Limitless Cinema in Broken English

November 29, 2008

“PAINTED SKIN” IS THE WINNER

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:35 am
My poll 39 ended with 7 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

THESE ARE SOME OF MY MOST FAVORITE ROMANTIC FILMS OF ALL TIME. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.PAINTED SKIN (2008, Gordon Chan, Hong Kong)

It got 4 votes, or 57 %.

2.AE FOND KISS…(2004, Ken Loach, UK)
+BEAUTIFUL THING (1996, Hettie Macdonald, UK)
+THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995, Clint Eastwood, USA)

+GOOD MORNING, LUANG PRABANG (2008, Sakchai Deenan + Anousone Sirisackda, Laos)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 28 %.

6.BLUE MOON (2002, Andrea Maria Dusl, Austria)

+CORRINA, CORRINA (1994, Jessie Nelson, USA)
+HATSUKOI (2006, Yukinari Hanawa, Japan)
+THE HEART OF ME (2002, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, UK)
+UN HOMME, UN VRAI (2003, Arnaud Larrieu + Jean-Marie Larrieu, France)
+IN JULY (2000, Fatih Akin, Germany)
+LOST IN EMOTION (ความรู้สึกที่หายไป) (2007, Soraya Duangtep, Thailand)
+THE LOVE LETTER (1999, Peter Chan, USA)
+LOVE THAT BOY (2003, Andrea Dorfman, Canada)
+SEALED WITH A KISS (1997, Sung Kee Chiu, Hong Kong)
+13 GOING ON 30 (2004, Gary Winick, USA)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 14 %.

17.ANOTHER CHANCE (2001, music video of Roger Sanchez, dir. by Philippe Andre)
+MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985, Stephen Frears, UK)
+P.S. I LOVE YOU (2007, Richard LaGravenese, USA)
+UNDER ONE ROOF (2002, Todd Wilson, USA)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–One of the romantic relationships that I like very much is the relationship between Queen Margot (Isabelle Adjani) and La Mole (Vincent Perez) in QUEEN MARGOT (1994, Patrice Chereau, A+). I also saw the older version—QUEEN MARGOT (1954, Jean Dreville, B), which stars Jeanne Moreau, but I think the new version is more exciting.

The story of QUEEN MARGOT also concerns the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). I think it is a very interesting subject.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew’s_Day_Massacre

Catherine de Medici

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

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November 28, 2008

ARE YOU READY TO DIE LIKE NUAMTHONG PRAIWAN?

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:46 pm

ARE YOU READY TO DIE LIKE NUAMTHONG PRAIWAN?

I’M NOT READY TO DIE TODAY. BUT IF YOU ARE READY TO DIE LIKE NUAMTHONG PRAIWAN. I WORSHIP YOU. YOU ARE MY TRUE HERO

November 27, 2008

INTERESTING ARTICLES ABOUT THAILAND

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:50 pm

INTERESTING ARTICLES ABOUT THAILAND

1.FROM REUTERS

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4AQ20H20081127?sp=true

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUSBKK2536420081127?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0&sp=true

2.From Giles Ji Ungpakorn

 

I copied parts of Giles’ article, but I delete some words for my own safety.

“Bangkok International Airport has now been closed by Fascist thugs from the anti-government PAD. The PAD are demanding that the elected government resigns. This is despite the fact that the government has the backing of the majority of the Thai population and even the majority of Bangkok citizens. This backing has been proven by repeated elections. The PAD want a dictatorship to replace democracy because they deem that the majority of the Thai electorate are too ignorant to deserve the right to vote. How did the PAD thugs manage to seize Bangkok International airport? Airports are supposed to be high security areas. Thai airports are controlled by the Thai military. It is obvious that the Thai military, who staged an illegal coup in 2006, have quietly supported the actions of the PAD. It is obvious that the military is unwilling to provide basic security to air travellers and air crew. But they are happy to rake in huge salaries associated with their control of the Airports Authority. Foreign governments and airlines should reconsider whether the authorities in Thailand are willing to provide international standards of safety and security.

