Car Logo Ripoffs from Around the World.

The Chinese have long been known for their ability to duplicate products and technologies in record time and bring them to market faster and more cheaply than any established manufacturer could ever dream. But whereas we may only see the Chinese as the great product knock-off  artists that they are, we often overlook other countries’ abilities when it comes to the fine art of the R&D (Rip-off & Duplicate) as is demonstrated by these fine car logo creations from around the world (but mostly China).

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BMW (Bavaria) vs.  BYD (China).

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Lamborghini (Italy) vs. Arash (UK)

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Mazda (Japan) vs. Haima (China)

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Aston Martin (England) vs. Hyundai Genesis (Korea)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Changan(China)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Jincheng, (China)

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Toyota(Japan) vs. Xiali (China)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Merry (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs. Chery (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs. Suzhou (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs.  Huaxiang (China)

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Mercedes (Germany) vs.  BAW (China)

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Oldsmobile (USA) vs. Mahindra (India)

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Oldsmobile (USA) vs. First Auto Works (China)

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Subaru (Japan) vs. Jiangnan, (China)

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Pegaso (Spain) vs. Carlsson (Germany)

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Jeep vs. Geep (The Philippines)

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Top 200 Biggest Box Office Bombs. Wost movies with respect to Box Office Gross.

The big movie houses are always quick to tout their latest celebathonic box office hits, never do they ever speak of those movies that were “Box Office Bombs”. By definition a Box Office Bomb is a film for which the production and marketing costs greatly exceeded the revenue recovered by the movie studio (especially with reference to U.S. gross – as several times movie studios sell international distribution rights to other companies.)

