Friday, 18 March, 2016
Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 has been collected by the Canadian National Archive since 2009. The three documentaries are collectively known as “Revolution Trilogy” 「革命三部曲」 and are in Cantonese with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕). You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (beautifully projected on your big screen HDTV or on your computer). 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)
Tuesday, 18 December, 2018
I’m adding three quotes by Penny Marshall (the actress, director and producer who passed away yesterday) to my list of Quotes I Love. The first quote was thanks to Olivia Munn. The other quotes I discovered from imdb.
“I would much rather feel comfortable and feel beautiful, than to feel uncomfortable, but look fantastic.” – Penny Marshall (1943 – 2018)
“I want you to laugh and cry. That’s what I do.”
“I have a strange combination of fearlessness and massive insecurity.“
Friday, 14 December, 2018
I’ve always love and curious about battery technologies. CBC News has this interesting news article, “In the quest to build a better battery, a Canadian is energizing the field“. Will see how things pan out in the coming years with Canadian Don Sadoway, a professor of materials chemistry at MIT. (Prof. Sadoway “did both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto, receiving his PhD in 1977”.)
2012 Ted Talk Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy
2015 World Economic Forum, Unlocking Renewables | Donald Sadoway
Wednesday, 12 December, 2018
I’m sorry to say 2018 #HumanRightsDay (Dec 10th) was a sad day when former Canadian diplomat Micheal Kovrig was detained in China with no reason given. (China taking Mr. Kovrig as “hostage” over the arrest of Huawei CFO Ms. Meng Wanzhou?!) Where is due process? Where is rule of law? I understand he served as political lead on Prime Minster Trudeau’s visit to Hong Kong in September 2016, so on a personal note, I feel sorry for Consul General Mr. Jeff Nankivell and others in HK that Mr. Kovrig might have worked with in preparation of that 2016 visit.
How “lucky” Canadians must be to be stuck between two superpowers fighting a trade war? One superpower has a president that locks up human rights lawyers (including blind human rights lawyer) and makes dissidents “disappear”. The other superpower has a president who clearly sees himself above the law and has no idea of what “judicial independence” means. Even his former secretary of state recently said in public, “the president would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him, Mr. President I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law.”
If there is #TeachableMoment in all this mess, it is that one must try to respect the rule of law, due process, and judicial independence. Even now it seems we really got used by both sides to fight their beeping trade war!
P.S. Incidentally, Trump/US government has imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum using Section 232 of U.S. trade law claiming our steel and aluminum are “threats to American national security”.
P.P.S. Former Canadian Amb. to China Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques has this to say:
This sentence (from a CBC News report) kinda highlights the difference between Huawei CFO Ms. Meng Wanzhou’s case and the trumped up detention of Mr. Michael Kovrig (currently on an unpaid leave of absence from the Canadian embassy): “China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied knowledge of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat, as Chinese citizens rejoiced over a Canadian court’s decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail.” Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, 6 December, 2018
Here is a list of good movies online via the Kanopy streaming service. Calgary Public Library (CPL) users get to watch up to 10 movies each month. Hope you will enjoy these movies. (Note: Movie links are for CPL. A quick Google confirms public libraries in Toronto and San Francisco are also subscribers of the Kanopy service.)
- Guangzhou Dream Factory (documentary) (5/5 stars), trailer (added: 20181206)
- Patema Inverted (Japanese Anime) (4/5 stars), trailer (20181206)
- Hearts Beat Loud (drama) (5/5 stars), trailer, SXSW Q&A with Nick Offerman and Director Brett Haley, Sundance Q&A (20181206)
- Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (documentary) (4/5 stars), trailer (20181206)
- Sweet Bean (Japanese drama) (5/5 stars), trailer (20181206)
- Like Someone in Love (Japanese drama) (4/5 stars), trailer (20181206)
- After The Storm (Japanese drama) (5/5 stars), trailer (20181206)
P.S. I love Calgary Public Library system’s awesome collection of books, audio books, and, in recent years, massive DVDs and Blu-rays collection! The brand new Central Library is really a work of beauty! Library users can actually make five (5) suggestions per month to the library (via our online account) to buy new books, DVDs, or Blu-rays to add to its collection! So far two out of my five suggestions have been accepted.
Recently Guangzhou Dream Factory was rejected as a purchase but I was told that the film is actually available to watch online via Kanopy ! Truly a case of one door closes, a window opens!
Friday, 30 November, 2018
Friday, 16 November, 2018
I’m adding two new quotes to my long list of Quotes I Love. These two came from Jane Fonda via the new HBO documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts. (Ref Washington Post article, “How Jane Fonda’s 1972 trip to North Vietnam earned her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’”) Here are the two quotes with video clip linked below. [HT Yasso]
“Any healthy country, like any healthy individual, should be in perpetual revolution.” in documentary Jane Fonda In Five Acts (2018) | HBO Trailer@1:28
“I’m proud of most of what I did. And I’m very sorry for some of what I did.” – Jane Fonda (1937- ) in doc Jane Fonda In Five Acts (2018) | Trailer@0:59
Jane Fonda In Five Acts (2018) | Official Trailer | HBO @1:28