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Whether owning an entry level, enthusiast, or professional Canon DSLR camera, it is an imperative to also own at least one Canon lens.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Using Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology, this lens delivers sharp handheld shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than the usual. This expands picture-taking possibilities any time slow shutter speeds are needed. With focal length and maximum aperture of 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, its aspherical lens element corrects aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Meanwhile, its circular aperture works well for the exquisite rendering of shots with out-of-focus backgrounds.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Given its optical qualities and the 2 to 3 stops of stabilization given by its IS system, the magazine SLR Gear called it ”the best bang for you buck for this type of lens with extremely sharp and excellent AF performance.” When taking its extraordinary low price point into account, this light, compact, and affordable lens turns out as a no-brainer choice for a large number of DSLR kits.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Lens
The small but mighty package is literally pocketable for being less than an inch thick and weighing less than 5 ounces. This makes it work as a great backup lens so the user can have something extra to shoot with.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens
As a normal prime lens that is significantly sharper than the kit lens, this remarkably affordable piece turns out as the best value lens in terms of the quality of output. Aside from its reliable STM focusing motor for faster, quieter autofocus, its extremely fast aperture works great for images requiring blurry backgrounds and images shot in low light. It is also worth noting that when this lens gets used with a 35mm film or full-frame sensor, it is widely considered to match the perspective seen by the human eye.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L Lens
Its exceptional build quality with excellent and very even optical performance makes it one of the most popular lens for photographers moving to professional lenses. It generally lasts as a workhorse, especially to portraitists, wedding and event photographers, and fashion shooters.
Being a professional grade “L” lens allows it to retain its value extremely well.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Lens
With silent USM focusing motor and full-time manual focus and 4 stops of image stabilization at normal focus distances, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 lens offers the reliability of reproducing an object the size of the image sensor, known as 1:1 magnification. This great and versatile telephoto lens with a convenient 100mm focal length focuses to infinity, just like regular lenses, making it usable for portraits. It produces sharp picture and boasts a unique hybrid IS system designed for macro shooting to work as well.

Most Popular Canon Lenses Worth Buying
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popular bars in Reno, Amendment 21A number of popular bars in Reno offer good food, fun drinks, intimate spots, cozy dining, and wild atmosphere for tourists and locals alike. From upscale pubs to hip and indie-style night spots, the bars in this northwestern side of Nevada provide diverse options for partying guests. Here are some of the popular nightlife spots that are worth checking out:

Amendment 21 Grill and Sports Bar

Amendment 21 is an ideal place for enjoying sports shows, especially football games.

This casual spot in downtown Reno serves beer on draft and traditional American-style food. Its guest amenities include a billiards area, HD sports programming, video-game consoles, and internet jukebox.

Amendment 21 serves lunch and dinner everyday and the popular breakfast specials during weekends.

The Underground

As one of Reno’s largest music venues, The Underground features some of the best local, regional, and national acts to ever grace the night scene. It has already hosted a series of post-Burning Man parties and a couple of private events with shows ranging from the hardcore to the world beat.

It boasts professional sound engineers for their events and it has access to the hottest DJs and other music talents in the country. The place promotes that urban feel with the brick walls and spaces that can often fit the guests’ party requirements. The Tree House Lounge showcases walls covered in art, a stage with stripper poles, and a totally jungle-gym feel.

Providing another unique vibe to the he nightlife experience, it features a 4,000-square-foot area called the Showroom, an ideal venue for concerts, dancing, and wild party nights. It offers a professional stage complete with concert video, sound, and lighting equipment. It has a fully stocked bar with the finest bartenders in town. The Underground also provides guests with a VIP room and another option to enjoy the night through that more cozy, intimate feel at The Back Alley Lounge.

5 Star Saloon

The 5 Star Saloon located in downtown Reno features a diverse crowd including homosexual and straight party people who enjoy meeting new friends for a fun and wild night.

Guests come over to listen to live shows and DJs or play billiards. On the weekdays, it has a friendly neighborhood bar; while on the weekends, it prides itself as a jam-packed dance club.

This bar spot also features the 5 Star Saloon Store where people can buy merchandise items with the bar’s trademark including shirts, hats and caps, bags, mugs, buttons and magnets, intimate apparel and adult fun stuff.

