Limitless Cinema in Broken English

July 31, 2008

PERFECT GIFT: CALENDAR 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:19 pm

FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST

Ytre Rymden Dansskola
http://www.myspace.com/ytrerymdendansskola

This band is from Norway. They make dub/electro music.

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–I wish I could go to see RARE VIEWS, which is Ohm Phanphiroj’s photo exhibition at Liam’s Gallery in Pattaya.
http://www.liamsgallery.com/

Ohm Phanphiroj’s website:
http://www.ohmphotography.com/

–You can buy Ohm Phanphiroj’s book and calendar at Whitespace Gallery in Lido, Bangkok.
http://www.whitesp-ce.com/gallery/#null

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–PERFECT GIFT: 2009 Calendar

1.ICON MEN 2009

2.MAGNIFIQUE 2009 by Fred Goudon

3.ATHLETES 2009 by Joe Oppedisano

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This is my comment in Peter Nellhaus’ blog about TSUGUMI (1990, Jun Ichikawa):
http://www.coffeecoffeeandmorecoffee.com/archives/2008/07/tsugumi.html#more

“Thank you for writing about the difference between the novel and the film. I didn’t know about it. I have never read Yoshimoto’s novel, but I have seen KITCHEN (1997, Yim Ho, A-) and TSUGUMI (A-). Though I have never read Yoshimoto’s work, I guess some power of her novels may be lost in the films, because both films are not as powerful as it should be. I still love Jun Ichikawa’s films, though, especially DYING AT A HOSPITAL (1993).”

DIFFERENT THINKING IS NO CRIME

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:03 pm

I copied the news below from Prachatai’s website:
http://www.prachatai.com/english/news.php?id=721

“Labour woman leader sacked for wearing T-shirt defiant of lèse majesté law

Prachatai
31 July 2008
News

The leader of one of Thailand’s largest textile labour unions has been fired because she wore a campaign T-shirt challenging lèse majesté laws when she appeared on a TV programme.

Jitra Kotchadet, leader of the Triumph International (Thailand) Labor Union, wore a black campaign t-shirt with the slogan ‘Not Standing is No Crime, Different Thinking is No Crime’, while appearing as a guest on the NBT channel’s Krong Satanakarn talk-show programme to discuss the issue of abortion on April 24, 2008. The campaign was in support of Chotisak Onsoong who had been charged with lèse majesté for not standing for the royal anthem in a cinema.

After the broadcast, Jitra’s choice to wear the T-shirt was made a target of criticism by the Manager media group and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) (see 130 activists and academics condemn Manager media group). She was summoned by her employer for an explanation, and she explained that she was wearing it during the airtime at that night, not working time, and her trade union was a separate legal entity that did not represent the Body Fashion (Thailand) Ltd. She insisted on her right to wear the shirt and support the cause. Her employer went silent. During that time, the trade union was preparing to make demands, which were quite strong, and they even planned to call a strike. However, things went smoothly, with the employer’s partial consent to the demands.

Jitra said that the employer however later lodged a complaint at the Labour Court seeking to dismiss her for deliberately damaging the company’s reputation by wearing the shirt. The company claimed that her support for Chotisak in his lèse majesté case created a public perception that the company also supported Chotisak’s action, hence the court case to clear its name.

Jitra said that on July 29 she was summoned to meet the employer and was told termination of her employment was allowed by the Court as of July 8, but the employer said that they instead chose to inform her on that day and the termination would take effect on the following day, July 30. According to the employer, a summons had been issued for her twice, but she had never seen them. She believed that her dismissal was part of an attempt to abolish the union, using the lèse majesté as a pretext.

As leader of the union, Jitra has always fought the employer for welfare improvements, including shuttle bus services, costs of workers’ uniforms, etc.

Jitra has been working for 16 years, and has been active in the labour movement. At her age and because of her past activities, she doubts she could find employment elsewhere.

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For my own safety, I will disable the comment section in this post. I hope you understand. :-)

July 29, 2008

POLL 28: SAME KIND OF STRANGE FEELINGS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:10 pm

This is about a poll in my bilingual blog at http://celinejulie.blogspot.com

 

 

My poll 28 is inspired by two Thai films and one Thai play that I just saw and like very much. They are THE THING (2008, Fari Tesprateep), PERFECT BALANCE? (2007, Parinya Janpengpen), and WAITING FOR G.D. (2008, Damkerng Thitapiyasak, Thai play). These three things have nothing in common, except that they are stranger than most narrative films or plays. They give me roughly the same kind of strange feelings. So I think I should make a list of my favorite films, plays, and also a novel, that give me that same kind of strange feelings.