Sorted by % Gross of the Budget

Title Year Budget U.S. Gross % of budget
Zyzzyx Road 2006 $2,000,000 $30 <0.1%
Scorched 2003 $7,000,000 $8,000 0.10%
D-Tox 2002 $55,000,000 $79,161 0.10%
Freaked 1993 $12,000,000 $29,296 0.20%
The Bridge of San Luis Rey 2005 $24,000,000 $49,981 0.20%
Nomad 2007 $40,000,000 $79,123 0.20%
My Big Fat Independent Movie 2005 $3,000,000 $4,655 0.20%
The Hottie and the Nottie 2008 $9,000,000 $27,696 0.30%
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn 1998 $10,000,000 $45,779 0.50%
Manderlay 2006 $14,200,000 $78,378 0.60%
Mini’s First Time 2006 $6,000,000 $49,034 0.80%
No Good Deed 2003 $12,000,000 $181,600 1.50%
Idiocracy 2006 $30,000,000 $444,000 1.50%
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 $40,000,000 $659,210 1.60%
Southland Tales 2007 $15,000,000 $275,380 1.80%
Ride with the Devil 1999 $35,000,000 $630,779 1.80%
Lolita 1997 $58,000,000 $1,060,056 1.80%
The Game of Their Lives 2005 $20,000,000 $375,750 1.90%
Head 1968 $750,000 $16,111 2.10%
Love’s Labour’s Lost 2000 $13,000,000 $299,792 2.30%
A Sound of Thunder 2005 $80,000,000 $1,900,451 2.40%
The Statement 2003 $27,000,000 $765,637 2.80%
Monument Ave. 1998 $11,000,000 $333,760 3.00%
Until the End of the World 1991 $23,000,000 $829,625 3.60%
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006 $60,000,000 $2,208,939 3.70%
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland 1992 $35,000,000 $1,368,000 3.90%
Pirates 1986 $40,000,000 $1,641,825 4.10%
The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 $100,000,000 $4,411,102 4.40%
The Caveman’s Valentine 2001 $13,500,000 $687,194 5.10%
Waterloo 1970 $25,000,000 $1,400,000 5.60%
Cats Don’t Dance 1997 $60,000,000 $3,566,637 5.90%
Swept Away 2002 $10,000,000 $598,645 6.00%
Cassandra’s Dream 2008 $15,000,000 $973,018 6.50%
Monkeybone 2001 $75,000,000 $5,000,000 6.70%
Stay 2005 $50,000,000 $3,626,883 7.30%
Town & Country 2001 $90,000,000 $6,810,050 7.60%
Slow Burn 2007 $15,500,000 $1,237,615 7.90%
Heaven’s Gate 1980 $44,000,000 $3,484,331 7.90%
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale 2008 $60,000,000 $4,775,656 8.00%
The Oh in Ohio 2006 $5,000,000 $418,689 8.30%
Bee Season 2005 $14,000,000 $1,180,560 8.40%
Basic Instinct 2 2006 $70,000,000 $5,946,136 8.50%
Cradle Will Rock 1999 $32,000,000 $2,899,970 8.70%
A Dirty Shame 2004 $15,000,000 $1,339,668 8.90%
Dirty 2006 $3,000,000 $274,245 9.10%
Bloodrayne 2006 $25,000,000 $2,405,420 9.60%
September Dawn 2007 $11,000,000 $1,066,555 9.70%
The Stupids 1996 $25,000,000 $2,415,593 9.70%
The Molly Maguires 1970 $11,000,000 $1,100,000 10.00%
Can’t Stop the Music 1980 $20,000,000 $2,000,000 10%
Steel 1997 $16,000,000 $1,710,972 10.70%
Cutthroat Island 1995 $92,000,000 $10,017,322 10.80%
One Night Stand 1997 $24,000,000 $2,618,335 10.90%
Gigli 2003 $54,000,000 $6,068,735 11.10%
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 $76,000,000 $6,814,720 11.14%
Inchon 1981 $46,000,000 $5,200,986 11.30%
The Boondock Saints 2000 $6,000,000 $683,000 11.40%
Undiscovered 2005 $9,000,000 $1,069,318 11.90%
Hurlyburly 1998 $15,000,000 $1,798,862 12.00%
Extreme Ops 2002 $40,000,000 $4,835,968 12.10%
Thunderbirds 2004 $57,000,000 $6,880,917 12.10%
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 $27,000,000 $3,499,819 12.50%
Zabriskie Point 1970 $7,000,000 $900,000 12.90%
All the King’s Men 2006 $55,000,000 $7,221,458 13.10%
Detroit Rock City 1999 $15,000,000 $2,005,512 13.40%
Shanghai Surprise 1986 $17,000,000 $2,315,683 13.60%
Bicentennial Man 1999 $100,000,000 $8,234,926 14.10%
Dudley Do-Right 1999 $70,000,000 $9,974,410 14.20%
D-War 2007 $75,000,000 $10,616,869 14.20%
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992 $24,650,296 $3,549,338 14.40%
Flash Gordon 1980 $35,000,000 $3,934,030 14.50%
Lucky You 2007 $50,000,000 $7,355,993 15%
Lucky Numbers 2000 $65,000,000 $10,014,234 15.40%
