GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GREATMARTIN GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ "FREE STATE OF JONES"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189116 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2300cd2f-b546-4307-9cfa-8cf5e857aeec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Matthew McConaughey is a powerful actor in a powerful role but “Free State of Jones” is not as powerful a screenplay, by Gary Ross, as it could have, should have been. All the elements are there from the story being based on a not too well known chapter in American history that includes the Civil War, slaves being mistreated by owners, inter-racial lovers, voting rights, KKK attacking, the p... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:52:07 EST I HAVE A GREAT LIFE--DESERVED OR NOT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffb14aeb-8a85-4fc6-8bf5-13a475a9853d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (ALLEN'S CAR--MINE FOR 17 DAYS!) <BR> <BR> In my senior years all I ask is a roof over my head, food in my belly and clothes on my back but I find myself having so much more. <BR> <BR> The other day went to café Vico for dinner and then to see a good performance of “Beauty and the Beast”—on Friday the excellent movie “Genius” which I have written about. <BR> <BR> Monday I took a ‘me day’ ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:45:42 EST "FINDING DORY"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186888 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/feeb93a0-91ef-40c9-9711-e768052ca423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found one scene in “Finding Dory” to be absolutely ridiculous and while shaking my head I heard my brain saying, “What can be more ridiculous than an 80 year old man having a ball watching a cartoon about talking fish and enjoying himself, probably more than the kids in the audience?” <BR> <BR> I don’t know which was more fun recognizing old friends like Dory, the blue tang fish who has n... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:56:14 EST GOODBYE SPRING--HELLO SUMMER 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3513ce95-2dcb-4f9b-a36f-c2bb9b1b7e5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Dock at the 15th Street Fisheries where we celebrated Philippe’s birthday <BR> <BR> 2,3,5,6) Queen Crepe Myrtle before and after rains <BR> <BR> 4) Doctor’s office—he has some of the most interesting cactus plants <BR> <BR> 7) Lillies <BR> <BR> 8) MY green peppers—all of a sudden the seeds I planted are producing like crazy! <BR> <BR> 9,10,11,12) Around Gateway <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:33:44 EST ...but somebody has to do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185137 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59da0e19-d304-4399-89cb-4e13a1057146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Allen's new Cadillac) <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago Allen traded his Caddie in for a 2016 one. I wanted him to get a red convertible but it turns out that Cadillac isn’t making convertibles but he did settle for the color red—not the bright fire engine red I wanted but it was red! <BR> <BR> Allen and his twin grandchildren celebrate their birthday on June 18 so he goes up north to spend... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:08:38 EST "GENIUS"--MOIE REVIEW--EXCELLENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184829 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53dab3b6-2d06-4c35-b39e-f4488153b0c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First and foremost “Genius” is an excellent film with a performance by Jude Law, as writer Thomas Wolfe, that is a standout and better than many he has done in the past decade with a much quieter, but as strong a performance, by Colin Firth as Editor Maxwell Perkins. <BR> <BR> It is not easy to have a movie featuring a writer but add an editor and you have a lot of scenes of writing, editin... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:42:35 EST "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"--A THEATRE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183960 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a07a564a-0ae0-4ba5-837a-3dabfcb2e1ab.JPG"> <BR> <BR> BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CURTAIN CALL <BR> <BR> Heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” for taking us out of the reality of what has happened outside of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale this past week. Instead they took us into a world of fantasy, fairy tales, singing, dancing and talking teapots, clocks, loving fathers, egotistical ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:35:02 EST REST IN PEACE--YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182964 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad3ab878-4347-4ca0-a083-bfd1391130fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> HOPEFULLY NO MORE WILL BE ADDED! <BR> <BR> Victims’ Names <BR> <BR> Posted date: June 12, 2016 <BR> During this difficult time, we offer heartfelt condolences to the families of the 49 victims who lost their lives during the Pulse tragedy. To the families and friends of the victims, your city is with you and will continue to be with you as you deal with this unimaginable tragedy. <BR... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:49:05 EST "MAGGIE'S PLAN"---A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90addf79-4704-4e2d-afb7-7006f3dcfe34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watching "Maggie's Plan" a few thoughts went through my mind starting with the role of Maggie was begging for a 25 year old Meg Ryan and Greta Gerwig is not her. Meryl Streep better watch out if Julianne Moore decides to give her a run for believable accents and Moore should insist that Malgopsia Turzanska never be the costume designer on any of her future movies. <BR> <BR> Rebecca Miller, ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:31:10 EST THE END OF SPRING 2016 WHERE I LIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e04d78ec-2a51-4cb9-aa16-a66992ca0c2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 1 Staple all year round but in Spring they just look fresher! The last of the two horse patrols left in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> 2, 5, 9, 14 A new tenant in Building T moved in and is making everyone look beautiful! Thanks Laurie. <BR> <BR> 3 Cut off the top, plant it and soon you have a pineapple! <BR> <BR> 4, 8, 12, 15 The Point is beautiful every time of ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:35:06 EST "HEATHERS THE MUSICAL"--A THEATRE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181180 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a9a0647-094b-40dd-947d-66f55168e77c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (All photos by Lisa Nalven) <BR> <BR> "Heathers The Musical" ended the Slow Burn Theatre Company 2015-2016 season at the Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with a full house at opening night and rousing applause for a talented, hard working cast. <BR> <BR> Do you remember the mean girls at high school who were the arbitrator of who was 'in and who was 'out'? Do y... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:44:56 EST "NOW YOU SEE ME 2"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180469 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/388a2469-0621-47ce-888b-084d53863eb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You walk into "Now You See Me 2" knowing what you will get! You check the logic sense of your brain at the door entrance to the theatre because while some of the magic tricks are explained even the screen writer Ed Solomon couldn't or doesn't explain them all just like the nerd in us couldn't explain what was going on except some guys wanted a computer gadget that would let them rule the wor... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:39:43 EST SLOW BURN THEATTE PRESENTS "HEATHERS THE MUSICAL" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179017 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23994df0-c479-4d37-b32e-7a1e50a88dcc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Slow Burn Theatre presents “Heathers the musical” at the Broward Center Amaturo Theater. <BR> <BR> It is based on the classic 1989 classic movie telling the story of Veronica Sawyer a beautiful, teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High. Before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain Veronica falls in love with the d... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:19:16 EST HARD TO BELIEVE IT WAS ONLY 40 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS 40!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177515 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htLGQ3CDOD<BR>Y <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The 70th Broadway Tony Awards will be broadcast next Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 8 PM (DST) on CBS. I don’t remember how many of those broadcasts I have seen but I do remember the Sunday of April 18, 1976 sitting in my townhouse in Memphis, Tennessee, with Johnny and watching the opening number exactly as you see it above! <BR> <BR> It was that evening I fell in love instantly with the Broadway musical called “A... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:32:36 EST CLEBRATING PHILIPPE'S BIRTHDAY PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/029655ac-4e70-4f65-9997-d839416289f0.jpg"> <BR> (AND I WON'T EVEN BLAME HIM WHEN I GET ON THE SCALE!) <BR> <BR> On a picture perfect, sunny, 'tourist' weather day Philippe took us out to the 15th Street Fisheries to celebrate his day! The restaurant is a landmark in Fort Lauderdale and even today, in 'off season', it was packed enough that they had to open the second floor which is usually just open for dinner. (If I had known it was open I wo... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 16:24:40 EST "THE LOBSTER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b37b8113-f623-4c7c-97aa-67144f0431b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At least 2-3 times a year I get suckered into seeing a movie from seeing a trailer or hearing that it got 5 star reviews, it has an Oscar nominated director, a solid cast lead by an A list actor, sounds and/or looks different or for many various reasons. For some, if not all the reasons listed, I went, with Allen and Philippe to see "The Lobster". <BR> <BR> Walking out of the movie the best... