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/ "THE DROP"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1841906573.jpg"> <BR> It is said that the longer a person owns a dog the more they get to resemble each other. In “The Drop” within minutes of Bob (Tom Hardy) finding a beat up puppy in a trash can, picks him up and holds him close to his face, the resemblance is already there. The hurt puppy’s eyes are reflected in the eyes of the man who just rescued him. This is a pit bull puppy who almost steals the movie away and yet defines Bob in many... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:07:12 EST "THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774162 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1704728340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Raise your hand if you know Errol Flynn and can name at least a dozen of his movies? Keep your hand up if you know what the phase ‘in like Flynn’ means and how it came about. Mmmm--not too many have their hand up and I suspect they are either over 50 or are film addicts. <BR> <BR> Okay let’s ask about another actor--how many know who Kevin Kline is? Can you name the movie he made his debut in? Can you name ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:54:02 EST "LOVE IS STRANGE"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773927 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1572532890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Love Is strange” could have, and would have, been an excellent movie. By no means is the movie a long one, running one hour and forty minutes, but seems much longer. Director Ira Sachs, who isn’t an amateur by any means, includes ’artistic’ scenes that aren’t necessary, which slows the movie down , instead of concentrating and telling a bit more of the two main characters stories. <BR> <BR> Ben, (Joh... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:14:00 EST "THE NOVEMBER MAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769542 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371389139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A veteran actor in the lead with a newcomer as his ‘student? CHECK! Car chases? CHECK! Car crashes? CHECK! Cars blown up? Check! An enemy who is the hero’s friend? CHECK! Doubles crosses? CHECK! People having secrets? CHECK! A pretty woman or three? CHECK! Bodies pile up as movie goes on? CHECK! A lot of computer work? CHECK! A lot of cell phones used? CHECK! And then disposed of? CHECK! A female villai... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:52:19 EST BRINGING MOVIE THEATRES INTO THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765998 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2090568194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our local AMC movie theatre has gone in a new direction having reconstructed the whole building. They are now offering dinners, snacks, desserts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc. all given to a server who gets your order, delivers it to you and then you pay your bill. There are plusses and minuses about the whole setup but I do see it becoming a very expensive proposition for a family going to t... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:37:54 EST "FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR" MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765106 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765917585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The best thing about “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”, AKA Sin City 2, was that I got in for free, plus got a free popcorn and a free soda, all courtesy of The Gateway Theatre Loyalty Card. <BR> <BR> I had not seen the first “Sin City” so I was intrigued for about a half hour by the sparse use of standout color in what is basically a black and white film noir of the 1940s and 1950s shown ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:02:19 EST "CALVARY" A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763054 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1464116511.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Calvary” opens with a man in the confessional booth telling the priest that he had been abused for 5 years when a child by a priest and since he is dead he will kill the priest he is talking to now as killing a bad priest would not make as strong a statement as killing an innocent one. The confessor tells the priest that he will give him a week, until next Sunday, to get his house in order before he k... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:07:57 EST "THE GIVER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760443 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150414685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hopefully the book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, which the movie is based on, gives a lot more answers to what happened and what will happen then the screenplay by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide lets you in on. The movie pulled me in and then left me hanging but not enough to want to read the book to see if the answers are there. <BR> <BR> The film opens in a black and white world filled with people who ar... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:27:26 EST "A HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY" MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197207387.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Like a French bouillabaisse or an Indian Keralite both are dishes that take time and they can be 5 star or comfort food. “The Hundred Foot Journey” is more of the latter than the former with a cast that would earn the Michelin top 3 stars while the story line by Steven Knight, based on a novel by Richard C. Morais, would probably not earn any. <BR> <BR> Helen Mirren, as Madame Mallory, a widow, owns a ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 18:24:15 EST "BOYHOOD"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751253 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1354835236.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What has brought a lot of attention to “Boyhood” is the fact that the director/writer Richard Linklater took 39 days in 12 years to film this picture. He used the same boy, Ellar Coltrane, same girl, Lorelei Link later (yes, the director’s daughter) plus the main adult actors such as Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as Coltrane’s divorced parents. The film is fiction covering a period of time from whe... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:44:31 EST FLIP-FLOPS IN FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747192338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not that much of a shoe person. I have 3 ‘dress’ shoes that I alternate wearing going to the theatre about 14 times of the year and I have had them for about 10 years. I, also, have a pair of slippers that I may wear now and then plus I got suckered into buying 2 pairs of ‘massage sandals’ that were suppose to ‘soothe’ my feet when having gout and/or spurs. <BR> <BR... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:11:08 EST "AND SO IT GOES"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746547 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1861600140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking into the movie theatre to see "And So It Goes" directed by Rob Reiner, starring Michael Douglas as a widower, who no one likes, and Diane Keaton as a widow wanting to have a career as a lounge singer, who irritate each other, is all you have to know about the story of the movie. <BR> You see the jokes coming yet smile and you know Reiner is going to manipulate your tears which will flow and there isn't any... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:55:49 EST TAPS--A FORT LAUDERDALE RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2141153407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> TAPS--a Fort Lauderdale Restaurant review <BR> by Martin, &GreatMartin <BR> <BR> 0 likes <BR> 0 comments <BR> 1 view <BR> Delete <BR> Edit <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> July 25, 2014 <BR> <BR> Going to the Broward Performing Arts Center and wanting to get a bite to eat can make for an expensive proposition on Himmarshee as most restaurants within a 4-5 block area are all expensive, mostly pre... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:08:54 EST "CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY" REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141949358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can there be too much of a good thing? Last night at the premiere of the touring company of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale it was almost as if they were trying to prove there could. <BR> <BR> Start a juggler off with 3 balls, increase it to 6 then 8 then 10 and then the audience loses count. A young lady starts off with two hoops goes to 4, drops ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:11:51 EST "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