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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Memmy Weekend... 

It was nice to have 4 days to relax during Memorial Weekend. (KT and I are both off on Fridays during the summer.) The only thing we did, beside chores and all that, was clean out the basement. Ah, it's so much cleaner and roomier. Of course, we got choked up with the dust and took us a couple of days before our lungs were back to normal. Anyways, we were able to catch up on movies before having a small BBQ with a couple of friends in our backyard.

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Whale Rider was a heart touching drama. The Maori tribe believed that they were descended from whales. Once upon a time, the world needed help and the whales sent forth a man. Anyways, Paikea (the same name of the man that was sent forth from the whales) is determined to prove to her grandfather that she is worthy of the name and that she can learn the ancient rituals of her ancestors.

Overall, it's about proving yourself in the face of adversity. Surrounding people may scorn you. However, if you remain persistent, people are bound to open their eyes and see you for what you really are.

It is an enjoyable movie. It might be too "slow" for some viewers. In a mood for a mellow night, then this one is for you.

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Wrong Turn is very similar to House of Wax. Chris is late for an appointment in another city and encounters a roadblock traffic that doesn't seem to be moving. Chris makes a U-turn and discovers a dirt road that takes him through Bear Mountain in West Virginia.

Down the road, Chris spots a dead deer by the side. Too busy staring at the deer, he crashes into a SUV with 5 people. With both vehicles out of service, they trekked down with the hope of finding help. Instead, they encounter cannabalistic mountain men that exist due to generations of inbreeding.

This movie will definitely help you trim your nails and keep you on the edge of your seat. It is worth watching.

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If you've read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, National Treasure echoes a similar story plot. Benjamin Franklin Gates is on a scavenger hunt, led by a series of riddles and clues, for a certain treasure that his ancestors have not been able to locate. One clue involves stealing the Declaration of Independence.

One complaint about this movie is that it's slow and doesn't have a lot of action to keep the viewers' interest last to the end of the movie. By midway, you're already waiting for the movie to be over.

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I've never seen the original TV series but the movie version was hilarious. Ben Stiller continues to crack me up. Owen Wilson does a good job as well.

Starsky & Hutch, while suspended from the case, try to bust a huge cocaine deal. The cocaine cannot be detected by K-9's and tastes like artificial sweetner when taking a sample, yet the effects is genuine.

Snoop Dogg, as Huggy Bear, stars as the pair's police informant.

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Of all the movies listed here, I recommend Darkness. The movie can be slow in parts but I think those can be tolerated.

7 kids were kidnapped to house to be killed. However, one kid escaped and lived to tell the story to the police and the media.

40 years later, a family moved from the States to Spain and live in that very house. Strange things start to happen, especially to a teenage daughter and her younger brother. Mom denies such things are happening. Dad is dealing with stuff on his own.

The daughter decides to find the background of the house and discovers that it was built for an evil purpose. It's up to the daughter to save her family from a dark demise.

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If you like National Lampoon kind of comedy, then you might Dorm Daze. Just watching this reminded me of the 80's teen comedies, like Meatballs.

One guy is trying to get his virgin roomie to lose his virginity. He orders up a hooker, Dominique, to strip away his roomie's innocence. Meanwhile, a foreign student from France, Dominique, arrives at the co-ed dorm. So, the first guy assumes that French Dominique is the hooker and therefore, the whole dorm gets involved and confusion is spread everywhere.


Monday, we had a small BBQ with Cliff and Kekua in our backyard. KT kept saying I was making food for an army. (Whatever!) We had a great time along with our full stomachs.

Cliff and Kekua enjoyed learning a new game, Hand and Foot. So, I look forward to playing more of that game with them. Afterwards, we all watched Miss Universe. Whatever to Miss Canada. It should've been Miss Mexico!

Now, this week is even a shorter work week for us, just Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Gawd, I just love it! Hopefully, we'll be able to plaster, sand and paint the window frame in the front of the house. That is...if the weather cooperates.


I'm excited because KT and I have bought our plane tickets to Texas in early August. We'll split our time between Austin and San Antonio. It's been almost 2 years since I was there and have been kinda homesick lately.

Well, I better get back to work. Ta ta...

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