Limitless Cinema in Broken English

November 30, 2007

FAVORITE SONGS FROM 1980S

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:08 am

Inspired by a post in Girish Shambu’s blog, I would like to make a list of some pop songs in the 1980’s. I got to know most of these songs by reading Artit Promprasit’s column in a now-defunct Thai magazine called Generation Terrorist.

1.BEAT THE BEAT (1982) – MARI WILSON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnp_sQ71pVc

2.BEEN TEEN (1982) – DOLLY MIXTURE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXcWDv5elk

3.CAROLYN’S FINGERS (1988) – COCTEAU TWINS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh83z5vIP0w

4.I COULD BE HAPPY (1981) – ALTERED IMAGES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWQE4NmOPwY

5.LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (1988) – TAJA SEVELLE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJNO6KphQOg

6.ONE DAY (1985) – VINCE CLARK & PAUL QUINN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMjYzzZ5owY

7.ORPHEUS (1988) – DAVID SYLVIAN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2dgMNm64Mg

8.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT (1985) – THE DREAM ACADEMY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-8ZJN1dSHI

9.SINCE YESTERDAY (1984) – STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7QPBzAJ_io

10.SONG TO THE SIREN (1984) – THIS MORTAL COIL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFAHVIyhtb0

11.SOUNDS LIKE A MELODY (1984) – ALPHAVILLE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxmBD904pVU

I also would like to add some songs from the 1990’s

1.AND BEFORE THE FIRST KISS (1991) – THE FIELD MICE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMqF0Ok04VQ

2.HIJACK  – MARDEN HILL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEGPV9SYark

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November 29, 2007

SAGE (COMME UNE IMAGE) (1980) — LIO

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:39 pm

This is my comment in Girish Shambu’s blog:
http://www.girishshambu.com/blog/2007/11/ill-be-seeing-you80s-pop.html

–My favorite pop song of 1980s is O SUPERMAN (1981) by Laurie Anderson. (I’m not sure if it should be called a pop song or not, but at least it reached number two on the pop chart of UK.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhm0NHhCBg

I also like its new version–OH SUPERMAN (2005) by M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade featuring Laurie Anderson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fQ5vOikvwQ

–Talking about Chaka Khan, I love her scene the most in the documentary STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF MOTOWN (2002, Paul Justman).

–My most favorite Deborah Harry’s song is END OF THE RUN in the album DEF, DUMB AND BLONDE (1989). I also like her in the TV series WISEGUY (1987-1990), but she appeared late in the series.

–If I don’t remember it wrongly, there’s a scene featuring a music video of Les Rita Mitsouko in THE WITNESSESS (2007, Andre Techine), which successfully captures the atmosphere of the 1980s.

–My favorite 1980s French songs include SAGE (COMME UNE IMAGE) (1980) by LIO.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtlq3lTHa3A

FRED KELEMEN’S FAVORITE MUSIC

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:41 pm

–This is my comment in my blogspot’s blog:
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2007/11/fred-kelemens-favorite-painters-2.html

Yes, Kelemen really has a painter’s eye. And it shows a lot in his film KALYI (1993), which is visually striking. The paintings of Nikolai Makarov remind me of the blurring quality of FATE (1994). The landscapes in Anselm Kiefer’s paintings remind me of the landscapes in FROST (1997).

Kelemen also has a great ear for music. The music in KALYI (1993) is marvelous. He also said in the book FILMVIRUS 2 that he likes

1.Fado music of Portugal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fado

2.Gamelan music of Indonesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamelan

3.Shakuhashi music of Japan

4.Bach

5.Bela Bartok
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Béla_Bartók

6.Morton Feldman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morton_Feldman

7.Dmitri Shostakovich
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich

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–This is my comment in Dechito’s blog:
http://dechito.blogspot.com/2007/11/4-months-3-weeks-and-2-days.html

Yes, I also hate Gabita very much.