Popular bars in Reno, Nevada
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popular Chinese restaurants in Henderson, Nevada near Las Vegas

There is a fast-growing demand for Asian cuisine in the United States. One of the most popular is Chinese cuisine, which is readily apparent with the number of Chinese restaurants available in different states.

Henderson, Nevada is primarily a residential and commercial area that is just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Living up to the Vegas signature offering of awesome buffets and delectable dining spots, the popular Chinese restaurants in Henderson offer a variety of famous house specials, combo meals, mixed vegetables, noodles, rice, and of course, the Chinese restaurant trademark fortune cookies.

From a local’s point of view, which ones are the most popular Chinese restaurants among Henderson residents?

P. F. Chang’s China Bistro

Serving a mixture of traditional and new variations of Chinese food, P. F. Chang’s China Bistro offers a unique combination of Chinese dishes, desserts, and fine wines all served in a stylish, high-energy bistro. There is a children’s menu and high chairs are available upon request. Customers can also dine on the patio or request to reserve a private room.

This dining spot boasts of using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in every dish. It has a variety for any guest’s preferences from raw food to cooked meat to vegetarian meals. All entrees are served with a choice of either steamed brown or white rice. For starters there are soups, salads, sides, lunch bowls, noodles, rice and desserts. They also offer a good variety of specialty hot teas.

China A Go Go

China A Go Go has a great selection of traditional Chinese dishes at reasonable prices and very large servings. A top favorite is the wonton soup full of veggies, wontons, sliced pork, chicken, and shrimp.

This Chinese restaurant provides fast delivery within a three-mile radius in any of its three locations in the Henderson area. The service is always fast and friendly. The menu constantly expands to suit the diverse tastes of the diners.

Panda Express

With more than 1,000 branches throughout the U.S., Panda Express is one of the fastest growing Chinese restaurant chains in the country — Henderson is definitely part of the list. Award-winning designers and architects provide every Panda Express a unique and inviting look as each location radiates a dynamic background matching the unique taste of the meals being served.

In this Nevadan valley, the Orange Chicken is one of the most popular dishes. The large number of combo plates available offer each diner a choice between two or three entrees and a choice between noodles or rice for their meal orders.

Popular Chinese Restaurants in Henderson, Nevada
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Las Vegas is not the “Entertainment Capital of the World” for nothing. The city’s bars offer much diversity to take nightlife fun to the next level. From the elegant and upscale Vegas club-going experience to the weirdest and wildest textures of club extravagance, this tourist-driven city has so much to offer for people’s varying tastes and preferences.


3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-737-0555, 702-737-7801

Located at the basement of the Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon (formerly Barbary Coast), Drai’s is a notable gourmet French restaurant during the the day and night’s regular hours, then it transforms into an after-hours nightclub by midnight. To date, Drai’s is the only after-hours bar and nightclub in Vegas where guests can literally go partying until the morning drops. It has consistently been the favorite of those looking forward to partying well after the regular nightclubs close their doors. As an iconic Vegas nightlife spot, it establishes itself as the longest-running late-night venue in this bustling tourist destination. This bar is known for its great house music and fine bottle selection and service.

As a trendy bar and Art Deco lounge bringing house beats and chill vibe to partying guests, this Vegas hotspot boasts interestingly hip, library-like furnishings and intimate interior design. It showcases moody bookshelves, plush sofas, decorative chairs, and tropical plants all with that impressive slice of artistic flair. It features a nightly performance of a small jazz ensemble that entertains the audience with light and soulful grooves. The warm and mostly reddish lights also set the mood for a taste of the newest sounds from the most popular and experimental DJs around.

Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-791-5775

Double Down Saloon is a punk rock site located east of the Strip and one block south of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the sign “Happiest Place on Earth.” This dark biker bar showcases vivid chaotic and psychedelic murals covering the walls and ceiling. Wild videos abound in all directions. A diverse list of touring bands and various local and regional artists provides live music every weekend.

