Arrival – my random thoughts

Friday, 5 May, 2017

If you haven’t seen Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner‘s Sci-Fi film Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015)), go watch! I’ve written an extensive post with many video links here.

Here are my random thoughts:

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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


Sergei Polunin – Take Me to Church

Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle

The epic dance you just watched was by Sergei Polunin (former principal dancer with the British Royal Ballet and current a principal dancer with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre). I LOVE it and was fortunate to get to know Sergei a little from the insightful documentary Dancer by director Steven Cantor screened at the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival. Here is a trailer.

Here are a few more great clips. Enjoy.


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


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