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    On unhappy women and clumsy hitmen

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/01/2018

    » Pen-ek Ratanaruang's movies -- eight of them in the past 20 years and the ninth slated for a Feb 1 release -- are often inhabited by unhappy women and clumsy hitmen. Unhappy, yet those women are neither resigned nor passive. Clumsy, yet those hitmen have aspirations, dreams and worries like people in other respectable professions. A genre geek, Pen-ek likes crime thrillers, but one of Thailand's best-known directors is also a diligent investigator of human relationships and man-woman dynamics, their eccentric and mysterious rapport and misunderstandings that determine the course of the world, and of cinema.

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    Technology is not the enemy

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 05/01/2018

    » Over the New Year holidays, Netflix gifted subscribers with the latest season of Black Mirror, the popular sci-fi anthology series well-known for its shocking plot twists, macabre subject-matter and dystopian look on how technology could impact our lives.

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    Recent German cinema screened

    Life, Published on 03/01/2018

    » The Goethe Institute will bring a new season of the open-air film series featuring classic works from important filmmakers to screen on its greenery premises every Tuesday at 7.30pm from Jan 9 to Feb 27.

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    For your viewing pleasure

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/12/2017

    » In a thoroughbred year for film, here are our must-see picks from 2017.

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    Luang Prabang film fest moves forward

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/12/2017

    » There was the crowd, the spontaneous chaos, and the outdoor screening that has become a hallmark of the Luang Prabang Film Festival. Its eighth edition ending last night, the film festival in a town without cinemas has grown into an annual highlight every December, with its eyes firmly fixed on Southeast Asian titles and an attempt to expand its role and relevance to regional audience and filmmakers.

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    Ramkhamhaeng University to showcase films over 3 days

    Life, Published on 22/11/2017

    » Ramkhamhaeng University isn't a usual destination for film-goers. But there's good reason to be there today, when the university hosts the 2nd Ramkhamhaeng Asean Film Festival and Conference (RAFF) at its campus, with a programme of seven films from Southeast Asia.

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    For the days that remain

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 17/11/2017

    » Challenging taboos, one of Thailand's most popular directors returns with a film that looks death in the eye

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    Stranger Things remains binge-worthy

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 03/11/2017

    » Being the geeky, nerdy man-child that I am, I absolutely loved the first season of Netflix's Stranger Things, the original sci-fi horror series released last year. With all its reverence for geek culture, the 1980s aesthetic and excellent cast, Stranger Things was a love letter to everything I loved, and I loved it for that. It was also a masterclass in suspense, a show that knew how to make you desperate to find out what's next at the end of every episode.

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    Four inspiring tales for the price of none

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/10/2017

    » The gift of love, kindness and generosity from the late King Bhumibol lives on in the minds of all Thais. It serves as the inspiration behind the anthology film Khong Kwan (The Gift), comprised of four short films by four Thai directors to be screened free of charge beginning Saturday at cinemas nationwide.

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    The inciting incident

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/10/2017

    » On Sept 24, 1976, two electricians were beaten and hanged to death from the top of a gate somewhere in Nakhon Pathom, victims of an escalating right-wing terror in Thai politics of that heady decade. Two weeks later, as protests against the return to the Kingdom of former dictator Gen Thanom Kittikajorn gathered steam, students at Thammasat University staged a play about the hanging of the two men. Soon the photographs of the play were used by nationalists to whip up anger and fear of communism, which led to the massacre on the morning of Oct 6 as police and militias laid siege to the university, killing, maiming and brutalising scores of people in one of the worst incidents of bloodshed in modern Thai history.

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