Friday, 18 March, 2016
Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three Cantonese documentaries with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕) in the last decade from 2004 – 2015. Collectively, the three films are known as his “Revolution Trilogy” 「革命三部曲」. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian national archive since 2009.
You can have a watch of the three films on YouTube (projected on your HD TV) or the links here. Enjoy!
Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)
HKtv Revolution 香港電視革命 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)
Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄：以史為鏡 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)
Thursday, 27 October, 2016
CBC radio – How ‘plastic’ brain can heal from traumatic injuries
CBC “The Brain’s Way of Healing” – The Nature of Things (1 hour documentary)
//Seven years ago Dr. Norman Doidge introduced neuroplasticity to the world – the idea that our brains aren’t rigidly hardwired as was once believed, but that they can change, and can be rewired. Indeed, what is unique about the brain is that its circuits can, through mental experience and activity, form, unform, and reform in new ways.
Now he’s back with a new film, The Brain’s Way of Healing, that will show that not only can the brain change, but that we can use our knowledge of how the brain forms new connections to help it heal in ways we never dreamed possible.
The Brain’s Way of Healing is about neuroplasticity’s next step — healing the brain using totally non-invasive methods, including patterns of energy to resynchronize the brain’s neurons when illness or injury causes them to fire improperly. It’s revolutionary and in some instances shocking — we’ll see people’s lifelong afflictions improved, or, in some cases cured almost miraculously. But these are not miracles, and Dr. Doidge explains the science behind these improvements. […]//
Ref: 1) Moshé Feldenkrais
2) Feldenkrais Method
Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
After watching the three election debates (see videos below) and reading way too much news and analysis in this election cycle (voting date Nov 8, 2016) about the two main candidates (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump), I think the voters get to play King Solomon.
I am not religious but in this Presidential election, Americans get to play the role of the King in Judgment of Solomon. The mothers are the two candidates. One of these “mothers” is ready and willing to destroy the foundation of US democracy by refusing to say whether she’ll accept election results. Quoting CNN,
“Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election if he loses to Hillary Clinton, raising the possibility of an extraordinary departure from principles that have underpinned American democracy for more than two centuries.
“I will look at it at the time,” Trump said when asked during the final presidential debate whether he would concede if he loses on November 8, following his claims that the election is “rigged” against him.
He added: “I will keep you in suspense.”
The comments at the Las Vegas showdown marked a stunning moment that has never been seen in the weeks before a modern presidential election. The stance threatens to cast doubt on one of the fundamental principles of American politics — the peaceful, undisputed transfer of power from one president to a successor who is recognized as legitimate after winning an election.“
Oct 19, 2016 The Third Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump (Full Debate) | NBC News
Oct 9, 2016 The Second Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump (Full Debate) | NBC News
Sep 26, 2016 The First Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump (Full Debate) | NBC News
Monday, 10 October, 2016
Curmudgeons is a short film (FREE on Vimeo) directed by Danny DeVito and produced by him and his son & daughter. As it is a ~15 minute short film, I won’t say anything as I don’t want to spoil anything. Enjoy. (Yes, I cried a little.)
Friday, 30 September, 2016
I really enjoy the videos of NYT best selling author Malcolm Gladwell. Here are some of his videos that I’ve collected and enjoyed over the years. I’m including his new podcast series as well.
My public Malcolm Gladwell video playlist (30+ videos as of Sept, 2016)
Episodes Full list — Revisionist History Podcast (All 10 episodes in season 1  are great.)
Malcolm Gladwell on ‘Revisionist History’ [Interview] | August 2016
Larry King Now Jul 29 ’16 Malcolm Gladwell on revisiting history, religion, & Trump
Saturday, 24 September, 2016
Elle info from CIFF: //As the head of a video game company, Michèle (Isabelle Huppert, AMOUR, I HEART HUCKABEES) is accustomed to – and ruthless in – high stakes games of strategy, cunning and intrigue. When she is violently attacked in her home, Michèle is lured into a curious and sexually charged test of nerve, strength and emotional stamina. Resolute to not be a victim, Michèle turns to a dark family legacy to find the means of her salvation.
Adapted from the Novel “OH…” by Philippe Dijan, ELLE is a dark twist on the tale of a seemingly helpless victim. In his first French feature film, Paul Verhoeven [RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), andStarship Troopers (1997), and Basic Instinct (1992)] and screenwriter David Blake (13 SINS, GACY) have collaborated to create a heightened emotional landscape where Michèle can be vindicated through violence and her darkest intentions can become reality.//
ELLE – Press Conference – EV – Cannes 2016 (50 minutes, English translation)
interview of Paul Verhoeven director of Elle
Guardian review (4/4 stars): “Elle review: Paul Verhoeven’s brazen rape revenge comedy is a dangerous delight”
P.S. Not really about Elle per se. Isabelle Huppert | Free Talk | Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Saturday, 24 September, 2016
Suntan info via CIFF: //On the small Greek island of Antiparos, new town doctor Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou, CHEVALIER) leads a solitary life – until he treats an injured tourist named Anna (Elli Tringou). Middle-aged and awkward, Kostis becomes immediately enamoured by the much younger woman and her easy charm. But when he tries to tag along with Anna and her partying friends, Kostis’ attempts to woo her become increasingly uncomfortable. As Anna’s friends grow tired of Kostis and the summer vacation draws to an end, the doctor’s efforts to relive his youth and win Anna’s love threaten his entire career.
The latest in Greek New Wave, SUNTAN is a deadpan comedy/thriller that offers uncomfortable truths about how we see each other.//
‘Suntan’: Rotterdam Review | Hollywood Reporter
‘Suntan’ Review: Searing Drama Puts Flesh on Display | Variety