Going to Double Down becomes a complete dive bar experience with its eclectic and varied mix of both locals and tourists enjoying dirty jokes, goth murals, live punk music, jukebox, poker and pinball machines, and stage performances. As threatening and crude as it is, it has that weirdly warm and inviting atmosphere in a completely punk rock way. The bathroom looks like a crime scene filled with pornographic images and graffiti smeared with a number of God knows what. Punk converts including hot girls, male execs, bums, hipsters, bohemians, and regular Joes and Janes can grease up with the signature Bacon Martini or the Ass Juice (a combination of a number of liquors and fruit juices). The bar also offers the infampus Leprechaun piss (a green concoction that hides its kick-ass strength through its well-masked sweet taste) and the awesome Schlitz beer.

Beauty Bar

517 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101; 702-598-1965

Beauty Bar is not your typical bar nor your average nightlife spot in Vegas. It packages itself as a unique place complete with full salon-style atmosphere. It is located in the east side of the historic Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, right between Fremont and the 6th. This gaming-free joint outfitted with a retro-salon interior is a 2,100-square foot location with salon equipment salvaged from the old Capri Salon and Style in Trenton, New Jersey. Its alcove lighting comes from the Algiers Hotel in Las Vegas. It features retro deluxe dryer seats, elaborately mirrored vanities, and other old school salon accessories and furnishings.

The allure of a 1950’s-era salon makes this trendy beauty salnghon-themed nightspot a refuge outside the usual buzz of the Vegas casino culture. It mixes the unique martinis and manicures experience and the manicure demonstration sessions that are comparable with the best masculine sports bars around. It also features live entertainment from top DJs seven nights a week at no cover charge, except during special events.

Diversified List of 2010 Best Bars in Las Vegas
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As an occasion of ethnic pride celebrated throughout Mexico and the U.S., the Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Las Vegas area offer a lot of great food and drinks, fun events, and themed contests around the valley.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at The Chef’s Table

Star and Will’s Residence 10029 Artistic Walk Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89149

Keeping up with the Mexican tradition of eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating during the occasion, the Chef’s Table invites guests to celebrate with them the annual observance of the Mexicans’ historic day of unity and patriotism on May 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m. Guests are expected to enjoy festival food including Barbacoa, Carnitas, Arroz, Frijoles, Pico De Gallo, Tortillas, Chips and Salsa, Pan Dulce, and Margaritas. There will also be a salsa contest for those who can whip-up the best homemade salsa. Those who are interested should bring their labeled entries during the celebration.

There is a $10 per person fee to be collected at the door. Reservations should be made on or before Apr. 29, 6:00 p.m. There is an option not to pay the $10 fee by bringing a bottle of tequila. Interestingly, there is a welterweight boxing match on the same night: Mosley vs. Mayweather. And if there’s enough interest and donations, guests can enjoy watching the pay-per-view fight while enjoying the rest of the festivities. The event will be hosted by Star M and Vernalisa, The Party Chef.

Lindo – Centennial’s The Gringo and Me ‘Cantina’

7870 W. Tropical Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89149

The Lindo Michoacan Gourmet Mexican Cuisine invites everyone for the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Lindo Centennial. On May 5, 2010, guests will enjoy festivities all day long with food, beer, and margarita specials, the featuring of the Karma Tequila (a top shelf 100% blue agave tequila); the live Mariachi Band “Mariachi Franco” performing from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Lindo T-shirt Giveaway, the FUZE Jamis Mountain Bike and Coleman Roadtrip Grill Giveaway, and the featuring of the Karma Tequila Girls to further spice up the occasion.

Pre-Cinco de Mayo Celebrations at the Rio Hotel

3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103

A two-day event intended to kick off a weekend before Cinco de Mayo 2010, the Pre-Cinco de Mayo at the Rio Hotel and Casino will feature the most popular Tejano bands including popular groups and folk and regional performers at the hotel’s pavilion.

The Friday event will feature: David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Roberto Pulido Y Los Clasicos, Chente Barrera, Tobias Rene and Gabe Nieto and Jalapeno Express. The Saturday event will feature: Little Joe Y La Familia, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers and Charlie Rich, Jr.

Comedian Rick Martinez at Harrah’s The Improv

3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

May 3, 2010 shall mark an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino by sharing a few margaritas and laughs with Latin comedy sensation Rick Martinez. Bringing his style of hilarity to The Improv stage by 8:30 p.m., this special one-night-only performance by the Mr. “Spicy Latino Nights” himself will offer Latino music and stand-up comedy performances for guests to enjoy.