I think this list is the strangest Iist I have made, because all of the things in the list cannot be appropriately categorized by using the same adjective. I think the word “strange” is actually too broad to cover all of these things, but I can’t think of any other words. Some of these things are absurd. Some are not. Some of these things are surreal. Some are allegorical. Some contain symbols. Some are about human conditions. I put all of these things into the same list just because I feel that they should be compared to one another. I make this list depending on my feelings. I feel that many of the things in this list share something in common, but I don’t know how to describe it. I just feel it.

–For more information on THE THEATRE OF THE ABSURD, please read:
http://www.theatredatabase.com/20th_century/theatre_of_the_absurd.html

THESE GREAT FILMS/THINGS GIVE ME THE SAME KIND OF STRANGE FEELINGS. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?

1.ABSENCE (Peter Handke, novel)
I borrowed this book from the Goethe Institute’s library many years ago. I don’t know if it is available or not.

This is the description of this novel from www.amazon.com :
“German author Handke ( Afternoon of a Writer ) enlarges the recurrent metaphysical preoccupations of his prolific output in this latest challenging and rewarding novel. The story’s four nameless protagonists meander through a surreally disconnected and flattened landscape. An old artist, a gambler ignorant of himself, a callow soldier whose self-effacing “absence” is a defense against the world, and a vain woman whose frantic mirror-staring fails to make her present to herself, “roam”–as the novel’s epigraph from Chuang Tzusp ok puts it–”in the palace of Nowhere, where all things are one.” As they wander across an almost featureless northern plain, the past, present and future become one and the characters’ insubstantial identities collapse into one another. But when they detect legible symbols in the surrounding blankness and read them with conviction, the landscape springs into recognizable life and the characters discover their strength. In this smoothly written fable, Handke forcefully summons readers to the recognition that the essence of human life lies in the striving for self-expression even though its perfect realization must always remain elusive.”

2.THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE (2004, James Lee, Malaysia)

3.THE CASTLE (1997, Michael Haneke, Austria)

4.LE COMPLEXE DE THENARDIER (2002, Jean-Michel Ribes, French play)

The recording of this play was shown at Alliance Francaise in Bangkok a few years ago. It is adapted from Josef Pliya’s play.

This is the synopsis:
http://www.nac-cna.ca/en/nacnews/viewnews.cfm?ID=594&cat=catFT

“Outside, the world is destroyed. There was — there is? — a civil war, ethnic cleansing. Inside, life goes on as usual for the lady of the house and her servant girl, Vido, who owes her mistress her safety but is desperate to escape. Between them, words. Never a full-blown confrontation, but a slow accretion of words and phrases that gradually strangle them. Has young Vido been a little less attentive to her household tasks since she met that “blue-haired” soldier? She longs to find her real mother, her real father. She yearns to break free of her abusive bond with this haughty, cruel, endlessly humiliating woman, this “mother” who tells her, like a slap in the face: “I’m using you to reconstruct the gaps in my own childhood.”

This is an excerpt from the dialogue in LE COMPLEXE DE THENARDIER:
http://entractes.sacd.fr/en/oeuvre_edite2.php?idoeuvre=265&l=ma

“THE MOTHER: People say such nonsense. Times of peace are hard. Before, during the war, you opened your windows and there were colours everywhere. They would say anything – that things would be better in times of peace, and that the lights would stop going out. And they said that a house cleaner comes cheap and all you have to do is wish for one. So people imagine all kinds of things in the middle of a war. They imagine a maid who does everything and smiles as if she means it. You dream of things being cared for, of lavender and flowers being watered. And even if it isn’t true, you dream anyway. […]People say such nonsense. Times of war are easier. In the crux of winter, you open your door to an unknown woman and all your childhood memories come flooding back. Your brothers and sisters shouting in the courtyard, your mother’s orders flying with the dust, little hands running like ants. And time. Time to laugh at nothing because it’s good to laugh; time to chat about this one and that one, about yourself and the whole world. Time in the kitchen for endless cooking that you drag out even longer because you’ve got so much time. Time to live. […] People say such nonsense. There are no masters, no slaves. There are ways of living or surviving, and when you can’t take any more of war and violence, you search for whatever you can get, and you take what you find. And what you find is childhood, the vast landscape of your childhood. There’s the courtyard, the shouting, the voices and the kitchen. And a mother saying “Lemon” and ten little hands rushing to hand her the lemon. “Fountain” and my sisters and I were flooded with drops of water from head to toe. “Dreams” and we could sleep peacefully until noon since those little hands were there for the coffee, the tea, and the chicory. […]People say such nonsense. Times don’t change. There is no before and no now. There is no here or elsewhere. There is no gratitude, no consideration or respect. Only one thing remains: self-interest. Anything can be bought, sold and paid for. Anything. There is no humanity. No humanity”

