RANTS, RAVES, ODDS & ENDS   Leave a comment

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In reality it is such a beautiful day and I am at such a good point in my life I really have nothing that demanding to rant about. That title really should just be rant, not rants, and I very seldom rant in my posts but I will rant on people’s posts who just write stupid things! Right now I am thinking of 3 people who would swear they aren’t bigots, racists, anti gay, etc., and yet the majority of their posts and/or comments are either racist, bigoted, anti gay and, not even realizing it, anti Christian though they claim to be Christian. I just had to explain to one to do research before making a comment showing they don’t really know what they are talking about just like the one from Australia has no idea how America ‘works’ but is raedy to tell us what is wrong with America and Americans at the drop of a hat. Okay, enough about rants!

The first time I saw Barbra Streisand (1) was at the Bon Soir a small club on 8th Street in Greenwich Village across the street from Mary’s, a gay bar that I use to go to in my teens, in the early 1960s. (I, also, saw Carol Burnett there.) Then I saw her in “You Can Get It For Wholesale” and then the show that made her a Star “Funny Girl”. I would also see her in the evening concert in Central Park plus during the decade I lived in Memphis I flew to Las Vegas to see her 3 times.

Now she is appearing in Fort Lauderdale and Miami during ‘season’ and though I would love to see her one last time (she maintains that she will no longer tour) with a price of $1,250 for the best seats (including a gift package!) and $895 in the rest of the orchestra and the lowest being $95 in the last rows guess I will have to skip it.

On Thursday, after getting my new glasses (16) I introduced Allen to Cabo Blanco (3-5) and he was impressed as I was!

With summer ‘over’—HA!!! Only 91 degrees this afternoon!—we are getting heavier rains (6-7) though it is hard to tell how wild the wind and rain are blowing in these pictures. It looks like we may get away—keeping my fingers crossed—for a 12th year without a hurricane! Three months to go.

I am going to have to get a better picture of John’s new hobby (page 8). I have written about how artistic he is before—and two of his pieces will be shown for sale at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale Saturday October 1- and all these have spinning parts that will just hypnotize you! They make great presents and with the holidays coming up keep it in mind!

If you ever come across #9—Kale Krunch—RUN!!! They are awful.

#10 a picture in the park while 11 & 12 are plants on the sill in my apartment. Can’t forget the green pepper plants (14 & 15) that started with seeds from some peppers I had bought to cook with. Right now they have about 10 white blossoms so I am hoping I’ll get some peppers!

Next door to the Metro PCS store that I got the new phone from was a Jimmy John’s hero store #13 and they certainly live up to their boast about making the ‘freaky fast’ heroes but I prefer the taste (and breads) of Subway.

Last, but not least, the 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” (#2) opens at the Broward Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 7 officially starting our Bank of America Broadway Tours 2016-2017 season! (Look for a post on a new web page I will be writing in conjuncture withthat.)

Posted September 26, 2016 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

“WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS”–A MOVIE REVIEW   Leave a comment


The saving factor of “When The Bough Breaks” is that the three leads are attractive and good actors but that suns it up. This supposedly psychological thriller holds no surprises and basically follows Hollywood’s screenplay 101 template.

After 3 miscarriages (didn’t Alicia Vikander in “The Light Between The Ocean” have the same thing happen to her?) Laura (Regina Hall) and John (Morris Chestnut) Taylor decide to hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair) a young candidate from a surrogacy agency to carry their last viable embryo and give birth to the child they both very much want. He is a lawyer, she a chef’s assistnt who travels for him, both a well to do couple with two inherited homes adding to their comfortable life.

Now I know when you enter a movie theatre you have to check your logic at the door but when you are hiring a 21 year old woman to carry your baby it seems to me, especially if one is a lawyer who has access to a high powered investigator, you would do a lot of looking into the background of the girl. Especially after meeting her somewhat scheming, not particularly likable boyfriend, you know some bad things are going to happen and they do just as you expected.

The writer Jack Olsen and director Jon Cassar can’t even be bothered to bring suspense to take a take off from “Fatal Attraction”. In fact neither bring any suspense, let alone interest, to what you know will happen, that you have seen before. The big failure of this film is not showing the male of these attractive people to better advantage not that the two women are treated much better though a red dress makes stunners out of both–the women that is!!

