The tourist… makes for great waching but not worth its Oscar nod

 

3 stars

When a film boasts the hottest actors in Hollywood, in a beautiful city and a plot filled with thrill, comedy, love and suspense then you can’t help but expect the biggest hit of the century or at least a great escape. I guess looks aint everything.

While I didn’t leave the cinema raving about ‘The Tourist’ I did enjoy it thanks to the few red herrings and twists thrown my way.

Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo, an American tourist on a spontaneous trip to Europe to mend a broken heart. On the train from Paris to Venice the mysterious and stunning Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) joins him unexpectedly, and drags him to her hotel.

All this is part of a plan Elise is following on orders from her lover in hiding, Alexander Pearce, who has stolen millions from Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff) a British crime figure and who she hasn’t seen in two years. Pierce is on the run from Shaw and Interpol and needs Jolie’s help to divert attention from him or something like that.

‘The Tourist’ is directed and cinematized excellently and the plot while not brilliant is witty, light and has a certain hint of Hitchcockian class. Depp and Jolie make an average screen pair, and while their chemistry isn’t as sizzling as Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Vanessa Paradis is breathing a sigh of relief) their acting skills shine as they engage in flirtatious dialogue.

Jolie supplies the glamour as she is always dressed impeccably, floating in gorgeous gowns from Paris to Venice her millionaire boyfriend prearranges for her (her entrances reminded me of perfume commercials where all the men turned to stare at her). Sadly all her make-up distracts you from the entrances she makes and at points rather than envying her I was irritated by her narcissistic behavior. However the hot pursuits, gun and knife battles and Depp’s sex appeal prevent you from nodding off in duller moments.

At the end ‘The Tourist’ is entertaining escapism from the dirty dishes sitting in your sink, the pile of work on your desk or the pile of dirty clothes in the laundry basket as you get to live Elise’s glamorous, exciting and thrilling life-it would have been perfect if I had gotten to smooch Depp like she did though.

Catch it at the Silverbird cinema.

 

 

 

Indigo Bay resort and spa- The definition of luxury

Hotel Review: Indigo bay Resort

Location: Bazurruto Island, Mozambique

5 stars

Holidays are my favorite part of slaving the year away, and once a year after saving every penny I can I try to decide on a part of Africa to visit. I truly believe there is no point in travelling outside of our own continent as we have true hidden gems that can beat the most exotic of destinations, and since charity begins at home why not explore Mother Africa?

Armed with all the knowledge I could muster I finally settled on Indigo Island Bay Resort and Spa situated on Bazaruto Island, Mozambique as a pilot friend who flew there kept raving about it. Plus I still had my South African student’s visa so the stress of applying for one was nil.

Luck was with me as I was already in South Africa (for graduation) and from Johannesburg it was only a hop and a skip away(well a flight away). I remember landing in Villanculos and shuddering as the airport was beyond small-It reminded me of the airport in Ukunda in Diani. It was Teeny tiny with porters carrying in our bags as officials barked at us in Portuguese, I felt like I was in the army as I shuffled my feet with my oversized hat that screamed ‘Tourist’ as a guard snarled and snapped at my ankles.

But once I got to customs things got better. Discovering I was from Kenya the official beamed a yellow toothed smile and escorted me to my tiny plane (an airvan) that was set to take me to Bazzuroto Island where Rani Resort’s Indigo Bay was located. To get to Indigo Bay you have an option of a boat ride or for a couple of extra dollars you can fly there.

The plane ride was excruciatingly bumpy but the pilot informed me that the boat ride was worse as it would take over an hour to get to the resort and the water was always choppy. But from the moment I sighted Indigo Island Bay Resort and Spa all remnants of a queasy stomach were forgotten.

The Indian Ocean overlooking Indigo Bay on Bazaruto Island was invitingly warm and the resort was undoubtedly a beautiful and unexplored destination, and I couldn’t wait to learn more about its wildlife, turquoise waters and unexplored beaches.

Somewhat perched majestically on a cliff and surrounded by greenery and a beach I was blown away at its exclusivity! As soon as we landed a golf cart was there to fetch me with a cool towel to wipe the sweat off my brow and a bottle of mineral water to rehydrate me. And it was about to get better! The resort had all the creature comforts fit for Saudi royalty and it might be so as it is built by a Saudi prince.

Walking into the reception my eyes feasted on the glass mosaics on the walls, with shells and African art scattered in nooks and crannies and its design and architecture is best described as posh, elegant and sophisticated. I immediately headed to the two infinity pools as my battered luggage was driven to my room or should I say villa?

The guest areas, the luxury Beach Chalets and Bay View Villas, have been constructed out of natural materials like reed, soft-fringed thatch and wood in order to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. So it is a true treat for environmental lovers and you can also enjoy your stay guilt free of ripping off Mother Nature.

My beach front room was spacious, the bathroom was magnificent and allowed private access onto the beach and had all the modern conveniences. Each chalet and villa at Indigo Bay offers complete luxury, with air-conditioning, mosquito screens, en-suite bathrooms, mini-bars, 24-hour power, satellite TV and telephone access. I loved my King size bed and the teeny patio outside the room that gave me a great view of the sunset in the evenings.

During the day I spent many hours in the infinity pools and by the wet bar- Tartaruga (Turtle) Pool Bar. But I found prices at Maguluti (Tides) Snack Bar Situated at the Activities centre cheaper for drinks and more relaxing in the evenings as the staff hung out there in the evenings and it reminded me of the bar that Tom Cruise worked in the Bahamas in ‘Cocktail’.

