Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MY IMAGINARY VIDEO INSTALLATION

My comment in Graiwoot's facebook:

I want to create a video installation as a labyrinth. In this haunting labyrinth, the viewers will encounter many TV sets and film screens, showing the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jacques Rivette, Dario Argento, David Lynch, Alain Resnais, Philippe Grandrieux, Peter Greenaway, Pavel Jurácek, Andrzej Zulawski, and Val Lewton. The viewers will only find the exit when they pay respect to the TV set showing THE SELF-MADE DAME (คุณหญิงบ่าวตั้ง) and find a secret door in the floor in front of that TV screen. Hahaha.

Monday, November 29, 2010

CELINE AND JULIE GO DANCING 38: TEMPLE OF THE MOON (2004) -- HIEROGLYPHIC BEING

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

MY SOUL TO TAKE VS. TWIN PEAKS

My comment in Filmsick's Facebook on MY SOUL TO TAKE (Wes Craven, A+/A):

เราชอบการสร้างบุคลิกตัวละครในหนังเรื่องนี้กับในหนังหลายๆเรื่องของเวส คราเวนมาก เขามีวิธีบางอย่างที่ทำให้ตัวละครประกอบจิ๊บจ้อยมากมายในหนังของเขาดูมีเสน่ห์ดึงดูดเรา ซึ่งต่างจากหนังสยองขวัญของผู้กำกับอเมริกันคนอื่นๆที่ตัวประกอบไม่มีความน่าสนใจเอาเสียเลย

อย่างใน MY SOUL TO TAKE ตัวละครที่เราชอบมากก็มีตั้งแต่ Fang, Penelope, May (แม่บุญธรรม), Jeanne-Baptiste (ตำรวจสาววูดู) และลูกครูใหญ่ที่ตั้งท้อง น่าเสียดายที่ "กรอบ" ของหนังสยองขวัญไม่เปิดโอกาสให้ตัวละครเหล่านี้ได้โลดแล่นแสดงความเฮี้ยนของตัวเองอย่างเต็มที่ เราว่าช่วงครึ่งแรกของหนังเรื่องนี้เหมาะจะเอามาขยายสร้างเป็นละครทีวีแบบ TWIN PEAKS จะดีกว่า โดยเปลี่ยนพล็อตใหม่ให้ฆาตกรโรคจิตเป็นเพียงความเฮี้ยนอย่างนึงในเมืองนี้

ใน MY SOUL TO TAKE เวอร์ชันละครทีวี เราอยากให้มี

1.ตำรวจสาวผิวดำ ใช้เวทมนตร์วูดูต่อสู้กับเวทมนตร์ของคุณยายของหนุ่มเอเชียในเรื่อง

2.เพเนโลปีปะทะกับผู้หญิงอีกคนที่คิดว่าตัวเองสื่อสารกับพระเจ้าได้แบบนางเอก BREAKING THE WAVES

3.ลูกครูใหญ่ไม่ชอบที่แบรนดอนตกอยู่ใต้อำนาจของแฟง เธอเลยทำแท้งแล้วเอาลูกตัวเองมาทำเป็นกุมารทอง แล้วส่งกุมารทองไปตบแฟง

ส่วนหนังของเวส คราเวนอีกเรื่องที่เราชอบการสร้างบุคลิกตัวละครมากๆคือ DEADLY BLESSING (1981, A+++++) เพราะหนังเรื่องนี้มีตัวละครผู้หญิงแรงๆ ถึง 6 คนด้วยกัน (ถ้าจำไม่ผิด)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

GOOD DREAM (2010, Gorragod Nonkukedkong, A)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BDJp6nuYeQ

(From my Facebook)
ให้ A+++++ กับตอนจบของหนังเรื่องนี้ ฮ่าๆๆ

ปัญหาที่พบในหนังเรื่องนี้

1.ตัวหนังโดยรวมๆก็อาจจะมีส่วนที่พี่ไม่ชอบบ้างเหมือนกันนะ แต่เข้าใจว่าเป็นหนังส่งโครงการตามรอยคู่ฟ้า ก็เลยจำเป็นต้องมีการใส่สารที่ดูเหมือนเป็นการสั่งสอนคนดูเข้ามา ถ้าหากน้องจะเอาหนังเรื่องนี้ไปฉายในงานอื่นๆที่ไม่ใช่โครงการตามรอยคู่ฟ้า น้องก็อาจจะตัด TEXT บางส่วนทิ้งไปก็ได้นะ หนังจะได้ไม่มีท่าทีสั่งสอนคนดู

