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“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

Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken Restaurant–a review   Leave a comment

Spatch Restaurant collage

After reading Michael Mayo’s rave review in the Sun-Sentenial, and it being Thursday, when I always eat lunch out, we decided to give Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken Restaurant a try.

Their menu is based on chicken whether in a sandwich, on a platter, part of a salad or even a side. I had ‘The Spatch” chicken sandwich which was excellent, with a side of coleslaw, not so excellent as there wasn’t really a taste to it even though made with raisins and almonds, for $8.90 (Unless you have time to study the menu your receipt could be a little confusing until you realize that a $2.50 side is included for $2.) In addition I had a soda which was $2.30 with as many refills as you want. My check with tax came to $11.87

Allen had the chicken breast meal with grilled corn ($10.95) and a soda ($2.30) and with tax came to $14.05 He thought the chicken was too dry, more about that in a minute, and didn’t particularly care for the corn.

Anthony had the Mac and Cheese bowl with chicken for $7.95 and his check came to $8.43 He felt it didn’t have enough bread crumbs and I brought up that I don’t ever recall having Mac ‘n Cheese with bread crumbs. Do make your Mac ‘n cheese with bread crumbs? Also the kid’s Mac & cheese says nothing about having bread crumbs in it.

Unless you take the menu and step out of the way and read it before you go up to order there is pressure in ordering especially when the question of sauce(s) comes up.

Mayo had written about the service but since this is one of those fast-casual eateries there isn’t much of that and what we got was minimal.  Either the buzzer system wasn’t working or it was off because two wrong plates were brought to our table. Nothing said about the various sauces being available for the table and except for giving our order and the meals brought to our table we had no interaction with any of the help.

Spatch is a new trendy restaurant almost interchangeable with many of the new trendy restaurants. The prices are reasonable, the chicken sandwich is a winner but for me it is a onetime experience.

I do suggest you go to their web site and get familiar with the menu before your visit.

It is on the east side of Federal between Oakland Park and Commercial Boulevards next door to the newest Fresh Market in the 3800 block.

PS And I hope this is a new trend–NO TV!

Posted May 16, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, Uncategorized

Tonight is THE night!   Leave a comment

King and I collage

At approximately 8 PM—more likely 8:05—the house lights at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami will come down, a brief announcement regarding cell phones and picture taking will be made and then the conductor will lift his baton and I will hear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EDqnf5eivk

OR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7cI_6Fs0qs&index=7&list=PL2jpQxYH_JEh_OVEAK7slArTfllCgdnn8

the overature live for the first time in a theatre since 1951 for a performance of “The King and I”.

Look for my review Wednesday!

Posted May 9, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, THEATRE, Uncategorized

“The Dinner”–A Movie Review   Leave a comment

Actors and movies constantly amaze, amuse and befuddle me. I know actors have no say about when their movies will appear in theatres but in the past week two of Richard Gere’s latest movies appeared at The Gateway Theatre and shows why he has been a major star for over 40 years. In the first movie “Norman” (see my review Wednesday, May 3) he plays a New York City ‘fixer’, schemer while in today’s film, “The Dinner” he is a Congressman running for Governor and he is completely two different men in appearance, acting and persona.

I really never know what to expect from a movie as I very seldom read reviews before I go see one and generally will pick a movie based on the cast and/or any vibes I picked up about it regarding genre and story. “The Dinner” has a major cast of Gere, Laura Linney, who I have never seen give a bad performance and, mostly, as she does in this film, gives an outstanding performance, Steve Coogan, a strong actor and Rebecca Hall who I had seen in a few movies and seemed to be waiting for that breakout role.

Gere, married to his second wife Hall, and Coogan, married to Linney, are brothers whose mother favored the former while the latter seems to have inherited the mental illness he has from her. Coogan and Linney have a teenage son Mike (Charlie Plummer) while Gere has had a son, Rick (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) whom he had with his first wife Chloe Sevigny and Gere and Hall have an adopted Black son which may or may not be a child Gere and his loyal aide, Adepero Oduye, had.

The two brothers and their wives are meeting in a very upper scale restaurant in a mansion where each course is explained as it is being served and you know that the cost would be prohibitive to 99% of the people. At the very beginning Coogan remarks about the cost of a bottle of wine being sinful. The purpose of the meeting finally comes to light and the questions the film wants to ask are that of how much will/would a parent do to protect their child, how much of an obligation do they have to their families and what should they do or not do.

Though “The Dinner” is based on a novel by Herman Koch it is almost as if the director/screenwriter Oren Moverman had taken a play and wanted to ‘open’ it up. Flashbacks to earlier years, to events that happened earlier in the evening, a trip to the Gettysburg battlefields, many voiceovers, to classroom scenes of Coogan, who was a teacher of history, plus the dinner itself blurs what should have been a linear telling instead of losing its focus.

Now as a man who loves food even the restaurant scenes become dull as they are all over the place as for different reasons the party of 4 is moved from room to room and the descriptions of the plates soon blend into each other.

Many times the direction by Moverman, the cinematography by Bobby Bukowski and the music by Elijah Brueggemann are disconcerting to what is taking place on the screen.

The acting of the cast in “The Dinner” is certainly consistently top rate and reasons enough to see the film plus I need someone to explain the ending to me!

 

“The Dinner” trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aUPksk2fjg

“Norman”—A Movie Review   Leave a comment

“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is not a great film, not even a good film but definitely a smart film with a powerful performance by Richard Gere. This is not the Richard Gere who twice won the title of “Sexist Man Alive”.

Gere plays Norman, a schemer, a scammer, a fraud,  weasel, a loser, pushy, a liar, a wheeler and dealer who has never met a person he didn’t see as a friend, who accidently meets with the deputy Israeli Minister of Trade Micha Eshel (played by Lior Ashkenazi) who Norman buys a very expensive pair of shoes and is remembered by the  Minister 3 years later when he becomes the Prime Minister which leads to problems for both men.

How does Norman make a living? Where does he live? How does he have the money to pay that $1,459 for the shoes? Did he have a wife who died when their daughter was 3 years old? Does he have a daughter? Who is this man? He is dressed smartly with a camel hair coat, an expensive looking scarf and yet you wonder if he is homeless.

Norman’s nephew (Michael Sheen) keeps his distance from his uncle, while Norman’s rabbi (Steve Buscemi) believes he is an insider and can get the $14 million needed to save the synagogue. Alex (Charlotte Gainsgourg) tries to ignore the annoying Norman but her job as a legal expert for Israel based in New York is eventually brought into play when the problems with the Prime Minister and Norman come to the forefront.

Director /screenwriter Joseph Cedar makes you work to cross the T’s and dot the I’s but the solution to what has and is going on pays off when you do.

It is a big supporting cast with only one jarring portrayal, that of Hank Azaria, but that may be because I didn’t dot the i!

While I really can’t recommend the movie I would make it a ‘must see’ for Richard Gere’s starring in a role like none he has done before. Heck if nothing else check out what he did to his hair which definitely wouldn’t get him a Sexiest Man Alive in 2017!

 

 

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EB43iLEwRU

April (Springtime) 2017 Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

If a picture is worth a thousand words here are thousands!!

Posted April 30, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

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