Limitless Cinema in Broken English

December 31, 2008

MY MOST FAVORITE THINGS OF 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:34 pm

FAVORITE THINGS OF 2008

In preferential order

A.FAVORITE FOREIGN FILMS

1.I-BE AREA (2007, Ryan Trecartin, USA)
http://www.ubu.com/film/trecartin_area.html

2.THE MIST (2007, Frank Darabont, USA)

3.ACTRESSES (2007, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, France)

4.HASHI (2008, Sherman Ong, Japan)

5.NOW SHOWING (2008, Raya Martin, Philippines)

6.YEARS WHEN I WAS A CHILD OUTSIDE (2007, John Torres, Philippines)

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

8.PAPER CANNOT WRAP UP EMBERS (2007, Rithy Panh, Cambodia)

9.LA RABIA (2008, Albertina Carri, Argentina)

10.COUNTRY TEACHER (2008, Bohdan Slama, Czech)

11.MY BROTHER’S SUMMER (2005, Pietro Reggiani, Italy)

12.MOSES AND AARON (1975, Jean-Marie Straub + Daniele Huillet, West Germany)

13.JUBILEE (1977, Derek Jarman, UK)

14.DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS (1977, George Barry, USA)

15.FEAST OF VILLAINS (2008, Pan Jianlin, China)

16.BIRD SONG (2008, Albert Serra, Spain)

17.HEART (1955, Kon Ichikawa, Japan)

18. EAT,FOR THIS IS MY BODY (2007, Michelange Quay, Haiti)

19.SARRAOUNIA (1986, Med Hondo, Burkina Faso)

20.THE HEADLESS WOMAN (2008, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina)

21.SAMAR (1998, Shyam Benegal, India)

22.THE SKY, THE EARTH AND THE RAIN (2008, Jose Luis Torres Leiva, Chile)

23.NEW AGE (2008, Keren Cytter, Netherlands)

24.DOOMSDAY (2008, Neil Marshall, UK)

25.NORTHERN LIGHT (2006, David Lammers, Netherlands)

26.PORCELAIN DOLL (2005, Peter Gardos, Hungary)

27.MONKEYS IN WINTER (2006, Milena Andonova, Bulgaria)

28.OTTO; OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (2008, Bruce La Bruce, Canada)

29.TURTLES ARE SURPRISINGLY FAST SWIMMERS (2005, Miki Satoshi, Japan)

30.JUNO (2007, Jason Reitman, USA)

B.FAVORITE THAI FILMS

1.SAT WIBAK NAK LOKE (สัตว์วิบากหนักโลก) (2008, Paisit Panpruegsachart)
The title of this film can be translated as A TOUGH CREATURE WHO BURDENS THE EARTH.

2.THE PEN (เกมผีปากกา) (2008, Weerasak Suyala)

3.UNDER THE BLANKET (2008, Tossapol Boonsinsukh)

4.STILL (2008, Wisarut Deelorm)

5.GOOD MORNING, LUANG PRABANG (2008, Sakchai Deenan + Anousone Sirisackda, Laos/Thailand)

6.LIKE REAL LOVE (2008, Anocha Suwichakornpong)

7.HANDLE ME WITH CARE (2008, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee)

8.WONDERFUL TOWN (2008, Aditya Assarat)

9.WANG YUEN HAB (วังยื่นหาบ) (2008, Sompong Soda)

10.MHEEJOU (อาข่าผู้น่ารัก) (2008, Sukanya Vongsthapat)

C.FAVORITE FOREIGN SHORT FILMS

1.SOMETHING HAPPENED (2007, Keren Cytter)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X6XHYi44FE

2.MEMORIAL PROJECT NHA TRANG, VIETNAM: TOWARDS THE COMPLEX – FOR THE COURAGEOUS, THE CURIOUS AND THE COWARDS (2001, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Vietnam)

3.HOBBIT LOVE IS THE GREATEST LOVE (2007, Steve Reinke)
http://www.myrectumisnotagrave.com/vidleos/hobbitloveis.html

4.NOW LET US PRAISE AMERICAN LEFTISTS (2000, Paul Chan, USA)

5.IMPERATRIX CORNICULA (2007, Jerome Bertrand, Canada)

6.CARLA’S CHILD (2007, Emanuela Rossi, Italy)

7.THE LIMITS (2006, Thomas Adamicka, Germany)

8.NOT A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN (2007, Julia Meltzer + David Thorne, Syria)
http://www.meltzerthorne.com/pdf/descr-Not_a_matter.pdf

9.WESTBOUND (2007, Kubhaer T.Jethwani, Malaysia)

10.FACES IN THE FLOWERS (2008, Jennifer MacMillan, USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=446CT_5JhTo

D. FAVORITE THAI SHORT FILMS

1.DANGER (DIRECTOR’S CUT) (2008, Chulayarnnon Siriphol)

2.HASAN (2008, Attapon Pamakho)

3.REPEATING DRAMATIC (2008, Arpapun Plungsirisoontorn)

4.CEREBRUM (2008, Alwa Ritsila + Komvish Zally)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D4c-x-AXG4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT0pJtVtXUA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQciTneaWO8

5.A CENTURY OF LOVE (2007, Chalermrat Kaweewattana)

6.HOPE (2008, Siwadol Ratee)

7.TIME AND CONTINUATION (2004, Sudsiri Pui-ock)

8.MOFO LIFE SIZEDOLL (2007, Alwa Ritsila + Komvish Zally)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0NtqBkEkW8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KT7eyoFW48

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrJTle91exk

9.GOLDEN MOUNTAIN (2008, Wattanapume Laisuwanchai)

10.CULTURE AND NATURE (2008, Prap Boonpan)

11.NIGHT TIME (2007, Tepparit Nuntasakun)

12.MANET’S LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS AND THAI VILLAGERS (2008, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook)

13.BOONTHING (1991, Hamer Salwala + Saipin Kulkanokwan + Orawan Ovathasarn)

14.THE ETERNAL LIGHT (2008, Tulapop Saenjaroen)

15.GLIN SAI LOM (กลิ่นสายลม) (2007, Chaiwat Wiansantia)
The title of this film means “FRAGRANCE OF THE WIND”.

