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/ "THIRD PERSON"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1267281832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As a rule I will usually post my movie review the same evening after I have seen the movie but I wanted to give the “Third Person” awhile before giving my opinions. I don’t remember the last time I saw an audience with such puzzled faces walking out of a movie theatre as I did after the end credits were shown. <BR> <BR> While I prefer my movies tied up in a bow with rational explanations of why/what took place I ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:08:14 EST BROWARD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER--FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731865 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l112242655.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In February, 1991, the Broward Performing Arts Center opened on the North side of the river as the anchor for the western end of what the city was developing and calling the Riverwalk as a major tourist attraction. <BR> <BR> I went to the BPAC opening attraction which was “Phantom of the Opera” and was really impressed by the building particularly when it was all lit up at night. The second show I saw there was in... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:21:00 EST THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MIAMI FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404589137.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> On March 4, 2011, I made my first trip to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (hereafter called the Arsht) to see “Jersey Boys” in their main auditorium called the Ziff Ballet Opera House. It had been over 40 years since I had been in that area as when I lived in Miami Beach in the mid 50s to early ‘60s it became a ritual every Monday for me, Joe and Albyn to come to d... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:33:53 EST THE CLASSIC GATEWAY THEATRE IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295707990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From my early days in the Bronx when I use to go to the Loew’s Paradise on the grand concourse where the theatre had moving clouds and stars on the ceiling to the grand dame of all theatres Radio City Music Hall movie going has always been an exciting experience for me. When I moved back to Fort Lauderdale I rediscovered The Gateway Theatre which had been built in the early 1950s. <BR> <BR> The f... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:03:29 EST "IDA"---A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727348 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535013532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not wanting to see “Transformers” or “22 Jump Street” or “Think Like A Man too” I was hoping I would see a gem going to The Gateway Theatre and seeing “Ida”. <BR> <BR> “Ida” is a Polish film photographed as if it was filmed in 1962 when it takes place. Three stories are intertwined with one being political regarding communism, Catholicism and being a Jew in Poland during WW2, the second regarding a novice about t... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:48:17 EST "JERSEY BOYS"---MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076197762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Jersey Boys”, the musical, has been playing on Broadway and around the world for over 9 years. Within the past two years it has played in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale to sell out crowds and today it has come out as a musical directed by Clint Eastward who is known as an actor, a man with a musical ear and has had fame as a director. If you can make it through the first hour or, even better, skip the first hour ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:08:28 EST "THE FAULT IN OUR STARS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717397 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407865937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At a point, when watching “The Fault In Our Stars”, you forget you are watching actors and just know that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgott are Hazel Grace and Augustus (Gus) Waters, teenagers who are falling in love, Hazel Grace reluctantly and Augustus all gung ho. That both have cancer, hers in the metastatic stage and his in remission, is handled lightly though it is a major theme as to what happens... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:06:49 EST "CHEF"---A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712312 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942811192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A man returning to his love, a father getting to know his son, a sweet, leisurely told story, the power of social media, a road trip, mouth watering food, an excellent child actor along with a first class cast equals a film that should get your attention. <BR> <BR> “Chef” is a touching film that really should be seen without expectations and will having you walking out of the theatre with a smile on your face and ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 19:06:58 EST "A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146038399.jpg"> <BR> <BR> &#65532; <BR> <BR> “a million ways to die in the west” <BR> Charlize Theron, if not THE most beautiful woman in the world, is certainly one of them as she shows in her, what has become a classic, Dior perfume ad. She has proven her ability as a dramatic actress winning an Oscar for her mesmerizing performance in “Monster”. Now, in “A Million Ways To Die In The West” she shows she has the chops for comedy holding... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:04:26 EST "EVITA"--TOURING COMPANY--MIAMI--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705185 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639359767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first question asked about the musical “Evita” is about the actress playing the lead and, in the touring company opening night at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Caroline Bowman takes command and makes the role her own. Her transition from a lower class 15 year old girl to the first lady of Argentina climbing the ladder by sleeping with men who can help her is done with more her acting and pre... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:42:17 EST "X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968699830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When does a ‘special effect’ stop being special? The first time Jennifer Lawrence as a blue lady, “X-MEN: DAY OF FUTURE PAST”, turns into a male soldier it is a special effect and then when she turns into a beautiful woman it is special but the twentieth time she morphs into another person it isn’t special anymore. <BR> <BR> When Hugh Jackman steps out of bed and shows full male back nudity that is special and ma... Fri, 23 May 2014 20:34:48 EST "BELLE"--A MUST SEE MOVIE--REVIEW--NO SPOILERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696593 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1368740644.jpg"> <BR> This being the 20th Friday of 2014 it means I have seen a minimum of 20 new movies and “Belle” without a doubt is, so far, the best movie of the year. It combines a beautiful love story with a realistic look at the society of that time plus a law suit that could change history. “Belle” is based on a true story. <BR> <BR> There are 3 main story lines in the film, each of equal importance, so to say one is the main story... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:01:26 EST "BLUE MAN GROUP"--TOURING COMPANY--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1270329256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> You have never seen an ‘event’ like the “Blue Man Group”, that was started 27 years ago off-Broadway and has since gone global. It is a combination of music, satire, humor, a rock concert, modern art, strobe lights, special effects and modern technology all rolled into one. <BR> <BR> Audience participation is an important aspect of the show whether it is getting them up to ‘shake their booty’ or pushing gia... Thu, 15 May 2014 10:44:25 EST "FADING GIGOLO"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691490 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156201693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Fading Gigolo” has Sharon Stone, crossing and uncrossing her legs in a very short skirt--anyone remember “Basic Instinct”?--along with Sofia Vergara showing ALL her assets. It has a threesome between the two women and John Turturro, who also directed and wrote the screenplay, and a gigolo (Turturro) along with a pimp, the latter being Woody Allen. With all this you would expect a lot of sex or what goes on ... Fri, 9 May 2014 18:31:12 EST "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2" AS MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686079 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141003357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Batman is a man and Superman is a man but as portrayed by Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" he is more of a boy who could be graduationg from from high school instead of collage. Emma Stone, younger than Garfield in real life, looks and acts more mature and is certainly prettier than Garfield! <BR> There are a few villains in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", one or two too many, just as there are too much of... Fri, 2 May 2014 22:19:51 EST "GHOST--THE MUSICAL" TOURING COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684387 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1699129364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In “Ghost-The Musical”, which opened at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale last night, the amazing technology and very much alive projections, along with strobe lights, overwhelms the sweet classic love story adapted by, and from, Bruce Joel Rubin’s Oscar winning screenplay, Rubin also wrote the lyrics with music by Dave Stewart aside from the theme song “Unchained Melody” written by... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:43:02 EST OFF TO THE MAGIC OF THE THEATRE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683117 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676474820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether it is a play with 4 people on a stage or a muscial with 20-30 dancers, singers, musical instrument players the theatre has always held a certain magic for me since I was 6 years old---yeah, yeah, back in the Ice Age--and now 72 years later I am looking forward with anticipation of going to see another show this evening. <BR> <BR> "Ghost--The Musical" is opening tonight at the Broward Performing Arts ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:32:04 EST TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE--FORT LAUDERDALE--RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681598 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2117628544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I could have stayed within my diet IF I had just had the flatbread--the smoothie had too much sugar for a diet but did supply fruits LOL) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Entering the Harbor Shops Shopping Plaza hang a left, turn right and about half way going south there is the Tropical Smoothie Cafe. It is a bright clean looking place and in spite of what you may read below the ladies behind the counter were very custome... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:40:49 EST "THE OTHER WOMAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482008606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Dianne Keaton in “The First Wife’s Club” and Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin and Dolly Parton in “9 To 5” all did it better and with less vulgarities. <BR> <BR> “The Other Woman” once again show that women can be as base, vulgar, rude and crude as men can be in films. This kind of film always make me think of teenage boys giggling at vomit, dogs poop, men having diarrhea or walk... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:41:20 EST FOLLOW UP ON GROWING VEGGIES AND A HAPPY EASTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676308 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940301065.