GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Classic Gateway Movie Theatre--yesterday & today When I first experimented taking videos among the first three I took were in 2012 of the Gateway movie theatre. It has been my favorite movie house to go to since I moved back to Fort Lauderdale in 1979. When I lived in Miami Beach in the 1960s we use to drive up to what was known as 'the country'--Fort Lauderdale. We would always wind up going to the Gateway for a movie after a day on the beach and then dinner at one of the few restaurant choices available then. <BR> <BR> If a movie is play... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:10:24 EST "Dunkirk"--Oscar worthy?--my review <img src=""> <BR> “Wings” won the first Best Picture Oscar in 1929 and since then 16 other war movies have been honored with that award. I have never been a fan of the genre, in fact missed seeing “Braveheart” and the 3 war themed movies that Clint Eastward made plus skipping the Oscar winning “The Hurt Locker” so I approached “Dunkirk’ skeptically hearing excellent word of month. <BR> Christopher Nolan is a better... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:14:55 EST Starting my 10th year today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started on my 12 birthday—my 3rd Leap Year birthday—in 1948. I thought it made me look more sophisticated, debonair and grown up. 48 years later, on July 21, 2008, I was being lead into the operating room to have an aorta valve replacement. <BR> <BR> I started off smoking 2-3 cigarettes a day and at the age of 16 when I was going to the bars I was up to a pack a day. While in the Marines ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:32:47 EST Indian Harbor Restaurant--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went into the restaurant for lunch knowing little of Indian food except curries and I left knowing even less. Reading a couple of reviews here, and on a local site, I thought ordering the buffet would give me a selection of different tastes. It did but I have no idea what I tasted. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There were three people working in the dining room. I am not sure what the 'titles' o... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:57:10 EST "Catfish Dewey's--a restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been going to Catfish Dewey's for over 15 years but it had been awhile since I was there last. Robert wanted some catfish so there wasn't any decision except to go there. I've always loved their all you can steamed shrimp so that's what I ordered. The price of $20.50 is a 'little' higher then it was 15 years ago but it is still good. The all you can eat fried catfish has also gone up ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:39:53 EST "the Little Hours"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you think nuns using the 'f' word is funny? Do you think virgin nuns trying to seduce a supposedly deaf mute young hunky guy is funny? Do you think an orgy of 3 nuns and a man is satire and funny? Do you think that showing women in full frontal nudity but only showing the chest of a man having all kinds of sex is okay? If so then "The Little Hours" is meant for you. <BR> <BR> In the past... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:31:13 EST "Maudie"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking out of “Maudie” I felt the same way I did after seeing “Monster” when I said that IF Charlize Theron didn’t win an Oscar for her transformation, and acting, then I would never go to the movies again. Whew! She did. I am saying almost the same thing about Sally Hawkins playing the title role in this film. Her transformation into Maud, and her acting, draws you into the film to such a ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:08:15 EST Bring it on! I LOVE the summer!! <BR> <BR> I don’t care if it is in the 90s and so is the humidity. I don’t care if my glasses fog up when I walk out the door and the sweat starts making the shirt cling to the body. <BR> <BR> Why should I care when: <BR> <BR> A friend gives me a carrot cake—even if he did sneak a slice! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allen goes on vacation and I get his car which I hav... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:33:28 EST "The Big Sick"--Best movie of the year so far BUT... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The Big Sick” is an excellent movie with only 3 negatives, two really minor and another, in my opinion, major but I got over it! <BR> <BR> The movie is being sold as a romantic comedy, which two thirds of it is, but a major third is the drama and all are in equal parts. With Kumail Nanjiani, who I am familiar with from the HBO show “Silicon Valley”, starring and Judd Apatow producing I exp... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 18:30:21 EST Where did you ever get the idea I like to eat out? <BR> Book Café & "Newsies" Restaurant <BR> <BR><BR>gIE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Melt Restaurant <BR> <BR><BR>4to <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner by the Sea <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>3fQ <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:03:07 EST "The Beguiled"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of the 60 plus movies that Nicole Kidman has made I have seen at least 30 and she is always good, many times rising above the material given her to work with. Of the 6 movies Sofia Coppola has made I have seen 3 and have no desire to see any more by her. <BR> <BR> In “The Beguiled” Kidman once again rises above the material while only Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst equal her. Oh yes the pl... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:39:57 EST Maria fixed it all! At the age of 81 my brain--yes, I do have one--is filled with so much information and so many irrelevant facts along with bits and pieces of memories not forget important information like names, faces, places, grammar, math and so on I forgive myself when I, occasionally forget something, especially to forgetting how to do something right! <BR> <BR> Last week I posted a video that people said they couldn't see and I went crazy(ier?) trying to see what I had done wrong and how I could fix it ... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 10:39:36 EST Anytime of the year it is beautiful here---and so am I! :O) <BR> 360 degrees on my walkway (February) <BR> <BR><BR>Bnw <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a change—me (January +) <BR> <BR><BR>TCc <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> another 360 degrees on my walkway (September) <BR> <BR><BR>MAA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 13:01:59 EST June 2017--Sigh! Someone has to live my life! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>Wcs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s </link> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:45:44 EST Living along the water In my backyard <BR> <BR><BR>SyA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Audacity (sold shortly after I took this.) <BR> <BR><BR>6jE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Point--this one is a little loud just before I learned how to shoot without the background noise! <BR> <BR><BR>bBY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I took these in January... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:51:51 EST Nothing left on my 'bucket list'? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the first time you heard/used the term bucket list? It seems everywhere you turn someone is mentioning and/or talking about their bucket list. I decided to make up one for myself and after 3 hours looking at a blank sheet of paper and my mind racing all over the place I discovered I don’t have a bucket list, that I have done everything I wanted to and whatever I would put on ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:33:52 EST El Guanaco a restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have never, that I know of, had Salvadoran food so when I saw a groupon for this restaurant I decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> The servers were busy and without hesitation the busboy sat us, gave us menus, took our drink order and brought them. We were served chips and salsa at which time the server came over. <BR> <BR> If I had been in the mood for Mexican I would have tried one of t... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:09:45 EST "The Hero"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sam Elliot is one of those very rare actors who can make a bad role and/or movie better just because he is doing a role and he does it effortlessly! He is very seldom the star of a movie but whatever star is playing opposite in a scene is forgotten as your eyes will go to him. Tall, lean, with a silver mane any old man would envy plus a mustache that falls in love with women (see the movie!... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:43:51 EST The Tower of Changing Lights Will I ever make a GOOD video?? <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>jBg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I keep on trying!! LOL Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:10:21 EST Do you follow the 'rules' in eating chocolate? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you do all this BEFORE you eat your chocolate bar or do you just rip off the wrapper and gobble it down (like I do)?? <BR> <BR> Years ago Terry got me to try it the 'right' way--lasted for one square of chocolate! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:16:11 EST The Boys Night Out! A pre-theatre dinner and an opening night <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>9EQ <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:33:17 EST "Beatriz At Dinner"--movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Donald Trump doesn't star in "Beatriz At Dinner" though in every way, except physically, John Lithgrow is him with the name Doug Strutt. Strutt is a billionaire owner of luxury hotels, and golf courses, around the world among other buildings, who will ask Beatriz (Salma Hayek), after mistaking her for 'help' to get him a drink, who is corrected and proceeds to ask Beatriz if she is in this ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:52:32 EST "Finding Neverland"--a musical Broadway touring show <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking into the Broward Center for the Performing Arts I really didn’t have much knowledge of “Finding Neverland”. I had listened to a few of the songs, written by Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy, on Pandora and knew that it was based on a motion picture starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet which in turn was based on a play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan” by Allan Knee called “The Man Who Was Pete... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:05:22 EST I am spending the evening with Peter Pan! <img src="">uring show of the 2016-2017 season, "Finding Neverland", the story about playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspried Peter Pan, opens this evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and I'll be there! <BR> <BR> LOOK FOR MY REVIEW HERE TOMORROW! <BR> <BR> <BR> for tickets go to or call 954-462-0222. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:04:38 EST Plaques, awards, certificates, etc. If one is lucky as he goes through life he will be acknowledged throughout his life for things he has done, accomplished or just recognized for being at the right place at the right time and I was a lucky man. <BR> <BR><BR>LcA <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:35:01 EST "My Cousin Rachel"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Like sequels, very seldom is a remake of a movie ever as good or, less seldom, ever better and "My Cousin Rachel" certainly isn't as good as the original which was made in 1954 and featured Richard Burton in his first American movie earning an Oscar nomination for his role as Philip Ashley. Philip is an orphan and adopted by his cousin, Ambrose, who becomes the father he never kn... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 16:44:32 EST MidiCi--a restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I should have followed my instincts after reading about Midici--my immediate reaction was that it was another Flash Fire Pizza and/or Pizza Fusion and basically that was what it was! It may be bigger, brighter and newer but, unlike other reviewers I saw no hint of 'full service available' which I would have done because I am not into that new trend of in-between full service an... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:35:34 EST "Wakefield"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Wakefield” is based on a short story by E. L. Doctorow in The New Yorker that would have been better as a one man play than it will appeal to a movie audience. <BR> <BR> It is a story told in one voice, that of Howard Wakefield, of a successful businessman, husband and father, who decides to ‘disappear’. He goes up in the attic in a converted carriage house that is part of his home that al... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:24:01 EST I am overwhelmed... I am 81 years old and have seen more movies and documentaries than you will ever see but... <BR> <BR> This is the most overwhelming voices about age I have ever heard--I can't wait to be 90!! <BR> <BR> If you are 20, 30, 50 or 70--you have to watch this. I am watching this again right now and having a bunch of laughs and also learning I am not THAT old ---yet!! <BR> <BR><BR>f-youre-not-in-the-obit-eat-breakfast-<BR>what-time-hbo-new-documentary-on-... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:01:20 EST Changing an old apartment into a new one! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My short video <BR> <BR><BR>3wc <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:39:07 EST Miller's Ale House--a restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While I was in the store food shopping I gave Allen my coupons--yes I am a coupon clipper and a groupon buyer so I can afford to eat out--and after he went through them he picked the one for 20% off at Miller's Ale House because he wanted the Thursday special of Prime Rib. I had been here years ago when it first opened, thought it was okay and never gave it a second thought... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 12:23:54 EST Springtime May 2017 Fort Lauderdale We had 2 days of winter and maybe 3 days of spring and now we are in the 90s already! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>g </link> <BR> Wed, 31 May 2017 10:57:39 EST Some (not all) who left <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>zQ0 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 May 2017 12:04:45 EST "Paris Can Wait"--a movie review WARNING: This film can lead to a binge!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> How can you not love a movie that is full of food being talked about, served, eaten, cooked and shown in restaurants, hotel rooms, in open markets, farms and let’s not even get into the love of chocolate by the female star? Let’s throw in wine, lots of wine, for every, and any, occasion. Oh heck, toss in a car of roses driven by a man who k... Fri, 26 May 2017 18:57:13 EST The "Wilma" tree <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That of course should be flock not flack! LOL Wed, 24 May 2017 09:04:37 EST Wilton Wings Restaurant---A review---for maintenance only <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know how many times or for how many years I have passed this stand alone building and always giving it a quick thought as I love eating wings but haven't eaten them in a restaurant since I moved away from the west Davie Boulevard area. <BR> <BR> Last week I got a coupon in the mail from Wilton Wings advertising 10 wings and curly fries for $10 and there was a coupon for buy one get ... Tue, 23 May 2017 11:48:07 EST "Everything, Everything"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The target audiences are teenage girls”, “A date movie”, “The young love audience will swoon”, “Was once called a woman’s movie or a tear jerker”---call “Everything, Everything” whatever you want but I really like young love stories, especially when there is an illness involved! <BR> <BR> Maddy Whittier, played by Amandla Stenberg, has SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency, which means sh... Mon, 22 May 2017 12:58:06 EST Rest In Peace R.P.G. Born December 16, 1930--Died May 16, 2017 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Without a doubt his greatest accomplishments included 63 years of marriage to his wife Carol and, with her help, raising David, Susan and Mitchell to be successful and have their own families. <BR> <BR> He will be missed. Sun, 21 May 2017 10:37:11 EST THE CLASSIC GATEWAY THEATRE IN FORT LAUDERDALE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I remember when I lived in Miami Beach in the 1950s and a group of us would go up to Fort Lauderdale to ‘spend a day in the country’. It wasn’t until the Spring Break started coming in mobs that the strip around A1A and Los Olas Boulevard became THE place, especially the Elbo Room where wet t-shirt contests became famous. <BR> <BR> We would spend time on the beach; get a bite to eat a... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:16:50 EST Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After reading Michael Mayo's rave review in the Sun-Sentenial, and it being Thursday, when I always eat lunch out, we decided to give Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken Restaurant a try. <BR> <BR> Their menu is based on chicken whether in a sandwich, on a platter, part of a salad or even a side. I had 'The Spatch" chicken sandwich which was excellent, with a side of coleslaw, not ... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:18:33 EST Kitchen 420 Restaurant---a review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kitchen 420 is an average restaurant in the sense that there is nothing really wrong but there is nothing right enough to make you come back. <BR> <BR> It is new, clean and a little quirky in decor and, in its favor, just one small TV! There was one server on the floor waiting on 5 parties and she could have used a hand but the cashier? manager? owner? was too busy talking to tw... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:33:00 EST "3 Generations"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “3 Generations” could have, would have and should have been a great movie if the director Gaby Dellal and Nikole Beckwith, who co-write the screenplay with Dellal, didn’t go off on a tangent instead of dealing with Elle Fanning’s character Ray, who was born Ramona, and has many obstacles with his transition. <BR> <BR> His single mother Maggie, played by Naomi Watts, and Ray, live with her m... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:34:45 EST "The King and I"--A Touring Company Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is one word to describe the tour of “The King and I” that opened at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County last night and the word is perfect. <BR> <BR> From the opening scene on the deck of the Chow Phya arriving at the docks of Bankok and Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly) singing “I Whistle a Happy Tune” to Anna and the King (Jose Llana) singing “Shall We D... Wed, 10 May 2017 09:59:09 EST Tonight is THE night! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> At approximately 8 PM---more likely 8:05—the house lights at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami will come down, a brief announcement regarding cell phones and picture taking will be made and then the conductor will lift his baton and I will hear <BR> <BR><BR>ivk <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> https://www.yout... Tue, 9 May 2017 11:37:30 EST The King and I Part 3 Trivia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It didn’t take long for the song “We Kiss in a Shadow” to become a Gay anthem in 1951. There wasn’t a bar in New York City that didn’t have the song on their jukebox, usually the Perry Como recording, or in a piano bar wasn’t requested from the piano player to play and sing it at least a dozen times. (Yes I was only 15 but back then the drinking age was 18 and not only did I look... Mon, 8 May 2017 12:33:33 EST Day 2 of the air show in Fort Lauderdale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a lot going on in South Florida this weekend from thousands attending an all star rap/hip-hop 3 day concert on Miami Beach, a 5 day musical and art festival starring the Dirty Heads on the IntercoastalWaterway in West Palm Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Air show headlining the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. <BR> <BR> All 3 events couldn't have asked for better weather with a rarity of ... Sun, 7 May 2017 17:05:43 EST "The Dinner"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Actors and movies constantly amaze, amuse and befuddle me. I know actors have no say about when their movies will appear in theatres but in the past week two of Richard Gere’s latest movies appeared at The Gateway Theatre and shows why he has been a major star for over 40 years. In the first movie “Norman” (see my review Wednesday, May 3) he plays a New York City ‘fixer’, schemer while... Fri, 5 May 2017 17:53:46 EST The King of Siam, Anna and I in 1951 Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jose Llana as the King and Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna <BR> <BR> Photo by Matthew Murphy <BR> <BR> The first time I saw the complete show was when I was invited to the Actors Fund performance which was held on a Sunday as most shows didn’t give performances and it gave the casts of those shows to see the ones they heard so much of and were anxious to see. <BR> <BR> The night was a star... Thu, 4 May 2017 10:24:40 EST "Norman"---A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is not a great film, not even a good film but definitely a smart film with a powerful performance by Richard Gere. This is not the Richard Gere who twice won the title of “Sexist Man Alive”. <BR> <BR> Gere plays Norman, a schemer, a scammer, a fraud, weasel, a loser, pushy, a liar, a wheeler and dealer who has never met a pers... Wed, 3 May 2017 18:16:24 EST The King of Siam, Anna and me in 1951 Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was 66 years ago this month that I became a “2nd act-er”. I don’t know, with all the security these days, if there are people who still do it. Going to Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx I would run out of my last class on Wednesday, get to my locker and take my sports coat and go to the IRT subway at Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road and take the train down to Times S... Tue, 2 May 2017 16:10:07 EST