This is a clip from LE COMPLEXE DE THENARDIER, though not from the version I saw:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwxfZ79MNL4

5.CHICKEN SMILE (2005, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, Thailand)

6.CUBE (1997, Vincenzo Natali, Canada)

7.DEAD 1+ (2007, Ko & Edge Co., Japanese play)

This is a clip fro Ko & Edge Co.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_aP3xBiV-E

8.THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972, Luis Bunuel, France)

9.GROB (FRAME) (2001, Nat Rittarom, Thailand)

10.HISTORY OF CHEMISTRY (2004, Lu Chunsheng, China)

The synopsis below is from
http://www.galerie-meile.ch/nav/top/artists/text/default.htm?view_ArtistItem_OID=56

“With its masterly photography and outstanding sound track, History of Chemistry (29’27″, 2004) is a b/w and colour video without speech and having a mirror-like structure in which poetry and reality, nature and industry, inner and external worlds are confronted and questioned by a captain with a scanty crew and no ship, the protagonist of the third short movie by Chinese artist Lu Chunsheng (1968). It is a captain who has gone adrift, wrecked on a strange land where he is cast in an adventure that becomes a quest for practical and existential solutions. Circumstances, individual fears and the search for knowledge all impact the different characters and especially the captain, whose sense of responsibility brings him to walk alone and resolutely towards an industrial complex. By realizing and accepting the necessity of a painful decision, he starts his voyage to conquer a new territory of awareness – the inevitability of progress. By means of a hammer, the captain restarts a metaphorical process of civilization and shapes the world according to a rational framework. The voice of the main symbolic elements of the video – water, earth, sky and industry- are thus overwhelmed by the thrilling rhythm of the human will.”

11.THE IMPRINT (1975, Jacques Cardon, French animation)

These are images from Cardon, though not from the film THE IMPRINT:
http://www.irancartoon.com/100/exhibition/cardon/

12.PERFECT BALANCE? (2007, Parinya Janpengpen, Thailand)
The film is too short for me to understand, but I still like it very much.

13.THE RETURN (2008, Baek Kyoung-suk, Korean play)
http://nottle.co.kr/englishnottle1.htm

14.SHATTER ROOM NO. 0 (2008, Teerawat Mulvilai + Jarunun Phantachat, Thai play)

15.SIDA? (2005, Santiphap Inkong-ngam, Thailand)

16.THE THING (2008, Fari Tesprateep, Thailand)
I didn’t understand this film at all. It is very weird. However, Thisisgis wrote about an interpretation of this film in his blog, and I think I agree with him about the interpretation.

Thisisgis wrote about it in Thai here:
http://thisisgis.multiply.com/journal/item/111/111

17.WAITING FOR G.D. (2008, Damkerng Thitapiyasak, Thai play)
http://crescentmoonspace.blogspot.com/

18.WELCOME TO NOTHING (2008, Noppan Boonyai, Thai play)

19.WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan)

20.YASUJIRO’S JOURNEY (2004, Faozan Rizal, Indonesia)

Nathan Andersen wrote about this film in Senses of Cinema:
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/06/38/rizal.html

“The younger man’s journey, as it is portrayed in this impressive and atmospheric debut film, is not so much a literal quest to find an older man but a spiritual quest to find himself in the foreign landscape his ancestor had wandered. The fact he never does find what he is looking for, and is himself never found again, is relevant to a reading of one of the more peculiar scenes in the film, in which the younger Yasujiro meticulously stacks a series of stones into a pillar that fills the height of the screen, then moves away, shows dissatisfaction, knocks it over, and then builds again.”

