Category: Movie (電影)

遲看了22年的電影

By admin, December 10, 2014 14:16

今天終於在YouKu上找到了這套那些年的青春偶像劇 “五個寂寞的心”,後來還發現電影中的音樂是由趙增熹負責。

5個主角都是當年倪震那本年輕人都喜愛看的YES-城市驚喜中的主角,如果沒記錯譚衛蘭 (Kitty) 應該是第5期城市驚喜,她拍完這套戲後就去了英國讀書,也碰巧成了我的同學之一。

話是話,今日睇番都覺得Chichester嘅Kitty當年真係好鬼索!

About Time

By admin, May 14, 2014 18:12

If you could Re-Live any moment in life, what will you do?

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時間沒有告訴你的 (1458) – 畢明

這個世界大約有九成人在賣時間,一成人在買時間。

每天上班,你都在賣時間,買家是你老闆。時間寶貴,有出冇入,天天放血,能買時間的,多少有點本事;能替你省時賺回時間的,都比較昂貴。速遞、直航機、特別快車、電腦更快的處理器、上位捷徑,都代價更高。時間,是貨幣,你用來替自己買過什麼?有兩樣東西我很介意怎樣花:時間和信任。錢,花掉了賺得回,時間和信任我吝嗇地珍惜。

時間,就是人生。

如是,如何賣時間,就是如何賣人生。英國電影《About Time》不是關於愛情,根本是關於人生,可愛到不行,善良得過份,我愛死了。那純情傻仔主角Tim,擁有一個可以屈時間機的人生,家族遺傳了成年後可隨心所欲回到過去的異能。大拿拿,at will地穿越時空喎,不同的生命章節,可一可再,初戀初吻初夜,Tim可以有take2、3、4,take到滿意為止,發達!把歷史修理修正再修補,是超級英雄的力量,是super power!如果是荷里活佬,可能早就大美國英雄主義上身,撈個什麼「Take2俠」來救世一番,好歹逆轉911事件,或者拯救戴妃於車禍,至少去偷窺一下碧咸是否如傳聞的和湯告魯斯有私情之類了。Power令人喪,何況超級power!

但,沒有。英式幽默和智慧,連用這異能去令自己每期中一次六合彩都沒有,人生,是about time,不是關於權力、財富、名氣、是關於時間。比兒子早玩時光倒流大半生的爸爸,父傳子的錦囊是:最終,很多東西都是次要,名利權甚至令人不快樂多於幸福,人生最重要是花時間於你在乎的人和事身上,蒸餾滴淨,就是相處和陪伴。因為就算你可以不停回到過去,死亡仍是早就斟好了酒在另一端等你。

從來相信哲學家Aristotle說人生兩大悲哀是not yet(還未)和never more(不再)。還未,祇差一點點的歎息風露立中宵人比黃花瘦;不再,任你粉身碎骨都回不去的決絕,兩大警號總提醒我們「珍惜」。本片卻說,就算你有特異功能去搞掂「還未」和「不再」,仍更要珍惜。到底沒有人能搞掂死亡。與其忙着去把昨天修正變好改變世界,不如豁然擁抱每天。有變天力量的家族,ego小,沒野心,都是貪嗔癡矣,在海邊祖屋看書聚天倫就是了。人生不是關於動地驚天去證明自己,或24×7完美無瑕薔薇明媚,有莫大本事的人告訴你要享受平凡,享受沙石,享受風雨,享受缺損,享受每天:As is。超能力都不用了。

這是何等境界。在笑爆嘴的求愛、拍拖、結婚、生仔中,在可以溶掉你的父子親情中,是領悟和禪趣。與世無爭而入世,善良得通透,簡單得明媚,宋代《五燈會元》卷裏有惟信和尚說三境,人起初見山是山,見水是水;後來,見山不是山,見水不是水;最後,自己、世界、眾生都見過了,再次見山是山,見水是水。從無知到世故到豁然,本片是看似平凡的第三境了。

在九死一生的萬條死線裏,在幾段命不久矣的愛情中,生還存活的我們,還要懂得:make time。騰出時間,為了你愛的人和事。我說騰不出就再野蠻一點,去製造時間,反地心吸力都要製造些時間出來,可以的。大家要make money及make love,我知,但營役賣時間之餘記得make time,你會喜歡自己這樣做。

The Butler

By admin, February 11, 2014 21:33

最近看了一套很精彩的電影名叫”白宮管家”,表面是講述一個黑人如何排除萬難最終進入了白宮當管家,而且一做就經歷了5屆美國總統。其實這是一套有關美國黑人社會運動的歷史影片,看完之後我才真正了解到為什麼馬丁路德金是那麼偉大,也就是他在六十年代帶領美國黑人走出了長期的種族歧視黑暗時期,同樣是他,那段 I Have a Dream的演講打動了無數人的心坎。

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream

Forest Whitaker完全演活了Cecil Gaines這個角色,但是如此精彩的表演和電影竟然沒得到今屆奧斯卡的任何提名,真可惜。我其實很喜歡Forest Whitaker這類的性格演員,他之前的那套關於烏干達強人阿敏的 “The Last King of Scotland”也是一套很值得觀看的電影。

