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    A new crime series

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/06/2015

    » Time was when James Patterson penned a crime novel annually. Then semi-annually. Then seasonally. At the rate this reviewer is now receiving them, they seem to be coming out weekly. No sooner do I critique one than the next crosses my desk. Alone and with his team of co-authors, he's clearly on a roll.

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    Good cops, bad cops

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Few things are more disheartening than learning that those sworn to protect us from society's predators are corrupt, indeed evil themselves. Then who are the good guys, if any? Many a crime novelist raises this question without presenting a satisfactory solution.

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    Narcos heads a stellar list of new Netflix shows and films

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/11/2018

    » It's 1980s. It's Mexico. And drug war is all the rage in Netflix's Narcos: Mexico, which continues the legacy of the Narcos saga with a new cast, story and country.

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    Genre mix misses its marks

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 08/02/2019

    » The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir isn't really an Indian film, nor is Ken Scott an Indian director. He is actually a Canadian director who was known from his previous work in Delivery Man (2013) and Unfinished Business (2015) -- now making an attempt at creating a new eclectic comedy film that mixes Bollywood and Hollywood styles. Although with all the good intentions and interesting combinations, the result is still somewhat mediocre.

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    Big city, small town

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/05/2018

    » People are natural actors. Observe how they tell stories to their friends, passing on telephone conversations or what they saw or heard. They mimic and flap their arms for emphasis. Hoping for smiles or groans. Novelists aim to do the same with more words. Alas, only the better ones succeed. All too many try and fail.

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    The non-Hollywood contenders

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/12/2016

    » Thailand has submitted the monk drama Arpatti to compete with 84 other countries in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film. Here we look at some highlights from around the world before the nominations are announced on Jan 24.

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    Hail, Hollywood!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Funny but not that funny, smart and striving to be awfully smart, Hail, Caesar! belongs to the middleweight rank of the Coen brothers' catalogue. It's a movie about movie love, and about the woes of making movies, or at least studio movies, the constant pain of working in that carnivorous system in which its members nibble on one another, and in which the faceless bosses are taking the biggest bite. You can tell from the poster that this is a tribute to the old Hollywood of 1950s, but since this is a Coens' movie, it sprawls into satire, slapstick, musical numbers, and religious mockery, with a darker undercurrent of the post-war ideological theatre played out in the Californian backlot.

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    A fond farewell

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 05/10/2015

    » 'The most brilliant mystery writer of our time" (Patricia Cornwell's estimation) passed away this year. British author Ruth Rendell published her first best-seller in 1964 and penned a thriller yearly ever since. She was the narrator, her characters having their say.

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    Live and learn with a little swing

    Life, Published on 12/05/2016

    » It is by no means the norm that a long-established business magnate also happens to be a passionate performing artist blessed with natural stage magnetism. However, in the case of prolific hotelier and vocalist Kamala Sukosol -- affectionately known as Thailand's "First Lady of Swing" because of her inimitable singing style -- achievements in these disparate roles have clearly won her a special place in Thai society. This is in no small part due to the combining of her two professional personalities to carve out a further laudable reputation as a committed philanthropist. Among numerous accolades over the decades, being included in Forbes Asia "48 Heroes of Philanthropy" in 2009 is perhaps her crowning honour.

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    See no evil

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/01/2013

    » We're dying to know what's there beyond the cloud, but the proverbial silver lining, if there ever was going to be one, was obscured from our airwaves.

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