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:16:53 EST PHILIPPE COMES FROM FRANCE TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3132d86e-dc1f-42c1-8cac-ab2cd51fbbc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Philippe, from Paris, France, came to Fort Lauderdale to see Allen and celebrate his birthday! (Come on—if you lived in Paris wouldn’t you rather celebrate your birthday in Fort Lauderdale-NO? WELL!) <BR> <BR> Allen and I decided to take him for lunch though he thought he was taking us after he chose the Sea Watch. <BR> <BR> In the first line of pictures there is the entrance to the ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 19:05:08 EST "ma ma" with Penelope Cruz--A Movie Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174379 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ba24d7f-27ec-4de6-b2b1-1d1536aa5142.jpg"> <BR> Penelope Cruz is absolutely incandescent in “Ma Ma” as she seems to be in most Spanish pictures she appears in with Spanish directors leading her, more so than any American movie she has made. Always a beauty, Cruz, now in her 40s, has added a special look that “Ma Ma” takes advantage of in every frame whether it is looking like an Audrey Hepburn twin with a gamin look or seeing her naked body... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:57:47 EST LIFE IS A ROLLER COASTER & I LOVE IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173060 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c14ee594-9743-4fa4-9f3f-c3db3faec45a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In February I had a great 20th Leap Year birthday party and then in March, due to an accident, I chopped off the tip of a finger and in April was diagnosed with bursitus and badly hit my shin while in May I got an eye infection but... <BR> <BR> It seems to have all started in December when I got a new computer and then Chuck and Terry got me a new computer chair plus a food shopping cart. F... Mon, 30 May 2016 12:19:12 EST "LOVE & FRIENDSHIP"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171622 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea37260-c19e-4095-939f-8c388f786b6c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most people know Jane Austen’s from either reading her books “Pride & Prejudice”, “Sense & Sensibility” or seeing the many TV or movie versions of those books and “Mansfield Park” and “Emma”. The movie I saw this afternoon “Love and Friendship” is a novella, entitled “Lady Susan”, which she wrote but never finished and was finally published about 75 years later after her nephew took over the... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:13:24 EST BISTRO MEZZALUNA--FINE DINING--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170119 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f22c40a0-bc34-442f-a424-703188ad1354.JPG"> <BR> (Though one can follow a diet here it is more for a special occasion and a little maintenance!) <BR> <BR> <BR> From arrival until we left the words elegant and elegance were in my mind. Whether I have eaten in too many fast food restaurants or the latest ones which are between fast food and full service or the full service restaurants have been too mediocre Bistro Mezzaluna completely overwhelme... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:53:23 EST I AM BEING DRAGGED INTO THE 21ST CENTURY--UGH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168627 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2980cf06-2862-45a0-9948-cde868aab701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have no one to blame but myself! I don’t know what made me do it but within one week I got my first tablet, a new desktop computer and Windows 10! Okay I got a good deal on the computer as it was on sale for $169 but the tablet was a waste of time and money! <BR> <BR> I mainly got the tablet because with my situation here I really want to get connected with Uber for transportation but wha... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:49:31 EST "THE NICE GUYS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4d88b59-e153-4b5f-810a-086602c2bfa6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I very seldom if ever read reviews before I go to see a movie. I will usually go to see a film because of the stars or having seen or trailer, sometimes by word of mouth or by reading hype which gives me an idea what the movie is about. <BR> <BR> I decided to see “The Nice Guys” because I like Russell Crowe though lately his movies haven’t been that good and his appearance is s... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:19:54 EST "THE MEDDLER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165535 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c615e862-c77b-43dc-8418-760c50b0b863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are many reasons to see “The Meddler” and 4 are Susan Sarandon, Sarandon, Susan Sarandon and Susan Sarandon. There is a scene of pure joy when she, playing Marnie, starts laughing out of control with her daughter Lori, played by Rose Byrne. In another scene it seems like she is having an orgasm just eating a poached egg in the center of a slice of fried bread with classical music in th... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:19:11 EST TOP HOT DELI--FT. LAUDERDALE--RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164131 (MAINTENANCE ONLY--UNLESS YOU ORDER PLAIN TURKEY SANDWICH) <BR> <BR> <BR> I had heard about the Top Hat Deli and the story behind it but wasn't quite sure where it was until we dropped a friend off at the Greyhound bus terminal and there it was right next door. <BR> <BR> It's bright, new, trendy looking, well staffed who appeared to work as a good team so it looked like to a good start. <BR> <BR> Whatever happened to the 'customer is always right' philosophy? Okay it didn't always work at... Mon, 16 May 2016 12:34:21 EST "MONEY MONSTER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/935c3595-ea73-4af5-8b44-9b81bc593c98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking into a movie house to see a film starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, directed by Jodie Foster, one is expecting to see a good film and “Money Monster” delivers. It brings nothing new to the movie screen but it holds your interest, is a decent thriller and shows two stars at their best along with a supporting cast doing just that by giving strong support. <BR> <BR> The plot so... Fri, 13 May 2016 20:55:58 EST "BEAUTIFUL--THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL"--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160767 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6bde670-3f76-4c84-8891-9953a209f505.