Tickets are sold at $19.75 (plus applicable taxes) for general admission and $27.45 (plus applicable taxes) for VIP tickets. The VIP treat includes special seating, meet and greet with Rick Martinez, and a complimentary T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased at the Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at

Erik Estrada at the Tacos & Tequila’s 12-Hour Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Erik Estrada will host the tribute to Tacos and Tequila’s (T&T) most beloved holiday on the second annual 12-hour celebration of Cinco de Mayo on May 5, 2010 (starting at 11:00 a.m.). T&T at the Luxor Hotel and Casino will provide sizzling Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials, a Mariachi happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., “Cock-a-Doodle Duel” competitions, and an action-packed fiesta hosted by former “CHiPs” star and Cinco de Mayo celebrity favorite Erik Estrada.

Estrada and surprise guest judges will also host the Tacos & Tequila’s “Miss T&T Hot Tamale” pageant. Guests will expect a stunning lineup of Vegas’ hottest muchachas to go head-to-head in a competition of brains, beauty, and brawn. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash and will become a spokesmodel for T&T and Hennessey Black.

2010 Cinco De Mayo Celebrations in Las Vegas
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Boracay, top sailing destinations around the globe

It is quite a challenge to rank the best sailing destinations of the world. In fact, there are just too many tropical delights from the Americas to the Far East to fulfill every sailing enthusiast’s notion of a dream paradise.

Top Sailing Destinations Around the Globe

For the sake of a variety, this diverse list sums up some of the top sailing destinations around the globe through these sub-categories: Caribbean, Far East, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, North America, and South Pacific.


Abacos, Bahamas

Sailing to the Caribbean paradise of Abacos in the Bahamas offers excellent fishing areas, beautiful coral reefs, museums, beach bars, and restaurants. One of the best spots in the area is the secluded, well-protected anchorage at Little Harbour. It provides a relaxing site of the sunset, spectacular views of the Atlantic, plentiful marinas, and quaint villages and towns. A popular cruising ground is the Green Turtle Cay. It features eclectic shops and restaurants and a number of historical sites and museums. Patrons of visual arts like painting, photography, and sculpture can find solace at art-savvy places like the Albert Lowe Museum and the Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands attracts many tourists with its powdery white sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered yacht-filled harbor. With fair winds and sheltered waters of minimal tidal currents, it offers a variety of exciting possibilities with short hops to new destinations often in a few hours or less. This natural beauty features majestic stone formations, intriguing flooded caves, and captivating coral reefs. The beaches make for excellent swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving. It has plenty of attractions ashore including beachside bars, luxury resorts, and tourist shops like those in the Main Street in the capital city of Road Town. The area showcases many local spices, jams, rums, soaps, silk-screened fabrics, handcrafted jewelry, and local art.

Far East

Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines

The tropical island of Boracay is famous for its rare gleaming white puka shells which is said to be the best in the world. Sailing through this Southeast Asian beach paradise in the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines, leads to beautiful sites of charming island villages, coral lagoons, powder white sands, and azure blue waters where people indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and beach relaxation. Boracay is also the site of a world-class 18-hole par 72 golf course and home to about 400 beach resorts. The Caves of the Flying Dogs of Yapak and the Bat Caves are worth checking out. Indigenous percussions usually serenade tourists while watching the famous Boracay sunset and enjoying the tropical food in selected bars and resorts.

Phuket, Thailand

The shimmering turquoise seas of Phuket promotes that exotic appeal, especially to those seeking for adventure in a tropical spot a world away from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced life. This natural sailing destination is filled with exotic flora and fauna, hidden bays and coves and towering pinnacles of limestones within the sheltered waters of Phang-nga Bay. It is nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia and is often called the Land of Smiles. Sailing to Phuket allows you to visit marine parks filled with tropical birds and abundant sea life. As Thailand’s premier resort island, savoring the local cuisine is also a delightful aspect of a Phuket vacation.

