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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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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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Streaming Reviews–week of November 1, 2020   Leave a comment

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1) “Holding The Man”–Netflix–Australian Movie–2 hours 7 minutes–in 1995 Timothy Conigrave wrote his memoir and died a year later and the adaption of his book was made into this movie and released in 2015. I have seen this movie a few times and believe I may have even reviewed it but, to me, it is such a great love story, with warts and all, I am writing about it again. It covers a period of 20 years when Tim and John meet in high school and 15 years later AIDS comes on the screen. The movie is a salute to young love but it also shows an era that faces an apocalyptic which both young people and adults have to face each other and themselves. I am unable to watch the last 25 minutes without tears streaming down my face no matter how many times I see it though there are many laughs and sweet times along the way. A MUST SEE.

2) “Young Wallander”–Netflix–Swedsh Series–Season 1–6 episodes–4 hours 44 minutes–a young, not yet cycnical, detective tackles a case–entertaining–good detective story–looking forward to season 2.

3) “Holidate”–Netflix–Movie–1 hour 44 minutes–not as bad as the reviewswere-a bit, well, a lot, vulgarity–no out and out laughs but a few chuckles–expected ending but touching–pleasant.

4) “Elite”–Netflix–Spanish series—3 seasons–season 1–8 episodes–6 hours 40 minutes–best description I heard of it “horny teens behaving badly”–putting it mildly! It took me 8 episodes to get hooked (hey, it was better than watching the ‘news’ this week!) will watch the other 2 seasons–maybe.

5) “Someone Has To Die”–Netflix–Spanish series–season 1–3 episodes–2 hours 29 minutes. You think you have a crazy family? This family is NUTS! P.S. Not all grandmothers are sweet old ladies! Loved it.

6) “Edge of 17″–Netflix”–Movie–1 hour 40 minutes–I didn’t realize this was made in 1999 until I saw them using landlines and not a cell phone in sight! I don’t know how many teenage coming out films I have seen but I usually avoid them.  This is a bit different in a few ways and worth seeing especially bt teenage kids who are coming out and those who know some who may be struggling with it. It should also be seen by people who really don’t undertsand why no kid would ‘choose’ to be gay! Worth seeing!

Posted November 6, 2020 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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