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Top 10 Movies of 2012

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Although it’s rather late, here are my Top 10 Movies of 2012, in alphabetical order:

* Argo
* 56 Up
* Amour
* Chronicles of My Mother
* The Hobbit: A Unexpected Journey
* Les Miserables
* Life of Pie
* Lincoln
* Skyfall
* Zero Dark Thirty

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Top 10 Hotel Stays

The TOP 10 FAVORITE HOTELS where I have stayed are:

  • The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, California
  • Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa, Hakone, Japan
  • InterContinental Bali Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
  • Kirawira Tent Camp, Serengeti National Bank, Tanzania
  • The Landmark, London
  • The Lodge at Koele, Lanai
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
  • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
  • St. Regis Beijing
  • St. Regis San Francisco

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Top 10 USA Cities

Every American city possesses some unique qualities and attributes that distinguish it and make it special to its residents and visitors.  My personal TOP 10 MOST SPECIAL USA CITIES are:

*  Boston, MA
*  Charleston, SC
*  Key West, FL
*  Los Angeles, CA
*  New Orleans, LA
*  New York City, NY
*  San Francisco, CA
*  Sedona, AZ
*  Savannah, GA
*  Washington, D.C.

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What are your favorite American cities?

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Top 10 Places to Go

So many places, so little time.  What are the places I still want to visit?  Here is my current TOP 10 LIST OF PLACES YET TO GO.

*  Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
*  Bora Bora, French Polynesia
*  The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
*  Luang Prabang, Laos
*  Lhasa, Tibet
*  Cairo, Egypt
*  Palermo, Sicily
*  Thimpu, Bhutan
* #10 is to be determined

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Top 10 Actresses

Although the award season for 2009 films is now over, here are my TOP 10 FAVORITE ACTRESSES, which changes from time to time.

* Kate Blanchett
*  Glenn Close
*  Judy Davis
*  Judi Dench
*  Faye Dunaway
*  Jane Fonda
*  Audrey Hepburn
*  Katherine Hepburn
*  Diane Keaton
*  Helen Mirren
*  Julianne Moore
*  Vanessa Redgrave
*  Gena Rolwands
*  Susan Sarandon
*  Meryl Streep
*  Elizabeth Taylor

And, oops, there are more than ten names in this list.

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Top 10 Cinematography

In honor of the 82nd annual Academy Awards, being held today in Los Angeles, CA, here is my list of the TOP 10 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY.

NUMBER 1: Barry Lyndon; Cinematographer John Alcott, Director Stanley Kubrick (1975)

The remaining 12 (oops, could not stop at just 10, unfortunately) are, in alphabetical order:

*  Day of the Locust; Cinematographer Conrad Hall, Director John Schlesinger (1975)
*  Days of Heaven; Cinematographer Nestor Almendros, Director Terrence Malick (1978)
*  The English Patient; Cinematographer John Seale, Director, Anthony Minghella (1996)
*  Fanny and Alexander; Cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Director Ingmar Bergman (1982)
*  Godfather Part II; Cinematographer Gordon Willis, Director Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
*  The Last Emperor; Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, Director Bernardo Bertolucci (1987)
*  Manhattan, Cinematographer  Gordon Willis, Director Woody Allen (1979)
*  Out of Africa; Cinematographer David Watkin, Director Sydney Pollack (1985)
*  Reds; Vittorio Storaro, Director Warren Beatty (1981)
*  Tess; Ghislain Cloquet and Geoffrey Unsworth, Director Roman Polanski (1979)
*  The Thin Red Line; Cinematographer John Toll, Director Terrence Malick (1998)

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Above: Marisa Berenson as Lady Lyndon and David Morley as Bryan Patrick Lyndon, in Barry Lyndon.

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Top 10 Movie Actors

With the annual movie award season now at its peak, I thought this would be a good opportunity to select my TOP 10 MOVIE ACTORS (which changes from time to time), in alphabetical order:

* Jeff Bridges
* Robert DeNiro
* Gerard Depardieu
* Robert Duvall
* Colin Firth
* Gene Hackman
* Dustin Hoffman
* Ian McKellen
* Paul Newman
* Tom Wilkinson

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Top 10 Foods

Although this list changes periodically, here are my TOP 10 FAVORITE THINGS TO EAT, in no particular order:

*  Tenzaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles served with dipping sauce and shrimp tempura)
*  Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches made with french-style bread and filled with pickled carrots and turnips, cucumber, cilantro and chicken)
*  Chicken lau lau (steamed Hawaiian-style chicken and fish wrapped in taro leaves)
*  Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala (Mozzarella, tomato and basil)
*  Hazelnut gelato
*  Shrimp etouffee
*  Oden (simmered vegetables, fishcake, eggs, and other ingredients in a broth, typically sold in the wintertime)
*  Cioppino (seafood stew)
*  Chirashi sushi (chef’s selection of sashimi served over sushi rice)
*  Har gow (as well as other types of dim sum)
*  Stone crab
*  Boiled peanuts
*  Fish and chips

Okay, I snuck in a few additional items.

