Archive for July 2018

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” Movie review   2 comments

I went into seeing “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” not expecting to be surprised and I was surprised in many ways.

First of all I saw Lily James in “Baby Driver” last week and didn’t recognize her and she floored me in this movie. Playing young Donna, the role played in adult hood by Meryl Streep in the first movie, Lily James is startling, beautiful, incandescent and an excellent actor.

Another surprise to me was Amanda Seyfried who had never impressed me before in the many movies she has made. In this film she looked different, more sparkling and more real

The biggest surprise for me was Cher! Not that she stole the film for the 15 minutes she was in it but because the first 5 minutes she looked bad, was dressed very unlike Cher and seemed very stiff singing “Fernando” but the last 10 minutes she was dressed as the Cher we know and stole all the closing credits from the rest of the cast, including Streep.

A major surprise for me was that I love musicals, especially the old M-G-M, Busby Berkeley choreographed, Astaire & Rogers, Gene Kelley type of movies as along with songs and dances they usually had a good book. “Mamma Mia 2” drove me crazy with a song every two minutes consisting of second tier ABBA songs plus putting in the 3-4 hits that were used in the first “Mamma Mia!” Most songs were sung for absolutely no reason except they were written by ABBA.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” is 1 hour and 50 minutes long—go see “Mission: Impossible” and then walk into “Mamma Mia” at the 1 hour and 20 minute point!

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July Photo Diary Part 3 Home cooking   1 comment

As much as I love to eat out the economy and my income don’t allow for it too much so I make most of my meals at home.
I was/am an excellent cook–I make a Caesar salad from scratch–the best Shrimp Scampi you will ever eat–but cooking for one I don’t get that fancy BUT I still make dinner an ‘event’ for me.
Even if I have a frozen dinner I will put it on a plate and add some ‘color’ plus I do have a homemade salad every evening plus a plate of fruit after for dessert.
Each month I use a different base for my dinner meals as, for instance, this month I made a base of Jambalaya to serve main courses on plus I will add either Avocado or Salsa as a topper.

Posted July 31, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME, Uncategorized

July 2018 Photo Diary Part 2 : Eating Out   5 comments

Posted July 30, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

July 2018 Photo Diary Part 1 Changes   1 comment


Livingroom new windows and blinds

Posted July 29, 2018 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

“Mission:Impossible–Fallout”–movie review   1 comment


Walking into a “Mission Impossible” movie you know exactly what to expect and in the 6th go round called “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” you get more action, more chases on foot, motorcycles, cars, trucks and even helicopters plus fights of all kinds if not two too many not to forget all the stunts that Tom Cruise does whether by himself, with body doubles or special effects.

In addition this chapter has a few laughs, a few tender moments, spectacular mountain scenery not to forget a rarity in a Tom Cruise movie let alone a Mission Impossible movie which is very homoerotic encounter in the bathroom of the Paris Grand Palais.

Tom Cruise gives a more than accomplished performance which has many of the men in the audience shaking their heads at what this 55 year old movie star can do action wise and making it look so easily.

He is aided by returning Mission Impossible characters played by  Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris with Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby and Henry Cavil added.

“Mission:Impossible—Fallout” is Tom Cruise’s movie and he shows that a 56 year old man can be a hunk, a hero, have a little boy’s smile and make all his action scenes believable as is his  belief that the world is a good place.

PS It is only 1 of two ‘action’ movies that I see a year! :O)

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“The Cakemaker”–movie review   Leave a comment

Many times I tell Allen to leave logic at the door when we go to see a movie and many times it will help make for a better movie but in the case of “The Cakemaker” the lack of logic makes you question everything about the movie, the characters, the story and people.

The basic premise is that Thomas, who owns a pastry shop in Berlin, has a married lover, Oren, who lives in Jerusalem with his wife and child, but comes to Berlin once a month for a few days for business and spends time with Thomas. Oh yes, his wife has opened a coffee bar. The fact that Thomas is not aware that Oren has died and the way he finds out are the first and last logical things that take place in the movie.

How the widow, Anat, and the dead man’s son and brother react to this man who appears at the door of her shop asking for a job makes no sense at all just as the possibility that no way could Thomas be Jewish because he is German is assumed by all. The brother is nasty to him one moment and extending a friendship the next.

The whole question of being kosher or non-kosher in business or at home or how one feels personally doesn’t make sense just as Thomas closing his shop, or maybe leaving elves to run it, to move to a country where he knows anyone to what looks like stalking his dead lover’s wife doesn’t make sense.

Is it mother’s instinct that Anat’s mother-in-law seems to be the only one who knows Thomas is Gay, though that word is never mentioned, and that maybe his interest in her son is more than anyone else knows?

The questions keep coming with every move made by the characters and the writer/director, Ofir Raul Graizer, of “The Cakemaker”, is of no help. He seems to have sanitized the picture so much for the straight audience plus not answer any questions that would have given the story some logic that he missed a real opportunity to get into subjects that hold a lot of interest in today’s world from sexual gender fluidity to why one married man would define himself as bi-sexual and another as gay. Does a gay man have to have images of his lover making love to his wife so that the gay man can perform with a woman? Are gay men more gender fluid than non-gay men?

Ofir Raul Graizer eludes the deeper subjects of grief, desire, sexuality, reaching out, or even the Israelites reactions to non-Jews.

BY the way I have a few more questions of those who saw this movie! :O)



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“Three Identical Strangers”–film review   Leave a comment

 The less you know about “Three Identical Strangers” the more times you will find yourself with your mouth agape asking yourself if you just heard what you thought you heard!

This is a film definitely ‘stranger than fiction’ and starts with the fact that boy triplets were separated at birth and each given to a different ‘class’ family, none of the adoptive parents knowing their son had 2 brothers. The story opens with how, just by chance, the 3 brothers meet 19 years later.

The “Why?” they were separated, the outcome of that separation and their reunion along with the results ranges from laughs to tears to truly tragic emotions. Much is made of whether nurture or nature is more important in raising a child and though that question is not answered examples of both are shown.

We do hear from and learn about the adoptive parents but though, by design, the boys are given to families that already have children we do not hear from the siblings. We, also, hear a bit about the birth mother though I don’t recall anything about the father.

The film leaves you with some questions but it certainly shows that, yes, it can happen here!



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Posted July 20, 2018 by greatmartin in FILM REVIEWS, MOVIES, Uncategorized

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