(Honest Title) Why Men Don’t Like Chick FlicksWritten by Martin Winer
(Honest Title) Why Men Don’t Like Chick Flicks (For those politically minded) Why Men Don’t Like Female Centric Films (For those with a penchant for subtlety) Why Men Don’t like Baby Bird Films A Case Study : ‘Notting Hill’ -- Martin C. Winer --
1) Plot inconsistencies. The plot in all female centric movies seems to center around prolonging a certain romantic uncertainty. This is usually done at expense of logic. There are two good examples of this in Notting Hill: i) William (Hugh Grant) goes out in morning to find a frenzy of Paparazzi outside his door. He knows this will upset his actress girlfriend Anna (Julia Roberts) but only mentions “don’t ask” when she asks him what’s going on outside. He lets her walk outside and be confronted by same Paparazzi. This, of course, upsets Anna who wrongly accuses him of summoning Paparazzi and causes a ‘break up’. This, in turn, provides Hugh Grant a grand opportunity to apologize (despite his innocence), setting female audience swooning and male audience hurling. ii) William goes on a movie set where Anna is being filmed where she greets him warmly and intimates that she’d consider getting back together. Unfortunately, she’s just in middle of a shoot so she walks off to film a scene and William is provided with a headset to hear what is going on unbeknownst to Anna. While casually preparing for scene, a fellow actor asks Anna: “Who was that rather difficult chap (referring to Grant) you were talking to on way up?” Anna replies: “Oh... no one... no one. Just some... guy from past. I don't know what he's doing here. Bit of an awkward situation.” Grant reacts negatively and leaves. When Grant asks her later as to why she would say such a thing, she
Las Vegas "Whales"Written by Iulia Pascanu
What Las Vegas jargon names "whales" is in fact creme of high rollers species. They are a handfull of people that in some opinions don't exceed 500 individuals in world. Las Vegas hoteliers are nuts about them; some claim four or five of those whales bet much more than rest of thousands customers they receive daily. No wonder they are suspected of going as far as selling their first born child to get one of those whales into their gaming area. Five tips to recognise a whale
* size of bet: $50,000 is low end; Australian tycoon Kerry Packer likes to play seven blackjack hands at one time; his top bet was $375,000; * line of credit: 4 to 5 million dollars for one weekend; a fortune for us ordinary earthings, pocket money for a "whale"; * treat: whales get all freebies from hotel they play: fine dining, luxury accommodations, private jet transportation, expensive gifts... often US visa for Asian high rollers; * escort: it usually includes bodyguards, beautiful gals and close friends; Las Vegas history saved for record a legendary tale in which Saudi Prince Adnan Khashoggi dropped for a bet at Stardust with an anturage of a dozen people; * generosity: whether they win or loose, everybody's happy as long as they play; "whales" don't spare tips & gifts.