You can cast multiple votes.

–I wanted to include HALLUCINATION (2002, Sopon Sakdapisit, 16 min, A+++++) in this list, because the film is also about a surreal situation in a toilet, in which many characters can’t seem to agree whether the time is night or day. But I exclude the film from this list because the situation becomes explainable in the end. What we just saw is just a hallucination of someone who took amphetamine.

–DOPPELSTECKER (1986, Richard Blank, West Germany) also gives me the same kind of strange feelings, but I don’t like this film as much as other things in the list.

FILM AND REAL LIFE 8: “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE” IS A FEEL-GOOD MOVIE COMPARED TO THE REALITY IN THAILAND

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:59 pm

I felt very bad after watching the copyrighted vcd of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978, Meir Zarchi, A+). The film is too powerful for me. But I felt much worse after reading the news of Aruni Tongprom. Reality is always worse than fiction, especially in this case.

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE may make me feel bad to watch the rape and torture scene in the film, but the film still shows that the woman succeeds in her revenge, and there seems to be no police chasing after her. Is this a kind of happy ending? Purely fictional kind of happy ending?

The reality is much worse than that. I just knew from Guru Magazine about the case of Aruni Tongprom and Aswin Wongwitaya. A man attempted to rape Aruni, so she cried for help. Aswin tried to help her by fighting with the rapist, and then Aruni killed the rapist by using her knife.

Then the court of Thailand sentenced Aruni and Aswin to jail.

What does this mean? Does Thai law wants to say that if someone wants to rape and kill us or our daughters, we should do nothing and let them rape and kill us, because if we try to defend ourselves, that means we break the law?

In my own opinion, I think Aruni and Aswin should be freed.

The case of Aruni makes me feel much worse than what happens in I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, because I can live with the fact that there are evil men around us who may want to kill or hurt us, but it’s hard for me to live with the fact that Thai law prefers us to be raped and killed, instead of defending ourselves.

I copied the following piece of news from Bangkok Post’s website:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/100708_News/10Jul2008_news03.php

“A former Thai boxer who intervened to prevent a woman being raped has been jailed, along with the woman he saved, for accidentally killing the attacker.

The incident, on Aug 29, 2005, was viewed by the Criminal Court yesterday as an attempt to bludgeon a person to death.

The judge sentenced former boxer Aswin Wongwitaya, 27, to three years in prison. The woman, Aruni Tongprom, 40, was given two years in jail.

According to the prosecution, Aswin admitted he “lightly kicked” the would-be rapist, identified only as Ya.

The woman admitted she used a knife to slash the attacker’s face several times after he collapsed due to a series of blows from Aswin.

“I was frightened after seeing his blood, so Aswin and I fled. I never thought he would die,” Aruni told the court.

The judge ruled that Aruni acted out of anger and also fined her 100 baht for carrying a weapon in public without a valid reason.

All the punishments were halved because the two confessed to the killing.

Aruni was a vendor of Buddhist amulets at Sanam Luang.

On the day of the incident she was asleep at her stall and was woken by Ya, a scavenger, who was drunk and tried to rape her, the court was told.

Aruni managed to escape and ran for help. Aswin responded to her call.

Aswin approached Ya and kicked him several times in Muay Thai style.

Aswin later told police that he had been a boxer before he became a street vendor.

The officers found Aswin had earlier been jailed for three years for throwing an imitation grenade at Bangkok Metropolitan Administration inspectors, or thetsakit, behind the Criminal Court.

“THE GREEN RAY” IS THE WINNER

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:17 pm

My poll 27 ended with 6 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

“THESE FILMS/THINGS MAKE ME THINK OR RE-THINK ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?

1.THE GREEN RAY (1986, Eric Rohmer, France)

It got 3 votes, or 50 %.

2. FIELD OF DREAMS (1989, Phil Alden Robinson, USA)
+FRAGRANCE OF THE WIND (2007, Chaiwat Wiansantai, Thailand)
+I DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN’T GOT (Sinead O’Connor, song lyrics)
+THE LAST TIME I COMMITTED SUICIDE (1997, Stephen T. Kay, USA)
+MISS FIRECRACKER (1989, Thomas Schlamme, USA)
+THE RAPTURE (1991, Michael Tolkin, USA)
+SHE IS READING NEWSPAPER (2005, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, Thailand)
+SOLITUDE (Alexander Pope, poem)
+VALERIE FLAKE (1999, John Putch, USA)

Each of these films/things got 2 votes, or 33 %.

