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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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    Where will the gongs go?

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/03/2018

    » To me, the most accomplished film among the Oscar contenders is Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, which means it's not going to win big. The film, which is in Thai cinemas now, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a fastidious couturier whose obsessive quest for artistic perfection hits a snag when he falls in love with a waitress. It's an exquisite drama, a sophisticated study of human impulses, obsessions and contradictions, constructed with formal elegance to reflect the interior of a man's emotion through a story that takes place almost entirely in a townhouse.

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    Devil on the doorstep

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/02/2018

    » You go into a Lav Diaz's movie as if you were going into a church, or a trench war, or an ultra-marathon: you prepare for the epic length, the brutal transcendentalism and the implacable burden of history that hit you like a blow.

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    Neon-splashed altered reality

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 09/02/2018

    » Part Blade Runner, part samurai Western, Netflix's Altered Carbon is one of its most interesting originals yet. With its 10-episode season released last Friday, the series is set in a futuristic, neon-splashed world, where death has been conquered thanks to a mysterious alien technology that allows people to digitally store their consciousness and personalities before downloading them into new bodies.

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    Wandering narrative

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/02/2018

    » There's a good film somewhere inside Sad Beauty, though I'm unable to locate its exact spot. It feels like something is on the verge of taking shape out of smoke and mirrors, something that could mean something. But it never is.

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    Time is not on our side

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/01/2018

    » This is a note on an important Thai film that is unlikely to be shown in Thailand. Such is the fate of home-grown cinema in a time of disease, the time of a black hole.

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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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