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Posted August 25, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I have been going to this movie theatre since it opened 12-13 years ago with all the bells and whistles–a full bar–miniture bowling alley game–15 auditoriums working– and little by little, under 3 different movie managements, have seen it turn into a pig sty. One problem from the very beginning was parking until the Sunrise Cinemas took over and arranged 3 hour free parking at the city garage.

The whole complex in spite of being on the Riverfront offering great scenery and walking from the start at the Broward Performing Arts center to the shopping and eating district of Las Olas has been a white elephant since day one. I don’t know–lost count–of how many restaurants, bars, nightclubs have come and gone–some high class name places like Don Shula’s Steak House–but there have been barber shops, art studios, cigar and cigarette emporiums that didn’t last too long. Now there are two Mom and Pop restaurants and one pita franchise otherwise it is a ghost town. They do have a ‘jazz fest’ the first Sunday of every month but parking fees are high. The one thing in their favor is that tour boats and the water taxi leave from their site. The place joins screams for street fairs, food markets, special events continuously but nothing happens.

First of all the bottom auditoriums are closed and the escalator to the second floor doesn’t work and, in yesterday’s situation, the elevator to the second floor wasn’t working so we proceeded to walk up the dirtiest escalator I have ever been on..

There have been times the film wasn’t delivered for the Friday opening and other times one had to go down the non-movable esculator to complain about sound or even that the movie hasn’t started. If you are lucky the screen will be clean!
As the saying goes you get what you pay for and this location charges the cheapest price for movies on a Friday afternoon–$7.50.

Every Friday I go there expecting to see a ‘closed’ sign on the door. Their ‘movie reward’ card is all messed up and you are lucky if they have the movie schedule up on their web site by Friday!

I don’t have many choices when it comes to movie theatres but if a picture is playing here and The Gateway Theatre, which is 60 years old and in much better shape, I would choose the Gateway.

Really going for the place are the lady manager, and the woman behind the concession  stand, always have a smile and will do almost anything they can to make sure the experience is a little bit better than it can be.

Posted August 24, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Sometimes you just want to walk into a movie auditorium, sit down, not wanting to think, maybe getting a smile or two or, even better, laugh out loud and “We’re The Millers” fits that description to a tee! Yes it is raunchy with the ‘F’ word used constantly, body parts are referred to and exposed with, in this case, frontal nudity by a male and not a female, though Jennifer Aniston, or a body double, as a stripper shows about everything.


There is no second guessing to where the screenplay, written by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders and John Morris, is heading but there is questioning as to why this movie needed 4 writers! David (Jason Sudeikis) is a drug dealer, who, due to financial circumstances, becomes a drug smuggler—seems there is a distinct difference between the two–and has to acquire a family to cross over the border to Mexico without looking suspicious. He hires Rose (Jennifer Aniston) who lives in his building and works as a stripper who gives lap dancers, to be his wife. Next door is a naive boy, Kenny (Will Poulter) whose family have left him at home and David hires him to be his son while Casey (Emma Roberts), a not necessarily homeless girl, becomes the sister/daughter.


Along the way you meet the ‘bad’ guys, a drug lord Pablo (Tomer Sisley) and his vicious sidekick played by Matthew Willig plus the instigator of the whole plot. another drug lord Brad (Ed Helms) who has an aquarium in his office worth the price of admission alone! There is also the family that the Millers want to look and act like but aren’t really who their appearances tend to make you believe, consisting of Mr. (Nick Offerman) and Mrs. (Kathryn Hahn) Fitzgerald, often having the funniest lines, and their daughter Melissa (Molly Quinn).


As in many movies of late there are the dirty talk by females sequences, masturbation, crotch jokes by the males and talks about tampons along with the sweet virgins exploring their future. There is a funny, but goes too far, teaching the male virgin how to kiss scene and a hot scene with Aniston doing a strip that shows this woman still has ‘it’ though the scene really is a rip-off of “Flashdance” with shower and sparks!


Aniston and Sudeikis work well together and the cast feels very comfortable working off each other. The director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, should have, and could have, easily cut the movie by 15 minutes letting too many scenes go overlong and not feeling that he had to get in every word of the four writers!

Not an award winning, or a must see, film but certainly more fun than expected!

Posted August 23, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan) is a young 22 year old Black man, just recently out of jail for dealing in drugs, and he is trying to make a better life for his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal) who he loves unconditionally, starting a life with her mother Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and regaining his mother’s (Octavia Spencer) respect though he has never lost her love.


We follow Oscar on New Year’s Eve December 31, 2008, and see the various aspects of this man from caring for an animal that is hit by a car to not standing down to an ex-con he had problems with in jail. Like most men at that age he makes some mistakes like telling an ex-employer off and a few hours later helping people he doesn’t know. The love that he has for his daughter and the sweet human being he can be comes out with every scene with her.


“Fruitvale Station” is based on a true story of a Black man being shot by a white officer in the Bay area of San Francisco and some bad decisions made that New Year’s Eve. How many people outside of that area remember the story or even the name of Oscar Grant? Yes the same question could be asked about 3-4 years from now of how many people, outside of Florida, will remember the name Trayvon Martin.


