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    Our newest mission is to love the bomb

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/07/2017

    » Like all soap addicts, I caught glimpses of the debut episode of the television series Love Missions last week. Not a strand of hair misplaced despite his dangerous expedition, Capt Purich (played by Sukollawat Kanarot) enters a red zone to battle terrorists after they've abducted foreign delegates from a conference in Bangkok. "This act of terrorism has a big boss behind it," intones the captain.


    Fear of social change a step back

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/08/2014

    » Those who live permanently in the past can't see the inevitability of the present. Those who worship the stegosaurus would do something so comical, so anachronistic as banning a computer game that most people have never heard of, prompting nearly everyone to hear about it and wanting to play it — just for kicks, just for a slap to the face, just to prove that techno-terrorism will leave the dinosaurs behind. In the world of bandwidth, in a time when information always slips through the iron fist like water or like pus, in short, in the downloadable, Wiki-leakable 21st century — banning data is the practice of ants trapped in prehistoric amber.


    Time is not on our side

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/01/2018

    » This is a note on an important Thai film that is unlikely to be shown in Thailand. Such is the fate of home-grown cinema in a time of disease, the time of a black hole.


    Oscar contenders from around the world

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/11/2017

    » A record 92 films have been submitted to the Oscar Foreign Language Film category. We take a look at some


    The boy wonder of French politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/07/2017

    » Now that he rules France -- first by winning the presidency and when his party won a majority in the French parliamentary election last month -- Emmanuel Macron has become a subject of close scrutiny. The Netflix documentary Emmanuel Macron: Behind The Rise won't give you deep insight into the remarkable rise of the youngest French president in history; the film works, instead, as a campaign history and a personality sketch of this boyish, industrious, intelligent politician who, at first, seemed surprised by his own ascendancy.


    Wake me up when Thaiism rings true

    Oped, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/02/2018

    » It has been widely translated as “Thainess”. But “Thainess” may not be accurate when describing Thai Niyom, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s latest catchphrase and sort-of policy. The correct term in English, I propose, should be “Thaiism”, just like populism ( Pracha Niyom), nationalism ( Chat Niyom), conservatism ( Anurak Niyom), authoritarianism ( Amnat Niyom), or alcoholism, you know, the excessive use of alcohol to drown out grief and the pain of broken promises.


    'Double-tap' evil mustn't conquer hope

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/05/2017

    » In Pattani, the checkpoints are frequent, more frequent than Islamic prayers. Every few turns, your van goes through one. Sometimes the driver is asked to lower the window, other times the armed soldiers just peer inside and wave the vehicle onward.


    Playing the Trump card in our backyard

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/12/2015

    » Is there a pattern here? The world watches in incredulity at the apparent display of right-wing, ultra-nationalist, anti-otherness outpouring that crosses the line from ideology into bigotry — from Donald Trump and his “No-Muslim” policy to the xenophobia-toeing Marine Le Pen in France, to Thailand’s own finger-pointing mobs shouting hatred at student activists, the threat of mass arrests and now the criminalisation of Facebook’s “likes”. Seriously? When squeezed, a wound bursts with pus. And pus is everywhere in the news.


    The poetic ramblings of John Torres

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 26/06/2015

    » John Torres, a Filipino filmmaker and punk-rock musician, makes films that look and sound like symbolist poems. Thoughts, images, history, vignettes, fiction, fact, faces in the crowds and disembodied voices floating in and out — they come together, clash and converse, coalescing into a stream as lucid as it is mysterious. In Todo Todo Teros (2006), Torres imagines moviemaking as a form of terrorism, which is perhaps what cinema should be, not only in Manila, where the director lives and works, but everywhere on this typhoon-infested side of the world. In Years When I Was A Child Outside (2008), the haunting secret about the filmmaker's father becomes a dream from which he cannot wake up. In Refrains Happen Like Revolutions In A Song (2010), a girl who's not exactly herself goes around a village as the past and the present become indistinguishable (as in poetry, why should they?).


    A tale of wise men, fools and Facebook

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/05/2014

    » The camouflaged iceberg hit the already punctured Titanic, and we mistook it for a lifeboat. I wasn’t on the ship when it happened; I learned about it, naturally, from Facebook, Twitter and Line. If social media had a smell, it would smell like dust and rotting fruit (or to some, flowers). More likely it would smell like napalm in the morning, as Robert Duvall said in that film. It would smell like fear mistaken for the stench of victory.

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