Another female character which I hate as much as Gabita is May Welland (Winona Ryder) in THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. This character also looked very innocent, but she, too, deserved a good slap on the face. 🙂

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–This is my comment in Matthew Hunt’s blog:
http://www.matthewhunt.com/blog/2007/11/strangers-on-train.html

I didn’t know the difference between the novel and the film before I read this post. It is interesting. It seems the Highsmith’s novel is darker than the Hitchcock’s film.

I like films adapted by Patricia Highsmith very much. I love RIPLEY’S GAME (2002, Liliana Cavani), THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1999, Anthony Minghella), THE CRY OF THE OWL (1987, Claude Chabrol), but I can’t understand THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977, Wim Wenders) in the first viewing, and I think THIS SWEET SICKNESS (1977, Claude Miller) is so-so.

November 26, 2007

INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART AT BANGKOK CODE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 7:48 pm

There will be a festival of international video art and short film at Bangkok Code from 6-8 December.

Thanks to Sonthaya Subyen for telling me about this.

Please click on the photo to view the details of the festival.

November 25, 2007

LUST, CAUTION, ARMY OF SHADOWS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:54 pm

FILMS SEEN BETWEEN 22-25 NOVEMBER 2007

1.LUST, CAUTION (2007, ANG LEE, A+)
I love the ending of this film very much. I love this film as much as I love THE ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville, A+)

2.TWO ACRES OF LAND (1953, Bimal Roy, A+)
I love the ending of this film very much.
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/55/98/175f808a8da0eb5b44165110.L.jpg

3.LOVE OF SIAM (2007, Chookiat Sakvirakul, A+/A)
I love many things in this film, unfortunately, I can’t identify with any characters in this film and don’t feel involved in it. This is a good film, but I just feel very detached from it. It’s not the fault of this film, but this film just chooses to portray something which is so far from my real personal life and my feelings.

4.BANGKOK TIME (2007, Santi Taepanich, A)
I love the mood of this film very much, and I love the expressions on the heroine’s face.

5.BEOWULF (2007, Robert Zemeckis, A-/B+)

6.RISE (2007, Sebastian Gutierrez, B-)

7.GENGHIS KHAN: TO THE END OF THE EARTH AND SEA (2007, Shinichiro Sawai, C)

November 24, 2007

FRED KELEMEN’S FAVORITE PAINTERS (2)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 1:57 am

This is continued from the post below.

4.NIKOLAI MAKAROV
http://www.mimiferzt.com/nikolai_makarov_2002/index.html

It’s also no wonder that Fred Kelemen likes the paintings of Nikolai Makarov, because both of their works somehow create the same kind of feelings. (I don’t know how to call these feelings.)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2123/2057021443_1c21f7a192_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2406/2057021439_55e8a4a4a0_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2385/2057021435_a348dba4f1_o.jpg


5.MARK ROTHKO (1903-1970)
He committed suicide.

I think Mark Rothko and Fred Kelemen at least share something in common. Their works look very simple, but maybe very subtle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rothko

BLACK, BROWN ON MAROON (1957)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2250/2057855136_f3f235426e_o.jpg


RED ON MAROON (1959)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2324/2057855128_acabdd62a8_o.jpg


BLACK ON GRAY (1969/1970)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2137/2057855130_7fb87b1816_o.jpg

6.EGON SCHIELE (1890-1918)
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/schiele/
http://www.zeno.org/Kunstwerke/A/Schiele,+Egon

TOTE MUTTER (1910)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2221/2057855146_edc4f0a9a9_o.jpg


AGONY (1912)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2246/2057855150_7025d66723_o.jpg


DEATH AND GIRL (1915)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2200/2057855142_b18b02ad16_o.jpg

–As for my own choice in this poll, I choose Nikolai Makarov. His paintings give a haunting feeling.

FRED KELEMEN’S FAVORITE PAINTERS (1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 1:52 am

–This is about the poll in my bilingual blog: http://celinejulie.blogspot.com

So my first poll in blogspot.com has ended. The question is “IF YOU HAVE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE IN A FILM, IN WHOSE FILM WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE?”