Indian Ocean

Mahe, Seychelles

The gorgeous tropical scenery in Mahe, Seychelles offers balmy and relatively calm waters from the Indian Ocean. This exotic group of granite islands about a thousand miles from the East African coast is popular for its abundant wildlife, pristine white beaches, and lush forested mountains. Sailing here offers island hopping opportunities and enjoyable sights of beautiful coves, majestic palms, and marine sanctuaries. Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant little city that provides beautiful offshore experiences like the aerial sightseeing from La Digue Island, the St. Anne Marine National Park, and The Bird Sanctuary of Cousin Island.


Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Sailing through this Mediterranean paradise offers a diversity of coastlines and cultures that feature world-famous beaches, quiet fishing villages, and secluded anchorages. Swimming and snorkeling at scenic bays that are filled with local fishing craft and picturesque towns showcase many structures that embrace a variety of ancient cultures including the Byzantine, Norman, Arabic, and Sicilian. For scuba enthusiasts, Ustica is a must-visit spot. A key diving site here is the Punta Gavazzi, a place where divers can swim among anchors from ancient Roman ships and other nautical artifacts.

Athens, Greece

Sailing to Athens via the Saronic Gulf means an opportunity to explore many laid-back beach destinations and historic sites. Athens has a beautiful Mediterranean cruising ground with coast and islands cradling towns of ancient roots. Castles, fortresses, monasteries, temples, and churches perch on hilltops while the city grounds adjust themselves as vibrant, cosmopolitan areas filled with intimate cafes, tavernas, and nightclubs. The Saronic Gulf offers protected and scenic coastal cruising, while the Aegean Sea features spirited open-water passages for yachts. A site of the sunset by the Attica Peninsula leads a fine gaze of the ghostly white marble columns of ancient Greece’s sacred structure the Temple of Poseidon.

North America

Baja, Mexico

Baja, Mexico is a top North American sailing destination known for its soaring red cliffs, secluded anchorages, rare species of animals, and stunning beaches with mountainous backdrops. Isla San Jose has an interesting exotic desert landscape with towering species of cacti, including some of the largest in the world. The city of La Paz has a scenic boardwalk that runs along the edge of the harbor. It features historic grand hotels, bars, shops, art galleries, and the Juarez Theater. The Isla Espiritu Santo showcases hundreds of golden-colored sea lions on shore. It is possible to swim wih these sea lions. Sailing through the island called Los Islotes situated at the Sea of Cortez leads to world-class snorkeling and scuba diving sites.

Tonga, Tonga

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean between Tahiti and Fiji is the Kingdom of Tonga. Its nearly countless islands fringed with coral reefs, picturesque anchorages, and white sand beaches are its chief attractions. The exotic cruising grounds are made up of miles of white sand beaches, diverse coral reefs, and crystal clear waters that make it one of the world’s top snorkeling and scuba diving destination. Tonga is also famous for the sights of humpback whales, especially in the outer islands. The Tongan feast is another trademark of this Polynesian paradise. It boasts of various delicacies including tropical fruits and vegetables, lobsters, crabs, chicken, fish, and octopus.

South Pacific

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands is known as one of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world. This South Pacific sailing destination is a 50-mile stretch of coastline sheltering more than 80 scenic islands with a great variety of wildlife. It features dolphins, blue penguins, North Island robins, snapper, kingfish, and other marine and land animals that are visible both in and out of its pristine white sand beaches. The Cavalli Islands situated around two miles from Matauri Bay features a nature reserve filled with exotic birds. The Westhaven Marina complex, the central sailing hub, is near walking trails where travelers can enjoy stunning sea views and explore the laid back resorts, restaurants, and historic sites in this New Zealand paradise.

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Top Sailing Destinations Around the Globe
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3D movies are actually older than most people think. Way before the latest 3D craze of our times, a number of 3D flicks during the 80’s were already hitting the box office. In fact, the 50’s and even decades earlier all became witnesses to a number of 3D movie offerings. The catch of these older movies (mainly using the anaglyph-style 3D via those red and blue glasses) was how they tend to amaze the viewers with that so-called “jump of the screen” effects.

Now, in the era of IMAX 3D, Real 3D, and Dolby Digital 3D, this best 3D movies list rekindles the long-gone hype of what 3D technology can offer to the big screen.

