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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands yet again

    Life, Published on 24/04/2018

    » "IIt's fun. You feel more silly doing your superhero thing on your own," said Benedict Cumberbatch to a group of Asian journalists. "Then when you're doing it with other people watching you, especially if they're Robert Downey Jr., you feel even more silly."

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    Reliving an era through film

    Life, Published on 24/04/2018

    » The 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej overlaid decades of Thai cinema history, from the golden age of 16mm movies in the 1950s to the country's first and only Cannes Film Festival winner in 2010. To mark the two courses of history, the Ministry of Culture last week announced the "70 Best Films In The Reign Of King Rama IX", an extensive survey that covers seven decades of Thai cinema, essentially comprising the country's cinematic canon.

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    Guilt and sin minus the politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/04/2018

    » The squalor of Manila slums populated by high-school drug runners, then a chaotic precinct ruled by corrupt cops and even more corrupt chiefs -- these are the familiar turfs of Brillante Mendoza, the best-known Filipino filmmaker among international audiences.

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    Paint it noir

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/04/2018

    » Jean-Pierre Melville, the supreme stylist of French film noir, is getting the retrospective he (and his fans) truly deserve. Starting on April 17, the Alliance Francaise Bangkok will screen five Melville films, plus one documentary about the filmmaker and another that makes strong allusion to his style.

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    Keeping classic films alive

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/04/2018

    » The colours in the Thai spy movie Operation Revenge remain as vibrant as when the film first came out 51 years ago. Likewise, the struggle for independence in the Indonesian film Barbed Wired Fence remains intact, as vivid and strong as the image of the college boys projected on the screen when it came out in 1982. These films were on the verge of disintegration when they were revived to their former glory, ready to return to where they belong.

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    See Snow White in all its big screen grandeur

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/04/2018

    » Can you name the seven dwarfs, as in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs?

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    Exhilarating escapism, Spielberg-style

    Life, Published on 30/03/2018

    » A breathless romp through virtual reality, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One presents a T-Rex-size irony: A film that cautions us against the exhilarating escapism of digital simulacrum that divorces us from reality -- VR, 3D, Facebook, online games, movies -- is first and foremost an exhilarating escapism manufactured upon a massive digital simulacrum. Spielberg, one of the first directors to turn Hollywood into a factory of digital effects, certainly knows this. But with unruffled confidence and youthful velocity, the 71-year-old gambles that the thrills would override the insincerity -- that nobody would mind the self-defeating scruples as long as the breakneck ride keeps us glued.

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    Strange brew

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/03/2018

    » He went down to the crossroads, fell down on his knees, asked the Lord for mercy -- and somehow got it. In this biopic documentary, Eric Clapton -- his place in the pantheon of guitar god-dom guaranteed -- is a tragic genius denounced by his own mother and nurturing a desperate crush on his best friend's wife, which kept his guitar wailing and weeping. Here's a 60s-70s blues-rock maverick who sold his soul to heroin, cocaine, cognac, whatever, and when he emerged from the pit and things began to feel wonderful tonight, he lost his son in a terrible, terrible accident. That a new documentary about his life to date is allowed to end happily is proof that rock'n'roll (and life itself) can cheat the claws of fate and go on for longer than 12 bars.

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    Revelling in restoration

    Life, Published on 28/03/2018

    » Five magnificent restored films from four countries will be put on screen during Asia Restored Cinema at Lido Theatre 2, Rama I, from April 6-11.

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    Zombies as a mid-life metaphor

    Brunch, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 25/03/2018

    » Most of us still remember her from E.T. -- and that was 36 years ago, when she was seven and playing a girl who connects with the wrinkly extraterrestrial on a quest to go home. She also went on to play a sexy seducer in Poison Ivy (1992), one of Charlie's Angels (2000), a girl with a short-term memory in 50 First Dates (2004), and an accidental songwriter in Music and Lyrics ( 2007).

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