GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "Tully"--movie review POSSIBLE SPOILER <BR> <BR> <BR> Charlize Theron first came to my notice playing in "The Cider House Rules" in 1999 and by 2003 I stated that if she didn't win the Oscar for "Monster" I would never go to the movies again! Thankfully she won and I have been following her career ever since working in all kinds of films playing very varied roles. <BR> <BR> After seeing her in the Christine Dior cologne adds I felt she was the most beautiful woman in the world and her role, physically, as Marlo... Fri, 4 May 2018 18:05:42 EST It's the real thing--NOT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I opened the freezer door at the Winn-Dixie at first I started laughing, then I looked at the price and gasped but, most of all, my mind went back to March 1967. <BR> <BR> I’ve told the whole story and have referred to them many times but it was that month and that year that I joined Weight Watchers and I distinctly remember leaving with the program I was to follow and a couple of reci... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:56:50 EST 2017/2018 <img src=""> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:37:17 EST December 2017--my photo diary <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:34:37 EST "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (STAR WARS FAN/FANATICS DON’T READ! ) <BR> <BR> Upfront let me say I am not into Star Wars, Star Trek or, in general, sci-fi movies though I did see the first two of the former and vaguely remember liking them. For the last movie I was to see in 2017 “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” I would put it on my yearly list as one of the worst, most boring, one of the needlessly longest movie... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:26:47 EST "Downsizing"--movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Downsizing” is a perfect example of why not to read critics before you go to see a movie. Go to a movie because you like the cast or the genre of what you saw in the trailers or, maybe, even word of mouth. <BR> <BR> Matt Damon’s last 2 movies bombed at the box office—“The Great Wall” deservedly, “Suburicon” not—and the reports in The Hollywood Reporter and on Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:21:50 EST "Finding Neverland"--touring musical review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In 1897 the playwright J. M. Barrie met the Llewelyn Davies family which had 5 young boys and in 1902 introduced Peter Pan in a novel but it was in 1904 that he wrote “Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t grow up” as a play and the world came to know the boy of the title. <BR> <BR> “Finding Neverland” tells the story of Barrie’s interaction with the 4 boys (in the show) and how he based the ch... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:24:47 EST "The Greatest Showman"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Greatest Showman” refutes the argument “They don’t make them like they use to”, as this movie could have starred Gene Kelly in the Hugh Jackson role on the sets of M-G-M, the Warner Brothers or 20th Century Fox studios. The costumes could have been made by Edith Head or Adrian and the story could have been written by one of the contract writers. <BR> <BR> The main difference betw... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:21:35 EST Guess what I will be having for Christmas Dinner and what I will do after? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And at midnight tonight I will get back on my diet and lose the 12 pounds I have been delaying to battle for a month now! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas All! Mon, 25 Dec 2017 11:06:37 EST Flashback Diner--restaurant review--Hollywood, Florida <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the way to the theatre in Miami Anthony suggested the Flashback Diner on Federal so off we went. <BR> <BR> <BR> The contradiction of being called Flashback and having a TV, with individual remote, on each table instead of the jukebox, a mainstay of yesterday's Diner sort of struck me funny but then the thought of people at each table turning their TV on with different... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:35:36 EST "Call Me by Your Name"--a review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a very hard review for me to write as I am a pushover, a sucker, an incurable romantic for love stories especially one that may be about a gay couple so I was looking forward to “Call Me by Your Name”. I’ve read nothing but raves about the film when in film festivals and it has been nominated for the Golden Globe and sure to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Film. <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:29:24 EST A Jew looks at Christmas Part 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To me the Nativity scene, Santa Claus, the Rockettes, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Carols, Jingle Bells, snow, cold weather, horse and carriage rides in Central Park, the skating rinks in Rockefeller Center and Central Park, decorated store windows, hot chestnuts, etc., just to name a few things--ALL make up Christmas. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's 79 degrees outside... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:53:02 EST A Jew looks at Christmas Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last time I was in New York City was in September 1985 and the last time I lived in New York City was 1969. I don't see myself ever going back but there are certain times, certain memories I have of life in the city that will never go away and they all revolve around Christmas time, the week before, the day of and the week after. Nowhere in any city of the world is there the combin... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:45:55 EST A Jew looks at Christmas Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I very seldom repeat past posts but I get so tired at this time of the year regarding "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Happy Hanukkah" and "Happy Kwanzaa"--I personally don't care what you say as long as this time of the year means something to you for whatever reason. This is a 3 part series that I wrote for a paper years ago--hope you enjoy reading it again or readin... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:37:14 EST "The Shape of Water"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is so much to love—and hate—about “The Shape of Water” but there is one thing everyone has to agree upon and that is the illuminating performance by Sally Hawkins. I have seen her in some movies but never remembered her, or was that impressed by her, until earlier this year when I saw “Maudie” and flipped over her performance which she outdoes in this movie. <BR> <BR> A lot goes... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:57 EST In the middle of the city--peace! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The entrance to Holiday Park dedicated to all Veterans <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The most perfect playhouse I have ever been in. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last month I posted a video of a park that is not far from where I live and this is a video of most of the other half. <BR> <BR> https://www.youtub... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:36:41 EST Le Bonne Crepe--Ft. Lauderdale--restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last time I was at La Bonne Crepe was August 8, 2015, and basically, all is the same and, surprisingly, prices have stayed the same. <BR> <BR> Groupon was offering a coupon so off we went. <BR> <BR> Le Bonn has been a mainstay on Los Olas Boulevard for many years and I stay away from that area because of the parking situation but we lucked out this time getting a spot right behind the... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:48:54 EST Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woody Allen has directed about 53 films, averaging one a year for the past 50 years, and about 1 out of 5 are very good or excellent, 30 bearable to watch and the rest are pretty bad, to which he can add “Wonder Wheel”. It is as if he didn’t give Justin Timberlake any direction and just told Kate Winslet to be Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”, who was a rip-off of Blanche Dubois in “A Street... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:55:07 EST "The Disaster Artist"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After “God’s Own Country”, “Wonder” and “Coco” I thought I was on a roll but then I was hit smack in the face with the awful “Just Getting Started” and now “The Disaster Artist”! <BR> <BR> I really don’t know how I feel about James Franco as an actor as he can be excellent as he is in the double role in the HBO series “The Duece” but unforgettable in most movies he makes. <BR> <BR> In “The... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:24:07 EST "School of Rock"--Broadway touring musical--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rob Colletti who stars, and deservingly so, as Dewey, a wannabe rock star who is a loser in life, better watch his step because any one of the 12 children starring opposite him is ready, and sometimes do, to steal the spotlight from him. <BR> <BR> Theo –Mitchell Penner, as uncool Lawrence, sees himself as the king of rock, plays the keyboard while Theodora Silverman as Katie pla... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:22:01 EST "Just Getting Started"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones with Rene Russo, Jane Seymour, Elizabeth Ashley and an appearance by Johnny Mathis with a script by and directed by Ron Shelton of “Bull Durham”, “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump” how can a movie be this bad? The fact that it wasn’t pre-screened for critics, opening cold Friday was sort of a hint that it wasn’t good and it isn’t. There is abo... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:26:58 EST ONE look tells you the whole story!! :O) <img src=""> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:26:55 EST Serafina--Ft. Lauderdale--restaurant review Maintenance meal <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It has been many years since I have been here--and that was when it had a different name! I live right down the street and have passed many times without giving it a second thought but this time I noticed that they were serving lunch. <BR> Most meals I eat out are at lunchtime as, to be honest, I can't afford nighttime restaurant prices so we decided to give it a... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 18:06:47 EST Moviepass--for theatre movie-goers Awhile back I heard about moviepass and when I read about it there were some things that just made me say no. Last month Jeff Black, mentioned it and provided the two site addresses below which I’ll get to in a minute. <BR> <BR> I decided to go ahead and order it. I got a year for $89.99 which allows me to see one movie FREE every day for 365 days! I figured if I just saw 10 movies in the coming year I would be ahead of the game. I am keeping score—I got the pass Dec. 1 and have already seen... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:37:00 EST "Coco"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After what seemed a hundred previews and what seemed a three hour animated feature called “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” I was ready to leave. (It really was about a total 45 minutes of the previews and Olaf movie—and this is a guy who used to sit through 2 feature films, a cartoon, a newsreel, coming attractions and whatever else they use to throw at me!) <BR> <BR> When “Coco” sta... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:56:12 EST Kelly's Landing--Fort Lauderdaler--Restaurant review (A maintenance meal) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time I left the Quarterdeck Restaurant on Cordova road or drove north and south on that road going to and coming from the Office Depot shopping center I would see this little restaurant called Kelly's Landing, give it a quick thought and then forget it. Finally, after 20 years or so, I finally got to go there. <BR> <BR> I shouldn't but I still get... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:06:58 EST Being retired is NOT easy--a look back at November 2017 This is just some of what I saw and/or did in one month not to mention the daily routines of life like visiting doctors, going food shopping, etc. WHEW! And now another month of this grind!! :O) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:39:44 EST 1st Baptist Ft. Lauderdale Church Christmas Pageant Part 4 There are what seems like hundreds of people involved with the Christmas Pageant and if they were all listed I would put their names here but as the Creative Team are the only ones named here they are: <BR> <BR> David Gross Creative Director John Jones Musical Director <BR> <BR> Lorie Chirafisi Christmas Pageant Manager J.R. Lonstaff Director of Marketing <BR> <BR> Kelly Gross and Christye Crevier Choreographers Jeff Crevier Artistic Advisor <BR> <BR> Joy Lynskey Director o... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:38:54 EST 1st Baptist Ft. Lauderdale Church Christmas Pageant Part 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I made about 15 videos of the First Baptist Fort Lauderdale Church Christmas Pageant running from 32 seconds to 2 minutes and 23 seconds. I deleted 5 of them but kept these, though far from professional, to give you an idea of what was presented. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)<BR>A <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) Sun, 3 Dec 2017 12:32:29 EST First Baptist Ft. Lauderdale Christmas Pageant Part 2 Seems I am getting hit from all angles! First, there was the 'Catholic" movie "Novitiate" about becoming a nun which was followed by the Jewish play on PBS about a theatre company that was banned from putting on a play and the following week was the First Baptist Christmas pageant and finally "The Book of Mormon". All were very good but the Pageant was spectacular. <BR> <BR> I am splitting the pictures and videos I took in parts. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 2 Dec 2017 16:33:00 EST "God's Own Country"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “God’s Own Country” is being compared to “Brokeback Mountain” but is a much better picture, especially regarding the two men in the center of the love story. <BR> <BR> Johnny (Josh O’Connor) is a twenty something man who is running the farm his father Martin (Ian Hart), who has had a stroke, owns. The latter is a bitter man who seemingly has nothing but disdain for his son. Johnny’s grandmo... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 20:15:06 EST "The Book of Mormon"--touring company review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was it ‘The third time’s a charm’ or was it the dynamic performances by Robert Colvin, Conner Peirson and Kim Exum that made this performance on “The Book of Mormon” stand out in its third trip to South Florida? <BR> <BR> This production explains why this show has won 9 Tony Awards including Best musical and had been playing to sold out crowds since opening on Broadway in 2011. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:12:55 EST "Wonder"---a film review---wondrous--for everyone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Wonder” might not win any awards, not even mentioned for any, but it is one of the most heartfelt, moving movies of the year. It is a story of many loves: between a mother and son, mother and daughter, father and son, father and daughter, brother and sister along with what it means to be different. <BR> <BR> In this case Auggie was born facial deformities and had to go t... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:33:40 EST "Novitiate"--movie review--should be seen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Novitiate” takes place in the early 1960s when what was referred to as Vatican II began to make changes in the Catholic Church and those changes would be powerful and extreme, as the closing credits show. <BR> <BR> We follow a young girl named Cathleen as she becomes a postulant for 6 months and then a year and a half in the quarters with the other novices and it makes Marine Corps’ boot c... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:43:22 EST WOW! The First Baptist Church FTL Christmas Pageant Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (I don't know how many parts this will be as I took many videos which, hopefully, will be better than the photos! I really want you to get a taste of the spectacular presentation!) <BR> <BR> As a Jewish boy in the Bronx I was treated to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas pageant every year by a couple of my Catholic friends for something like 10 years in a row. NOTHING I ever saw--n... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:21:38 EST "Ramon J. Israel, Esq." movie review Golden Corral restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> It was a so-so movie and a pretty bad Thanksgiving buffet BUT I did wake up in the morning and I am thankful for that! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Denzel Washington never gives less than his best but sometimes even that isn’t enough to save a movie and Dan Gilroy, the director, who also wrote the screenplay, let’s the actor, as the title character, down in the second half of this 2 hour and 2 minutes f... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:36:55 EST "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"--movie review--Master Class in Acting! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking into “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” you expect to be wowed by Frances McDormand not only by the word of mouth but just by taking one look at the movie trailer and you are not disappointed. Mildred Hayes is a hard, sassy talking, take no bull from anyone, headstrong woman who doesn’t give an inch and gets laughs just by the way she delivers a zinger. Her daughter had bee... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:54:12 EST The 'icing on the cake' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:46:45 EST Happy Thanksgiving <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:28:33 EST "BPM"--a 2018 Oscar contender MUST SEE movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “BPM” (Beats Per Minute) has a very moving love story surrounded with a dramatic and (don’t let this word scare you!) educational film about the very effective organization ACT UP, that was founded by Larry Kramer in New York in 1987. Two years later the French version of the ACT UP organization opened in 1989. <BR> <BR> The main purpose of ACT UP was to take direct action to end the AIDS c... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:07:01 EST Ceviche Street Restaurant--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a year of being introduced to Peruvian food by trying most of the menu at Cabo Blanco I have now eaten at three other Peruvian restaurants with Ceviche Street being the latest. <BR> <BR> The last time I was at this building it was a restaurant specializing in American Southern food. The place has been redone and is very pleasing to the eye as is the way the food is presented. Whereas ... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:29:59 EST "Lady Bird"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I base whether I like a movie or not on: 1) if I would like to see it again 2) the acting 3) if the story gets me involved with the characters and 4) if I get emotionally involved to the point of tears and/or laughter. <BR> <BR> “Lady Bird” is not a movie I would want to see again yet the acting was topnotch. On the other hand there were only moments of the 1 hour and 33 minutes of th... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:26:03 EST "Murder on the Orient Express"--movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When was the last time you saw a remake that was better than the original? Long time, if ever, right? “Murder on the Orient Express”, which opened last week, is a remake of the same film, based on Agatha Christie’s book, that was made in 1974 and directed by Sidney Lumet. This new rendition is directed by Kenneth Branagh who also stars in the film along with his elaborate mustache. <BR> <B... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:42:58 EST Q-BAR Burgers & Blues--restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been eating at the Sage restaurant for years and the last couple of years I noticed, and read, that they had added a place next door called Q-Bar Burger and Blues. Someone told me they did a lunch special of a burger, fries and soda for $10 and just like last week I saw a Groupon for it so I decided to give it a try--my mistake and I should have gone into the Sage instead. <BR> ... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:23:33 EST "Lucky"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lucky is, as his doctor tells him, “You’re old and getting older”. At one of his many routine stops around town, at the diner where he has coffee with lots of sugar and milk and works the crossword puzzle he is told by the owner, about Lucky’s smoking, “Those things are going to kill you” to which he respond’s “If they could’ve they would’ve.” <BR> Lucky is a 90 year old man who has never b... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:35:44 EST Another part of my world! Holiday Park <BR> <BR><BR>9bI <BR> <BR> This is but a small part of Holiday Park which also has a gym, a children's playground, a stable for police horses, a baseball field in addition to a soccer and a separate football field, a dog's park, the Parker Playhouse, the Memorial Auditorium, Chris Evert Tennis courts, etc. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pVgn9bI </link> Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:04:20 EST "Love Never Ends"--a musical theatre review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In January 2018 “The Phantom of the Opera” will start its 30th year playing to sold out crowds on Broadway and in February 2018 it will celebrate its 27th year as the opening show for the debut of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Last night the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera”, called “Love Never Dies”, had its performance for the first time in South Florida at the same ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 06:15:05 EST "Wonderstruck"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> "Wonderstruck" is a movie for thinking people. Though it isn't necessary to take notes during the first ninety minutes it would help when the puzzle is put together in the last twenty-five minutes. <BR> <BR> We are following the story of 2 children opening when 10-11-year-old Ben is struck deaf by lightning and the loss of his mother, never having known his father. His story takes place in the la... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 18:28:44 EST A beautiful day to a full moon A Day in Fort Lauderdale Part 1 <BR> <BR><BR>Vm0 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Day in Fort Lauderdale Part 2 <BR> <BR><BR>s_c <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> An hour later almost sunset <BR> <BR><BR>Soc <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 PM A full moon—see last shot <BR> <BR><BR>oMg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:00:04 EST "Tom of Finland"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Touko Laaksonen—more famously and widely known as Tom of Finland—was an important influence on Gay art from the 1950s on. He was the creator of changing the imagine of the homosexual from an effeminate moving and acting to a highly masculine Gay man emphasized in the outfits of police, uniforms of bikers, soldiers, leatherman, leaders, strong muscular men with exaggerated physical endo... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 20:00:56 EST