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  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • NEWS

    Outstanding films of 2018

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

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

  • OPINION

    'Boss' strides atop pyramid of injustice

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/04/2017

    » The boss walks free. The boss is the boss. The boss dines in France and snowboards in Japan. The boss rules the road and tramples the law. In the pyramid of privilege, the boss stays on top. In the food chain of injustice, the boss reminds us again, and again and again, who the boss is.

  • OPINION

    Keep Somchai from the black hole of history

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/03/2017

    » 'Top Muslim lawyer disappears. Believed abducted for opposing martial law," read a headline in this newspaper 13 years ago.

  • OPINION

    Our blood runs cold in a burning sun

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/11/2015

    » In Truman Capote’s true-crime book, In Cold Blood, a rural town in Kansas was rattled by brutal murders. Four people killed in their own home, late at night, three shot point-blank in the face, the other had his throat slit, then shot in the head. It was a robbery turned massacre. The morning after committing the crime, the book reports, one of the two killers, Dick Hickock, went back to his house and had toast for breakfast with his family, laughing, unperturbed, as if nothing so inhuman had happened just hours before.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Cannes and misdemeanours

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/01/2015

    » At the 66th Cannes film Festival, off-screen drama attempts to steal the limelight from on-screen offerings. Last Friday, the news of a diamond robbery at a hotel room from which a burglar made off with US$1 million (about 30 million baht) worth of Chopard jewellery astonished (and amused) festival-goers; the crime took pace hours after the screening of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, about brazen heists of celebrity homes.

  • OPINION

    South doesn't need any more gun-slingers

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/11/2014

    » When you have cowboys and gun-slingers running the circus, it's likely to be all bang-bang. An eye for an eye, a rifle for a rifle, a kill for a kill, and as the Apache warriors storm the citadels of the new frontiers, the sheriffs are prodded to become trigger-happy.

  • OPINION

    Don’t they know it’s ‘our’ Songkran?

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/03/2014

    » Your Honour, ladies and gentlemen of the tribunal of the International Court of Universal Justice. I’ve come to this court today to represent the Cultural Watchdog and Tourism Authority of Thailand, and I henceforth present to the esteemed tribunal the grave, scandalous, hair-raising offence committed by a group of people in Singapore (I think) against the splendid and extremely wet Siamese tradition known as Songkran.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Vacant homes and empty heads

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/09/2013

    » Meet the Spring-break revellers from hell. Sometimes clad in Pussy Riot-style balaclavas, but most of the time in fluorescent bikinis, Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) orchestrate the year's most hallucinatory orgy to date, a candy-coloured bacchanalia of robbery, bong parties, contraband firearms, murders and a C-cup binge; all of this lubricated by endlessly flowing booze and a riotous beachside cacophony. Bored kids looking for gratifying oblivion, pushing and pushing and pushing the limit of fun. Spring Breakers is driven by the anxiety of excess, visually and psychologically, showing us how an American-style pursuit of happiness can edge pursuers over the cliff and into the sunshine of hell, where they feel right at home and become even more happy.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The magic has gone

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/05/2013

    » These prestidigitators pique our interest: four magicians with cocky talents put on a show in Las Vegas in which they transport a randomly picked member of the audience to a Paris bank and steal 3 million from its vault. Real money, of course, and the booty is distributed, falling like confetti from the ceiling, on to the viewers in the Las Vegas hall. Legerdemain or witchcraft? Hypnosis or illusion?

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