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靚佬湯跑Le Mans (轉文)

By admin, October 30, 2013 12:24

這是另一套緊接著Rush的傳奇賽車手大片,熱切期待中。

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去年離世的Carroll Shelby,既是F1車手也是汽車設計師,一生貢獻給賽車,由他創立的公司專門改裝Ford及出售賽車配件,是美國車壇舉足輕重的大人物。自傳式電影 《Go Like Hell》便是以Carroll Shelby為主角,回顧60年代Ford及Ferrari車隊在24小時勒芒(24 Hours of Le Mans)的比賽事迹。最近剛落實由萬人迷湯告魯斯飾演Carroll Shelby一角,並預定明年開始拍攝,令人期待。

英式的黑色幽默

By admin, July 23, 2013 19:15

If you like British sitcom and enjoy the special sense of humor, then this is definitely for you.

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Ian McKellen’s performance is so outstanding even than his role in the Lord of the Rings. It really brings back the good old feelings as I used to watch tons of those with my landlady back in UK. It’s just so British, terribly mean 尖酸刻薄的薄黑色幽默 and really fun to watch.

Audrey’s Dolce Vita (轉文)

By admin, April 29, 2013 10:04

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NUN BETTER Audrey Hepburn on the terrace of the Hotel Hassler, in Rome, with the telegram announcing her best-actress award, for The Nun’s Story, from the New York Film Critics Circle, 1960.

With Roman Holiday, which earned her the 1953 best-actress Oscar, Audrey Hepburn became not just a major Hollywood star but also a living icon for the Eternal City. Alongside intimate photographs from his new book, Audrey in Rome, Luca Dotti recalls his mother’s three-decade love affair with the Italian capital, while Laura Jacobs examines what the images reveal about her style.

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The first thing she did with her newfound freedom was buy a pair of Roman sandals. Then she went to the barber for a pixie cut. And then she bought herself a gelato. Simple pleasures all, but as a princess on the lam in 1953’s Roman Holiday, an unknown actress named Audrey Hepburn made these pleasures indelible. She can cook and sew and keep house, the princess tells Gregory Peck, a newspaper reporter who’s onto her. “I just haven’t had the chance to do it for anyone.” He spends the day showing her Rome while secretly planning to report the story and have a scoop. He doesn’t report the story. He falls in love with her instead—just as the viewing public did—and protects this girl of doe-eyed grace and gravity. Hepburn won the year’s Academy Award for best actress.

In the remaining years of the 1950s, Hepburn would go from strength to strength—from sunlight to moonlight to starlight—in movies that included 1954’s Sabrina and 1957’s Love in the Afternoon and Funny Face. And she would make two more movies in Rome: War and Peace, in 1956, with her first husband, Mel Ferrer, and Fred Zinnemann’s magnificent The Nun’s Story, in 1959, in which she plays Sister Luke, of all her roles the one closest to her heart. Rome, too, was close to her heart. Hepburn and Ferrer kept an apartment there and visited often. In 1969, with most of her film career behind her, she settled in Rome to make a home with her second husband, the psychiatrist Andrea Dotti. She’d had a son, Sean Ferrer, in 1960, and dearly wanted more children.

Hepburn felt at ease in the Eternal City, and for their part the Romans thought of her—this beguiling girl who’d zoomed through their streets on a Vespa—as a kind of ambassador. Even during the Dolce Vita 60s and into the disenchanted 70s, Rome’s paparazzi continued to protect her. When Hepburn’s second son, Luca Dotti, began gathering photos from the Reporters Associati archives to make his new book, Audrey in Rome, he was stunned by the richness of the material housed there. “We pre-selected 2,500 photos and just 10 percent made it into the book.” He was also surprised to see that “even in these candid shots she was always herself—perfect.”

The intention behind Luca’s book is that it be “a kind of liaison between a private Audrey and a public one. She didn’t live a life secluded or behind bars; she would walk around and everybody knew her. She was part of the city. The majority of these photos are in the streets.” For the world’s legion Audrey aficionados, imitators, and worshippers, these never-before-seen photographs represent a whole new archive of style.

For instance, Hepburn liked to carry small baskets as a purse and was fond of kerchiefs tied under the chin (not wound around and fastened in back in the French manner). These touches of farm-girl freshness are redolent of her childhood. “My mother was, at the very deep of her heart, a farm girl,” says Luca. “She grew up between England, Holland, and Belgium, in the countryside, and with a great love for everything linked to the countryside—furniture, style. That’s why at the end she chose to live in Switzerland in the middle of the fields.”

These baskets and kerchiefs also reference, no doubt unconsciously, something of the fairy-tale elements, both dark and light, of Hepburn’s life: the Brothers Grimm–like hunger and danger of World War II in occupied Arnhem, Holland—and then the magical, postwar, Charles Perrault transformations that illuminate the Cinderella story lines of Sabrina, Funny Face, and My Fair Lady. Those who knew her well acknowledged a sadness within. “The war,” says Luca. “All that death around her. She lost a big part of her family; she lost the home she had—everything. That stays in the deep of your soul.” But there was also “this fantastic will and enthusiasm. Because after all that sorrow everything was a discovery. When she talked about her career she always said that she was so lucky and it was like winning the lottery.”