Back in early October, the PAD thugs surrounded parliament to prevent the Prime Minister from making a policy speech. When the police used tear gas to try to disperse the PAD, the police were roundly condemned by the Thai media and most Middle-Class intellectuals. It is no secret that the PAD are armed with guns, bombs, knives and wooden batons. They constantly break the law with impunity. Earlier today PAD thugs were filmed by PBS ThaiTV, shooting at taxi drivers who were trying to defend their pro-democracy community radio station. The PAD thugs were holding up pictures of the King. Yesterday the PAD kicked and punched a senior policeman. The police are powerless to act.

The PAD is a Royalist Fascist mob which has powerful backing. Apart from the army, they are supported by the so-called Democrat Party, the Courts, the mainstream media and most university academics. What these people have in common is a total contempt for the Thai electorate who are poor. They are angry that the Thai people voted for a government that gave the poor universal health care and other benefits. They want to turn the clock back to a dictatorship which they call “the New Order”. They are hoping that the Courts will now dissolve the ruling party and that an authoritarian “National Government” will be set up.

It is clear that the PAD, the Military, the Democrat Party and the Conservative Establishment would rather see total chaos in Thailand rather than allow democracy to function. This is despite the fact that we face a serious economic crisis. Interestingly the anti-government groups are extreme neo-liberals with little grasp about how to deal with the economic crisis or how to stimulate the economy. Apart from opposing welfare, they have attacked Keynesian policies of the previous Thaksin government.

…..

Those who support democracy and social justice in Thailand must condemn the PAD and those advocating a dictatorship. We must be with the pro-democracy Red Shirts, while refusing to support ex-PM Thaksin, who has a record of Human Rights abuses. I hope that all those friends of Thailand abroad will support all our efforts to defend Thai democracy and to defend those of us who may face arrest in the future.”

November 26, 2008

IMAGES OF THE DAY

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 8:45 pm
I SAW SOME SOLDIERS WITH WEAPONS STANDING AROUND PHYATHAI BTS STATION. I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY ARE THERE. ARE THEY THERE TO PROTECT US? ARE THEY THERE TO KILL US? ARE THEY THERE TO TAKE AWAY OUR FREEDOM? I DON’T KNOW. BUT I HATE WHAT I SAW.
IMAGES OF THE DAY

1.JUDITH BEHEADING HOLOFERNES (1598)
This is a painting by Caravaggio.

2.JUDITH BEHEADING HOLOFERNES
This is a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi.

Some information from wikipedia:

“A whole book in some versions of the Bible is devoted to Judith, because as a woman she embodies the power of the people of Israel to defeat the enemy, though superior in numbers, by means of cunning and courage. She seeks out Holofernes in his tent, makes him drunk, then beheads him. The sight of their commander’s bloodstained head on the battlements of Bethulia puts the enemy to flight.”

I wish I could do better things than posting these images.

November 21, 2008

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN JULY 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:18 pm

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN JULY 2008

A.FILMS

1.UN ABOLITIONNISTE (2001, Joel Calmettes, documentary, France, A+++++++++++++++)

2.DON’T FORGET YOU’RE GOING TO DIE (1995, Xavier Beauvois, France, A+)

3.CET AMOUR-LA (2001, Josee Dayan, France, A+)
Thanks to Vespertine for giving me this DVD.

4.THE BANDAGE CLUB (2007, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, A+)

5.STORMY WEATHER (2003, Solveig Anspach, France, A+)

6.HALLO (2008, Leo Copers, A+)

7.WOR (2008, Banjong Sinthanamongkolgul, Thailand, A+)
http://www.siamzone.com/movie/m/5122

You can read Filmsick’s political review of this film in Thai here:
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20080723/entry-1

8.THE STRANGERS (2008, Bryan Bertino, A+/A)

9.HANCOCK (2008, Peter Berg, A+/A)

10.ZIM AND CO (2005, Pierre Jolivet, France, A+/A)

11.HELLBOY 2 (2008, Guillermo del Toro, A+/A)

12.WE OWN THE NIGHT (2007, James Gray, A)

13.RED CLIFF (2008, John Woo, A)

14.LOVE VANS – YES, NEGATIVE (2008, Gerald Van Der Kaap, A)