Since the resurgence of 3D movies from the mid-2000’s to March 2010, I have been personally hoping to catch the old 3D movies of yesteryears, then have them compared with what the modern times offer. But for now, these films from the new era of 3D filmmaking (using 3D stereoscopic technology) are my best picks for the Top 5 Best 3D Movies List as of March 2010:

1. “Avatar”
Year: 2009
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, and Michelle Rodriguez
Plot: After the sudden death of his twin brother, the paraplegic war veteran Jake takes his place in a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi, a humanoid race from the distant world Pandora, through the use of an avatar. In exchange for the spinal surgery to fix his legs, he submits to the instructions of the military authorities and corporate executives, only to find himself torn between the greed of his own race and the need and value of an alien civilization that he begins to embrace.

This bold 3D eco-opus examining technological wonders and morality is totally jaw-dropping in stereoscopic 3D. Period.

2. “U2 3D”
Year: 2007
Director: Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington
Cast: U2 as themselves (Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., and The Edge)
Plot: With everything entirely shot with more than a dozen 3D cameras, U2 3D offers a groundbreaking concert movie featuring the legendary band U2’s 2006 “Vertigo” tour.

This rock documentary provides a perfect marriage of surround sound and 3D visuals that it felt like attending a real concert. At the IMAX theater, I and the rest of the viewers were standing, singing, holding up concert stuff, and jumping from our places with an energy like that from a real concert.

3. “Deep Sea 3D”
Year: 2006
Director: John Hall
Voice Narration: Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp
Plot: As a 3D nature documentary exploring the awe-inspiring depths of the oceans around the world and their marvelous creatures, this film becomes a spectacular journey around the homes of the many aquatic wonders of the planet.

This visually enticing 40-minute film offers a worthwhile 3D experience. It is breathtaking, educational, and so full of life. From the stunning and colorful species to the grotesque and weird sea creatures, it allows the audience to really feel the valuable presence of all these life forms and how significant they are in a world that humans should fairly share with them. How engrossing this short but meaningful movie is? Many of us inside the theater ended up personally touching mid air for several times to feel those majestic fishes that were seemingly right in front of us.

4. “Coraline”
Year: 2009
Director: Henry Selick
Voice Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David, and Ian McShane
Plot: Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this 3D stop-motion animation project offer tells the story of the little girl Coraline who moves to an old house and discovers an alternate version of her life there. Feeling bored and neglected by her parents, she finds solace on the parallel reality of this other version of her world (where everybody has buttons instead of eyes). She initially finds it way much better than her real life. However, her adventure gradually turns into danger and she struggles to find her way home to save her real family.

This animated offering sets a significant template on how 3D films should be. It provides great storytelling, just enough “jump-out-at-you” moments, and a fantastical vision though its dark fantasy treatment. It effectively envelops the audience with an immersive adventure the way Coraline experiences it. The 3D imagery is utilized for the best of the film instead of becoming a mere 3D cash-cow gimmick.

5. “Beowulf”
Year: 2007
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Crispin Glover, and Angelina Jolie
Plot: The Danish king Hrothgar succumbs to the havoc initiated by the monstrous troll Grendel. He offers rewards for his death and the great warrior Beowulf lives up to the task. He soon becomes king. However, his darkest secret gets back at him decades after when Grendel’s evil mother, whom Beowulf had a life-enduring bargain with before, brings to his kingdom its worst nightmare.

Zemeckis’ foray into the world of actor-based computer animation turns this classic literary tale into a different kind of sensory experience in 3D animation format. It blends CGI, motion capture, and 3D sterescopic technologies to bring a level of 3D appeal that has become a pioneer for its time.

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top 50 best movies of 2005, Batman Begins ranks number 1

This “Top 50 Best Movies of 2005 List” is a tough mix of cinematic offers that earned their ranks as the best of 2005. It’s not all about the big budget and bankable stars. These things actually count in the overall charm of a film, but they aren’t the only reasons why people love watching movies.

Top 50 Best Movies of 2005 List

Ranking is based on a number of factors including quality of storytelling, thematic and technical achievements, critics’ ratings, awards, popularity, and box office and DVD statistics.

1. Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan effectively explores the origins of Bruce Wayne’s emergence as Batman. This story successfully goes back to the roots of the character, portraying a confused and angry Wayne who rises to redeem himself and defend Gotham.

