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’

SICARIO -conference- (en) Cannes 2015

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


Dirty Dancing – Jennifer Grey

Sunday, 25 December, 2016

I love Dirty Dancing (1987) with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. The ending dance scene is one of my most favourite dance sequences!

Insightful & frank interview by ABC News (2012), Jennifer Grey Reveals ‘Dirty Dancing’ Secrets No idea that Grey didn’t know how to dance before Dirty Dancing and the fact that she STOPPED dancing afterwards because the pressure she put on herself. And her later involvement in season eleven of Dancing With the Stars which she and Derek won.

LOVE this: Dirty Dancing – Time of my Life (Final Dance) – High Quality (over 232 million views for very good reason!)

(DWTS) Jennifer Grey & Derek – Last 4 Dances & 5 Dirty Dancing Flashbacks


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.)


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


Hooligan Sparrow (with extra) @calgaryfilm #CIFF2016

Friday, 23 September, 2016

Hooligan Sparrow (流氓燕) Trailer

Hooligan Sparrow (流氓燕) info from CIFF: //Chinese activist Ye Haiyan already had a reputation as an agitator when six schoolgirls went missing in her province in 2013. A prominent women’s rights activist, she had made a name for herself protesting for the rights of sex workers while blogging under the name of “Hooligan Sparrow.” So when two school officials are investigated for kidnapping and sexually abusing six schoolchildren, Ye’s fierce protests quickly go viral.

Documentarian Nanfu Wang chronicles the resulting harassment, eviction and violence that Ye endures while also investigating corrupt public servants, plain-clothed policemen that suddenly turn their intimidation efforts towards her. A harrowing whistleblower story shot mostly on a hidden camera and smuggled out of the country, HOOLIGAN SPARROW is a testament to the bravery of both the subject and the filmmaker.//

HOOLIGAN SPARROW – Uncovering China’s Child Sex Abuse Scandal with Director Nanfu Wang (excellent and in depth interview at Sundance)

Hooligan Sparrow Gets Enthusiastic Response at Sundance Premiere

Hooligan Sparrow Movie Review (2016) | Roger Ebert site review

Nanfu Wang’s Remarkable Documentary Debut Hooligan Sparrow – IndieWire Sundance Review

From Ai Weiwei 2010年08月26日对叶海燕(流氓燕 Hooligan Sparrow)的采访 – August 26, 2010, Interview with Ye Hai Yan – 草场地 (35 minutes, Mandarin only, no English subtitles)

蘋果日報 – 2011-04-21 – 「我和艾未未的故事」《一虎八奶圖》女角:願以命撐 (Cantonese news of Hooligan Sparrow with Ai Weiwei with Chinese subtitles, no English)

P.S. 7 minutes video from Guardian.Wang Yu was the most high profile of the lawyers arrested in July 2015 in a crackdown on rights campaigners in China. She was held on suspicion of inciting subversion after one of her last cases, a sexual assault involving six underage girls and their school headteacher in Wanning City. Despite pressure on the girls’ parents to stay quiet, Wang Yu took up their case, risking her safety to inform the public about their rights, and fighting for the incident to be classified as rape.


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