16.MIDNIGHT RAINBOW (2008, Patha Thongpan)

17.TWO STORIES ABOUT DHARMA (2008, Natchanon Jitweerapat + Isara Konlum)

18.NONGHARN (2007, Panus Boonnun)

19.CENSORSHIT! FATHER AND SON (2008, Professional Dry Cleaner)

20.I’M FINE SABUYDEE KA (2008, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit)

21.EMERALD (2007, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

22.THE THING (2008, Fari Tesprateep)

23.THIS CONSTRUCT CAN SERVE NO PURPOSE ANYMORE (2008, Sathit Sattarasart)

24.STRAWBERRY (2008, Thaweesak Srithongdee + Boonchai Apintanaphong)

25.NEW GENERATION (เด็กโจ๋) (2008, Pakwan Suksomthin)

E.FAVORITE FOREIGN DOCUMENTARIES

1.FINAL SOLUTION (2004, Rakesh Sharma, India)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3829364588351777769

2.MODERN LIFE (2008, Raymond Depardon, France)

3.THE HALFMOON FILES (2007, Phillip Scheffner, Germany)

4.LISTENER’S TALE (2007, Arghya Basu, India)

5.CORN IN PARLIAMENT: LE GENIE HELVETIQUE (2003, Jean-Stephane Bron, Switzerland)

6.HAVANA: THE NEW ART OF MAKING RUINS (2006, Florian Bochmeyer, Germany)

7.UN ABOLITIONNISTE (2001, Joel Calmettes, France)

8.THE PAINTBALL PROJECT (2007, Wafaa Bilal, USA/Iraq)
http://www.youtube.com/user/mewafaa

9.SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE (2007, Thomas Haemmerli, Switzerland)

10.I FILM MY VILLAGE (2006, Shao Yuzhen, China)

11.LABAN: THE MEANING OF THE EDSA REVOLUTION (2007, Sally Jo Bellosillo, Philippines)

12.SOMEWHERE OVER THE CLOUD (2007, Hsiao Mei-ling, Taiwan)

13.THE CHEST TO BEQUEATH (2007, Ly Hoang Ly, Vietnam, video installation)

14.A SLIM PEACE (2007, Yael Luttwak, Israel)

15.BUNTOC EULOGY (1995, Marlon Fuentes, Philippines)

F. FAVORITE THAI DOCUMENTARIES

1.MY GRANDFATHER (2008, Pichet Smerchua)

2.CITIZEN JULING (2008, Ing K + Manit Sriwanichpoom + Kraisak Choonhavan)

3.HAPPINESS OF LAO ISLAND (2008, Witchuta Watjanarat + Vasuphon Kriangprapakit)

4.AOMM (2008, Somchai Vachirachongkol)
The word AOMM in Thai can be a nickname of a person and can also mean “INDIRECT”.

5.THE SAME OLD SEA (2008, Pisut Srimhok)

6.AN ORDINARY STORY (เรื่องธรรมดา) (2007, Meathus Sirinawin)

7.NATIONAL ANTHEM (2008, Chai Chaiyachit)

8.THE CONVERT (2008, Panu Aree, Kong Rithdee, Kaweenipon Ketprasit)

9.WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER (2007, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Japan/Thailand)

10.I’M FINE THANK YOU AND YOU? (2008, Patana Chirawong)

G.FAVORITE ANIMATIONS

1.BUTTERFLY FROM URAL (2007, Katarina Lillqvist, Finland)

2.EN (2007, Takahiro Hayakawa, Japan)

3.HORTON HEARS A WHO! (2008, Jimmy Hayward + Steve Martino, USA)

4.I WANT TO BE A RED FISH (2006, Boonsri Tangtrongsin, Thailand)
http://www.boonsri.com/works/film2.html

5.YOGYA BINTANG HOUSE MINI (2008, Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, Japan, video installation)

6.CLASS SITUATION IN SOCIETY 3 (2008, Akegaluck Sagaew, Thailand)

7.1977 (2007, Peque Varela, UK)

8.WALTZ WITH BASHIR (2008, Ari Folman, Israel)

9.WHEN THE DAY COMES (2007, Supparerk Polsawad, Thailand)

10.VICTIM (2008, Nattaporn Yiamchawee + Nattapol Nark-ngen, Thailand)

H. FAVORITE THAI VIDEO INSTALLATIONS

1.WANTANEE RETROSPECTIVE ENCORE (2008, Wantanee Siripattananantakul)

2.BEING SOLDIER BETTER THAN YOU THOUGHT, RICE FIELD FROM RIPE PROJECT (2008, Sakarin Krue-on)

3.ZOOM +/- (2008, Theerawat Maysasitthivit)

4.BY TOMORROW (2008, Tuksina Pipitkul)
This video is included in Tuksina’s exhibition called PIG’S EYE.

