Maudie – Maud Lewis

Saturday, 15 April, 2017

Just watched a segment on CBC National News on Maud Lewis (Maudie) the Nova Scotia Canadian painter (more info from Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) tonight. Fascinating. And the performances in the upcoming movie Maudie by Sally Hawkins (love her in performances in PersuasionHappy-Go-Lucky and Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke are great too!

I’ve found some videos to share, real life stuff first and then the movie.

Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows (via NFB 1976, showing many many of Maud’s beautiful paintings)

(NFB) Set against a background of her paintings and the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, landscapes they depict, this short documentary is a portrait of the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost primitive painters, Maud Lewis. Emerging from her youth crippled with arthritis, Lewis escaped into her painting at the age of 30. She had never seen a work of art and had never attended an art class but her paintings captured the simple strength, beauty and happiness of the world she saw – a world without shadows.

One of Canada’s great artists Maud Lewis, 1965: CBC Archives | CBC

MAUDIE Trailer [HD] Mongrel Media

Sally Hawkins/Ethan Hawke in a scene from MAudiE (2016)

Sally Hawkins/Ethan Hawke MAudiE (2016) clip “Love declaration” Read the rest of this entry »


Sicario: Denis Villeneuve, Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

Monday, 10 April, 2017

wrote about how I loved and enjoyed Denis VilleneuveArrival. I finally watched Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin.

Emily Blunt on her input to change the ending of ‘Sicario’

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Sicario TIFF 2015 Q&A with Emily Blunt and Denis Villeneuve Read the rest of this entry »


Anne (2017 CBC) starring Amybeth McNulty

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

I really enjoy the new Anne (2017 CBC) (Facebook) (based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery) starring Amybeth McNulty (Twitter) in the role of Anne. You can watch the full episodes online at CBC.

I really like this official Facebook page video “Meet the cast and crew who have brought this new take on a beloved classic to life.” where the show creators talk about from episode 2 onward there are more creative story telling with sprinkles of the classic moments added to the inspired story.

G&M, “John Doyle: Anne of Green Gables adaptation is sublimely reinvigorated

Huff Post, “The New ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ On CBC Is Super Dark, Feminist

Anne of Green Gables returns — again (The National CBC)

Amybeth McNulty of ‘Anne’ on the Musical That Changed Her Life

Bonus: Quoting John Doyle G&M, “And it is somewhat startling to find the Tragically Hip’s Ahead by a Century used over the opening credits. It’s a song with profound resonance for so many Canadians. And the line “Illusions of some day casting a golden light” amply works its magical power here.

The Tragically Hip – Ahead By A Century

The Life and Times of LM Montgomery” (poor audio but still nice to watch)

I was told a Japanese animated Anne series was made and I found most of its 50 episodes (with English subtitles) on YouTube where you can watch via this YouTube Playlist. Here is episode #1.

CBC Archives – Japanese adore Anne of Green Gables


Visiting Largest Mosque in Canada

Sunday, 5 February, 2017

In light of the Quebec City tragedy (“Six dead men. Six widows. Seventeen fatherless children. Five people in hospital.“),  I decided to take time to visit the Baitun Nur Mosque (the largest mosque in Canada which happens to be in Calgary) yesterday afternoon to stand shoulder and shoulder with my Muslim brothers and sisters in this sad time.

I ended up getting a personal tour of the mosque by a very nice Mr. Sultan Mahmood (who sits on the executive council of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at). Sultan took time to talk to me even as he had to leave a scheduled meeting early where President of the executive council and other members were meeting with a representative from the Alberta Premier’s Office.

The way I see it, we need no permission from anyone to do the decent thing. And you can do what is within your power (big or small) to try to help and show support. Visiting a local mosque in your area is a good start just to say hi and to tell our fellow Muslim Canadian brothers and sisters that you care and will stand up and speak for them.

Here are some photos (with captions) from yesterday. I asked a question about the carpet markings and Sultan explained that they are designed so that people stand shoulder to shoulder with others. And of course, the direction of the halls of worship are all facing Mecca. A quick research in Wikipedia taught me the word Qibla which is “the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays during salah prayers. It is fixed as the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.

Sultan and I agreed that it would be a tragedy if we Canadians did not learn from the painful pages of history of the Internment of Japanese Americans, Chinese head tax. And I will add our shameful history of the Rejection of the Komagata Maru, can still teach us lessons today in the Trump presidency.

P.S. By the way, I saw a Facebook post by Kent Hehr (Calgary MP and Minister of Veterans Affairs) tonight and I left the following comment:

I’m saddened to see the vile and heartless comments left in this post at a time when 6 of our fellow Canadians got murdered, leaving their wives and 17 orphan children behind. Why people feel they can dispose common courtesy when sit behind the keyword?

I had some free time yesterday so I did a quick Google to find the address of the Baitun Nur Mosque, the largest mosque in Canada which happens to be in Calgary. I got a wonderful personal tour of the mosque by a nice gentleman who took time to show me around leaving a meeting he was attending.

Whatever religion you believe in or not, one can choose to be a candle of light to fight the onslaught of darkness from the US and around us in some parts of Canada.

I decided to stand shoulder to shoulder with my Muslim brothers and sisters yesterday by paying a personal visit to the mosque. I need no permission from anyone to do the decent thing. And you can do whatever you can to help and show support too.

For those who don’t know how to behave decently in face of deaths and orphan children, I mourn for the lost of your basic humanity in face of partisan attacks of those you disagree with politically.


Why I think President Trump has made the world a much worse place on Day One of his presidency

Saturday, 21 January, 2017

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*** Why I think President Trump has made the world a much worse place on Day One of his presidency *** //I respect my FB friend for his professional work but I disagree with him. Here is my comment (with added web links & slight updates).//

XXXX, One day I would love to chat in person. Until then, here is my wordy take of why I think President Trump has made the world a much worse place on Day One. Starting with the least damaging (the mere “monetary” damages). Trump said the following in his Inauguration Speech and he has said all of these during the campaign so they are not new.