For the health conscious I have to recommend the gym and the spa has been rated one of the 101 best in the world and is worth seeing even if you don’t want to indulge as the ladies there are warm and friendly. Treatments at Indigo Bay include Swedish massages, milk baths, body brushes, body wraps, hot stone therapies, reflexology and facials (which I adored), all designed to impart African energy, goodness and vitality.

Dinner on the beach as the sun sets

Service was excellent as staff literally fell over their feet to serve you but were never intrusive and I loved their Portuguese accent though all spoke English excellently and were very happy to teach me Portuguese words.

The Food was exquisite with seafood aplenty as it’s fresh off the beach however after the third night there I begun to get bored with the lack of variety.  I also felt that drink prices were steep as were the prices of activities.

I did my first dive here and a lovely South African lady called Lara was my instructor and if it wasn’t for her patience I would have never done it.

The two mile reef was excellent for spotting turtles, rays and schools of surgeon fish. Dive sites further afield are more challenging in terms of currents but you if you are lucky you can see mantas, moray eels and a fellow tourist spotted a shark. I wouldn’t recommend boat rides for those who lack sea legs as depending on the wind it can get very choppy.

However you have to try snorkeling as they take day trips to Paradise and Pansy Island. A picnic basket filled with goodies is packed for you as well so that after your strenuous snorkeling experience you can soak up the rays on the beach as you indulge in your meal- chefs can also accompany you and grill fresh seafood for you on the beach of these islands.

Paradise Island

 

In the end Indigo Bay is a great place for the weary soul to unwind and rinse off the stress and if it’s fit for royalty then it’s certainly a treat for me.

Indigo Bay Lodge & Spa Price Guide :

7 Nights including flights from Johannesburg from: US$ 2580 per person sharing.

Visa Requirements:

-Original passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

-2 Passport-type photographs:

-Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or confirmed itinerary.

-Hotel Reservations. Copy of confirmed hotel reservations.

Bruno Mars takes plea deal

Bruno Mars plans to plead guilty to felony cocaine possession during his February 4th court appearance in Las Vegas. Bruno has struck a deal with prosecutors so he could avoid jail and Instead, he’ll be fined 160,000 and sentenced to a year of informal probation, 200 hours of community service and drug counseling.

His court dates comes just a week before Mars is expected to attend the Grammys where he’s up for seven awards.

I bet he is now regretting walking around with a bag of cocaine-)

Screen actors guild awards

 

The King’s Speech and The Fighter were the big winners of the night in the film categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Boardwalk Empire took home the most prominent honors on the television side.

The cast of The King’s Speech was named the best ensemble, while Colin Firth cemented his role as the Oscar frontrunner with a win for best actor. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo swept the supporting honors for their roles in The Fighter.

The show opened with a win for Steve Buscemi as best actor for his role on the freshman HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. The cast was later named best drama ensemble. The cast of Modern Family won top honors in the comedy category, while Alec Baldwin and Julianna Margulies repeated as award winners for their roles in 30 Rock and The Good Wife.

Natalie Portman racked up another award for her performance in Black Swan, while Al Pacino and Claire Danes took top honors in the TV movie/miniseries categories.

Hope the is cars have more surprises lined up as inception in our opinion is way better than the arty farty kings speech

WINNER’S LIST

MOTION PICTURES

  • Ensemble: The King’s Speech
  • Male Actor, Leading: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
  • Female Actor, Leading: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Male Actor, Supporting: Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Female Actor, Supporting: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

TELEVISION

  • Ensemble, Comedy Series: Modern Family
  • Ensemble, Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire
  • Male Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Female Actor, Comedy Series: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
  • Male Actor, Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Female Actor, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Female Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
  • Male Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries: Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ernest Borgnine

Megan Fox does Armani

Megan Fox shows her sexy curves & interesting ink in a new ad campaign for Armani Jeans – laying on an old bench in a pair of jeans, and in a sexy bra and panties for the Emporio Armani Underwear line (see that pic here).

The ex-Transformers star has been the face of the two fashion lines since November 2009. Her first shoot for the company was for its spring/summer 2010 line; and the new shots will be a part of the spring/summer 2011 fashion campaign, which begins hitting billboards in February.

Megan was also named the face of Giorgio Armani Beauty last fall, chosen by the man at the top himself.

Spencer Grammer to tie the knot

Spencer Grammer is tying the knot with her boyfriend James Hesketh!

A rep for the 27-year-old Greek star confirmed the happy news, while a source added that Spencer is “so excited” to get married.

James reportedly gave her a claddagh ring – a traditional Irish ring that can be worn as a wedding ring – which is “simple, but very beautiful,” said the insider.

Claddaghring

Congrats to the happy couple!

Greek Season 4 Episode 4 ‘All About Beav’ Preview

Only hours remain until an all new Greek episode that is set to take place today at 22:00 on ABC Family – we take a look at a sneak peak of the episode titled ‘All About Beav’.

Greek Season 4 Episode 4 ‘All About Beav’ Preview

Beaver and most of the football team are caught plagiarizing their papers. Forced to write the report or fail the class, he turns to Casey for help, who is overwhelmed with her new classes. Beaver then introduces her to his “tutor” Dave, who sells papers and notes online. But the two fail to contact him, leading them on a journey to identify and find Dave.

Yay can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!

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