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If you had to pick just ten things to eat, what would you include on your list?

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Top 10 Movies

UPDATED:  4/4/10

Although 2009 will likely not be remembered as a great year for movies, there were some very good films, along with a couple breakthroughs, as well.  Since many of the films that are expected to be the front-runners for the annual awards season have not yet opened in the San Francisco Bay Area, here’s an incomplete list of my TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS of 2009.

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TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2009 (in alphabetical order):

*  A Single Man
*  An Education
*  Avatar
*  Crazy Heart
*  Every Little Step
*  The Hurt Locker
*  Julie and Julia
*  Precious
*  Sin Nombre
*  Up
*  Up in the Air

(I included 11 entries instead of ten.)

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Holiday Songs

The 2009 holiday season is approaching, and the holiday music is coming.  Here is my list of TOP 10 HOLIDAY SONGS.

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1.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, performed by Judy Garland, from the film “Meet Me in St. Louis”
2.  The Christmas Song, performed by Nat King Cole
3.  All I Want for Christmas, performed by  Mariah Carey
4.  Mele Kalikimaka, performed by Bing Crosby
5.  Christmas by the Bay, performed by Tim Hockenberry
6.  Merry Christmas Darling, performed by The Carpenters
7. White Christmas, performed by Bing Crosby
8. I’ll Be Home for Christmas, performed by Barbra Streisand
9. Feliz Navidad, performed by Jose Feliciano
10.  Auld Lang Syne

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Top 10 iPhone Apps

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As new applications for the iPhone continue to pour into the market, I’ve updated my list of Top 10 Favorite iPhone Apps (listed in random order):

* Save Benjis
* TripIt for iPhone
* Google for iPhone
* QuickVoice
* Around Me
* Wall Street Journal
* Amazon.com
* New York Times
* Zoom In
* EverNote

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Top 10 Cities

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Although the list changes as I experience new places, my current Top 10 Favorite Cities are (in alphabetical order):

* Bangkok
* Beijing
* Charleston
* Hong Kong
* London
* New York
* Paris
* San Francisco
* Rome
* Shanghai

What missed the list?  Savannah, Venice, Honolulu, Dubrovnik, Washington, D.C., to name a few.  What cities are on your list of Top 10 Favorites?

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Top 10 iPhone Apps

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My TOP 10 FAVORITE iPHONE APPLICATIONS are, in no particular order:

 * Flight Track — real-time tracking of commercial flights
*  Save Benjis — comparison shopper
*  Google Earth
*  Opentable
*  Quick Voice –  handy voice recorder for quick note-taking
*  Around Me — locates service providers wherever you are 
*  Amazon
*  Yelp
*  New York Times
*  USA Today

This list changes, so check back periodically for updates.

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Top 10 Movies 2008

UPDATED: 3/8/09

Here are my 2008 TOP 10 FAVORITE MOVIES, which are not necessarily the “best” movies.  With the exception of #1, the entries are shown in alphabetical order.

#1 (Tie) Slumdog Millionaire and WALL-E
*  Chris & Don: A Love Story
*  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
*  The Dark Knight
*  I Loved You So Long
*  Milk
*  The Reader
*  Revolutionary Road
*  The Visitor

The runners-up were (in alphabetical order):

*  Doubt
*  Frost/Nixon
*  Gran Torino
*  Mongol
*  Roman de Gare
*  Tell No One
*  Vicky Christina Barcelona
*  The Wrestler 

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Top 10 Shows

NOTE: Updated 10/9/08.

My TOP 10 FAVORITE SHOWS are:

1.  Angels in America (Parts I and II)
2.  Miss Saigon
3.  Sunset Boulevard
4.  Les Miserables
5.  A Chorus Line
6.  Aspects of Love
6.  The Normal Heart
7.  Phantom of the Opera
8.  The Lion King
9.  Billy Elliot (New as of 10/9/08)
10.  Beatles Love, by Cirque du Soleil

 

Note: Shows include theatrical stage productions.