The House of the Spirits 1994 $40,000,000 $6,265,311 15.60%
Fantasia 1940 $2,280,000 $361,800 15.90%
Death to Smoochy 2002 $50,000,000 $8,364,691 16.70%
Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 $86,000,000 $15,132,763 17.60%
Once Upon a Time in America 1984 $30,000,000 $5,321,508 17.70%
North 1994 $40,000,000 $7,138,449 17.80%
Meet the Deedles 1998 $24,000,000 $4,308,981 18.00%
Glitter 2001 $22,000,000 $4,273,372 18.10%
Osmosis Jones 2001 $75,000,000 $25,120,662 18.10%
Newsies 1992 $15,000,000 $2,819,485 18.80%
Femme Fatale 2002 $35,000,000 $6,630,252 18.90%
Raise the Titanic! 1980 $36,000,000 $7,000,000 19.40%
Dune 1984 $45,000,000 $6,025,091 19.50%
Soldier 1998 $75,000,000 $14,623,082 19.50%
The Black Cauldron 1985 $44,000,000 $4,180,110 19.60%
Jetsons: The Movie 1990 $10,900,000 $5,029,640 19.60%
Jade 1995 $50,000,000 $9,795,017 19.60%
Cool as Ice 1991 $6,000,000 $1,193,062 19.80%
Holy Man 1998 $60,000,000 $12,069,719 20.10%
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1988 $40,000,000 $8,083,123 20.20%
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 $70,000,000 $14,294,842 20.40%
The World’s Fastest Indian 2005 $25,000,000 $5,128,124 20.50%
The Scarlet Letter 1995 $50,000,000 $10,382,407 20.80%
The Alamo 2004 $107,000,000 $22,414,961 20.90%
Mad City 1997[27] $50,000,000 $10,541,523 21.10%
Nothing But Trouble 1991 $40,000,000 $8,479,793 21.20%
A Good Year 2006 $35,000,000 $7,459,300 21.30%
Flyboys 2006 $60,000,000 $13,082,288 21.80%
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 $110,000,000 $24,008,137 21.80%
The Postman 1997 $80,000,000 $17,593,391 22%
Alexande 2004 $155,000,000 $34,297,191 22.10%
Rock-a-Doodle 1992 $11,600,000 $2,603,286 22.30%
The Four Feathers 2002 $80,000,000 $18,306,166 22.50%
Pathfinder: Legend of the Ghost Warrior 2007 $45,000,000 $10,232,081 22.70%
Gods and Generals 2003 $56,000,000 $12,882,034 23%
Stealth 2005 $138,000,000 $31,704,416 23.00%
The Invasion 2007 $65,000,000 $15,055,795 23.20%
Red Planet 2000 $75,000,000 $17,473,245 23.30%
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 $137,000,000 $32,131,830 23.30%
Blood and Chocolate 2007 $15,000,000 $3,526,588 23.50%
Get Carter 2000 $63,600,000 $14,967,182 23.50%
Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 $50,000,000 $5,647,160 23.80%
Snoopy Come Home 1972 $1,000,000 $245,073 24.50%
The Last Castle 2001 $72,000,000 $18,208,078 25.30%
3000 Miles to Graceland 2001 $62,000,000 $15,738,632 25.40%
The Lost City 2005 $9,600,000 $2,484,186 25.90%
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 $60,000,000 $6,874,477 26%
Hudson Hawk 1991 $65,000,000 $17,218,080 26.10%
Slither 2006 $29,500,000 $7,802,450 26.40%
Redline 2007 $26,000,000 $6,881,022 26.50%
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 $80,000,000 $21,600,585 27.00%
Rollerball 2002 $70,000,000 $18,990,542 27.10%
Hart’s War 2002 $70,000,000 $19,076,815 27.10%
Hard Rain 1998 $70,000,000 $19,819,000 27.70%
EDtv 1999 $80,000,000 $21,431,897 28.00%
I Know Who Killed Me 2007 $12,000,000 $3,400,000 28.30%
Screamers 1995 $20,000,000 $5,711,695 28.60%
Beloved 1998 $80,000,000 $22,852,487 28.60%
The Hoax 2007 $25,000,000 $7,164,995 28.70%
Alone in the Dark 2005 $20,000,000 $5,178,169 28.90%
The Fountain 2006 $35,000,000 $10,144,010 28.90%
The Island 2005 $122,200,000 $35,799,026 29.20%
Battlefield Earth 2000 $73,000,000 $21,471,685 29.40%
Connie and Carla 2004 $27,000,000 $8,085,771 29.90%
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 $160,000,000 $48,068,396 30.00%
Titan A.E. 2000 $75,000,000 $22,753,426 30.30%
The Transformers: The Movie 1986 $5,000,000 $1,779,559 30.40%
The Pagemaster 1994 $13,670,688 $4,188,399 30.60%
Hollywood Ending 2002 $16,000,000 $4,839,383 31.50%
The Condemned 2007 $23,000,000 $7,327,940 31.80%
Solaris 2002 $47,000,000 $14,970,038 31.90%
Josie and the Pussycats 2001 $22,000,000 $4,562,455 32%
Hoot 2006 $15,000,000 $4,889,754 32.50%
