The mighty Ducks: Game changer 20/21

a series on streaming – Disney +

Set in present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay, they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game.

Q-tips say: Yes, watch this one. Really liked the first series – can’t wait to see the next one. Mrs. Q says: It’s a great mixture of the old Ducks message of hockey should be fun with a new little message of parents need to let their kids stand on their own.

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PHILLIPPI CREEK – Sarasota FL 3/26/2021

PHILLIPPI CREEK 5353 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231, (941) 925-4444

Q-TIPS SAY: Decent food, service, drinks. They have a: HAPPY HOUR- 3-5:30PM daily. Great service from Jorge.

I had the sautéed Sea Scallops & the other half had the blackened Tilapia along with the potatoes & Cole slaw.  Enjoyed our meals.  Great service from Jorge and the cocktails were gooood.

Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States. This is how you know your at the right place. They actually caught a shark this big in the phillipe creek.       Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States. Seafood platter & steamed clams, YUM

Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States. Sautéed Shrimp & Scallops ($23)
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STONEWOOD – 5415 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34276, (941) 355-3315

Appetizers: Buffalo Shrimp,  Bleu Cheese Chips, Smoked Salmon, Crispy Grilled Wings, Sausage & Pretzel Bread, Short Rib Sliders, Steak Sandwich, Menu changes periodically.

Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Seasonal Features - Crab Cakes

I had the BUFFALO SHRIMP – Lightly seasoned, fried, crumbled bleu cheese, bleu cheese aioli, mild buffalo sauce. All sauces on the side.  Also, I had the French onion soup. The other half had the Clam Chowder soup & the Shrimp.  We shared the warm Pretzel sticks with butter.  

Q-TIPS SAY: Good food and drinks. Enjoyed the “bar area” with great service from some of the bar tenders. The bar-tenders are – (the unsung hero of a restaurant). Also have gone to the dining room with friends and all enjoyed their regular menu meals/service & libations. If you are in Sarasota, FL give Stonewood a visit. We do go often and enjoy.  Go & enjoy! Don’t forget about those complimentary delicious warm pretzels instead of the usual bread!

French Onion Soup: rich in robust flavors, a true classic soup recipe

French onion soup

Clam Chowder - A Healthy Version of the New England Style Classic

Clam chowder soup


Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Freddy m the bread basket. Yum!

Pretzel sticks

Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Seared ahi tuna
Sesame tuna
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Promising young woman

3/23 – Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

Q-tips say: Not sure we were going to like this movie but with the twist/turns turned out to be ok. Feels intentional from start to finish, every line balanced for effect and many-layered meanings. Manipulative and nihilistic, it forces a ruthlessly honest performance. Its provocative, booby-trapped plot that comes riddled with “gotcha” moments.

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Ice cream in the cupboard

After being physically attacked by his loving wife, a man is forced to face the fact that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Q-tips say: YES, SEE IT! A touching and earnest story about a a difficult subject. Mrs. Q says: The amazing way the story depicts what could happen to any family.

By the way, no, she is not a senior citizen.

This is not the first film on this subject, “Still Alice & “Iris” are two good movies that are more or less on the same subject and are good films to watch if time permits.

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Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal

Reenactments tell the story of the mastermind behind a scam to get children from wealthy families into the top American universities.

Q-tips say: see it. Most of us read about this in the news. The most surprising aspect of this movie is the ending.
Mrs. Q thinks: The rules of normal behavior do not apply to the wealthy and powerful … until, of course, they do. You don’t need a Harvard degree to know that’s a priceless lesson to learn.

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Woody vs Farrow

Woody Allen v. Mia Farrow is an American documentary television miniseries. 3/21

A four-part series documenting the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then 7-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow; their subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi; and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed.

The series examines the sexual assault allegation made against Woody Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who was seven when the abuse allegedly occurred. It follows the custody battle between Allen and his former partner Mia Farrow, his marriage to her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who was 35 years younger than Allen, and the events of subsequent years.[9]

Q-tips say: We did like it. Mrs. Q says: Does money & power talk? Oh, YES.

The last episode #4 was a tad long and slow. The finale of the HBO docuseries delves into the changing perception of Woody Allen and Ms. Farrow’s decision to go public with her allegations of sexual abuse.

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Witches 3/21

In late 1967, a young orphaned boy goes to live with his loving grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe — under cover — to carry out her nefarious plans.

Q-tips say: The Q tips somewhat liked it. Mrs. Q says: NOT for children. The very best was the little mouse in the boy’s pocket and the ending.

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Supernova 3/21

Sam (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) and Tusker (Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.

Q-tips say: YES, see this movie. Scene after scene, as the two men visit friends and family one last time, we glimpse the showier, more maudlin film that Supernova could but never does devolve into, hovering just at the edges.  Two powerhouse performances in this moving drama that explores its delicate subject with such intimacy and restrain.

This movie is about Alzheimer’s Disease. A progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions.

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Coming 2 America 3/21

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Q-tips say: This movie was to be a comedy – but OMG the movie was just stupid. Would you expect anything more from a film featuring a farting lion?

Coming 2 America

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