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Posted in: Contests by Gino Sassani on November 25th, 2011

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. Ben S
    11/25/2011 @ 4:18 pm

    When I was in my early 20s and newly married, I wanted to surprise my wife for Valentine’s day with a teddy. Well, as a dumb male (and this remains unchanged over 20 years later), I wander into a fancy negligee store where I was the only guy. I got tons of strange stares, and they all but laughed when I said I needed a petite size teddy. I basically took the first one that they offered which was red (but not as red as my face was) and gave it to my wife. She absolutely loved it, and loved the “ordeal” I went through even more. I guess it showed her early in our marriage that I will do anything – even make a fool of myself – for her happiness (and, I must confess, mine too!!!)

  2. Lori
    11/25/2011 @ 8:34 pm

    I got an enormous bouquet of red roses one year, which lasted an unbelievably long time, retaining their heady and beautiful fragrance all the while. From practical, non-demonstrative stock, this was quite the display!

  3. Daniel M
    11/25/2011 @ 9:46 pm

    she took me on a night out on the town, good times!

  4. Francois T
    11/26/2011 @ 6:41 am

    The christmas eve I asked my wife. I had to drive her for a 2 hours ride with her dad’s car -wich had no winter tires- in a big snow storm. Not only was I nervous about THE question/answer but also not to crash my soon to be father in law’s car! She said yes… What a night!

  5. Heather Arnould
    11/26/2011 @ 11:29 am

    My most romantic gift ever was a trip to Paris for our 30th wedding anniversary, from my husband. We were at the top of the Eiffel Tower at the exact time of our wedding 30 years before.

  6. Dana
    11/26/2011 @ 11:44 am

    So far nothing-I’ve never had a boyfriend for the holidays. Maybe this year will be different.

  7. Sunshine G
    11/26/2011 @ 7:05 pm

    We dated long distance for the first nine months while I was in grad school abroad…and our relationship progressed via snail mail letters and packages of tiny presents, interspersed with daily phone calls and emails. The entire process was so romantic – it’s hard to choose one in particular!

  8. Jennifer
    11/26/2011 @ 8:12 pm

    My husband (Then was my boyfriend) bought me a beautiful set of diamond solitaire earrings when we were dating. It was the first time I had ever received a diamond as a gift. I still wear them today, everyday!

  9. pam r.
    11/26/2011 @ 8:41 pm

    My husband gave me a baby beagle for our first holiday together; he was the cutest puppy I’ve ever seen!

  10. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    11/26/2011 @ 10:52 pm

    My husband gave me a pair of diamond earrings

  11. Deborah
    11/26/2011 @ 10:53 pm

    My most romantic gift was a watch, that I really wanted but never thought I would get.I could not believe he remembered that I looked at it and loved it. I never mentioned it again, but he remembered.

  12. John Dallal
    11/27/2011 @ 9:58 am

    My most romantic gift ever was
    the love my wife and I shared
    on our first Christmas together
    41 years ago…and the love
    we’ve shared ever since.

  13. Judy C. Craig
    11/27/2011 @ 5:10 pm

    My most romantic holiday ever was a combined Christmas/Family Reunion that was held in a secluded mountain resort. Each family had a seperate log cabin and the main lodge had a giant Christmas tree.

  14. Agnes Marshall
    11/27/2011 @ 5:16 pm

    The most romantic gift I was ever given was from my husband- a trip to Hawaii. We boarded a cruise ship and toured the islands for 3 weeks! It was such a heavenly trip as we had planned something romantic every day!

  15. Patricia Boyle
    11/27/2011 @ 6:36 pm

    My most romantic Christmas gift was a silk pyjamas/housecoat combo actually given to me by my mother-in-law.

  16. Marc-Andre Taillefer
    11/27/2011 @ 8:15 pm

    she took me on a night out of town and we had so much fun.

  17. Burcu
    11/27/2011 @ 8:29 pm

    My husband got me a plush tiger toy when we first met.

  18. Garnet L
    11/27/2011 @ 10:44 pm

    Definitely a trip to Whistler with my honey

  19. Athena
    11/27/2011 @ 10:55 pm

    My husband proposed to me during the holidays, so my engagement ring đŸ™‚

  20. Connie Lewis
    11/27/2011 @ 11:32 pm


  21. Aliya D.
    11/27/2011 @ 11:49 pm

    My most romantic holiday gift ever was a “Midnight Picnic” and old boyfriend organized for Canada Day (July 1). He arranged for a chef, picnic blankets, paper lanterns, etc. to overlook a bluff that faced the fireworks and somehow convinced me to go out there with him… It was very sweet.

