Archive for April, 2017

Blue Velvet DVD review

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

I recently re-watched Blue Velvet, and discovered that the DVD has some great bonus features!!

A superb mini-world that completely foreshadowed Twin Peaks every step of the way.

Great movie – symbolism made extravagant and obvious, enflamed, spurious!!

Over 50 minutes of newly-discovered footage! A mini-movie!!

- topless girls in a bar with a blues singer, Frank and Jeffrey and gang come in, terrorise some guy and a stripper on a pool table, “love letter”, a girl lights her nipples on fire!!
then goes into chronological order:
- father is discovered by neighbour (toddler’s mom)
- Jeffrey spies on a date rape (of a woman in a blue dress), intervenes, then gets a call from his mom telling him about the father’s illness and getting him to withdraw from school
- awkward farewell from girlfriend at school
- airplane
- pick-up from the airport with Mother & Aunt
- breakfast
- scenes of dread
- new first meeting with Sandy and Mike, Mrs Williams
- Geoffrey borrows car, doctor’s injecting mother
- driving with Sandy, gorgeous and intense scene – Sandy’s falling for him!
- driving up to and entering the Slow Club
- chatting at the table endorsing Heineken (!?!), watching the dog act on stage, then the totally bizarre second act!!
- confrontation with mother after coming home late after the first night at Dorothy’s
- phone call to Louise, who’s now married!
- termite conversation with Aunt Barbara/Mrs Tremayne
- dinner with the Williams & Mike (!?!)
- Aunt Barbara & the termites
- ice cream & coffee & photos with the Williams & Mike
- Aunt Barbara’s termite note
- Frank & Geoffrey on the phone
- Frank & Geoffrey in the windy field
- Geoffrey & Dorothy
- Dorothy’s confrontation with Gordon, takes Geoffrey up to roof, throws red shoes
- post-credits scene – “well, it’s about time you came”
Documentary reveals:
- production early meetings at Bob’s Big Boy
- First casting meetings of Kyle, Isabella
- David wanted Hellen Mirren to play Dorothy
- Isabella’s second Hollywood film!!
- David wanted Dennis, Kyle, Isabella & Lorna, they all got paid peanuts
- David had to take a pay cut to get it done – final cut wasn’t in the contract, but on Dino’s handshake
- Dennis Hopper got out of rehab and did Blue Velvet, Hoosiers & River’s Edge back-to-back!!
- Isabella had no undergarments on for her first scene with Frank Booth
- This Mortal Coil’s song “The Siren” was supposed to be in the movie
- Angelo Badalamenti describes beginning of working relationship with David Lynch, coaxing Isabella to sing
- Isabella Rossellini felt blame for the initial failure of the film
- John Simon’s review!
1.5 minutes of outtakes, including Kyle’s weird eating scene
1.5 minutes of Siskel & Ebert’s review of the film
Vignettes
- coffee shops
- the chicken walk
- the robin
- Sita, Kate Millet
Trailer (1:30)
TV spot 1
TV spot 2
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new Botanical Gardens area – The Learning Forest

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

We woke up early this morning to explore the new Learning Forest area of the Singapore Botanical Garden, and wow is it ever cool! They just opened it up at the end of March, and I can see from one of the maps that they’re also developing another large section just north of if (the only part that is still untouched is an area that we can see from our balcony). Lots of nice pictures

Swan Lake, 7:00 AM.
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The start of the treetop walk at the Learning Garden, there’s easy access from one side of Swan Lake.
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Bamboo garden
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Tall skinny bamboos
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Bamboo bush
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Cousin Itt bamboo…
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Tall bamboo!!
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Bamboo Crosses Path
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Pathway
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Pond
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Groovy bridge
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Tall tree
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Tall tree with reflection
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Reflection of tall tree…
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Fun pond and promenade
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Groovy
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Naoko in contemplation
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Jungle
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Jungle
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Groovy catwalk
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A perfect arch. That’s the moon up there too…
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Yes, we have no bananas…
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Cool map of the Botanical Gardens. Learning Forest is newly completed, and it looks like there will be a “Gallop Extension”, with some sort of building in there. The untouched area is adjacent to our condo complex, and our pool can be seen at the far left edge.
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My babe likes bananas…
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Ginger flowers at the old access area (no longer Learning Forest)
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Ginger flower.
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Ginger flowers
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Someone practicing sword tai chi.
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Near the Bukit Timah Road exit.
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Bamboo bush
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