11.BEYOND… (2008, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Thai paintings)
+BIRCHES (Robert Frost, poem)
+FOR SALE (1998, Laetitia Masson, France)
+GILLES’ WIFE (2004, Frederic Fonteyne, Belgium)
+THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN (1978, Peter Handke, West Germany)
+NEW YEAR AGAIN (2008, Winai Kitcharoen, Thailand)
+SHIRLEY VALENTINE (1989, Lewis Gilbert, UK)
+SUPPOSE THAT HE LOVE ME (1976, Krissana Asokesin, Thai novel)
+TWO STORIES ABOUT DHAMMA (2008, Natchanon Jitweerapat + Issara Kollum, Thailand)+WHERE’S THE HAPPINESS (2007, Janejira Thanasinlapakul, Thailand)”

Each of these films/things got 1 vote, or 16 %.

–I’m very glad that THE GREEN RAY got the most votes, because this is one of my most favorite films of all time. However, I didn’t vote for this film, because in terms of “searching for happiness”, I’m not sure if the ending of this film corresponds to my idea of happiness.

I love the ending of this film very much. It makes me feel very great. I felt like crying in delight, like the protagonist of THE GREEN RAY, when I was watching the ending of this film. But I’m not sure why. I don’t understand why the ending of THE GREEN RAY can overwhelm me like that. Is it because at that moment Delphine has understood herself? Is it because at that moment Delphine has understood her heart? Is it because she can be at peace with herself? I’m not sure. But two things in that scene don’t correspond to my idea of happiness—the cute man and the green ray. According to my idea of happiness, Delphine should be happy, though she doesn’t find the green ray nor the cute man. Happiness shouldn’t depend on being loved by other people nor depend on some unnecessary things. But maybe the cute man and the green ray are not important in that scene. Maybe Delphine is happy because of other reasons, not because of these two things though they are present in the scene. I’m not sure about this thing.

Now I think I should buy a book in Kinokuniya Book Center in Siam Paragon. I notice that there’s a book called CLOSE UP 02, with an article on three films by Eric Rohmer—A GOOD MARRIAGE (1982), THE GREEN RAY, and AUTUMN TALE (1998). The article is written by Jacob Leigh. Maybe his article may make me understand why THE GREEN RAY has such a profound effect on me.
http://www.wallflowerpress.co.uk/publications/closeup/close-up02.html

–The ending of VALERIE FLAKE corresponds to my idea of happiness. Valerie Flake finds a cute guy. They love each other. But he wants to have a child, while she doesn’t want it. So she leaves him and begins her journey again. I love this kind of happiness—being independent and not needing love from other people.

–I love the poem SOLITUDE very much, though I regret I can’t do what the poem says at this moment—“thus, let me live, unseen, unknown”. If I want to do that, I should stop writing this blog. Maybe in the future. :-)

–A Thai short film called DAA (SCORN) (2008, Maythus Sirinawin, A+) also reminds me of a way to be happy. In this film, some people are scoffed very badly, but they seem to be happy, no matter how bad other people talk about them. This film reminds me that to be hated is not always the cause of being unhappy. You can be hated, and still be happy, if you don’t care about those people who hate you.

I just knew from Thisisgis’ blog that Maythus Sirinawin has posted some of his short films in Youtube. Unfortunately, he doesn’t post DAA in Youtube.

You can watch Maythus Sirinawin’s short films in the following link (I think they don’t have English subtitles):
http://www.youtube.com/user/Meathuz

July 28, 2008

STILL (2008, Wisarut Deelorm, A++++++++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:20 am

THAI FILMS SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ON JULY 27, 2008

1.Still / 2551 / 52 นาที / วิศรุต ดีล้อม A++++++++++
STILL (2008, Wisarut Deelorm, A++++++++++)

I love the first part of this film very much. The slowness and nocturnal atmosphere in this part unintentionally reminds me of my life more than 10 years ago. At that time, I could still have time to enjoy watching the beautiful darkness in the middle of the night. At that time, I liked waking up during the night, lying on my bed, staring into the darkness for a long time, and felt very very happy. I don’t have time to do something like that any more. Big thanks to the filmmaker of this film who allow me to enjoy tremendously some kind of moments I have been missing for a long time.

