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October 29, 2009

POLL 67: VIEWS FROM THE THAI AVANT-GARDE

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:06 pm

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

 

POLL 67: VIEWS FOR THE THAI AVANT-GARDE

My poll 67 is inspired by many Thai experimental short films I saw this year. I’m very glad that this year many Thai filmmakers make experimental films, avant-garde films, strange films, non-narrative films, or uncategorizable films. And I hope the number of these Thai filmmakers will keep on increasing.

However, I’m not the kind of people who think categorizing is important or should be taken seriously. I don’t know exactly what the definition of experimental films or avant-garde films is. I make the list below just by thinking that the films in the list are like some old experimental films.

Though the films in the list may be called experimental or avant-garde, I have never judged their values by considering whether they present something new to the world of cinema or not, because I don’t know much about cinema history, or what kinds of films were made in the past. More importantly, I don’t go to see films with the hope that they would show me something totally new. I go to see films with the hope that the films would give me some pleasures. Thus, I love the films in the list below very much, because they give me enormous pleasures. The fact that they don’t present something new or the fact that they may or may not be really experimental is actually not important for me at all.

The title of this poll comes from the festival VIEWS FROM THE AVANT-GARDE in New York City.
http://filmlinc.com/nyff/program/avantgarde/avantgarde.html

There are six films in the list which can be viewed freely online and don’t need subtitles, because the films are non-narrative. So I hope people everywhere can watch these films and participate in this poll. 🙂

These six films are THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, I OPEN AT THE CLOSE, LISTENING, PHANTOMS OF NABUA, SUMMER STORM, and WAKE UP TIME.

I LOVE THESE RECENT THAI EXPERIMENTAL FILMS VERY MUCH. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?

1.THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (พายุผีเสื้อ) (2009, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa)
You can watch the film here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhXp3J8zbjY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPHUf6nS5wQ
My video comment in Thai on this film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hg7OzYJv6A

2.COLOURS ON THE STREETS (2009, Weerapong Wimuktalop)
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/08/some-trivia-about-weerapong-wimuktalop.html

3.FALLING RAIN (วันฝนโปรย) (2009, Chalermrat Kaweewattana)

4.FARMER (2009, Sudsiri Pui-ock)
Another film of Sudsiri Pui-ock, called PARALLEL; THE DAWN, THE DAY, THE DUSK, THE DARK, will be shown in the World Film Festival of Bangkok 2009.
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/111/Guts-Short-Programme-1.html

I saw FARMER at DOB gallery early this year.
http://www.ardelgallery.com/html/detail_exhibition.php?id=34
Merveillesxx wrote about Sudsiri’s exhibition here:
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=03-2009&date=10&group=9&gblog=169

5.HAPPY TOGETHER (กาลครั้งหนึ่งคิดถึงวันวาน) (2009, Sittipong Patchakow)

6.I OPEN AT THE CLOSE (2009, Supakit Seksuwan)
You can watch the film here:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6891688715636521784

7.LISTENING (2008, Skarin Gunkhan)
You can watch this film here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf6Y7VDKVPg

8.MAN AND GRAVITY: PLATEAU (2009, Jakrawal Nilthamrong)
Jakrawal’s film will be shown in the World Film Festival of Bangkok 2009.
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/111/Guts-Short-Programme-1.html

9.ONE NIGHT (คืนหนึ่ง) (2009, Zart Tancharoen)
Another film of Zart, called LOST NATION, will be screened in the World Film Festival of Bangkok 2009.
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/7/Lost-Nation.html

10.PHANTOMS OF NABUA (2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
You can watch this film here:
http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_date/2009/phantoms
Filmsick wrote about this film in Fuse magazine, issue 30, July 2009.

11.POISON 2.7: WHY GOING TO BIG C (ยาพิษ 2.7: ทำไมต้องไปบิ๊กซี) (2009, Eakarach Monwat)
You can watch the film in the link below, but the film is in Thai without subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnfZJxw1GBY

12.POLITICALLY LAWYER AND NARRATIVE CINEMA (ฆาตกรรรมสวาท ประหลาดน่านฟ้า ทำให้คนหายตัวไป) (2009, Chaloemkiat Saeyong)
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/07/politically-lawyer-and-narrative-cinema.html
My Thai video comment for this film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPYIdyTjQ8Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4X-7f-xB-Q

13.POPULAR (สมัยนิยม) (2009, Korn Kanogkekarin)

14.PULSATILE MASS (2009, Nok Paksnavin)

15.SHORTCUT TO HEAVEN (ทางลัดขึ้นสวรรค์) (2008, Phaisit Phanphruksachart)

