Handmaid’s Tale, a new Hulu TV Series

Monday, 1 May, 2017

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is now a Hulu TV Series. This is especially chilling in our horrific age of President Trump.

PBS, “In dystopian ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ a warning for a new generation not to take rights for granted” (with transcript)

In dystopian ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ a warning for a new generation not to take rights for granted

Margaret Atwood and Elisabeth Moss on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

In dystopian ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ a warning for a new generation not to take rights for granted

Elisabeth Moss Describes A ‘Fictional’ Totalitarian, Right-Wing Regime

The cast of The Handmaid’s Tale

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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”


Perfect video for sweet birthday girl +Maria Quiban

Monday, 28 October, 2013

A perfect video for sweet birthday girl +Maria Quiban! Language may not be suitable for kids and yes, she is acting as the Maria I know is a caring friend, a loving mom, and a wonderful host of+FOX 11 Los Angeles Live YouTube hangout with Hollywood movie, TV stars and other notable guests ! :) [HT +Ayoub Khote ]


Upside Down East meets West 人鬼講東講西 教飛試一集 Doctor Who Test Episode

Monday, 4 June, 2012

Kempton & Anthony - 人鬼講東講西 Upside Down East meets West 教飛試一集 Doctor Who Test Episode

We (Kempton +  Anthony) tried to launch a LIVE Cantonese show today (人鬼講東講西 Upside Down East meets West) but ran into some technical difficulties (#fail). We ended up recording a test episode about the famous and long running BBC Sci-Fi show Doctor Who (50th anniversary). Here is the cross-posted Chinese text and Cantonese video. Enjoy.

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人鬼講東講西 教飛試一集 – Doctor Who 主持人: 林錦堂 (G+ Kempton Lam) + 安東尼 (Anthony Kelly) 教飛試一試用粵語講BBC長壽節目Doctor Who。請欣賞。

Note: 人鬼講東講西 is a working title and may change. The English working title is “Upside Down East meets West“.

P.S. This test show was meant to be broadcast LIVE but our first LIVE show had to be postpond for later due to Google+ error right at the moment we tried to broadcast, “Failed to initialize the broadcasting service. Please try again in 15 minutes.

Google+ Failed to initialize the broadcasting service. Please try again in 15 minutes.


Chat with Andrews Jenkins, Director of Shadow Lurkers (a short-featurette)

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Andrews Jenkins, Director of Shadow Lurkers

It was my pleasure to chat with Andrews Jenkins, Director of Shadow Lurkers (a short-featurette). Here is a video of my chat with Andrews.

Have a watch of the Shadow Lurkers (a short-featurette). After you watch the short-featurette, make sure you check out some screen shots for closer look and movie inspiration. I wish Andrews the best of luck in getting the project green-lit.

Screen shot 2012-05-31 at 8.14.31 PM

Screen shot 2012-05-31 at 8.13.52 PM

Also check out the “Making of “Shadow Lurkers” – Sound Design by UgoSound.com


My Favourite Documentaries of Calgary International Film Festival 2011

Monday, 3 October, 2011

The joy of attending Calgary International Film Festival 2011 (or any film festival in your area) is to watch great films that you normally may not get to watch. The following are trailers and interviews of some of my favourite documentaries at Calgary International Film Festival 2011.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (trailer, press, and interview)

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (trailer)

Eric Bricker, Director/Producer Visual Acoustics, and me

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (filmtrailer, pre-screening & post-screening interviews, and Q&A)

Wiebo’s War (NFB trailer, post screening interview, Q&A)


Below Zero – World Premiere @ 2011 Calgary International Film Festival

Saturday, 24 September, 2011

Michael Berryman being interviewed

Below Zero world premiered at 2011 Calgary International Film Festival last night. Here are photo slideshow and a video.

