Archive for June 2018

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado”–movie review   Leave a comment

 I am a big fan of Benicio Del Toro and a huge one of underrated actor Josh Brolin because even though he usually gets rave reviews for his performances he very seldom gets the big awards! The 3rd reason I went to see this movie that there were very few new films opening today.

The main reasons I didn’t want to see “Sicario: Day of Soldado” is that I am not into gratuitous violence as there always seem to be in this type of movie let alone the screenplay not being that logical or understanding and this film proved those points!

The most I can say about the film is that Brolin and Del Toro were excellent and I was introduced to two new actors that impressed me, they being Isabela Moner and Elijah Rodriguez. The villains are villainous while some familiar pros like Catherine Keener and Matthew Modine deliver the goods.

I neither do or don’t recommend “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” as you know whether you will like this film before you walk in and I will say the 2 hours and 3 minutes moves pretty face.

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i02bxFc88b4&t=48s

Rules, rules and more rules!! ARGH!!   Leave a comment

New houseplant shelf

If I bang a nail in the wall the whole place falls down so I depend on others and John is one of them! He is amazing but don’t tell I said so–I will deny it!! Old rule or new rule I am not sure but they are now enforcing NOTHING on the window sill and regarding curtains, all facing out must be white–uniformity you know!! I have 14 plants on my window sill(s) plus 12 facing east while not on the sill certainly visible. I am waiting for the blinds before I move the rest of the plants. In any case, I mentioned it to John Saturday and today he brought this to my place making it Tuesday!! Measurements are perfect in height and length. I’ve shown you pictures of his art pieces and the work he does for the 1st Baptist Christmas Pageant–in his spare time he is ‘making’/’doing’ things for his neighbor including, I remember, his making a bed frame for a resident! ************************************************************************************* I read or heard this recently and can’t remember where but I love it: “In youth we learn, in old age we understand.” (I can’t wait to be old!)

Posted June 26, 2018 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

June is busting out all over!!   Leave a comment

Queen Crepe Myrtles June 2018

 

Queen Crepe Myrtles     1A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ_hWwKtmc4

Queen Crepe Myrtles     1B

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

Posted June 25, 2018 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

“Gotti”–movie review   Leave a comment

There are three reasons to see “Gotti” with the first being if you are a fan of John Travolta (I am), the second, if you are a fan of John Travolta and the third, is to see a performance rise above the script though as good as it is doesn’t quite save the film.

Upfront let’s just say that the film is not as bad as the critics who have been slamming it say it is or the 0% rating RottenTomatoes or MetaCritics give. “Gotti” reminded me of the many “B” movies that used to be shown on the lower half of double feature bill in movie houses years ago when you saw 2 movies for the price of one. They usually starred James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart blasting away with machine guns.

The main problems with the film are first of all the screenplay which is all over the place as is the soundtrack and the fact that it is based on John Gotti, Junior’s autobiography so one thread shows the love between father and son, the father grooming the son to become the ‘Boss’ while another shows how he became called the Teflon Don and at the same time showing different aspects of the life of a godfather in the mob, condensing all 3 “The Godfather” movies into 110 minutes of one film.

John Travolta shows what the film could have been if it had a good director, a better screenplay and an editor who cared about the final result. He is a good actor and even in some overly made makeup looks his ability comes through but not enough to save the movie!

In a way, it is worth seeing just to watch the cliché scene where one mobster shoots another 5 times and the latter gets up and runs away! Welcome to “B” movies.

 

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3cabEqPVTU

Posted June 23, 2018 by greatmartin in FILM REVIEWS, MOVIE REVIEW, Uncategorized

“Sometimes food isn’t food!   Leave a comment

New foods 2 June 7 2018 (2)

 

I will eat, taste, try any food at least once and I was intrigued by Healthy Choice’s advertising for this new line of items. Eating the plant based fiber bowl after eating the contents I thought was something unique. (See the lower right hand corner.) Well, folks, it still is as you don’t eat the bowl. At least you wouldn’t want to even if it was edible because do you really like cardboard because that is what it tastes like! Hey read the first 6 words of this paragraph! LOL

In any case what was in the bowl wasn’t any better as it was very dry and tasteless, including the sausage, and it may have been ‘Cuban-inspired’ but I don’t think any Cuban would say they made this without adding a sauce!