16.SUMMER STORM (2009, Tossapol Boonsinsukh)
You can watch the film here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6brba_J3e8

17.SWEETHEART GARDEN (มธุรส) (2009, Tanatchai Bandasak)

18.WAKE UP TIME (ตื่นสมัย) (2009, Chaiwat Wiansantia)
You can watch the film here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYlE9nS9smM
Filmsick’s comment on this film:
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20090721/marathon-diary-18-19-7-52

19.WHISPERING GHOSTS (2008, Taiki Sakpisit)
This film will be shown again on Nov 1 in the Taiki Sakpisit retrospective. You can read the details of this event in the link below:
http://thirdclasscitizen.exteen.com/20091022/third-class-cinema-017-the-portrait-of-ghosts-taiki-sakpisit
(The photos below come from Bioscope webboard)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2793/4054982712_a66f42679e_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2454/4054982718_4b495de911_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3510/4054982720_fefcc660ef_o.jpg


Filmsick’s comment on this film:
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20090721/marathon-diary-18-19-7-52

20.WRONGDOER (2009, Pongpattana Puangkwamsook)

You can cast multiple votes.

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MY SCHEDULE FOR WORLD FILM FESTIVAL OF BANGKOK 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 1:39 am

SAT 7 NOV

11.00 UPRISE (Sandro Aguilar, Portugal)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/30/Uprise.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCZboYx7R9o

13.15 BILLO (2008, Laura Muscardin, Senegal, Italy)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/20/Billo,-Il-Grand-Dakhaar.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltt8FRN-5w0

15.30 DIAMONDS (2009, Mikael Enlund, Thailand)
+GREEN ROCKING CHAIR (2008, Roxlee, Philippines)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/72/Diamonds.html
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/5/Green-Rocking-Chair.html

18.30 LOST NATION (2009, Zart Tancharoen, Thailand)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/7/Lost-Nation.html

21.00 KARAOKE (2009, Chris Chong Chan Fui, Malaysia)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/6/Karaoke.html

SUN 8 NOV

11.00 THE LAST APPLAUSE (2009, German Kral, Argentina)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/66/Last-Applause,-The.html

13.00 GUTS SHORT PROGRAM 1
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/111/Guts-Short-Programme-1.html

15.20 JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000 (1976, Alain Tanner, Switzerland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/25/Jonah-Who-Will-Be-25-in-the-Year-2000.html

18.00 TO DIE LIKE A MAN (2009, Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/21/To-Die-Like-a-Man.html

20.45 THE RAT HERB (2009, Julio Bressane + Rosa Dias, Brazil)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/41/Rat-Herb,-The.html

MON 9 NOV

11.00 ZIFT (2008, Javor Gardev, Bulgaria)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/19/Zift.html

13.15 FACE (2009, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/4/Face.html

16.00 LIGHT YEARS AWAY (1981, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 110 min)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/28/Light-Years-Away.html

18.15 A LETTER TO UNCLE BOONMEE (2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
+ I FORGOT THE TITLE (2009, Christelle Lheureux, Italy)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/48/Letter-to-Uncle-Boonmee,-A.html
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/68/I-Forgot-the-Title.html

20.30 GIVER TAKER HEARTBREAKER (2009, Christopher Arcella, USA)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/33/Giver-Taker-Heartbreaker.html

TUE 10 NOV

11.00 WHITE DAYS (2009, Lei Yuan Bin, Singapore)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/13/White-Days.html

13.00 A MISCHIEVOUS SMILE LIGHTS UP HER FACE (2009, Christelle Lheureux, France)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/47/Mischievous-Smile-Lights-Up-Her-Face,-A.html

15.15 SHORT WAVE PROGRAM 2
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/96/Short-Wave-Programme-2.html

18.00 SHANGHAI, WAITING FOR PARADISE (2007, Sylvie Levey, China)
+SHANGHYPE CONDENSED
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/108/Shanghai,-Waiting-for-Paradise.html
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/109/Shanghype-condensed!.html

21.00 IN THE WHITE CITY (1983, Alain Tanner, Switzerland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/29/In-The-White-City.html

WED 11 NOV

11.00 SHORT WAVE PROGRAM 1
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/95/Short-Wave-Programme-1.html

13.15 MILK (2008, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/16/Milk.html

16.00 A VIRUS IN THE CITY (2008, Cedric Venail, France)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/61/Virus-in-the-City,-A.html

19.00 A LAKE (2008, Philippe Grandrieux, France)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/31/Lake,-A.html

20.15 FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (2009, Mia Hansen-Love, France)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/34/Father-of-My-Children.html

