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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

“Whitney”–documentary film review   Leave a comment

It looks like 2018 is a documentary summer with one about Supreme court Justice Ginsberg, another about children’s host Fred Rogers, this past week one telling the story of Whitney Houston and this coming Friday the story of triplets separated at birth that discover each other 19 years later.

I, generally, don’t go to see a documentary film in the theatre but due to ‘improvements’ being made to my apartment I’ve had to get out a few hours and what better way, whether hot and humid or raining, than going to a a/c movie theatre!?!

I admired Whitney Houston’s voice, though at times I felt she was screaming too much and after hearing “I Will Always Love You” for the 4th million time (you couldn’t escape it!) I sort of tuned her out.

In “Whitney” we hear from/about her brothers, mother, father, relatives plus several from the music and movie industry as the documentary director Kevin Macdonald sort of tilts the story to get the audience to feel sorry for this woman who had everything and lost it all, an old entertainment story. On one side it is said, and shown, to have had an idyllic childhood while on the other hand

At one point Houston signed a $100 million contract only a few years later having to make a movie because she was broke. How much her marriage to Bobby Brown was related to her drugs problems, though it seems she started to go grass and cocaine at 16, is sort of dismissed because he was jealous of her and though not proven it seems one of her aunts sexually abused her when she was a child plus she had a long affair with her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford.

Whitney Houston is seen hitting bottom and she does just as we see her at the height of her success and she shows what made her a major talent.
“Whitney” is a must see for her true fans and a wait until it is on television for others.



“Boundaries”–movie review   Leave a comment

“Boundaries” is one of those movies that have a super cast with each individually enjoyable to watch and when they have interaction your eyes and ears will be glued to the screen. It is also a movie that has an equal amount of good and boring moments.

It is a road trip with Grandfather Jack (Christopher Plummer), his adult divorced daughter Laura (Vera Farmiga) and his grandson Henry (Lewis MacDougall) going to see his other daughter Jojo (Kristen Schaal). Both daughters are emotional wrecks because of their upbringing while the grandson is being expelled from school for drawing nude pictures of his teachers with the males all having extremely small penis’s. Oh yes, Grandfather Jack is being thrown out of the old folks home where he has been living and, unknown to them, growing marijuana and wants to sell. Oh yes Laura hasn’t met a stray dog that she didn’t love and take in whether at home or while driving in a car.

From all this a road trip takes place so the grandfather can make stops, sell the post and give money to Laura to send Henry to an expensive private school and in return be able to live with Laura in her big enough house while his other daughter lives in a studio apartment.

We meet Jack’s friends, hippie art forger Christopher Lloyd, wealthy friend Peter Fonda (looking good!) plus Leonard, (Bobby Cannavale) Henry’s father who left him and his mother years ago.

It takes an hour and 44 minutes to get everyone’s problems straightened out and have a ‘Hollywood’ ending.

Plummer is a joy to watch, more so then when he was young and I have yet to see Farmiga give a bad performance. Lewis MacDougal’s Henry seems natural though he certainly isn’t a ‘normal’ kid.

“Boundaries” is a good enough picture to watch in an air-conditioned theatre when it is 92 degrees out with high humidity.

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“Lunchroom–restaurant review–Ft. Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Lunchroom Restaurant

l  One of the ‘Be Nice’ restaurant group that also run Coconuts, Top Hot Deli, Red Cow, Foxy Brown and Brown Dog Eating.


We have passed and seen this place many times as it is on the south end of Allen’s primary doctor’s office strip businesses. I have also read some good reviews and considering I goofed trying to find Billy Jack’s Shack—don’t ask—we decided to try this place.

It is a fast casual restaurant meaning you order and pay for your meal at the counter and they serve the meal to you. Now I may be a little ‘picky’ here but a ‘club’ sandwich is defined as having 3 slices of bread and though the Turkey Club ($10) I ordered was made on a tasty roll I still wouldn’t call it a club!

Allen had the Meatball Hoagie (($9) and though he praised the meatballs and sauce he had a problem with the ‘Hoagie’ part. He couldn’t eat it as a hoagie nor did he have an easy time slicing the bread with a serrated knife or pulling it apart.

He had a fountain soda ($2) while I had a large coffee ($3) and the check with tax and tip came to $30.

All the crew was pleasant and with the exception of a very noisy smoothie machine disrupting the place the Lunch Room was ‘oaky’ but nothing special.

Oh yes, Allen ‘snuck’/bought a pastry when we were leaving and all he had to say was that he felt his fingers were filled with sugar!

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”–movie review   Leave a comment

Sequels are very seldom as good as the original and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” just shows that again. Not being a sci-fi or Marvel man the only reason I went to see the original was because I am a Paul Rudd fan and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the humor brought to it.

The sequel, written by 5 people, is a mish-mash of ideas, special effects, and illogical sequences all over the place. Ant-Man is now a small ant then a small man then a giant as is the Wasp, buildings, cars and anything else that comes along, except Michael Douglas and Michele Pfeiffer going back and forth through the 4th level! Oh did I mention that Douglas has a digital face lift while Michele doesn’t?

Along with every special effect you can think of, that is at least repeated 2-3 times as are the chases of all kinds there are more jokes thrown out that don’t land.

Paul Rudd is good as the Ant-Man and as a father to Abby Ryder Fortson along with at 14 other actors and comedians given time in the movie to do their ‘thing’ though some like Bobby Cannavale are completely wasted.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” seems endless with 3-4 endings

Okay Tom Cruise don’t make me regret going to see “Mission Impossible” sequel number 563!


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Posted July 6, 2018 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, Uncategorized

June 2018 Photo Diary Part 4   Leave a comment

June dairy part 4

Posted July 5, 2018 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

“Uncle Drew”–when was the last time you cheered in a movie theatre?   Leave a comment

The amazing thing about “Uncle Drew” was how much I enjoyed it! I went in begrudgingly knowing it was a movie about a bunch of old men, ex-basketball players, who want to recapture their youth and there would be the tired Viagra, prostrate plus many other comedy clichés about old people and, yes, they were all there. You know who is going to win the game and, yet, how the heck did I and the rest of the audience cheer the old geezers on and applaud when they win!

There is heart, tears, cheers, laughs, and just, in general, a good feeling as you walk out of the theatre. Oh yes, be sure to stay for the end credits and it’s NOT a body double for Shaquille O’Neal! Along with Shaq there is Kyrie Irving as Uncle Drew, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson and Lisa Leslie as the ‘old’ players. The make-up for them alone is worth seeing the movie.

Lil Rel Howery as a hustler and sad sack holds his own against an obnoxious, annoying played for laughs by Nick Kroll are two rivals with the latter being responsible for destroying the former’s dreams.

Like everyone in the world who saw “Girl’s Trip” I, too, fell in love with Tiffany Haddish is starting to come on too strong, in a negative way, playing the same character in whatever she is doing. Yes, I don’t blame her for cashing in while she can but she just might have a longer career if she would just tone it down a bit.
Erica Ash as wheelchair-bound Robinson’s granddaughter and caretaker is a delightful new face, handling the comedy as all do.

Come on, when was the last time you saw a blind man playing basketball? Okay, it may be the only new idea in the movie, well let’s not forget the makeup though not new but funny as are the jokes, not new but still putting a smile on your face, especially the outrageous van and what goes on in it!
Go and see “Uncle Drew”, have a few laughs, let yourself be affected by the sweet, tender moments and don’t be ashamed to cheer at the last basketball game because you won’t be the only one!



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Posted July 5, 2018 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, Uncategorized

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