In fact, Hepburn’s persona, her style, were born of extremes. “She thought she had a big nose,” says Luca, “and big feet, and she was too skinny, and not enough breast. She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful.’ She reasoned that she must be a good mixture of defects.”

Yes, the too wide smile on the too long neck; the swan-boat feet (size 39) on the tulip-stem body (she was almost five feet seven); the girlish trust, yet always those eyes seeing straight to the truth. Striking photos from 1959 show her walking her Yorkshire terrier, Mr. Famous, along a deserted street. She wears a flared tweed coat and carries a grade-school satchel, and her hair is down, unusual for her, which makes her look more like a philosophy student than a world-famous actress of 30.

“I love those photos,” says Luca. “That is the time, I think, between The Nun’s Story and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Most of Hepburn’s style choices were based on simplicity and practicality. Ballerina flats and low heels accentuated her long feet, adding to her elegant attenuation, but she wore them so that she could walk comfortably. She did not wear watches, because she didn’t like the sensation of cold or weight against her skin. Her serious jewelry was pearls, either pearl earrings or the pearl necklace Ferrer had given her, because pearls are warm. Her favorite color was cyan—a light blue, says Luca—and her favorite flower the white tulip. Scarves were a bit of a vice. “Well, it wasn’t like Imelda Marcos and shoes,” says Luca. “She had, like every woman, maybe 30 or 40. It was a good way to be in disguise, big sunglasses and a scarf. Occasionally she was able to do her shopping without having all the crowds behind.”

Hepburn did not waste time holding on to youth. “She was always a little bit surprised by the efforts women made to look young,” remembers Luca. “She was actually very happy about growing older because it meant more time for herself, more time for her family, and separation from the frenzy of youth and beauty that is Hollywood. She was very strict about everybody’s time in life. Children should be allowed to play because you’re going to need all your happiness to grow up. And aging was part of the circle of life.

“The only big regret I have and she would have had,” Luca continues, “is not knowing her grandchildren. Because she would have been a fantastic grandmother—cooking cakes, keeping the grandchildren on every occasion, and telling them stories.”

Hepburn’s life with Dotti began as a great romance and brought her Luca, the longed-for second child and brother for Sean. Rome was Dotti; it was family. When the city became unsafe in the 70s, rife with gangsters and terrorists, people began asking if she would leave. Hepburn would answer, “Well, my husband is here; my family is here. Why should I leave?” Still, the marriage became difficult.

“This is a speculation I’m making,” says Luca Dotti, “but also a fact. She was 40 [when they married] but at the same time so much older than 40 because of all the success and history behind her. And my father was 10 years younger. To be around a woman who has been an icon for many years, and you’re a young doctor, for a man it makes a difference. If that equation was reversed, if my father was the one 10 years older and a little bit more secure, it would have probably worked out better.”

Hepburn separated from Dotti in 1980. In 1986, when Luca went to a Swiss boarding school, Hepburn moved to Switzerland as well, back to the 18th-century barn she’d bought—proudly—with her own money in 1963. Hepburn’s Roman sojourn was over.

White Collar

By admin, March 25, 2013 19:12

多謝中學同學的推薦,2013年開始迷上了警匪鬥智劇集White Collar(貓鼠游戲)。

Peter、Neal加上Mozzie的三人新組合果然十分精彩,最高興的是拍攝地點主要是在我喜歡的NYC,而且每集都看得很輕鬆,不像24或者Lost般要一定要一股勁兒地追下去,看得是日夜顛倒,天昏地暗。其實覺得這套美劇有點像之前的Alias,但是驚訝劇情平鋪直敘來的確一點也不悶,而且覺得很Chic。

最近才知道飾演NealMatt Bomer原來已經出櫃,怪不得覺得他和Peter間總是有股惺惺相惜的味道,哈哈。

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Downton Abbey

By admin, January 13, 2013 08:36

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此劇追了近1個月,昨晚終於觀看完畢首3季和最後的那集Downton Abbey 2012 Christmas Special。想到又要等一年才有完整的第4季,真有點欲罷不能的感覺。

Downton Abbey是近年少見的出色British Drama,那個年代的人和事物都很Decent,就如最近看過的另一傑作Brideshead Revisited般精彩。

很喜歡這些英國的古堡大宅和它們背後的文化背景故事,有機會一定會去Highclere Castle與Castle Howard看看。

Highclere Castle

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Castle Howard

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可能是本年度最期待的電影 Cloud Atlas

By admin, September 12, 2012 12:43

Present…Past…Love…Hope…Courage

The Everlasting Elegance: Audrey Hepburn

By admin, September 2, 2012 20:49

True beauty always last forever ! To me, Audrey is always graceful no matter on screen or off screen.

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