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    Rage against Wall Street

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/05/2016

    » Jodie Foster's Money Monster touches on two topical subjects. First, Wall Street's greed and how its casino logic can destroy lives; second, the obscene realism of live broadcast and how the producers and audience are both complicit in turning private lives into public spectacle. Big social issues, both of them, and with George Clooney and Julia Roberts in the lead and Foster directing, we expected a smart blast.

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    That precious gold statuette

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/02/2017

    » The Oscars takes place Monday morning Thailand time. We pontificate and prognosticate the results

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    Dead cool

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/11/2015

    » Javanese vampires, an undead tribe of immortal warlocks, a hard-boiled detective and an assortment of beautiful demons -- all of which stalk the twilight of Jakarta looking for blood, thrills and power in HBO Asia's original series Halfworlds. Premiering on Sunday at 9pm on HBO, the eight-episode show mixes Southeast Asian folklore with anime-cool and noir cinema, and it shows promise of a regional TV production that carries a dose of international appeal.

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    That's entertainment!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/12/2014

    » The year in Thai movies, music and theatre

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    Life lessons

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/03/2019

    » Fate clicks its fingers and an already poignant piece in Navin Rawanchaikul's "Revisited <> Departed" becomes the exhibition's most moving. It's a photograph of the artist as he guides his ageing father's fragile hand around a metre stick -- an indispensable tool of trade for any fabric-wallah -- fronted by a group of clay moulds sculpted from the imprints of his father's hand.

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    Beyond the cinematic glitz

    B Magazine, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/05/2018

    » In the past 10 days the seaside city of Cannes has been in the news with noisy fanfare and dazzling colour, led by pictures of bare-shouldered stars sauntering down the red carpet on a daily basis. It happens every year in May, as the world's largest cine-event, the Cannes Film Festival, attracts thousands of journalists, photographers and industry professionals to the Mediterranean resort town made out to become a self-contained universe of glamour. Throughout its 71st edition, which ended yesterday, Cannes once again commanded the attention of the world.

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    Taking an axe to 'Land of Smiles'

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/02/2018

    » By now it must be obvious: "The Land of Smiles" is a myth. The biggest myth, wrapped in a legend hidden in hogwash. In Thailand, a smile won't get us anywhere, only an axe wielded in rage does. I bet in a few days a new bumper sticker will appear: "Watch Out, Axe Lady In Car".

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    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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    Asean on screen

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/08/2015

    » When was the last time you saw a Malaysian film? An Indonesian? A Vietnamese? The odds are even lower for a Myanmar or a Bruneian. As the Asean banner is being splashed across the region, with the emphasis on the economic free-flow, the cultural exchange among Southeast Asians remains a glaring deficit. Cinema, perhaps the most accessible form of cultural expression, is no exception.

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    Cinematic gems in competition

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/01/2015

    » The deadline is Oct 1, but more than 40 countries have already submitted their entries for the foreign-language film category at next year’s Academy Awards. Earlier this week, Thailand announced that its representative at the 2015 Oscars would be hit romantic comedy Kid Tueng Wittaya (Teacher’s Diary). The film, which focuses on two teachers and the indirect courtship they conduct via messages written in a diary hidden on a houseboat, was released earlier this year to a mixed critical reception but local box-office success. Life wishes its director, Nitiwat Tharatorn, the best of luck.

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