06 January, 2008

Night


Night. Lent by a well-read colleague.

ISBN: 0374500010


As printed on the cover, 'a small book with terrifying power'. And as another reader at aNobii.com put it, 'everyone should read it'.

The only consolation of reading about the Jewish experience in WWII is that there are survivors who live to tell us the truth -- every human being has the duty to vow not to let similar event happen again, ever. However, read the current news: in the tribal killing in Kenya, a mother of two managed to escape from the window of the locked church when it's being burned down, only to witness her little daughter being hurled back into the flame by someone. It happened only last week. Shame on us, the so called human race who tried to present ourselves to be any better than the wild beasts who kill only for survival. We're all capable of doing the most abhorrent or the most noble acts. But when the occasion calls for, it is often too easy to slip to the wrong side. When will we ever learn? Oh when?

The Black Book


Watched from 23.30hrs on 31 Dec 2007 to 03.00hrs on 1 Jan 2008, on DVD at mother's place.
A beautiful film that brings out the bright and dark sides of human nature. While I was watching this film, I was also halfway through the book, 'Night'. At first sight, it seems that the rich Jews in the film were doing o.k., comparing to the poor ones in the book. Soon the lie is broken. Cruel fate had no mercy, and all were sharing the same burden for no reasons. In a way, the poor had less treachery to deal with because they're abandoned by the world. We must open our eye to this not so distant period of human race, and pray that history does not repeat itself.

不能說的‧秘密



Watched on 1st Jan 2008 at 14:30 on VCD at mother's place.
悅耳動聽的音樂,美麗的校園,可一不可再的青蔥歲月。告訴你一一個不能說的秘密:年紀不輕的我,還更喜歡《時光倒流七十》。

Air Buddies


Watched from 22.30hrs on 31 Dec 2007 to 00.10hrs on 1 Jan 2008, on VCD, at mother's place.
Well, a variation of the 101 Dalmatians, but very thoughtfully casted team of golden-retriever buddies. Really very cute and we watched it twice because our baby loves it very much. Beware, owners of intelligent four-leg friends: you don't want your pal to pick up any of the naughty tricks there, so it should have printed on the cover: 'hide it away from your clever pup.'

天堂口



Watched on 25th Dec 2007 at 22:00 at Home on DVD.
看罷很像《投名狀》,一樣的兄弟情,一樣的利慾薰心,不過換了空間,換了時間,多了兒女私情,少了天下蒼生的大話。把人性的醜惡拍得麗浪漫,也同樣叫人心寒。

Charlotte's Web


Watched on 24th Dec 2007, on VDC at 20:00 at home.

The magic and power of friendship: glade to have something heartwarming for this X'mas. (But I still like hams, sorry :p )

Golden Compass


Watched on 23rd Dec 2007 at 17:20 at UA CityGate, HK.

I haven't read the original fiction but I would say that watching it in movie form is fascinating thanks to perfect blend of computer generated animation and human performance. I can imagine that a decade later, my girl will talk back in just the same cheeky way the silver tongue does in the adventure.
Being a lazy 'let-hollywood-guide-my-next-reading' type of audience, I'm very much indebt to Wikipaedia for never failing me in providing a detailed plot of classics or popular fictions, and in this case, that of the entire trilogy, plus the controversies. I'll just say that Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is a real wise man in his sensible response to the literary work. After clicking to view about his info on wiki which has his photo on it, I've voted him as the living Dumbledore of our time.

The film:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Compass_(film)#Controversies
The Trilogy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Dark_Materials#Controversies
Dr Rowan Williams:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_Williams
Harry's Dumbledore:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbledore

投名狀 Warlords


Watched on 21st Dec 2007 at 17:30

at UA TimeSquare, HK, with Eric







世情險,險不過人心;

有情有義,沒心沒肺;

騙得住自己,瞞不過蒼天;