2.เป็นหนังที่เดาได้ตั้งแต่ต้นเรื่องว่ามันจะมาแนวยังไง นั่นก็คือแนวชีวิตในเมืองวุ่นวายสับสน ทนทุกข์ทรมาน เพราะฉะนั้นก็ไปเที่ยวป่าสูดอากาศบริสุทธิ์กันดีกว่า แต่พี่เข้าใจดีว่าโจทย์ของโครงการมันบังคับให้หนังต้องออกมาแนวอย่างนี้ เป็นพี่พี่ก็คิดไม่ออกเหมือนกันว่าจะแก้ไขตรงจุดนี้อย่างไรดี เพราะโจทย์ของโครงการมันบังคับเอาไว้

ส่วนที่ชอบในหนังเรื่องนี้

1.ถึงเราจะเดาได้ตั้งแต่ต้นเรื่องว่าหนังมันจะออกมาแนวยังไง เราก็ยังดูมันจนจบได้โดยไม่รู้สึกเบื่อ

2.ตอนแรกพี่ก็งงว่าทำไมต้องวนภาพซ้ำไปซ้ำมา แต่หนังก็เฉลยตรงกลางเรื่องว่ามันเป็นการฝันซ้ำๆกัน ซึ่งก็เข้าท่าดี

3.ชอบฉากที่ตื่นมาเจอขี้นกมากๆ

4.รู้สึกว่าการถ่ายภาพป่าในหนังเรื่องนี้มันดูเป็นธรรมชาติดี มันไม่สวยเว่อร์เกินไป

สรุปว่าตอนนี้ชอบหนังเรื่องนี้ในระดับประมาณ A จ้ะ เพราะโจทย์ของโครงการมันบังคับไว้อยู่แล้วว่าหนังในโครงการนี้คงไม่ใช่หนังในแนวทางที่พี่ชอบสักเท่าไหร่ ฮ่าๆๆ

I BET I CAN FIND MORE THAN 1 MILLION THAI PEOPLE WHO HATE MAYTHAWEE (2010, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, A+++++)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEh945_pLaM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZ-iW_aXdA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IS7hosbNIM

SYNCHRONISATION (2009, Rimas Sakalauskas, A+++++++++++++++)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VikWqw75EyU

Saturday, November 27, 2010

THINGS EXPERIENCED IN JULY 2010

A.FILMS

1.A NOCTURE (2007, Bill Mousoulis, Australia, A+)
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/nocturne-2007-bill-mousoulis.html

2.MONGA (2010, Doze Niu, Taiwan, A+)

3.THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009, Rebecca Miller, USA, A+)

4.INCEPTION (2010, Christopher Nolan, A+)

5.PIANO, SOLO (2007, Riccardo Milani, Italy, A+)

6.TEXAS (2005, Fausto Paravidino, Italy, A+)

7.KAIDAN (2007, Hideo Nakata, Japan, A+/A)

8.EDGE OF DARKNESS (2010, Martin Campbell, A+/A)

9.TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (2010, David Slade, A)

10.THE SOUL'S HAVEN (2003, Riccardo Milani, Italy, A-)

11.PREDATORS (2010, Nimrod Antal, A-)

12.HOT SUMMER DAYS (2010, Tony Chan + Wing Shya, Hong Kong, A-)

13.THE LAST AIRBENDER (2010, M. Night Shyamalan, A-)


B.THAI FILMS

1.KEEP THIS DREAM FOR ME FOR A WHILE, I'LL RETURN TO IT LATER (ฝากฝันไว้เดี๋ยว จะเลี้ยวมาเอา) (1992, Somkiat Vituranich, A+)

2.THAT SOUNDS GOOD (เราสองสามคน) (2010, Leo Kittikorn, Thailand, A+)

3.SMILING SAWASDEE (ยิ้มสวัสดี) (1978, Pornpot Ganitasain, Thailand, A+)


C.ANIMATIONS
ALLONS-Y! ALONZO! (2009, Camille Moulin-Dupré, A+)

D.DOCUMENTARIES
DESIGN: LE CONCORDE (2007, Danielle Schirman, documentary, A+)

E.STAGE PERFORMANCES
1.LIGHT OF FAITH OVER CHAO PHRAYA RIVER (แสงศรัทธาเหนือลำน้ำเจ้าพระยา) (2010, Jirayuth Sinthupunt, stage play, A+)

2.KEU POO APIWAT (คือผู้อภิวัฒน์) (2010, Sineenadh Keitprapai, A+)


F.EXHIBITIONS
1.ICONS OF FRENCH DESIGN (curated by Cedric Morrisset, exhibition)

2.THE STORIES OF JAO GLAE (2010, Sinsawas Yodbangtoei, exhibition)

3.DOOR (2010, an exhibition by the Faculty of the Fine Art of Bunditpatanasilpa Institute)