Oscar was shot in the early morning hours of the new year by a white policeman who claimed he thought he was using his taser when he shot Oscar in the back. The scene is shown opening the movie as many phones recorded the whole event. What may not be known, or remembered, is what happened afterwards and that is told before the end credits are shown. The final scene will bring tears to your eyes unless you have no feelings left when it comes to the waste of a young man’s life and a daughter without a father.


This is the movie debut of writer/director Ryan Coogler and except for a few missteps, which could be a generational difference such as when he used music or the hand held camera, but he looks at what happened on the subway station with a cold eye, and compassion, working together, so you know he is not manipulating the viewer and when they gasp it is from the heart.


Michael B. Jordan gives an award winning performance as does Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz and the young Ariana Neal. This is a good film but just misses being a must see one due to the opening scenes which takes away from the impact.

Posted August 22, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Among the many things I love in my life, and that makes my life better, two are sunsets and The Point here at Gateway where not only I can see spectacular sunsets but even during the day see great sights. I was down there this afternoon around 2 PM and saw these folks enjoying themselves.


Around 8 PM this evening I took a walk down to The Point and around the property. There was a fantastic sunset and these are just some of the pictures I took in an half hour. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.



“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit

of the child into old age, which means

never losing your enthusiasm.”

Aldous Huxley



“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”
Richard Paul Evans , The Gift

“If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream. 
Jarod Kintz ,


“A miracle every day would cease to be miraculous—it would be mundane. Though even a boring sunset is still glorious.
Jarod Kintz


“I’m enjoying two beautiful visions tonight. Watching you stand there against a marvelous background has to be the most intriguing sunset I have ever experienced.”
K.S. Collier

“Raw Living: Picking blackberries, beneath late afternoon sun; a sunset reminiscent of watermelon sangria, as the scent of honeysuckle accosts me and the ducks waddle into the lake. Thanking Mama Nature for her abundance. Loving this candied-sweet southern life.”
Brandi L. Bates

Posted August 21, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I love old people but I don’t understand them!!  LOL  Gateway had their First Annual Health Fair and Carnival this past week. The previous Sunday they had a monthly ice cream social.

The Friday before that it was movie night and guess what they served? Yes, popcorn but also ice cream, fudge brownies, chocolate syrup, sprinkles and cherries!

The Wednesday before that at the General Assembly meeting they served Dunkin’ Donuts! And at today’s General Assembly meeting once again donuts and muffins!

Should I even get into what was served at the HEALTH Fair? How about hot dogs and hamburgers with sides of relish, sauerkraut and potato salad? Oh yes, popcorn and snow cones. With all the above I am wondering where the health part comes in and why are they serving  this stuff to old, mostly fat, mostly ill people with heart problems?!?!? By the way in case anyone cares I DID NOT partake of any of the foods! (See that halo above my head? NO, I didn’t either!)

Summertime? South Florida? Hot weather? Seniors? TIME TO EAT!!! Anytime a business wants old people to show up all they have to advertise is “Free Food” and the crowds sign up!

  I may have to bring up that in the future we serve fresh fruit but then again do I want 300 angry seniors after me?


“There is a land of the living

and a land of the dead,

and the bridge is love.”

                                                           Thorton Wilder 


You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. ~George Burns

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire

You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. ~Bonnie Prudden

The trick is growing up without growing old. ~Casey Stengel

It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. ~Quoted by Raymond A. Michel in The Leaf

The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis. ~Leon Edel

The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face. ~Jack Nicklaus

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~Timothy Leary

It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso

The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer. ~Joan Collins

I never dared be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
~Robert Frost

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Our bodies are the burial grounds of dead time. ~T.A. Sachs

Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don’t recognize you ~Bennett Cerf

I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little. ~Sheila Kaye-Smith

There is always some specific moment when we realize our youth is gone; but years after, we know it was much later. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook , 1960

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. ~Kurt Vonnegut

Posted August 20, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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For whatever reason, don’t ask me why, I (#1) decided no sweets and/or cheeseburgers for the month of August so instead I usually order (#2) turkey, lettuce, tomato, onion and mustard on rye bread with a side of fruit or a vegetable–so far I have had one at Subways, Jimmy John’s Gourmet  Sandwiches, Denny’s and IHOP. (First #2) while Allen had a cheeseburger!!!

Friday, after the movie, we went to Cheddar’s and both had the salmon with carrots, broccoli and rice–see the halo over my head? That’s because I had mine dry broiled!

I mentioned the geckos (#3) we have all over our property. There are so many different kinds that they are fun to come across and, trust me, they are more afraid of you than you are of them!

The Home Depot had (#4) Mandevilla alice du pont vines on sales for $2.98 each and I got 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 white. They are blooming beautiful and I am curious to see how they continue to fare indoors. (And 2 years later they are still blooming!)

And, of course, what is summer without a few pigeons (#3) around begging for food and pooping all over–but I love the birds!


“In our life there is a simple colour,

as on an artist’s palette, which provides

the meaning of life and art.

It is the colour of love.”

Marc Chagall 


Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~John Vance Cheney

Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
~Barry Cornwall

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~Wallace Stevens

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen

Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~Anton Chekhov

A life without love is like a year without summer. ~Swedish Proverb

Posted August 19, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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