“The Beguiled”–a movie review   Leave a comment

Of the 60 plus movies that Nicole Kidman has made I have seen at least 30 and she is always good, many times rising above the material given her to work with. Of the 6 movies Sofia Coppola has made I have seen 3 and have no desire to see any more by her.

In “The Beguiled” Kidman once again rises above the material while only Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst equal her. Oh yes the plantation, the inside and outside, which is the set of the movie, also rises above the material.

Coppola, directing and writing, remade the movie, originally directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page, eliminating a very interesting aspect from the original, and leaves many questions as to why and what did she think she was bringing to the film?

We have seen Southern women and girls in peril during the civil war before in many movies and she brings nothing new to that angle and her two most forceful scenes will have the audience turning their head away and/or closing their eyes.

I found “The Beguiled” to be a slow, quite boring movie.



Beguiled trailer


Maria saved it all!   Leave a comment

At the age of 81 my brain–yes, I do have one–is filled with so much information and so many irrelevant facts along with bits and pieces of memories not forget important information like names, faces, places, grammar, math and so on I forgive myself when I, occasionally forget something, especially to forgetting how to do something right!

Last week I posted a video that people said they couldn’t see and I went crazy(ier?) trying to see what I had done wrong and how I could fix it when just as I was about to delete the whole thing Maria left a comment that in one second cleared up the whole thing. I had forgotten to hit the icon that made the video public! DUH!

In any case here it is–enjoy.


Posted July 4, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

For those who couldn’t ‘read’ the videos from last week   Leave a comment



And another try at this one! :O)

You can always C & P the URL–worth it!! LOL

Anytime of the year it is beautiful here and so am I! :O)   Leave a comment

360 degrees on my walkway   (February)


For a change—me  (January +)


another 360 degrees on my walkway (September)


Posted July 2, 2017 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

June 2017 Sigh! Someone has to live my life!   Leave a comment

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

Living near the water   Leave a comment

In my backyard




The Audacity  (sold shortly after I took this.)



The Point–this one is a little loud just before I learned how to shoot without the background noise!


I took these in January 2015 when it was cold–only 77 degrees I think!

Posted June 29, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

Nothing left on my ‘bucket list’?   Leave a comment

Do you remember the first time you heard/used the term bucket list? It seems everywhere you turn someone is mentioning and/or talking about their bucket list. I decided to make up one for myself and after 3 hours looking at a blank sheet of paper and my mind racing all over the place I discovered I don’t have a bucket list, that I have done everything I wanted to and whatever I would put on a list would be more of a dream than a reality.

Sure I would love to win the lottery and I even buy tickets every week but does that go on a bucket list?

I would like to ride a horse but that isn’t something that is going to happen at my age and with my health.

I would like to visit New Zealand AGAIN but been there, done that!

I’ve written books, had many articles published and wrote a weekly news column, written a dining out column for a magazine.

Six years ago I became a professional theatre reviewer which I had dreamed about since I was 13.

I was very wealthy for a decade.

As I went along in life I did things I wanted to do as they came up for good or bad but all were experiences and many would be on my bucket list today if I had thought twice and didn’t do them back in the day.

I’ve seen the best of entertainers perform live, saw the famous of stage and met a movie star here and there.

Oh sure I would love to have a red convertible again but does that go on a bucket or wish list?

If I had my choice of doing anything I wanted to do tomorrow it would be the same as I did yesterday or last week or that I have done in the past decade.

Yes I hope to have more new experiences but none that I would consider part of a bucket list—hope when you are 81 you can say the same!

After I wrote this I wondered where ‘bucket list’ came from so I went to bing.com and came up with the following, surprised that it is a fairly new expression!


Posted June 28, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

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