G.THAI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/30-tossapol-boonsinsukh.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/coming-of-aids-wasuthep-ketpetch.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/walk-trip-in-phuket-thanaporn-saelor.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/fear-chanon-treenate.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/remembrance-sitthiporn-racha.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/red-movie-2010-underground-office.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/changing-nipaporn-kunsing-pimpetch.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/judge-2010-wachara-gunha.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/zero-2010-kriangkrai-watananiyom.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/clear-eyes-tawee-nuipree-rossukon.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/natto-2010-pat-boonnithipat.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/dark-way-2010-gorragod-nonkhuketkong.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/on-day-that-rainclouds-still-float-by.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/scar-2010-athawut-boonyuang.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/09/dark-sleep-2009-teerani-siangsanoh.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/11/beautiful-day-krissada-tipchaimeta.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/11/gogo-2010-jurarak-kongpol.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/11/we-will-forget-it-again-2010-napat.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/11/time-2010-suppasit-sretprasert.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/11/torture-room-2010-patitparn-boontarig.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/11/quotation-mark-2010-tanakit.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/fueng-2010-teeranit-siangsanoh-wachara.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/story-about-you-and-me-2010-alwa.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/social-effects-2010-samart-somboon.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/good-man-2010-panitharn-boontarig-aa.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-comment-on-dark-sleep-2009-teerani.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/most-favorite-films-in-marathon.html

H.NEXT SHOT FESTIVAL
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/07/generation-undecided-2008-elmar-szucs.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/housemaid-2010-anna-hoffmann.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/sonbol-2008-niko-apel.html
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/light-of-faith-over-chao-phraya-river.html




MY VIDEO COMMENTS ON THAI SHORT FILM 2010

MY VIDEO COMMENTS ON THAI SHORT FILMS 2010

1.TEN FILMS I WANT TO SEE
http://vimeo.com/12906672

2.30 (Tossapol Boonsinsukh)
http://vimeo.com/13014386

3.DELUSION (Suparirk Kanitwaranun)
http://vimeo.com/13049964

4.WALK TO PHUKET (Tanaporn Sae-low)
http://vimeo.com/13080985

5.FEAR (Chanon Treenet)
http://vimeo.com/13134622

6.REMEMBRANCE (Sittiporn Racha)
http://vimeo.com/13157613

7.BANGKOK 2021 A.D.: DIRECTOR'S CUT (Alwa Ritsila)
http://vimeo.com/13197321

8.CHANGING (Nipaporn Kunsing + Pimpetch Pimtong)
http://vimeo.com/13220663

9.THE JUDGE (Wachara Kanha)
http://vimeo.com/13248284

10.ZERO (Kriangkrai Watananiyom)
http://vimeo.com/13249323

11.EYE (Tawee Nuipree + Rossukon Suthiwong)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h27RFnM73fc

12.NATTO (Pat Boonnitipat)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6AXV9TJvP4

13.DARK WAY (Gorragod Nonkukedkong + Thitipong Onsawai)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssNfcmd6qU0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv9E3VQAMBo

14.ON THE DAY THAT RAINCLOUDS STILL FLOAT BY (Pongpun Yunchevit)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIHMbsezJto

15.SCAR (Authawut Boonyuang)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VBLrDWW3wE

16.FUENG (Teerani Siangsanoh + Wachara Kanha + Tani Thitiprawat)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIVqGu6SOrA

17.THE BUCKET TALE (Palakorn Kleungfack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0OJLDYocck

18.WE WILL FORGET IT AGAIN (Napat Treepalawisetkun)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jRwuGHR6qI

19.TIME (Suppasit Sretprasert)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsR0JDd-yho

20.TORTURE ROOM (Patiparn Boontarig)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ckI2YhKZc

21.QUOTATION MARK (Tanakit Kitsanayunyong)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwRoTkudptg

CELINE AND JULIE GO DANCING 37: LET ME LOVE YOU FOREVER -- ELIPHINO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOSFA_xwHu8

FAVORITE SCI-FI OR SCI-FI-LIKE FILMS

Favorite Sci-Fi, or Sci-Fi-like films

1.AUGUST IN THE WATER (1995, Sogo Ishii, Japan)

2.BAD-GOOD, 2013 (2010, Viroj Suttisima, Thailand)

3.LES CREATURES (1966, Agnès Varda, France)

4.CUBE (1997, Vincenzo Natali, Canada)

5.DARK STAR (1974, John Carpenter, USA)

6.DREAMTRIPS (1999, Kal Ng, Hong Kong)

7.EPSILON (1997, Rolf de Heer, Australia)