Moonlight Mile 2002 $21,000,000 $6,835,856 32.60%
Ed Wood 1994 $18,000,000 $5,887,457 32.70%
Terminal Velocity 1994 $50,000,000 $16,478,900 32.90%
Jakob the Liar 1999 $15,000,000 $4,956,401 33.00%
Happily N’Ever After 2007 $47,000,000 $15,589,393 33.20%
The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 $47,000,000 $15,691,192 33.40%
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 $15,000,000 $5,027,684 33.50%
Crash 1996 $10,000,000 $3,357,324 33.60%
Treasure Planet 2002 $140,000,000 $38,176,783 34.80%
U Turn 1997 $19,000,000 $6,633,400 34.90%
K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 $100,000,000 $35,168,677 35.10%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 $3,560,469 $1,225,912 35.30%
Windtalkers 2001 $115,000,000 $40,911,830 35.60%
Memoirs of an Invisible Man 1992 $40,000,000 $14,358,033 35.90%
Ishtar 1987 $55,000,000 $14,375,181 35.90%
Kingdom of Heaven 2005 $130,000,000 $47,396,698 36.50%
Doogal 2006 $20,000,000 $7,417,319 37.10%
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 $60,000,000 $11,516,712 37.20%
Grindhouse 2007 $67,000,000 $25,037,897 37.30%
The Chipmunk Adventure 1987 $6,804,312 $2,584,720 38%
The 13th Warrior 1999 $85,000,000 $32,694,788 38.50%
Judge Dredd 1995 $90,000,000 $34,694,000 38.50%
Wing Commander 1999 $30,000,000 $11,576,087 38.60%
The Majestic 2001 $72,000,000 $27,796,042 38.60%
The Avengers 1998 $60,000,000 $23,322,832 38.90%
Wyatt Earp 1994 $63,000,000 $25,052,000 39.80%
Dragonfly 2002 $75,000,000 $30,063,805 40%
Daylight 1996 $80,000,000 $32,885,565 40%
Catwoman 2004 $100,000,000 $40,202,379 40.20%
Code Name: The Cleaner 2007 $20,000,000 $8,135,024 40.70%
The Whole Ten Yards 2004 $40,000,000 $16,323,969 40.80%
From Justin to Kelly 2003 $12,000,000 $4,922,166 41.60%
The Core 2003 $74,000,000 $31,111,260 41.80%
The 6th Day 2000 $82,000,000 $34,543,700 42.10%
Lions for Lambs 2007 $35,000,000 $15,000,115 42.90%
Zathura 2005 $65,000,000 $28,045,540 43.10%
Thirteen Days 2000 $80,000,000 $34,566,746 43.20%
Driven 2001 $72,000,000 $32,616,869 44%
Body of Evidence 1993 $30,000,000 $13,273,595 44.20%
Return To Oz 1985 $25,000,000 $11,137,801 44.60%
Lords of Dogtown 2005 $25,000,000 $11,273,517 45.10%
Showgirls 1995 $45,000,000 $20,302,961 45.10%
The Black Dahlia 2006 $50,000,000 $22,545,080 45.10%
The Island 1980 $22,000,000 $10,000,000 45.50%
Sorcerer 1977 $22,000,000 $10,000,000 45.50%
Home On The Range 2004 $110,000,000 $50,030,461 45.50%
New York Minute 2004 $30,000,000 $14,045,006 46.80%
The Iron Giant 1999 $48,000,000 $23,159,305 48.20%
The Country Bears 2002 $35,000,000 $16,990,825 48.50%
Son of the Mask 2005 $84,000,000 $17,018,422 49.40%
Meet Joe Black 1998 $90,000,000 $44,606,335 49.60%
Little Nicky 2000 $80,000,000 $39,442,871 49.70%
Freddy Got Fingered 2001 $15,000,000 $7,098,549 49.80%
Super Mario Bros. 1993 $42,000,000 $20,915,465 49.80%
P2 2007 $8,000,000 $3,995,018 49.90%
Once Upon A Forest 1993 $13,000,000 $6,500,000 50%
Legend 1985 $30,000,000 $15,502,112 50.50%
Zodiac 2007 $65,000,000 $33,080,083 50.90%
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 $35,000,000 $18,317,151 52.30%
Chasing Liberty 2004 $23,000,000 $12,195,626 53%
Happily Ever After 1993 $3,299,382 $1,756,050 53.20%
Howard the Duck 1986 $30,000,000 $16,295,136 53.30%
Mars Attacks! 1996 $70,000,000 $37,754,208 53.90%
The Wiz 1978 $24,000,000 $13,000,000 54.20%
The Cotton Club 1984 $47,000,000 $25,928,721 55.20%
Heathers 1989 $2,000,000 $1,108,462 55.40%
Welcome to Mooseport 2004 $26,000,000 $14,470,947 55.70%
Laws of Attraction 2004 $32,000,000 $17,871,255 55.90%
Mighty Joe Young 1998 $90,000,000 $50,632,037 56.30%
Quest for Camelot 1998 $40,000,000 $22,717,758 56.80%
King Arthur 2004 $90,000,000 $51,882,244 57.60%
Last Action Hero 1993 $85,000,000 $50,016,394 58.80%
Cleopatra 1963 $44,000,000 $26,000,000 59%
The Next Best Thing 2000 $25,000,000 $14,990,582 59.90%

