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John Woo

John Woo Yu-Sen SBS is a Hong Kong film director and screenwriter. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his chaotic action sequences, stylized imagery, Mexican standoffs, frequent use of slow motion and allusions to neo-noir and Western cinema. Considered one of the major figures of Hong Kong cinema, Woo has directed several notable action films in his adopted home, among them, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled, Red Cliff, he is a winner of the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Director, Best Editing, Best Picture, as well as a Golden Horse Award, an Asia Pacific Screen Award, a Saturn Award. Woo's Hollywood films include the action films Hard Target and Broken Arrow, the sci-fi action thriller Face/Off and the action spy film Mission: Impossible 2, he created the comic series Seven Brothers, published by Virgin Comics. He cites his three favorite films as David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï.

He is the chairman of the production company Lion Rock Productions. Woo was born Wu Yu-seng in Guangzhou, amidst the chaos of the Chinese Civil War at the end of October 1946. Due to school age restrictions, his mother changed his birth date to 22 September 1948, what remains on his passport; the Woo family, Christians faced with persecution during Mao Zedong's early anti-bourgeois purges after the communist revolution in China, fled to Hong Kong when he was five. Impoverished, the Woo family lived in the slums at Shek Kip Mei, his father was a teacher, though rendered unable to work by tuberculosis, his mother was a manual laborer on construction sites. The family was rendered homeless by the Shek Kip Mei fire of 1953. Charitable donations from disaster relief efforts enabled the family to relocate. At age three he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Following surgery on his spine, he was unable to walk until eight years old, as a result his right leg is shorter than his left leg, his Christian upbringing shows influences in his films.

As a young boy, Woo had wanted to be a Christian minister. He found a passion for movies influenced by the French New Wave Jean-Pierre Melville. Woo has said he was shy and had difficulty speaking, but found making movies a way to explore his feelings and thinking and would "use movies as a language"; the local cinema would prove a haven of retreat. Woo found respite in American Westerns, he has stated the final scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made a particular impression on him in his youth: the device of two comrades, each of whom fire pistols from each hand, is a recurrent spectacle found in his own work. In 1969, Woo was hired as a script supervisor at Cathay Studios. In 1971, he became an assistant director at Shaw Studios, his directorial debut in 1974 was the feature film The Young Dragons. In the Kung fu action genre, it was choreographed by Jackie Chan and featured dynamic camera-work and elaborate action scenes; the film was picked up by Golden Harvest Studio. He had success as a comedy director with Money Crazy, starring Hong Kong comedian Ricky Hui.

By the mid-1980s, Woo was experiencing occupational burnout. Several of his films were commercial disappointments, he felt a distinct lack of creative control, it was during this period of self-imposed exile that director/producer Tsui Hark provided the funding for Woo to film a longtime pet project, A Better Tomorrow. The story of two brothers—one a law enforcement officer, the other a criminal—the film was a financial blockbuster. A Better Tomorrow became a defining achievement in Hong Kong action cinema for its combination of emotional drama, slow-motion gunplay, gritty atmospherics, its signature visual device of two-handed, two-gunned shootouts within confined quarters—often referred to as "gun fu"—was novel, its diametrical inversion of the "good-guys-bad guys" formula in its characterization would influence American films. Woo would make several more Heroic Bloodshed films in the late 1980s and early 1990s, nearly all starring Chow Yun-Fat; these violent gangster thrillers focus on men bound by honor and loyalty, at odds with contemporary values of impermanence and expediency.

The protagonists of these films, may be said to present a common lineage with the Chinese literary tradition of loyalty among generals depicted in classics such as "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". Woo gained international recognition with the release of The Killer, which became the most successful Hong Kong film in American release since Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon and garnered Woo an American cult following. Bullet in the Head followed a year failed to find an audience that accepted its political undertones, failed to recoup its massive budget, his last Hong Kong film before emigrating to the United States was Hard Boiled, a police thriller that served as the antithesis of his previous glorification of gangsters. Most notable of its numerous action scenes is a 30-minute climax set within a hospital. One particular long take follows two characters for 2 minutes and 42 seconds as they fight their way between hospital floors. On the Criterion DVD and laserdisc, this chapter is referenced as "2 minutes, 42 seconds."