2. Brokeback Mountain

Ang Lee’s unmissable and unforgettable LGBT film Brokeback Mountain hits a bull’s eye. This landmark motion picture for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal is such a defiantly erotic love story.

3. Crash

It’s the Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture in 2005. Paul Haggis keeps up with the high expectations for this cinematic masterpiece as he weaves no fewer than nine sets of characters into a suffocating tangle of ham-fisted ironies and acceptable coincidences.

4. Walk the Line

This James Mangold film turns out as one of the most nominated works during its time at the Oscars. Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix give their finest performances as June Carter and Johnny Cash here.

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl’s 1964 tale and transforms it into a new celluloid confectionery. His interpretation is a gothic and yet colorful fantasy filled with the signature eccentricity as an auteur.

6. Sin City

Based on three of Frank Miller’s graphic novels, Robert Rodriguez collaborates with Miller’s genius to come up with this stylized, sexually charged, and blood-soaked treat that is especially meant for the fans of the source material.

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This fourth film in the franchise has enough sights and sounds to stir the audience’s enchanted imaginations. Mike Newell gives this realm of fantasy adventure a dark, more human look with due respect to what has already been established by its predecessors.

8. Corpse Bride

Tim Burton presents a morbid and romantic trip in between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead in this stop-motion animation classic. It is a darkly enchanting tale about the celebration of love told in a quirky, gothic, and ironic style.

9. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

The legendary six-film saga by George Lucas comes full circle with a Vader and Kenobi face off, as played by Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor. Despite the mix reactions, its iconic power lives on.

10. North Country

This Niki Caro drama starred by Charlize Theron is a powerful and compelling story about a 1989 American mining community where chauvinistic values are too common in the workplace.

11. Match Point

Woody Allen showcases another auteur work in this philosophical film about class and infidelity.

12. Cinderella Man

As an entertaining and uplifting piece, Russell Crowe reunites well with Ron Howard in this heartwarming and powerful underdog story.

13. Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s unforgettable performance as Truman Capote leads him to a number of acting awards. This motion picture also tops the Oscar list of the best films of 2005.

14. Pride and Prejudice

Set in a post-18th century class-conscious England, Keira Knightly earns acting recognitions for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.

15. Syriana

This political drama manages to turn one of the most controversial topics in the world into a challenging, thought-provoking human story about the world’s grandest schemes, powerful companies, and most dangerous people.

16. The Constant Gardener

Rachel Weisz gets an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress in this film by Fernando Meirelles, also the brilliant helmer of City of God.

17. King Kong

This film proves to be an enduring part of film history and legacy as Peter Jackson pays homage to the original 1933 King Kong and its actress Fay Wray.

18. Munich

Steven Spielberg wins the Academy Award for Best Director in this mournful masterpiece. It engages in its revenge plot about the aftermath of eleven Israeli athletes getting massacred in the 1972 Olympics.

19. Good Night, and Good Luck

George Clooney directs this small-budgeted picture about a historic battle between a legendary newsman and an intrigue-stricken senator. The film earns half a dozen Oscar nominations including the calls for Best Director and Best Motion Picture of the Year.

20. Ocean’s Thirteen

The inventive and spontaneous bunch of professional men pulling off an impossible heist for the third time still remains as a guilty pleasure to watch. Helmer Steven Soderbergh lives up to the expectations with his bunch of A-listers including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino on board.

21. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

At first, it may seem like a typical adaptation riding on the popularity of the bestselling novel by Anne Brashares. It actually turns out to be more than just a teenybopper flick. It is a heartwarming episodic film that aptly fits its target market.

22. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This fantasy-adventure treat caught the Academy Awards’ attention for its technical artistry. It has also launched new Hollywood faces through the characters of this C. S. Lewis classic.

23. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

This romantic comedy disguised as an action movie is a fun material with truthful bits about relationships and marriage. Here, new real-life couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt prove their on-screen charisma with their action-packed ride.

24. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

This dark, eclectic, trippy, and know-it-all comedy-thriller is a bold and breathless showcase of entertaining action and spot-on performances topped by Robert Downey Jr.

25. In Her Shoes

Starring Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz, this chick flick has enough depth to keep up with its interestingly profound and complex story about family, friendly, and romantic relationships.

