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    Of madness and joy

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 25/11/2019

    » We review two original works -- a Thai-language political satire and an English-language musical -- with LGBTQ central characters.

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    A story told a hundred different ways

    Life, Pattarawadee Saengmanee, Published on 13/11/2019

    » The annual khon masked dance returns to Thailand Cultural Centre, with this year's feature being the episode Sueb Marga: The Adventures Of Hanuman. To help enhance the audience experience, a special accompanying exhibition provides different interpretations of the beloved tale.

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    Zombie killing spree continues

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 01/11/2019

    » After a decade since its original film came out, the sequel to a cult favourite zombie apocalypse movie has finally arrived. Zombieland: Double Tap satisfies old and new generations of zombie flick fans in the same fashion of blood-and-gore, with plenty more laughter.

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    The Future isn't now

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 29/08/2019

    » A term I keep encountering is "The Future". You see it on billboards everywhere. Stadiums, department stores, condos, supermarkets, restaurants, theatres, whatever. They eschew the current autos and mobile phones and computers. Space rockets are only a generation or two away.

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    Who knew space could be so shallow?

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 21/07/2017

    » To be honest, there's a lot that Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets -- the latest space opera from French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Taken) -- does well. Its universe, filled with diverse alien creatures and sprawling cities, brings to mind the likes of Star Wars, so rich with life and culture. The diversity of the aliens makes the action equally exciting, as the esoteric weapons and technology of each race come into play in unexpected ways. It's also quite humorous, with a surprisingly light-hearted script for a movie about genocide and military conspiracies.

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    Off the bad guys

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 23/06/2017

    » Nations are paranoid, apprehensive that they will be attacked from one direction or another. History has shown that today's friends may well be tomorrow's enemies. So they pre-emptively draw up plans for war against neighbours and distant lands, stockpiling weapons.

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    Far-fetched plot

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/12/2016

    » Three decades ago a Baltimore, Maryland, insurance man Tom Clancy entered the literary world with The Hunt For Red October. Acclaimed critically and popularly, he never looked back. Never in the military, his interest and research in the weapons of war elevated him to the rank of military analyst.

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    Living by the sword

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 07/05/2015

    » For Tommy Dunne, the weapons master of Game Of Thrones, fiddling around with Swarovski-encrusted swords, bronze shields, bows and spears is all in a day's work. Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff even roped him into a season four cameo as the blacksmith who reforges Ned Starks's Ice into the iconic swords, Oathkeeper and Widow.

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    Stewart celebrates stars redefining sexuality

    Life, Published on 02/05/2019

    » Kristen Stewart says she felt a "huge responsibility'' to define her sexuality after finding fame in the "Twilight'' movie franchise. But she's glad today's young stars don't have to do so.

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    More old hat

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 14/09/2015

    » Together with their military, British boffins played a major role in defeating their Teutonic foes. Their whizz kids -- scientists, academic -- came up with radar and opened up the Enigma machine. (During World War I they invented the tank.) Hitler's boast of winning the war with secret weapons was played down.

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