100 Best Movies of All Time

Well this week the UK based TimesOnline decided to embark on the amazingly ambitious task of rating the top 100 films of all time. So I decided to post the abridged version of their list here. (The full article is here.)

What do you think, did they get it right?

# – Movie title (Director, Year)

100 – JURASSIC PARK (Stephen Spielberg, 1993)
99 – LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
98 – MY FAIR LADY (George Cukor, 1964)
97 – POINT BREAK (Kathryn Bigelow, 1992)
96 – LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
95 – GRAND HOTEL (Edmund Goulding, 1932)
94 – THE TOWERING INFERNO (John Guillermin, Irwin Allen, 1974)
93 – COOL HAND LUKE (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967)
92 – A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
91 – SHORT CUTS (Robert Altman, 1993)

90 – TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle, 1996)
89 – TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles, 1958)
88 – WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
87 – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
86 – NOSFERATU (F.W. Murnau, 1922)
85 – DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
84 – FESTEN (Thomas Vinterberg, 1999)
83 – SPARTACUS (Stanley Kubrick, 1960)
82 – CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar Wai, 1994)
81 – NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)

80 – TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
79 – DELIVERANCE (John Boorman, 1972)
78 – THE LADY EVE (Preston Sturges, 1941)
77 – THE APU TRILOGY (Satyajit Ray, 1956-1959)
76 – BLAZING SADDLES (Mel Brooks, 1974)
75 – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Sergio Leone, 1966)
74 – ROSEMARY’S BABY (Roman Polanski, 1968)
73 – GREAT EXPECTATIONS (David Lean, 1946)
72 – DAYS OF HEAVEN (Terrence Malick, 1978)
71 – THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, 1984)

70 – THE CONVERSATION (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
69 – HIDDEN (Michael Haneke, 2005)
68 – THE MALTESE FALCON (John Huston, 1941)
67 – THE PIANO (Jane Campion, 1993)
66 – TOY STORY (John Lasseter, 1995)
65 – THE THIN BLUE LINE (Errol Morris, 1988)
64 – DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, 1989)
63 – ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan, 1954)
62 – TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorcese, 1976)
61 – RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)

60 – THE CRYING GAME (Neil Jordan, 1992)
59 – PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
58 – DR ZHIVAGO (David Lean, 1965)
57 – RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
56 – WHISKY GALORE! (Alexander Mackendrick, 1949)
55 – THE MATRIX (Andy and Larry Wachowski, 1999)
54 – L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (Curtis Hanson, 1977)
53 – MILDRED PIERCE (Michael Curtiz, 1945)
52 – LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini, 1960)
51 – CABARET (Bob Fosse, 1972)

50 – BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott, 1982)
49 – HIGH SOCIETY (Charles Walters, 1956)
48 – SHOAH (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
47 – FARGO (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1996)
46 – ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1960)
45 – THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
44 – A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Ella Kazan, 1951)
43 – TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (James Cameron, 1991)
42 – BLUE VELVET (David Lynch, 1986)
41 – A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor, 1954)

40 – THE LIFE OF BRIAN (Terry Jones, 1979)
39 – THE GRADUATE (Mike Nichols, 1967)
38 – REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
37 – BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis, 1999)
36 – JAWS (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
35 – WITHNAIL AND I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
34 – THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (John Ford, 1962)
33 – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Milos Forman, 1975)
32 – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
31 – HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks, 1940)

30 – REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
29 – DUCK SOUP (Leo McCarey, 1933)
28 – GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming, 1939)
27 – A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
26 – GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
25 – PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (Peter Weir, 1975)
24 – THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor, 1940)
23 – SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder, 1959)
22 – THE BREAKFAST CLUB (John Hughes, 1985)
21 – BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn, 1967)

20 – THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, 1939)
19 – THE EXORCIST (William Friedkin, 1973)
18 – DON’T LOOK NOW (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
17 – ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977)
16 – METROPOLIS (Fritz Lang, 1927)
15 – APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
14 – THE JUNGLE BOOK (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1967)
13 – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
12 – ALIEN (Ridley Scott, 1979)
11 – THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Robert Wise, 1965)

10 – THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
9 – ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry, 2004)
8 – SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder, 1950)
7 – KES (Ken Loach, 1969)
6 – VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
5 – THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
4 – CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski, 1974)
3 – ET: The Extra Terrestrial (Stephen Spielberg, 1982)
2 – There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
1 – Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)

Apple Store Frozen in Time

I stumbled across this pictorial recently. It is of an abandoned (circa 2000) Apple Store in Kuwait that’s just been sitting there. It is very interesting to see how Apple’s design philosophy has changed so much over time. For those of you long time Apple users, like myself, this should be very nostalgic.