亂世中盟約重,血光箭影一場空。







Shopaholic and Baby


ISBN: 0385338708
Location: TSW Library
Well, thanks to my cousin Crystal, being a shopaholic herself, who has recommended the shopaholic series to me couple years ago, I got the chance of getting in touch with the shopaholic side of myself. And I'm very proud that on this occasion, I really manage to 'control' the shopping spree while reading it the first time at Heathrow Airport in Oct 07. With a heavy backpack and standing in the bookshop there, I just couldn't put down the book at all. After the sonar episode which reminded me about my messy experience, I suddenly realized that I'd probably miss the transit flight if I didn't put it back or buy it. I really couldn't afford to be overloaded at the beginning of my journey, especially I've already had two heavy guidebooks in my backpack which I needed to study on the plane for survival. Moreover, the shop only accepted the Pound and I only got Euros on me...(ok, on the return journey, I used credit card to overcome the problem, but that's different.) Well, even upon the long hours of waiting for transit on my return journey, with a lot of effort, I suppressed the desire of flipping through this very book because I had the hunch that I'd be able to track it down in the library. It's really expensive, esp. because of the exchange rate. So, I diverted my attention to search for other interesting and more difficult to get in HK titles. I bought 5 books, even buying a sixth one may mean more discount. Not bad, right?
The number one reason for me to enjoy this series is because of the way the protagonist 'speaks', which is exactly like my cousins. And to be frank, there are occasions, not a few, where I can actually see myself doing or thinking exactly the same things, especially about picturing effortlessly all the benefits that a certain commodity will bring after buying it. It's a nice pick-me-up series on rainy days. Fab.

05 January, 2008

Gala Flamenca Dance 星滙費蘭明高


Watched on 17th Nov 2007 at 17:30 at the Cultural Centre, HK, with mother.
This is the first time I've experienced the full power of Flamenco in it's purest form. The lighting, the tempo, the tapping & clapping, the gesture and posture, the guiter and the voice -- all work their magic together and bring the audience to the kingdom where this special art form has taken shape, drowing on the different lifestyles of the Andalusian, Islamic, Sephardic, Gitano, Mozarabic, Moorish, Byzantine, Italian and the gypsy, plus blues and jazz, drawing in the imagination of the audience who cannot refuse the invitation of moving to the rhythm while forgetting the confinement of the seat. A splendid Gala.

Aeschulus' Prometheus Bound 《普羅米修斯之縛》

World Première of new adaptation

by The National Theatre of Greece




http://www.medifestival.gov.hk/en/prog/greece.html


Watched on 3rd Nov 2007 at City Hall, Hong Kong.

Greek Tragedy is a myth in itself: we've heard about it or even were taught a few things about it as part of our education. However, I dare say not many people have ever watched it performed, by the Greeks. So, how could I let go of this golden opportunity of experiencing the great art form performed by it's own people! My journey started by the last minute search of a summary of the play's plot on the internet, followed by a rush to the nearest library in the hope of doing some last minute reading. Then, having arrived early at the City Hall, I helped myself with the bonus of wandering into the showcase of the costumes of the National Theatre of Greece. They're fascinating: the design may seem modest for the stage at the first sight, but the mixture of fabrics are so interesting, which carries an organic touch -- you can almost smell the Greek soil from which the materials have grown. They also have a most convincing message about the human condition a few thousands years ago when the great Greek tragedies were written, that the human beings had tamed nature not long ago and the connection between the two was still strong. Natural materials were made use of, but still largely retaining their forms. Human ranks were established, but the differences of the dress of a queen or a maid may only be in their colour or subtle details, and surely sharing the same origin: mother earth. The king's crown may be just a piece of beautifully embroidered head wear made of the same linen as the rob, instead of hard metallic one forced artificially by the human will. And finally, the play. From the poster, one can already be prepared for a clean, minimal style of stage presentation. With good reasons, of course. Minimalism is very effective in removing unnecessary distraction, so that an event which allegedly has happened thousands of years ago really 'talk' to us now, transcending time. The bound is cleverly handled and the chorus are very specially arranged: chilling and touching. As I couldn't get hold of an English or even Chinese translation of the play, I was depending on the subtitles at the two sides of the stage. The Chinese version is elegant and to the point. It's the product of the Translation Centre of the Baptist University. The audience was very lucky because there were long monologues in the play with not much movement on the stage. (Well, our hero is bound up there, what does one expect? :p ) I'm pleased with this late first encounter of performance of Greek tragedy by the Greeks and I think that all students should get sponsored for seeing a Greek play on stage, instead of just reading about it in books.



书名:60部外国经典戏剧精粹
ISBN:7-201-03075-2
作者:崔宝衡 主编
出版社:天津 : 天津人民出版社
年份:1998
页数和开本:427页 ; 20cm

Location: TSW Public Library

既然是抱著朝聖的心去看這一齣希臘悲劇,我在開場前的數小時終於在天水圍圖書館內找到了這一本載有這個劇目的書。本書把每、部劇都按其章節作濃縮處理,讀者可以在很短的時間內了解整個劇情,而且能從中一窺原著精粹,絕對是名副其實,是一本難得的既可靠又耐讀的好書。我當然很想知道普羅米修斯所預言的平反是怎麽一回事,原來由雪萊所寫的平反終極編也收錄於本書中,看罷總算為英雄鬆了一口氣。