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January 30, 2009

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT AUTEUR’S NOTEBOOK

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:33 pm

–THE AUTEUR’S NOTEBOOK has a great roundtable discussion by Andrew Grant, Kevin Lee, Edwin Mak, Harrytuttle, Nitesh Rohit, and Alexis Tioseco. You can read it at:
http://www.theauteurs.com/notebook/posts

–The exhibition THE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF D.K. FILMHOUSE (FILMVIRUS) will be extended to February 12. The exhibition is held at Jamjuree Art Gallery.

On February 6 and 7, some Thai short films will be shown in the exhibition. These short films are selected by Filmsick and me.  I will give more details about this program later.

January 27, 2009

FAVORITE YOUTUBE CHANNELS

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FAVORITE YOUTUBE CHANNELS

I haven’t had time to watch (or listen to) many clips in these channels yet, but I think I should make a list of these channels, so that I can find these channels easily when I have time to watch (or listen to) them.

1.Alwa Ritsila + Komvish Zally
I just noticed that some of their videos run into some copyright problems about the soundtrack. 😦
http://www.youtube.com/user/madmadmaniv

2.ARM193
This channel has many clips of old Hong Kong TV series.
http://www.youtube.com/user/arm193

3.Deep House
This is the channel for a kind of dance music.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Sodeep92

4.Jennifer MacMillan
http://www.youtube.com/user/jenmacmill

5.Keren Cytter
http://www.youtube.com/user/rettomyc

6.Naanping
This channel has many old Thai TV series and films.
http://www.youtube.com/user/naanping

7.Noah Viernes
http://www.youtube.com/user/memoriescantwait

8.Tossapol Boonsinsukh
http://www.youtube.com/user/nangtoszlong

9.Wafaa Bilal
http://www.youtube.com/user/mewafaa

10.Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa
http://www.youtube.com/user/FILMSICK

LA RABIA IS IN ROBERT KOEHLER’S LIST OF 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:56 pm

–Andrews Little told me that you can watch an interesting documentary called PEACE, PROPAGANDA & THE PROMISED LAND (2004, Sut Jhally + Bathsheba Ratzkoff, USA, 80 min) for free at this website:
http://www.pppl.org/

–I like this Thai gay music video mockery very much. The boys in this clip are very cute. (Thanks to Sompot who told us about this clip.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWgxFWi86OE

INTERESTING LISTS

1.I danced with joy when I found that LA RABIA (Albertina Carri, Argentina) is in Robert Koehler’s best film list of 2008. NOW SHOWING (Raya Martin) and YEARS WHEN I WAS A CHILD OUTSIDE (John Torres) are also in Koehler’s list. You can read his list here:
http://filmjourney.weblogger.com/2009/01/15/robert-koehlers-best-of-2008/

2.Bill Mousoulis’ top ten list of 2008 has four films I have never heard of:
http://www.innersense.com.au/productions/writings/films08.html

3.Ed Howard’s list of 2008
http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-year-end-wrap-up.html

4.Warin Nilsirisuk’s list of 2008 in Thai
http://riverdale-dreams.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-post_09.html

5.ARTVIRUS’ list of 2008 in Thai
http://www.onopen.com/2009/editor-spaces/3475

BONTOC EULOGY

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:11 pm

This is my comment in Girish Shambu’s blog:
http://www.girishshambu.com/blog/2009/01/favorite-cinema-discoveries-in-08.html

Noel, I feel very glad to have a chance to see BONTOC EULOGY. I hadn’t heard anything about this film before I saw it in the Thai Short Film Festival. I guess Alexis Tioseco might be the one who choose to show this film in the festival.

I just read Oggs Cruz’s review of this film in his blog (http://oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2009/01/bontoc-eulogy-1995.html ). It is a great review, and it made me realize that this film is a faux documentary (or maybe you can call it a hybrid between documentary and fiction), though I used to think of it as a real documentary. I think its hybridity is one of the main reasons why I love this film, because I can’t separate fact from fiction in this film. I find this mixing of fact and imagination quite fascinating. The well-researched information presented in this film, the rare archival footage, and the great imagination of the director help make the person who lived and died about a hundred years ago come to life again vividly in the audience’s imagination.