Photos by Miskan

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NetVibes Digital Life Aggregator

So I discovered NetVibes today. Ok so I didn’t so much discover (as in Christopher Columbus) it, because I’ve known about NetVibes for some time now, but I made the switch from IGoogle(and Google reader) as my DLA/homepage over to NetVibes. NetVibes is a free Digital Life Aggregator, that allows you to organize your entire online life( for the most part) into tabbed pages. Everything from email to blogs to comics and games. Why, might you ask, would such an avid supporter of the googleverse make such a fundamental digital-life change? Well for what I have lost in one click access to all my various google accounts/apps and tools I have gained in recouped time and ease of use. So here are some of the things that made me switch:

Thing number 1: Visual appeal

The flexible layout ie. 2/3/4 column options make visually much easier to canvas all your feeds in a manner that saves time and space. It truly allows you to get all you information at a glance. Plus there’re just more things that can be optimized to better your experience.

Thing number 2: It’s like Google reader and Igoogle smashed into one app.

Netvibes’ layout and navigation is more like igoogle (on steroids), but the functionality and depth of information is more like google reader. Most widgets display up to the last 25 posts from an rss fee, whereas igoogle only allows you a measly 9.

Thing number 3: Sharing stuff

Incidentally, that’s how I first leart of NetVibes, through an invite which included the invitor’s setup for a particular tab. Yes, I was able to, with one click, start using a presetup netvibes page inclusive of cool widgets and feeds already setup by my friend who invited me to test it out. By the way, here’s a link to try net vibes out: http://www.netvibes.com/subscribe.php?preconfig=126efb5c739f8468139e69206b4fe46d

Thing number 4: It’s portable

If one day I decide NetVibes isn’t for me anymore, I can pack up my digital belongings via OPML and move on the the next DLA. Google has been touting the coming of this feature for a long time, but I am yet to see it. Incidentally, had they already done this, it would have made the switch to NetVibes a lot less time consuming.

Thing number 5: Netvibes supports igoogle widgets!

At least so they claim, and we all know how “support” for a 3rd party format can be. Up until writing this posted, I hadn’t tested the feature, but it does exist.

Thing number 6: They’re going social with Netvibes Ginger.

Yes, now it will be a whole lot easier with NetVibes Ginger (now in testing) to share all this wonderful “Funtastimation” that you’ve amassed in all new ways.

So why doesn’t Google just make one even more killer app like Netvibes?

My guess is: 1. They’re working on it and/or 2. The same internal structure which has led to Google’s great success where people take ownership of projects that are their own ideas can sometimes lead to political/bureaucratic slowdowns when it comes time for the company to change direction, shutdown, or merge projects especially if those project leaders have become more influential in the company . and/or 3. We’re so big and have so many things going on right now that this is the least of our issues. Plus, what is a “netvibe” anyways? Who knows. My point is, give Netvibes a chance, you might just like it.

Rf.

The 10 Most Expensive Cell Phones in the World

With all the hoopla surrounding the Iphone (and its fluctuating pricetag) one might might be lulled into thinking that the Iphone is the be-all and end-all in the world cell phones. The truth be told though, the Iphone is more like the Corvette of the cellphone industry, relatively expensive to the average consumer, but in the bigger picture, it’s a cheap horsepower contender and drop in the bucket when compared to these high rolling entrants into the world of cellphones. And yes, the top cellphone contender is more expensive than the Mercedes Maybach, the Ferrari Enzo and the Bugatti Veyron!

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10. Prada phone by LG

Price: $780

Prada phone by LG
The Prada phone by LG just narrowly edged my personal favorite, the Gold Striker Gold 24-carat Iphone to make the list. At just 1.2 cm thick, the Prada phone, like the Iphone, has no buttons and is operated solely by way of the touch screen.

