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    Saint and sensibility

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/05/2019

    » A Christian fable or a Marxist allegory? A magical-realist myth or a political cry against neoliberalism (or feudalism, which produces the same catastrophe anyway)?

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    Fierce and pitiful

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/03/2019

    » Krasue is a Thai ghost beside whom vampires -- and other blood-lusting Western monsters -- pale in comparison. Basically a detached head of a woman floating around in the dark, lit up by a phosphorescent glow from her still-beating heart, and with her bloody entrails dangling below the head like an infested creeper, krasue feeds on, naturally, filth, blood, corpses and carcasses. Sometimes it's compared, for the sake of convenience, with Gothic-era will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. But seriously, please, that is a gross under-characterisation that discounts the supreme grotesqueness of krasue, born by the pulpy fantasy of our equatorial folklorists.

  • NEWS

    Who is our Oscars Favourite?

    Brunch, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/02/2019

    » The most important of all unimportant things, the Oscars arrive on Monday morning, Thailand time. In a year that seems more muted than usual, Hollywood's biggest jamboree has striven to stay relevant with the inclusion of blockbuster titles such as Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody, besides the more edgy and less popular films that have claimed much of the headlines, such as Roma and Green Book. While there are many cinematic awards around the world, the Oscars still seem to matter the most, and the ritual of predicting the winners is at once a frivolous parlour game and an annual survey of the vital signs of mainstream cinema. Don't bet on it, but we offer our takes here.

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    Diving into the cave

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/01/2019

    » Of all the films scheduled to come out in 2019, one will return Thailand to the headlines. Various projects based on last year's dramatic rescue of the 12 Wild Boars footballers and their coach have been touted, and now a Thai film has completed principle photography and is going through post-production.

  • NEWS

    Outstanding films of 2018

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/12/2018

    » From the spiritual to the scary, many genres had quality offerings.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Mariah carries on

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/11/2018

    » Mariah Carey came to town as the final stop on her Asian tour, playing the near-capacity crowd at a hall in Bitec Bangna after the supposedly more dramatic setting of Borobudur. "Mariah Carey Live In Concert" last Friday lasted barely 90 minutes, with a set heavy with her 90s R&B hits and a couple of new songs from her latest album, Caution, which comes out this week. No Christmas songs on the set list, though I'm sure quite a few of us sort of half-hoped there would be.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Some Southeast Asian picks from the Busan International Film Festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/10/2018

    » How do Aceh and Japan, two places that seem unrelated, separated by a vast distance of land and sea, connect on the personal and historical level?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Not the usual fare

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/10/2018

    » Two idiosyncratic filmgoing options for fans of Thai cinema — one classic, one contemporary

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    A conversation with Prabda

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/08/2018

    » A woman returns to her condo room after a morning walk. A young man lies injured outside her door. She helps him inside, but something unexpected happens: He claims that the room is, in fact, his, and the woman is trespassing. She refuses to accept such nonsense. The man refuses to budge and demands her to leave.

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