8.FANTASTIC PLANET (1973, René Laloux, animation)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys8AkwMRvgo

9.4 (2004, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Russia)

10.GLEN AND RANDA (1971, Jim McBride, USA)

11.HESUS THE REVOLUTIONARY (2002, Lav Diaz, Philippines)

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

13.LAST NIGHT (1998, Don McKellar, Canada)

14.MAN FACING SOUTHEAST (1986, Eliseo Subiela, Argentina)

15.THE TWILIGHT ZONE TV SERIES: A MATTER OF MINUTES (1986, Sheldon Larry)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn0LYWpj66Q

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

17.MOEBIUS (1996, Gustavo Mosquera R., Argentina)

18.NABI (2001, Moon Seung-wook, South Korea)

19.THE TWILIGHT ZONE TV SERIES: NIGHTCRAWLERS (1985, William Friedkin)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTcXGe93Y1Q

20.SCIENCE FICTION (2003, Franz Mueller, Germany)

21.THE SONG (2006, Suporn Decharin, Thailand, animation)

22.STALKER (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet)

23.THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME (1996, Hilary Brougher, USA)

24.THE TREASURE OF THE BITCH ISLANDS (1990, François-Jacques Ossang)

25.UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (1991, Wim Wenders, Germany)

A MATTER OF MINUTES (1986, Sheldon Larry, A+++++++++++++++)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn0LYWpj66Q

Friday, November 26, 2010

CHINESE-SPEAKING FILM WISH LIST

My Chinese-speaking film wish list
(บางทีทุกเรื่องในลิสท์นี้อาจจะหาซื้อได้ที่เยาวราช ฮ่าๆๆ)

1.AH CHUNG (1996, Chang Tso-chi)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115486/

2.BETTER THAN SEX (2002, Su Chao-bin)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373718/

3.FALL...IN LOVE (2005, Wang Ming-tai)
เคยดูหนังเรื่องนี้ไปแล้วรอบนึงที่หอกลางจุฬา ไม่แน่ใจว่าตัวเองชอบหนังเรื่องนี้หรือไม่ แต่ดูแล้วไม่เข้าใจอะไรในหนังเรื่องนี้เลย ก็เลยทำให้อยากดูอีกรอบ

4.FISH EYES (2009, Zheng Wei)
http://www.bentenfilms.com/fepr.html

5.GLAMOROUS YOUTH (2009, Philip Yung)
http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/24942/glamorous-youth.html

6.HOW ARE YOU, DAD? (2009, Chang Tso-chi)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1173755/

7.MIDNIGHT REVENGE (1994, Chang Tso-chi)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109142/

8.ONCE UPON A TIME PROLETARIAN: 12 TALES OF A COUNTRY (2009, Guo Xiaolu)

9.SILK (2006, Su Chao-bin)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486480/

10.SOUL OF A DEMON (2008, Chang Tso-chi)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1173755/

11.SUMMER'S TAIL (2007, Chen Wen-tang)

12.TEARS (2009, Chen Wen-tang)

13.TWENTY SOMETHING TAIPEI (2002, Leon Dai)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356148/

14.WO MEN (2008, Huang Wenhai)

15.XIMAOJIA UNIVERSE (2009, Mao Chenyu)
http://www.bafici.gov.ar/home10/web/en/films/show/v/id/190.html

QUOTATION MARK (2010, Tanakit Kitsanayunyong, A+++++)

THAI FILMS SEEN ON AUGUST 1

1.QUOTATION MARK (2010, Tanakit Kitsanayunyong, A+)
อัญประกาศ ธนกฤต กฤษณยรรยง 21
My comment on this film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwRoTkudptg

2.DISAPPEAR (2010, Tani Thitiprawat, A+)
อำพราง ธนิ ฐิติประวัติ 26
One of the most surprising films of the year. It begins like REAR WINDOWS or some Hitchcock films, then it turns into a torture porn film, a Tarantino-esque gangster film, a tribute to KAIRO (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), and a film about aliens from outer space. Tani Thitiprawat is the real thing.

3.HANABI (2010, Sudchana Matkaran, partly animation, A+)
ฮานาบิ สุชนา มัดกาฑ์รัน 15
One of my most favorite romantic films of all time. This unambitious film captures very well the desire of a female character. Its dreamlike, romantic world reminds me of the time when I was very young, the time when I was innocent, the time when I still read the Japanese cartoons by Igarashi Yumiko, the time when I still stupidly believed that one day I would find a handsome soulmate. The film uses the song SORA MO TOBERU HAZU by Spitz very effectively.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-I9Tn6RL0Q&feature=related

The real world is cruel, way too cruel. This film is a perfect escape.