15.THE DARK KNIGHT (2008, Christopher Nolan, A-)
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/08/dark-knight-2008-christopher-nolan-af.html

16.FRIENDSHIP (2008, Right Brain Team, Thailand, B+)

17.OUR SOUTHERN HOME (2008, Areeya Chumsai + Nisa Kongsri, documentary, B+)

B.174 FILMS SEEN IN THE MARATHON THAI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/07/danger-nearby-directors-cut-2008.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/07/boonsri-tangtrongsins-films-are.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/07/century-of-love-2007-chalermrat.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/07/still-2008-wisarut-deelorm.html

C.EXHIBITIONS

1.PASSION OF THAI MODERN ART @ Siam Paragon
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/08/mental-pain-payat-chuenyen.html

2.MORE TO LOVE: THE ART OF LIVING TOGETHER @ PSG Gallery
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/11/house-of-love-2008-amrit-chusuwan.html

3.NEW IDENTITY (2008, Ohm Phanphiroj, photos, A+) @ Whitespace Gallery

D.STAGE PERFORMANCES

1.WAITING FOR G.D. (Damkerng Thitapiyasak, A+++++++++++++++)

2.WE R ONE CONCERT (A-)
Performed by Peck Aof Ice. I got a free ticket from Sensitiveman of Screenout webboard.

My favorite song in this concert is KON JAO NAM TAA. You can watch the clip of this song in the concert here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-zXnAlFYo8

The original version of this song by NJ Together
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUlQF12oV9g

HOUSE OF LOVE (Amrit Chusuwan, installation, A+)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:16 pm

I went to see the exhibition MORE TO LOVE: THE ART OF LIVING TOGETHER at PSG Gallery in July. This exhibition about HIV and AIDS includes:

1.HOUSE OF LOVE (2008, Amrit Chusuwan, A+)

2.INSTALLATION + VIDEO INSTALLATION BY PORNPRASERT YAMAZAKI


3.HALLO (2008, Leo Copers, video, A+)

4.DON’T IGNORE IT, PREVENT IT (2008, JA, postcards)


5.LOVE VANS – YES, NEGATIVE (2008, Gerald Van Der Kaap, video installation in a van, A)

6.BUDDHA (OF COMMISERATION) (2008, Leo Copers)
http://www.artaidsfund.org/th/dw7.html

 

7.PLUS EQUAL (2008, Nuts Society & Practical Studio)

November 19, 2008

POLL 39: MOST FAVORITE ROMANTIC FILMS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 5:07 pm

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

 

My poll 39 is inspired by PAINTED SKIN (2008, Gordon Chan), which has become one of my most favorite romantic films of all time. Vespertine from Bioscope webboard said that all the six main characters of PAINTED SKIN have unconditional love, and I think that’s why this film makes me feel very romantic.

However, the word “romantic films” I use here means “films which make me feel very romantic”. It doesn’t mean films which necessarily belong to romantic genre. Thus, HANCOCK (2008, Peter Berg, A+/A) and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED (2002, Michael Rymer, A++++++++++) may be called romantic films here, but LOVE OF SIAM (2007, Chukiat Sakveerakul, A+/A) may be not. I love the relationship between Lestat (Stuart Townsend) and Marius (Vincent Perez) in QUEEN OF THE DAMNED very much. I think the scene in which Marius decides to jump on the concert stage to kill other vampires to help protecting Lestat is one of my most favorite romantic scenes, though it is actually an action-thriller scene. LOVE OF SIAM doesn’t make me feel romantic. It makes me feel very hateful. After I saw this film, I hate the homophobic Sunee (Sinjai Plengpanit) very much. I think Sunee is one of the characters which I hate the most in my lifetime. LOVE OF SIAM makes me burn with anger and hatred towards this character, despite her change of attitude near the end of the film.

THESE ARE SOME OF MY MOST FAVORITE ROMANTIC FILMS OF ALL TIME. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.AE FOND KISS…(2004, Ken Loach, UK)

2.ANOTHER CHANCE (2001, music video of Roger Sanchez, dir. by Philippe Andre)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Xtvj_JVSM

3.BEAUTIFUL THING (1996, Hettie Macdonald, UK)

4.BLUE MOON (2002, Andrea Maria Dusl, Austria)

5.THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995, Clint Eastwood, USA)
Richard LaGravenese wrote the screenplay.