Apart from being an informative film, BONTOC EULOGY is also poignant. It doesn’t lack emotions. We don’t only “know” about the lives of those tribal Filipinos, but we also get to understand how they might have “felt” while living in the world fair. I also felt quite moved near the end of the film. I think this film would make a great double bill with THE HALFMOON FILES (2007, Phillip Sheffner, Germany), which is also a great documentary about some ethnic minorities in a foreign land who became the target of some anthropological surveys.

January 23, 2009

BOOK WISH LIST: NINE (Andrzej Stasiuk)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:56 pm

Thanks to Sonthaya Subyen who told me about this book.

This is an excerpt from the review of this book by Robert Buckeye:

http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/?lab=StasiukNineReview

“It is the blasted landscape the films of Bela Tarr, Fred Kelemen and Ilya Khrzhanovsky conditioned us to see. A vista the surrealist landscapes of Jan Saudek opened up. The grim, abandoned backwater of an Eastern Europe writhing under runaway capitalism. We have entered Tarkovsky’s Zone. Raskolnikov stalks the streets of St. Petersburg. The bicycle chain swings in the street. An eye is gouged out”

SOME FAVORITE HONG KONG TV SERIES

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:42 pm

I just found out that many opening titles of my favorite Hong Kong TV series had been uploaded into Youtube by ARM 193. You can watch his channel at
http://www.youtube.com/user/arm193

These are the title clips of my favorite Hong Kong TV series:

1.THE BLACK SABRE จอมดาบหิมะแดง (1989, A+++++++++++++++)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R5HnZOdQl0

2.THE GRAND CANAL ศึกลำน้ำเลือด (1987, A+++++++++++++++) starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsFaZUMeNz4

3.THE NEW HEAVEN SWORD & THE DRAGON SABRE ดาบมังกรหยก (1986, A++++++++++) starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbwZ1PbYx4U

4.THE RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES มังกรหยก 4 (1983, A++++++++++) starring Andy Lau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jaBpwhWdW4

5.THE LAMP LORE โคมวิเศษเจ้าแม่หัวซาน (1986, A++++++++++) starring Simon Yam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R11YrhhZ8XM

6.THE RETURN OF LUK SIU PHUNG เล็กเซียวหงส์ (1986, A+++++)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea1eLg9tC24

7.THE DEMI-GOD & SEMI-DEVILS แปดเทพอสูรมังกรฟ้า (1982, A+++++)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k-9jJpz5X8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIltZaG9Q0I

8.REINCARNATED กระบี่ไร้เทียมทาน (1978, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqEVuJfMTRM

DRAGON STRIKES (It is the sequel of REINCARNATED) ยอดยุทธจักรมังกรฟ้า (1979, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkuF1ni97gM

9.TWO MOST HONORABLE KNIGHTS เดชเซียวฮื่อยี้ (1988, A+) starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw9uMc17WfU

10.THE SAGA OF THE LOST KINGDOM อิทธิฤทธิ์เจ้ายุทธภพ (1988, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrlH1Q-CHTg

–I like the theme song of this TV series very much:
GOD OF SABRE ฤทธิ์ดาบวงพระจันทร์ (1979)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJioLvqgVbg

January 22, 2009

FAVORITE OLD FILMS SEEN IN 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:22 pm

This is my comment in Girish Shambu’s blog:
http://www.girishshambu.com/blog/2009/01/favorite-cinema-discoveries-in-08.html

–Ryland, I have seen only two films by Jacques Doillon: THE CRYING WOMAN (1979) and LA PURITAINE (1986). I much prefer LA PURITAINE, because it is strange in the way it is mixing life and theatre. THE CRYING WOMAN is good, but I think it is just as good as many French films dealing with adultery and marital problems.

–My favorite old films seen in 2008:

1.MOSES AND AARON (1975, Jean-Marie Straub + Daniele Huillet)
I don’t think I should use the word “entertaining” with films by Straub+Huillet, but since my vocabulary knowledge is very limited, I have to say for now that I feel very entertained (maybe there is a better word?) or captivated by this opera/musical film, which is the opposite of what I feel for THE CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH and EUROPA 2005 – 27 OCTOBER. (I like these two films, too, though I have to try to focus my attention while watching these two.) I even think MOSES AND AARON entertains me or moves me much more than other opera films such as PARSIFAL (1982, Hans-Juergen Syberberg) and CARMEN (1984, Francesco Rosi).