THURSDAY 12 NOV

11.00 THEY ALL LIE (2009, Matias Pineiro, Argentina)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/44/They-All-Lie.html

13.30 HOME (2009, Ursula Meier, Switzerland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/32/Home.html

15.30 THE KOREAN WEDDING CHEST (2009, Ulrike Ottinger, South Korea)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/59/Korean-Wedding-Chest,-The.html

19.00 MESSIDOR (1979, Alain Tanner, Switzerland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/27/Messidor.html

21.45 LETTER TO A CHILD (2008, Vlado Skafar, Slovenia)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/62/Letter-To-A-Child.html

FRIDAY 13 NOV

11.00 HAWKER (2008, Dustin Feneley, Australia)
+ THE TALE OF THE DEVIL’S HILL AND ENDLESS SEARCH FOR FREEDOM (2009, Keren Cytter, Germany)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/97/Hawker.html
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/69/Tale-of-the-Devils-Hill-and-Endless-Search-for-Freedom,-The.html

13.15 SEX TOY STORIES (2009, Anne Deluz, France)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/58/Sex-Toys-Stories.html

15.30 SHOULD I REALLY DO IT? (2008, Ismail Necmi, Turkey)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/17/Should-I-Really-Do-It-.html

19.00 GULABI TALKIES (2008, Girish Kasaravalli, India)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/12/Gulabi-Talkies.html

21.45 IN COMPARISON (2009, Harun Farocki, Germany)
+ BLACKBERRY WINTER (2006, Brent Stewart, USA)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/110/In-Comparison.html
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/67/Blackberry-Winter.html

SAT 14 NOV

11.00 THIS LONGING (2008, Azharr Rudin, Malaysia)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/8/This-Longing.html

13.30 BAD BOYS CELL 425 (2009, Janusz Mrozowski, Poland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/51/Bad-Boys-Cell-425.html

16.00 CAL ARTS PROGRAM (129 min)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/100/CalArts-Shorts:-Portrait-Documentaries-from-Womens-Perspective..html

18.45 COLORS OF OUR HEARTS (2009, Supamok Silarak, Thailand)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/3/Colors-of-our-Hearts.html

21.00 NOMAD’S LAND (2008, Gael Metroz, Switzerland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/52/Nomads-Land.html

SUN 15 NOV

11.00 GUTS SHORT PROGRAM 2
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/112/Guts-Short-Programme-2.html

13.30 FLOODING IN THE TIME OF DROUGHT (2009, Sherman Ong, Singapore)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/10/Flooding-in-The-Time-of-Drought.html

17.00 CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE (1969, Alain Tanner, Switzerland)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/24/Charles,-Dead-or-Alive.html

19.00 ABSURDISTAN (2008, Veit Helmer, Germany)
http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/films/35/Absurdistan.html

October 28, 2009

FRIEDRICH, STRAUB, HUILLET, KANAI

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:20 pm

The Reading Room, which is a new library in Bangkok, will hold a screening of some interesting films.

This is the website of The Reading Room:
http://www.readingroombkk.org

The films will be shown at 1500 hrs. The details of the program can be seen here:

Screenings

There are screenings of video art and experimental film twice a month, organized by Film Virus.

Screening Schedule:

Sat. Nov. 21
Films of Su Friedrich

Sat. Dec. 5
Jean-Marie Straub/Daniele Huillet’s “Klassenverhältnisse” (1984)
Interview with Straub/Huillet:

Sat. Dec. 19
Films of Katsu Kanai

October 27, 2009

FILM WISH LIST FOR STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:16 pm

This is my comment in Peter Nellhaus’ blog:
http://www.coffeecoffeeandmorecoffee.com/archives/2009/10/i_aim_for_the_s.html

If I can attend the Starz Denver Film Festival, I will go to see:

1.FILM IST. A GIRL AND A GUN (Gustav Deutsch, Austria)

2.I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND (Gyorgy Palfi, Hungary)

3.IRENE (Alain Cavalier, France)

4.THE LITTLE ONE (Tizza Covi + Rainer Frimmel)

5.MEMORY (Matthias Ludhardt, Germany)

October 26, 2009

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON IS THE WINNER

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:29 pm

My poll 66 ended with 11 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

THESE GREAT FILMS ARE SUPPORTED BY HUBERT BALS FUND. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?

1.MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (2000, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

It got 8 votes, or 72 %.

2.DIVINE INTERVENTION (2002, Elia Suleiman, Palestine)

It got 5 votes, or 45 %.