“When The Bough Breaks” is not a ‘bad’ picture but belongs more on Lifetime than in a movie theatre.

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The saving factor of “When The Bough Breaks” is that the three leads are attractive and good actors but that suns it up. This supposedly psychological thriller holds no surprises and basically follows Hollywood’s screenplay 101 template.

After 3 miscarriages (didn’t Alicia Vikander in “The Light Between The Ocean” have the same thing happen to her?) Laura (Regina Hall) and John (Morris Chestnut) Taylor decide to hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair) a young candidate from a surrogacy agency to carry their last viable embryo and give birth to the child they both very much want. He is a lawyer, she a chef’s assistnt who travels for him, both a well to do couple with two inherited homes adding to their comfortable life.

Now I know when you enter a movie theatre you have to check your logic at the door but when you are hiring a 21 year old woman to carry your baby it seems to me, especially if one is a lawyer who has access to a high powered investigator, you would do a lot of looking into the background of the girl. Especially after meeting her somewhat scheming, not particularly likable boyfriend, you know some bad things are going to happen and they do just as you expected.

The writer Jack Olsen and director Jon Cassar can’t even be bothered to bring suspense to take a take off from “Fatal Attraction”. In fact neither bring any suspense, let alone interest, to what you know will happen, that you have seen before. The big failure of this film is not showing the male of these attractive people to better advantage not that the two women are treated much better though a red dress makes stunners out of both–the women that is!!

“When The Bough Breaks” is not a ‘bad’ picture but belongs more on Lifetime than in a movie theatre.

MOVIE TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f5a0MfhY3A

Posted September 23, 2016 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, MOVIES, Uncategorized

Summertime in Fort Lauderdale Part 4   Leave a comment

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The calendar may say autumn but the weather hasn’t gotten the message yet though we did go all the way down to a high of 91 degrees yesterday!!

We are now past the hottest part of the year in South Florida. Aside from the heat, humidity and sun feeling like it is cooking you we get very heavy rains at least once a day either early morning or late evening which makes you feel like you are in a sauna! Have I convinced you to NOT come to Florida in August or September? GOOD!!!

Those two months are a delight for people who live here as we don’t fight crazy drivers from the North or tourists causing lines at favorite restaurants. Traffic flows freely, why some of us even walk—in the shade of trees, of course.

To me one of the amazing things about the hot summertime in Fort Lauderdale is what Mother Nature gives to human beings to make life so much better.

We get smooth waters for people to go canoeing (3) or skim the boat over the bay leaving white tails of foam (5). At night she gives us a full moon and sometimes throws in a startling lightening show (8). And then there are flowers of all colors, sizes and shapes not to mention some I have never seen before or even know the name of them (9).

It will cool off later in September—okay, okay. The temperature will be in the high 80s, low 90s and we will keep our fingers crossed that November will bring the end of hurricane season and we will have made it through a 12 year of not seeing Mother Nature’s wrath.

Complain of the heat if you must but know that one person at least is loving it!

Posted September 22, 2016 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE IT WAS 70 YEARS AGO!   Leave a comment

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(In 2007 a full page ad cost $104,000–the ads for Hello Dolly, The Front Page and The Glass Menagerie are double pages–wonder what they cost today!)

After living more than half of my life in Florida I miss New York City only one day of the year and that is when the New York Times Sunday edition comes out with their “The New Season”, this year in 5 part sections covering the theatre, television, art, dancing, video games, music and film. This past Sunday—thanks Bob & Christine—I got the paper and just laid it out on my table and seeing Bette Midler going to open in Jerry Herman’s rival of the musical “Hello Dolly”, Nathan Lane in BenHecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic comedy “The Front Page”, Sally Field starring as Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ memory play drama “The Glass Menagerie” plus in other shows CateBlanchett, Mary-Louise Parker, Liev Schreiber not to forget revivals of “Falsettos” and a new musical version of  Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just to mention a few ‘happenings’.