Guess this is one selection of foods I won’t be buying again.

Posted June 20, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

“The Misandrists”–movie review   2 comments

Watching “The Misandrists” it didn’t take 91 minutes to let me know this has to be the worst movie of the years or the decade but after all the time watching it now holds the title of one of the worst movies if not the worst! It is not so bad that it is funny nor will it become a ‘cult’ film even though it is about a cult!

It has some of the most atrocious acting ever seen in a movie and let’s not get into the lessons it tries to teach the audience, on a blackboard yet, or the awful male on male sex scenes they show in porn films. Did I mention the tired lines the women have to speak in various accents in various, awful costumes? Oh, by the way, let’s not skip the showing of the mutilation, the cutting off of a man’s penis! Aside from the last scene, there are only 2 men in the movie as it is basically about Lesbians banding together to get rid of men and that mutilation is one way of doing it.

The film has lesbians, transgender, gender fluid, pansexuals all being angry, confrontational and secrets. There is a side story about making a lesbian porno film to spread their message more as an excuse to show women having sex than to give examples of why women are so much better off without men.

 

This is a quote from the press release: “When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army — a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order — one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. However, the man in the basement is just one of many secrets threatening to disrupt the FLA’s mission from within.” If only it was this interesting!!

“The Misandrists” is a film to see only if you are a masochist who likes really bad movies or doesn’t want to miss one of the worst films of the past 100 years!

Movie trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXuoTe8ma1s

Posted June 17, 2018 by greatmartin in FILM REVIEWS, MOVIE REVIEW, Uncategorized

“Summer 1993”–movie review   1 comment

One of the major advantages of having a theatre like The Classic Gateway Theatre is that you get to see most of the independent films and will come across a stunner now and then but that is not the case with “Summer 1993”. Based on the true story of the director and screenwriter of the movie Carla Simon we follow 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas), upon the death of her mother and father, sent to live with her mother’s brother Esteve (David Verdaguer), his wife Marga (Bruni Cusi) and their 3-year-old child Anna (Paula Robles).

We watch Frida as she adjusts, or doesn’t, to her new life and how her new family adjusts or doesn’t, to this addition into their home. Unable to understand or vocalize her pain Frida lashes out in awkward, sometimes dangerous and, other times, bewildering ways.

I missed an important factor in the movie which is primarily explained in the title and the last 2-3 minutes of the film which became obvious about a few incidents that take place in the movie. I don’t usually give spoilers in film reviews and I won’t here but I am more surprised that I didn’t catch on to this.

In spite of that disclosure, I didn’t find “Summer 1993” interesting enough to recommend it though Laia Artigas as Frida gives a natural performance and you can feel what she doesn’t seem to be able to express.

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=0tZcRbyjqNU&t=8s

New York Marina Deli–restaurant review   1 comment

New York Marina Deli

This is a combination of 2 visits. We returned yesterday with a 15% off coupon on Thursdays. This time Allen and I split a corned beef sandwich and a pastrami sandwich. He had a side of potato salad which he really liked and I had a side of coleslaw which is on the dry side. With his diet cola (I am on water—trying to ‘cold turkey’ diet coke) and tax minus the 15% our check came to $21.38.

Between the New York Marina Deli, the Pomperdale and the Top Hat the only I wouldn’t return to is Top Hat for what you may think of as a silly reason but I thought it was a very simple, easy to do request. I ordered a combination pastrami & corned beef sandwich and I was told I would have to order one of each!