3.INDEPENDENCIA (2009, Raya Martin, Philippines)
+WONDERFUL TOWN (2008, Aditya Assarat, Thailand)

Each of them got 4 votes, or 36 %.

5.JAPON (2002, Carlos Reygadas, Mexico)
+PLATFORM (2000, Jia Zhangke, China)
+THE SKY, THE EARTH, AND THE RAIN (2008, Jose Luis Torres Leiva,
Chile)

Each of them got 3 votes, or 27 %.

8.4 (2005, Ilya Khrjanovsky, Russia)
+LA RABIA (2008, Albertina Carri, Argentina)
+VIOLET PERFUME – NOBODY HEARS YOU (2000, Marysa Sistach, Mexico)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 18 %.

11.ALICE’S HOUSE (2007, Chico Teixeira, Brazil)
+FEAST OF VILLAINS (2008, Pan Jianlin, China)
+FORGIVENESS (2004, Ian Gabriel, South Africa)
+FOTOGRAF (2001, Kazim Oz, Turkey)
+MAGIC GLOVES (2003, Martin Rejtman, Argentina)
+SUMMER BOOK (2008, Seyfi Teoman, Turkey)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 9%.

17.AURORA (2009, Adolfo B. Alix, Jr., Philippines)
+DREAMS (2005, Mohamed Al Daradji, Iraq)
+INLAND (2008, Tariq Teguia, Algeria)
+THIRST (2003, Tawfik Abu Wael, Israel)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–Apart from the excellent ZDF/ARTE, I think there are many interesting film companies. Some are film production companies. Some are film distributor companies. I think the interesting ones include:

1.WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (FRANCE)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/

1.1 COUNTRY TEACHER (2008, Bohdan Slama, Czech, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=54&PHPSESSID=80ae08633848db6a495e4c7bf913ef30

1.2 LET’S DANCE (2007, Noemie Lvovsky, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=51

1.3 MY SON (2006, Martial Fougeron, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=31

1.4 LE PETIT LIEUTENANT (2005, Xavier Beauvois, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=31

1.5 COMMENT JE ME SUIS DISPUTE…(MA VIE SEXUELLE) (1996, Arnaud Desplechin, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=11

2.LES FILMS DU LOSANGE (FRANCE)
http://www.filmsdulosange.fr/
http://www.filmsdulosange.fr/fr_catalogue.php

2.1 HIDDEN (Michael Haneke, A+)

2.2 VIVA ALGERIA (Nadir Mokneche, A+)

2.3 THE GREEN RAY (Eric Rohmer, A+)

2.4 TO BE AND TO HAVE (Nicholas Philibert, A+)

2.5 EUROPA EUROPA (Agnieszska Holland, A+)

3.KILLER FILMS (USA)
http://www.killerfilms.com/filmography.html

3.1 A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2004, Michael Mayer, A+)

3.2 THE COMPANY (2003, Robert Altman, A)

3.3 FAR FROM HEAVEN (2003, Todd Haynes, A+)

3.4 STORYTELLING (2001, Todd Solondz, A+)

3.5 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001, John Cameron Mitchell, A+)

4.FORTISSIMO (NETHERLANDS)
http://www.fortissimo.nl/default.asp

4.1 ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU CHOU (2001, Shunji Iwai, A+)

4.2 THE BLUE KITE (1993, Tian Zhuangzhuang, A+)

4.3 CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994, Wong Kar-wai, A+)

4.4 THE DRESS (1996, Alex van Warmerdam, A+)

4.5 EYE IN THE SKY (2007, Yau Nai Hoi, A)

5.ELECTRIC EEL FILMS (THAILAND)
http://www.electriceelfilms.com/work.html

5.1 LIKE.REAL.LOVE (2008, Anocha Suwichakornpong, A+)

5.2 SMALL WORLD (2008, Wasunun Hutawetch, A+)

5.3 FOUR BOYS, WHITE WHISKEY, AND GRILLED MOUSE (2009, Wichanon Somumjarn, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jzNB2j8sJQ

5.4 ONE SEPTEMBER STORY (2008, Teekhadet Vucharadhanin, A+)

5.5 SILENCIO (2007, Sivaroj Kongsakul, A+)

6.UTV (INDIA)
http://www.utvnet.com/mp_production.htm

6.1 KAMINEY (2009, Vishal Bhardwaj, A-)

6.2 JODHAA AKBAR (2008, Ashutosh Gowariker, A+)

6.3 DELHI-6 (2009, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-2wCCkWhhk

6.4 AGYAAT (2009, Ram Gopal Verma)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4u3psdmx2Q

6.5 AAMIR (2008, Raj Kumar Gupta)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CitnPPJ3B8s

7.DARK CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT (USA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Castle_Entertainment

