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  • What is it about this super spy that has given us some of most highest grossing films in entertainment history? "Bond, James Bond" and his hot Bond girls have sent people flocking to the cinemas every time a new movie is released. But another thing that's happened since 1962, when Dr. No (the first Bond movie) was in the theatres, is that many leading men have given an identity and a face to that name; and this in turn has given us the good fortune of having "our favourite Bonds".

    Star Movies is showing a month-long tribute to this suave, spirited, and witty spy; and it's aptly called 'For the love of Bond'. And while I watch some of the most intriguing, action-packed movies ever made, I can't help but compare all the Bonds that have ever graced the silver screen, to pick and choose which one I really like the most.

    Sean Connery

    Some call him the ultimate Bond; no one can surpass him. Being the first Bond (with Dr. No in 1962), he has that advantage. Most Bonds are compared to him,

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  • Sigh. Movies. I love what the magic of the silver screen can do to you, how it can influence your life, mannerisms, even habits. And like any hopeless romantic, love, in all its forms, fascinates me. Over the years, I have watched many beautiful films with love as the main theme. And over the years, I have gotten to love a few of them, not to mention dislike a few as well.

    Here is my list of romantic (not necessarily comedies) movies a girl must watch. And if you are a guy, I guarantee you WILL score brownie points if you plan an evening with your wife/girlfriend and one of these movie DVDs.

    You've Got Mail (Trailer here)

    Forget 'Sleepless in Seattle'! This is the one you have to watch. The second time Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan got together to star in a rom-com, it was magic; THIS was magic. The simplicity in this love story is one to die for, and if you have not watched the movie yet, I will not give any spoilers. But this I must say, have you stopped 'writing' to your beloved? This will

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  • If there is one thing I love, it is the rains. As the skies darken and the rains fall pitter patter, I become restless.  But then,  with the summer sun blazing, i can just dream about those songs which added a sizzle when they hit screen. Well, let me just stop writing and list some of my favorite rain songs.

    Don't we all relate to the long summers when the mind and the body yearns for it to start raining?  And when the skies turn dark, doesn't it call for a party? Here's Bhuvan and his team of rustic villagers rejoicing at the sight of the dark clouds in the horizon.  (This does not really classify as a rain dance…but, we need to set the mood, right?)

    And then it rained.  The music of the rains, the dreams she saw…

    When it rains, says Chameli, she doesn't know where her mind flows.

    Rain makes the heroine happy, and she dances with abandon.

    Do raindrops talk? I feel they do, and so does the heroine

    It is not just the heroine who likes to shake a leg, everyone enjoys this

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  • Hollywood and the ‘Seven Year Itch’

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    The term 'Seven Year Itch' can be traced back to the 1955 Hollywood flick starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell (remember her famous wind blown halter dress?) . The movie mentions a book that says many men have extra-marital affairs after seven years of marriage — terming it the"7-Year Itch". Ever since then, with her halter gown, the term too became a rage and is disturbingly seen in most marriages .

    Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes were the latest to fall under the spell of the so-called '7-year-itch' when they filed for divorce last year.

    What is behind this inexplicable phenomenon? Is it astrology, numerology or even psychology? Why do couples decide to go their separate ways after seven long years of being together? Is it something that occurs to them all of a sudden or is it the culmination or an eventual surge of all those pent-up emotions that have been lying dormant like a volcano for years? If the latter sounds more plausible, then it's more likely to be a woman's initiative.

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  • I don't know about you, but I am a huge "sobber" at the movies. So much so that, because I feel so embarrassed by my (spontaneous) behaviour, if I get an inkling that a particular movie is going to be teary, I altogether skip watching the movie in a public place.

    Check out this other self-confessed "cryer" and her story: Confession Corner: Crying at the Movies

    Okay, so we have established the fact that I am an accomplished weeper. Give me anything; a happy ending, a sad ending, a good book, God's beautiful world, a hug from dad, or even a rainy day; all these could make tears well up in the corner of my eyes. The funny thing is I know some people who weep at the movies, but are rather stoic once they emerge out of the theatre and into their daily lives. Wonder why that happens?