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465624607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a little over 3 weeks since I bought 4 packets of seeds at The Dollar Tree, brought them home and planted them. I really didn’t know if the radishes, squash, peas and string beans would grow enough to produce anything but I would be happy with greens!!! They might possibly also become attractive vines since I vaguely ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:18:40 EST "TRANSCENDENCE" A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675289 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1772024465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Edit This Post <BR> <BR> <BR> If ever there was a movie made for IT nerds this is it and if you have to ask what IT is, like I had to, this is not a movie for you. Did I follow the movie? To a certain degree. Is it an easy movie to follow? Not the technical aspects but it being sci-fi you know there will be barren cities and a lot of special effects. <BR> <BR> "Gravity" was special because of the new special ef... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:25:35 EST "DRAFT DAY"---MOVIE REVIEW---WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670032 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84669152.jpg"> <BR> WOW! I love being surprised in the movies! I am neither a Kevin Costner or a football fan and only went to see this movie because of the 3 new films opening today this was the closest and most convenient. I now like Kevin Costner who plays the underdog , the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny Weaver, Jr., and though I still don’t like football I did learn what “Draft Day” is and some of how it works. <BR> <B... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:50:35 EST "BAD WORDS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1306174759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut along with starring in and producing, “Bad Words”. He plays Guy Trilby, a 40 years old man, who never finished the 8th grade which makes him eligible to compete with 10 year olds in a spelling bee eventually winding up in the national finals. <BR> <BR> “Bad Words” is a comedy that makes fun of kids such as a 40 year old man giving a 10 year contestant the finger or taking... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:58:57 EST "LE WEEK-END"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1481158558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For many years I have said, "The only time I made a mistake is when I thought I made a mistake, " well today I made another one. I had intended to go see "Bad Words" that has been out for two weeks and I have heard good things about but a new film opened called "Le Week-End" at the Gateway Theatre and decided to see that instead. It was such a bad decision on so many levels though I always try (eliminate try from ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:27:37 EST "NOAH"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099736368.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is as much good as bad in “Noah” with good being the acting of Russell Crowe as the title character doing a strong role convincingly with Jennifer Connelly as his wife, repeating a role she played opposite Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind”. Their sons are played by Douglas Booth as the eldest boy Shem, Logan Lerman themiddle son Ham and with Leo Carroll as the youngest Japheth and Emma Watson as the ad... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:08 EST "AMERICAN IDIOT"--TOURING REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656982 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042408836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> American_Idiot jpg.jpg <BR> <BR> Green Day’s “American Idiot”, with music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and a book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer based on the conceptual album of the same name, landed with a bang at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale last night where it will be playing until April 6. <BR> <BR> We meet boyhood friends Johnny (Jared Nepute), Will (Casey... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:54:34 EST "THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488351821.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every year I get caught up in the buzz of a film or two, sometimes even three, and as I walk out of the theatre I wonder if I saw the same film the buzzers did. After seeing “The Grand Budapest Hotel” I came home and read about a dozen reviews as I prefer reading reviews after I have seen a film, and I will admit up front I am certainly in the minority regarding Wes Anderson‘s latest picture. <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:28:00 EST PATTI LUPONE REVIEW--A STAR IS A STAR IS A STAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936437129.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A STAR IS A STAR IS A STAR---REVIEW OF PATTI LUPONE <BR> <BR> Submitted by GreatMartin on March 15th, 2014 – <BR> Category: Entertainment <BR> <BR> Patti LuPone is A STAR of the 'old school'as well as A STAR of today's Broadway. <BR> <BR> She talks about signing a contract--heavy emphasis on 'contract'--to do 8 performances a week--"That is your job, that is your commitment, that is your contract." She ta... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:36:31 EST "BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647941 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1593025817.jpg"> <BR> Within 15 minutes of "Better Living Through Chemistry" movie vets will think they are in for a pale "Double Indemnity" or "The Postman Always Rings Twice" but Olivia Wilde ,a blond beauty, is not as sexy in white as Lana Turner nor is she as cold and calculating as Barbara Stanwyck . Sam Rockwell, as a pharmacist, is turned on to his pills by Wilde and soon they are having an affair, each cheating on their spouses, joki... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:56:03 EST "ADULT WORLD"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1497723550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Image <BR> <BR> At the age of 22, a college graduate, Amy (Emma Roberts) still lives at home supported financially, and in her dreams, by her parents. We meet Amy, who sees herself as a poet on the verge of fame, trying to commit suicide, practicing putting her head in the oven as her heroine Sylvia Path did and the film takes us back a year earlier to explain how she got to this point. <BR> <BR> With her colleg... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 18:38:04 EST "WARHORSE"--2ND TOURING COMPANY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14185187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last week in my review of “Memphis” I talked about the magic that an actor and actress could bring to the stage that elevates the whole production. Last night at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing Arts in “Warhorse” there was another kind of theatre magic that could only be presented on stage and that was 13 puppeteers bringing 5 horses to life to the point you forget that young Joey, Joey, Top... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:51:45 EST "NON-STOP"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636342 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987359414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As Matthew McConaughey turns from a nude bongo romantic comedy lead into a very respected Oscar nominated 'serious' actor Liam Neeson has gone from a serious actor to an action star and he continues in that mode with "Non-Stop". With his hang dog, sad sack face you know within minutes of the film starting this man has had a rough time and along with fighting possible alcoholism he is fighting past demons. <BR> <BR... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:02:51 EST "MEMPHIS"--BROADWAY TOURING MUSICAL--MAGIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634589 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473952974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> - <BR> <BR> Every once in awhile something happens in the theatre called MAGIC! You could have seen a show, enjoyed it and forgotten it the next day until you see it again 8 months later and from the moment the curtain goes up you have an almost out of body experience and that is what happened last night at the opening of the touring company of “Memphis” at the Broward Performing Arts Center. <BR> The electri... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:49:23 EST "GLORIA"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447916111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> GLORIA--CHILE/SPANISH FILM WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES--MOVIE REVIEW <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 'Gloria' is a woman's movie about and for woman. It is not Hollywood's version of a stunningly gorgeous woman who can't get a man or an old woman with Alzheimer's. Gloria, played gloriously by Paulina Garcia, is every woman. After 12 years of divorce, her ex (Alejandro Goic), remarried to a younger woman, in her late middle... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:21:01 EST "WINTER'S TALE"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624238 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1803544975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you believe a prince kissing a princess will bring her back to life? Do you believe in white horses growing wings and flying? Do you believe in people turning into stars after dying? Do you believe in Lucifer, Hell and Heaven? How about the super-natural? Do you believe in love? <BR> <BR> It being Valentine's Day weekend 3 romantic movies and "RoboCop" opened up. Being a romantic I picked "Winter's Tale" and I... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:53:28 EST "THE MONUMENTS MEN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618095 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520267084.jpg"> <BR> ‘The Monuments Men’ is the type of ‘Hollywood movie’ that they don’t make anymore--for good reason. The film depends strictly on the charms of the actors which are many, there are no surprises and you are usually a couple of steps ahead of the screenwriters George Clooney and Grant Heslov, which is based on a true story, and director George Clooney does bring one or two new shots to the screen Along with this the star G... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 18:57:31 EST "ONCE"--THE TOURING BROADWAY MUSICAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644292247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first love story was that of Adam and Eve and ever since love stories have made up the bulk of the arts from theatre to films, books, paintings and opera. The bottom line becomes what makes a particular love story different and the musical version of “Once”, based on the movie, has a lot of differences starting with the two leads not having names but just called Guy and Girl. Added to that is there is no... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:09:34 EST "THE PAST"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1868705676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It takes Iranian director and writer of the screenplay, 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to the end of this slow moving film and really doesn't have an ending. What happens to the characters in the film is left up to you to decide but you really don't care and by the time you leave the auditorium you have forgotten the film. The film is set in a suburb of Paris but you would never know as it doesn't feature anything ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:28:54 EST "GIMME SHELTER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l453518671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not being familiar with Vanessa Hudgens her performance blew my mind in “Gimme Shelter”. It wasn’t until I got home that I found out she was a Disney graduate having played in “High School Musical” at the age of 17. Now she is 25 playing a 15 year old pregnant girl without anyone to help. <BR> <BR> “Gimme Shelter” opens with a scene of her looking in a mirror chopping her hair off and having a pierced eyelid and l... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:22:46 EST "JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT"---MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61483105.jpg"> <BR> FOR MOVIE AWARD SHOW LOVERS DONT' FORGET TONIGHT ON TBS AND TNT THE SAG (SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS) AT 8 PM. I AM ROOTING FOR <BR> <BR> MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AND JARED LETO!!! <BR> <BR> Chris Pine is following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Afflick in playing Jack Ryan, a character created by the late novelist Tom Clancy, and though he is good looking and has the m... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:53:02 EST MEGAN MULLALLY AKA KAREN WALKER ON "WILL & GRACE" CONCERT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597372 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1596319897.jpg"> <BR> Document MEGAN MULLALLY, WITH SETH RUDETSKY, KICKS OFF NEW CONCERT SERIES <BR> <BR> Megan Mullally, with Seth Rudetsky and Stephanie Hunt, came to the rescue of a cold spell in Fort Lauderdale bringing the heat of songs and chatter. They kicked off the new WinterStage concert series debuting at the Parker Playhouse. <BR> <BR> Seth came out on the set of the show with the piano stage left, a conversation ‘pit’ made up ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:43:04 EST "AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589505 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1051863091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watching “August: Osage County” several things ran through my head: <BR> 1) What a great 1940s,1950s movie this would have made <BR> 2) Where is Bette Davis when you need her? She would have acted the role of Violet <BR> Weston off the screen where Meryl Streep just ’acts’ <BR> 3) No doubt Tracy Letts, who wrote the 3 hour Pulitzer prize winning play and this <BR> 2 hour and 10 minute screenplay,... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:56:48 EST HERE'S TO 2014--THE GOOD AND THE BAD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1183295532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2014, like any other year in life, started off both good and bad but I think the good far outweighs the bad!!! From dinner at the Dubliner Pub to seeing “The Wizard of Oz”, seeing that old Ford in front of my doctor’s office to going out for lunch today, plus the usual Thursday shopping at the Dollar Tree and Winn-Dixie. Also today was Pantry Day and that place always amazes me. We got fried turkey rol... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:56:41 EST "THE WIZARD OF OZ" STAGE MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF TEH MOVIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587259 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l509569484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THE WIZARD OF OZ--STAGE MUSICAL ADAPTION OF TEH MOVIE BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER--REVIEW OF TOURING COMPANY <BR> <BR> Submitted by GreatMartin on January 08th, 2014 – Flag this news as inappropriate <BR> Category: Entertainment <BR> <BR> 2014 started off with a visit to Kansas, and then Oz, with Dorothy, Toto, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, the Lion, the wicked witch of the west, the good witch Glinda and, of course, t... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:13 EST TO THE FRIENDS I HAVE MADE AT SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929867064.jpg"> <BR> I didn't just want to 'disappear' without an explanation though this is not the end of my being here. <BR> <BR> It has reached a point where Ihave become overwhelmed with 'work' on the Internet in the sense that I am spending too much time writing blogs, responding to them, reading them plus all the information and 'plans' here. <BR> <BR> I didn't get from sparkpeople what I thought I would get as far as weight goals a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:54:36 EST "FROZEN"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581187 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1355385380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It looks like the whole world wants to bring the kid out in me between Christmas, Hanukah, Santa Claus, “Elf” the touring Broadway musical, the touring company of “The Wizard of Oz” not to mention the gifts and all the good wishes. How could you walk around without a smile on your face? Should none of that help run to see Walt Disney’s “Frozen” <BR> <BR> “Frozen” is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 20:20:51 EST NEW RIVER PIZZA & GRILL FT. LAUDERDALE--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579911 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l87238752.jpg"> <BR> I love trying new restaurants and we have been driving past the New River Grill for a few years now. I use to go there in the 80s when it was 2 Guys Pizza and a fun, neighborhood restaurant. <BR> Having eaten at the Café Vico every Thursday for lunch the past 3 months and going back to one of my favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant Big Louie’s just last week I know it will be hard to judge a new place by their standar... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:36:45 EST "ELF"--REVIEW OF TOURING BROADWAY COMPANY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578411 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356903123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What can be better than spending New Year's Eve at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami with 8 Santas? And when was the last time you watched elves, a week after Christmas, or any other time for that matter, singing and dancing for you? Add a 'Once Upon A Time' tale told by THE Santa about an elf Buddy who doesn't realize he is human. Now put many kids in the audience seeing a live... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:06:12 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577756 <BR> My life is better because of your calls, your e-mails, your snail mails, your comments, your posts, your presents, your presence , your thoughts, sharing your life, your information, your knowledge, your kind and positive remarks. <BR> <BR> I am lucky that I have EVERYTHING I need: a roof over my head, food in my belly, clothes on my back, friends, people I love and who love me--nothing else is important to me. Yes there are things I want but I don't need them. <BR> <BR> I will not ma... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:38:14 EST CLOSED--OFF TO SEE THE ELF & SANTA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576698 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036669747.jpg"> <BR> Looks like Santa is a little behind schedule as he will be on stage this evening at the Adrienne Arsht Center of Performing Arts in Miami, Florida--or he just likes our 80 degree temperatures! Whatever the reason, he is here to make Christmas last just a bit longer and being the big kid I am I going to keep him company tonight! <BR> <BR> “Elf” based on the hit movie, starring Will Ferrell, the musical is the story of B... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:54:08 EST