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 »


Crazy Rich Asians (Constance Wu, Gemma Chan)

Tuesday, 4 April, 2017

Love the Kevin Kwan (iG) novel “Crazy Rich Asians“. So I’m really looking forward to watch the movie (to be directed by Jon M. Chu (twitter)) starring Constance Wu (Rachel Chu, THR report), Gemma Chan (Astrid via Variety, LOVE Gemma in Humans). @henrygolding (imdb) is playing Nick Young (via Kevin).

#IAm Constance Wu Story

NYCC 2016: Humans stars Colin Morgan and Gemma Chan

Humans: Cast & Creators On Season 2, Character Dynamics & More At NYCC 2016 | Entertainment Weekly


Anne (2017 CBC) starring Amybeth McNulty

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

I really enjoy the new Anne (2017 CBC) (Facebook) (based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery) starring Amybeth McNulty (Twitter) in the role of Anne. You can watch the full episodes online at CBC.

I really like this official Facebook page video “Meet the cast and crew who have brought this new take on a beloved classic to life.” where the show creators talk about from episode 2 onward there are more creative story telling with sprinkles of the classic moments added to the inspired story.

G&M, “John Doyle: Anne of Green Gables adaptation is sublimely reinvigorated

Huff Post, “The New ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ On CBC Is Super Dark, Feminist

Anne of Green Gables returns — again (The National CBC)

Amybeth McNulty of ‘Anne’ on the Musical That Changed Her Life

Bonus: Quoting John Doyle G&M, “And it is somewhat startling to find the Tragically Hip’s Ahead by a Century used over the opening credits. It’s a song with profound resonance for so many Canadians. And the line “Illusions of some day casting a golden light” amply works its magical power here.

The Tragically Hip – Ahead By A Century

The Life and Times of LM Montgomery” (poor audio but still nice to watch)

I was told a Japanese animated Anne series was made and I found most of its 50 episodes (with English subtitles) on YouTube where you can watch via this YouTube Playlist. Here is episode #1.

CBC Archives – Japanese adore Anne of Green Gables


George Orwell: A Life in Pictures Full Documentary

Saturday, 28 January, 2017

George Orwell (Eric Blair) is the amazing author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, a book that has become an Amazon best seller agains since the “Alternative Facts” //a phrase used by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s false statements about the attendance at Donald Trump‘s inauguration as President of the United States.//

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures Full Documentary (according to BBC, no audio or video exist but all quotes are by Orwell played by an actor)

This looks like a good informal watch too. “LITERATURE – George Orwell


Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds & Blake Lively

Monday, 16 January, 2017

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RyanDeadpoolReynolds (twitter) & Blake Lively are the coolest couple. (ref: “The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Anthony Jaswinski and starring Blake Lively.”)

* I LOVE this GQ profile of Ryan that spotlights his fun and determination to get Deadpool made and his relationship with Blake: “Ryan Reynolds on his Deadpool Obsession, Meeting Blake Lively, and His New Film, Life
* Just Google Image search “deadpool nicholas sparks billboard”
* THR, “How ‘Deadpool’s’ Marketing Won Over Fanboys (and Everyone Else)
* There are SO MANY references in Deadpool, read & enjoy what people said here!

Ryan Reynolds: “Deadpool” | Talks at Google

Ryan Reynolds on Deadpool and worshipping his daughter | The Jess Cagle Interview | PEOPLE (extremely good interview, many quotables!)

Deadpool Cast Interview with Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller and Ed Skrein

Ryan Reynolds Gets Roasted By His Twin Brother | GQ (very funny!)

Blake Lively: The Age of Adaline Interview (27 minutes) Read the rest of this entry »


Fox News defends CNN against Trump – Press should adapt NATO Article 5 Collective Defence

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

It is surprising to see Fox News defending CNN against Trump (with video). I think the Press should adopt a principle similar to NATO Article 5 Collective Defence. Attack One = Attack All!

Let me quote the following from NATO Article 5 Collective Defence,

Highlights

  • Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.
  • The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
  • NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
  • NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis.

Of course, we are not talking about real war here but it won’t be too surprising that sooner or later, all fact-checking press can and may be seen as “fake news” by Trump except his own Twitter AC and his propaganda machines.

Jan 13, 2017 update:

(Highly recommended) CBC Radio, The Current, Friday January 13, 2017 “Donald Trump news conference ‘clear attack on the free press’” (note: 13:45 mark for Canadian PM Harper experience)

CJR, Jan 11, 2017, “Trump berated a CNN reporter, and fellow journalists missed an opportunity” (source: FB)


Originals – Adam Grant

Thursday, 5 January, 2017

Love @KRConnect 2016 best books. Started watching @AdamMGrant (wiki) “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” TED Talk “Surprising habits of original thinkers

Watching @AdamMGrant author of Originals chatting with @WhartonKnows How Non-Conformists Move the World

Why I LOVE @Gladwell! Adding @AdamMGrant to my cool authors to read list thx to @KRConnect top books to read list.

Adam Grant: Success and Originality

*) Forbes Book Review: ‘Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World’:

“Grant also debunks the perception that innovators are blazing in their willingness to throw everything away in pursuit of their vision. “We can only imagine how many Wozniaks, Michelangelos and [Martin Luther] Kings never pursued, publicized, or promoted their original ideas because they were never dragged or catapulted into the spotlight.”

In what will be a much loved section, Grant points out that procrastination often triggers the most creative and productive results. It seems that the brain wants to process the problem right up to the deadline. King’s I Have a Dream speech, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and various other examples elucidate the phenomenon.”

Bonus: Adam Grant on the Power of Leading Quietly (Jan 2013)


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