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“Paris Can Wait”–a movie review   Leave a comment

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 knows nothing about a car but can make every topic about food.

Diane Lane is Annie, a woman married to a workaholic producer Michael, played by Alec Baldwin, who seems to be so busy I think he had 5 minutes screen time! He is on his way to Budapest but because of ear infections can’t fly with him so she agrees to drive from Cannes, where they are, to Paris which is a 7 hour drive if she didn’t accept her husband’s business associate, Jacques, played by Arnaud Viard, to drive with him which turns into a 2 day journey.

Yes, Jacques is the food man who can pick dandelion greens and talk about making a salad or insists they stop here and there where he knows a chef, a restaurant owner, a farmer or when they have car trouble just happens to have a picnic basket and who keeps on insisting that “Paris Can Wait” and who can say he is wrong?

Anne, like some people I know (ME!), is constantly taking pictures with her digital camera of all the food she is surrounded by plus the museums, churches, Roman ruins and the very photogenic locations they drive through sometimes stopping the picturesque France we have always imagined. I think she took more pictures than he smoked and a drinking game involving a shot every time he had a cigarette could end with everyone getting bombed before the movie ends!

“Paris Can Wait” has a story with the irascible French roué plying her with things that could seduce her as only a Frenchman can and it may interest you but the food, the wine and the roses steal the picture.

The chocolate candies, cakes, hot chocolates, every and any form of chocolate you can think of, is reason to see the movie, even you strange ones who say you don’t like chocolate!

 Movie Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGyZnzjm7Og

Posted May 26, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, MOVIES

The “Wilma” tree   Leave a comment

Wilma Tree Collage

Posted May 24, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

“Wilton Wings Restaurant–A Review   Leave a comment

Wilton Wings April 27 2017 collageI 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.

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 one free burger or sandwich. The latter was important because Allen doesn’t like wings (for him it is ‘too much work’ LOL) so I could get the wings and he could get the sandwich.

Allen ordered the cheeseburger with fries (plus one to go) for $9.25 plus a diet Pepsi ($2.75) and said it was tasty as were the fries, which he is sort of an expert on the latter.

I had the wings and it being a full service restaurant there was no pressure to just order any sauce, especially with the variety they offer plus choice of ‘heat’. I decided on the medium heat garlic sauce and I was impressed with the presentation, particularly with the heavy garlic on the wet wings. They and the curly fries were delicious but because of the amount of the garlic on the wings I knew I would have to be careful talking close to someone but, oh, were they worth it!

With the coupon and the wing special plus tax and tip our check came to $33.31. Considering Allen had a burger to take home for dinner, $16 each for lunch was a more than fair price.

There is nothing fancy about Wilton Wings but it is clean, the service fine, plenty of free parking and I found a place for wings when I get the hankering which will probably be more often now that I finally stopped and gave them a try.

Posted May 23, 2017 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS, Uncategorized

“Everything, Everything”–a movie review   Leave a comment

“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!

Maddy Whittier, played by Amandla Stenberg, has SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency, which means she cannot go out of her germ free house, has an all day nurse Carla, played by Ana de la Requera and her mother, played by Anika Noni Rose, is a doctor who takes over from Carla when she gets home.

Not that you would be surprised but a new family moves in next door and Olly, played by Nick Robinson, just as Maddy is about to become 18, his age too. From their talking through windows, texting, his being told about her disease and coming to understanding it to their trusting each other and Maddy’s imagination the time comes for her to take her first step out into the world where she isn’t suppose to go.

Along the way we learn that Olly has an abusive father, Maddy lost her father and brother in a car accident many years before and the fact that Maddy is Black and Olly is White is just a given and has nothing to do with two youngsters falling n love for the first time.

About 50 minutes into the movie Maddy takes her first step out of the house and if you want to see what happens in the remaining 46 minutes go see the movie.

Director Stella Meghie, along with screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe, embrace the teenage romance hitting all the right marks, even when there are emotional moments that could be used to manipulate the audience. They concentrate on the romance aspect ignoring the racial, doesn’t matter, difference, briefly mention the Olly’s abusive father and even make the ‘see it coming’ last 20 minutes acceptable.

