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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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    Of trench coats and show trials

    Life, Published on 14/08/2018

    » TK Park is putting on In The Shadow (Ve Stinu) from the Czech Republic as part of the "Contemporary World Film Series" on Saturday at 4pm.

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    12 nights of European films

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 24/06/2016

    » It's that time of year again. The time of year to get lost in European romance, tragedy, history, comedy and perhaps a little bit of all. If you've got the conviction and resources to catch all 17 films across 12 days, by all means carpe diem. But if you're looking for a little guidance in choosing screenings, here are our top five picks of the festival.

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    Be wary of your spouse

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/05/2016

    » It's said that men marry for sex, women for security. An oversimplification yet consistent with the undeniable fact that each party enters matrimony with expectations. Before exchanging vows, they've probably discussed and agreed on children, one or two jobs, family relations, domicile, time with friends.

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    Incomplete walk

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/11/2015

    » Being a freethinker, I allow that God created the cosmos and everything in it. If He (She, It) didn't do it, who did? On planet Earth, nature. Alas, people in cities equate the weather with nature. A few trees. A zoo if they are lucky to have one. Movies and books tell of it in distant places.

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    'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

    AFP, Published on 16/08/2018

    » WASHINGTON: Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer known as the "Queen of Soul," died Thursday in Detroit, US media reported. She was 76.

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    The Black Hand

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/06/2016

    » The US has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of people behind bars than any other country in the world. It also has the greatest number of lawmen. It has long attracted organised and individual crime, especially in its big cities. Perpetrators figure that crowded metropolises are ripe for the picking.

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    Historical hot spot

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/05/2016

    » This planet is comprised of hundreds of countries, few of which university graduates can name or their professors find on the map. Asked why, they'll say because they aren't important. Maybe they popped up in history, but then sank back into obscurity. Every continent has them. Poor buggers.

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    A decent author

    Life, Published on 26/10/2015

    » There are 7 billion people in the world, a minute fraction are family and friends, and that's the way I like it. We all have problems -- I can't solve theirs, they can't solve mine. As life goes on, hopefully, they'll work themselves out or go away. If not, deal with them as best we can.

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    The right exposure

    Life, Published on 29/07/2015

    » Images from the Deep South are often grim. While that's usually the reality of the region, sometimes the bad news dominates the headlines so much that it overshadows everything else.

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