2.are you rolling ? / 2551 / 15 นาที / ชาติชาย ไชยยนต์ A+
ARE YOU ROLLING? (2008, Chatchai Chaiyont, A+)

3.เคาะ / 2550 / 20 นาที / วรรณรัตน์ ชัยสงคราม A/A-
KNOCK (2007, Wannarat Chaisongkram, A/A-)

4.แตกหนุ่ม / 2551 / 7 นาที / ฐิตาภา จุลเสนีย์ A-/B+
TAEK NUM (2008, Thitapa Julasenee, A-/B+)

5.เก่ง / 2551 / 25 นาที / พีระพร กุลพฤทธานนท์ B+
KENG (2008, Peeraporn Kulpruetanont, B+)

6.ห้องชีวิต / 2551 / 13 นาที / ธนชิต มุงคุณคำชาว B
ROOMS OF LIFE (2008, Tanachit Mungkunkamchao, B)

7.ไอ้เปี๊ยกเล็กหลุดโลก / 2551 / 40 นาที / อมรพล เจียมวงศ์สิริกุล B
A BRAVE SMALL BOY (2008, Amornpol Jiamwongsirikul, B)

8.สาม-สูญ / 2551 / 11 นาที / ภาณุวัฒน์ ทับทิมดี B-
THREE-ZERO (2008, Panuwat Tubtimdee, B-)

GERALD VAN DER KAAP’S VIDEO INSTALLATIONS TODAY

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:20 am

I think Gerald Van Der Kaap’s video installations will be shown today at 18.00 hrs at PSG Art Gallery. You can read the details at:
http://www.artaidsfund.org/FiveDaysEvent.html

You can watch some of Gerald Van Der Kaap’s works here:

1.FUCK MORE – Junkie XL featuring Lauren & Daniela
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmRJ9Z8uE_w
Directed by Gerald Van Der Kaap + Joost Van Bellen

2.WEIWEI (TRACK), XIAMEN, 2002 (2002-2007, Gerald Van Der Kaap)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrSGuB5dNCY

3.MATTHAUS PASSION (NEW GENERATION REMIX) (only part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvn-u17OQYY

I like the full version of this film very much. I saw it in a film festival at Silparkorn University in 2006, and included this film in my list of most favorite short films of 2006.
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/07/42/2006-world-poll-3.html#Phokaew

HYMN OF RECKONING (2006, Kent Lambert, A+++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 8:57 am

FAVORITE CLIPS

1.HYMN OF RECKONING (2006, Kent Lambert, A+++++)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEmplXlwUIA

I knew about this video from Ed Halter’s article.
http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/recycle-it-20080710

2.CORPORATE CANNIBAL (2008) – Grace Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgMn2OJmx3w

I knew about this video from
http://daily.greencine.com/archives/006442.html#more

I like the distorted images in CORPORATE CANNIBAL very much. This music video reminds me of the distorted images in

2.1 CHANGES – Planning to Rock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaP4yPWLnuA
Thanks to PC from Bioscope Webboard who told us about this artist.

2.2 ZOOM +/- (2008, Theerawat Maysasitthivit, Thai video installation, A+++++)
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=03-2008&date=23&group=9&gblog=35

2.3 BARNABY – My Toys Like Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB5jDUsmMyY

3.THE BOY FROM MARS (2005, Philippe Parreno, A+++++)
http://www.ubu.com/film/parreno_mars.html
Thanks to Filmsick who told me about this.

I saw THE BOY FROM MARS in late December in 2005, so I put it in my list of most favorite short films of 2006.
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/07/42/2006-world-poll-3.html#Phokaew

Philippe Parreno’s website
http://www.airdeparis.com/parreno.htm

I think THE BOY FROM MARS can be a part of an unintentional trilogy of films about light in the darkness. The two other films in this trilogy are

3.1 THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT (2000, Rob Kennedy, A+)

Description of this film from
http://www.transmediale.de/01/en/pres_emare.htm

“The two dimensional limits of the video screen are utilised to re-frame an un-extraordinary occurence. In the flatness of the video image light, colour and time abstract the landscape to create other orders”