4.DEATHLESS DISTANCE (2009, Taiki Sakpisit, A+)
อุรุเวลา ไทกิ ศักดิ์พิสิษฐ์ 13

An extremely atmospheric film which defies explanation. The images in this film don't have power over me as much as other films by Taiki, but the film still has some unexplainable power.

5.I PROMISE (2010, Thanawate Sunyanuchit, documentary, A+)
อวสานสิงห์พ่นควันกับสามสิบวันพิสูจน์ใจ ธนเวศม์ สัญญานุจิต 20
I like this documentary very much. I think it is partly because this documentary treats the people appearing before the camera as human beings, not as instruments to support the message of the documentarians.

6.NEED 3 STORY: HAUNTED HOUSE (2010, Jinna Rujisenee, A+)
อยากเห็นผี 3 story ตอน บ้านสยอง จิณณะ รุจิเสนีย์ 55
I think this film is very effective. It has a good plot. I like the horny female supporting character in this film very much.

7.NEED 3 STORY: MANIAC (2009, Jinna Rujisenee, A+)
อยากเห็นผี 3 story ตอน ผู้อยู่ข้างกาย จิณณะ รุจิเสนีย์ 38
I think this is a very good ghost film. It doesn't try to scare the audience too frequently. The filmmaker seems to believe in the power of his story, so he just focuses on telling his story carefully. and effectively.

8.ART (2010, Panja Saitong, A+)
อาร์ต ปัญจะ สายทอง 26
I like the hero's friend in this film very much. This character is very funny.

9.I AM MURDERER (2010, Panit Jirawattananunt, A+)
ไอ้ฆาตกร พณิช จิระวัฒนานันท์ 12
Is this film about Thai political problem?

10.ANNITA HEART AND MACHINE (2010, Rusharil Hutangkabodee, A+/A)
แอนนิต้า จักรกลและใจแม่ รัชริล หุตังคบดี 19
I like the performance of the mother in this film very much. I think the story needs some adjustment before it can become truly great and touching.

11.HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS' TRIP TO KANCHANABURI (2010, Tivaporn Vongpan, documentary, A)
อส.รพ.ตลุยเมืองกาญจน์ ทิวพล วงษ์แป้น 120
I think of this charming, unsophisticated film as a flip side of SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY. While SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY is like a magical side of hospital people, this documentary is a reality side. It wouldn't surprise me at all if I see characters from Apichatpong's films mingle with the real people portrayed in this documentary.

Though this documentary has some boring moments and is too long, it also provides a lot of laughs. It allows us to have a glimpse of the real life of these people. Unfortunately, it allows us to see only the happy side of them.

Because this film is extremely simple, it becomes unique in this festival.

I learned from FILM COMMENT magazine that Jonas Mekas wrote 38 years ago, "The most beautiful movie poetry will be revealed someday in home-movie footage. The day is close when home movies will be appreciated as beautiful folk art. Time is laying a veil of poetry over them."

FUENG (2010, Teerani Siangsanoh + Wachara Kanha + Tani Thitiprawat, A+), which is a kind of home movie, is extremely poetic. HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS' TRIP TO KANCHANABURI, WALK TO PHUKET (2010, Tanaporn Sae-low, A+), and HITCHPACKER (2010, Sutham Jeerasilp, A+) are not poetic, because the filmmakers never intend them to be. However, I feel that with the right kind of editing, the right kind of angles, the right kind of way of seeing, these home movies/unsophisticated documentaries could have become great. There is a great potential hidden behind this kind of documentaries. I hope some filmmakers will see this great potential and use it effectively in the future. I hope some filmmakers can maximize the rustic charms of home movies and couple them with the poetic charms of experimental films.

12.ANOTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD (2010, It Khaena, A)
อีกฝั่งของถนน อิษฏ์ แข้นา 5

13.ALLUREMENTS WHICH LEAD TO RUIN (2009, Nutcha Tantiwechasak, A)
อบายมุข ณัฐชา ตันติเวชศักดิ์ 2

14.DON'T WATCH TV TOO MUCH (2010, Pakorn Chulputhipong, Aaron Udomlarp, Sutasini Mamodd, animation, A)
อย่าดูทีวีมากไป ปกรณ์ จุฬพุฒิพงษ์ / อารอน อุดมลาภ / สุธาสิณี แหม่มอ็อด 2

15.GOOD MAN (2009, Panitarn Boontarig, A/A-)
อยู่ในใจ ปณิธาน บุณฑริก 5
My comment on this film can be read here:
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/good-man-2010-panitharn-boontarig-aa.html

16.THE COLLECTORS (2009, Chayanin Tanasuktaworn, A/A-)
แอบ ชญานิน ธนะสุขถาวร 21

17.IN AFRICA (2010, Phunjaphol Songvisava, A-)
แอฟริกา ปัญจพล ทรงวิศวะ 30

18.ICECREAM (2010, Amornlap Promsuwan, A-)
ไอติม อมรลาภ พรหมสุวรรณ 5

19.APPLE OF DEMOCRACY (2010, Thintavan Burawat, Chaloemkiat Saeyong, Somchat Namthong, 3D animation, A-/B+)
แอปเปิลแห่งอธิปไตยนคร ทินตะวัน บุรวัตร์ เฉลิมเกียรติ แซ่หย่อง สมชาติ นามทอง 10
I don't enjoy the story of this film.