Earlier visit

I use to come here when the original owner ran it and a couple of times after he died and his wife took over. The last I heard it had closed but it seems she just sold it to new owners. I became aware it was still open after seeing a coupon in a coupon book.
I go every Thursday to this shopping center so we decided to give it a try and was pleased to see it was basically the same.
Allen ordered the Reuben (Hot corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand Island dressing and swiss cheese on rye) $11.50 with a side of Coleslaw ($1.25) and a diet fountain cola ($2.50) while I had the Rachel (Hot Pastrami, sauerkraut and melted cheese on rye) $11.50, Coleslaw ($1.25) and a cola ($2.50)
We decided to split the sandwiches. They were both piled high, in the center, making it a little difficult to handle but we managed. The Meat, at best luke warm, was tasty.
Though not a complete service restaurant the food is delivered to the table. You place your order and you pay at the cashier’s just telling what you had, which is, as far as I can tell, the honor system though the deli guy does write up a check when taking your order.
I don’t get the shouting of “Sunway” whenever a tip is put in the jar at the register–a reference to NYC? Or just advertising the Subway restaurants, which is what it made me think of when I heard it! LOL
Our bill came to $29.66 plus a couple of bucks in the jar and a “Subway”.
The New York Marina Deli does live up to the style of the Carnegie or Stage Delis in NYC but not as loud or crowded!

Being honest with yourself!   Leave a comment

I’m not into taking magazine ‘tests’ but I was reading this article about one of the most highly rated courses in the USA universities and decided to go to the website and did some additional reading and thought it would be interesting to take 2 of the tests offered. Both are fairly quick to take and you get the results immediately with definite scores.

Of course, the main thing is to be honest with your answers and there is no reason not to as no one will see them but then again if you don’t/won’t face the truth about yourself you’ll lie to get a higher score so why bother taking it?

I must admit–no pun intended–I was very happy with my scores to the 2 tests I took. One was the Authentic Happiness exam and the second was General Happiness scale. The first one took about 5-7 minutes and the second less than 5 minutes. Again, if you are honest and respond with the immediate answer that comes to mind you will get an honest score.

Go for it!

https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter

Posted June 9, 2018 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

“Ocean’s 8”–movie review   1 comment

In 1979 Cindi Lauper sang “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and in “Ocean’s 8” they do and, as an added benefit, so does the audience. The first “Ocean’s 11” took place in 1960 and the remake in 2001 so it only took 58 years for the females to have their own caper. As the other Ocean films, this revolves around a heist, in this case of a diamond necklace worth over $150 million and, as in those films you really don’t have to follow all the ins and outs of the heist. Sit back, relax, enjoy watching the women, leave your logic at the door and don’t nick-pick at the holes in the story or wonder at some scenes that never would have been in the male versions.

All 8 women have a particular job to do regarding the heist though one who has not been recruited figures what is going on and joins in. The heist takes place at the Metropolitan  Museum of Art yearly Gala to raise funds where the stage, movie and social stars attend dressed to the nines and costumer Sarah Edwards does a great job of putting the stars in outstanding, mostly hug fitting, evening gowns. Aside from filming at the Metropolitan, we get to go into the Plaza Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman’s department store along with Cartier’s jewelry store including their underground vault. Also, there are famous people making cameos throughout the movie.

Regarding the stars, Cate Blanchett makes the biggest impression followed by a funny turn by Awkwafina and I wish she had loaned some of her playfulness to Sandra Bullock who gives a straight and unplayful performance which doesn’t belong in an “Ocean’s” movie. On the other hand, Helena Bonham Carter goes too far with her character. Anne Hathaway plays a vain movie star to the nth degree while Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna all come through with just the right attitudes and performances.

Along with the women, there are two major roles by men one being Richard Armitage and the other James Corden The latter offers a few laughs as an insurance adjuster and the former as ‘eye candy’. The problem is that Armitage’s role/story in the movie is one that never would have been allowed in any of the other Ocean films with a woman being the eye candy and the aim of revenge.

Oh, one spoiler, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead but you find that out at the beginning.

“Ocean’s 8” is the second movie within 2 weeks, the other being “Book Club”, that focused on women being the stars and delivering the goods. In both, you know what to expect walking in and you aren’t disappointed but now it is time to give us a movie, or movies, starring casts of women where men are the followers or eye candy or are ‘just’ the husbands, boyfriends, etc.

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFWF9dU5Zc0

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