In my years of growing up in Ybor City, which was the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, there was one man who stood out head and shoulders above the population. All who aspire to intellectualism, to appreciators of art and music, and to be leaders in the politics of that day, basically a long sputtering fight against communism, had to look up to Don Victoriano Manteiga. He was our leader.
Cities often grow because they have a fine harbor, an excellent climate, and a railroad junction. For these reasons the City of Tampa grew, and became the largest Gulf port in the state of Florida. But West Tampa, just across the Hillsborough River from Tampa, grew, not of the geographical or climatic possibilities, but because one “Tampan” (Hugh C. Macfarlane) saw an opportunity, and grasped it. West Tampa was planned and thought out beforehand. There were great developments, because such developments had been anticipated. It was, in brief, a city that was conceived, flourished and grew, and passed out of existence in twenty-nine years. Paradoxically, while the city can still be found, it is no longer, theoretically, a city.
If you are old enough to remember “soda fountains”, consider yourself lucky. The great age of soda fountains is long gone, but what a fun time it was for those of us that had the opportunity to experience this slice of Americana.
Three of Tampa’s popular soda fountains located downtown were Kress, J. J. Newberry and Woolworth’s. The three stores were all next to one another on Franklin Street. For 5 or 10 cents you could have a milk shake or malt with at least three scoops of ice cream. You could also ask the soda jerk to mix you a cherry or vanilla coke.
When an unknown woman showed up on her doorstep, Ignacia’s life changed dramatically. As the two women spoke, she discovered the man she loved and the father of her children had a secret of his own–he had a wife in another town.
The two women spent the afternoon talking, comparing their lives and trying to make sense of the painful discovery. It became clear how easy it was for this man to lead two separate lives. His job as a railroad engineer took him from town to town for long periods of time.
Fresh out of the Sundance Film Festival comes another dark comedy from graphic novelist, Daniel Clowes (author of the source material for the 2001 cult-film Ghost World) who teams up with director, Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), for a cynical, offbeat dramedy about an anti-social man (Woody Harrelson) who re-connects with his ex-wife (Laura Dern) and his teenage daughter (Isabella Amara).
After leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man, director Edgar Wright returns to the big-screen with an original script, over 20 years in the making.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver, (Ansel Elgort) who is coerced by a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) to take part in a heist that quickly goes south. The twist here being, he is a music fanatic whose life syncs up to the tunes on his iPod. The simplest way to describe Baby Driver is “La La Land meets The Fast and the Furious”. It’s high-speed thrills often paired with a playful soundtrack, all done in Wright’s signature flashy style.
Rough Night stars Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz and Ilana Glazer as a group of girlfriends who reunite in Miami for a bachelorette party, only to accidentally kill a male-stripper amidst their hard-partying. ‘Hangover’ and ‘Very Bad Things’ comparisons aside, Rough Night sets up a fun premise with a cast of very talented actresses, who are all energetic and fun to watch.
47 Meters Down, fresh off the success of 2016's sleeper-hit “The Shallows”, stars Claire Holt and Mandy Moore as two sisters vacationing in Mexico, who go on an impromptu cage-diving excursion until their cage breaks down and they are trapped 47 meters below the surface in shark infested waters.
Seeing the advertisements for “Unforgettable” in theaters and on television, I knew exactly how I was going to have the most fun watching it: with a group of friends at a crowded advanced screening. Between the constant laughing, or snoring, of my audience, this is what I’ve gathered as being the film’s “plot”.
Nearly two years since it was first announced, and to much backlash, Hollywood has finally churned out a remake of the 1995 anime classic, “Ghost in the Shell”.
Set in the distant future, a special ops, human-cyborg hybrid named “Major” (Scarlett Johansson) sets out to stop a dangerous criminal (Michael Pitt), who may hold the secrets to her past. The original was influential on a significant amount of Sci-Fi genre flicks and filmmakers over the past decade, from “The Matrix” to the works of James Cameron. As seen in the past, when Hollywood attempts to adapt an anime, they fail remarkably. On top of that, casting Scarlett Johansson as a character that was originally asian, sparked an insane backlash from fans and activists alike.