5.MAN ON THE MOON (2008, Jakrawal Nilthamrong)

I.GUILTY PLEASURES

1.THE INNOCENT FRESHY 2 (2007, Nitchapoom Chaianun, Thailand)

2.SKIN (2006, Fernando Vendrell, Portugal)

3.DOGSHIT (เรื่องขี้หมา) (2008, Eag Tammakrang, Thailand)

4.LE GRAND CHEF (2007, Jeon Yun-su, South Korea)

5.CROC (2008, Saravuth Intaraprom, Thailand)

6.DIVE! (2008, Naoto Kumazawa, Japan)

7.HISTERIA (2007, James Lee, Malaysia)

8.THE APPOINTMENT (2000, Veronica Bilbao La Vieja, Italy)

9.FAMILY (เด็กมีปัญหา) (2008, Komsunt Boonyavit, Thailand)

10.RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES (1972, Emilio P. Miraglia, Italy)

J. FAVORITE ACTORS

1.Michael Shaowanasai – OBSERVATION OF THE MONUMENT (2008, Michael Shaowanasai, Thailand)

2.Coco Martin in 5 Philippine films – JAY (2008, Francis Xavier Pasion), SERBIS (2008, Brillante Mendoza), DAYBREAK (2008, Adolfo Alix Jr.), DRUMBEAT (2007, Adolfo Alix Jr.), SLINGSHOT (2007, Brillante Mendoza)

3.Yasumasa Morimura – SELF-PORTRAIT AS A THEATER (2002, Yasumasa Morimura, Japan)

4.Liu Ye – DARK MATTER (2007, Chen Shi-zheng, USA)

5.Nicolas Bro – SOI COWBOY (2008, Thomas Clay, UK/Thailand)

6.Juergen Vogel in 2 German films – A FRIEND OF MINE (2006, Sebastian Schipper) and EMMA’S BLISS (2006, Sven Taddicken, Germany)

7.Nene – I WILL RAPE YOU WITH THIS SCISSORS (2008, Napat Treepalawisetkun, Thailand)
This is the trailer of the film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTYW-vmF0NU

8.Brendan Gleeson – IN BRUGES (2008, Martin McDonagh, UK)

9.Heath Ledger – THE DARK KNIGHT (2008, Christopher Nolan, USA)

10.Francois Cluzet – RIVALS (2008, Jacques Maillot, France)

K. FAVORITE ACTRESSES

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

2.Nobuko Otowa – MOTHER (1963, Kaneto Shindo, Japan)

3.Barbara Loden – WANDA (1980, Barbara Loden, USA)

4.Elsa Zylberstein – THE FEELINGS FACTORY (2008, Jean-Marc Moutout, France)

5.Noemie Lvovsky – ACTRESSES (2008, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, France)

6.Focus Jirakul – HORMONES (2008, Songyos Sukmakanan, Thailand)

7.Analia Couceyro in LA RABIA and THE PAST (2007, Hector Babenco, Brazil)

8.Gertrude Welcker – DR. MABUSE: THE GAMBLER (1922, Fritz Lang, Germany)

9.Anne Consigny – A CHRISTMAS TALE (2008, Arnaud Desplechin, France)

10.Zohra Lampert (Jessica) – LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (1971, John Hancock, USA)

L. FAVORITE LIVE/STAGE PERFORMANCES

1.17 MAY MY VALENTINE (Sawanee Uthumma)

2.10 YEARS OF PERFORMANCES AND INSTALLATIONS (Nezaket Ekici, Turkey)

3.WELCOME TO NOTHING (Nopphand Boonyai)

4.WAITING FOR G.D. (Damkerng Thitapiyasak)

5.PAST IS SIMULATION – THE LADIES OF THE SEA VS. NORA, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SOCIETY (Monica Emilie Herstad, Norway)

6.WANGNIN FAMILY (Kae Ishimoto + Daisuke Zenzai, Japan)

7.Ray Langenbach’s performance in Asiatopia (USA/Malaysia)

8.The collective performances of Boris Nieslony (Germany), Helge Meyer (Germany), Norbert Klassen (Switzerland), Roi Vaara (Finland), Lee Wen (Singapore), Alastaire McLennan (Ireland), Jacques van Poppel (Netherlands), Myriam Laplante (Canada/Italy), and Jason Lim (Singapore) in Asiatopia

9.A BOX OF CHOCOLATE (Jaturachai Srichanwanpen)

10.The musical puppets’ street performance (Grego, USA)

11.THE RETURN (Won Yong Oh, South Korea)

12. BREAKING THE SURFACE (Damkerng Thitapiyasak)

13. Arai Shin-ichi’s performance in Asiatopia (Japan)

14.HEART DISEASE (ห้องสยองลงตับ) (Wattanachai Treedecha)

15.SEMI HAPPINESS (Nikorn Saetang + Jarunun Phantachat)

16.PUSH UP (Damkerng Thitapiyasak)

17.ALT CTRL DEL (Ninart Boonpothong)

18.Ying mei Duan’s performance in Asiatopia (China)

19.THE OTHER LAND (Teerawat Mulvilai)

20.MAN OF LA MANCHA (Euthana Mukdasanit)

M.FAVORITE ART/EXHBITIONS

1.DIED ON 6 OCTOBER 1976 (2008, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Thailand, photo exhibition)
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/08/died-on-6th-october-1976-2008-manit.html

2.MYTHS AND MONSTROSITIES (Peggy Wauters, Belgium)
http://p-wauters.exto.nl/

3.THE GREAT FROM THE WEST (1990, Montien Boonma, Thailand, painting)
This is a part of the exhibition ALL OUR EVERDAYS at Ver Gallery.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3176/2628442794_c6e7b3a40b_o.jpg

4.PHOTOGRAPHIES (Heve Robillard, France)
This is a part of the exhibition FROM (DIFFERENT) HORIZONS OF ROCKSHELTER.
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/09/from-differen-horizons-of-rockshelter.html

5.ONE AND THREE PANS (1965, Joseph Kosuth, Germany)
This is a part of the exhibition ARTSPACE GERMANY at PSG Gallery in Silpakorn University.