Signe Olynyk (R) and Sadie MaduKristin Booth & Michael Berryman

Michael Berryman (L) & meMichael Berryman with fans

Sadie MaduKristin Booth & Michael Berryman


Prime Suspect TV Series – US vs. UK Classic

Tuesday, 13 September, 2011

I love the UK Prime Suspect series (thanks to Calgary Public Library for having all the previous series). Will see how the new US Prime Suspect series stated as a “re-imagining of the British television hit starring Maria Bello” is like. I love many of Maria Bello‘s work so I will see.

Here is a preview. I hope I will like Maria Bello‘s Jane but my first love is still the smart and cool DCI Jane Tennison (played by Helen Mirren) in UK Prime Suspect series which I watched all 21 hours over the years!

Another trailer, Prime Suspect – Out There


Kevin Smith at the 2011 NAB Show

Monday, 22 August, 2011

Check out the following two videos thanks to Avid.

036 – Kevin Smith at the 2011 NAB Show (Main Stage)

037 – Kevin Smith at the 2011 NAB Show (Keynote)


Network (1976) – Highly recommended

Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

I borrowed the DVD of Network from Calgary Public Library a few months ago and was amazed that this classic still works great and it was timeless in its storytelling. Highly recommended. Borrow or rent it if you haven’t seen it yet.

Network (1976) movie trailer


Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto, interview post Banff World Media Festival 2011

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto

ACTRA is a union for performers and according to ACTRA Toronto‘s website, it has over 15,000 professional film, video and new media performers. It was my pleasure to meet Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto at Banff World Media Festival 2011. Here is my phone interview with Heather today.

The following are a few highlights of my interview with Heather.

* 0:00 Heather has been attending Banff for many years now, I asked her why she attends Banff.

* 2:30 For this Banff, did Heather get to meet and talk to senior broadcast executives on behalf of the members?

* 3:42 In our pre-interview, Heather mentioned a figure of 27 hours of bought (foreign) programs for one hour of Canadian produced drama. We talked more on this.

* 5:00 Last year (or the year before), Hon. Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit said something like that the reason we have so little Canada content is because the Canadian creative community creates “shitty” programs that no one watches. I asked Heather to comment on this.

* 8:23 With respect to the fees paid to performers for digital/online content, I ask Heather to explain the current situation and whether the ACTRA Toronto members are being fairly treated.

* 9:50 I asked Heather to give some specific examples and detailed explanation of the fee payment structure for digital content.

* 12:00 I asked Heather about “scale“.
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For all other Banff 2011 related interviews, please see here.


Matthew Weiner Closes the Books on Season 4 of ‘Mad Men’

Monday, 18 October, 2010

– Interesting read, “Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner Explains Last Night’s Finale, Defends Betty Draper“, nymag, 18th Oct. Here is an excerpt,

“To me, the reason this episode is called “Tomorrowland” is because it’s really about the choice between, “Do you want to deal with who you are, and live with that?” or “Do you want to think about the person you could be in the future and you’re becoming?” And Megan said, “Go to Tomorrowland.” Everything’s pushing towards that fact. Why don’t you be the person you want to be, and not worry about dealing with the person you are?

And Megan doesn’t know about Dick Whitman.

And she doesn’t care. She says, “I like who you are now.””

– Great post from NYT “Matthew Weiner Closes the Books on Season 4 of ‘Mad Men’“. Here is an excerpt,

“Q.
At what point do you start thinking about Season 5 for “Mad Men”?

A.
It’s not really scheduled at this point. There are so many business things that have to go on, that are operating at a level far beyond me. We have not officially been renewed, I’m assuming we will be. For me, these weeks afterward, I have to reacclimatize myself to my life, because I work long hours. I have to try and force myself back into the hole that I’ve left in my life, which sometimes closes up a little bit. My family, my kids. I start thinking about it as soon as I have a signed contract and I know what it is. Read the rest of this entry »


Me, Too (Yo, Tambien) – CIFF Review

Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

The wonderfully made Me, Too (Yo, Tambien) is one of my 2010 Calgary International Film Festival Picks. This is a drama/romantic comedy with a twist where the lead actor has Down syndrome. Don’t worry, this film never lecture us hard about the right or wrong way to treat people with Down syndrome, and it is touching, funny, and refreshing to watch. (4 out  of 5 stars) Highly recommended.

