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  • OPINION

    Last night at the Scala -- or is it?

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 17/02/2018

    » We have the latest update on the Scala Theatre: Its closing date is now set for May 31.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The inevitability of farewell

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/02/2018

    » A truly remarkable Thai film, Malila: The Farewell Flower takes big risks and makes it seem the most natural thing in the world.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A special calling

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/02/2018

    » Russell Peters can pack an arena and make it rumble with laughter. The Canadian-born stand-up humorist, whose jibes, send-ups and sharp wit belong to the tradition of observational and insult comedy, will return to Bangkok for the third time on March 4 at Impact Exhibition Hall 1.

  • OPINION

    Wake me up when Thaiism rings true

    Oped, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/02/2018

    » It has been widely translated as “Thainess”. But “Thainess” may not be accurate when describing Thai Niyom, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s latest catchphrase and sort-of policy. The correct term in English, I propose, should be “Thaiism”, just like populism ( Pracha Niyom), nationalism ( Chat Niyom), conservatism ( Anurak Niyom), authoritarianism ( Amnat Niyom), or alcoholism, you know, the excessive use of alcohol to drown out grief and the pain of broken promises.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The don of films on the big screen

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/02/2018

    » This is a programme people have been waiting for, or, to consciously quote what we're talking about, an offer you cannot refuse.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Devotional aesthetics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/02/2018

    » Ustaz Suleiman dipped his brush in a bottle of ink and moved his hand over a piece of paper. His fingers nimble, his movement steady as if he was holding a breath, Suleiman drew a trellis of calligraphic elegance that spells the Thai name of our photographer in classical Arabic.

  • OPINION

    A comedy likely to end only in horror

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

    » The junta can read the stars and history and they must know this isn't going to end well. As frustration grows, as protests form, as their support ebbs even their idol Gen Prem Tinsulanonda flat-out said so they amp up censorship and tighten the squeeze, not with gusto but with desperation. With Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon looking increasingly like a plump Chinese deity on the verge of losing his worshippers, the regime reacts with force, gagging tactics and plain old bullying.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Modern-day creature feature

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

    » An eccentric love story between a woman and an amphibious creature, Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water has moved ahead to the front-runner spot in the Oscar's Best Picture, racking up the total of 13 nominations including the four acting categories. Del Toro's trick of turning B-movie grotesquerie -- interspecies sex, for instance -- into a darling of cinema bourgeois can still work wonders. And while this sweet and weird story isn't entirely unpredictable -- think mid-century beauty-and-the-beast flicks such as King Kong or, obviously, Creature From The Black Lagoon -- the director's imagination gives it an authentic vintage texture and enough doses of shocks and blood.

  • NEWS

    Sewing the ties that bind

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/01/2018

    » The Thai embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, shares walls with the shantytown of Polana Canico. When artist Jakkai Siributr arrived at the embassy three weeks ago, the dusty enclave became a source of inspiration and expertise for his new project.

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