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    The boy wonder of French politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/07/2017

    » Now that he rules France -- first by winning the presidency and when his party won a majority in the French parliamentary election last month -- Emmanuel Macron has become a subject of close scrutiny. The Netflix documentary Emmanuel Macron: Behind The Rise won't give you deep insight into the remarkable rise of the youngest French president in history; the film works, instead, as a campaign history and a personality sketch of this boyish, industrious, intelligent politician who, at first, seemed surprised by his own ascendancy.

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    A copy of his mind

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/04/2016

    » In the Indonesian film A Copy Of My Mind, a pirate DVD seller falls in love with a salon worker. Two working-class lovers struggling in a vast city, their relationship is just as heated as the smoke-choking street of Jakarta, and around them looms the tense shadow of politics as a presidential election nears.

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    Politics and Sean Spicer take centre stage at Emmy Awards

    Associated Press, Published on 18/09/2017

    » NEW YORK: Weeks after leaving his job, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was onstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday joking about one of his first -- and more dubious --claims from the press room.

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    Moving images

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/05/2017

    » Cinema is the runaway child of photography. At the Cannes Film Festival this week however, two films show the deep and inspiring connection between the two forms. In Villages Visages (Faces/Places), the grandmother of the French New Wave Agnes Varda teams up with photographer JR to create the most charming work in the festival. Meanwhile in 24 Frames, the late Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian director who passed away last July, posthumously gave viewers the most mesmerising series of images on the big screen of Grande Theatre Lumiere.

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    To Myanmar with love

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/11/2016

    » The big problem about shooting a film in Myanmar, says Thai filmmaker Chartchai Ketnust, was not obtaining permission. It was the mob of onlookers trying to get a peek of the stars.

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    Stone on Snowden

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 07/10/2016

    » Director Oliver Stone likes to tell stories of larger-than-life characters. Or not just characters, but real people caught up in the swirl of American history, which is sometimes to say world history: John F. Kennedy in JFK (1991); Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991); Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995); Fidel Castro in Commandante (2003); Alexander the Great in Alexander (2005); and George W Bush in W (2008). The fuzzy line between glory and shame of American policy is also his favourite subject, such as in the Vietnam War-set Platoon (1986), Wall Street (1987), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) and World Trade Center (2006).

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    Regional favourites, new and old

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/04/2016

    » The 2nd Bangkok Asean Film Festival begins on Thursday at SF World Cinema, and will travel to Khon Kaen, Surat Thani and Chiang Mai later.

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    Love in the time of elections

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/09/2015

    » A small Indonesian film can't claim the spotlight at the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival, but maybe it's something audiences in our region should look forward to. A Copy Of My Mind, the new film by director Joko Anwar, is probably the highest-profile movie from Indonesia this year after its premiere at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival earlier this month and now a run at Toronto, the biggest film event in North America that runs until Sunday.  

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    In the closet -- or not

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/08/2015

    » Actress Kristen Stewart's refusal to confirm her sexuality, and a round-up of other worldwide LGBT news this month

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    Dead cool

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/11/2015

    » Javanese vampires, an undead tribe of immortal warlocks, a hard-boiled detective and an assortment of beautiful demons -- all of which stalk the twilight of Jakarta looking for blood, thrills and power in HBO Asia's original series Halfworlds. Premiering on Sunday at 9pm on HBO, the eight-episode show mixes Southeast Asian folklore with anime-cool and noir cinema, and it shows promise of a regional TV production that carries a dose of international appeal.

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