6.LIFE AND CEMETERY AFTER THE DEATH (Preecha Noulnim, Thailand)
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=03-2008&date=28&group=9&gblog=38

7.THE FATE OF SOCIAL VICTIMS: MS.THANYALUK, MS. SUMALEE, MS. PATTRAPORN (Yuwana Poonwattanawat, Thailand, paintings)
This is a part of the exhibition PASSION OF THAI MODERN ART at Siam Paragon.
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/08/most-favorite-things-of-july-2008.html

8.ZEALOUSLY KINDLED PASSION FOR OUR NATIVE DONG YAI (Jakkrit Karaket, Thailand, painting exhibition)
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=05-2008&date=25&group=9&gblog=76

9.EAT SHIT (Nattarika Thanpridanant, Thailand)
This is a part of the exhibition SENSATIONAL SELVES at Art Center Chula.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3143/2628442800_a8fddc456b_o.jpg

10.LUK TUNG: THAI FOLK LIFE (Naruemon Padsamran, Thailand)
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=03-2008&date=23&group=9&gblog=35

N.FAVORITE SONGS

1.CLAIRE DE LUNE – Lydia Kavina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn4TgYkqdi8

2.CLASSIC CLICHE – Elektrons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bOMqau2Pcc

3.THE STATE OF THINGS – Rekleiner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e4Ol7Jt2Lg

4.MODEST THEME – Rude Hagelstein
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7p9Gb5FuIE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yWayrO6mE0

5.NO, NO, NO (Eric Kupper Vocal mix) – Ono
The link below is for the original version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiTY0vEd7oI

6.FAXING BERLIN – Deadmau5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnEUfeiSKt0

7.THE WIND BLOWS (ลมโชยพัด) – Coconutcream
I don’t know the title of this song, but the first words in the song are “The wind blows”. The members of this band include Tossapol Boonsinsukh.
http://www.myspace.com/coconutnutcreamcream

8.JULIAN – Boy George
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43aU8ys5Kug

9.CORPORATE CANNIBAL – Grace Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgMn2OJmx3w

10.HARRIET (Annie Mac edit) – Kissy Sell-Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCM7GeVng6U

11.CHEAP AND CHEEFUL (Fake Blood mix) – The Kills
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUSfMQc9cOw

12.NO TURNING BACK – Mikael Stravostrand featuring Big Bully
http://www.myspace.com/mikaelstavostrand

13.JE NE SUIS PAS BIEN PORTANT – Gaston Ouvrard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mEQZsw7w5c

14.ELEPHANT’S PARADE – Minilogue
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtkgvBEEIHk

15.THE UNDERGROUND BULLSHIT – Gel Abril
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNcUu64oEWg

16.SAMURAI – Jazztronik
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWKTYJh2cGQ

17.A CHICO A RHYTMICO – Loco Dice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfd7y-kOWq4

18.ACID EIFFEL (2003) – Choice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Lj5egNB1M

19.SUDOKO KID – Star & Ito
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWJQD1fFhXQ

20.BELL SONG FROM LAKME – Florence Foster Jenkins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ5uZv1pG8g

O.FAVORITE MODEL
Bank Haemangkorn
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2396/2722263251_cc71bd2241_o.jpg

P. FAVORITE PLACE
CONFERENCE OF BIRDS GALLERY
http://www.conferenceofbirds.com/Birds/Welcome.html

Q.FAVORITE QUOTES

What Come Paga said in an interview in Prachatai website:
http://www.prachatai.com/05web/th/home/page2.php?mod=mod_ptcms&ID=12848&Key=HilightNews

“เราสู้กับทักษิณ สู้กับไทยรักไทย เรายังสู้กันอยู่ในที่แจ้งทั้งคู่ ยังดีกว่าสู้กับสิ่งที่ไม่รู้ ไม่เห็น ตอนนี้เหมือนเราสู้กับผี กับวิญญาณ ที่บางทีเราก็คิดว่ามันมีจริง บางทีก็คิดว่ามันไม่มีอยู่จริง บางทีเราก็รู้ หรือสัมผัสการมีอยู่ของมัน ผ่านนิทานปรัมปรา ผ่านเรื่องเล่าอันเต็มไปกฤษฎาภินิหาร ผ่านเพลง ผ่านบทกลอน ฯลฯ”

R.FAVORITE CARTOON
Political cartoon by “Sia” on page 3 of Thairath newspaper

S.FAVORITE PERSON
Giles Ungpakorn

December 29, 2008

MICHAEL SHAOWANASAI AND JOE GAGE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:22 pm

–The new issue of FILMMAX magazine has an interesting interview with Michael Shaowanasai. He talks about his favorite films, including the gay erotic films directed by Joe Gage.

I had never known Joe Gage before, but his films look really really interesting.

You can read an interview of Joe Gage here:
http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/42/gage.htm

–These are the covers of Joe Gage’s DVDs:

1.ARCADE ON ROUTE 9
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3124/3146732019_88a373bc53_o.jpg


2.BACK TO BARSTOW
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/3146732021_da3fa379c3_o.jpg


3.BARNSTORM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/3146732023_ac43a3ce97_o.jpg


4.CHAINSAW
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3202/3146732025_4428332d26_o.jpg


5.COPSHACK ON 101
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3164/3147588076_cab28a7aef_o.jpg


6.EL PASO WRECKING CORP.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/3146732011_75e906ce2c_o.jpg


7.GUNNERY SGT. MCCOOL
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/3147588082_14f6124816_o.jpg


8.KANSAS CITY TRUCKING CO.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3254/3146732013_15b165daaa_o.jpg


9.LIFEGUARD!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/3147588086_8119bc7e8c_o.jpg


10.110 DEGREES IN TUCSON
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3227/3147588088_fa0c141b99_o.jpg

–I am making a list of my most favorite things of 2008, and I think Michael Shaowanasai will be MY MOST FAVORITE ACTOR OF 2008 for his performance in OBSERVATION OF THE MONUMENT (2008, Michael Shaowanasai, A+++++++++++++++)

This is an image from OBSERVATION OF THE MONUMENT. I stole this photo from Merveillesxx’ blog:
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=03-2008&date=23&group=9&gblog=33

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/3147588090_c6b6cb1f89_o.jpg


OBSERVATION OF THE MONUMENT is a part of Michael Shaowanasai’s exhibition called OUR LADY OF THE LOW COUNTRIES.
http://www.kathmandu-bkk.com/exhibition_past09.html

SONTHAYA SUBYEN, BILL HENSON, PHILIPPE GRANDRIEUX

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 8:46 pm

–The new issue of FREEFORM magazine is available now. It has an article from Sonthaya Subyen about a photographer. The article is THE TWILIGHT WORLD OF BILL HENSON.

