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  • NEWS

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Celine Dion floats Bangkok's boat

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/07/2018

    » That "sinking boat" song -- that's how Celine "My Heart Will Go On" Dion, joking with the casual humour of a seasoned Las Vegas residency entertainer, refers to her most played, most loved, most karaoke-d, and perhaps most clichéd number. How many times have you heard it? Hundreds, if not more, intentionally or accidentally. And yet, apparently, there's nothing compared to hearing it live, 21 years after that big boat sank in Titanic, belted out at top octave and lung power by Dion herself, as she did to the roaring crowd at Impact Arena on Monday night in her first-ever concert in Bangkok.

  • 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

    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

    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

  • OPINION

    Mahathir's win shows voting works

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/05/2018

    » This week all my friends went to vote. In Malaysia, of course.

  • LIFESTYLE

    In Three Billboards, pain and grief seek a visual expression

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/03/2018

    » Frances McDormand is an embodiment of maternal anger and defiance, of the weight of grief and guilt, which often comes in tandem. In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, her sorrow, festered into rage, is the emotional epicentre of the film that strives to quake all the American fault lines, moral, racial and political, and she gives a gut-punching performance in a classic feminist register that, as we have seen, eventually won her an Oscar.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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