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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Movie Review (4/10)

Posted on May 12th, 2003 filed in Movie Reviews
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Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) has a master’s degree in journalism and is longing to write about politics and imminent world issues but instead she is the “How to” girl at the ‘Composure’ women Magazine. Her latest assignment is to write an article on ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 days’, highlighting things that women must NOT do on dates.

Out at a party, Andie chooses her victim, Ben (Matthew McConaughey), a nice looking, sweet guy. Ironically, Ben, has an ulterior motive for dating Andie as well. In order to nail a huge diamond advertising campaign, his boss challenges him to make Andie fall in love with him in 10 days. So, while he is determined to make her fall in love with him at any cost, she is determined to have him dump her at all cost, all in 10 days, and sparks between them start flying….

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US Trip: 10 days across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia

Posted on May 10th, 2003 filed in Travelogues
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Arrival airport: Cincinnatti

Departure airport: Atlanta

Airlines: Delta Airlines

Itinerary: 1 day in Cincinnatti, 1 day in Louisville, 1 day driving, 3 days Smokie Mountains, 4 days Atlanta.

Day 1:
Cincinnatti: We arrived around 10:00 am to Cincinnati airport and picked up our rental car. Off we head to Paramount King’s Island, the famous amusement park we heard so much about and were eager to see. Its reputation is quite earnt as it is laden with many fantastic rides most notable being Racer, The Beast, and the freaky Vortex. An unbelievable experience was however the adrenaline-pumping exhilarating Skyflyer where one is hooked to the top of a crane at a 120 degrees angle then released resulting in a freaky free fall followed by a superman-flying experience (Due to upswing of pendulum). Got a video memory for that. Absolutely awesome.

Left the park around 5 pm and headed to our hotel for some R&R and freshening up. Then headed to Riverside for some night fun. Riverside is the best place to appreciate Cincinatti skyline. First had some sunset drinks and mingled with lots of young crowd to live music at Chez Nora . Then moved to the nearby Chart House for a sumptuous (and quite pricey) steak.
Day 2:

Started our day with a few hour tour of Cincinnati then headed south to Kentucky.

2 hours later we were checking out the Louisville Slugger Museum, home of the largest baseball bat in the world. We then headed to our hotel, on the Indiana bank of Ohio River, and got ready for ‘Thunder over Louisville‘, reportedly the largest firework event in the world. We had booked our rooms close to 10 months ago. I’ve never seen anything like this. The experience was beyond fabulous. There must have been a million people there and the fireworks were phenomenal. Note to self: Must come back.

Day 3:

We started early and headed southeast to Mammoth Caves, the largest cave system in the world. Spent around two hours in one of the tours there and had a great guide that shared so much info about what the cave, and how it was discovered. Grabbed some souvenirs then off we went to Opryland Hotel, in Nashville Tennessee, the famous hotel that was once the largest before Vegas came to light.

What a beautiful place. We enjoyed a water show, innumerable plants and flowers, a gondole stroll, and a great dinner.

Back to the road all the way to Gatlinburg in Tennessee to our rented cottage. It was a fabulous place quite isolated with no sound but that of leaves and crickets. The cottage was made of solid wood and had all types of entertainment: Outdoor hot tub, Indoor Jacuzzi, , Internet, Huge 50 inch TV, DVD player, CD player, Pool table, Table Tennis table, and a fire burning fireplace.

Days 4,5 and 6:

Smokie Mountains

The hot tub experience was itself spectacular. Nothing beats soaking in bubbly water with a cool breeze in your face.

Wer stayed there for 3 days and hiked 5-6 hours each day. All the hikes are well marked with no potential for one to get lost. It was beyond awesome with all the waterfalls, greenery, and peace.

We also explored Gatlinburg itself and it is a lovely town loaded with cutesy and artsy stores as well as heavy country breakfasts. There are also many outlet stores and we did some heavy shopping and landed some really good deals.
I did not see any bears but had a scary encounter with a giant opossum. While watching TV one day, I heard a rustling sound. I first dismissed that but then noted that the sound was getting eerily closed and finally it looks as if something was on our balcony! What a panic! I turned the light on and freaked out of my mind as I saw what looked like this huge, and I mean huge, rat looking thing. It was like few seconds of frightening agony as I then was informed that it is a harmless opossum. What an ugly thing. Eeek.

Days 7-10

On Day 7, we departed Gatlinburg and headed south to Asheville, North Carolina where we spent hours touring and awing at the splendid beauty of Bitmore Estate and its beyond fabulous gardens.

We then headed proceeded to our final destaination, Atlanta, where we met with some friends and spent the last 2+ days there. Atlanta is becoming a huge city and Buckhead is quite a nice area to enjoy and a place to see and be seen. We visited the CNN headquarter and saw how they do the weather reports and toured the Coca Cola Factory nearby. That was quite interesting. Never knew that there were so many coke flavors in this world. They were also showing a number of documentaries about coca cola history and free unlimited fountain refills. Over all, both tours were time well spent.

I believe this trip was quite varied and enjoyable and that both time and money invested in it were well spent. The various sights we have seen and enjoyed and the fun we had, warrants a repeat that hopefully will materialize in the near future. A+.

Identity Movie Review (8/10)

Posted on April 30th, 2003 filed in Movie Reviews
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10 strangers are stranded by a severe rainstorm in a motel in the middle of nowhere in Nevada. Things start getting freaky with them getting murdered one by one. And then they find out that they all share the same birthday.


For fans of smart thrillers, this is a breath of fresh air amid the drought of interesting movies in this genre usually flooded by cheap bloody productions. ‘Identity’ is solid and chuck full of tension and supsense with enough twists to keep you outguessed till the very end. Both the screenwriter and director have done an excellent job and the result is what you would expect of Hitchcock directing an Agatha Christie top novel.

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Memorable Movie Scenes: Part 4

Posted on April 10th, 2003 filed in Memorable Movie Scenes
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1) Bruce Willis path of fire in ‘Die Hard 2’

2) Martin Short drunk dancing to ‘Twisting the Night Away’

3) Kathy Bates smashing James Caan leg in ‘Misery’

4) Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter Dancing to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’

5) The peep show kids can enjoy of 450 lbs Dicaprio’s mother in ‘Whose Eating Gilbert Grape’

Favourite Movies of 2002

Posted on April 5th, 2003 filed in Movie Talk
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Here are my favorite top 20 movies of 2002:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Catch Me If You Can
Spirited Away
About Schmidt
Y Tu Mama Tambien
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding Movie Review (8/10)

Posted on March 25th, 2003 filed in Movie Reviews
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Toula Portokalos (played by Nia Vardalos) is a Greek, thirty year old, single woman, who is miserably limited by the traditions and expectations of her old fashioned Greek parents and is constantly pressured to marry a nice Greek boy. She lives at home and works as a waitress at the ‘Dancing Zorba’s’, her family’s Greek restaurant. After much convincing, she starts working at her aunt’s travel agency where she meets the nice, tall, and handsome Ian Miller (played by John Corbett)- the American boy. After having a secret relationship with Ian, which allowed Toula to blossom and come out of her protective shell, she must now face up to the entire family and announce her engagement to the Non-Greek boyfriend…and even if they do finally accept him, will he survive the big Greek wedding?

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