2017 November Random

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

* CBC News, 2017 Nov 7, “Party crasher – Donald Trump delivered Republicans the presidency and both houses of Congress. That gift may prove fatal to the GOP” (very insightful and worth a read)

* Say this often and with love: “DRIVE CAREFULLY ME.” – Joanne Woodward (1930 -) (ref: 2017 Oct WaPo, “Paul Newman’s Rolex — with a telling message from his wife — fetches record $17.8 million“) (Just added this to my long list of Quotes I Love as we need a good dose of love in our crazy world.)

DRIVE CAREFULLY ME.

P.S. No idea Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward would get married later in life when I watched “The Long, Hot Summer” (trailer) but I thought their chemistry in the film were awesome!

The Life and Legacy of Chief Justice Earl Warren (Earl Warren)

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October random

Sunday, 29 October, 2017

Phantom Thread is “reportedly Daniel Day-Lewis’s final performance in a film”. (Trailer)

* Iris Gaines: You know, I believe we have two lives.
Roy Hobbs: How… what do you mean?
Iris Gaines: The life we learn with and the life we live with after that.
– from The Natural (1984) (from my collection of Quotes I LOVE)

* Happy birthday Bill Gates! Future generations may remember you for your charitable work and your technical contributions as a footnote.

* A picture is worth 1.4 billion words. #china (Note: Trump craves absolute power so much that he sees no problem saying this: ‘He’s a powerful man… a very good person’)

* (with video) Lovely panel. Got me thinking of the old days of my friend Sarb (who has a Phd in neural networks (NN)) and I chatted about NN over our many lunch time walks in the late 90s. Cutting edge computer science remains fun for me.
//Overview
The Deep Learning Summit took place in Montreal on 10-11 October 2017 and brought together global AI pioneers including: Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCun, and Geoffrey Hinton, as well as experts from companies including Intel, NVIDIA, Twenty Billion Neurons and Apple.
We’re currently working on the videos for the summit so please fill in the form below and we’ll email you when they’re ready.//

* Good interview/chat. 92nd Street Y Live chat (video) — with Whoopi Goldberg and Melissa Rivers.

* Highly recommended documentary viewing Abacus: Small Enough to Jail via @frontlinepbs #inspirational #國寶銀行

* Worth a watch. //It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren’t hard to find.//

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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:


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.


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