The film was darker than most of Woo's previous films, depicting a police force nearly helpless to stop the influx of gangsters in the city, the sensele

Revolt Against the Modern World

Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics and Social Order in the Kali Yuga is a book by Julius Evola, first published in Italy, in 1934. Described as Evola's most influential work, it is an elucidation of his Traditionalist world view; the first part of the book deals with the concepts of the Traditional world. The second part deals with the modern world, contrasting its characteristics with those of traditional societies: from politics and institutions to views on life and death. Evola denounces the regressive aspects of modern civilisation. Rivolta contro il mondo moderno was published in Milan by Hoepli in 1934. In 1969 a revised and augmented edition was published. Translated into English by Guido Stucco, it was published by Inner Traditions in 1995 and as a 375-page hardcover, it has been translated into German, French and Hungarian. The book influenced Mircea Eliade and other thinkers in the Traditionalist school, as well as the European Nouvelle Droite. Paul Furlong, The Social and Political Thought of Julius Evola, London: Routledge, 2011.

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Fran Brodić

Fran Brodić is a Croatian footballer who plays in Italy for Reggiana. Brodić represented Croatia at under-21 level. Brodić made his first-team debut for Dinamo Zagreb on 14 April 2013, as an 85th-minute substitute in a 2–0 win at home to Inter Zaprešić in the Prva HNL. At 16 years 3 months and 6 days, he became Dinamo's youngest debutant. On 2 September 2019, his contract with Catania was dissolved by mutual consent. On 11 October 2019 he signed with Serie C club Reggiana until the end of the 2019–20 season, with an extension option for an additional year; as of match played 17 December 2017 Fran Brodić at Soccerway

Kayman Sankar

Kayman Sankar was a Guyanese businessman and member of parliament. He helped to establish the rice industry on the Essequibo coast, rose from a labourer to "Guyana’s most successful rice farmer". Sankar was born on the western bank of the Demerara River, he was the oldest of five children born to Dukhnee and Sewsankar Boodhoo, both of East Indian extraction. Owing to his family's poverty and his mother's illness, he discontinued his education at the age of nine selling milk and working as a labourer on the sugarcane fields at Cornelia Ida, where his jobs included weeding, cutting and manually fertilising the fields with manure. Nicknamed "Polo" as a young man for a perceived resemblance to actor Eddie Polo, Sankar saved enough to purchase two acres at Windsor Forest, having supplemented his income by making jewellery and driving a taxi. By 1956, he was farming on Essequibo's Atlantic coast, at Bounty Hall and Perth. Sankar subsequently went into partnership with his brother and nephew, purchasing uncleared land between Dunkeld and Perth.

He had earlier travelled as far west as the Pomeroon River, searching for land suitable for rice cultivation. Despite initial failures, in 1966 Sankar was able to purchase 1,556 acres at Hampton Court, with his first rice crop harvested two years later; the land was expanded further in 1975, when Kayman Sankar & Co. Ltd. was first registered, with rice mills, a rice sheller, a length grader installed in 1984. The Hampton Court facility was further expanded to include drying facilities, increased storage, with Sankar becoming Guyana's largest miller, exporting rice to other Caribbean countries and the European Union, he expanded his business interests beyond rice, with KSC and another company, Kayman Sankar Investments Ltd. combining to form the Kayman Sankar Group of Companies. In 1986, Sankar was nominated to sit in Guyana's National Assembly as a member of the People's National Congress, filling a casual vacancy left by Bissoondai Beniprashad-Rayman, he served until the 1992 election, was known as an advocate for the interests of rice farmers and other agricultural workers.