6.CORRINA, CORRINA (1994, Jessie Nelson, USA)

7.GOOD MORNING, LUANG PRABANG (2008, Sakchai Deenan + Anousone Sirisackda, Laos)

8.HATSUKOI (2006, Yukinari Hanawa, Japan)
The heroine of this film turns into a criminal because of her love.

9.THE HEART OF ME (2002, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, UK)

10.UN HOMME, UN VRAI (2003, Arnaud Larrieu + Jean-Marie Larrieu, France)

11.IN JULY (2000, Fatih Akin, Germany)

12.LOST IN EMOTION (ความรู้สึกที่หายไป) (2007, Soraya Duangtep, Thailand)
The heroine of this film is an office woman who wants a handsome security guard very much.

13.THE LOVE LETTER (1999, Peter Chan, USA)

14.LOVE THAT BOY (2003, Andrea Dorfman, Canada)

15.MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985, Stephen Frears, UK)

16.PAINTED SKIN (2008, Gordon Chan, Hong Kong)

17.P.S. I LOVE YOU (2007, Richard LaGravenese, USA)

18.SEALED WITH A KISS (1997, Sung Kee Chiu, Hong Kong)
Louis Koo is very handsome in this film.

19.13 GOING ON 30 (2004, Gary Winick, USA)

20.UNDER ONE ROOF (2002, Todd Wilson, USA)

You can cast multiple votes.

–The theme song of this poll is LOVE LETTER (1989) by Noriko Sakai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z1a_heU8QM

GOOD BYE, THE CITY OF THE BOURGEOISIE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 4:27 pm

My poll 38 ended with 10 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

THESE FILMS HAVE MEMORABLE WALKING SCENES. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972, Luis Bunuel, France)
+GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN (2003, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)
+IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (2007, Jose Luis Guerin, Spain)

Each of them got 4 votes, or 40 %.

4.AUTOHYSTORIA (2007, Raya Martin, Philippines)
+ “4” (2004, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Russia)
+SATANTANGO (1994, Bela Tarr, Hungary)

Each of them got 3 votes, or 30 %.

7.BIRDSONG (2008, Albert Serra, Spain)
+FROST (1997, Fred Kelemen, Germany)
+GERRY (2002, Gus Van Sant, USA)
+THE SKY, THE EARTH, AND THE RAIN (2008, Jose Luis Torres Leiva, Chile)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 20 %.

11.EMPTILESS LANDSCAPE (2003, Nat Satayamas, Thailand)

+MUSASHINO HIGH VOLTAGE TOWERS (1997, Naoki Nagao, Japan)
+NIGHT TIME PICNIC (2006, Masahiko Nagasawa, Japan)
+PISCINE (2002, Jean-Baptiste Bruant + Maria Spangaro, France)
+THE SENSUAL WORLD (1989, music video of Kate Bush)
+THE WAY (2005, Uruphong Raksasad, Thailand)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 10 %

17.ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (1958, Louis Malle, France)
+FALSE MOVEMENT (1975, Wim Wenders, West Germany)
+NIGHT AND DAY (1991, Chantal Akerman, France)
+UNFINISHED SYMPATHY (1991, music video of Massive Attack)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–If I remember it correctly, I think there is also a memorable walking scene in YEARS WHEN I WAS A CHILD OUTSIDE (2007, John Torres, Philippines). In this scene, a man and a woman walk and talk to each other. And the scene is shown twice. First it is in black-and-white and we don’t hear what they are talking. Then we see the scene again in color and we hear their talking, which may change our earlier assumptions about their relationship.

You can read Noel Vera’s review of this film here:
http://criticafterdark.blogspot.com/2008/06/taon-noong-akoy-anak-sa-labas-years.html

–Thinking about walking or running scenes, I think some of them can be divided into groups like these:

1.Characters walking or running from the left side of the screen to right side, or vice versa. The camera is static or almost static, because the scene is in extreme long shot.