I had never known this photographer before. But Sonthaya wrote that his photographs has the smell of dangerous crimes like the films of the three princes of darkness—David Lynch, Philippe Grandrieux, and Fred Kelemen.

I’m very glad to read Sonthaya’s article in this magazine. I think he is one of the best Thai film critics, though he hasn’t written much lately.

He will hold an exhibition early next year. The exhibition is 13TH ANNIVERSARY D.K. FILMHOUSE (FILMVIRUS). The exhibition will be held during 9-28 January, 2009, at Jamjuree Art Gallery, Chulalongkorn University.

–From FREEFORM magazine, I also know that Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook will hold an exhibition of her artworks, photographs, and videos at Ardel Gallery from 10 March – 10 April 2009. I love the title of her exhibition very much. It’s called IN THIS SITUATION, THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS THE BETRAYAL OF THE MOON. (ในสถานการณ์เช่นนี้ สิ่งเดียวที่ควรใส่ใจ คือการทรยศของดวงจันทร์)

–Some photos by Bill Henson

 

December 28, 2008

INSPIRED BY MERVEILLESXX

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:05 am

I like what Merveillesxx wrote in his blog very much. Here is what he wrote:
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=12-2008&group=6&date=20&gblog=54

I’m not a whore

Whom you can use and leave
Whenever you want to

A whore is a respectable job
A whore deserves compensation

But all I get from you
Is only pain
And disaster

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–Merveillesxx’s writing inspires me to write something totally funny and silly. Here is what I write:

I’m a whore
And that’s none of your business
My job is illegal
My job is immoral
But I’m not wrong
What’s wrong is the law
And some people’s moral
This law and moral should be destroyed

Tourists are my customers
And I’m very proud
Because I’ve never hurt tourists by supporting those who seized the airports

University students are my customers
And I’m very proud
Because I didn’t participate in their massacre.

I’m a low-class prostitute
Who think I have more human dignity
Than….

December 26, 2008

POLL 42: EVIL HAS A HANDSOME FACE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:08 pm

 

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

 

POLL 42: EVIL HAS A HANDSOME FACE

My poll 42 is inspired by Abhisit Vejjajiva, the new prime minister of Thailand, though I don’t say that he is evil. He just inspires me to make this poll.

I don’t particularly hate Abhisit, but I do particularly hate his Democrat Party. I voted for this party last year, because at that time I hated Samak Sundaravej from the rival party very much. What a difference a year makes!

During the course of the year, I have been watching in horror how Abhisit’s Democrat party supports the Thai fascist group called PAD and supports the use of some laws which are totally against freedom of speech. Now Abhisit’s Democrat Party has become one of the things I hate the most in the world.

Let’s wait and see if Abhisit will destroy our freedom and become Hitler or not. If not, maybe I will change my mind to like him next year.

THESE FILMS CONCERN HANDSOME MEN WHO ARE BAD OR EVIL. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE? OR WHICH MEN DO YOU WANT?

(The images below show the specified actors, but most of them don’t come from the specified films.)

1.Fedja van Huet in AMNESIA (2001, Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3203/3138565570_fb7bf42333_o.jpg


2.William McNamara in COPYCAT (1995, Jon Amiel, USA)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3105/3138577952_935eabae80_o.jpg


3.Jean-Claude Brialy in LES COUSINS (1959, Claude Chabrol, France)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/3138565558_a13a2cffe2_o.png


4.Gregoire Colin in THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS (1998, Erick Zonca, France)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3095/3138574662_ecb82cf15d_o.jpg


Oliver wrote about this film in Thai here:
http://riverdale-dreams.blogspot.com/2007/06/dreamlife-of-angels.html

5.Sid Lucero in DRUMBEAT (2008, Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3284/3138579384_1d75f34295_o.jpg


Noel Vera wrote about this film here:
http://criticafterdark.blogspot.com/2008/08/tamnbolista-drumbeat-adolfo-alix-jr.html

6.Lawrence Ng (อู๋ฉี่หัว) in THE GRAND CANAL (ศึกลำน้ำเลือด) (1987, Hong Kong TV series)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/3138577940_0747786d5a_o.jpg


7.Edison Chen in INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2 (2003, Andrew Lau + Alan Mak, Hong Kong)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/3138565566_c4c8d39eb8_o.jpg


8.Aaron Eckhart in IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (1997, Neil LaBute, USA)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3200/3138565562_6d9d138841_o.jpg


9.Gian Maria Volonte in INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (1970, Elio Petri, Italy)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/3138574658_44d2920578_o.jpg


10.Andreas Wisniewski in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987, John Glen, UK)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3133/3138565550_10415f8ce7_o.jpg


11.Aaron Kwok in SAVIOUR OF THE SOUL (1991, David Lai + Corey Yuen, Hong Kong)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/3138577936_4709b82a00_o.jpg


12.Ralph Fiennes in SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993, Steven Spielberg, USA)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/3138579378_afdcfdf427_o.jpg


13.Hayden Christensen in SHATTERED GLASS (2003, Billy Ray, USA)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3114/3138574666_9bd65a4912_o.jpg