Here is a film trailer.


Made in Dagenham – CIFF Review

Monday, 11 October, 2010

Made in Dagenham, starring the award winning actors Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins, is one of the film I watched and enjoyed at 2010 Calgary International Film Festival.

Here is an excerpt of the polit at Wikipedia.

“The film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay. The walkout was instrumental in the Equal Pay Act 1970.”

It was fun for me to see what lead to the the Equal Pay Act 1970, and I think you will have fun watching the film as well. I especially love one scene between the characters played by the beautiful Rosamund Pike and Sally HawkinsRosamund, playing a Cambridge/Oxford educated smart woman who was reduced to a “supportive wife” role by her husband and partly by herself, encouraged Sally to keep up the fight as Sally was doing what Rosamund dreamt of doing but never had a chance of doing much after her university education.

Here is a film trailer.


Werner Herzog on Q TV

Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Here is a Feb 2010 chat between Werner Herzog and Q host Jian Ghomeshi to talk about his film ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans‘.


Maggie Q is Nikita

Friday, 3 September, 2010

The charming Maggie Q (Margaret Denise Quigley) () is the star of the new TV show Nikita on CW and A. I am looking forward to checking out the show. I absolutely love the original the 1990 French film Nikita and, unfortunately, haven’t really enjoyed any of its many remakes. I hope this 2010 iteration Nikita will be different and enjoyable, will see.

Hmm, the trailer looks less impressive than I had hoped. Will try to watch the first few episodes for sure.

[HT TorStar “Salem’s Fall TV Preview V: Nikita, the girl with the phoenix tattoo”]


2010 CIFF Picks: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (三槍拍案驚奇)

Sunday, 29 August, 2010

Another one of my 2010 Calgary International Film Festival Picks: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (三槍拍案驚奇) (CIFF screening time)

The film is acclaimed Chinese director’s Zhang Yimou‘s remake of Coen brothers’s “Blood Simple” (1985). It should be an interesting movie going experience.

From Reuters (emphasis added),

“The first time I saw ‘Blood Simple’ I liked it immediately,” Zhang said. “It was a very cool film.”

Zhang said he had never met the Coen brothers but was in touch with them about the remake. He said he was delighted they sent him an email after seeing a copy of his film.

I got an email from them. I was very, very touched. They’d seen the film and they said they loved the remake. They said it was very amusing. They took the trouble to write and say they loved the way I changed things. I was very pleased by that.

Trailer:

Trailer of “Blood Simple”


Manila Bus Hijacking Tragedy & Flashpoint

Tuesday, 24 August, 2010

Update: Here is a Wikipedia entry on the Manila hostage crisis.

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From CNN “Philippines police: Authorities botched hostage rescue” (with video) (emphasis added),

“”The investigation has got to find out, what was the turning point? What happened?” Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon told CNN Tuesday.

Gordon told CNN that interviews with survivors have revealed that the situation inside the bus changed dramatically toward the end of the 10-hour standoff.

Apparently the man went berserk. He was telling everybody he was not going to harm [them]…He said that nobody’s going to get harmed. He said that he was probably going to die, but not the hostages,” he said.

A woman who was on the bus told reporters her husband was killed when he tried to stop the gunman.

My husband was very brave. He rushed out from the back of the bus to try to stop the killer,” said the woman, who identified herself as Alicia Leung.

She told reporters that she pretended to be dead in order to survive.
Why did authorities not rescue us? There were so many of us on the bus. Why did no one come to rescue us? It is so cruel,” she said.”

From New York Times “Philippines Criticized Over Hostage Standoff” (emphasis added),

“The Philippine government faced a wrenching public discussion on Tuesday over how its police handled a 12-hour hostage standoff that unfolded on live television and ended with the deaths of eight tourists from Hong Kong and their armed captor.

