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  • LIFE

    Global visions

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/01/2012

    » From Southeast Asian indies to Turkish policiers and Chilean dramas, the World Film Festival of Bangkok serves up a hefty cinematic portion that will enliven our theatre-going experience from today until Jan 27. Pushed back from November by the furious flood, the festival opens tonight at Paragon Cineplex with Padang Besar (I Carried You Home) and will offer around 100 titles, both short and feature-length, over the next seven days. All films will be screened at Esplanade Cineplex on Ratchadaphisek (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre), and the closing night will be an outdoor screening at The Nine, on Rama IX Road, which will feature a rare programme by Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki.

  • LIFE

    Heeding the call of history

    Muse, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/02/2012

    » It is one of those sensational, semi-stupid questions that a journalist sometimes cannot summon his wit and restraint from asking: Would she, Michelle Yeoh, have made the same decision as the character she plays, Aung San Suu Kyi?

  • LIFE

    Beyond fleeting images

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/04/2012

    » American photographer Ralph Gibson has peered into the viewfinder for over 50 years, and there's no reason for him to stop doing it. In Bangkok recently to chair a workshop hosted by Le Meridien, the 72-year-old Gibson _ still amazingly crisp and nimble _ coached and worked with nine photographers from around Asia handpicked by the hotel's cultural programmer, Jerome Sans. The exhibition of their photos, titled "A Look Through Bangkok", is now on show at The Hub, Le Meridien's space dedicated to art and cultural showcase.

  • OPINION

    Funeral pyres lit in our dark night of shame

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/05/2012

    » Light the funeral pyres. Two, not just one. Throw in the conflagration the corpse not of man but of the basic right citizens in any sane society should be able to exercise: the right to speak, and the right to watch film.

  • LIFE

    The reel deal

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 17/10/2012

    » From the first Indian movie to Satyajit Ray and a recent corporate thriller, the many faces of Indian cinema are to be splashed on Bangkok screens _ with Thai subtitles and free of charge.

  • OPINION

    Winning with a negative vote is an impossibility

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/03/2013

    » I thought I would go to hell, I mean to the poll, quietly come tomorrow. I thought I wouldn't have to be a cantankerous, sardonic, petulant voter and simply close one eye and ear and accept my fate as a democratic Bangkokian who fantasises about living in SimCity. Born and raised and lost and having no wish to leave here, I wonder if the angels have fled Krungthep, or if they're still watching us metastasise - restless, stupefied, drunk by the sunlight-ricocheted concrete daze - and yet keeping on sprouting, blooming, like a tree, or like cancer.

  • OPINION

    Remembering Roger Ebert

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/04/2013

    » Last Wednesday Roger Ebert announced on his blog that he'd take a "leave of presence", meaning generally that he'd be writing less, due to the reappearance of cancer in his body. On Thursday, I saw a wire service report about that and put it in this section for the Friday paper. Little did I know. Little did we all know.

  • THAILAND

    Pop singer legend Thitima dies aged 54

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/07/2017

    » Thitima "Waen" Sutsunthorn, a popular singer who helped define the Thai pop-music landscape in the 80s and 90s and remains an inspiration for many young singers, passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. She was 54.

  • OPINION

    On the ‘right’ side of crime and impunity

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/09/2017

    » Crime and punishment, or crime and impunity? For most people, the former. For the powerful, the well connected, for those on the right side of history, maybe the latter.

  • LIFE

    Oscar contenders from around the world

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/11/2017

    » A record 92 films have been submitted to the Oscar Foreign Language Film category. We take a look at some

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