14.Nathakorn Kongsib in SIYAMA (2008, Preecha Songsakul, Thailand)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3094/3138574682_e0381aedba_o.jpg


15.Jeremy Piven in SMOKIN’ ACES (2006, Joe Carnahan, USA)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/3138574676_a35dc97e2e.jpg


16.Marc Barbe in SOMBRE (1998, Philippe Grandrieux, France)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3133/3138565556_063d8fd4bc_o.jpg


Mike Dekalb wrote about this film here:
http://esotika.blogspot.com/2007/12/sombre-philippe-grandrieux-1998.html

17.Thomas Kretschmann in THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (1996, Dario Argento, Italy)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3024/3138577928_3322810941_o.jpg

18.Marlon Brando in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951, Elia Kazan, USA)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/3138577948_aa5663b2ea_o.jpg


19.Luis Alandy in TULI (2005, Auraeus Solito, Philippines)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/3138577942_60f9c4d239_o.jpg


20.Hinnerk Schoenemann in YELLA (2007, Christian Petzold, Germany)
He plays the husband in this film, not the new lover of Yella.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/3138574670_6c6c1771de.jpg


You can cast multiple votes.

Any recommendations for handsome villains are welcome. 🙂 🙂 🙂

AIRPORT DRAMA HAS NO HAPPY ENDING FOR THAI TOURISM

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:59 pm

I copied this news from the website below:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081225/wl_nm/us_thailand_tourism/print

Airport drama has no happy ending for Thai tourism

By Ed Cropley

Wed Dec 24, 7:38 pm ET

BANGKOK (Reuters) – From empty sun loungers at luxury hotels to vacant bar stools in dingy fleshpots, tourism in Thailand is going through its worst slump in decades, a result of the global economic slowdown and its own political turmoil.

“Right now, business is so slow. Some nights, only one customer,” said Jodie, a 24-year-old transvestite go-go dancer teetering round the capital’s Nana red light district in spike-heeled thigh-high boots.

Her gloom is echoed by everybody in an industry that accounts for six percent of the economy in the self-styled “Land of Smiles,” and which directly employs 1.8 million people — around the same proportion of the eligible labor force in Thailand.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) boss Phornsiri Manoharn estimates the 8-day closure of Bangkok’s $4 billion Suvarnabhumi airport by anti-government protesters a month ago will have caused one million foreign visitors to cancel or go elsewhere.

“This is the hardest hit we’ve ever encountered in the 48 years we’ve been promoting tourism to Thailand,” she told Reuters, saying the airport shutdown put the December 2004 tsunami, bird flu and SARS in the shade.

With arrivals numbers for the key holiday month of December likely to be 500,000 — a third of forecasts — the TAT’s ambitions of attracting 15.5 million tourists in the whole of 2008 and 16 million in 2009 are lying in tatters.

Far from enjoying the 70 percent occupancy they normally see in December, Bangkok’s top hotels are 25 percent full, forcing management to close floors, lay off contractors and ask staff to take unpaid leave.

At the height of the airport blockade, one luxury hotel was rumored to have had just one room occupied.

“It would be fair to say that this will be the lowest monthly occupancy we’ve experienced in the history of the hotel,” said Wayne Buckingham, managing director of the 740-room Royal Orchid Sheraton on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river.

Particularly hard hit has been the hotel corporate and conference business, which is more sensitive than individuals to the travel warnings issued during the airport occupation, the climax of months of sometimes violent political confrontation.

“People have been through tough times in Asia before and they’ve got out of it at the other end, and we’ll do as well. It’s just that this one will take a bit longer,” Buckingham said, estimating 12-18 months before things “return to normal.”

FEELING THE PINCH

With the export-driven economy already feeling the pinch from the global economic slowdown, many analysts believe the airport protests by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) may prove to be the decisive factor in tipping Thailand into recession.

Even if tourism avoids the large-scale layoffs already hitting manufacturing, getting the industry back on its feet will be yet another headache for new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, now in charge of a shaky, multi-party coalition.

If the Oxford-educated economist starts diverting provincial cash to tourism in Bangkok or the south, where the best beaches and strongest support for his Democrat party are to be found, he risks further alienating voters in the north and northeast, where loyalty to ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra runs deep.

However, the political and economic pressure to intervene will be large, given that the lack of visitors has consequences way beyond tipless hotel waitresses and tour guides standing idle outside Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace.

It is hitting taxi drivers, antique dealers, gem traders and thousands from across the service sector — from the ubiquitous street-side suit-makers to Jodie and her colleagues on the Nana red light district night-shift.

“I’ve been here for 16 years and it’s the first time I’ve seen business like this,” said tailor Tom Casey from Chennai in India, waking up at 3 p.m. from an extended snooze on his shop’s sofa to serve his first customer of the day.

The only people still smiling are the foreign visitors who decided not to be put off by the likelihood of more political unrest, and who now find themselves getting all the best seats and seeing the sights without the crowds.

“We were very nearly victims of the credit crunch and very nearly victims of the airport blockade, but our hearts had been set on this holiday for a long time and there’s no way we weren’t coming,” said London businessman Michael Gude, who nearly lost his savings in a collapsed Icelandic bank.

“But to be honest, it’s worked out fairly well — all the sights are pretty much empty and we’ve been getting a guide all to ourselves,” he said.

(Editing by Megan Goldin)

TRI-TOSA-WARA

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 8:42 pm

Below is an information about a new exhibition:

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TRI-TOSA-WARA: 13 Years of The Art Center

7th Floor, Center of Academic, Chulalongkorn University
December 26, 2008 – January 17, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday January 8, 2009, at 6pm

As the Center of Academic Resources celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has organized an event to promote library and information science, The Art Center sees it as a good opportunity to stage a special exhibition to celebrate its own 13 years of operation as well.

