Limitless Cinema in Broken English

November 8, 2009

WAKE UP TIME IS THE WINNER

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:46 am

My poll 67 ended with 21 votes!!!!! Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. I don’t know why WAKE UP TIME got a lot of votes on the last day of the poll. It is very strange and surprising.

Here is the result:

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

1.WAKE UP TIME (ตื่นสมัย) (2009, Chaiwat Wiansantia)
It got 13 votes, or 61 %.

2. POLITICALLY LAWYER AND NARRATIVE CINEMA (ฆาตกรรรมสวาท ประหลาดน่านฟ้า ทำให้คนหายตัวไป) (2009, Chaloemkiat Saeyong)
+SWEETHEART GARDEN (มธุรส) (2009, Tanatchai Bandasak)
+WHISPERING GHOSTS (2008, Taiki Sakpisit)

Each of them got 4 votes, or 19 %.

5.THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (พายุผีเสื้อ) (2009, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa)
+COLOURS ON THE STREETS (2009, Weerapong Wimuktalop)
+I OPEN AT THE CLOSE (2009, Supakit Seksuwan)
+PHANTOMS OF NABUA (2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
+PULSATILE MASS (2009, Nok Paksnavin)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 9%.

10. LISTENING (2008, Skarin Gunkhan)
+ONE NIGHT (คืนหนึ่ง) (2009, Zart Tancharoen)
+POISON 2.7: WHY GOING TO BIG C (ยาพิษ 2.7: ทำไมต้องไปบิ๊กซี) (2009, Eakarach Monwat)
+SHORTCUT TO HEAVEN (ทางลัดขึ้นสวรรค์) (2008, Phaisit Phanphruksachart)
+SUMMER STORM (2009, Tossapol Boonsinsukh)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 4 %.

15.FALLING RAIN (วันฝนโปรย) (2009, Chalermrat Kaweewattana)
+FARMER (2009, Sudsiri Pui-ock)
+HAPPY TOGETHER (กาลครั้งหนึ่งคิดถึงวันวาน) (2009, Sittipong Patchakow)
+MAN AND GRAVITY: PLATEAU (2009, Jakrawal Nilthamrong)
+POPULAR (สมัยนิยม) (2009, Korn Kanogkekarin)
+WRONGDOER (2009, Pongpattana Puangkwamsook)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–One thing I like very much in the Thai films I saw this year is the “extreme staring scenes”. It’s the kind of scenes in which the films let the viewers stare at something or some activities for a long time. I don’t know which Thai film is the first film which includes this kind of scenes, or which Thai film is the first film which belongs to “extreme staring cinema”. Maybe it’s WINDOWS (1999, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, A+++++).

As for foreign “extreme staring” films, my favorite ones include HIGH KUKUS (1973, James Broughton). You can watch this film here:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9c0qu_james-broughton-high-kukus_shortfilms

In 2007 I made a list of ten Thai films which can belong to “extreme staring cinema”. You can read the list here:
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2007/06/ten-thai-photo-resembling-films.html

1.BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, A+) 70 min

2.WINDOWS (1999, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, A+)

3.ROUGH NIGHT (2001, Samart Imkham, A+)

4.WINTER REMAINS (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, A+) 19 min

5.THE AUDIENCE (2004, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, A+)

6.DRIFTER (1993, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, A+) 8 min

7.SPACE (2005, Sathit Sattarasart, A+)

8.GRANDMOTHER (KHUN YAI) (2007, Nawanont Wongkajit, A+)

9.A SONG AND GROUP OF STARS (BOT PLENG GUB MOO DAO) (2006, Surasithi Bunpala, A+)

10.CITY REPORT (2006, Chakrit Vichaiyuth, A+)

–I think Thai extreme staring cinema also include:

11.CONFRONT WITH THE TRUTH (ริมฝั่งน้ำ) (2009, Chanin Hanjaroen)

12.EMPIRE OF MIND (อณาจักร แห่ง ใจ) (2009, Nontawat Numbenchapol, 90 min)
This documentary contains a scene in which the camera stares at the grandmother for a long time.

13.HARVEST SEASON (ฤดูเก็บเกี่ยว) (2009, Pisut Srimork, 20 min)

14.THE INSURANCE (ประกันชีวิต) (2009, Nok Paksnavin, 30 min)

15.IN THE POOL OF STILL WATER, THERE IS A YEARNING FOR THE TORRENTIAL FLOW OF THE BIG RIVER (2009, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, A+)

16.KRASOB (กระสอบ) (2006, Nitipong Tintapthai)

17.LOOKING IN GOD’S EYE (2009, Taiki Sakpisit)

18.NEVER CONGREGATE, NEVER DISREGARD (2007, Arin Rungjang)

19.OBSERVATION OF THE MONUMENT (2008, Michael Shaowanasai)

20.ONE NIGHT (คืนหนึ่ง) (2009, Zart Tancharoen)

21.PERU TIME (กู่ก้องบอกรักนิรันดร) (2008, Chaloemkiat Saeyong, 18 min)

22.RESTART (ไม่ไปรังสิต) (2008, Patchara Eaimtrakul, 25 min)

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

24.VIDEO MEMORANDUM NO.4: LA LUNAR (2009, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa)

25.YOU HAVE TO WAIT, ANYWAY (2007, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 22 min)

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