Archive for July, 2008

Director: Stanley Kramer
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Katharine Houghton
Genre: comedy-drama
my rating: 3/5
An upper class white American couple who have taught their young daughter, Joey, to treat everybody equally despite their race are shocked as she appears one day with a black man whom she has just been engaged to.
Although they were the ones who taught their daughter to respect African Americans (who weren’t respected in many areas of their country at that time), they did not expect her to want to marry one.
Joey’s parents are put to the test when he says he will not marry Joey without their agreement.
Joey’s mother, Christina is supportive about her daughter’s marriage from the beginning when she realizes how Joey and Dr Prentice like each other.
Then Dr Prentice’s parents arrive, also stunned that their son is engaged to a white woman.
His mother is supportive too.

Only the two fathers show they are not convinced.

In the end, Tracy’s father gives an emotive speech and the whole family starts having dinner.
The film takes place in a few locations, mostly Joey’s parents’ house is San Fransisco.
Guess who’s Coming to Dinner is one of the 100 Greatest Movies of the past 100 years.
It has won 8 awards, including 2 Oscars and 20 nominations.
It has very entertaining dialogue and has won a Best Screenplay Oscar.
I think this is a movie that everybody should watch; it focuses on racial issues and the society at the time of the movie.

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Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Detective Fiction
My rating: 5/5
In The ABC Murders, Capatin Arthur Hastings, a friend of Poirot, narrates the story of a serial killer on the loose, murdering random people brutally in alphabetical order of their names and the places they live in.
Before each murder the killer sends letters to Poirot taunting him and giving him clues of the next murder.
Captain Hastings, Poirot, and the rest of the police team follow the clues on the letters only to find out that the crimes have already been committed with an ABC railway guide on top of each dead body, and no evidence whatsoever that could lead to the identity of the killer.
Soon everybody is convinced that this unidentified murderer is insane, but after the killer makes a crucial mistake Hercule Poirot proves otherwise.
This is one of Poirot’s most challenging mysteries that tests his cleverness, and Poirot once again shows thats he is fit for the task.
At the end of the book Poirot reveals the murderer whom you would have never suspected and proves all your thoughts wrong…
The ABC Murders is a stirring book that you will not be able to put down until the mystery is discovered.
Agatha Christie truly is the Queen of Crime.
P.S. This book was so gripping that I finished reading it in 2 days.
This novel has been adapted in 1965 and 1992.
The 1992 film stars David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.

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Nadal seems to bite everything…

If I ever get a chance to ask Rafael Nadal one question, it would be why he bites his trophies.

Nadal is recognized for biting his trophies instead of kissing them like all the other tennis players.

A lot of discussion has been going on about this… here are some quotes from discussion boards and answers.yahoo.com:

“A symbol of humbleness”
“To show how delicious victory tastes”
“Marking it as partly his forever”
“In case it gets stolen it will have his dental imprint”

He has never mentioned why he does this act in any of his interviews.

Is it just a trademark, or is there something behind this?

A few probable reasons is that:
1) he wants to record his victory eternally, so whenever you see a dental imprint on a trophy, you will remember that Nadal has claimed that trophy

2) when he becomes an oldie rocking in his chair, whether he claimed the
World Number 1 title or not, the dental imprints will remind him of his lifetime journey of achieving his dream as a young adult

If Nadal ever becomes World Number 1, I’m sure he will be featured on Larry King Live, where questions posted by people are asked on the show. I hope someone asks him why he bites his trophies.

Read Rafeal Nadal has an Oral Fixaation – this will make you laugh…

biting the Toronto Masters trophy(July 2008)

biting the ATP Masters trophy (May 2008)

chewing the handle at the Barcelona Open (May 2008)

pictures credit:

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I think it’s great that more and more young bloggers are starting their own blogs, which gives them a chance to have their say.

Sometimes tweens and teens blog in a very professional way that you wouldn’t even realize that the content is written by a youngster unless you read their profile.
Also, some bloggers are getting their own domains too.

Bloggers like Carl Ocab, David Wilkinson, Maher Saleh and Jessicah Maha are extremely popular, but one thing I realize is that all of those blogs are either about tech or making money… young bloggers DO need more niches.

Some young girls have their own online diaries, which I don’t really enjoy reading because I think people read blogs to get information and entertain themselves, not read about people’s lives for no reason.

