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    The French Connection

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/05/2018

    » In the opening episode of Ten Years Thailand, a group of soldiers arrives at an art gallery to inspect a potentially subversive artwork. What constitutes a kernel of subversion, however, is hard to lay a finger on. So the story shifts: one of the soldiers begins to chat up a pretty maid, and as the Sun is setting the two of them look out from the gallery to the horizon full of shadows. Maybe of hope.

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    N Korean underdogs win on screen

    Brunch, Published on 06/05/2018

    » North Korean movies rarely make it to the outside world, but 2012's Comrade Kim Goes Flying not only received a limited international release, it also earned the distinction of becoming the first North Korean production to be shown at a film festival in South Korea.

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    Apocalypse again

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/05/2018

    » Colonel Kurtz is returning to Scala. Nearly 30 years after it opened in Bangkok, Apocalypse Now will be screened this Sunday at noon at Scala, as part of Thai Film Archive's World's Classic Cinema series.

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    Sleep, dreams, splendour

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/01/2016

    » In Apichatpong Weerasethakul's new film, the ghosts are awake and the people are asleep. A war is being fought, but that war is invisible. Above the ground, soldiers are sleeping. Underneath, an ancient graveyard hums. At the centre of it all is a middle-aged lady, her leg damaged, her dreams interrupted, her memory luminous. She stares into the past, or maybe the future, and what she glimpses, in that limbo between sleep and life, is a cemetery of splendour.

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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands yet again

    Life, Published on 24/04/2018

    » "IIt's fun. You feel more silly doing your superhero thing on your own," said Benedict Cumberbatch to a group of Asian journalists. "Then when you're doing it with other people watching you, especially if they're Robert Downey Jr., you feel even more silly."

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    A battle worth fighting

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 19/01/2018

    » Towards the end of 12 Strong -- the new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced war movie that hit Thai theatres this week -- there is a scene featuring protagonist Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), in full US army war-gear, leading a charging column of Afghan freedom-fighters on horseback into a Taliban gunline, complete with tanks and missile-launchers. In true Hollywood super-soldier fashion, the captain picks off jihadists left and right while holding his assault rifle one-handed, sprinting his horse headfirst into a flurry of scything machine-gun rounds. He comes out the other side unscathed of course, thanks to his prodigious plot armour, and proceeds to save the day as scores of freedom fighters are cut down all around him.

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    Devil on the doorstep

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/02/2018

    » You go into a Lav Diaz's movie as if you were going into a church, or a trench war, or an ultra-marathon: you prepare for the epic length, the brutal transcendentalism and the implacable burden of history that hit you like a blow.

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    Modern-day creature feature

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/02/2018

    » An eccentric love story between a woman and an amphibious creature, Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water has moved ahead to the front-runner spot in the Oscar's Best Picture, racking up the total of 13 nominations including the four acting categories. Del Toro's trick of turning B-movie grotesquerie -- interspecies sex, for instance -- into a darling of cinema bourgeois can still work wonders. And while this sweet and weird story isn't entirely unpredictable -- think mid-century beauty-and-the-beast flicks such as King Kong or, obviously, Creature From The Black Lagoon -- the director's imagination gives it an authentic vintage texture and enough doses of shocks and blood.

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    Black Panther's not just another Marvel money-grab

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Since Doctor Strange, released in 2016, Marvel has been on an impressive roll. The studio's next three films -- Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok -- were all critically acclaimed successes, praised for their creativity and refreshing tweaks to the usual superhero formula. The films were a much-needed second wind to the ever-bloated Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), proving to audiences that even after more than 15 films, there is still room for us to be wowed by the studio's colourful and bombastic superhero shenanigans.

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    Neon-splashed altered reality

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 09/02/2018

    » Part Blade Runner, part samurai Western, Netflix's Altered Carbon is one of its most interesting originals yet. With its 10-episode season released last Friday, the series is set in a futuristic, neon-splashed world, where death has been conquered thanks to a mysterious alien technology that allows people to digitally store their consciousness and personalities before downloading them into new bodies.

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