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May 2018 Photo Diary Part 3 The Arts   Leave a comment




“Beast”–movioe review   Leave a comment

During and after watching the movie “Beast” I had many thoughts and questions going through my mind such as am I getting weirder as I get old or are movies getting weirder? Why do first time directors, like Michael Pearce who also wrote the screenplay, feel that they have to show every ‘art’ shot whether it adds to the movie or not? Did he deliberately want those few bars of music so loud every now and then? Was I missing something with that music?

I feel anything I say will be a spoiler which I don’t like to give but I can say the main relationship in “Beast” is between Moll (Jessie Buckley) who was punished (I still don’t know how!) for stabbing a fellow student when she was younger with scissors and Pascal (Johnny Flynn) who may or may not be a serial killer of young women.

I was mesmerized by Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn’s acting and the chemistry between them. The closest I can equate them with is the pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in “To Have and Have Not” for the first time. The romance between Moll and Pascal is a mix of tenderness, tension, exposed nerves, suspicions and certainly dangerous. There is no way they won’t hold your attention when they are together or even in the scenes where they are apart doing things alone or with other people.

I will say that her mother, played by Geraldine James, is the mother of all mothers and there is a policewoman, whose name I didn’t catch in the credits, who will have the hairs on your arms standing up.

There are scenes of animal cruelty, mainly towards rabbits, that turned me off but the scenes of the island of Jersey off the south coast of England will make you want to catch the next plane there.

If nothing else the performances of Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn should make “Beast” a big hit but I fear it will disappear far too quickly in the USA but you should make a point of seeing it before then.


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May 2018 Photo Diary Part 2 Food   Leave a comment

Posted May 29, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

May 2018 photo diary Part 1 improvements   Leave a comment

Posted May 28, 2018 by greatmartin in HOME, Uncategorized

And the heavy rains haven’t come yet!   Leave a comment

Posted May 27, 2018 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized, WEATHER

Rainy Season in Florida–a quickie   Leave a comment


Posted May 26, 2018 by greatmartin in Uncategorized, WEATHER

“Deadpool 2”–a movie review   Leave a comment

I couldn’t tell you a DC comic book based movie from a Marvel comic book based movie and not being particularly interested in either I went to see the original “Antman” and Deadpool” because of the actors involved. To my surprise, I enjoyed both and was looking forward to their sequels even though, in most cases, the sequels are very disappointing. “Deadpool2” is a very big disappointment in that it throws everything it can on the screen and very little of the sarcasm or irony, let alone course ‘humor’ comes across. There are 1 or 2 smiles along the way but that is about it.

There is some attempt to make a story about creating your own family which is completely undermined time after time. The film is filled with raunchy words, gestures, crude, rude comments and actions plus a continuous dismemberment of every limb a person has. There are a couple of lines and sights of what one would call banter such as comparing “Yentl”s “Papa, Can You Hear Me” to “Frozen”s “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” but even that would probably go over most of the audience’s head. 

Three screenwriters, including the star along with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, put everything into a movie about a super comic hero that you have seen before and will see again but whereas in the first “Deadpool” it made fun of it all here they try to make fun but fail.

Ryan Reynolds gives it his all which is plenty and his breezy manner help but to no avail. Josh Brolin, as dour as can be doesn’t get to laugh whether Reynolds places his bare hands on Brolin’s bare butt cheeks or when he lands face down on Reynolds crotch and I wonder if either get hazard pay for these extra stunts?

Morena Baccarin, as Reynolds’s love, is beautiful and that is all her role really cares for except to be beautiful even when dead, talking and walking. Stefan Kapicic is an impressive Colossus (at least voice-wise as the ‘person’ seems to be a special effect), cabbie Rob Delaney, offering some humor, along with a teenage mutant Julian Dennison who is just in an annoying role and a new band of superheroes consisting of Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgard along with Rob Delany whose superpower is being an ordinary person. Leslie Uggams returns as a blind neighbor of Deadpool and also new superhero Zazie Beetz who lights the screen up every time she is on it.

“Deadpool 2” is really a waste of money and time so I will give this genre one more chance when the sequel to “Antman” comes out.

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BurgerFi–restaurant review   Leave a comment

 Burger Fi April 2018

After the movie I was in the mood for a cheeseburger not having one in a while but instead of going along with my first instinct–Gilbert’s–and being just a couple of blocks away I suggested BurgerFi.

It has been 2 years since I have been to BurgerFi and it didn’t take me long to remember why. After I paid and went to get my soda ($2.76), which working the machine is a hassle in itself, I realized the woman behind the counter didn’t ask me how I wanted my cheeseburger ($7.37) cooked I went back to her and she told it only comes medium well or well done which is a deal breaker for me as I like my burgers rare to medium rare. Normally I would have canceled the order but, for whatever reason, maybe having just seen a bad movie, I didn’t. I also ordered a small fries ($3.17).

