Sunday, May 5, 2013
It's May 2013, and the summer movie season has started. Two days ago, RSG (aka "raving Hollywood critic") saw "Iron Man 3". It was a great movie replete with special effects. The movie had a great cast due to Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley. It was hard to decipher the villain in the movie, since there was more than one enemy for "Iron Man" to defeat. Onto another movie, RSG can't wait to see "The Great Gatsby" on May 10. The movie is in 3d, but RSG wants to see it in regular format. The book, "The Great Gatsby", was a mysterious (& thrilling) novel penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book came out in 1925, and the central character is Jay Gatsby. Furthermore, Jay Gatsby's real name is James Gatz. In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio will play the title character. Also, this movie has Amitabh Bachchan starring as "Meyer Wolfsheim". Other well known actors/actresses are Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. Finally, the soundtrack to the movie was exec. produced by Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter). The soundtrack has some jazzy tracks, and it brings today's hip-hop, rock, & other genres together. RSG will have to make the transaction, by purchasing the cd. In closing, hope "The Great Gatsby" is not a flop. If you like Amitabh Bachchan like Rahulio does, the picture above is the Bollywood star.
Monday, April 22, 2013
This past saturday, RSG was at the Urban Wine Walk in downtown Phoenix. It was a fun event. Rahulio had good vino at "The Arrogant Butcher", "Steve's Greenhouse Grill", "Icon Lounge" (in Renaissance Hotel), and "Province" (in the Westin hotel). My favorite place for wine was "Province", as white wine from Tomero was the wine du jour. After three hours of walking to five different restaurants, it was time to call it "a day." Overall, it was a grand time. It was cool to see tons of people roaming around downtown Phoenix, with a map & and a passion to drink wine. Hope you like the picture of the margarita glass made out of anchors, and other abstract elements.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Last night, Hollywood G. had a fun night with some famous celebs at the Phoenix Film Festival. He met D.B. Sweeney, Melora Walters, and Natalie Imbruglia at the film festival. It was great to meet them after Rahul G. saw their movie, "Underdogs." "Underdogs" was a good movie. RSG asked the director, Doug Dearth, a question of "how long did it take to make your movie?" during the Q & A session. Doug mentioned that it took 24 days to make a movie, which had a budget of $2 million dollars. The movie was filmed primarily in Northern Ohio. Natalie Imbruglia made her acting debut in the movie. She had sung hit tracks, "Torn" (1997) and "Wrong Impression" (2002). She did a fine job, as the pretty bartender in the movie. She serves as the love interest of D.B. Sweeney also. Overall, the movie & celebrity sighting experience was worthwhile. The picture above is from the movie, and it is the movie banner.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Today was the last day of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. This joint (men & women) tennis tournament is one of the most important non-grand slam tournaments. It has many ranking points and good prize money for winners & finalists as well. For yours truly, this tournament has been a fun experience both times. RSG went to this tournament the past two years, and this year's tournament was going to be quite difficult to attend. Nonetheless, it was great to see Maria Sharapova win the title on the WTA side. It was good to see Juan Martin Del Potro get the runner up trophy in the ATP side. During his six matches, Del Potro beat two of the top four players (Andy Murray & Novak Djokovic). Yet he could not beat the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal. Sharapova beat Wozniacki in the final today. Maria hit 33 winners to only two for Wozniacki. Sharapova has a few nicknames, and one common moniker is Masha. Juan Martin's common moniker is Delpo. Finally, Sharapova will move up in the rankings from #3 to #2 in the new WTA rankings. Del Potro may stay at #7, but he played like he was in the top 5 this past week. Go Delpo!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Yesterday, a talented trio ventured to Verde Valley (hidden wine country in AZ!). This trio included Rahulio and his friends. First, we hiked in the beautiful red rock area of Sedona. Originally, we were trying to hike in "devil's bridge." But, this area was a far drive from our current trail. Instead, we hiked for two miles in secret canyon trail. Hiking this trail was a good form of exercise during the day. After the scenic hike, we proceeded to Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards tasting room. This tasting room was in Jerome. Both Jerome & Sedona are cities in the Verde Valley region of Arizona. At the tasting room, Rahul enjoyed drinking the three white wines on tap. The white wines were from Graham County, AZ; California, and Cochise County, AZ. In addition, Rahul enjoyed being the "sommelier" with friends. Towards the end of the wine tasting experience, Rahul noticed a beautiful statue of Ganesh, the Hindu god of good luck. It was towards the entrance of the winery. It was part of the RSG life on a manic Monday. Furthermore, the acronym of RSG stands for Resilient, Sommelier, and Ganesh. Resilient is for hiking a different trail, instead of the planned one. Sommelier for helping his friends with pairing wine & food together. Finally, Ganesh is for the god that gave Rahul a huge amount of good fortune & luck. Au Revoir, mes amis!