3.2 PROSPERITY FOR 2008 (2008, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-bSGuz1IJA

4.THE MAN WHO STRAYED (2002, Jesper Just, Denmark)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH55pBOjaxU

5.NO MAN IS AN ISLAND II (2004, Jesper Just, Denmark)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJw2HsNR8kE

6.ARTISTS LOOKING AT CAMERA (2006, Guthrie Lonergan)
http://www.andorgallery.com/shows/media/artist_looking.mov

The last artist is very cute. I knew about this video from Ed Halter’s article.
http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/recycle-it-20080710

FAV. SONG — MOON SONG — THEY CAME FROM THE STARS: I SAW THEM

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FAVORITE SONG

MOON SONG – They Came From The Stars: I Saw Them
http://www.myspace.com/theycamefromthestarsisawthem

July 23, 2008

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN MAY 2008

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MUSICAL ARTISTS

1.Animal Collective
http://www.myspace.com/animalcollectivetheband

2.Quiet Village
http://www.myspace.com/quietvillage

Quiet Village make ambient/psychedelic music. My favorite song is TOO HIGH TO MOVE.

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THINGS EXPERIENCED IN MAY 2008

A.15 THAI SHORT FILMS SEEN AT KANGJOR 15
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/06/hasan-2008-attapon-pamakho.html

B.13 THAI MUSIC VIDEOS IN VIDEOTOP EVENT
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/favorite-thai-music-videos-bad-mood.html

C.FILMS

1.JUNO (2007, Jason Reitman, A+)

2.THIS CONSTRUCT CAN SERVE NO PURPOSE ANYMORE (2008, Sathit Sattarasart, A+)

3.NOT A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN (2007, Julia Meltzer + David Thorne, A+)
I saw the films of Meltzer and Thorne at Conference of Birds Gallery.

4.EKLEIPSIS (1998, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A+)
I saw the films of Tran T. Kim-Trang at Conference of Birds Gallery.

5.NO REGRET (2006, Hee-il Leesong, South Korea, A+)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0996948/

6.WONDERFUL TOWN (2008, Aditya Assarat, A+)

7.EMERALD (2007, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, A+)

8.IT’S NOT MY MEMORY OF IT: THREE RECOLLECTED DOCUMENTS (2003, Julia Meltzer + David Thorne, A+)

9.WE WILL LIVE TO SEE THESE THINGS, OR, FIVE PICTURES OF WHAT MAY COME TO PASS (2007, Julia Meltzer + David Thorne, A+)

10.THERE IS NO CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (2008, Pathompon Tesprateep, A+)

11.THE COUNTERFEITERS (2007, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Austria, A+)

12.I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978, Meir Zarchi, USA, A+)

13.HIS & HER (2008, Olan Netrangsi, A+/A)

14.KORE (1994, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A+/A)

15.OCULARIS (1997, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A+/A)

16.SPEED RACER (2008, Andy + Larry Wachowski, A+/A)

17.HOW DO I LOOK? (2008, Olan Netrangsi, A+/A)

18.AMAUROSIS (2002, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A)

19.ALEXIA (2000, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A)

20.EPILOGUE: THE PALPABLE INVISIBILITY OF LIFE (2006, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A)

21.OPERCULUM (1993, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A)

22.PENELOPE (2006, Mark Palansky, A)

23.21 (2008, Robert Luketic, A)

24.THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (2008, Andrew Adamson, A)

25.MEMORY (2008, Torpong Tankamhaeng, A/A-)

26.NIM’S ISLAND (2008, Jennifer Flackett + Mark Levin, USA, A/A-)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410377/

27.NEVER BACK DOWN (2008, Jeff Wadlow, A/A-)
Guilty pleasure

28.ALETHEIA (1992, Tran T. Kim-Trang, A-)

29.DECEPTION (2008, Marcel Langenegger, A-)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800240/

30.INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008, Steven Spielberg, B+)

31.THE LEAP YEARS (2008, Jean Yeo, Singapore, B+)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470420/

32.WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (2008, Tom Vaughan, B)

33.TENG’S ANGEL (2008, Wiroj Thongchew, B- )

D.STAGE PERFORMANCES

1.17 MAY MY VALENTINE (Sawanee Uthumma, A+)

2.A BOX OF CHOCOLATE (Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, A+)

