Top 100 Movie Review: No. 055 – The Apartment (1960)


Ranked 055 on the IMDB Top 100 Movie List (as May 2017).
Watched April 2020.

Cast: Jack Lemmon (C.C. ‘Bud’ Baxter), Shirley MacLaine (Fran Kubelik), Fred MacMurray (Jeff D. Sheldrake), Ray Walston (Joe Dobisch), Jack Kruschen (Dr. Dreyfuss), David Lewis (Al Kirkeby), Hope Holiday (Mrs. Margie MacDougall)
Joan Shawlee (Sylvia), Naomi Stevens (Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss), Johnny Seven (Karl Matuschka), Joyce Jameson (The Blonde), Willard Waterman (Mr. Vanderhoff), David White (Mr. Eichelberger), Edie Adams (Miss Olsen)
Director: Billy Wilder

My rating: 7.5 / 10

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Top 100 Movie Review: No. 056 – Platoon (1986)

Ranked 056 on the IMDB Top 100 Movie List (as May 2017).
Watched April 2020.

Cast: Charlie Sheen (Chris), Tom Berenger (Sgt. Barnes), Willem Dafoe (Sgt. Elias), Keith David (King), Forest Whitaker (Big Harold), Francesco Quinn (Rhah), Kevin Dillon (Bunny), John C. McGinley (Sgt. O’Neill), Reggie Johnson (Junior), Mark Moses (Lt. Wolfe), Corey Glover (Francis), Johnny Depp (Lerner), Chris Pedersen (Crawford), Bob Orwig (Gardner), Corkey Ford (Manny), David Neidorf (Tex), Richard Edson (Sal), Tony Todd (Warren)
Director: Oliver Stone

My rating: 9.0 / 10
Danelle’s rating: ??

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Destination: South Africa

Established: Union of South Africa 1910, Republic 1961
: 58,775,022 (estimate 2019)
Religion:  African Independent Church (25.4%), Pentecostal and Evangelical (15.2%), Roman Catholic (6.8%), Methodist (5.0%), Reformed (4.2%), Anglican (3.2%)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda, Southern Ndebele
Capital: Pretoria
Order of Visit: Seventh
First Visit
: 29 March 2006
Last Visit: 21 January 2018
Duration: 31 Days
Must Do: Visit the Soweto township, attend a cricket Test Match, attend the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg), the amazing wildlife of South Africa, visit Kruger National Park, attend a culture experience, exploring bushman caves (Drakensberg), Explore Karoo, do the highest Bungee Jump (216 metres – Knysna), hike the Sand Dunes of De Hoop Nature Reserve, witness the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans (Cape Point), hike Table Top Mountain (Cape Town), Visit Robben Island, do a Wine Tasting in the Cederberg Mountain region.
Cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Cederberg Mountain, Gariep River, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Knysna, Karoo, Ladyband, Drakensberg, Durban, Dolphin Coast, Zululand, Kruger National Park, Hazyview, Ballule Nature Reserve
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South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and to the north by Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe and the east by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland).

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Destination: Wales

Established: 1057
: 3,139,000 (estimate 2018)
Religion:  57.6% Christian 
Language: Welsh, English
Capital: Cardiff
Order of Visit: Seventh
First Visit
: 27 February 2000
Last Visit: 28 February 2000
Duration: 2 Days
Must Do: Cardiff Castle
Cities: Cardiff
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Wales has a history dominated by England but they have had times had independence first as a united country in 1057 under Gruffydd ap Llywelyn until his death in 1063 and later had their own Prince of Wales until 1267.

Edward II was born at Caernarfon in 1284 and he became the first English Prince of Wales in 1301. The title is granted by the monarch to the heir apparent (usually eldest son) as a personal honour and is not heritable, merging with the English Crown on accession to the throne until passed onto the next heir apparent.

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Andrew and Danelle’s Wedding

On Friday 6 March 2020 I had the honour of attending the wedding of my nephew Andrew and his amazing fiancé Danelle.

Andrew and Danelle had been engaged for sometime to ensure they were right for each other and for almost 2 years at one point they lived with me while saving for their future home.

I remember holding Andrew when he was a baby, picking him up for after school care when he was 8, him and his mother Kara living with me for a short while when he was in primary school, and taking Andrew on a world trip when he graduated from high school. How had he become this outstanding man who could find a woman like Danelle? Continue reading

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Destination: Republic of Ireland


Established: 1937
: 4,900,000 (estimate 2019)
Religion:  78.8% Catholics 
Language: Irish, English
Capital: Dublin
Order of Visit: Sixth
First Visit
: 20 February 2000
Last Visit: 26 February 2000
Duration: 7 Days
Must Do: St Mary’s Cathedral (Limerick), King John’s Castle (Limerick), Watch Waterford Crystal Vases being created, Trinity College (Dublin), Visit Guinness Brewery (Dublin, Enjoy the Irish green countryside, visit an Irish pub and sit by a fire.
Cities: Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Kilkenny
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Destination: Northern Ireland

Established: 1921
: 1,885,400
Religion: 48% Protestants, 45% Catholics 
Language: English
Capital: Belfast
Order of Visit: Fifth
First Visit
: 15 February 2000
Last Visit: 20 February 2000
Duration: 6 Days
Must Do: Exploring Belfast murals of the Troubles, Irish pubs, Experience the Giant’s Causeway, The green countryside
Cities: Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry
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