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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I am not that much of a shoe person. I have 3 ‘dress’ shoes that I alternate wearing going to the theatre about 14 times of the year and I have had them for about 10 years. I, also, have a pair of slippers that I may wear now and then plus I got suckered into buying 2 pairs of ‘massage sandals’ that were suppose to ‘soothe’ my feet when having gout and/or spurs.

My favorite ‘shoe’ is the flip-flop which I wear 351 days (352 during a Leap Year) and in the evening since I very seldom wear the slippers. Doctors will tell you that flip-flops will harm your legs and cause problems in the future. All I know is that when my feet hurt they ease the pain whereas shoes cause more pain.

At this time I have 8 pairs of flip-flops but I have had as many as 20. I use to buy some at the Dollar Tree store but they were very thin soled and didn’t last that long. A few years ago when Old Navy had a sale on them for $2 a pair I had bought 4 pairs of which I still have 3. Last Saturday they had an in-store sale for flip-flops going at a dollar a pair but I had no way of getting there and instead went to their web site where I ordered the same but at $2 a pair plus postage.

Size on flip-flops are a funny thing so I bought 3 at size 10-11 and 2 at size 11-12. It took about 5 days to get here but now I am set with flip-flops for at least 5 years. I bought 2 striped and 3 solid---hey I want my flip-flops to match my shorts and shirt!!

It is very rare to see anyone all dressed up in Fort Lauderdale, not even in the theatre, except maybe some sales people. Heck even teachers wear shorts to school but more about that later!

Want to relax and have that ‘beach bum’ feel just come on down here where not only the tourists dress like tourists!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Walking into the movie theatre to see "And So It Goes" directed by Rob Reiner, starring Michael Douglas as a widower, who no one likes, and Diane Keaton as a widow wanting to have a career as a lounge singer, who irritate each other, is all you have to know about the story of the movie.
You see the jokes coming yet smile and you know Reiner is going to manipulate your tears which will flow and there isn't any surprise about the ending because the movie is what you expect and what you want.
"And So It Goes" is the antithesis of the 20+ sequels and remakes with robots, car crashes, apes, vampires, bomb burstings, fights, special effects, etc.
Douglas and Keaton play roles they can do in their sleep but keep it fresh while Sterling Jerins, as the granddaughter Douglas didn't know he had and Frances Sternhagen represnting the 'old' generation as Douglas's work partner add to the screen whenever they appear.
Austin Lysy, as Jerin's father, and Andy Karl as another of Douglas's co-workers, in under-witten roles do better than their roles deserve.
The screenwriter, Mark Andrus, and director Rob Reiner bring to the screen what their audience wants but I am still trying to figure out what the 12 executive producers did!

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TENNISJIM 7/26/2014 6:11AM

    thanks for the review

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ALICE_TENNIS 7/25/2014 11:55PM

    thanks for the info

We went to see "Begin Again" tonight. I was pleasantly surprised with the simplicity of the story.

Enjoy your weekend!

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PICKIE98 7/25/2014 8:01PM

    The exec producers got their checkbooks out,, Executive producer= $$$$.
I like the actors, love Rob Reiner, and would expect no less from him than to twist that plot somehow..

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Friday, July 25, 2014

TAPS--a Fort Lauderdale Restaurant review
by Martin, &GreatMartin

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July 25, 2014

Going to the Broward Performing Arts Center and wanting to get a bite to eat can make for an expensive proposition on Himmarshee as most restaurants within a 4-5 block area are all expensive, mostly pretentious and not worth the price. Taps Restaurant, Bar and Lounge is the latest addition to the street.
It was early, around 5:30, and raining when we got there though a couple of waiters were valiantly trying to set up the tables for outdoor dining and there was only one other couple inside.
The dcor certainly is modern, almost bordering on 21st Century chic. Though most of the tables are high tops---the taps influence--with one row of dinner height tables along a mirrored background.
The first and most important aspect of Taps to me was Jason, our server. I keep on hearing about all the bad service in restaurants but I fail to see it as Jason is the latest in a long line of servers who have made our meals taste a lot better than they actually were.
I took his suggestion of the BLT&A sandwich ($10) and if I had known (or read the fine print) that it came with a small side of salad I wouldnt have ordered the side of veggies ($4) which was a portabella mushroom, 3 asparagus, red roasted pepper and 3 small artichoke hearts. The sandwich was made with apple wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and tomato aioli on grilled ciabatta bread which made it mostly bread. With it I had a not so special coffee ($3.95)
Allen had the Lemon Roaster Salmon Salad ($14) which he really enjoyed and a diet coke ($2.50)
Time to end the bacon and avocado trend--it is tired at this point.
We had plenty of time so we were going to split the warm apricot rum bread pudding but they were out of it--that is a big strike for me against a new restaurant which implies the chef hasnt prepped an item., as what could they have been out of not to make it?
Instead of taking Jasons suggestion of the Belgian Waffles with ice cream we had the Chocolate Lava Cake ($10)---big mistake--next time listen to Jason.
With tax ($2.67) and a 25%+ tip the check came to $60.
Would I go back again? If it is raining, being close to the theatre, I probably would otherwise it is Rok Burger or Tarpon Bend.
When we left--about 6:45--there were a total of 4 parties including us of which I met one of the couples at the theatre later---not a good sign, for an area where restaurants come and go, when a show was opening and this is a block out of the way from the drinking action.

