September 29th, 2010

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" will be a sleeper autumn hit

Released around Springtime on the IMAX 6 story screen, **How to Train Your Dragon** quietly amassed over 200 million dollars at the box office and talk of sequel is on the Dreamworks drawing board. Released last weekend at the Museum of Discovery IMAX screen by Warner Brother Studios, **Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole** has the potential to perform similar business success, in the familiar quiet way. The animation is superb with microscopic attention to detail with important themes about warriors and bullies.

Soren and his brother, two young owls, are kidnapped by a cult of evil owls who brainwash younglings. Soren manages to escape to the mythical land of Ga'Hoole and learns that the legends have become a fact. While undergoing training from his elders, Soran finds himself becoming emotional distant from his confused brother.

The magnified action scenes suffer from too many closeups of owl talons, which might prove too intense for preschool viewers. Fans of Kathryn Lasky's novel will appreciate **Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole** for it's all purpose storytelling.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

FLiFF 25 begins to Rewind....

This weekend kicks off the Silver Aniversary of the **Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (*FLiFF 25).** A representation of festival films from 1986 until 2009 will be screened at Cinema Paradiso until October 21. Celebrating a vacation from the ordinary film, the next two weeks features documentaries ranging from a variety of topics, from Lawrence of Arabia to Autism.

Beginning October 5- October 21, official festival selections of Short Films will be showcased within 12 compilation programs titled to reflect the themes of the shorts; **The Office, Hmmm, Why Can They Be Like We Were, On With The Show, The Dating Scene, Love Is In The Air, Love Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry, Family Bonds, Short & Gay, Justice Served, Redemption,** and a Florida Shorts program titled **Come'On Down.**

**FLiFF 25** will honor Hollywood Icon Jane Russell and Master Thespian Claire Bloom with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Shows are expected to sell quickly, so for more information, contact (954) 525-Film or visit the website for more details.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Teak the Dog, star of Wags & Tails

Children from ages 5-12 can practice reading to Imperial Point Library's Pet Therapy Dog, Teak! Born in Fort Lauderdale in 1998,Teak is a labrador whose enjoys sunbathing and listening to good stories. Please pre-register at the Imperial Point Information Desk or call (954) 492-1881. Participation is limited to 15.
As... Teak says, "Rrruuufff, rrruuuff, READ!!!"
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Opening this Friday...."Stephen Sondheim's Follies"

For those who want a break from the celluloid this weekend, Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton will be presenting **The Stephen Sondheim Follies".** The man famous for creating Broadway classics such from **West Side Story** to **Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,** this cabaret tribute to Stephen Sondheim will feature two songs from vocalist Meghan Moroney.

A former member of the dearly departed **Adventurer's Club** from Downtown Disney, Moroney is both a brassy and intimate performer. For ticket information, contact (877) 245-7432 or visit the website

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

The "Young Fronkensteen Monster" is coming to Fort Lauderdale!!!!!

"Young Frankenstein" was unleashed thirty six years ago upon the Deerfield Beach Ultravision, which is now the home of the South Florida Bible College. For six graders like myself and Mark Lindell, "Young Frankenstein" was holy scripture. We quoted lines and became fans of Irving Berlin's catchy tune, “Putin' on the Ritz,” except we would imitate the Monster's intonation of the words, “Putin'onDaRITZZZZZZZ !!!”

When Peter Boyle (the actor who portrayed the Monster in Mel Brooks' mad cap comedy) walked down the red carpet at the 2005 Palm Beach International Film Festival Gala at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, I reached out and said to Mr. Boyle, “Let me shake hands with the Monster!” Mr. Boyle shook my hand, then wanted to know if I was an American.

"Young Frankenstein" was a homage to the "Frankenstein" movies starring Boris Karloff. Shot in black and white, the attention to detail was phenomenal. The same Kenneth Strickfade machinery used in the 1931 film was recreated for the 1974 film. Thanks to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery, Boy Scouts had an opportunity to view a replication of the Strickfaden machinery being used the new Mel Brooks musical currently playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

As fun Halloween entertainment, "Young Frankenstein" delivers both mirth and music. The plot of the musical follows the plot of the 1974 movie. Professor Frederick Frankenstein (Christopher Ryan) is summoned to Transvania to settle the estate of his ancestor, the much despised Victor Frankenstein. Upon arrival and meeting humpbacked Igor (Cory English) and voluptuous Inga (Synthia Link), Frederick feels the calling of the Frankenstein blood and creates his own Monster (Preston Truman Boyd).

By this point of the musical, the audience had absorbed many trademark gags from the first movie (“Walk this Way”) and some increasing improving musical numbers. Among the musical highlights of the first act includes Elizabeth's (Janine Divita) rendition of “Please Don't Touch Me,” Inga's “Roll in the Hay” and fantastically staged number“ ”Join the Family Business,“ in which a 24 foot Frankenstein Monster is created on stage in a dream sequence.

The second act builds in momentum with the elaborately staged “Puttin' on the Ritz,” which developers the original soft shoe number into a full fledged Buby Berkeley number. While Christopher Ryan dominates the show as the title character, Preston Truman Boyd is given his moment to shine with the Monster performing solo, in a duet with his shadow and then with a large chorus. This number should have been repeated as an encore, it was that good.

"Young Frankenstein" will only be Fort Lauderdale for another week, see it before the wagons hitch a ride to Schenectady. If you miss it, then pick up the DVD. Both musical and DVD will leave you with a smile on your face.SUPER DOOPER!!!!
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Best Burgers in Fort Lauderdale

A Fort Lauderdale institution since the 1970's, Jack's Hamburgers is the best burgers in town. There are only two locations, one in Pompano and the one pictured in Fort Lauderdale.

If you go inside, check out the pictures on the wall.
Beyond some pictures of Old Lauderdale, there are autographed pictures.

One autograph is from my old boss from my RKO RADIO days and another from Cindy Morgan, who celebrates her birthday today.