Oh yes, how could I forget? Instead of a sliced onion, which I love, they serve chopped onions which I don’t care for on a burger. Let’s not get into the fries which had a few burnt ones in the order, nor did I know you have a choice of salt or no salt on them.

The place was clean, the employees pleasant and many walked around checking if everything was all right, cleaning tables, etc.

I had three thoughts leaving BurgerFi with the first being that I have to remember not to go again and why don’t they take the next, and best, step going from a ‘fast casual restaurant’ to a full-service one? Also, how do you handle the tipping in a fast casual place with a tip jar?

“Disobedience”–movie review   Leave a comment

Watching “Disobedience” I remembered the report this morning about Pope Francis saying, among other things, “God made you like this and loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you have to be happy with who you are.” (See the link below*) It is a movie about many things but mainly how being gay and religion interlocks along with how religion is also freedom. It is about the Torah talking about angels and beasts.

Ronit, the estranged daughter who left North London to live in New York returns home upon the death of her father, a rabbi who leads the Orthodox Jewish community while delivering the sermon about those angels and beasts.

She arrives at the home of cousin Dovid who looks like he will probably take over her father’s position. He was a childhood friend of hers just like Esti, now married to Dovid, who had a secret affair with Ronit, until the latter’s father caught them in bed one night which lead to Ronit running to New York where she has become a successful photographer.

Ronit has given up her Orthodox upbringing but can’t give up being a Jew while Esti has married Dovid to be the good Jewish wife who wears a sheitel (wig) and teaches a class of Orthodox girls. Coming back home Ronit not only awakens the two women had for each other but it also brings up what they ‘owe’ religion and what religion ‘owes’ them if anything. In the middle is Dovid who loves his wife, wants to have the accepted Jewish family though his wife is having a problem with giving birth and feels protective of his cousin as the latter deals with rejection from most of the community except her fun-loving aunt (Bernice Stegers) who embraces her return even with her uncle (Alan Corduner) being remote.

There are a lot of subjects touched upon in “Disobedience” including religion, love, duty, freedom, choice, loss of a parent, ostracism among others which would make you think this would be a ‘talky’ movie but the lead actors can do more with silence and looks than words can. 

Talking about the actors both Rachel Weisz as Ronit and Rachel McAdams as Esti give excellent, very believable performances covering some of the mishaps of the director, Sebastion Lelio and screenwriters Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. I was particularly surprised by the performance of Alessandro Nivola as Dovid as I don’t remember ever hearing of or seeing him before. I just looked his credits up and he has done a lot of theatre, movies andtelevision. He has instantly become an actor whose future movies I will definitely see.

There are many Jewish rituals and words that many in the audience won’t understand, including me, but none are necessary to the triangle we are watching and there are many different triangles between people, beliefs andthoughts. The film has an ‘open ending’ which has you thinking as you leave the theatre.

“Disobedience” is a movie about family, love, religion and how each affects us as individuals. It takes some thought as a viewer and it did bring me to tears at one point (but then I have been known to cry at Minnie & Mickey Mouse movies) plus if you are not familiar with Alessandro Nivola that would be reason enough to see it.

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“Book Club”–movie review   Leave a comment

There is no doubt that if you enjoy watching actors Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton, let alone Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson among others this is a picture for you. Check out the trailer and what you see is what you get.

Hollywood seems to know only one way to deal with older stars in a picture of aging and that is using Viagra, raunchy lines, not to mention it being ‘shocking’ that ‘people of a certain age’ are still interested, and getting, in sex. You know how each will react to the situations they are put in but each brings that certain something that has made them a star to lines that would otherwise lay there flat.

Jane Fonda as a hotelier, Candice Bergen as a divorced Federal Judge, along with long wedded Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton as a widow add their own recognized special talents to put a twist on a situation and a smile on your face. You know who will be aggressive, which lady will be awkward, who will be the ‘mother’ of the group and who will be practical and devious in her own way.

The men really don’t stand a chance against these formidable women but it is fun to see Don Johnson and Andy Garcia play up the silver fox angle, Craig T. Nelson the ‘what is she up to’ regarding his wife while Richard Dreyfuss will sip wine with Bergen and make it fun.  By the way, wine is the unnamed co-star in many of the scenes as it seems to have replaced martinis in the movies.

“The Book Club” gives the audience a chance to relax with and enjoy old friends for an hour and 40 minutes. It is sort of a date movie for those over 50 who date though this was a pretty good crowd for a Friday audience, those who probably won’t go to see “Deadpool 2” until next week, like me and Allen.

Diane Keaton was the best of the actresses while Jane Fonda’s haircut and color drove me to distraction and not in a good way. Between the actors, Don Johnson surprised me the most as I wasn’t a fan of his before but he looked good and made his role interesting. Candice Bergan looks ready to revive her Murphy Brown role!

I recommend “Book Club” for enjoying 104 minutes of fun, relaxation and seeing pros at work.


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