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    All in the family

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/06/2018

    » You know you're walking into a horror movie, but the brilliance of Ari Aster's Hereditary is the way it deftly hides its cards and stacks up mystery upon mystery, secret upon secret, madness upon madness, until everything unravels in demonic hellfire. The film ticks all the familiar elements of a ghost story -- a dead grandma, a spooky house, a grave robbery, a candlelit seance where spirits are summoned, a sleepwalker roaming the dim corridor, an occult sign written on the wall, a couple of headless corpses, etc -- but Hereditary rises above the genre formula with its coolly composed formalism, its deliberate pacing, and its sly psychological manipulation that almost convinces us at certain points that this is more of a domestic drama than a horror movie.

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    Sail away with the family

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 12/06/2015

    » Even if awkward silences, nosey aunties and shameless pretentiousness is part of the package, it's still hard to not accept an invitation to an all-paid-for 10-day cruise to Greece. If anything, it's the much-awaited all-star cast of Dil Dhadakne Do (Let The Heart Beat) that makes you want to tag along, even if you want no part in their drama. Using an upper crust 30th wedding anniversary as the backdrop, director Zoya Akhtar serves up a condensed trip through every type of familial problem Indian families face in just under three hours. 

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    It's play time!

    Life, Published on 08/05/2018

    » After the enthusiastic reception of the first edition in 2016, the Bangkok International Children's Theatre Festival (BICT Fest) is back, from May 19-27. In this edition there will be nine productions from seven countries: Germany, Japan, Belgium, Scotland, Indonesia and Thailand, with a special French Highlights programme. The menu is diverse, open and colourful, and includes a new circus, contemporary dance, puppetry and mime acts, and is fit for viewers aged two to adulthood. The venues are the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, M Theatre and Chulalongkorn University.

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    A surprise behind the door

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

    » The house sits deep in the woods, near a cemetery staked with tombstones. The family consists of a father, reeling in debt, and his four children, the eldest 22 and the youngest six. The mother is ill, ashen-faced, bedridden, and she'll jingle the brass bell in her hand to summon help. That jingling bell, and the apparition of a woman in a white gown in the mother's gloomy bedroom, will signal the cue of many jump-scares in the tale that unfolds.

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    Hoping to take the top prize East

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/05/2018

    » Asian filmmakers have so far fielded a strong force at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and when the Palme d'Or is decided on Saturday by the Cate Blanchett-led jury there's a real chance that the top prize might go to one of the Asian titles -- after a Turkish film in 2014 (Winter Sleep) and a Thai film back in 2010 (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).

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    Sisters are doing it for themselves

    Life, Soratree Gajajiva, Published on 07/08/2015

    » In the Japanese film Our Little Sister, first-time actress Suzu Hirose plays the "sister" of the title -- a 15-year-old girl who, after her father passes away, leaves her stepmother to live with three older stepsisters. Together the siblings build a new family around this unusual circumstance.

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    Mama's boy

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/09/2014

    » Mining your own family for stories is a convenient and sometimes painful process. Vorakorn Ruetaivanichkul turned his camera toward his mother, who tried to commit suicide years ago. That pilot project later became a 60-minute film that mixes home movie footage, documentary re-enactment and fantasy sequences. Mother was Vorakorn's graduation film at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in 2010, and now it will be released at House RCA on Sept 11.

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    The inciting incident

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

    » On Sept 24, 1976, two electricians were beaten and hanged to death from the top of a gate somewhere in Nakhon Pathom, victims of an escalating right-wing terror in Thai politics of that heady decade. Two weeks later, as protests against the return to the Kingdom of former dictator Gen Thanom Kittikajorn gathered steam, students at Thammasat University staged a play about the hanging of the two men. Soon the photographs of the play were used by nationalists to whip up anger and fear of communism, which led to the massacre on the morning of Oct 6 as police and militias laid siege to the university, killing, maiming and brutalising scores of people in one of the worst incidents of bloodshed in modern Thai history.

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    All eyes on Asia

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Asia's premier cine-event took off last night. The 23rd Busan International Film Festival once again draws all attention to the South Korean port city as it hosts the annual showcase of films, especially Asian films. One part to promote the South Korean film industry -- a formidable machine of creativity and commerce -- and one part to reign as a centre of filmmaking activity in this part of the world, Busan has gone through some bumps, political and managerial, but remains steadfast in being in the biggest in Asia.

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