Nick Robinson is always dressed in black while Amandla Stenberg basically wears white after falling in love she is in an array of colors and they always complement each other in feelings though have opposite ideas of what love is, or should be, but they are a believable couple throughout the movie.

I’ve always liked Anika Noni Rose and have enjoyed her journey from being a singer on Broadway to becoming an actress in films and on television. Ana de la Requera is a Mexican actress who is new to me and made enough of an impression that I will look forward to seeing her in more films.

If you are a ‘softie’ like me and believe in love, especially first young love, go see “Everything, Everything”. 

 

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42KNwQ6u42U

Posted May 22, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, Uncategorized

Rest In Peace R.P.G.   Leave a comment

Born December 16, 1930–Died May 16, 2017


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.

He will be missed.

Posted May 21, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

“Mamma Mia”–Farewell Tour Review   Leave a comment

 

 

Looking for about 2 hours and 20 minutes of living a fairy tale on a bright sunny Greek island and dancing, singing the time away? “Mamma Mia” is the answer to any blues you might have.

The book of this musical by Catherine Johnson is light weight but the songs by ABBA, the choreography by Anthony Van Laast  offers laughs, not to forget a bunch of finely chiseled bodies wearing wet suits and flippers dancing around and a director Phyllida Lloyd who gets all the laughs and even a tear that the show can offer.

 

With all this it is the music that will have you moving in your seat with the conductor Kevin Casey and his orchestra along with the sound designed by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken plus the lighting by Howard Harrison along with some of the most outlandish 1970s disco costumes by Ron Glow inside the production designed by Mark Thompson helping it all along.

 

Whether you are familiar with the songs composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus along with Stig Anderson, and this audience was more than familiar with them, you will feel right at home with “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Thank You For The Music”, “The Winner Takes It All” with 16 others.

 

For the few who haven’t seen the show “Mamma Mia” is about Sophie (Lizzie Markson) who is marrying Sky (Dustin Harris Smith) and after secretly reading single mom’s (Betsy Padamonsky) diary she discovers her father could be one of 3 men; Sam (Shai Yammanee) an American architect, Bill (Marc Cornes) a Swedish writer and Harry (Andrew Tebo)      a British banker, and without telling Donna, Sophie invites them to the wedding while Donna has invited her old friends Tanya (Cashelle Butler)       and Rosie (Sarah Smith) who entertained as a singing trio 21 years previously.

 

All the leads are strong singers with Padamonsky and Yammanee having a bit of an edge mainly because of the songs they get to sing while Cornes and Smith do a very funny duet. They are backed up by a singing, dancing, acting ensemble that made the performance feel fresh, not a single performer on stage was phoning it in.

 

SPOILER: For those of you who run up the aisle as soon as the cast start taking their bows don’t as you will miss THE best part of “Mamma Mia” and which, since 1999, has helped make the show a long running success in over 23 countries including 14 years on Broadway.

 

Running time 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20 minute intermission.

 

Check out  http://mammamiaontour.com/mm/  for the schedule of the tour.

Posted May 20, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, THEATRE, THEATRE REVIEW

THE CLASSIC GATEWAY THEATRE FORT LAUDEDALE   Leave a comment

Gateway Theatre Collage

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.

We would spend time on the beach; get a bite to eat and then head into ‘town’ and go to the Gateway Theatre to see a movie. I do remember seeing “Where The Boys Are” when it had its premiere there.

I left Florida in the mid 1960s and returned to live in Fort Lauderdale in 1979 and since then I have seen at least 45, if not more, movies every year there. I don’t know when it became a 4 auditorium movie house or became the only ‘art’ theatre in Broward County, though there are a few more now, but it is still my choice of a movie theatre to go to.

The choices of movies goes from classics, to independent movies, gay films, festivals, foreign films, documentaries and let’s not forget “The Rocky Horror Show” 3 Saturdays a month.

Recently renovated with new seats, floors, they still have the comments board, which can be as much fun reading as seeing the movies!

The Classic Gateway Theatre may have the best of retro feeling but it is as modern as that huge complex you go to without the friendly smiles (yes, Ray does smile!) you get here.

Chances are if it is a Friday you can see me at the Gateway!  http://classicgateway.com/ 

 

 Looking around the Gateway Theatre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j56CNVmyrMI&feature=youtu.be

Posted May 17, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, THEATRE

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