I’m adding a new quote to my long list of Quotes I Love.
I’m adding a new quote to my long list of Quotes I Love.
On this 4th anniversary of Umbrella Revolution in HK, I will be frank as I had not planned to revisit/watch any Umbrella Revolution video footage including my own documentary because I had watched my documentary and the footage in it probably hundreds of time during edit. But 4 years later, while I of course remember and appreciate the major players’ roles and efforts, the unnamed strangers who helped out by sweeping water on the the street are what affected me and what I want to remember the most.
I will always be in debt to the 100+ content creators who helped made my doc possible. So I rewatched the credit sequences to remember and say thanks.
The amazing credit sequence (timecode 1h47m6s) itself is also packed with photos and artworks by some content creators’ works at the time.
2018 US Open champion is Naomi Osaka and this post collects some of what I’ve learned over the last few days by focusing on areas that I see positives things and lovely moments. Things I think we learn the amid controversies. Have a read of this op-ed by tennis legend and former champion Martina Navratilova: “What Serena Got Wrong – Just because the guys might be able to get away with it doesn’t mean it’s acceptable.”
Sept 9th, 2018, US Open, “2018 US Open Press Conference: Naomi Osaka” I LOVE the #GoPro moment at 2:54 and the 8:23 Q&A that got Naomi emotional. Watch this insightful and lovely exchange at 3:10 for example of her answer re “getting in fight with herself”!
Sept 9th, ESPN (with a nice bit of game reply/highlight), [FULL] Naomi Osaka interview after defeating Serena Williams in 2018 Grand Slam final
PBS News Hours, Sept 9th, 2018: “Osaka’s win at U.S. Open overshadowed by Williams’ penalties”
NOTE: I found the above analysis, sports reporter Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress and Sandra Harwitt, who covered the match for USA Today. And I love Harwitt’s answer @2:40 in the news program, (here is an excerpt with emphasis added)
I absolutely disagree. I know of Ramos and I believe Carlos Remus to be one of the best umpires in the business. I don’t think it was sexist at all. I don’t believe him to be a sexist. I know that he called Novak Djokovic out for coaching and for a record violation at Wimbledon this year. A coaching rule is actually the player takes the fine. But the rule is actually against the coach. He admitted he did that. It doesn’t matter whether she saw it or not. And to me it also doesn’t really matter if it happens all the time. As somebody who was 23 grand slam titles and 36 years of experience, almost 37, she should’ve let it go. Carlos is one of the few umpires that really has the guts to go out there and abide by the rules.”
I’m adding a new quote to my long list of Quotes I Love. For this one, I need a lot of context, so I’m including an excerpt of an insightful talk delivered by Crazy Rich Asians (#1 box office of $35M+ in a 5-day opening) director Jon M. Chu in this 2015 Film Independent Forum Keynote .
I found out this video after Chu shared it a tweet “Ironically, I was on THE EXACT same stage that only 2.5 years ago I was giving a painful speech about what it was like for my movie to BOMB its opening weekend. But I think back &that is also the exact moment my #CrazyRichAsians journey began. #persevere”
Jon M. Chu‘s mom: When did you become a snob?!
“For the first time in my life, I wasn’t making anything either. I didn’t have a video camera and I wasn’t editing on my own. For those five years, this idea, this carrot of you’re going to make a movie, you’re going to make a movie eluded me. And I didn’t fulfill that part of my body. The longest time in my life that I wasn’t making stuff physically.
Then this script comes across my desk. This is literally five years later. And I’m in the condo that the pair play price (???) bought for me. I’m out of money basically. And I get a script for Step Up 2. I’m like what’s Step Up 2? Oh, it’s a direct-to-dvd sequel to this dance movie. I was like, oh yeah, I think I saw that. And I was like I don’t do direct-to-dvd. And I was like, you know, Steven Spielberg saw my short, he loved it. I’m gonna make features. I’ve been working on it for over five years. It’s only six months away. And I talked to my mom. And she was like, when did you become a snob?!
What are you talking about? She’s like “you trained to be s storyteller and a storyteller can use anything even if it’s campfire. So what makes you think you’re so good and you’re like on the bench of a great team but you’ve never played. Like get your two minutes prove what you can do.”
And I was like, yeah, you’re right. I’m gonna make the best damn direct-to-dvd dance movie sequel ever.”” – Jon M. Chu
It has been more than a month since I added new quote to my long list of Quotes I Love. Here are a few from Financial Times journalist Simon Kuper (twitter, tweet & source: FT article “My life tips for graduates: embrace your ignorance – ‘Avoid all house-price talk, diet talk and name-dropping. It will save you years’”),
“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – Simon Kuper
“When you discover you were wrong about something, don’t fight it. Treasure the moment: you’ve learnt something.” – Simon Kuper
I like the following quotes in My life tips for graduates very much as well but not quite in the “LOVE” level so I’m including them here in this post for now (I may change my mind later),
““Just shut up and listen. Whenever you think, ‘I know about that’, you don’t. When you hear yourself saying something you’ve said before, don’t bother. When someone worthwhile tells you something about North Korea, don’t sit there waiting till you can interrupt with your one factoid about North Korea. Pre-rehearsed anecdotes will keep you dumb.”
“Also avoid all house-price talk, route talk, diet talk, name-dropping and current-affairs clichés. Over a lifetime, this can save you years.”
“Listen hardest to people younger than you. They are ignorant and generally have lowly jobs, but their fragments of knowledge will be more cutting-edge than yours. If you’re ever tempted to kid yourself that your knowledge will hold good over time, listen to aged relatives recite the race theories they picked up in the 1940s.””
Mashable, (2018/01/27) “11 times J.K. Rowling tweeted awesome writing advice”
Read this tweet chain in full: “10. The time she replied to this tweet about the importance of completing a writing project.“
Mashable, (2018/01/30) “J.K. Rowling revealed how she plans her books on Twitter. Take notes, people.”
2018/02/01 Update: Add this to my list of Quotes I Love!
I’m adding this to my long list of Quotes I Love,
“The wider world that perceives fashion as sometimes as frivolity that should be done away with in the face of social upheavals. The problems are enormous. The point is, in fact, fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization. Thats what I think.” – Bill Cunningham (1929-2016) from the documentary Bill Cunningham New York (low quality YouTube video excerpt)
I’m also watching this GREAT 2012 DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood interview and enjoying it so much!
3:05 Thanks to the filmmaker for his persistent in his 8 years effort to get Mr. Bill Cunningham to be featured in the doc. Bill is dearly dearly missed. The world is poorer without his special eyes in curating beauty for us and his charm and his insight.
6:01 “I basically stalked him [in 2001].” How cute! Again, so glad the filmmaker being creative to start the ball rolling. P.S. Thanks for another great and important interview.
Dec 2nd, 2017 update: I couldn’t get the song in the above Bill Cunningham New York clip out from my head so I ended up looking up the song. Have a listen. Enjoy!
Viva La Vida Lyrics (by Coldplay):
“I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you’d gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world”