The result from 14 votes is:

1.ROBERT BRESSON + PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Each got 4 votes, or 28 %

3.ARTUR ARISTAKISIAN + SHARUNAS BARTAS + BRUNO DUMONT + FRED KELEMEN + BELA TARR
Each got 3 votes, or 21 %

Thank you very much for everyone who participated in my poll.

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–I’m glad that Alain Robbe-Grillet got the most votes from the first poll in MOON IN THE GUTTER’s blog:
http://mooninthegutter.blogspot.com/2007/11/results-are-inand-moon-in-gutter-gets.html

As for the second poll in MOON IN THE GUTTER’s blog, I voted for Eli Roth’s THANKSGIVING as my favorite Thanksgiving-related film.

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–As for my second poll, it is still about Fred Kelemen. In the Thai book FILMVIRUS 2, Fred Kelemen gave a list of his favorite painters, including the six painters below. So I just would like to know who is your favorite painter among these six painters.

1.EL GRECO

2.ANSELM KIEFER

3.ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER

4.NIKOLAI MAKAROV

5.MARK ROTHKO

6.EGON SCHIELE

–I will try to post some paintings of them below.

1.EL GRECO (1541-1614)
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/greco/

1.1 CHRIST ON THE CROSS ADORED BY DONORS (1585-1590)
This painting somehow reminds me of a scene in FROST (1997, Fred Kelemen, A+), in which the boy saw a figure of Christ on a cross, but he misunderstood that it was a real corpse.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2331/2057760596_59dab56b1b_o.jpg


1.2 LAOCOON (1610)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2318/2057760602_c7db764019_o.jpg

1.3 THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH SEAL OF THE APOCALYPSE (1608-1614)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2105/2057760606_5ba2ff0414_o.jpg

2.ANSELM KIEFER
http://www.leninimports.com/anselm_kiefer_gallery.html#anselm_kiefer_gallery_5

It’s not surprising that Fred Kelemen likes the paintings of Anselm Kiefer, because Kelemen’s films are full of barren landscapes and bleakness which you also find in Anselm Kiefer’s painting. Each of them also has a work called ABENDLAND.

INTERIOR SPACE (1981)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2370/2057760632_0f52dc0a31_o.jpg


DEM UNBEKANNTEN MALER (1983)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2400/2057760620_8794aa1306_o.jpg


TWILIGHT OF THE WEST (ABENDLAND) (1989)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2273/2057760616_7fab6d2325_o.jpg


3.ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER (1880-1938)
He committed suicide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Ludwig_Kirchner

3.1 ARTILLERYMEN (1915)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2081/2057021423_c2e47c45c1_o.jpg


3.2 STAFEALP IM SCHNEE (1919)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2308/2057021431_ce61f59070_b.jpg


3.3 KAFFEETISCH (1923)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2138/2057021429_12b11011bc_b.jpg

PATRIOTISM IS MY ENEMY

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:11 am

Recently I have tried not to pay too much attention to Thai political news or else I would feel too depressed. However, you can’t escape feeling very depressed living in Thailand. One thing that makes me feel very depressed today is the news about some influential Thai people who try to pass an evil law in the name of patriotism.

I copy the news below from the following link:
http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17109

Patriotism bill ‘goes too far’

Lawmakers yesterday flagged some parts of the National Flag Amendment Bill as impractical, including a requirement for motorists to stop driving for the national anthem, but its sponsor insisted on the need to revive patriotism. Published on November 23, 2007

“I’m 70 years old now. I’ve heard the national anthem playing when the flag is raised every morning and when the flag is lowered in the evening and when we stand at attention for that, it makes us feel uplifted and love our country. So I want to bring that back for campaigning once more,” said General Preecha Rojsen.