This Hollywood company produces “guilty pleasures” for me

7.1 GOTHIKA (2003, Mathieu Kassovitz, A+)

7.2 HOUSE OF WAX (2005, Jaume Collet-Serra, A+)

7.3 WHITEOUT (2009, Dominic Sena, A+/A)

7.4 ORPHAN (2009, Jaume Collet-Serra, A+)

7.5 NINJA ASSASSIN (2009, James McTeigue)

8.AMERICAN ZOETROPE (USA)
http://www.zoetrope.com/

8.1 LUDWIG: REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING (1972, Hans-Juergen Syberberg, A+)

8.2 SLOW MOTION (1979, Jean-Luc Godard, A+)

8.3 MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985, Paul Schrader, A+/A)

8.4 JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001, Victor Salva, A+)

8.5 KINSEY (2004, Bill Condon, A+/A)

9.BARRANDOV STUDIOS (CZECH)
http://www.barrandov.com/

9.1 CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS (1966, Jiri Menzel, A)

9.2 LEA (1997, Ivan Fila, A+/A)

9.3 LITTLE OTIK (2000, Jan Svankmajer)

9.4 ZELARY (2003, Ondrej Trojan)

9.5 OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN (2008, Vladimir Michalek)

10.GTH (THAILAND)
http://www.gth.co.th/th/index.php

Yes, most films of this company are middlebrow. But I think one interesting thing about this mainstream company is the fact that the word “GTH” somehow has become an adjective, meaning “middlebrow romantic comedy” or “too feel-good”, or “safe/uncontroversial”, or something like that. When a Thai cinephile talks to his Thai friends, “I think this foreign film is like a GTH film, but a little bit better than GTH”, his friends understand instantly how that foreign film is like. The Thai cinephile doesn’t have to describe a lot about that foreign film, just using the word “GTH” is enough.
It is more difficult to use the words “Sahamongkol Film” or “Phranakorn Film” as adjective, because these two Thai film companies seem to produce films with more varied styles and more varied qualities.

10.1 DEAR GALILEO (2009, Nithiwat Tharathorn, A+/A)

10.2 HORMONES (2008, Songyos Sukmakanant, A+)

10.3 HANDLE ME WITH CARE (2008, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, A+)

10.4 FINAL SCORE (2007, Soraya Nakhasuwan, A+)

10.5 METROSEXUAL (2006, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, A+)

11.HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS (UK)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammer_Film_Productions

12.SHAW BROTHERS STUDIO (HONG KONG)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaw_Brothers_Studio

13.MIRAMAX
In early 1990’s, the word MIRAMAX means “above average films” to me. Since late 1990’s, the word MIRAMAX means “mostly middlebrow” to me.

14.FILM4 PRODUCTIONS (UK)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film4_Productions

15.SHOWBOX (SOUTH KOREA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showbox

16.CJ ENTERTAINMENT (SOUTH KOREA)
http://www.cjent.co.kr/eng/

17.WILD BUNCH
http://www.wildbunch.biz/homepage.cfm

18.MEDUSA (ITALY)
http://www.medusa.it/

19.RAI CINEMA (ITALY)
http://www.raicinema.it/dl/RaiCinema/home_.html

20.TF1 (FRANCE)
http://www.variety.com/profiles/Company/role/Production%20Company/2111282/TF1+Films+Productions.html?dataSet=1

20.1 A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (2004, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, A+)

20.2 SADE (2002, Benoit Jacquot, A)

20.3 ASSASSIN(S) (1997, Mathieu Kassovitz, A+/A)

20.4 MOON IN THE GUTTER (1983, Jean-Jacques Beineix, A+)

20.5 MY AMERICAN UNCLE (1980, Alain Resnais, A+)

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–I think some record companies are also very interesting, such as:

1.LES DISQUES DU CREPUSCULE
http://home.planet.nl/~frankbri/crestory.html

2.SARAH RECORDS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Records

3.LABRADOR (SWEDEN)
http://www.labrador.se/index125.html

3.1 SAY YES IF YOU LOVE ME – Acid House Kings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mj7jZDGlWw

3.2 LOVE IN DECEMBER – Club 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVKKY-vbEA

3.3 WHEN NOTHING – Afraid of Stairs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8RtypYfypQ

3.4 RENT A WRECK – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCGGdIfhJh8

3.5 PULLING OUR WEIGHT – The Radio Dept.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1aT8fNBts8

4.4AD
http://www.4ad.com/

5.PWL
http://www.pwl-empire.com/discog.html

6.AVEX
http://avexnet.jp/list/

October 25, 2009

FAVORITE CLIPS 3

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FAVORITE CLIPS 3

A.FILMS

1.BELIEVE ME (2009, Meathus Sirinawin and friends, Thailand)
http://www.rangkid.com/thaipeopletheater/vote/index/guid/1e68427cd106244c798f24e3e9a20687