26. The Legend of Zorro

This visually purist, action-filled flick showcades a touch of technical grandeur, while exploring an intimate family portrait in the eyes of Zorro and Elena, as played by Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

27. Memoirs of a Geisha

With three Oscar wins under its belt, this epic spectacle starring Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, and Li Gong presents a romantic look of Japanese culture, particularly of geisha life, in a western illustration.

28. War of the Worlds

Steven Spielberg’s contemporary retelling of the 1898 classic novel by H. G. Wells features a sci-fi adventure thriller about a Martian invasion, as seen through the eyes of an American family led by Tom Cruise.

29. Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

This Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Feature provides a magical fusion of deadpan comedy and gothic horror for its willing audience.

30. Hustle and Flow

This redemptive story about a Memphis hustler struggling to find his voice gets Oscar nods with a Best Actor nomination for Terrence Howard and the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures – Original Song win for It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp.

31. Transamerica

In his stunning feature debut, writer-director Duncan Tucker mounts a touching drama about an average, conservative woman who turns out not a woman after all.

32. A History of Violence

As a revelatory work about the nature and consequences of physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual violence, this film gets Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and Best Supporting Actor for William Hurt.

33. Mrs. Henderson Presents

Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins shine in this warm, witty period piece about a widowed society woman in the 1930’s. Dench earns an Oscar Nomination for this multi-genre piece.

34. The New World

This is Terrence Malick’s fourth film in 32 years. This Academy Award-nominated work keeps him in the position of being the least prolific but definitely one of the most interesting directors in the business today.

35. Assault on Precinct 13

A remake of John Carpenter’s 1976 crackerjack B-movie thriller, this dark and gritty picture is well worth a look.

36. The Squid and the Whale

With an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen under its belt, this cinematic piece depicts its deep-seated conflict with a piercingly honest, moving, and frequently hilarious drama with topnotch performances.

37. Junebug

Amy Adams garners an Academy Award for her supporting role in this wise and effectively bittersweet comedy about the Southern homecoming of a guy, played by Alessandro Nivola, to his parents’ place in North Carolina.

38. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This light and funny adaptation of Douglas Adams’ novel is an enjoyable, mind-boggling sci-fi romp poised to reaching a broad audience with its silly and spirited tour of space.

39. The Jacket

Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley puts life to this intense psychological thriller about a Gulf War veteran who finds himself trapped inside another terrifying scenario.

40. Kung Fu Hustle

Set in a chaotic pre-revolutionary China, actor-director Stephen Chow puts enough humor and action to this Asian hit.

41. The Great Raid

Mainly set in Cabanutan, Philippines, this movie based on the books The Great Raid on Cabanatuan and Ghost Soldiers promotes a touching rendition of the incredible story of one of America’s most successful POW rescue in history.

42. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

This film is a hybrid of horror and courtroom drama and it approaches its compelling subject matter with an effective form of metaphysical horror.

43. Valiant

Inspired by the true-to-life story of World War II carrier pigeons trained to carry vital information for the allied forces across the English Channel, this animated offering accommodates both kids and their adult companions for a fun movie time together.

44. Sky High

Like how Hogwarts is portrayed as a secret school for kids with magical powers, there is also the heroic world of Sky High, which works like an amalgam of The Incredibles and X-men via Harry Potter.

45. Wolf Creek

It is one of the most brutally realistic horror movies to dte — and it is based on true events about an Australian Outback vacation gone fatal.

46. Wedding Crashers

Regardless of its flaws, the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn tandem in this escapist flick is still such a comedic riot.

47. The Pacifier

It has that same old story about the tough guy who needs to take care of a bunch of menacing kids, but the actually formula works in this family movie.

48. Blade Trinity

This third offer from the Blade franchise offers a music video-style smash in between chasing and wrestling scenes for the action fans to enjoy.

49. The Transporter 2

Transporter 2 succeeds in maintaining the action-flick formula: the good guy chases the bad guys and vice versa. Deadpan Jason Statham delivers well through his silent charisma as Frank Martin, while Alessandro Gassman works as a sexy villain.

50. Ong-bak

This is a movie that amazes and defies the Hollywood cheats of stunt doubles and CGI creations. It shows the real thing of what one Muay Thai expert can do without using the usual movie tricks.

Top 50 Best Movies of 2005
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