November 23, 2011

The Last of the Mohicans: My Favourite Movie


I have watched “The Last of the Mohicans” 46 times – and I am sure I will watch it again.

On that basis alone I have to give it the title of “My Favourite Movie”.
The historical movie is one of my favourite genres. I also like old musicals!

This is not a happy movie so it doesn’t make me happy to watch it but it is a great experience.

In hindsight, and after reading much, it gives the viewer an idea of the fate awaiting Native Americans and many of us know how that turned out.

If you don’t know, trying reading “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”.

One of the first movies ever to portray Native Americans in a positive way was “Dances With Wolves” which is also a favourite of mine but I have not watched it nearly as often.
It was released before “The Last of the Mohicans”.

Why do I like this movie?

It has everything: great story, great characters – even the villains, drama, betrayal, romance, action, educational elements, great actors, excellent production values and a superb soundtrack which I still listen to after all these years.

Not to mention eye candy for the ladies!

Cast :
One very memorable scene between Cora and Major Duncan has this line.

She tells him after she has rejected his proposal to her:
“I would rather make the gravest of mistakes than surrender my own judgment”.
Think about that for a minute. It is quite profound.
Is it saying listen to your higher self?

The clip above is mine - just a way of expressing my appreciation.

Update: The Last of the Mohicans: Director's Definitive Cut (Blu-ray). Now available.


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November 14, 2011

A Collection Of Late Actress Elizabeth Taylor's Jewellery Will Be Auctioned Online

It seems fitting that one of the most beautiful women who has ever lived should have possessed some of the most beautiful jewellery ever created.

Jewellery must have given her a lot of joy and happiness.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor RIP.

SOME of the world's most precious stones graced her neckline, and now the late actress Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery collection is being auctioned online. 
The collection, known as the "Crown Jewels of Hollywood," will be split in two, with nearly 1,000 items selling only online, Christie's auctioneers said.

The main auction of the late Hollywood mega-star's glamorous belongings is set for December 13-16, featuring gifts to Taylor from the likes of Michael Jackson and her two-time husband actor Richard Burton.

However, Christie's said that starting December 3 it would run a separate, two-week-long Internet sale of 950 items such as jewelry and accessories.

Items will include clothing from Oscar de la Renta and Hermes, 22 handbags by Dior and Valentino, and accessories from Cartier, Louis Vuitton and other top fashion brands.

Much of the sale will focus on jewels, including Art Deco-era pieces, strings of diamonds and also day-to-day adornments such as a pair of Chanel ear clips estimated to sell for just $100.
Christie's said the extra sale would "ensure the full breadth of the collection is accessible to collectors worldwide." Although buyers can bid online during Christie's live auctions, this was to be the first time the auction house had run a parallel online-only auction.

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