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical”, which opened at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, is a beautiful musical! From the cast of 25 actors/singers/dancers to the 13 musicians conducted by Susan Draus to the precise direction of Marc Bruni, the choreography by Josh Prince, the fluid set design by Derek McLane working with the lighting design Peter Kac... Wed, 11 May 2016 11:17:04 EST PREVIEW OF "BEAUTIFUL"--BROADWAY TOURING COMPANY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19252891-355f-4c0a-9691-8f01f616c6f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This evening I am going to the opening night of “Beautiful” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale which will be playing there May 10-22 and will return to the Miami Arsht Performing Center February 14-19, 2017. <BR> <BR> The show is based on Carole King’s life from when she was Carol Klein from Brooklyn fighting her way into the music business as a teenager and th... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:29:44 EST I REALLY LOVE BEING OLD BUT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e78f87f-1e55-461b-aa76-8c83009a1c43.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> am I just getting clumsier? Or more careless? Or is it because I am old? <BR> I spent 6 hours of a beautiful Saturday afternoon first at the Holy Cross Urgent Care on South Federal and then the ER at the Holy Cross on North Federal. <BR> Okay it all started Wednesday when I stopped in a gas station to fill up the rear right passenger side of Allen's car as it said 'low pressure 2... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:32:18 EST "LOUDER THAN BOMBS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157785 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c674d834-b0d5-4607-acc7-f63e86dfe725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MOVIE TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I1l_J9QuV<BR>k <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of times older brother Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) tells younger brother Conrad (Devin Druid) watching the latter’s DVD games “Boring but interesting” “Louder Than Bombs” is boring and, occasionally, interesting more due to the actors than the screenplay by Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier and ... Fri, 6 May 2016 19:17:33 EST SMOKE BBQ--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156201 slideshow <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek4PlcYX<BR>-B8 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had read a couple reviews of this new restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with both being good and both really raving about the pastrami so we decided to give it a try. Aside from the fact that we didn't know where we were going added to the hour drive to get there only to be met with the streets all around being torn up with construction but we did see the bright red BBQ sign and finally figured out... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:23:35 EST "ELVIS & NIXON"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155526 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0648a23-6c0a-48db-af1d-c391ac336717.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On December 21, 1970, President Richard Nixon met lvis Presley. The former for a photo-op, which has become the most requested photo from the National Archives, and an autograph for his daughter Julie. Elvis wanted a special badge as an ‘agent at large' to go undercover, after the communist Beatles and the teenage liberal druggies but really so he could carry concealed weapons, and drugs, w... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:25:57 EST MY 2016 APRIL RESUME IN PICTURES AND WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154731 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95d7fb96-33df-411a-9175-ccff7d7963da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weight is 192--next goal 186! <BR> <BR> <BR> A lot happened in April with some new and some old. Under the new was having the tip on my 4th finger on the right hand down to the nail bed removed surgically the first day of the month which I am still dealing with mentally. <BR> <BR> Allen went to Paris, France, for 3 weeks and I had/have his car. I must admit this time I have been so frugal... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:32:29 EST "VIVA"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9ab4168-7eb5-49d7-82aa-16ebd3f88cfc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Full disclosure: I am a sucker for a father/son movie and though “Viva” has a formula screenplay by Mark O’Halloran the director, Paddy Breathnach, gets first rate performances from the father, Angel, played by Jorge Perugorria and the son, Jesus, played by Hector Medina. O’Halloran also adds just as strong a story about drag queens in a neighborhood club in Havana, Cuba, from the old ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:40:49 EST "MILES AHEAD"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d3de4d4-c0fc-4703-8816-15bd83a9b574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Miles Ahead” is an odd Hollywood bio of a Black jazz musician. It has all the clichés such as his being a heroin/coke addict, physically abusing his wife, (a beautiful Emayatzy Corindealdi), being beaten by police and arrested, a sex addict, etc., but it is told in a very strange way. The film deals with the past and present, sometimes in the same frame, but telling us little about the man ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:17:35 EST WINTER IN FORT LAUDERDALE--PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151389 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91530075-706d-443c-856c-270421337572.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We had a few cold days—hey, a low of 48 and a high of 66 is COLD in South Florida—and then a few days later back to lows of high 60s and mid 70s. While so many around the world (No, not you Australia!!) are experiencing snow, sleet, hail, freezing temps, we have cats strolling along or taking a nap, flowers in bloom, a fairy catcher (don’t laugh—you’ll see) a chest naked paddler on the... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:43:01 EST WINTER IN FORT LAUDERDALE--PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149899 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/771e4250-b6d8-44a0-9b34-0c95ad292f96.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The most often asked question of someone living in South Florida is, “Don’t you miss the 4 seasons?” and I can, emphatically, answer “NO!” Yes we have a couple of days when the high temperatures might only be in the 60s and on some very rare mornings it might even dip into the higher 40s but most of the time the average high temperatures in the winter from December to March are in the ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:46:44 EST "A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148243 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1203408a-4fb2-4db0-b7f3-2c4a960559c9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After seeing “A Hologram for the King” the word that stays in my mind is interesting, not an interesting movie but for some interesting visual scenes. <BR> <BR> Going from a man in possibly a middle age crisis to a story about a fish out of water to a West meets East tale the movie is all over the place. With Tom Hanks, America’s Everyman, that is if Everyman has a Danish female contractor ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:46:09 EST "DEMOLITION"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147128 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fd2c2ed-2d8d-4845-ae7b-c88a31edb7b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes even an excellent performance by an actor doesn’t make a movie which is what happens with “Demolition”. Jake Gyllenhaal is a strong, respected actor who can and does tackle any role that is thrown at him as this movie shows and makes more out of it then it is or written in the screenplay. <BR> <BR> When, if ever, have you heard of a customer service representative call a customer,... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:37:16 EST BAMBOO ASIAN BISTRO--FORT LAUDERDALE--RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146374 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fd1956d-f8bb-40c2-885f-fc04b3c89f08.JPG"> <BR> <BR> We had a groupon for Bamboo and decided to try it for lunch one day arriving at around 1 PM only to see the waiter? Owner? Manager? Chef? step outside to answer his cell phone. Another party of two arrived just before us and the 4 of us were at sea for a bit until I took a menu and we sat down at a table with the other couple doing the same. <BR> <BR> Eventually Shawn--at least that is the ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:00:54 EST WHEN/DOES LIFE EVER SLOW DOWN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144931 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c981e11-af8c-469f-8b79-ee6e666946de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week was a busy, tiring but good week. We went to see the touring stage production of “Cabaret”, a show that I hadn’t seen in 50 years, and the night before a new show, the stage adaptation of the movie “Dirty Dancing”. Wrote and posted the reviews late the night of the show or early in the morning. Also did my regular blogging, responding to comments, making posts, getting involved in ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:33:17 EST "MR. RIGHT"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143521 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd231bee-8eee-4e51-9e0f-ec3279e26282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, unfortunately, you go to a movie with expectations to be completely disappointed. Due to time and a doctor’s appointment we had a choice of going to see either “Demolition Man” or “Mr. Right”. I would rather have seen the former but I know Allen didn’t want to see it. I read somewhere that “Mr. Right” was a combination comedy/action/romantic independent movie along the lines of “M... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:54:15 EST "EYE IN THE SKY"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142854 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbfca797-a1d4-4bf0-8b22-6e50af8c6cfc.jpg"> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxpX8-ef<BR>sZI <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Eye in the Sky” is a different war movie than most theatre goers are used to seeing. From “All Quiet On The Western Front”, “Top Gun”, “Mr. Roberts”, “Patton” to ‘Searching For Private Ryan” that dealt with troops fighting each other on or over land or water here we are not dealing with troops fighting other troops but ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:44:02 EST "DIRTY DANCING"--A TOURING COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142126 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1dd62245-8a96-4ceb-a76e-c4e5449ea56d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (CHRISTOPHER TIERNEY & RACHEL BOONE <BR> <BR> PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY) <BR> <BR> It took 2 hours and 21 minutes that included a first act lasting 1 hour and 1 minute plus a 20 minute intermission plus a 5 minute electrical short that stopped the show for 5 minutes to bring the “Dirty Dancing” theatrical version to the point that the audience was waiting for that made the movie... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:35:28 EST "CABARET"--REVIEW OF TOURING COMPANY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141520 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4af2f500-16dd-4b5c-9637-37f0b1c1bd8d.png"> <BR> The role of Sally Bowles in the musical “Cabaret” is a difficult one for actresses. To start off with she has to be a first rate performer to appear as a third rate entertainer in a sleazy 1929 show bar in Berlin. She also has to get the audience on her side though she is basically a prostitute who will sell her body for a fur coat, a job or a place to stay. She has to be brassy, the life of the ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:45:04 EST "COME TO THE CABARET OLD CHUM" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140628 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d924cfd5-24da-4575-bf3c-a0de36ba72fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I first ‘met’ Sally Bowles in the late 1940s when I was given a book of short stories called “Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood. In 1951 I saw her for the first time on the stage of the Empire theatre when Julie Harris, as Sally, starred in the play “I Am A Camera” based on the Isherwood stories. It would be the first play that I would return to see multiple times and I woul... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:40:22 EST EVERY GOOD DEED PART 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139897 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e9fb23f-efe7-4e55-8e4a-954c45d005b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The doctor numbed my hand using needles and soon enough I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t dare look at what he was doing and though it went quickly I did HEAR him cutting through a bone and I don’t think I will ever forget that sound. He put a different kind of splint on it and said to make sure I don’t get that hand, particularly the finger, wet. <BR> <BR> I left the doctor’s office w... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:25:59 EST HAVING "THE TIME OF MY LIFE" AT THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139320 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de358e0e-790a-4a93-8371-ba95197829b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (PHOTOS BY MATTHEW MURPHY) <BR> <BR> In 1987 a ‘small’ low budget film called “Dirty Dancing” opened and took the country by storm. Overnight Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey became stars; the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life” won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy and ‘the lift’ in the finale dance scene has not only become an iconic moment in movies but just check out YouTube for the m... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:44:00 EST "THE BOSS"--MELISSA mCCARTHY--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138542 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2634ccf-4d7a-4b5d-ab9f-05ee26a5519b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From the very first time I saw Melissa McCarthy on television in the series "The Gilmore Girls" playing Sookie I became a big fan of hers and continued to watch her in her "Mike and Molly" series. I was looking forward to her in movies when I would spot her in supporting roles and I was thrilled with her breakthrough role in "Bridesmaids" though I saw something I didn't like that was becomin... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:59:33 EST EVERY GOOD DEED PART 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137030 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0e0a67e-9292-4e6c-b435-63fc6fda9fca.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So far I had briefly met with the hand surgeon at the ER where he gave me the choices of staying overnight and they would put the finger ‘together’ with a wire or Lori could sew the tip back on and I could come to his office on March 28 where he could check it out. I opted for the second so Lori got to work doing what she wanted to do 3 hours ago! <BR> <BR> Another long story s... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 10:32:05 EST