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    The skin I live in

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/01/2019

    » The body is a temple. But it can also be a torture chamber, from which escape, while possible, is soul-crushing. Lukas Dhont's Girl is an emphatic, moving story about Lara (Victor Polster), a Belgian trans teen at an elite ballet school who's going through male-to-female gender reassignment. That she has to contend with her own hormones and pre-assigned biological specifics, as well as the fact that her chosen career mandates extreme rigour in how the body should bend and behave, Lara's fight is nothing short of heroic. And in that vein, the film is as well.


    Some Southeast Asian picks from the Busan International Film Festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/10/2018

    » How do Aceh and Japan, two places that seem unrelated, separated by a vast distance of land and sea, connect on the personal and historical level?


    Drenchedin love

    Brunch, Duangkamol Panya, Published on 17/06/2018

    » Of the many things South Korea is famous for, its TV dramas rank high up on the list. We're talking about the combination of intense and addictive storylines, the distinctive production style, catchy soundtracks and -- let's not forget -- plenty of ridiculously good-looking and talented stars capable of stealing viewers' hearts with just a glance.


    More Nazi bashing

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 30/09/2016

    » Scholars of ancient times are discovering that the further back their research takes them the more history and myths become entwined. There seems to have always been priests to explain the meaning and workings of the cosmos, coming up with new religions to support their explanations.


    The sound of silence

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 16/09/2016

    » As is true of most horror films, it's the silent, creeping moments of uncertainty leading up to the jumps-scares that create the most suspense, as audiences tense up in anticipation, hoping against hope that the main characters be spared any horrendous fate lying around the corner. Don't Breathe, the aptly named sophomore feature from director Fede Alvarez (who also did the 2013 remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead), embodies this philosophy to the hilt, taking its audience on a relentless train-ride of white-knuckle tension from start to finish.


    Spotlight shines bright

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/01/2016

    » Journalistic courage is a timely topic, and the example given by the team in Spotlight shows how legwork, doggedness and conviction can rattle the pillars of the establishment when society needs it.


    Evocative hymn to Thai rice

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/01/2015

    » This is the film you simply have to see this weekend. Uruphong Raksasad's Pleng Khong Kao (The Songs Of Rice) is a lyrical poetry of image and sound, as beautiful as 19th-century pastoral paintings and as evocative as murmured hymns. In a compact 75 minutes, we see muddied beasts stomping the paddies and whirring tractors aglow with nocturnal eyes; we hear the chanting for the Rice Goddess and rhythmic windpipe numbers for the harvest dance. We even marvel, unlikely as it seems, at a zonk-out sci-fi rendition of a northeastern rocket festival, ablaze with fire and sparks and songs and joy.


    Moonrise at Cannes

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

    » Pre-teen love and rainbow eccentricity opened the 65th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom served up an unusually amusing, toybox-like fantasy as a curtain raiser to the 12-day festival known for its roll-call of prestigious titles and pensive arthouse fares. But actually, Anderson's film about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and elope captures the dual modality that Cannes has always juggled with masterful trickery: an auteur movie by a brand-name filmmaker, and a dash of Hollywood magnetics and red carpet-worthy cast. This year we'll especially see that a lot more in the next 10 days.


    Oh so very sorry, No euro ban yet, Leave alone me, Too much flesh

    News, Mae Moo, Published on 06/07/2014

    » DJ and actor Paranyu “Tack” Rojanavudtitham is wondering how to match the extravagant apology offered by his girlfriend last week for a recent misunderstanding, after he was allegedly caught seeing another girl.


    Theatre, actually

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 26/03/2014

    » Being an actress is sometimes a swift pass to stardom. The spotlight, the red carpet, fame, feverish attention from the public — and of course a seemingly inexhaustible heap of money not only from acting but also for simply showing up at events or doing TV commercials.

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