Growing criticism of the police response underscored what may be an early test for President Benigno S. Aquino III, who was elected in a landslide this spring. Chinese officials said they were appalled by the killings, and one prominent member of the Philippine government blamed the police for mishandling the siege. The Hong Kong executive complained that he had been unable to reach Mr. Aquino throughout the crisis.

[…] Mr. Mendoza appeared to exploit the live coverage by posting placards on the bus windows specifically addressed to the news media. He even gave an interview to a radio station. As night fell, negotiations grew tense.

Shortly after the live broadcasts from the scene showed a brother of Mr. Mendoza being detained, he opened fire inside the bus. It was 20 minutes later when the police stormed the bus.

At a news conference after the siege, Mr. Aquino said officials with the Philippines National Police had decided to “wait it out” because they believed the standoff “could be settled peacefully, without loss of life.”

In some quarters, there was also speculation that police officers used to a culture of graft and favoritism might have had a level of sympathy for Mr. Mendoza that blinded them to the seriousness of the situation. Mr. Mendoza claimed that he had not been given a fair shake as he fought the charges of extortion and that he only wanted the chance to be heard.

Ian Bryson, an analyst in Singapore at the London-based consultancy firm Control Risks, pointed out that the police were not centrally controlled and said, “Clearly, the message of Mr. Mendoza’s grievances gained traction within members of the PNP.””

From CTV “Canadian, two daughters, killed in bus hijacking” (with video reports including an interview with a security expert) (emphasis added),

“A Canadian and his two daughters are confirmed to be among the dead in Monday’s hijacking of a tour bus in Manila, Philippines.

CTV News has identified the killed Canadian as Ken Leung, 58, and his two daughters, as Jessie Leung, 14, and Doris Leung, 20.

Ken Leung’s wife was unhurt, but their son, Jason Leung, 18, remains in hospital. There are conflicting reports of whether he was hit by gunfire, or by a hammer when police stormed the bus by breaking windows.

Ken Leung was a dual-citizen, living in Hong Kong. Witnesses said he sacrificed himself to try to save other passengers.

“Ken Leung was killed trying to protect his family, trying to protect other hostages,” Ben O’Hara-Byrne, CTV’s China Bureau Chief, reported Tuesday.”

More from CBC “Canadians killed in Manila hostage-taking: reports“.

P.S. It has been painful to watch how the Manila police botched the negotiations and how the whole situation escalated out of control and resulted in the death of 8 tourists at the scene and the hijacker.

It pains me to see how far off the mark did the Manila police perform compare to the scenarios depicted in the CTV/CBS TV series Flashpoint which is styled after the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force.

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Update: From Apple Daily, there are total nine deaths and the list of names. “康泰公佈死者名單 – 2010年08月24日 (12:34 pm)

康泰馬尼拉 4天團意外,造成 8死 7傷。另新華社報道,新增 1名香港女居民不治,死亡人數升至 9人。

8名死者包括:

1. Leung Song Yi Jessie( 14歲,女)
2. Leung Doris Chung See( 21歲,女)
3. Tse Ting Cheunn Masa
謝廷駿( 31歲,男領隊)
4. Fu Cheuk Yan( 39歲,男)
5. Yeung Yee Wa( 44歲,女)
6. Yeung Yee Kam( 46歲,女)
7. Wong Tze Lam( 51歲,男)
8. Leung Ken Kam Wing( 58歲,男)


Rookie Blue – First 6 episodes

Tuesday, 3 August, 2010

If you haven’t seen the new Global/ABC show Rookie Blue yet, go check it out and you can watch it online in Canada. After watching the first 6 episodes, I am totally loving it. Very well made. Watch it.


Matthew Weiner on Mad Men @ 2010 NAB Show

Monday, 26 July, 2010

Matthew Weiner‘s Mad Men is a great show. I found some footage I shot of Mad Men show creator and showrunner Weiner talking about Mad Men @ the 2010 NAB Show. Enjoy.


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