Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

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 watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (projected on your big screen HD TV or on your computer 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)

 


LOVE Amy Adams’ Arrival & Bonus Videos

Sunday, 4 December, 2016

If you haven’t seen Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner‘s Sci-Fi film Arrival directed by insightful French Canadian Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015)), go watch!

Creativity, I think, is based on risk. Only way to make something good is to flirt with disaster. You must walk on the edge of failure in order to succeed. It is a very dangerous position for me but I feel alive when I do that.” – Denis Villeneuve (Arrival video interview with AP)

Here are some great reviews:

Here is a trailer and a few specially insightful behind the scenes videos I watched.

Arrival Premiere with Writer Ted Chiang (source short story (MAJOR Spoilers): Story of Your Life)

Arrival | On-set visit with Denis Villeneuve ‘Director’

DP/30: Arrival, Denis Villeneuve

DP/30 @ Telluride ’16: Amy Adams, Arrival (and Nocturnal Animals)

DP/30: Arrival, Eric Heisserer (screenwriter)

My friend Brad Blanks got to talk to Amy on the red carpet.

Dec 6th, 2016 Update: IndieWire, Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: How Drunk Astrophysicists Inspired ‘Arrival’ Scribe Eric Heisserer to Become a Screenwriter (Episode 14)
Spoiler WARNING starts at 25 minutes markPodcast – IndieWire Filmmaker Toolkit – Arrival Screenwriter Eric Heisserer

P.S. Paramount’s ‘Arrival’ Gaffe Ignites Outrage in Hong Kong is a sad story. Without going to a protracted discussion, Glass Heart (玻璃心) is a term used by mainland and Hong Kong Chinese to describe someone easily hurt emotionally by really small stuff (remember that book series?). The poster is one of those things. And after watching the movie, there may be a lesson to learn from all of us.

P.P.S. Here is a cool (unrelated) video by Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang on the Future

Speculative Visions with Ted Chiang (Talk & chat posted by Asian American Writers’ Workshop) 


Buffett Talks His Early Career in Finance and Advice for Investors

Monday, 21 November, 2016

Some time codes of a great video.

6:00 Warren rented a house 6:54 I LOVE the answer Warren gave and he made me ROFL! :) 10:00 Start of segment 2 11:23 Telling (a then 30 years old recently wealthy) Bob Woodward, “Investing is just about assigning yourself the right story.” 22:21 Start of segment 3 23:27 The Buffett Tax 25:13 What Buffett wants to be his legacy? 25:38 Money has no utility to me. Time has utility to me. (New Quote I LOVE) 27:40 The END of the interview.

Buffett Talks His Early Career in Finance and Advice for Investors on ‘The David Rubenstein Show’ (Note: For some reason, the video works (at the moment) but the thumbnail doesn’t.)

P.S. I’ve read, enjoyed & “reviewed” The Snowball (Alice‘s insightful biography about Warren) when it first came out and I quite enjoy watching this interview by David even though some of the info are obviously covered in Snowball. Thanks Bloomberg for sharing this post.

P.P.S. Warren is still so sharp at 86 and still remember all those numbers from years ago!


Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016)

Sunday, 13 November, 2016

Goodbye Mr. Leonard Cohen. RIP.

Here are some my new & old favourite videos in no particular order.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen (NFB 44 minutes documentary, free to watch)

Induction of Leonard Cohen – Induction of Leonard Cohen [source: LA Weekly]

Leonard Cohen on Q TV (CBC exclusive) [42 minutes, Uploaded on Apr 15, 2009, one of my most favourite of Mr. Cohen]

leonard cohen isle of wight 1970 full complete concert [source:source: LA Weekly, “There are endless anecdotes about his grace, elegance and compassion. His charm was legendary. Kris Kristofferson will tell you how at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival he calmed a rowdy, angry crowd of 600,000 that had booed louder bands off the stage. (You can watch the whole performance here.)”

U2 & Leonard Cohen Tower of Song

Quoting LA Weekly, “Last month, The New Yorker published a great feature about him and his latest album, You Want It Darker. The whole piece is worth reading, including a long section where Bob Dylan, who never does these things, analyzed Cohen’s craft and they both spoke of their mutual admiration:

One afternoon, years later, when the two had become friendly, Dylan called him in Los Angeles and said he wanted to show him a piece of property he’d bought. Dylan did the driving.

“One of his songs came on the radio,” Cohen recalled. “I think it was ‘Just Like a Woman’ or something like that. It came to the bridge of the song, and he said, ‘A lot of eighteen-wheelers crossed that bridge.’ Meaning it was a powerful bridge.”

Dylan went on driving. After a while, he told Cohen that a famous songwriter of the day had told him, “O.K., Bob, you’re Number 1, but I’m Number 2.”

Cohen smiled. “Then Dylan says to me, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.’ Meaning, as I understood it at the time — and I was not ready to dispute it — that his work was beyond measure and my work was pretty good.

One more quote with video,

“Hineni, that declaration of readiness no matter what the outcome, that’s a part of everyone’s soul,” he says in the video, his voice slow, deliberate, aged and, we now know, belonging to a man who was very ill. “We all are motivated by deep impulses and deep appetites to serve, even though we may not be able to locate that which we are willing to serve. So, this is just a part of my nature, and I think everybody else’s nature, to offer oneself at the moment, at the critical moment when the emergency becomes articulate. It’s only when the emergency becomes articulate that we can locate that willingness to serve.”


Warren Buffett after Trump win

Saturday, 12 November, 2016

CNN Money (Nov 11, 2016): One-on-one with Warren Buffett after the 2016 election


Brexit court case – R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Thursday, 3 November, 2016

Brexit High court judgement was delivered today. News at Guardian (Live)BBCIndependent, CBCCNBC, CNN, Business Insider, and Guardian.

Note worthy: An article 50 court ruling reading list

*) (wiki) R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

*) (PDF judgement) R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union via UK judiciary.gov.uk

Note: A CNN profile of Ms. Gina Miller.


Money has no utility to me. Time has utility to me. – New Quote I LOVE

Thursday, 3 November, 2016

Adding a new entry to Quotes I LOVE,

Money has no utility to me. Time has utility to me.” — Warren Buffett (1930 – ) in (YouTube video “Buffett Talks His Early Career in Finance and Advice for Investors on ‘The David Rubenstein Show’“)


Black Mirror – Best 2016 speculative fiction on Netflix

Monday, 31 October, 2016

Black Mirror season 3 created by Charlie Brooker is now on Netflix and it is a must see speculative fiction (or if you wish, Sci-Fi) show! Two of my favourite S3 episodes are “San Junipero” and “Hated in the Nation” (WARNING: those linked pages have spoilers).

Black Mirror | Official Trailer – Season 3 [HD] | Netflix

Charlie Brooker on Black Mirror, satire and politicians – BBC Newsnight

Charlie Brooker at the Black Mirror Q&A: “We wanted to not always fling you into a pit of despair”


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