3.BREAKING THE SURFACE (Damkerng Thitapiyasak, A+)

4.ALT CTRL DEL (Ninart Boonpothong, A+)

5.RECYCLE (Pichet Klunchun, A+)

6.PERFORMANCE IN PROGRESS SHOWING (B-Floor + Red Cabbage + Anna Voronoff, A+)

7.GODAGARDENER (Teerawat Mulvilai, A+)

8.THE STORY OF 3 YEARS (Saifar, Tanthana, A+)

9.TO REFORM (HONG SAYONG TONG SAYEW) (Wattanachai Treedecha, A+)

10.THE M PROJECT (Bangkok Troupers, A+)
–MIME (Suwat Suwandechochai, A)
–CREATIVE MOVEMENT (Silpakorn Kongsakul, A+)
–BUTOH (Archawit Kritsanasuwan, A+)

11.THE ORPHEUS SCHEMATA (MeLe Yamomo, Pattarasuda Anuman Rajadhon, A)

E.EXHIBITIONS

1.ZEALOUSLY KINDLED PASSION FOR OUR NATIVE DONG YAI (Jakkrit Karaket, paintings, A+)

2.THE COUNTRYSIDE STORY (Jessada Kongsommart, paintings, A+)
At Number One Gallery

3.FAH SOONG PANDIN TAM (Chanon Chanphanao, Chokechai Rewthong, Sittiporn Banjongpetch, Root Sapasan, Vasan Sitthiket, A+)
At Jamjuree Art Gallery

4.NAKED BEYOND SKIN (Xiang Jin, sculpture, China, A+)
At Tang Contemporary Art

5.SULU STORIES (Yee I-Lann, photos, Malaysia, A+)
At Kathmandu Photo Gallery

6.TOMYAM PLADIB (Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, A+)
At Jim Thompson House. It includes works by Jarupatcha Achavasmit, Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Wisut Ponnimit + Vachiraporn Limvipuvadh, Suzuki Ryota, Yasumasa Morimura, and Yoshitomo Nara.

7.GIRLS (Tomoko Matsui, Tunnicha Tangkawattanakul, Chonticha Promduang, Sirima Sriraksa, Thanistha Nuntapojn, Suwimon Jaroensuk, A+)
At Art Gorillas

8.BHOMRAK-DUEY-RAKTAE (Janthana Jamthim, A+)

9.WILL NOT CRY IN PUBLIC (Olan Netrangsi, Pathompon Tesprateep, Sathit Sattarasart, A+/A)
At Art Center Chula. It includes the videos and video installations HIS & HER, HOW DO I LOOK?, THIS CONSTRUCT CAN SERVE NO PURPOSE ANYMORE, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (Pathompon Tesprateep), and a short story by N Paksnavin called NO GOD NO CRY (A+).

10.THE DARK AGE (Vasan Sitthiket, paintings, A+/A)

11.URBAN MOTION (Vichaya Mukdamanee)
At Whitespace Gallery

12.ON THE WAY (MORGAN) (Sittiporn Banjongpetch, photos)

13.SMALL HOMES IN THE SMALL TOWN (Siripon Sanjan + Somboon Sungkao, paintings)
At Silom Galleria

14.OFF PISTE – IN THE LAND OF KUSTAA SAKSI (Kustaa Saksi)
At Art Gorillas

15.C(IT)Y REVISITED (Surat Osathanugrah, Isara Buranasomphob, Dow Wasiksiri, Chamni Thipmanee, Pittaya Nontapaoraya, Jamigorn Sangsiri, Yoonki Kim, Peter Tresize, Chankit Kitsomsub, Kamthorn Paowattanasuk, Noppadol Kaosum-ung, Christopher Wise, Surat Suvanich, Thomas Fritzsche, Bogomir Krajnc; photos)
At Art Gorillas

16.COLOURFUL MEMOIR (Yuvabadhana Foundation, paintings)
At Jamjuree Art Gallery

17.Painting by Danaya Boontasanakul

18.SOMETIMES (Ded Chongmankong, photography)
At Bo(ok)hemian Arthouse in Phuket

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN APRIL 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/06/things-experienced-in-april-2008.html

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN MARCH 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/things-experienced-in-march-2008.html

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN FEB 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/things-experienced-in-feb-2008.html

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN JAN 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/04/things-experienced-in-jan-2008.html

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