Entitled “TRI-TOSA-WARA”, which simply means “the 13th anniversary”, the exhibition aims to chronicle the history of The Art Center, which was one of the first art institutes in Thailand to earn international recognition and has showcased many established and emerging Thai artists, several of whom went on to win international acclaim. The display of TRI-TOSA-WARA is a combination of documentations of exhibitions staged in the past 13 years – be they photos, videos, posters, catalogs and media reviews – and works on loan from artists and Chula’s own collection. Some of the artists whose work will be display again include Hem Vejakorn, Nawin Lawanchaikul, Sakarin Krue-on, Michael Shaowanasai and Vasan Sittiket.

***To mark this special exhibition, The Art Center has cracked part of a wall to reveal artwork from ‘The Last Love’ exhibition, which was created in response to the Center of Academic Resources’ plan to close down The Art Center back in 2003, an important chapter of the Center’s history.

For more information, please contact:
Siriwat Pokrajen (Yo)
PR Officer
Tel: 081-629-0457
Emails: info.artcenterchula@gmail.com, siriwatpokrajen@yahoo.com

The Art Center
7th Floor, Center of Academic Resources (Central Library)
Chulalongkorn University
Phyathai Pathumwan Bangkok 10330
Tel: 0-2218-2965, Fax: 0-2218-2907
www.car.chula.ac.th/art
info.artcenterchula@gmail.com
Monday-Friday: 9.00-19.00 น. Saturday: 9.00-16.00 น.
Closed on Sunday and public holidays

December 25, 2008

“SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS” IS THE WINNER

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:14 pm

My poll 41 ended with six votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

THESE FILMS DEAL WITH NAZI, ITS TIME, ITS SYMPATHIZERS, OR ITS COLLABORATORS. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS (2005, Marc Rothemund, Germany)

It got 4 votes, or 66 %.

2.CABARET (1972, Bob Fosse, USA)

+THE CREMATOR (1969, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia)

+THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR (1964, Zbynek Brynych, Czechoslovakia)

+MUSIC BOX (1989, Costa-Gavras, USA)

+THE NASTY GIRL (1990, Michael Verhoeven, West Germany)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 33 %.

7.BRUTALITY IN STONE (1961, Alexander Kluge + Peter Schamoni, West Germany)

+CAT AND MOUSE (1967, Hans Juergen Pohland, West Germany)

+THE GOLDEN YEARS – THE BITTER YEARS (1984, Michael Braun, West Germany, TV series)
+HITLER: A FILM FROM GERMANY (1977, Hans-Juergen Syberberg, West Germany)

+MEPHISTO (1981, Istvan Szabo, Hungary)

+THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933, Fritz Lang, Germany)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 16%.

13.ANGRY HARVEST (1985, Agnieszka Holland, West Germany)

+THE COUNTERFEITERS (2007, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Austria)

+ENIGMA (2001, Michael Apted, UK)

+KUHLE WAMPE OR: TO WHOM DOES THE WORLD BELONG? (1932, Slatan Dudow, Germany)

+MR. KLEIN (1976, Joseph Losey, France)

+THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US (1946, Wolfgang Staudte, Germany)

+THE NINTH DAY (2004, Volker Schlondorff, Germany)

+TWIN SISTERS (2002, Ben Sombogaart, Netherlands)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–I think my least favorite films in this list are ENIGMA and TWIN SISTERS. I gave each of them only “A-“, but I include them in the list because they really remind me of the current political problems of Thailand.

TWIN SISTERS, which is about two sisters who stand on the opposite sides in WWII, reminds me of the current situation because I found that many friends of mine have opposite opinions from me concerning the Thai political situations. I really hate the PAD and Abhisit’s Democrat Party because this party have been supporting the PAD. But I don’t hate my friends who support Abhisit, as long as they don’t hate me first.

–About the PAD, I like what Pravit Rojanaphruk wrote in Prachatai’s website very much. Here is an excerpt from his article:
http://www.prachatai.com/english/news.php?id=878

“What the PAD is doing is hitting at the wrong target. But more importantly, it shows its disregard for other people’s rights. I have wasted time and money due the PAD action. Bus fares, extra hotel bills, meals, work disruption – and I’m not alone. I guess the PAD couldn’t care less.

The PAD leaders and followers, after spending months brainwashing each other with propaganda and a simplistic view of Thai politics, have become so intoxicated that they must think everything they do is right – whether others like it or not. Sad to say, what began as a protest attended by many well-intentioned citizens has turned into something bordering on a political cult centred around a few non-accountable leaders.

But please think for a second, PAD members and supporters, whether what you’re doing will really bring about democracy and law and order.

My hunch is that it will not. Shutting the country’s main airport will not bring democratic reform. It will terrorise the Kingdom, scare away tourists and visitors, and disappoint the public, who may once have been sympathetic to your concerns about rampant corruption and the recent deaths of and injuries to PAD supporters.”

–What I like is the phrase “DISREGARD FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S RIGHTS” in the excerpt above. This phrase reminds me of many things I have been hating in Thailand since I was born. These things include:

1.The Songkran festival in April, in which people splash water on one another. The festival itself is not evil. It can be fun, especially when you go to celebrate it in Khaosarn Road. But what makes me hate this festival is that many Thai people disregard other people’s rights to travel safely during this festival. It is very difficult for me to travel from one place to another to do some business during this three-day festival, because some Thai people insisted on throwing water at me, though I said to them clearly that I didn’t want it or even begged them to spare me from their water. Why don’t these smiling Thai people understand that some people are different from them? Why don’t these Thai people understand that other people are also human beings who are equal to them and these Thai people don’t have authority to force water onto my body, my belongings, or my books? Why do these Thai people think they can disregard other people’s rights?