If you’ve realized, my blog doesn’t have a particular niche; I blog about lots of stuff: movie and book reviews, The Sims 2 (my favorite game), tennis and everything that I’m interested in.

Nowadays, teens and tweens spend most of their time on the computer and have greater computer abilities.
Anybody who has access to the internet can start his/her own blog.

Although blogs run by young people are increasing, there are only 3 that I enjoy and read regularly:

Kid Reviewer
The Writing Pages
Delve into the Mind of a Budding Blogger

What I like most about those blogs is that they have unique content that you won’t find in other blogs, like reviews from a kid’s perspective and original writing.

It would be a change if someone starts a blog about something other than technology or money.

List of blogs created by kids (kidreviewer.com)
The Youth Blogger Network
Top 30 Bloggers under 21

Blogs by young people are difficult to find, so if you know one that’s not listed here I’d appreciate it if you mention it on a comment.

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Pet Rock fad

Fancy a pet that fits in your pocket, doesn’t make a mess, doesn’t need to be fed and has lots of other benefits? The answer is not a tamagotchi (because after all you have to clean its mess and etc.) – it’s a pet rock.

The pet rock was a fad (trend) of the 1970s.

Grey pebbles were imported from a place called Rosarita Beach in Mexico, nestled and packaged in a cardboard box that looked like a pet carrier, along with a Pet Rock Training Manual, and then sold for $3.95.

Soon everybody owned a pet rock, which made Gary Dahl,the man behind this idea, a millionaire.

The Pet Rock Training Manual has instructions on how to take care of your pet rock, including teaching it tricks. ‘Sit’ ‘stay’ and ‘attack’ were easy to achieve. On the other hand, ‘come’ was obviously impossible.

The pet rock fad disappeared in December 1975, lasting only about 6 months.

Nowadays the pet rock package and the training manual are available on ebay but people usually find their own pet rocks.

There are websites regarding pet rocks too.

Pet rocks are great for those who live in apartments or those who aren’t sure if they’re ready to bare the commitment of ‘real’ troublesome pets.
Also, they’ll live for eons, so you won’t be suffering any loss (unless they get lost).
Pet rocks are the ultimate solution for those who can’t afford or don’t want to spend much on pets: You’re not obliged to buy them any furniture or stuff and they can travel without a ticket.

I own 2 pet rocks, Bloo and Pebble, although I haven’t been giving them much attention these last 2 months – but what are Pet Rocks for!

Links regarding pet rocks:
Pet rock net
Pet rock how to’s at WikiHow

picture credit: http://www.eikongraphia.com/?p=408

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The Dark Knight Frenzy

There’s a big buzz going on about The Dark Knight, which is the sequel to Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, the late Heath Ledger, Harry Potter’s Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

In Dark Knight, Batman (Christian Bale) faces his archenemy, the Joker (Heath Ledger), who is causing chaos across Gotham City.

The Joker is a grotesque fictional comic character who looks like a clown, and (according to Wikipedia) is a master criminal and psychopath who “commits crimes and murders people for his own amusement”. He has been rated the greatest villain of all time.
The Joker has been featured in several previous Batman films. (A brief history of the Joker)
Jack Nicholson played the Joker in the Batman 1989 film.

According to NEWSWEEK, the dilemma in Dark Knight is whether the protagonist should play the same unfair “without rules” game as his foe while fighting him.

“[The Dark Knight] is not a typical comic book movie”… it is rated PG-13, but many are saying that the movie is not for young kids because of its “violent and disturbing” scenes. Some recommend it for kids aged 14 or older and others for kids 12 or older. (Read an article at Yahoo! Kids)

There is also a controversy going on over whether Heath Ledger should win an Oscar or not. (Read an article)

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Showtime (2002)

Director: Tom Dey
Starring: Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro

Showtime is an action/comedy film about 2 guys with completely different personalities who star together in their own reality-TV show.

Mitch Piterson (Robert De Niro) is a stubborn, blunt detective who is forced to star in a reality-TV show with officer Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy) after shooting a news camera when Trey mistakenly thinks he’s a drug dealer and ruins his under-cover case.

Trey, high-spirited and buoyant, prefers acting rather than becoming a police officer.

During the shooting of the TV show, Mitch and Trey face a real crime.

This movie is extremely hilarious because Robert De Niro starred in it.

If you want a light entertaining action film, you’ll enjoy this one.

Showtime was nominated for two Razzie awards for Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple.

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