2.BIRD (1968, Frans Zwartjes, Netherlands, A+)
Thanks to Wiwat for telling us about this film.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yALxXKDjI1k

3.A CANDLE (FOR ALEXIS AND NIKA) (2009, John Gianvito)
http://vimeo.com/6539461

4.CHOCOLATE (2009, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)
Thanks to Wise Kwai for telling us about this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HPt4Is5V50

5.THE DIVERS (2006, Nicolas Provost, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=767BM3ZOS_s

6.EDOK TOWN (2009, Thai gay series)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–hfeavdvXM

7.FOR ALEXIS (2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
http://vimeo.com/6408991

8.A MOTH (2008, Daniel Fernandez, Argentina, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDNqFOrpB-Q

9.PAMELA, POUR TOUJOURS (2003, Alain Bourges, France, A+++++)
http://www.vimeo.com/3782820

10.PHANTOMS OF NABUA (2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, A+)
http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_date/2009/phantoms

11.READ ME (2009, Janenarong Sirimaha, Thailand, A+)
Thanks to Merveillesxx for telling us about this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlRW6vughMs

12.THINK KINDLY (2009, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Thailand, A+)
Thanks to Graiwoot for telling us about this.
http://www.rangkid.com/thaipeopletheater/vote/index/guid/da0f40a180004aa023e3629c4282e245

13.WALL OF DIPLOMA (2009, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHYdADtkF_s

14.WIND (1996, Marcell Ivanyi, Hungary, A+)
Thanks to Wiwat for telling us about this film.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAIiCXbJAR8

B.SONGS/MUSIC VIDEOS

1.BACK HOME – Gold Panda
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD-48WUGMY4

2.BLIND – Hercules and Love Affair
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb8S51M2GAc

3.DROWNING – Khavn (directed by Sherad Anthony Sanchez)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gYk6UZu-4s

4.HIBI NO NEIRO – Sour
Thanks to Nat for telling us about this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfBlUQguvyw

5.ID ENGAGER – Of Montreal (animation)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHFUXH4PP5c

6.I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE – The Gaslamp Killer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi5wbAsNzE

7.KEMURI – DJ Krush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjgRlto8PI

8.LOVE – Keyshia Cole
Thanks to Graiwoot for telling us about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBwfPEyhgyI

9.MONSTER – Something for Kate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srjbfOwd1Jk

10.NOVEMBER STARLINGS – Trembling Blue Stars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Bea_rDB6M

11.OH! (Andrew ‘Friendly Fires’ remix) – We Have Band
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7z6Vl9DPaw

12.PITCHFORK’S 100 AWESOME MUSIC VIDEOS
Thanks to Nathan Homsup for telling us about this.
http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6364-100-awesome-music-videos/1/

13.PITY DANCE – DM Stith
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3frxcEuQyE

14.THE PLEDGE – Dowliners Sekt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2ANkNCpyKc

15.PRAP BOONPAN VS COCONUTCREAM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5lRzqShFrs

16.SABISHII NETTAIGYO (1989) – Wink
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qazEhYX5Qkk

17.SHADY TREES – Manuel Tur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lawKuSRwKyc

18.SONG OF ’99 (1999) – Human Thirst
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unzn_gn1vfA

19.TEARS FOR AFFAIRS – Camera Obscura
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa1OJ8n1r6U

20.THERE’S NO DOUBT (YOU’D GET KILLED) – Friday Bridge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sizezmr-1c

21.THIS HEART IS A STONE – Acid House Kings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vIwjaOyZWk

22.WANT A HUSBAND – Coyote Dance 2
Thanks to Art Nattavud for telling us about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNViTaFWvBU

C.TRAILERS
MYNA HAS GONE (2009, Sonia Escolano + Sadrac Gonzalez)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06HzCKBCEVg

D.FILM CLIPS
EVENING SKY (1982, Shahrom Md. Dom, Malaysia)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4kpJT4hF_k

E.OTHER THINGS

1.Darna and Molecula vs. Valentina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0gtJ50iXs0

2.Hi-So Leena advertisment
Thanks to Art Nattavud for telling us about this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ZqhmXjk5c