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9. Porsche Cellphone by Sagem

Price: $1,600

Porsche Cellphone by Sagem

Designed by Porsche, but engineered and manufactured by France-based Sagem, the Porsche handset is currently available in Britain, Dubai and other oversees markets. The phone is expected to make its U.S. debut in 2008 possible through Porsche Dealerships.

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8. Mobiado Professional EM

Price: $2,200

Mobiado Professional EM
Made from ebony wood, hard-anodized aluminum and titanium, Nokia driven Mobiado Professional EM handsets are individually unique due to the variations in wood patterning per instrument. It features a 1.3 MP camera, music playback and an FM radio.

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7. Gresso Black Aura Collection

Price: Up to $13,000

Gresso Black Aura Collection

Gresso boastfully claims that its Black Aura cellphones are 200 years old – due to the age of the African Blackwood on each phone’s case. Black Aura series ranges from $6,500 to $13,000 with the most expensive featuring an 18-carat gold front panel.

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6. Diamond Iphone

Price: $41,000

Diamond Iphone
The diamond iPhone boasts an impressive 420 diamonds at a total weight of 5.65 carats set in 18K white or yellow gold. It can also be ordered in white, black or pink sapphires. The phone, by UK blingmeister general Amosu, at a blustering $41,000 is sure to not make any “Will it blend” videos anytime soon.

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5.Vertu Signature

Price: Up to $81,000

Vertu Signature
Vertu, a subsidiary of Nokia, claims that it took expert craftsmen some three years of training to learn to make their phones. This classic, the Vertu Signature, contains 943 diamonds on its bezel and 48 more on its keypad, each set in place by hand in Switzerland.

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4. VIPN Black Diamond Smartphone

Price: $300,000

VIPN Black Diamond Smartphone
The creation of Swiss manufacturer VIPN, the titanium construction known as the “Black Diamond” is a one of a kind actually a 1 of 5 to be exact, and for generously shelling out 300,000 big ones, you get a Quadband phone with WiFi and Bluetooth, a 2 inch 256K TFT screen, 4MP camera, VOIP and 2 huge diamonds.

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3. Bucheron for Vertu Cobra

Price: $310,000

Bucheron for Vertu Cobra
Parisian jeweler House of Bucheron linked up with Nokia subsidiary Vertu on this limited-edition series of eight cobra phones, which include a two-carat pear-cut diamond, a one-carat round diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies totaling 21 carats. Vertu phones also link up to a special concierge service with information about travel, entertainment, restaurants and events. Other Vertu phones sell between $4,350 and $81,000.

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2. The Diamond Crypto Smartphone

Price: $1.3 Million

The Diamond Crypto Smartphone
Designed by diamond encruster extraordinaire Peter Aloisson The Diamond Crypto Smartphone is sometimes quoted as the World’s most expensive cell phone (depending on exchange rates). Russian firm JSC Ancort has developed a Windows CE-based smartphone ready for Aloisson’s bejeweling that employs “powerful encryption technology” to “provide secure protection of information against kidnapping, technological blackmail, financial racketeers and corrupted state officials” — sounds like marketing speak for a password-protected wallet app. Of course, with its $1.3 million price tag and 50 diamonds (10 of which are blue) you might start to have more trouble with mugging than with technological blackmail.

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1. The GoldVish Le Million

Price: $1.45 Million

The GoldVish Le Million
Guinness World Records certifies this GoldVish phone as the most expensive in the world–1 million euros, or about $1.45 million. The odd-shaped device is made out of 18-carat white gold and features 1,800 diamonds totaling 120 carats. A Russian businessman bought Le Million for his wife last September at a luxury goods fair in Cannes, France. Don’t have a spare million for this made-by-request gadget? Geneva-based GoldVish has plenty of expensive phones in its lineup, including models with gold plating and diamond-studded cases.

1 Million Dollar Homes from Across the World

With all the buzz about the real estate market in the U.S. and how it’s affecting real estate prices across, I decided to look into what US $1 Million will get you around the world and here’s a sampling of what I found:

Atlanta, GA, USA

Price: $1.05 million
Beds/Bath: 6 beds/6 bath
Amenities: A million dollars will get you far in Atlanta. This two-story brick manse has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three fireplaces and a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The interior boasts 10-foot ceilings, and the master bathroom includes both a garden tub and whirlpool. Outside, the property rests on a third of an acre and has a three-car garage and a backyard deck.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Price: $1.1 million
Beds/Bath: 4 bed

Amenities: This 7,500-square-foot home on just over one-half acre features four bedrooms, including a master suite with a dressing room and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub. The garden boasts a large veranda, in-ground pool and covered barbeque area.