2.JUBILEE (1977, Derek Jarman)
It is as outrageous as MADAME X: THE ABSOLUTE RULER (1978, Ulrike Ottinger).

3.HEART (1955, Kon Ichikawa)
I like the unintentionally homoerotic undertone of this film.

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

5.SAMAR (1998, Shyam Benegal, India)

6.BOONTHING (1991, Hamer Salwala + Saipin Kulkanokwan + Orawan Ovathasarn, Thailand)
This is a very strange and memorable short film. I don’t understand anything in it at all.

7.BUNTOC EULOGY (1995, Marlon Fuentes, Philippines, documentary)

8.MOTHER (1963, Kaneto Shindo)

9.THE CREMATOR (1969, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia)

10.HAPPY END (1966, Oldrich Lipsky, Czechoslovakia)
This film tells its story backwards. Maybe there is nothing much in this film except its innovative way of storytelling, but if you like the narrative structure of MEMENTO or 5×2, maybe you can give this film a try.

–My favorite old horror/thriller films seen in 2008:

1.DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS (1977, George Barry, USA)
There is some strange charm in this film.
2.SHOCK TREATMENT (1973, Alain Jessua)
3.LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (1971, John Hancock)
4.RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES (1972, Emilio P. Miraglia)
5.SPIDER BABY (1968, Jack Hill)
6.LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974, Jorge Grau)
7.I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1970, David E. Durston)
8.CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972, Bob Clark)
9.DOLLS (1987, Stuart Gordon)
10.THE GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA (1959, Nobuo Nakagawa)

Thanks to Filmsick for giving me many films in the list above. 🙂

January 20, 2009

POLL 45: OFFSCREEN

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:13 pm

 

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

My poll 45 is inspired by LE MONDE VIVANT, a strange film of which its most memorable images are the ones in which we see only the hands of the characters, not the bodies or the faces of the characters.

There is something happening offscreen in every film, because every film can’t show everything which happens around the lives of its characters or every moment of its characters. In most films, the sex scenes happen offscreen, but the porn films do the opposite.

The films I choose here and the ones in which something important happens offscreen, or something which should be shown in most films is not shown in these films.

SOMETHING IMPORTANT HAPPENS OFFSCREEN OR ISN’T SHOWN IN THESE FILMS. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (1966, Robert Bresson, France)

2.L’AVVENTURA (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy)
The cause of the disappearance of a character and her fate are never shown or explained.

3.LA BELLE NOISEUSE (1991, Jacques Rivette, France)
The important painting is shown to the characters, but not the audience of this film.

4.BLISSFULLY YOURS (2002, Apichatpong, Weerasethakul, Thailand)
A middle-aged guy is shot dead by some thieves in this film, but it happens offscreen. We only hear its noises. But his corpse turns up in the beginning of TROPICAL MALADY.

5.CASA DE LAVA (1994, Pedro Costa, Portugal)
I think the ending part of this film is so full of ellipses that I don’t understand anything any more.

You can read about CASA DE LAVA in The Evening Class’ blog here:
http://theeveningclass.blogspot.com/2008/03/pedro-costa-and-others-on-casa-de-lava.html

6.EUROPA 2005 – 27 OCTOBER (2006, Jean-Marie Straub + Daniele Huillet, France)
The death of the two teenagers happened before this film begins.
You can watch this film here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGU06JQ92lc

7.FACE, MASK (หน้า, หน้ากาก) (2008, Eakapojd Djangkijkul, Thailand)
I watched this short film only once, and I don’t understand it at all in the first viewing. I guess there’s a crime happening in this film, but I’m not sure which characters are the criminals and which are the victims. The crime scenes may be omitted from this film, may be not. We may see only what some characters do before and after the crimes.

8.FALLEN (2005, Fred Kelemen, Latvia)
The suicide of one or two characters happens offscreen.

9.5 x 2 (2004, Francois Ozon, France)
We are never sure about the causes of the break-up of this couple.

10.FORGET ME (1994, Noemie Lvovsky, France)
There’s a car accident scene in this film, but we see only the face of the heroine (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), and are not quite sure how the accident looks like.

