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    A date with Travis Bickle

    Life, Published on 12/07/2018

    » 'He hates New York with a Biblical fury; it gives off the stench of Hell, and its filth and smut obsess him."


    High-minded brow

    Life, Published on 08/05/2018

    » May is a charitable month for Benefit Cosmetics, whose "Bold Is Beautiful" project invites people to contribute by having a brow wax to raise funds for charities worldwide.


    Apocalypse again

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/05/2018

    » Colonel Kurtz is returning to Scala. Nearly 30 years after it opened in Bangkok, Apocalypse Now will be screened this Sunday at noon at Scala, as part of Thai Film Archive's World's Classic Cinema series.


    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.


    In search of big ideas

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/01/2018

    » BangkokEdge Festival, billed as an "idea festival", returns to its old quarters of Bangkok this weekend. Spearheaded by MR Narisa Chakrabongse, the two-day event is a vibrant smorgasbord of literature, music, art, history and politics, anchored in the charming venues of Museum Siam, Chakrabongse Villas and Rajini School. There will be talks -- plenty of panels and discussions, on subjects ranging from "What Makes The Chao Phraya A World Monument?" to "The Power Of Slam Poetry", from "Populism, Religion and Neo-Nationalism In The 21st Century" to "Years Of Living Dangerously: A Woman's Take On War". The list of participants is starry, including writers, journalists, poets, historians and artists, Thai and international. Come evening, the lawn of Museum Siam will play host to film screenings (Pop Aye on Saturday and Citizen Dog on Sunday), as well as concerts by Hugo, Yena, Rasmee Isan Soul and more.


    Method in the madness

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 10/11/2017

    » Whether it be Hannibal Lector, Norman Bates or even the Joker, psychopaths have long been some of the most fascinating characters in all of pop culture. As terrifying as they supposedly are, there is also a mystique to their madness, one that exists on the cusp of comprehensibility, divided only by that thin, elusive border we call sanity or morality or compassion.


    A beautiful mongrel

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

    » List the obligatory terms you've seen in all articles about the original Blade Runner -- cyberpunk, dystopian future, neon wasteland, existential noir, cerebral deliberation, gorgeous visuals, brutalist design, Sean Young -- and they're still applicable to the rebooted Blade Runner 2049. You may add a few more: glum, long, Hans Zimmer and Ryan Gosling, wandering the bleak, rain-swept Los Angeles and pondering the deep question: Do androids dream of electric sheep? And also: Do replicants make babies?


    An Anglo-Isan mash-up

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 29/06/2017

    » There's always something enticing about traditional beats. It's something different from all the music played on the radio -- something authentic compared to all the boring, gentrified sounds. And that's what Will Robinson felt when he first heard the sound of a phin guitar many years ago on the streets of Sukhumvit.


    Polish week ends with celebration of Joseph Conrad's most seminal work

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/04/2017

    » The Polish Arts and Culture Week started last Sunday at Chualalongkorn University's Central and Eastern European Studies Section. While previous activities over the past four days have attracted much interest, the centrepiece is tomorrow's event at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre: the celebration of Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad.


    When monsters attack

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 10/03/2017

    » Kong: Skull Island seems like it tries -- and largely fails -- to present a serious, deep message, even though it often veers into the campy territory so many monster films seem to occupy. Most of the characters -- of which there are unnecessarily many -- are completely devoid of personality or even purpose, getting introduced only to eventually become monster-snacks, offering absolutely nothing to the plot beyond creating a false sense of mortality for the obvious band of destined survivors. The plot, as anyone familiar with King Kong's lore can surmise, is also nothing new, and is actually quite similar to the Peter Jackson-directed King Kong's (2005) plot of a group of outsiders surviving on a hostile island dominated by the giant ape.

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