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Streaming reviews---week of October 19, 2020

Added: Friday, October 23rd 2020 at 3:35pm by greatmartin
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1) "The Glorias"--Prime Video--Movie--2 hours & 27 minutes--Julie Taymor is an excellent director who adds too many gimmicks to her projects and this is no exception--do we really need 4 Gloria Steinem's at different ages in one scene or each at a different period? Do we need a road she is jogging on to turn into 3 different jogging machines? No! What we do get (fast-forwarding of these scenes and others) is the life of a strong, fascinating woman. Like a previous movie "Ms. America" which also revolves around the ERA fight in the 1970s and also appears in this movie, like Phyllis Schafly & Betty Frieden, it made me wonder why any woman would vote against that amendment--an excellent movie in spite of the gimmicks.

2) "Grand Army"--Netflix--Series--Season 1--9 episodes--8 hours--another teenage high school drama that shows they know how to curse, use filthy rap lyrics, etc.--It opens with a scene of one female retrieving a used condom left in another girl's body--I made it through 2 episodes and that was it!

3) "Kiss The Ground"--Netflix--Documentary--1 hour & 24 minutes--an amazing lesson in how regenerating the Earth's soil we can balance our changing climate, feed the world, replenish the water supply and get off the disastrous road we are currently on--you don't have to be a scientist, a genius or a politician to see what we are doing wrong--it shows you what we as an individual can do but more important what farmers can do including the mistakes governments are making--A MUST SEE!

4) "The Hollywood Masters"--Netflix--series--Season 1--11 episodes--6 hours and 10 minutes--interviews of Hollywood icons from Jake Gyllenhaal to James L. Brooks--poorly interviewed by Stephen Galloway--the result, though each segment is only about 30 minutes, is a waste of time.

5) "The Show"--Netflix--Movie--1 hour & 34 minutes--All I could think of is some bloggers making a big political statement when seeing this--all I saw was a satire gone bad--it is all about a TV personality who signs up for a show about a different 'contestant' committing suicide every week--laughing yet?

6) "The Paradise"--Prime Video--2 seasons--each season 8 episodes, each episode 52 minutes--a BBC production originally shown on PBS in 2012--life in a department store with a soapy, British attitude about 'classes'--excellent acting--laughs, drama, mystery, various relationships and just good old fun!

7) "Good Morning Veronica"--Netflix--Brazillian Series--Season 1--8 episodes--5 hours and 52 minutes-- a clerk at the Homicide Police station, run by he uncle, in Sao Paulo, gets involved with an abused wife case--holds your attention from the opening episode to the last--some disturbing violence handed subtly, if that's the word, and gets you involved in the woman--also a subplot about the clerk and a head female police officer who is looking to take over the uncle's position--if you like detective stories this is one to watch.

8) "I'm Leaving Now"--Netflix--Documentary--1 hour and 14 minutes--Felipe Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant, illegally living in Brooklyn for 16 years working hard to send his wife and their children money including a son he hasn't seen since the boy was 8 months old--Felipe is a hard worker, sometimes working 3-4 different jobs in one day--the co-directors of the film seem to not trust enough faith in Felipe to just tell his story--this is one of those rare films that should have been at least 15 minutes more--I can't say anything else without giving spoilers--due to the mishandling by the directors I really don't recommend it.

User Comments

Nice list, thank you for taking the time to put it together. The Gloria's is a def, Kiss the Ground and I'm leaving now look like my kind of thing too. If I never see another teen show I'll be happy, I don't know anyone who ever lived, did or aspired to that kind of thing. 

I am far from being a teenager but you will never hear a curse word from me---oh, I might get mad one day and say "Oh Bananas!"--nor will I discuss sexual acts in front of a female--I am still blushing from writing about that first episode!!! I am not a prude but it was the way I was brought up! :O)

Haha you need to spend some time here, we are very blunt and open about sex. And we have nakkie beaches, even dedicated LGBTQIA - and how ever many letters they've added this week. Actually it's more that we are fairly ok with gays, lezzos and trannies. I know of one beach on our coast that's a men only one. I'd really like to spend a few hours there but I'm sure I'd just be in the way! 

In 1972 I saw one of the greatest drag shows ever--and I am not into drag shows--they did a live salute to the Andrews Sisters--in Sidney--I forget the name of the bar--it was a taxi ride away from the Kings Cross hotel where I was staying.

I am blunt and open about sex--not talking about it but doing it!! My diaries have to be burned when (IF) I die!!

Sydney is a great town, I've been to the Mardi Gras there a few times, it's fantastic.

Haha I bet your diaries are pretty hot stuff! 

I have over 60 years of them--with details!!

You should do a wordpress sexy dieary blog :) 

They don't pay enough!!! 

Hahaha fair call. What about a TV series? 

That would have to be triple X rated--heck if I am going to tell I might as well show!

Sure why deprive the rest of the world! 

Sure is a lot of garbage on tv. I'm considering turning off the cable and using something like hulu or apple tv etc. Just need to find out if they play one after the other or it won't work here with my mother in law. She is bed bound has parkinson's and alzheimers and can not operate the remote at all. She doesn't understand it. She has the tv on westerns and also loves mountain men the series or life below freezing and homestead rescue. So I need something that I won't have to babysit her tv. I haven't been able to get the answers I need so far to pull the plug on the cable! But it would save her about $150 a month for cable alone.

I pulled the plug a year ago and am very happy--I have an indoor TV antenna, Netflix and Amazon Prime video and pay less than $20 a month!! Being a senior (OLD!) I get discounts!! :O)

I know if you leave netflix on--say a series--it automatically keeps playing and when it ends it will go on to the next thing.


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