11.4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (2007, Cristian Mungiu, Romania)
There are two rapes happening offscreen in this film. In fact, I think rape scenes are one of the most frequently omitted scenes in films, with understandable reasons.

12.GHOSTS (2005, Christian Petzold, Germany)
We never see or know if one of the heroines has that birthmark or not.

13.GLORIA (1999, Manuela Viegas,Portugal)
There are ellipses near the end of the film, and many viewers are not sure about what really happens.

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

15.LORNA’S SILENCE (2008, Jean-Pierre Dardenne + Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
The murder of a character happens offscreen.

16.LE MONDE VIVANT (2003, Eugene Green, France)

17.NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007, Joel Coen + Ethan Coen, USA)
The murders of two important characters happen offscreen near the end of the film.

18.A SCENE AT THE SEA (1991, Takeshi Kitano, Japan)

19.SHARA (2003, Naomi Kawase, Japan)
I’m not sure what happens to the brother of the hero.

20.SLOW MOTION (1980, Jean-Luc Godard, France)
Marguerite Duras is offscreen in this film.

You can cast multiple votes

SHAUN OF THE DEAD + 28 DAYS LATER ARE WINNERS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:16 pm

My poll 44 ended with 12 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

THESE FILMS ARE ABOUT ZOMBIES. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004, Edgar Wright, UK)
+28 DAYS LATER…(2002, Danny Boyle, UK)
Each of these films got 6 votes, or 50 %.

3. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978, George A. Romero, USA)
+LAND OF THE DEAD (2005, George A. Romero, USA)
Each of these films got 4 votes, or 33 %.

5.OTTO; OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (2008, Bruce La Bruce, Germany/Canada)
+PLANET TERROR (2007, Robert Rodriguez, USA)
Each of these films got 3 votes, or 25 %.

7.DIARY OF THE DEAD (2007, George A. Romero, USA)
+HOMECOMING (2005, Joe Dante, USA)
+SARS WARS (2004, Taweewat Wantha, Thailand)
+28 WEEKS LATER (2007, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Spain)
+ZOMBIE CHICK (อีสาวซากดิบ) (2007, Thitimon Mongkolsawat, Thailand)
Each of these films got 5 votes, or 16 %.

12.CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972, Bob Clark, USA)
+DEAD SNACK (ขอขบเคี้ยวสักนิดก็ยังดี) (2008, Pichanund Laohapornsvan, Thailand)
+GHOSTS OF MARS (2001, John Carpenter, USA)
+RESURRECTION (2008, Sorrawis Rawitiwagul + Harin Paesongthai, Thailand)
Each of these films got 1 vote, or 8 %.

16.I, ZOMBIE: THE CHRONICLES OF PAIN (1998, Andrew Parkinson, UK)
+LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974, Jorge Grau, Spain/Italy)
+PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987, John Carpenter, USA)
+UNDEAD (2002, Peter Spierig + Michael Spierig, Australia)
+ZOMBIE SELF-DEFENSE FORCE (2005, Naoyuki Tomomatsu, Japan)
Each of these films got 0 vote.

If I were to face with zombies, I think I will do what the Amish guy do in DIARY OF THE DEAD—just committing suicide.

MERVEILLESXX’S TOP TEN FAVORITE FILMS OF 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:57 pm

Merveillesxx wrote about his top ten favorite films of 2008. He wrote the details in Thai, and you can read them in the link below:
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=01-2009&group=1&date=19&gblog=168

Merveillesxx’s top ten favorite films of 2008:

1.LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden)

2.SUMMER HOURS (2008, Olivier Assayas, France)

3.THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)

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

5.A CHRISTMAS TALE (2008, Arnaud Desplechin, France)

6.VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (2008, Woody Allen, Spain-USA)

7.IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (2007, Jose Luis Guerin, Spain)

8.WALL E (2008, Andrew Stanton, USA)

9.WATER LILIES (2007, Celine Sciamma, France)

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

–I’m very glad that THE MIST and MODERN LIFE are in Merveillesxx’s list.

–Wise Kwai wrote about his favorite Thai films of 2008 here:
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-10-thai-films-of-2008.html

–Zach Campbell wrote about his year’s end here:
http://elusivelucidity.blogspot.com/2008/12/years-end.html

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