A keen cricket enthusiast, Sankar was the inaugural president of the Essequibo Cricket Board, an affiliate of the Guyana Cricket Board. He sponsored local players and tournaments, established the Kayman Sankar Cricket Ground in Hampton Court, which hosted the Essequibo cricket team and several matches for the Guyanese national side, he was a noted philanthropist, helped poorer workers fund marriage ceremonies and funerals. Sankar died at his Hampton Court residence in February 2014, aged 87, he and his wife, had wed in Cornelia Ida in January 1945, when he was 17 and she was 13, in a coupling arranged by Seraji's aunt. The couple, who lived apart for the first two years of their marriage, had two daughters and Sattie, a son, who played first-class cricket for Essequibo and took over the running of KSG. Sankar was a devout Sanātanī Hindu throughout his life, paid for several overseas swamis to visit Guyana. Rice production in Guyana Chanderbali, David. Kayman Sankar: the Ultimate Rice Magnate. Georgetown, Guyana: K. Sankar and Co.

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Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2005

The 4th Washington D. C. Area Film Critics Association Awards, honoring the best in filmmaking in 2005, were given on December 12, 2005. Munich Brokeback Mountain Capote Crash Good Night, Good Luck. Steven Spielberg – Munich George Clooney – Good Night, Good Luck. Ron HowardCinderella Man Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain Fernando MeirellesThe Constant Gardener Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote Terrence HowardHustle & Flow Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain Joaquin PhoenixWalk the Line David Strathairn – Good Night, Good Luck. Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line Joan AllenThe Upside of Anger Felicity HuffmanTransamerica Keira KnightleyPride & Prejudice Charlize TheronNorth Country Paul Giamatti – Cinderella Man Matt Dillon – Crash Terrence Howard – Crash Geoffrey Rush – Munich Peter SarsgaardJarhead Amy AdamsJunebug Brenda Blethyn – Pride & Prejudice Taraji P. Henson – Hustle & Flow Catherine Keener – Capote Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco – Crash George Clooney and Grant Heslov – Good Night, Good Luck.

Craig Brewer – Hustle & Flow Angus MacLachlan – Junebug Noah Baumbach – The Squid and the Whale Dan Futterman – Capote Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana – Brokeback Mountain Arthur Golden, Robin Swicord, Doug Wright – Memoirs of a Geisha Tony Kushner – Munich Deborah Moggach – Pride & Prejudice Kung Fu Hustle Innocent Voices Paradise Now Schultze Gets the Blues Turtles Can Fly Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Chicken Little Corpse Bride Madagascar Robots Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Grizzly Man Mad Hot Ballroom March of the Penguins Murderball Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow Amy Adams – Junebug Q'orianka Kilcher – The New World Taryn Manning – Hustle & Flow Aishwarya Rai – Bride and Prejudice Crash Good Night, Good Luck. Pride & Prejudice Rent Sin City The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Memoirs of a Geisha Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 WAFCA Awards 2005 WAFCA Awards at 2005 WAFCA Awards at

West Indian woodpecker

The West Indian woodpecker is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is found in Cayman Islands and Cuba, its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, degraded former forest. The species has been observed to have a polyandrous breeding system, with one female raising two broods with different males concurrently. There are four recognized endemic sub-species in Cuba: M. s. superciliaris, Main island and Cayo Cantiles M. s. murceus, Isla de Pinos M. s. florentinoi, Cayo Largo M. s. sanfelipensis, Cayo RealThere are two other sub-species: M. s. nyeanus, Grand Bahama and San Salvador I. M. s. blakei, Great Abaco I. Raffaele, Herbert. Willimont, L. A. Jackson, J. A. and Jackson, B. J. S.. "Classical polyandry in the West Indian woodpecker on Abaco, Bahamas". Wilson Bull. 103: 124–125. Stamps Stamp photo.