May 11th, 2009

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Before; FLICKS 2002 - Star Trek Nemesis

Star Trek Nemesis:
Has this Star Trek franchise reached it's final frontier?

Motion pictures seems to go through generational
shifts every twenty five years. In 1977 John Wayne
and the Golden Age of Hollywood generation of film
makers had stopped making motion pictures and the
Steven Spielberg-George Lucas generation became
household names. 2002 A.D. will go down as a pivotal
year. The prominence of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars"
franchises are fading away to grandeur of Harry
Potter and "The Lord of the Rings"

"Star Trek: Nemesis" reassembles the crew from the
original Next Generation, not the Star Trek crew from
the classic generation or the Deep Space 9 Crew or the
Voyager crew. Sound confusing? This may be proof
that the Star Trek franchise has run it's course.
Since "Star Trek Insurrection," every new movie has
looked like something we have seen before on one of
the five television series.

The U.S.S. Enterprise is on a routine mission. Admiral
Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)contacts Captain Picard (Patrick
Stewart) about a potential breach of security
involving an ancient enemy of Planet Earth and the
Star Trek Federation. The Enterprise Crew
investigates a mystery that involves their old
adversaries, the Romulans, and potential new enemies,
the Remans.

First Officer Android Data (Brent Spinner) discovers
his prototype Big Brother, B-4 (Brent Spinner in a
dual role). B-4 was abandoned on a dessert planet to
lure the Enterprise crew in a trap. This trap was set
by Shizon (Tom Hardy), a Romulan Clone of Captain
Picard. Shizon has a temper tantrum that could lead
to the destruction of the universe as we know it.

Shizon was a villain that must have looked good on
paper. But Tom Hardy does not have the power and
passion that made Ricardo Montalban's antihero such a
charismatic figure 20 years
ago when he caused the death of Mr. Spock. Patrick
Stewart's Captain Picard suffers from the egocentric
nature that dogged William Shatner's Captain Kirk.
Picard is in practically every scene and seems
determined to be the center of attention. The rest of
the Star Trek ensemble have a few individual closeups
and one line of funny dialogue.

Some of the best moments revolved around Brent
Spinner's dual performance as Data and his android
brother, B-4. Spinner is especially touching as an
Ivy-League Big Brother Data dealing with the Forest
Gump behavior of his slow witted brother. It should be
noted that Spinner shares a screenwriting credit for
this motion picture "Nemesis." Unfortunately the
creators forgot the metaphoric elements that made the
original Star Trek such a cult in the 1960's and
1970's. Missing are the daring story lines that masked
issues of racism, drug abuse and social programming.

Perhaps what would save this franchise would be a
breakdown of it's almost 40 year Star Trek history.
Court martial the overpaid character actors and
impeach the President of the Star Trek Fan Club.
While retaining popcorn eating entertainment,
Paramount needs to make a movie with some daring,
adventure and return to serious humanistic themes.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and


FORT LAUDERDALE THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009 5 pm to 8 pm

The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, a division of Nova Southeastern University, continues its FREE Third Thursday monthly event series with a special music performance by local Beatles tribute band, Anthology.

Beatlemania officially hits the Museum on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 5 pm, when Anthology begins rocking the best of the Beatles and The Palms Grille Go-Go Groupies begin grooving.

Anthology consists of four local musicians --
Joe "Holly" Hollingsworth on Drums/Vocals (who also happens to serve as the Museum of Art’s building operations supervisor during the day),
Joe Bonilla on Lead Guitar/Vocals,
George Van Dyk on Bass/Vocals
Tom Montalbano on Guitar/Keys/Vocals.
(No relation to Cinema Dave).

Anthology has performed at a number of South Florida special events, venues and private parties. Most recently, Anthology was asked to participate in Majic 102.7’s 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ roof top concert, which took place on top of a building roof top in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Anthology has also performed at St. Coleman’s Italian Festival, Coconut Creek Casino, Hollywood’s Young Circle as well as private affairs for WSVN-TV and many others.

Also making a groovy appearance during the fun and lively event are The Palms Grille Gold Go-Go Groupies – a group of gorgeous “groupies” following every step of John, Paul, George & Ringo. The groupies, who will be wearing 1960s gold-colored fringe fashion costumes, will scream and shout as the Beatles open up with their first song and even join the band on stage grooving to classic 60s go-go dance club steps on both sides of the stage.

In addition to the evening’s “rocking” entertainment, the Museum offers free admission, extended hours (open until 8 p.m.), 2-for-1 drink specials in the Museum’s Café and Wine Bar and gift giveaways from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times Street Team.

Current Museum exhibitions include With You I Want to Live along with the Museum’s permanent collections The Spectacle of Life: The Art of William Glackens, CoBrA and The Indigo Room or Is Memory Water Soluble?


Thursday, May 21, 5 pm – 8 pm

5 pm-8 pm: music performance by Anthology along with The Palms Grille Gold Go-Go Groupies

6:30 pm: Docent led tour of With You I Want to Live


Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue


HOW: For more information, call the Museum at;954.525.5500, extension 236.


The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, a division of Nova Southeastern University, is open daily 11 am -- 5 pm with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 pm. Summer Hours (run May 25th through November 16th) are Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm with extended hours on Thursday until 8 pm and closed on Mondays. Suggested admission is $10 adults; $7 students (6 to 17), military and seniors (65+). College students with a valid ID, children 5 and under, students 6 to 17 with a Broward County Library card and Museum members are admitted free. The Museum of Art is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. On the Third Thursday of each month: Free admission from 5 to 8 pm. The Studio Arts Creative Art Academy for adults and students (grades 1 to 12) offers a 10-week program, taught by professional artists. Courses on painting, drawing, design, art history, and musical theater. For more information call 954-262-0239 or email: The Museum also features a Café Bar, which offers illy coffee, wines and beers.


The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is a division of Nova Southeastern University. Funding for the Museum us provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. In addition, the Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the City of Fort Lauderdale.

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