20.UNCOMFORTABLY (2010, Nattapol Archavarungson, A-/B+)
อึดอัด ณัฐพล อาชวรังสรรค์ 7

21.WHAT (2010, Saowachai Riabsumrej, B+)
อะไร เสาวชัย เรียบสำเร็จ 2

22.AVAJANA (2009, Paranat Panarad, B+)
อวัจจนะ ปรณัฐ ปนรัตน์ 8

23.SIAM THEATRE (2010, Nawapooh Sae-tang, B+)
อาลัยรัก โรงหนังสยาม นวภู แซ่ตั้ง 3
What I like in this film is the fact that it shows that the ruined site of the Siam Theatre has unintentionally become a new temporary tourist attraction.

24.TALK TO A WORLD SECRETLY 1 (2010, Natthapat Phromudom, B+/B)
แอบคุยกับโลก1 ณัฐภัทร พรหมอุดม 2

25.APIRAK AND THAKSIN (Yoknapa Rattanamanee + Somporn Kongrod, animation, B)
อภิรักกะทักสิน หยกนภา รัตนมณี , สมพร คงรอด 3

TORTURE ROOM (2010, Patitparn Boontarig, A+++++)

THAI FILMS SEEN ON JULY 31

1.TORTURE ROOM (2010, Patiparn Boontarig, A+)
ห้องทรมาน ปฏิภาณ บุณฑริก 20
My comment on this film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ckI2YhKZc

2.WEEK-END (2010, Sereeroj Jayaphorn, A+)
สิ้น-สัปดาห์ เสรีโรจน์ ไชยพร 30
You can watch this film here:
http://www.vimeo.com/14918391
This is a very stylish film. I like its outrageousness very much. It reminds me of the films of Seijun Suzuki, Takeshi Kitano, and Takeshi Miike. I particularly like the character whose head resembles a Buddha sculpture.

3.SWEETHEART (2010, Woratep Tummaoros, A+)
สุดที่รัก วรเทพ ธรรมโอรส 20
This film is very homoerotic, and that's why it may be my most favorite film of Woratep.

4.THE MASK (2010, Sittipong Patchakao, A+)
หน้ากาก สิทธิพงษ์ ปัดชากาว 12
This is very haunting. I like the sinister atmosphere in this film very much.

5.IN SPACE (2009, Visra Vichit-Vadakan, A+)
สูญญากาศ วิศรา วิจิตรวาทการ 16
I like the three states of mind portrayed in the film very much: the dream, the afterlife, and the trance.

6.CLOSER (2010, Wachara Kanha + Wisit Saonoi, A+)
สุดถวิลหา วชร กัณหา เเละ วิศิษฐ์ เสาว์น้อย 17
This film is hard to understand, but I like the look of this film very much. Many things in it, especially the special effects, unintentionally remind of the music videos of Kate Bush in the 1980's, particularly ARMY DREAMERS, BREATHING, and RUNNING UP THAT HILL.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdHOm256N4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2VSe_lja4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuLlwUaEyr0

7.PINK LADY (2010, Piyaphong Phakuntod, A+)
สุภาพสตรีสีชมพู ปิยพงษ์ พาขุนทด 9
I like the chemicals between the three female characters in this film very much. It reminds me of the power of PRASART (1975, Pieak Poster, A+), which deals with three neurotic female characters.

8.AN(OTHER) (2010, Apasri Titatarn, animation, A+)
สีน้ำเงินในโฆษณาผ้าอนามัย อาภาศรี ฐิตะฐาน 10
I like the look of this film very much.

9.2 PHOBIA (Sompong Soda, A+)
สองแพร่ง สมพงษ์ โสดา 18
This film may look like a horror film, but it turns out that the ghosts or the supernatural events in this film can be explained in very funny ways. This film seems like a small project. It is not ambitious. But it really works.

10.MISBEHAVERS (2010, Nattawut Poonpiriya, A+)
หลงใหล นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ 45
I like many things in this film especially the acting. However, I would have loved this film much more if the film didn't make me feel as if it wants to tell the audience, "Don't do drugs", "Please behave well", "Please think about your own parents before you spend your money", or things like that.