1) “For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
>>> International trades benefit everyone or we just don’t do it. Stances like this is getting China, Canada, etc worrying about trade wars. For the record, //Canada is the top export destination for 35 states. Nearly 9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.//

2) “Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
>>> Forgoing defence of NATO, Japan, etc?? Should they pay? How much? Think like a foreign leader for a moment. Which sovereign leader is stupid enough to be held hostage for a king’s ransom for its defence? This will force the world into an arms race? EU politicians are taking notice and starting to distrust US. Putin’s mission accomplished in Day One of Trump’s presidency. Fantastic!

3) “We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;” & “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
>>> This is probably one of the saddest part of this cluster-beep.
Spoiler alert, I’m giving the answer before I tell the story.
We Canadians are PROUD of us NOT putting Canada First! We PRIDE ourselves of putting “Others First”!

Some Americans have very short memory. On one sunny 9/11 day years ago, some evil people thought of turning planes into high-tech guided missiles with built-in human collateral protection. In that uncertain time, Canada let ~200 flights fully loaded with people (potential terrorists flown missiles) diverted to our major cities like Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto (all with millions of people).

The “Others” we Canadians put “First” happened to be thousands of Americans and people visiting US! I would say the probability of me winning the lottery last night is higher than Trump coming to aid of Canadians if the shoes were swapped.

I’m human but I try to live by the Golden Rule when I can. What kind of horrible world we live in if we always and only put ourselves first?!

Right now, with “America First”, it feels like a great friend has flipped and become a psychopath.

And 1, 2, 3 and many more are the reasons why Trump Day One is the worst day of any US President’s Day One!

P.S. For me to write this wordy blah blah blah, I had to take a strong dose of Trump-vaccination. So I watch a 9 minute CBC News video of U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson paying tribute to the town of Gander, N.L. for “its generosity on 9/11, hailing its residents for their grace and good humour and representing “the best of us.”

//“This could well be the motto of this town: ‘Without waiting to be asked,'” Jacobson said.
He spoke about one stranded passenger, a child, who turned four in Gander soon after 9/11. All his gifts were stuck on the plane he had been on, so to make him feel better, a local Gander family threw him a party.
“They consoled and they cooked, they cooked and they cooked,” Jacobson recalled.//

Ref (with video, an easy Google): Gander on 9/11 told ‘you were the best of us’ CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2011


PM Justin Trudeau surprised Canada is a bilingual country

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

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20170221 update: CBC News, “Trudeau apologizes to anglophone woman for answering in French at Sherbrooke town hall

CTV News, “PM apologizes for answering English speaker in French at Quebec town hall

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As a former teacher, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sure acted like he needs a few quick lessons. Here are two free lessons from a Canadian to his PM that is facing heat over his decision to speak French only at town hall (CBC News with video).

Lesson 1: Canada is a bilingual country with English and French as official languages. This FB comment elegantly captured what I think. (emphasis added)

Canada is a bilingual country regardless of what province you’re in.

If a Canadian citizen asks the prime minister a question in one of the two official languages the polite thing is to answer in that language.

Otherwise the person asking the question has no idea what’s being said.

Lesson 2: Section 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees all Canadians our “Mobility Rights“. S.6(2)a of our Charter states,

“Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right to move to and take up residence in any province

It is surprising that the Prime minister was so easily ‘surprised‘ to be “asked so many questions in English in Quebec’s Eastern Townships”. Has the PM repealed our “Mobility Rights” and now we need his permission to move? Are English speakings Canadians not allowed to live in Quebec’s Eastern Townships? How about French speaking Canadians living in Calgary, Alberta? Puzzling.

P.S. On a serious note. Bilingual Canadians don’t need to be lectured by the PM. The PM can choose to answer the question in BOTH English (language preferred/decided by the questioner) and then repeat in French (if he wishes)! I expect no less if a French question is asked in Alberta. Answer the question in BOTH French and then English! #PMisOurPublicServant #PMisNOTaboveFederalPublicServant

I don’t expect my PM to never make mistake but I expect him to correct his mistakes quickly. Hopefully he has learned his lessons from this.

P.P.S. I don’t mind my last PM (Mr. Harper) has little charisma but I know he would never dare to face Canadians like this, not after Mr. Harper gained absolute power and showed his disdain of the press (who were there to ask questions on behalf of all Canadians).

Jan 19, 2017 Update: Read the rest of this entry »


Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds & Blake Lively

Monday, 16 January, 2017

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RyanDeadpoolReynolds (twitter) & Blake Lively are the coolest couple. (ref: “The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Anthony Jaswinski and starring Blake Lively.”)

* I LOVE this GQ profile of Ryan that spotlights his fun and determination to get Deadpool made and his relationship with Blake: “Ryan Reynolds on his Deadpool Obsession, Meeting Blake Lively, and His New Film, Life
* Just Google Image search “deadpool nicholas sparks billboard”
* THR, “How ‘Deadpool’s’ Marketing Won Over Fanboys (and Everyone Else)
* There are SO MANY references in Deadpool, read & enjoy what people said here!

Ryan Reynolds: “Deadpool” | Talks at Google

Ryan Reynolds on Deadpool and worshipping his daughter | The Jess Cagle Interview | PEOPLE (extremely good interview, many quotables!)

Deadpool Cast Interview with Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller and Ed Skrein

Ryan Reynolds Gets Roasted By His Twin Brother | GQ (very funny!)

Blake Lively: The Age of Adaline Interview (27 minutes) Read the rest of this entry »


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