It took me back 70 years ago as a kid and as a teenager and a young adult in my 20s and 30s. I could talk for hours, days and, yes, even years about seeing my first show “Oklahoma” (1944?) and my parents taking me to see the original “Death of a Salesman” (1949), “Come Back Little Sheba” (1950), going on my own to see Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire” when I was 11 and in my teens seeing Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and all the STARS on Broadway, the prize winning playwrights, the best musicals and dramas and when I was living in Memphis in the 70s going up to New York and seeing 10 shows in a week every year and the two performances I will never ever forget: the first time I saw “A Chorus Line” at the Shubert theatre in 1976 and then at the same theatre 7 years later when it became the longest running show on Broadway with in-between, and after, becoming a “ACL” groupie seeing the show all over the USA for a total of 101 times.

I just look at the front page of the NY Times Arts & Leisure and I am flooded with 72 years of good memories, even of the few bad shows, including the two I walked out on, and as I type this I am thinking of the next trip I will take to New York in 2025 as I am sure there will be a 50thanniversary of “A Chorus Line”!

And now I wait patiently for the start of the Broadway Across America touring shows starting on October 7 with the 20th anniversary revival of “Rent” on its national tour!

Posted September 21, 2016 by greatmartin in THEATRE, Uncategorized

SUMMER IN FORT LAUDERDALE PART 3   Leave a comment

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I know most people complain about the heat and humidity in South Florida during the summer months but the only complaint I have is that you can’t dive into the ocean to cool off as the ocean water temperature along the shore is sometimes higher than the land temperature and that is hot enough to burn your feet walking barefoot on the sand.

With all that you will very seldom see the thermometer hit 100 degrees as it does everywhere else in the USA!  And don’t give me that ‘dry’ versus ‘wet’ heat. You don’t hear about someone burning their fingers opening a car door as they do in Arizona.

Yes we have rain showers in the morning/evening that raise the humidity enough to fog up your glasses when you walk out the door but most people who live here go from an a/c home to an a/c car to a a/c  job and very seldom go out into the heat. In fact you will see a lot of people carrying sweaters or light jackets wherever they go due to enclosed places having their a/c on.

Due to our summer weather we have beautiful blooms and boats not forget beautiful bodies—male and female—paddle boarding! Of the 80 years of my life I have lived more than half in South Florida starting at the age of 12 when we went on vacation in Miami Beach and I knew I wanted to live in South Florida!!

 And, yes, summer is coming to an end–weonly had a high of 87 degrees one day last week and it went all the way down to 77 degrees teh other night!!

Posted September 19, 2016 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

FULL MOON SEPTEMBER 16, 2016–A BEAUTIFUL EVENING   Leave a comment


It is at times like last night that I wish I had a good camera but my point and shoot $70 Sony digital camera did as good as it could. AS you can see from the first picture during the day it takes pretty good shots but you have to look closely in the other snaps (like the third and last) to see the tree in the forefront though the clouds in the 4th and 7th shots show the clouds.

Oh well since I am already startng my 21st birthday wish list I’ll put a first rate camera on it!

One of my favorite singers vocalizing a ‘classic’–for those who recognize the music that word is a pun!

Okay so Miami is 40 miles away but it is the same moon!

Posted September 17, 2016 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

“BRIDGET JONES’S BABY”–A MOVIE REVIEW   Leave a comment

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” opens with Bridget Renee Zellweger) celebrating her 43rd birthday at home alone with a single candle in a cupcake. She is thinner than before, has a good job as a TV producer and without any prospects in the romance department. One of her past suitors, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) has died and she broke up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) who got married.

As only as movies can do it Mark reappears in her life just as a new man Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) appears, she goes to bed with both (NO! Not at the same time!) and guess what happens! (Read the title of the film folks!) We, she and they spend the next hour and a half (out of 2 hours) trying to figure which one is the father. Yes there is an easy way to find out who the father is but then there would be no movie.

Should you not be able to figure out who the father is by the scene in the Italian restaurant you haven’t seen a lot of movies.

Zellweger’s British accent gets a little too heavy at times, Dempsey seems to never have shaved during the movie constantly having that ugly 5 o’clock shadow and Firth’s saving grace is that he holds back with the smiles so when he shows one he lights up the film.

The supporting cast does their job and the film provides a few, very few, laughs, some slapstick and almost no feelings.

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is a pleasant film but if you don’t see it you won’t be missing a thing.

MOVIE TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJsvmscPY9w

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