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    Doc lovers rejoice!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/03/2016

    » It is high time for audiences who appreciate the rough-edged reality of documentary films. Of the five nominees of the Oscar for best documentary feature, three had a regular release in Bangkok cinemas (Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence), something unthinkable a few years ago when no distributor wanted to risk showing non-fiction films in cinemas. Now there is almost always at least one documentary film at SF CentralWorld, with the initiation of the independent outfit Documentary Club (in the programme now is The Hunting Ground, about rape crimes in American universities).

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    A Thai hero's remarkable contributions get an airing

    Life, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Next Wednesday will be the centennial of the late Puey Ungphakorn, known as the founding father of modern Thai economy and recently named by UNESCO as one of the world's most important people for his "impeccable ethics".

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    Queue up for queer films

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 10/06/2016

    » Thailand's only LGBT film festival, the Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (BGLFF), has returned for a second year, under the theme "Love Wins". From today until Jun 19, a total of 12 international LGBT films from within the past year will be screening at EmQuartier's CineArt theatre. Here's the handiest list out there of what to expect to help you plan an awesome gay movie-watching week.

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    All eyes on Asia

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Asia's premier cine-event took off last night. The 23rd Busan International Film Festival once again draws all attention to the South Korean port city as it hosts the annual showcase of films, especially Asian films. One part to promote the South Korean film industry -- a formidable machine of creativity and commerce -- and one part to reign as a centre of filmmaking activity in this part of the world, Busan has gone through some bumps, political and managerial, but remains steadfast in being in the biggest in Asia.

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    Music to move to

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 26/07/2016

    » The fascinating sounds of "Lollywood" (Pakistani cinema) soundtracks have been exploding from the World Beat turntable for the past week, courtesy of an excellent recent double vinyl compilation, 'Life Is Dance!' Plugged-In Sounds Of Wonder At The Pakistani Picture House (Finders Keepers, 2011). The compilation was sourced from EMI Pakistan's vast archives by Chris Menist, DJ partner of Zudrangma's Maft Sai and a member of local favourites the Paradise Bangkok Molam International band, and is a part of the series called "Sounds of Wonder".

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    Soulful, sorrowful, tragic

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/08/2015

    » Amy is a biographical documentary of the singer Amy Winehouse, but it is also a horror film. Watching it is like watching a ghost, a confused, tortured ghost of a woman who has boundless talent in singing and none in living. As we watch Amy Winehouse -- in home video footage, concert recordings, TV interviews, etc -- it hits us that we're watching her being killed slowly at every passing minute; killed by herself, her addiction, and by the cruel ecosystem of the fame industry that feeds first on her gift then more voraciously on her downfall. This is one of the best documentary films this year, and in some parts it's also one of the hardest to watch.

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    Room roams from director's tight rein

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/02/2016

    » In Room, Brie Larson plays a mother who raises her five-year-old child in the confinement of a room after she has been kidnapped and locked up by a sex abuser. The scenario here is cinematic and psychological: the "room" represents the entire existence that the boy has known since birth, and the mother-son dynamic is regulated by the physical parameters of the place, which in turn define their perceptions of life. To everyone else, the room is prison. To the boy, it is the world.

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    Everything's hunky Dory

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 17/06/2016

    » It's been 13 years since the world has come to know every single clownfish on the planet as Nemo. And now our favourite fish are back in this sidekick-getting-its-own-story sequel in Finding Dory.

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    The air of familiarity

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/02/2015

    » Three artists, three exhibitions, three mediums, one message

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    Letters of reconciliation

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 26/05/2015

    » When a gay child has to deal with years of rejection at the hands of their own parents, writing a letter to them can help unleash years of pent-up hurt feelings that can hopefully eventually lead to some form of reconciliation.   

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