3.Nuttorn’s clip of Lav Diaz on July 31
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PsZs_BrIOY

4.Video comments for Thai short films 2009
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/08/video-comments-for-thai-short-films.html

5.Yekmon25este’s channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/yekmon25este

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FAVORITE CLIPS 1
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/05/favorite-clips-1.html

FAVORITE CLIPS 2
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/07/favorite-clips-2.html

SLICE (2009, Kongkiat Komesiri, A+)

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SPOILERS ALERT:

I like SLICE (2009, Kongkiat Komesiri, A+) very much for many reasons. One of them is because it fulfills my teenage fantasy. When I was a teenager, I liked to imagine a novel in which the hero and the heroine are partly similar to the ones in SLICE. I have to thank this film for realizing a part of my teenage dreams.

However, though I give this film A+, that doesn’t mean I love everything in this film. Parts of this film disturb me a lot, and I don’t know if in the future I will like this film more and give this film A++++, or like this film less and give it only A+/A.

Maybe what disturbs me can be regarded as a strong point of the film by some people, or a weakness by others. The word “disturbing” can be both good and bad in film-watching experience. What disturbs me in this film is the gesture of the film towards the orgy club patrons. Does the film portray these people in a non-judgmental way or not?

I love these orgy clubs and their patrons. I think they do nothing wrong at all. The fact that one of the patrons is an evil person doesn’t mean other patrons are also evil. The film somehow makes me question if the film shares my attitudes towards these people or not. Does SLICE love orgy clubs like SHORTBUS love them or not?

Maybe SLICE loves these orgy clubs, because the killer of these innocent orgy people is punished at the end of the film. Maybe not.

The problem I have with SLICE is somewhat similar to the problem I have with LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, because I seem to sympathize more with the victims of the protagonists than with the protagonists. In LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, I sympathize with the middle-aged woman who is infected by the heroine and decides to commit suicide instead of hurting other people.

The problem I have with SLICE also makes me think about many other things, including:

1.I don’t have problems with BAISE-MOI and LA CEREMONIE, though the heroines of these films kill a lot of innocent people, because I think (maybe wrongly) that these two films don’t try to justify the killing of these innocent people.

2.If the killer in SLICE kills only the son of the minister and doesn’t kill other patrons in the club, maybe I can like this film a little bit more. I’m not sure. I don’t have problems at all with a murderous gay character in HORSEMEN, and it may be because the actions of the gay character in HORSEMEN is a little bit more justified than the ones in SLICE.

3.Some gay people love SLICE very much. Some people think this film is homophobic. That makes me think about many other films in which the representations of some gay characters cause differences of opinions, especially among gay audience, such as

3.1 SAVING PRIVATE TOOTSIE (2002, Kittikorn Leosirikun)
Is this film pro-homosexual on the surface but deep down inside it is homophobic?

3.2 BRUNO (A+)
Does this film look down on homosexuals or homophobia?

3.3 MINIMART (2009, Siriporn Kongma + Panu Srichaithong, A+)
This film teaches the audience not to look down on homosexuals, but my friend thinks there’s something wrong with the gesture of this film.

3.4 TWO STORIES ABOUT DHAMMA (2008, Natchanon Jitweerapat + Isara Kunlum, A+)
I like this film very much, but I have to admit that I don’t like the representation of a gay character in this film at all.

3.5 Many films directed by Poj Arnon
Though some films are made by gay directors, that doesn’t make the films free of wrong attitudes towards gays.

3.6 BASIC INSTINCT

3.7 DRESSED TO KILL

3.8 METROSEXUAL (2006, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, A+)
I like the ending of this film, but I think the ending can be a lot improved if the film spends more time exploring the real feelings of the “man” and shows the audience what he really feels towards the woman he is supposed to marry.

3.9 ME…MYSELF (2007, Pongpat Wachirabunjong)
I think the film is partly okay, though my psychiatrist friend says that the story of the film is not plausible at all.

4.Compared to other films with murderous gay characters, I think I prefer SLICE to KON GIN MIA (1974, Dokdin Ganyamarn) and SICK NURSES (2007, Piraphan Laoyong + Thodsapol Siriwiwat), and maybe I like SLICE as much as SCARLET DESIRE (2001, Anucha Boonyawattana).

5. Both SLICE and FAN CHAN portray lives of Thai rural little boys in the past and how their past lingers in their memories. I much prefer SLICE to FAN CHAN.

