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 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)


US presidential election voters get to play King Solomon

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


Pick and Place machines

Monday, 17 October, 2016

I re-watched Joi Ito‘s fascinating TED Talk ‘Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”‘ again and got fascinated by Pick and Place machines (ref: Samsung) once again!

Here are three blog post by Limor Fried (Ladyada), owner of the electronics hobbyist company Adafruit Industries.

  1. APRIL 15, 2013 SAMSUNG TECHWIN SMT SM482 training today #manufacturing #madeinny @madeinny
  2. AUGUST 8, 2013 Adafruit donates its first pick and place machine to NYC Resistor Hackerspace @nycresistor
  3. MAY 12, 2014 SAMSUNG SM481 arrived today – almost doubling our manufacturing capabilities and more #makerbusiness #manufacturing

Joi Ito‘s fascinating TED Talk ‘Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”

Curmudgeons by Danny DeVito

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.)

Malcolm Gladwell video playlist

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 [2016] are great.)

Malcolm Gladwell on ‘Revisionist History’ [Interview] | August 2016

Larry King Now Jul 29 ’16 Malcolm Gladwell on revisiting history, religion, & Trump

Elle (with extra) @calgaryfilm #CIFF2016

Saturday, 24 September, 2016

Elle trailer

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

Suntan @calgaryfilm #CIFF2016

Saturday, 24 September, 2016

Suntan trailer

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

How To Prepare For Prison @calgaryfilm #CIFF2016

Friday, 23 September, 2016

How To Prepare For Prison trailer

How To Prepare For Prison info from CIFF: //Director Matt Gallagher and producer Cornelia Principe in attendance at both screenings! (K Note: Will be very cool to meet the director and producer.)

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRISON examines the lives of three very different convicts as they navigate the legal system from conviction through sentencing. The cases aren’t considered in terms of guilt or innocence, but rather pragmatically in terms of each convict’s unique life and emotional landscape.

Director Matt Gallagher (IN HER FOOTSTEPS, GRINDERS) follows Joe, Courtney and Demario (respectively charged with marijuana trafficking, fraud and felony assault) over a period of three years as they work with lawyers and prison consultants to anticipate the needs of their families and emotionally prepare for the physical rigours and threats of incarceration. Gallagher also interviews Lee (sentenced to 40 years for armed robbery) whose open and frank discussion of his experience begs the viewer to consider the difference between the humiliation of punishment and constructive rehabilitation.//

Digital Journal: “Review: ‘How to Prepare For Prison’ is an intense tearjerker

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