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The Shawshank Redemption Movie Quotes

Posted on March 11th, 2002 filed in Movie Quotes
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I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are just too bright… and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice… but still, the place you live is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.” —Red (Morgan Freeman), The Shashank Redemption

The English Patient Movie Review (9/10)

Posted on March 9th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews
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At the end of World war II, Hana (Juliette Binoche) a Canadian nurse, stays behind the departing convoy to tend to a severely burnt man, Count Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), a Hungarian cartographer recruited by the British to map the North African Sahara Desert. A series of flashbacks unfolding the various events that marked Almasy’s journey is complicated by the arrival of two men, each with his own agenda, to the hospital.

‘The English Patient’ is a poetic and sensual tale of a beautifully intense wartime romance (Reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia and Casablanca), and an obsessively destructive forbidden relationship. It is executed in style through a powerful script by Anthony Minghella, his skillfull direction, fascinating cinematography by John Seale, fabulous performances by Fiennes, Thomas, and Binoche, and a haunting soundtrack by Gabrielle Yared. Quite understandably, it swept 9 Academay awards including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Musical Score, and Best Cinematography.

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Movie Review (9 /10)

Posted on February 28th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews
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Who has not heard of the legend of Harry Potter? JK Rowling’s novel literally took the world by storm and now the movie.

Living in a cupboard under the staircase, Harry Potter is a young orphan who is constantly mistreated by his aunt, uncle and cousin. On his 11th birthday, he receives the shocking news that he is the son of a witch and wizard, who were killed by the darkest wizard of all time ‘Voldemort’ while he miraculously survived with only a scar on his forehead; so, he- ‘Harry Potter’- is a very famous wizard destined to do great things! He must go off the Hogwarts, the best school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he learns magic, becomes best friends with Ron and Hermione and together, they will face the greatest adventures and danger trying to solve the mystery of the Philosopher Stone and stop the evil Voldemort from ruling once again.

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Mont Tremblant: Great skiing Destination in North America

Posted on February 25th, 2002 filed in Travelogues
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Just returned from a fabulous one week ski trip to Mont Tremblant.

Location: 90 minutes drive from Montreal (1 hour from Airport).

Lodging: There are lots of lodges and chalets. If an indoor jacuzzi or an outdoors hot tub is of interest, then best bet would be to stay within a short drive of main ski resort. This also would get a more sapcious place and cost you less.

The resort itself is extremely well developed and is reminiscent of european ski destinations in Swiss Alps. There are many ski slopes for all skiing levels to enjoy. Numerous instructors on site offer 1 hour, day, or week instructions and are quite reasonably priced (Far less than Europe or Colorado in the US). As expected, you can rent all kinds of ski equipment and clothing there is case you do not bring your own. The ski lift tickets are also not outrageous by all means.

But Tremblant fun is not restricted to skiing.

There are many lovely restaurants on site catering to different cuisines each with its rustic look and burning wood fireplace.

There are also numeous fun activities to enjoy. One must try the three-hour dog-sledding trip or the iceskating rink. Must avoid however are snowmobiles. My particular experience was miserable. I was part of a 20 snowmobile convoy and had an extremely uncomfortable, harshly bumpy, markedly noisy, and diesel smoke polluted 2 hour trip that left me with serious back pain and a pledge to never go through such misery in the future.

That aside, the trip was a wonderful getaway and lots of fun. One can’t go wrong at Mont Tremblant.

Memorable Movie Scenes Part 1

Posted on February 22nd, 2002 filed in Memorable Movie Scenes
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There are some movie scenes that are imprinted in my head and that are so unforgettable that I can relive them anytime without seeing them again. I will be posting these every now and then.

  1. Are you talkin’ to me? Robert De Niro in ” Taxi Driver”.
  2. “I’m gonna make you an offer you cannot refuse”: Marlon Brando in “The Godfather“.
  3. The across-the-moon bicycle ride in “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial“.
  4. Dopey & Bashful getting kissed on the head by Snow White in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs“.
  5. The blind girl recognizing Charlie Chaplin in “City Lights“.

La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) Movie Review (9.5/10)

Posted on January 9th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews
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Guido (Roberto Benigni) moves in 1939 to a Tuscany town to work for his jewish uncle as a waiter. Soon he falls in love with a school teacher, Dora (His real life wife), and, despite her being promised to another man, pursues her relentlessly until finally they get married.

Fast forward to 1945, the last year of world war II. The couple now has a young boy and Italy is run by faschists. The trio’s life gets suddenly disrupted when Guido and his son are sent to a concentration camp and his wife volunteers to be sent there as well despite the fact that she will be separated from the two and will end up in a separate part of the camp.

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