Thanks Heaven for 7-Eleven, because it opens 24 hours. During the past 10 years, I have been successfully avoiding these evil Thai people because I only step out of my apartment during 23.00-07.00 hrs during the festival. Whenever I get hungry during this festival, I will go to 7-Eleven at 23.00-07.00 hrs to buy some food because the road to 7-Eleven is empty from these evil Thai people during those hours.

I’m not the only Thai person who deeply hates this festival. One of my friends revealed to me that he actually wanted to kill all those people who threw water at him without permission. He has been harboring this hatred for many years now. Fortunately, he hasn’t fulfill his dream yet.

2.The “Rubnong” tradition in some faculties in some universities.

I used to study in the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy in a university, but I couldn’t bear its strict Rubnong traditions in which the new students have to obey the older students and do many things which are not useful at all. So I dropped out of this faculty after one year. I turned to study in the Faculty of Arts, in which the Rubnong traditions is not strict at all.

Some new students are killed every year in Thailand because of this Rubnong traditions. Some older students like to bully the new students, but sometimes the act of bullying is too cruel or goes too far and it results in death.

3.About 10-15 years ago, some Thai female teenagers started wearing tank tops or started dress up sexily. I remember that some Thai people opposed this kind of dress vehemently. I feel sick with this group of conservative Thai people. I stopped listening to a radio program about films which I had been following for 10 years, because a DJ in this radio program said something like “Girls wear clothes like this because they want to be raped”.

Fortunately, the liberal side win in this issue. Thai teenagers don’t obey this conservative thinking about dress and clothes.

4.I started hating Thaksin’s government in 2001 because of Purachai Piumsombun, who was the Interior Minister at that time. He tried to force nightclubs to close at 0200 AM, because that’s what the law says. I enjoyed nightclubs which close at 0600 AM, especially in 1995. I think this Thai law should be changed. I think nightclubs which don’t disturb their neighborhood with noises or other things should be open as long as they want.

5.I hate some Thai laws which are the opposite of freedom of speech.

6.I hate the Censorship Board of Thailand.

7. I hate the Youtube blocking last year.

8. I hate people who incite other people to assault Chotisak Onsoong.

When I was a child, I used to think that people would have more and more freedom in the future. But what happens in Thailand during the last few years, especially the PAD’s seizure of airports, makes me realize that Thai people may have less and less freedom in the future, because many Thai people disregard other people’s rights.

December 22, 2008

FAVORITE THINGS IN TRACES OF SIAMESE SMILE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:06 pm

I went to see the exhibition TRACES OF SIAMESE SMILE: ART + FAITH + POLITICS + LOVE in November. There are many things I like in this exhibition, including:

Most of the images below come from the following website:
http://www.siamesesmile2008.com/

1.BARE THE BURDEN AND HEAT OF THE DAY (2000, Prateap Kochabua)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/3128390530_c32f983e6c_o.jpg


You can see more paintings by Prateap Kochabua here:
http://www.thaiartstudio.com/profile_prateep.htm

2.BATTLE OF MARA (1989, Thawan Duchanee)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/3127542031_c2508631d5_o.jpg

3.BOXEUR THAI (1994, Pierre et Gilles)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/3127542035_6177e5a19d_o.jpg


4.I AM THAI (2007, Krissada Dhussadeewanich)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3110/3127542037_4b2168dcd5_o.jpg


5.INSIDE OUT: OUTSIDE IN (2008, Anuchai Secharunputong)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3132/3127542041_87850fd7af_o.jpg


6.JONG-KLOM (2000, Chokchai Tukpoe)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/3127542045_c6794929c7_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3254/3127542029_af0a5e5706_o.jpg


7.KHMER-DONNA: ANNUNZIATA #5/08 (2008, Michael Shaowanasai)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/3127545121_0651f45927_o.jpg


8.LOVERS (1993, Sawasdi Tantisuk)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3258/3127545125_29690172af_o.jpg


9.MELTING VOID: MOLDS FOR THE MIND (1999, Montien Boonma)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3214/3127545129_eb49593cef_o.jpg


10.PANYA(1992, Parinya Tantisuk)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3228/3127545131_69b99b4876_o.jpg


You can see more paintings by Parinya Tantisuk here:
http://www.era.su.ac.th/ArtDB/tha/showpicture.asp?id=591&id_artist=591

WILL THE PAD BE PUNISHED? IS THERE JUSTICE IN THAILAND?

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:13 pm

–The blog of FREEDOM AGAINST CENSORSHIP THAILAND has an interesting post about blocked websites in Thailand. You can read it here:
http://facthai.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/2008-thailand-blocklist-analysis-1303-new-websites-censored/

–Giles Ji Ungpakorn wrote about some interesting questions that need to be put to the new government of Thailand.

 

“1. Will the government punish PAD leaders for breaking the law, including the Democrat MP who took over the airport? Will the PAD be made to answer for the damage at Government House? Will the Democrats expel their MP who lead the airport occupation?

2. Will the military chiefs be sacked for breaking the law and intervening in politics. Will they be sacked for giving the green-light to the take-over of the airports and thus compromising airport security?

3. Will the government defend the undemocratic constitution or will it amend the constitution to increase democracy?

4. Will elections be held as soon as possible to allow the Thai population to have a say?

5. What serious measures will the government take in order to protect the poor from the economic crisis. What job creating policies do they have? How can they stop workers being sacked from factories. Will they increase wages and cut VAT in order to stimulate the economy? Will they increase taxation on the rich in order to help the poor?

6. Will the government punish state officials who murdered unarmed demonstrators in the South at Takbai during the Thaksin government? Will they withdraw troops and police so that a peaceful political solution can be achieved?

7. Will the government ensure a balanced media by allowing significant space for Red Shirt anti-government critics? Or will the government increase censorship and media bias? Will they repeal the les majesty law and allow public scrutiny and criticism of the courts?

Many of us can guess what the answers will be….”

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