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TENNISJIM 7/26/2014 6:16AM

    Thanks for the review

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MOJO0607 7/25/2014 11:36AM

    Love Rok Burger...I went there for the first time last weekend when my son was performing at Lucky's Tavern, and was impressed with the quality of the food. My husband got the truffle fries with his dinner, and I think I ate most of them! Thanks for the heads up on Taps!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Can there be too much of a good thing? Last night at the premiere of the touring company of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale it was almost as if they were trying to prove there could.

Start a juggler off with 3 balls, increase it to 6 then 8 then 10 and then the audience loses count. A young lady starts off with two hoops goes to 4, drops one so why not have her use 8? One contortionist doing things with a body that isnt possible, yet you are seeing it with your own eyes, deserves to work with another lady contortionist and what they do boggles your mind!

There are acrobats who do amazing jumps and flips who bring an audience member up and flip her over. There are many barechested guys with 6 pack stomachs while a few look like they added an extra pack here and there and women who define what an hourglass figure is and what can be done with it on the stage and/or in the air. There is the tallest, blondist, most muscular violinist you have ever seen on stage and animals as never imagined by Mother Nature.

With all the musicians, aerialists, tumblers, jugglers, contortionists which includes 28 extraordinary talented performers they almost play second fiddle to the costumes designed by Lenora Taylor and Santiago that range from astonishing to funny to what a cockeyed Mother Nature would put on stage.

Talking about the very versatile, athletic and entertaining performers it is a shame that they arent named in the program or introduced on stage as they certainly deserve the recognition.

Can there be too much of a good thing? Go see Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy and come to your own conclusion!

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MILPAM3 7/23/2014 3:01PM

  Just saw an ad for this today. Thanks for saying it's worth the price of admission.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

As a rule I will usually post my movie review the same evening after I have seen the movie but I wanted to give the Third Person awhile before giving my opinions. I dont remember the last time I saw an audience with such puzzled faces walking out of a movie theatre as I did after the end credits were shown.

While I prefer my movies tied up in a bow with rational explanations of why/what took place I dont mind the occasional one with ambiguous endings but sometimes the writer/director, in this case Paul Haggis, who also wrote and directed the Oscar winning Crash, goes a little too far. There are 3 stories going on here simultaneously but really there is a fourth which helps in adding, What?! to the ending. I dont like to give spoilers so I really wont give my explanation except to say as a writer I have written books of fiction giving characters different aspects of myself and leave it at that.

The stories revolve around Mike (Liam Neeson), Anna (Olivia Wilde) and his wife (Kim Basinger), Sean (Adrien Brody) and Monika (Moran Atias), Julia (Mila Kunis) and her ex (James Franco) and her lawyer (Maria Bello) each story involving a child, girl or boy, dead or alive.

One couple is in Paris, another in Rome and a third in New York and whether on purpose or not the writer/director Haggis will have Mila in New York, where her main story takes and place, and twice in Paris without any reason except writers have the freedom to take their story where they want.

All the actors do fine but Kuniss make up is a bit too much even for a one time soap opera star and Brody comes up bland playing opposite Atias, an Israeli actress, as a Romanian gypsy!

I dont know how to explain this but though the movie is interesting it is also boring, the running time being over 2 hours and 20 minutes. The film is about all aspects of love but doesnt get the viewer involved which in the end makes it a failure.

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TENNISJIM 7/8/2014 6:01AM

    Thank you for the review.

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AUNTRENEE 7/5/2014 11:13AM

    I don't watch too much of the new stuff. I prefer like some of the 1970s and 1980s movies. The only current movie I like is The A Team that they made in 2010.

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