    While doing a bit of reading for this post, I came across this column about why people cry at the movies. The author mentions three reasons why people who are seemingly emotionless suddenly become crybabies

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    A couple of evenings back, I sat in my living room on a dull Bangalore evening flipping channels, when I noticed 'As Good As It Gets' had just started on HBO (or Star Movies, I can't recall).

    Knowing it to be a classic romantic drama, I stayed put. Eventually, I got to the scene where Melvin Udall, the cranky, tough-to-have-a-decent-conversation-with writer finally goes out to dinner with Carol Connelly, and when she forces him to give her a compliment, he manages to say, "You make me want to be a better man".

    And suddenly I remembered this to be one of the most-loved movie lines ever! Bang! There was a flourish of lines that came into my head; from some of the favourite movies I have watched over the years.

    I have got a lot of complaints that I don't mention instances from Bollywood flicks; so I just wanted to reiterate, I love Bollywood, and this post will be a chance for some respite.

    So here are some of my favourite movie one-liners ever.

    "May the force be with you"

    Who can forget

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  • Avatar

    The 2010 Oscars is behind us now and looking back, this year's battle appeared to be the David-Goliath show at the podium. The lesser mortal gave a big blow to Cameron's Goliath 'Avatar' - the much anticipated mega movie of all-time. Much to the 'hurt' of King James, his ex-wife took away the laurels becoming the first women ever in history to win the best director's Oscar coinciding perfectly with Women's Day! More than the battle of the sexes, the ex's sweet revenge or changing paradigms in Hollywood, 'Avatar's thumbs down at the Oscars is a matter of bigger magnitude. Commiserating with 'Avatar' fans, I couldn't get over the thought of why the epic blockbuster failed to impress the Academy committee.

    Avatar has been going strong, grossing billions all over the world, breaking the 12- year collection record of 'Titanic'. 'Hurt Locker' on the other hand, is film people have started giving a thought to after its Oscar success. Why did 'Avatar' fail to have a make an impact at the

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  • Angelina Jolie: The Star, the Woman

    Lara Croft in the 'Tomb Raider' series was one of those special roles which catapulted Angelina Jolie to super stardom. And now, the producers have announced a plan to reboot the series. However, Angelina Jolie is not going to be part of this venture. It got me thinking on how much we know about Angelina Jolie - the star and the woman behind the tabloid space she takes up.

    Of couranjie_blog_movie1se there is more to her than the unconventional family she has created with Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful and talented actors in the world. She has over the years matured as an actor. From her days as Gia to Salt, she has plodded on. She is a celebrity by her own right.

    Angelina Jolie has been quoted as saying "I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing." She is one of those people who lets her character take over her personal life

    We can't but agree with Rich Cohen who maps out the case

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  • If you've watched "Aisha", irrespective of whether you liked the film or not, you would've taken one lesson home — to never play Cupid! While you might have the best intentions, here are some reasons why matchmaking is not a good idea:

    First and foremost, why exactly are you trying to match-fix? While you might be feeling smug about your "in a relationship" or "married" relationship status, some people are happy being single. Just because you think they'll be happier hooked up doesn't mean they do. Respect their decision to remain single.

    Given that there are some people who do need a little help where matters of the heart are concerned, let them find their partners on their own rather than pursue them to hook up with someone you think is right.

    No matter how well-intentioned your initiatives are, there's always a chance that you might bring two totally mismatched people together. Chances are, since you are trying to influence them to decide on your "chosen one", you might

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  • My brother-in-law who loves initiating debates on contentious issues sent a mail last week and suggested this as a blog post. If you haven't clicked on the link, it talks about how women nag husbands and the 'alarming statistics' that reveal wives actually nag husbands 8,000 minutes a year.

    Whether what they nag about is justified or not is for a later post; today, let's find out why married couples fight. And how we can avoid these sometimes nasty outbursts.

    My colleague Khristina wrote this interesting post about the things you should ask before tying the knot. While I completely agree that it is important to know what you are getting into, nothing prepares you for the shocks/surprises of married life. No matter how many questions you ask, you are never prepared enough for the roller-coaster ride called marriage.

    So here's my take on this 'wonderful' institution and all that comes with it!

    Expectations: At the risk of sounding like a pessimist, keep your expectations to the

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