  22. Justin W.
    11/28/2011 @ 12:14 pm

    My most romantic gift ever was a plate engraved with our names, wedding date, and a very special note. Then some great sex

  23. Anita
    11/28/2011 @ 11:05 pm

    My boyfriend gave me a kitten, which was a surprise since I already had a cat. I’m a big animal lover so it was a big hit. I did get rid of the boyfriend sometime later but kept the kitten. I definitely got the better end of the deal.

  24. Scott B.
    11/29/2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Her, dressed in exotic lace attire, with heels and lipstick!

  25. shaina
    11/30/2011 @ 6:42 am

    a midnight mountaintop walk in the snow — some uncapturable moments are treasure..

  26. Lisa Wilson
    11/30/2011 @ 9:57 am

    Most romantic holiday ever was the Christmas Eve my husband proposed to me…
    ahhh memories.

  27. Sammi
    11/30/2011 @ 8:21 pm

    a big screen TV – (ok, not romantic, but I loved it anyway!)

  28. James
    12/02/2011 @ 4:42 am

    Nothing as of yet.

  29. gary
    12/02/2011 @ 8:15 am

    My wife gave me a Cat that looked like Garfield for Christmas when we first got married. Each year since, I receve a Garfield tye gift. This year, a Garfield Greenbay Packers ornament for a pre gift

  30. Jacquie Hess
    12/05/2011 @ 1:13 pm

    My most romantic gift was a trip to Bermuda

  31. Jonathan Davis
    12/06/2011 @ 6:47 pm

    My most romantic gift was an overnight getaway from my wife.

  32. Sarah Davis
    12/06/2011 @ 6:48 pm

    My husband gave me CD of all the songs that remind him of me.

  33. Catesha
    12/09/2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Well I have never received many romantic gifts but I was dating this guy long ago and he gave me jewelry and I always cherished the gift

  34. nikki robak
    12/09/2011 @ 2:54 pm

    my husband gave me diamond earrings

  35. A Vanya
    12/09/2011 @ 3:35 pm

    Florence, gorgeous beyond words — even in late November — drinking champagne from crystal flutes, in a dark street, in the pouring rain.

  36. Andrea Amy
    12/09/2011 @ 3:53 pm

    i have never received a romantic gift. my husband used to try to buy me flowers but flowers just remind me of my dad’s funeral. most thoughful gift? my husband surprised me with an early christmas/birthday present (my bday is next week). he got me an imac.

  37. Sandra Scholey
    12/09/2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Whe we were dating my husband gave me a warm nightie with a poem he wrote. That was 36 happy years ago.

  38. Lindsey Murphy
    12/09/2011 @ 7:36 pm

    My most romantic holiday gift ever was a bouquet of roses in my favourite colours (my first flowers ever!)and my boyfriend telling me that loving me was as easy as breathing

    12/09/2011 @ 9:26 pm

    most romantic holiday gift was when my wife told me we were going to the airport to pick someone up and she surprised me with a trip to cuba

  40. Dawn Young
    12/10/2011 @ 1:15 am

    didn’t have an engagement ring before we were married so my husband surprised me with one for christmas after 8 years of marriage

  41. Chad Westcott
    12/10/2011 @ 10:08 am

    I have never received a romantic gift. I think men always get shafted in this department, but are expected to do romantic things for their partners. DOUBLE STANDARD!!

  42. Robert Wise
    12/10/2011 @ 12:40 pm

    I still have one of those homemade mixed tapes that my girlfriend made me with all her favorite songs.

  43. Vesper
    12/10/2011 @ 1:00 pm

    A weekend away for my birthday on a whale watching trip – the perfect holiday

  44. Deb
    12/10/2011 @ 4:41 pm

    Met a local man on a mission trip to Costa Rica,he is always picking me flowers and emailing them to me.I get to spend some time there….I’m sure it will be romantic sunset,walk.etc….

  45. Anne Derkat
    12/10/2011 @ 6:48 pm

    A cruise for our 7th wedding anniversary

  46. Sandy
    12/11/2011 @ 12:30 am

    a BBQ that he used.

  47. Sandy
    12/11/2011 @ 12:31 am

    A BBQ that he uses instead of me.

  48. Debbie Petch
    12/13/2011 @ 1:23 am

    My boyfriend surprised me with an all expense paid trip to Florence, Italy. We saw so much and met so many people around the world. I will never forget it!

  49. Christina
    12/13/2011 @ 10:20 am

    I came home from vacation to find a dress that I wanted to buy but was too expensive hanging in my closet. My boyfriend had snuck in while I was away to surprise me…

  50. Heidi K.
    12/13/2011 @ 12:34 pm

    My most romantic holiday ever was the first 4th of July my husband and I were together. We watched the fireworks from a picnic blanket in the park…far away from the bustle of the crowd.