The bill, tabled by Preecha as chairman of NLA committee on education, religion and culture, amends the National Flag Act of 1986, which requires the flag ceremony to be performed at 8am and 6pm every day and people to pay respect to the ceremony and the national anthem.
The National Legislative Assembly assigned a 15-member committee to vet the bill within 10 days.

Article 45/5 of the bill stipulates that members of the public must stand at attention or be still and, in case they are driving or riding, stop their vehicles and face the direction from which they hear the anthem or see people raising or lowering the national flag.

They can proceed on their way or with their activities after the playing of the anthem and the hoisting or lowering of the flag ends. Exceptions are made only for vehicles on expressways, railways, airways, waterways or other channels where they cannot stop.

Preecha told The Nation that he proposed the amendment because honouring the flag helped instil patriotism and emphasised people’s awareness of national importance. If people were patriotic, society in general would be orderly and Thai culture would be promoted. Foreign visitors admire seeing Thais paying respect to their flag and anthem.

The bill was not meant to punish people but to fix the PM Office’s regulation issued during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration that relieved government offices from having to hoist and lower the flag every morning and evening, he said.

As for motorists, he said the current law did not cover them. It only applied to pedestrians or people at rest or engaged in activities. People in cars should also revere the national flag and anthem, as they would only have to pause for one minute and eight seconds.

“I’ve talked to police. [Doing that] during the above-mentioned times would not create traffic jams. You just stop the car, no need to get out. If it were 20 years ago, you would have to stop the car and get out to stand at attention,” he said.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and police already had speakers installed along the roads. They should play the anthem so people can hear it and demonstrate their patriotism, he said.

Members of his committee from the Education Ministry agreed with this idea and would launch a campaign at schools for kids to observe, he said, adding that he expected the bill to pass within the NLA’s term.

Prapasri Osathanon

The Nation

You can read more about it here:
http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USBKK16212120071123

November 21, 2007

HELLO HELVETICA

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:06 pm

“HELLO HELVETICA” is a small exhibition held in Bangkok in October 2007. It is a part of the BANGKOK DESIGN FESTIVAL, and was held to accompany the showing of the film HELVETICA (2007, Gary Hustwit, A). HELLO HELVETICA is created by asking some artists to create some works inspired by Helvetica font.

Below are the images of some of these works.

1.THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION by Thammanoon Maipim (Duck Unit)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2078/2052694214_55b6a770b7_o.jpg


2.BDF HELVETICA by 649
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2336/2051897487_e41f8fe8e0_o.jpg


3.THE COLLECTION by Likay Bindery
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/2051897477_ddfe9fb93d_o.jpg


4.DEAR MY UNCLE by Pongsatorn Limanon
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2376/2051897481_55da47d4b4_o.jpg


5.DON’T BE SELFISH by Kelvin Wong (SC Matchbox)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2046/2051897471_4364394086_o.jpg


6.HELVETICA IS ALL AROUND by Pharueporn Mukdashanit + Porachan Sathanon (B.O.R.E.D.)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2420/2052694204_7ecfd681de_o.jpg


7.MY NEW UNCLE by Songsin Tiewsomboon
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2188/2051897489_c1b4378252_o.jpg


8.NO POLITRICKS by Jirat Subpisankul (Head Quarter “Sunshine”)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2066/2052694206_d004997de2_o.jpg


9.THINGS NOT HELVETICA by Virayut Khunvithayapaisal
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2338/2051897475_e6c9b635c9_o.jpg


–As for my opinion, I don’t like Helvetica font. My most favorite font is OLD ENGLISH TEXT MT.

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/agfa/old-english-text/mt/win-t1/290831/charmap.html?cpselect=CP2&page=1

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2150/2052752578_b4100cdd78_b.jpg

FILMSICK’S REVIEW IN NINA’S WEBSITE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 7:29 pm

Filmsick and I feel it is such a great honor that Nina Menkes has put Filmsick’s review in her website.

Nina Menkes has also corrected some English words in the review.

You can see the review at the bottom of this web page:
http://ninamenkes.com/cMs/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=41

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