11.AN AUTOMATIC VIDEO LOOP: REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER VIEWING THE ART CENTER (2010, Scene 22, A+)
สื่อวิดีทัศน์หมุนวนอัตโนมัติ : คำชี้แจงขั้นตอนการลงทะเบียนก่อนและหลังเข้าชมนิทรรศการหอศิลปวิทยนิทรรศน์ ฉาก22 14
The title of this film explains it all. What is mysterious is the intention of the directors. Is all of this is meant to be serious or meant for laughing? Does this film want the audience to just follow the instructions or look down on the instructions?

12.SOMETHING WRONG IN YOUR BED (2010, Prempapat Plittapolkarnpim, A+)
เสน่หา อารมณ์ และคราบผ้าห่มในห้องนอน เปรมปพัทธ ผลิตผลการพิมพ์ 22
One of my most favorite films of Prempapat. It depicts a disturbing relationship between a mature woman and a young boy. I like the heroine of this film very much. Though it is not as daring as MURMUR OF THE HEART (1971, Louis Malle) or KUNG-FU MASTER! (1988, Agnès Varda), it is still satisfying.

13.AESTHETIC FOR LIFE (2009, Worwon Tungcharoen, documentary, A+)
สุนทรียศาสตร์เพื่อชีวิต วร์วรรณ ตั้งเจริญ 28
This is a lecture film which can be shown to students. What I like in this film is the fact that it can make the lecture easy to follow and not boring at all.

14.THE COLOUR (2010, Panja Saitong, A+)
สี ปัญจะ สายทอง 20
Panja made many films this year. This is one of his better efforts. It portrays the sad truth of Thai society in an effective way.

15.SOCIAL EFFECTS (2010, Samart Somboon, A+)
สังคมสร้างความรู้สึก สามารถ สมบูรณ์ 10
I like the part which deals with a daughter who doesn't appreciate the gift from her father. It really hurts. And it reminds me of FROM MOM (2994, Unchalee Thaingamsin, A+).

16.NEVER GONE AGAIN (2009, Satit Khongsuk, A+)
สวรรค์บันดาล สถิตย์ คงสุข 17
This is a very funny film. I like the scene in which the hero searches for his lost girlfriend in the forest, and then he finds out the real reason why the heroine disappears (she wants to find a place where she can shit).

17.NEVER GONE AGAIN 2 (Satit Khongsuk, A+)
สวรรค์บันดาล2 สถิตย์ คงสุข 11
The film spends much time with the characters walking up and down a building. This is the kind of scene which is not shown in most films. I also like the way the female character introduces herself at the end of this film.

18.RIGHT ON IT (2009, Rajapruk Tiyajamorn, A+)
เหนือกว่า ราชพฤกษ์ ติยะจามร 8
I like RIGHT ON IT and WAY (2010, Rajapruk Tiyajamorn, A+) very much. They don't tell original stories. The stories they told seem to resemble a thousand other films, but everything in these two films seems to be in its right place. RIGHT ON IT is very touching.

19.STOP (2010, Teera Prachumkong, A+)
ให้(รู้จัก)พอ ธีระ ประชุมของ 4
I think this film satirizes the belief of some Thai people, the belief that if you donate 10-20 baht, you may win a lottery for 1,000 baht or something like that. Thus, the donation of these people does not come from generosity, but comes from greed.

20.NOISE (2010, Wanalee Teanchan, A+)
เสียงเงียบ วนาลี เทียนจันทร์ 10

21.0 (2010, Suttipong Komhom, A+)
สูญ สุทธิพงษ์ คำหอม 10
I can't remember now why I gave this film A+ after I had just seen it.

22.HEAVEN (2009, Nattawut Poonpiriya, A+/A)
สวรรค์ นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ 9
I like the idea of this film very much. It is about two ghosts falling in love with each other.

23.MOFO LIFE SIZE DOLL 2 (2009, Alwa Ritsila + Phatamon Chitarachinda, A+/A)
สิ้นชีวี อีดอกทอง 2 อัลวา ริตศิลา , พัทธมน จิตระจินดา 25
I think this film is a bit too violent for my taste, and the violence seems to become repetitive. However, I like the scene in which the daughter finds the body of her mother very much, because I think this scene is a tribute to LITTLE LIFE (2009, Rungkarn Kaewsuwan, animation, A+).

24.LOST (2010, Takornpath Rojanavanit, A+/A)
หาย ฐากรพัชร์ โรจนวานิช 12
The ending of this film is surprising for me, because it is unresolved, if I remember it correctly. I also wonder if this film has a subtext or a political subtext or not.

