute’ and their relationship from that point.

Most gay teenage movies bore me as I can’t/don’t identify with the leads because as a teenager coming out my life is completely different from theirs as shown in film. (I believe being raised in New York city and Miami Beach had a lot to do with that!) I identified with Alex as a boy who falls in love with everyone and anyone he meets/goes to bed with and David who enjoys flings but loses interest very quickly.)

The one hour and forty minute film held my interest but at the end I felt it should have been more moving  but then I didn’t write and/or direct the movie.

Posted July 20, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Helping to bring “NORMAL” back!!   Leave a comment

The Old Gateway Theatre

Over half a century ago when I lived in Miami Beach we used to come up to spend a day in the country–then known as Fort Lauderdale–and would, occasionally, go to the Gateway Theatre to see a movie. When I moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1979 it became a ‘tradition’ to go to the Friday matinee at that movie house and then in March 2020 an epidemic came and it closed. For more than a year I’ve been waiting and FINALLY got this in the news so donate to their GOFUNDMEPAGE (I did and I can’t afford to but then I can’t afford not to! Hey, you can always make a donation in my name!)

Can’t donate money–any sum accepted–then volunteer your time and get some free food and a movie–too late today? Maybe they will do it again! HELP MAKE “NORMAL” NORMAL AGAIN!

THE PLAN There is much to do! Here are our Renovation Priorities:

RESTROOMS Well they’re better than a bus station’s facilities, but not by much. We want to improve the appearance. Add some nuance to the Ladies Powder Room, move the sinks to create more space, burn the orange stalls, add a stall or two to the Ladies’, and generally revamp the Men’s

BAR/CONCESSION Presently it is just a concession that George Jetson would like. We want to get rid of the whole Mothership, and replace it with an actual bar with bar stools on one side and the other side Movie Concession. We will feature good wines and upscale spirits. And possibly add some small plate offerings to entice you to stay for a double feature. LOBBY Needs good cleaning, recarpeting, new ceiling (something celestial!),

LED flat screens. FIX MARQUEE & FIRE UP TOWER The beautiful marquee is still beautiful – we don’t want to change it, but much of the neon was destroyed when the building was tented a year or so ago. We want to re-do the neon in LED to achieve the same effect but cheaper to install, operate, maintain & power. And brighter. The Tower has not been used for decade, we want to restore it, re-wire it, paint it, add LED plus a searchlight atop.

EXTERIOR ENTRANCEWAY Love this area. We envision Red Carpets and paparazzi! But we could redo the sidewalk itself. In Cannes, surrounding The Palais, they cast hand prints & signatures of the stars that have attended. And it looks really cool! FOYERS of HOUSES 1 & 2 These could be enhanced also to make as separate areas. Perhaps a couple Tall Cafe tables, new carpeting and ceiling.

CENTER HALLWAY Maybe its just me, but this always reminds me of going into Star Wars HyperSpace. Not sure what we’ll do here, but throughout the entire cinema… We will maintain the existing curved walls and amplify the tie-ie with the beach.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: All the Interior Design will be created by Daroff Design. They are finalizing a LOA for us and we look forward to finalizing next week, I’m asking you to JOIN US and your friends & neighbors in this campaign to Restore & Reopen The Gateway! R

RESTORE & REOPEN GATEWAY CINEMA HE’S BAAAAACK! George Kaspriske, newest FLIFF employee is also The Gateway’s longest serving manager, beginning in 2000 (which ironically was the year FLIFF was hosted at Gateway – and The Galleria).. With so many people wanting Gateway to resume as it was, we didn’t want to blow it and put the wrong person in the job. George knows everything about the building. Not only all the important stuff like how to turn on the lights, but also, and most importantly, we looked up the definition of the Polish word Kaspriske, and were delighted to learn it is a one word response meaning The Very Best Popcorn. Done! He’s back!

GoFundMe Page to RESTORE & REOPEN GATEWAY CINEMA Here is the link to our Official Page. Any and all donations are appreciated! RESTORE & REOPEN GATEWAY CINEMA And to those who have not contributed, Join Us:

RESTORE & REOPEN GATEWAY CINEMA

This Saturday, May 8, 10am – 8pm, FLIFF will host a Volunteer Clean-Up Day at The Gateway Cinema. At 8pm, volunteers that pitched in at least 90 minutes of help, will be treated to a Free Movie plus Pizza and Soft Drinks. Come grubby and help us get The Gateway reopened! If you have questions email Info@FLIFF.com Please sign the Volunteer Log when you arrive at The Gateway. We will have pizzas and sodas about 1pm – some kind of dinner at 7pm, and we think 3 different movies for you to choose from at 8pm. If you work 3 hours or more, you’ll get a FREE T-Shirt too! If you can. please

Posted May 8, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Mother Nature’s Revenge??? NOCARDIOSIS!!!   1 comment


I don’t know how, why, when, what or if anything particular made me fall in love with Mother Nature but I remember being entranced by no matter what she presented me with whether it was New York snowstorms, Florida’s hurricanes, California earthquakes, Tennessee tornadoes or roses in our Bronx front yard blooming or the white peonies in Lake Hiawatha spreading their perfume over Nokomis Avenue.