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Top 10 Songs

This list changes periodically; however, as of today, my TOP 10 FAVORITE SONGS are:

1.  Over the Rainbow, sung by Judy Garland
2.  What a Wonderful World, sung by Louis Armstrong
3.  Aloha O’e, written by Queen Lili’uokalani
4.  Isn’t it Romantic, sung by Ella Fitzgerald
5.  The Man I Love, sung by Billie Holiday
6.  Dream a Little Dream of Me, sung by Mama Cass
7.  Love Changes Everything, sung by Michael Ball
8.  The Way We Were, sung by Barbra Streisand
9.  A New Life, sung by Linda Eder
10.  My Man, sung by Barbra Streisand
11.  Happy Days are Here Again
12. Too Young, sung by Nat King Cole
13.  Young at Heart, sung by Frank Sinatra
14.  Tears in Heaven, sung by Eric Clapton
15.  Imagine, sung by John Lennon
16.  On My Own, sung by Lea Salonga
17.  Into the West, sung by Annie Lenox

(Okay, I snuck in a few extra songs.)

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Top 10 Cocktails

This list is continuously changing; however, at this moment, my TOP 10 FAVORITE COCKTAILS are:

1.  Vodka Martini
2.  Vesper Martini
3.  Manhattan
4.  Bloody Mary
5.  Old-Fashioned
6.  Cosmopolitan
7.  Champagne Cocktail
8.  Mojito
9.  Margarita
10.  Vodka Negroni

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Top 10 Favorite Sights

LAST UPDATE: 12/3/08


This list continues to evolve; however, my current TOP 10 FAVORITE SIGHTS are:

1.  The temples at Angkor, Cambodia
2.  The Great Wall of China at Simatai
3.  The ruins in Bagan, Myanmar
4.  The mountains along the Li River in Guilin, China
5.  Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
6.  Pompeii, Italy
7.  Venice, Italy
8.  Volcanic eruption at Halemaumau, Kilauea Caldera, Island of Hawaii, circa 1968
9.  Mostar Bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina, circa 1984 (prior to its destruction and subsequent reconstruction)
10.  Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan

These places were selected based on their uniqueness, historical, cultural or architectural significance, beauty and/or splendor, and personal meaning.

The runners-up are (in no particular order):

*  View from the 107th Floor Observation Deck at the World Trade Center, New York, NY
*  Taj Mahal, Agra, India
*  Tokyo at night (particularly Shibuya or Ginza areas), Japan
*  Dubrovnik, Croatia
*  Colosseum, Rome, Italy
*  View of Pudong from The Bund, Shanghai, China
*  Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
*  Grand Canyon, AZ
*  The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
*  View of the Mokulua Islands, Lanikai, Oahu, Hawaii
*  View of Victoria Harbor and Kong Kong Island from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China
*  Terra Cotta Armies at Xian, China
*  Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France

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Top 10 Favorite Movies

UPDATED: 12/9/08

Although this list changes periodically, here are my TOP 10 FAVORITE MOVIES (which are not necessarily those I consider as the best movies, by the way):

1.   The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2.   The Godfather, Part II (1974)
3.   Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
4.   Annie Hall (1977)
5.   The Godfather, Part 1 (1972)
6.   Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (1977)
7.   2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
8.   Raging Bull (1980)
9.   Sunset Boulevard (1950)
10.  Chinatown (1974)

And, oh well, I might as well toss in the next ten (11-20):

11.  All About Eve (1950)
12.  Reds (1981)
13.  Days of Heaven (1978)
14.  Barry Lyndon (1975)
15.  Midnight Cowboy (1969)
16.  Manhattan (1979)
17.  The Seven Samurai (1954)
18.  The Day of the Locust (1975)
19.  Sophie’s Choice (1982)
20.  Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Oh, and here’s the next 50 (21-70), as well, without rankings (in alphabetical order):

* The African Queen (1951)
* An Unmarried Woman (1978)
* Apocalypse Now (1979)
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* Bound (1996)
* Cabaret (1972)
* Chris and Don: A Love Story (2007)
* Chuck and Buck (2000)
* Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
* The English Patient (1996)
* Fargo (1996)
* The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
* The Godfather, Part I (1972)
* Goodfellas (1990)
* Gone with the Wind (1939)
* The Great Santini (1979)
* Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
* House of Flying Daggers (2004)
* House of Games (1987)
* Interiors (1978)
* Islands in the Stream (1977)
* Julia (1977)
* The Last Picture Show (1971)
* Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
* Longtime Companion (1990)
* Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
* Monsoon Wedding (2001)
* My Brilliant Career (1979)
* The Namesake (2006)
* New York, New York (1977)
* No Country for Old Men (2007)
* Once Upon A Time in America (1984)
* Out of Africa (1985)
* Paper Moon (1973)
* Plenty (1985)
* Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
* Saturday Night Fever (1977)
* Silkwood (1983)
* Sin Nobre (2009)

* Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
* Summer of ’42 (1971)
* Slumdog Millionaire (2007)
* Summertime (1955)
* The Thin Red Line (1998)
* The Last Wave (1977)
* WALL-E (2008)
* The Way We Were (1973)
* Wetherby (1985)

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