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  • LIFESTYLE

    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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    Two international stars, two divergent styles

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 26/04/2018

    » Early next week will see two performers arriving in Bangkok. On Monday, Bruno Mars will hit Impact Arena with all his funky fanfare. On Tuesday, Jake Bugg will play live at the Scala, an intimate venue perfect for his acoustic set.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Shooting star

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/12/2017

    » In Europe, the angle at which sunlight hits Earth is lower than in Thailand, says Sayombhu Mukdeeprom. In Europe, he explains, the air also has less humidity, meaning the suffusion of colour in the light is more intense.

  • LIFESTYLE

    'Be yourself'

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/11/2017

    » Shawn Mendes came away from the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) on Sunday with the top honour of Best Artist. The 18-year-old former YouTube star has come a long way from his early internet stardom, with his 2015 album Handwritten debuting at No.1 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart -- and 2.3 billion streams worldwide. Mendes' 2016 album Illuminate again debuted at No.1 on the Billboard chart and went on to garner much popular and critical acclaim.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Madness returns!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/08/2017

    » Before Dunkirk and Saving Private Ryan, there was The Bridge On The River Kwai.

  • LIFESTYLE

    On the road, with the elephant

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/06/2017

    » Like all roads, this one promises redemption. Like most journeys, the destination is often where one starts off. Pop Aye, a road movie about a man and his elephant on a long trip to the Northeast, is a story of middle-class disillusionment (that's what the middle-class exists for) and the siren call of the rural -- the ambiguous call ringing in the ear of those who feel betrayed by the city.

  • OPINION

    Singing along in poll wait purgatory

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/01/2017

    » Splendid 2017 begins with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gifting us the year's first new song. Saphan, "bridge", his sappy ballad is called.

  • NEWS

    Finding salvation for the South

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/02/2017

    » When Muhammad Anwar bin Ismael Hajiteh was released on Jan 7 on a royal pardon, activists and civic groups in the deep South greeted the news with jubilation.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Northern lights

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/09/2016

    » With over 400 movies on the slot, the Toronto International Film Festival was a feast and a maze. The latest edition of this North American showcase concluded last Sunday, with Damein Chazelle's La La Land winning the People's Choice Award, a bellwether for the bright Oscar season (Toronto, unlike other major festivals, has no prominent juried competition, instead letting the audiences decide the big winner). The festival is known as a launch pad for Oscar hopefuls as well as independent titles looking for distribution. It also features a strong experimental section that casts its radical net far and wide.

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