Another Tsunami Video

This one shows what looks like a town being washed away (when the camera is pointing to right).


A warehouse on the left is swept into a building as the water rises about two storeys high.

I’ve also been reading on about the radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear reactors. It’s a nightmare.

Elevated levels of radiation, meanwhile, has turned up in vegetables, raw milk and water. Last week, tap water as far away as Tokyo, 220 kilometres to the south, contained levels of cancer-causing iodine-131 considered unsafe for infants.

On Wednesday, nuclear safety officials said seawater outside the plant was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine — the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean…

Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated in a speech to parliament that Japan was grappling with its worst problems since the Second World War.

More than 11,000 bodies have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to exceed 18,000. Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless, their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Damage could amount to $310 billion — the most expensive natural disaster on record.

“Tremé” on DVD / Blu-Ray Today

The first 10-episode season of HBO’s Tremé comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Quoting myself from my original post:

…I recommend it if only to groove out on some fantastic New Orleans music. It’s from the creators of The Wire and it shows. The acting and the production are authentic. Each episode feels like a revelation. It’s like visiting New Orleans, though I’ve never been there. I’ve never been to Baltimore either, but I feel like I know it from watching “The Wire…” The post-Katrina storyline isn’t nearly as intense as anything in “The Wire,” but with the final episode of season 1, they’ve set the scene for a potentially great series.

Season two begins on April 24th, 2011.

Read a thorough review on DVD Talk.

Survey Says I’m a Liberal

I did an online questionnaire from the CBC: Whose views are most like yours?

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It seems the Liberals are my party and I’m most likely never to vote for the Conservatives.

Locally, if I were to vote for the best person in my riding, I’d probably pick the Liberal candidate. I side more with the NDP, but our NDP candidate doesn’t seem mentally stable enough to be in a position of power.

In terms of the best down to earth party leader, I’d vote for Elizabeth May. The rest of them seem like a bunch of clowns, though if I had to choose one guy, the lesser of the evils I suppose, I’d go with Michael Ignatieff. He needs to work on his public persona, put the kibosh on that stupid grin, and he needs to answer his questions with less evasion, but he’s got to be better than Stephen Harper who may be good with money, but in every other area of politics is full of lies. Harper is not an honourable guy. I don’t believe a word he says about anything. If the Conservatives want to win a majority, they need to get rid of Harper. I’d like to get rid of all of them, though (except Elizabeth May), and inject some new blood into politics. None of the leaders of the major parties are inspiring.

Movie of the Year: “Mother and Child”

  Mother and Child gets my vote for the best movie I saw from 2010. I saw seven of the ten movies nominated for the Academy Awards best picture (Black Swan, Inception, The King’s Speech, True Grit, Winter’s Bone, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and 127 Hours), and none of them left me unable to speak after the last scene. Not that “Mother and Child” is a manipulative tearjerker. But it did to me what I think a good movie is suppose to do. It made me react. It made me think and feel what I would not have otherwise thought and felt. It left an impression.

Everyone in the movie should get an award for great acting, acting like real people. Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson, David Morse — everybody. I don’t know how Annette Bening didn’t win an award for best acting on the planet. She has scenes where she’s trying to talk but can’t talk but doesn’t need to because all you have to do is look at her face to know what’s going through her head and what’s she’s feeling.

It may be the kind of movie that works best if you’re in the right mood for it, and I may have been in the right mood. But I still think “Mother and Child” is top notch filmmaking all around. One or two scenes contain dialogue that isn’t realistic, but the mood is still right on target, the feeling still works and the scenes move the story along, so it’s hardly a fault. Not one scene is wasted either. The director cuts to the chase with an opening montage so we know exactly what’s going on, and every shot after that builds on what came before it.

At first the movie feels like it’s going to be a downer, and the main characters aren’t the most likeable, but everyone in every scene is convincing and the direction is so calm and unforced, it all works together and pulls the story along on some kind of intuitive level that provides room to feel through it all and think about it and wonder about it and… I don’t know. I really got into it and it moved me.

Click the poster image if you want to know what the movie is about. And don’t view any of the trailers online because they make it seem like a dumb Julia Roberts melodrama. For me, it’s the best movie I’ve seen in the past 12 months.