For more information, please contact Reynolds Propiedades Argentina Real Estate.

Chicago, IL, USA

Price: $1.1 million
Beds/Bath: 4 bed

Amenities: Located in the historic Lakewood/Balmoral neighborhood of Chicago, this recently renovated townhome includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The large downstairs family room opens to a cedar deck and backyard with a gas barbeque hookup and a two-car garage. The kitchen has professional appliances and the entire first floor has been outfitted with radiant heat to offset those cold Windy City winters.

San Jose de Pinilla, Costa Rica

Price: $1 million
Beds/Bath: 3 bed/3bath

Amenities: This Spanish Colonial-inspired home sits on a half-acre within the Reserva de Golf beach community in the Guanacaste region of the country. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a solarium and spacious kitchen as well as maid’s and guest rooms and an outdoor pool.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Price: $1 million
Beds/Bath: 4 bed/3.5bath

Amenities: This contemporary masterpiece boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as a massive chef’s kitchen and expansive, covered patio for outdoor entertaining. Health nuts will find much to keep them occupied in the gym room while the busy executive can hunker down in the home office.

London, UK

Price: $1 million
Beds/Bath: 2 bed/1bath

Amenities: The dollar may be weak compared with the pound, but with a million of them, you can buy a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, second-floor apartment in this stately Victorian building in Belsize Village, a neighborhood filled with restaurants and shops just northwest of downtown London.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Price: $1.07 million
Beds/Bath: 5 bed/3.5bath

Amenities: Built in 1891, this Queen Anne Victorian is a California historical cultural landmark dubbed the Ernest Wood House. Three stories, with wood-carved stairway railings, the 2,880-square-foot home has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, hardwood floors, a formal dining room and five fireplaces. Outside, a covered wrap-around porch looks out on the landscaped yards and gardens of this 13,000-square-foot lot, which includes a backyard gazebo.

New York, NY, USA

Price: $1.05 million
Beds/Bath: 3 bed/3bath

Amenities: Though only 794 square feet, this midtown apartment has sweeping views of downtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom space is in the Orion building, which has a health club, 60-foot lap pool, Jacuzzis, saunas, a screening room, onsite concierge service and free breakfast for residents.
Paris, France

Price: $1 million
Beds/Bath: 3 bed/2bath

Amenities: Located in the 20th arrondissement of Nation, this three-level townhouse on a quiet lane features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining rooms and a study, which faces a 260-square-foot private garden. There is also a wine cellar for oenophiles to store their Loire Valley bottles.

Rome, Italy

Price: $1 million
Beds/Bath: 2 bed/2bath

Amenities: Boasting beamed wooden ceilings, a living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this restored apartment is on the third floor of the medieval building, pictured, in Via San Cosimato, which is close to the Piazza San Maria in Trastevere.
Sydney, Australia

Price: $1.15 million
Beds/Bath: 3 bed/2bath

Amenities: Designed to take advantage of its position on Sydney Harbor, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment has expansive views from its north-facing balcony. Set in the Jacksons Landing waterfront, the apartment has a gourmet kitchen with marble floors and stainless steel appliances, two parking spaces, walk-in closets in all bedrooms and access to tennis courts, a pool, a gym and nearby harborside parks.
Tel Aviv, Israel

Price: $1.2 million
Beds/Bath: 5 bed/5bath

Amenities: Not only does this immaculately kept penthouse offer stunning sea views and a spacious outdoor deck, but living areas are suitable for entertaining and five bedrooms.

Tokyo, Japan

Price: $1.1 million
Beds/Bath: 4 bed/3bath

Amenities: This 1,700-square-foot, four-bedroom home is located in the Megoro-Ku section of the city, which offers fine dining and shopping, as well as quiet residential areas. It has parking for two cars and a traditional Tatami, or meditation, room.

Toronto, Canada

Price: $1.2 million
Beds/Bath: 2 bed/3bath

Amenities: A two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo is one of 45 custom-designed apartment in this elegant building that offers residents an indoor pool and fitness center, formal gardens, a billiards room and a library that can be used for entertaining.