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    Screen stealers

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 21/09/2018

    » It's not news that the Thai film industry is doing well and the films being produced are not just successful in Thailand, are also gaining recognition outside the country. Thai blockbusters, however, are the usual: rom-coms, comedies, horror movies, horror-comedies, with a few action movies thrown in for good measure. But these aren't the entirety of the movies being made in the Kingdom. Just last week, Manta Ray won an award at the Venice Film Festival. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of other Thai films that have not only gained recognition outside of Thailand but have also received awards.


    Thailand in film

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 27/07/2018

    » It has been a few weeks since the rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team from Tham Luang cave. With the successful and miraculous feel-good news of the rescue, it was inevitable that plans to dramatise the entire ordeal will be made into a movie. Reportedly, six film production companies are in talks with the Thai government and have expressed interest in obtaining rights to make a dramatic movie version of the events.


    2018 in geek

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 26/01/2018

    » It's a good year to be nerd! Actually, it's a good year every year. 2018 has a lot of things in store for us nerds, from movies to games, so strap yourselves in. Let's get ready for a whole year of intense fanboying/fangirling!


    Cinema paradiso

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 19/01/2018

    » Independent cinemas are few and far between in Thailand. While people are able to enjoy various films in every mall imaginable, those shown in such chains cater to a mass audience. Although we love our big-budget blockbusters with their high-profile movie stars and dazzling special effects, all the while being seated comfortably in a luxurious, state-of-the-art cinema, they eventually become mundane after multiple repeated viewings. Therefore for some of us, we long to watch something different.


    Talking Bright

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 05/01/2018

    » Released globally a few weeks ago, Bright is the ambitious Netflix original genre-bending film that stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as cops in a present-day Los Angeles inhabited by mythical creatures like orcs and elves. The film is Netflix's biggest film to date with a budget of $90 million as well as a global press tour prior to the film's release. Guru was able to be part of the Japan premiere and press junket and had an opportunity to talk to producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless, director David Ayer (who also directed Will Smith in Suicide Squad), and actress Noomi Rapace about Bright.


    Not your mama's movies

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 02/06/2017

    » It's that time of the year when summer blockbusters are about to invade the cinemas. And while we're stoked to see superheroes swing into action or travel the open seas with an inebriated pirate, there are times when we just want to get away from all the CGI-ness of big budget films. Enter Bangkok Underground Film Festival, a place where you can enjoy local indie films, short films and discover new filmmakers. The films screened here are not necessarily the typical ones you'll be used to watching. Therefore, if you're after mainstream films, then perhaps you should go watch some lifeguards running in slow motion instead. Go figure.


    12 Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2017

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 30/12/2016

    » A thoughtful mixture of mega blockbusters and more curious titles.


    Pass the popcorn

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 07/10/2016

    » Do you ever just wonder what filmmakers or film critics watch to unwind? Or what was the movie that did wonders for them? Are they all going to be so esoteric, or do some of them love the same stupid films we do? We decided to find out by calling up a variety of local influencers in the industry -- some godly, others up-and-coming but interesting -- and inviting them to speak candidly about films. See which of the following film experts and rookies you could hypothetically have a movie date with, based on their answers to 10 questions.


    Youth, love and heartache

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 23/09/2016

    » In Bangkok, when you're down for a movie, it's rare to have the opportunity to see short films by emerging Thai filmmakers -- about as rare as it is for these types of films to be screened in a theatre as popular as SFX. This is exactly why Lost In Blue is important. Lost In Blue is a collection of three short films by young Thai visionaries playing in theatres now. Last year, we interviewed one of the filmmakers, Paphawee Jinnasith, for her short Glowstick, which is also showing in this event. This year, we wanted to get to know another featured filmmaker. Guru talks to 24-year-old Aekaphong Saransate about the movie event and his film Fon.


    12 nights of European films

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 24/06/2016

    » It's that time of year again. The time of year to get lost in European romance, tragedy, history, comedy and perhaps a little bit of all. If you've got the conviction and resources to catch all 17 films across 12 days, by all means carpe diem. But if you're looking for a little guidance in choosing screenings, here are our top five picks of the festival.

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