6.As for now, I still prefer HORSEMEN to SLICE. Somehow the murderous characters in HORSEMEN haunt me more than the one in SLICE, because I can feel the pain, the suffering, and the anger of the characters in HORSEMEN more. The killer in SLICE seems to suffer a lot of pain and suffering in the past, but somehow I can’t feel this enormous pain and suffering. I can see it being portrayed on the screen, but I can’t feel it as much as I think it should be. The performance of Zhang Ziyi and Patrick Fugit in HORSEMEN are unforgettable for me, and it may be one of the reasons why I can feel the pain of their characters.

As for now, I think I can’t forget the pain, the suffering, and the anger of the characters in HORSEMEN, but what I can’t forget in SLICE is its visuals and its story, not the feelings of the characters.

There are many things I love in SLICE, but since my friends love this film very much, so I hope they will write about the many good things about this film. As for now, I just want to express my confused feelings about this film.

FAVORITE PAINTING: PLEASE GIVE ME A TITLE (2009, Chokchai Tukpoe)

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FAVORITE PAINTING

PLEASE GIVE ME A TITLE (ช่วยตั้งชื่อให้หน่อย) (2009) by Chokchai Tukpoe

This painting is shown in the exhibition CHANGE TO PEACE at Pridi Banomyong institute, Bangkok.

For more information in Thai about Chokchai Tukpoe, a recipient of the Honorary Red Art Award, please read:
http://www.oknation.net/blog/print.php?id=36991

MAHABHARATA: STRI PARVA (2009, A)

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I just went to see a stage performance called MAHABHARATA: STRI PARVA (2009, A) by B-Floor. I have never read MAHABHARATA before, and know nothing about its synopsis. But the performance is very interesting, especially the part in which Gandhari curses Lord Krishna. So I tried to find out some information about this part from the internet:
http://www.boloji.com/hinduism/135.htm

“I curse you, Krishna, for this. You could have stopped this war if you wanted to. You could have saved the lives of these men. It is you who make these women weep, Krishna. Every drop of those tears flow down those cheeks because of you, Krishna. And every wail and every shriek that rises up from those thousands of hearts filled with bottomless grief rises up because of you, Krishna. And I curse you for it. Your men shall meet with the same end, Krishna. They shall fight among themselves and they shall all lie dead exactly like these men. These men died in honourable battle. But your men shall die shameful deaths in a dishonourable fight, in a drunken scuffle with no cause, no nobility to it, no glory. This war was fought for eighteen days and I give you twice that number of years, Krishna, to live and watch their corruption, their deterioration. Thirty-six years from now, every one of them shall meet with their shameful ends in a drunken brawl. And your women, Krishna, shall weep and wail, exactly as these women weep and wail.

I admired you once, Krishna. Admired you perhaps more than I admired any other human being on this earth. You were what I missed in my life: light and hope. Light that gives hope. Hope that gives strength, shows your goal, shows your path, guides you on that path. Light and hope that link you with life. Light and hope that tell you to be alive is beautiful.”

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (A+++++)

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This is my comment in DK FILMHOUSE’s blog:
http://dkfilmhouse.blogspot.com/2009/09/bad-lieutenant-port-of-call-new-orleans.html

–I think BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (2009, Werner Herzog, A+++++) is one of the loveliest films I have ever seen. I think the iguana scene is very classic. I also like the performance of Denzel Whitaker (Daryl) very much, especially the scene in which he sits in Terence’s car. The little expression in his face and his eyes can effectively convey his thinking, “I’m in deep shit right now.” I also like the moment in which he pretends to be asleep while Terence snorts some cocaine.

I think I possibly may have seen more than a hundred Hollywood police films, but this film still can make me feel as if I have never seen something like this before. I think I much prefer this film to some films made by Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann or James Gray.

–I haven’t seen POLICE, but I’m sure it’s a good film. The film with Nathalie Baye is called LE PETIT LIEUTENANT (2005, Xavier Beauvois, A+). I think it’s a great film dealing with good cops.

As for films about bad cops, I like RULE # 1 (2008, Kelving Tong, A+++++) very much. It is about a good handsome cop who tries to do things in an appropriate way at first—meaning he doesn’t do extrajudicial killings. But being a good person results in his being shot and wounded by an evil guy. After that, his new boss tries to convince him to do some extrajudicial killings, telling him it is an appropriate way to deal with evil people (metaphorically portrayed here as people who are possessed by evil ghosts). But extrajudicial killing is also not an appropriate way to stop evil people. I like the relentlessly feel-bad feelings in this film very much. I like it that the film portrays “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. If you don’t shoot evil people first, you will be killed. If you shoot evil people first, you will become as evil as them.

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