Examples of this may be found in

1.1 CHICKEN SMILE (2005, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, Thailand, A+)

1.2 ANATTA (2003, Sophon Nimanong, Thailand, A+)
I saw this film long time ago, so I’m not sure about this.

2.Characters walking from left to right, or vice versa, but the camera is moving in the same direction as the characters. The scene is in lateral tracking shot.

Examples may be found in

2.1 191 1/2 CRAZY COPS (2003, Boonsong Nakphoo, Thailand, A)

2.2 LIFE ACTUALLY (2004, Boonsong Nakphoo, Thailand, A)

3.Characters move from the back to the front of the screen, or vice versa. Sometimes this moving emphasizes the depth of the scene.

An example may be found in

3.1 EMPTILESS LANDSCAPE (2003, Nat Satayamas, Thailand, A+)

–If I remember it correctly, there are at least two films which begin with lateral tracking shots and end with the shots in which characters move from the back to the front of the screen. These two films are

1.THE ALL-AROUND REDUCED PERSONALITY: REDUPERS (1977, Helke Sander, West Germany, A+)

I didn’t notice this thing in this film by myself, but I read it from a book. The lateral tracking shot in the beginning of the film doesn’t show characters walking, but shows the views of Berlin.

2.MOVING (1993, Shinji Soomai, A+)

November 18, 2008

ALLA PUGASHOVA

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:12 pm

–Dhan Lhaow told us about this interactive films in Youtube. It’s called THE TIME MACHINE by Chad, Matt & Rob. You can start watching/playing it from the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8rJ1WML60Y

–One of my most favorite songs of all time is the title song from the Hong Kong TV series called GOD OF SABRE (1979). You can listen to this song here:
http://www.ijigg.com/songs/V2CB4FC4P0

Details of this TV series
http://www.spcnet.tv/TVB-Series/God-of-Sabre-review-r197.html

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This is my comment in Bioscope webboard:
http://www.bioscopemagazine.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.1920

–Talking about Soviet Russia reminds me of this Russian clip. I’m not sure what this clip is, because I can’t read Russian, but I guess this clip is a song called THE BALLAD OF ANGELA, which is a part of a Soviet film called THE KING OF REINDEER (1969, Pavel Arsyonov). The actress in this clip is Valentina Malyavina, who also plays in IVAN’S CHILDHOOD (1962, Andrei Tarkovsky, A+), but the voice in this clip may be from a singer called Alla Pugashova.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fOu9KKtSyg

I like Alla Pugashova in the following clip very much. I don’t know the title of the song she sings, but I used online translation and it says the song is called IT PLEASES ME.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M33FJpbq7o

(Thanks to Nina who told me about this clip)

November 17, 2008

SOME INTERACTIVE ARTS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 6:44 pm

These are some images from the performance of Ray Langenbach in ASIATOPIA last Sunday.

After I had seen this performance, I talked with Gao-eey-mee-panak, who offered me many ideas, including:

1.This is one of the interactive art works which we like very much. Normally I hate interactive performances, especially in pantomime stage plays, because I don’t want to be invited to stand in front of the audience and perform something. But some performances or art works can be interactive without embarrassing their shy viewers, such as Ray Langenbach’s and Nezaket Ekici’s performances. I also like some videos which are interactive, such as

1.1 ANA(T)TA (2007, Koichi Shimizu + Akaritchalerm Kalayanamitr)

1.2 Cross-reference, 35:27:02N/139:39:36E (Craig Walsh, 2005-2007)

1.3 SORRY (2007, Noraset Vaisayakul, Thailand)

2.This performance of Ray Langenbach reminds my friend of PERFORMANCE IN PROGRESS SHOWING (2008, B-Floor + Red Cabbage + Anna Voronoff, A+), which we saw in May, because Langenbach’s performance here requires us to move into a small crowded space and breathe some carbon monoxide, while the performance in May also requires the viewers to move into a small crowded space to understand the suffering of some smuggled foreign labourers who died because they could not breathe.

3.I am not sure what Langenbach’s performance means. My friend said that this performance also reminded him of our urban lives—we have to face crowded places, crowded buses, crowded trains, and breathe carbon monoxide everyday.

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