I still remember my first trip to Miami, getting off the train and being greeted by rows and rows of Birds of Paradise!Over the years I have had dogs starting with Butch in Pelham Parkway to having 50-gallon saltwater fish tanks in my Memphis office and  25 gallon freshwater fish tanks to at one time having 23 birds—budgies, cockatiels and finches (no one told me they were ‘worse’ than rabbits when it came to breeding!) who had free reign of my apartment.

Maybe it was after years of smoking 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day for 30 years but all of a sudden I couldn’t have dogs because their hair affected my breathing just as I had to get rid of my 23 birds because of their dander. Without any pets around I started my indoor gardens growing flowers, vegetables and enjoying each bloom. The pictures above I took 2 days ago with peppers growing, geraniums blooming and the ‘holiday’ cactus (upper right) blooming for Ramadam!!!

Long story short–I have had breathing problems for the past 6 months and, yesterday, finally, I was diagnosed with Nocardiosis which is caused by dirt, soil, earth dust–if you want to gain some knowledge just download google and/or Wikipedia–this is just a couple of lines from the latter: ” The Nocardia bacteria are found in soil around the world. People contract this disease by either inhaling contaminated dust or if soil containing Nocardia bacteria gets into an open wound.[” Without pointing fingers, I have been using bags of soil from the same company for decades and I just hope that wasn’t the cause of it.

I am starting to take 6 tablets a day–and they are horse-size tablets–of Sulfamethoxazole and may have to take them for 6 months to a year if not longer and first have to see if they will even work!
Do I have to get rid of the plants? I think I know the answer to that but don’t want to ask my doctor—yet!

Okay, Mother Nature what did I do to you? I’ve always praised you, posted pictures of you in all your glory, told people that no way could they be bored with all the pictures you made every day of the year–why after taking my dogs, birds, fish from you are you taking my plants?!?!?  WHY???

Posted April 13, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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April 2021 at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale   1 comment

I once figured out that before I moved here to Gateway in 1999 I never lived in one place for more than 5 years except, possibly, in my younger years though I remember we lived in 3 different places the first 16 years of my life.

When I first moved here I lived in the F building for 5 years and then in February 2004 I moved into this apartment and I have been here going on 18 years.

I could sit here looking out my windows (#s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11) facing east, south and north with the scene constantly changing with yachts, catamarans, canoes, jet skis, kyaks not to forget Mother Nature doing her job for life.

Right now she is sprinkling those April showers that bring May flowers but if you look at picture #1 the week will be providing sunny, warm afternoons and cool (low 70s are cool in South Florida!) evenings.

Okay, once in a while you have to get out which is what the JMarks restaurant sign (# 7) is all about as we went for lunch on Thursday. I usually have their steak but because of teeth problems–let’s NOT go there!–I decided on a dish I haven’t had in a long time which is Mussels on Linguini. It was good but I would have preferred it being made in a  garlic and white wine sauce.

Mother Nature, food and me–no complaints from Gateway in Fort Lauderdale!

Posted April 11, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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April comes in like a lamb!   1 comment


1) Except for falling and hitting my head April has come to Fort Lauderdale but looking back over the years April hasn’t always been a good month for me–in 2016 I had to have a finger cut off!!!

2) We had a catamaran named Semper Fi visit and every Marine at Gateway had to stop by and say hello!

3) When people ask me how can I afford to eat out, go to the theatre, the movies, etc., all I have to do is show them this BUT sometimes it is just better to have a car like having to go to the doctor 10 out of 14 days but that is a whole other story!

4 & 7) Say hello to my 2 calendar dogs and, in #5) a beautiful heron stopped by to say hi!

6) Couldn’t ask for better weather the first week of April–now we have to hope April remains a lamb!

And on the 7th day of April I got my stimulus money!

Posted April 7, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

“Dear White People”–a MUST SEE series!   Leave a comment

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A series on Netflix–3 seasons with a 4th coming–each season has 10 episodes–about 5 hours per season.

I was sort of hesitant about watching this as I really didn’t know who it was aimed for or what it was about(never having seen the movie it is based on) so I decided to watch the first couple of episodes and before I knew it I had finished the 30th episode and am waiting, impatiently, for the 4th season even though it hasn’t been scheduled yet and the third season was a little on the weak side.

What is it about? It follows mainly black college students at an Ivy League school. Mixed in with the many varieties of color there are a couple of major white students, one, Gabe (John Patrick Amedori),  the lead opposite Samantha (Logan Browning), who has a white father and black mother and are lovers.

It has a first-rate cast including Antoinette Robertson who is such a brat you want to slap her but you can’t wait for her next scene.  The characters run from black, white, every shade in-between, gay, straight, trans, smart, dumb, poor, rich, son of the Dean, etc.

It is funny, shocking, educational, touching, jaw-dropping, puzzling but, most of all, it will hold your attention even when discussing topics you think you might not be interested in or know all about.

One of the faults of the third season is that it is ‘too’ gay—and this is said by a gay man! Following the storyline of Lionel (played by DeRon Horton) as he comes out is interesting as is his becoming a reporter working with Samantha to find a secret society but the main writer of the series (who also wrote the movie screenplay)

Justin Simien spends a little too much time exploring the whole gay spectrum but then again he is exploring the whole race spectrum.

I really would like to hear from people who watch “Dear White People” and their reactions positive or negative!

Posted April 4, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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