25.HYPNOTIZE (2010, Nathawut Praphong, animation, A+/A)
สะกดจิตร ณัฐวุฒิ ปราบหงส์ 3

26.HOW A UNIVERSITY STUDENT SHOULD BEHAVE WHILE TRAINING (Naresuan University student, documentary, A)
การปฏิบัติตัวของนักศึกษาขณะฝึกงาน (นิสิตม.นเรศวร)
This film is not meant to be shown in this festival. It was shown by a mistake. But it is very enjoyable and causes a lot of unintentional laughter.

27.LIFT DOWN (2009, Tawit Singnoi, animation, A)
หลง ลง ลิฟท์ เตวิศ สิงห์น้อย 5

28.ROASTED PORK (2010, Patiparn Boontarig, A)
หมูปิ้ง ปฏิภาณ บุณฑริก 7
Does this film romanticize the poor like DOG GOD AND FULL WATER? I'm not sure. This kind of stories reminds me of a poor old woman in my neighborhood who voluntarily shares some of her own food with a poor dog. How can a poor old woman be so generous like that? Much more generous than many middle-class people. However, the question is what an appropriate way to depict this kind of kindness in a film is. Maybe the appropriate way is to depict this kind of kindness in a matter-of-fact way, in an objective way, not in a romanticized way, not in a didactic way.

29.CRAZY (2010, Kasamol Thongtip, A)
หลง กษมล ทองทิพย์ 15

30.LIGHT OF LOVE (2010, Pitchayakarn Masuk, A)
แสงดาวแห่งศรัทธา พิชญกานต์ มาสุข 16
This is very funny.

31.HOW OUR DAYS ARE DIFFERENT (2010, Tanakit Roumtaku, A)
หนึ่งวันของเราต่างกันอย่างไร ธนกฤต รวมตะคุ 4

32.ONLINE (2009, Sippanon Rodkumtuy, animation, A)
เส้นใยที่ถูกลืม สิบปนนท์ รอดคำทุย 5

33.FINISH LINE (2009, Jumpoth Ruayjaroensap + Kompech Hongha, A-)
เส้นชัย จุมภฏ รวยเจริญทรัพย์ / คมเพชร หงหา 24

34.SAJJATHAM (2009, Surasak Dusitsathitkaival, B+)
สัจจะธรรม สุรศักดิ์ ดุสิตสถิตไกวัล 5
I think this film is ordinary, but I like the temple portrayed in this film.

35.SIAM ARAYA (2010, Thanawut Kukkua, animation, B+)
สยามอารยะ ธนาวุฒิ สุขเกื้อ 5
I think this is a standard advertisement for culture.

TIME (2010, Suppasit Sretprasert, A+++++)

THAI FILMS SEEN ON JULY 30

1.TIME (2010, Suppasit Sretprasert, A+)
เวลา ศุภสิทธิ์ เสร็จประเสริฐ 6
My comment on this film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsR0JDd-yho

2.GOOD MORNING (2009, Sinjai Piraisangjun, A+)
สวัสดี สินจัย พิไรแสงจันทร์ 12
I like the bus stop in this film very much. It doesn't attempt to look real at all. This is my favorite set decoration of the year 2010.

3.RUNNING (2009, Nipaporn Kunsing + Pimpetch Pimtong, A+)
วิษณุมนต์ นิภาพร ขันสิงห์ พิมพ์เพชร พิมพ์ทอง 15

4.SOMWANG 2553 (2010, Norachai Kajchapanont, documentary, A+/A)
สมหวัง 2553 นรชาย กัจฉปานนท์ 30
I think this film may try too hard to be poetic, but I like some of its ideas. At first it looks like this film is just a behind-the-scene documentary about the making of SOMWANG 2552 (2009, Thitiwat Samitinan, A+), but it turns out to be much more than that. It becomes a semi-experimental, atmospheric film. It also makes me think about the documentary SECOND-CLASS THEATRE (2005, Norachai Kajchapanont, 12 min, A+). I wonder if the ruined theatre in SOMWANG 2553 is the same theatre presented in SECOND-CLASS THEATRE. If the answer is yes, I think SOMWANG 2553 can be considered as both a sequel to SOMWANG 2552 and to SECOND-CLASS THEATRE.

5.TEEN SEX IN SUMMER (2010, Nawajul Boonpucknavig, A+/A)
วัยรุ่นวุ่นรัก นวจุล บุญพรรคนาวิก 20

6.THE PLACE YOU'VE CONNECTED IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME (2009, Patchara Eaimtrakul, A+/A)
สถานที่ที่ท่านเรียก ไม่สามารถติดต่อได้ กรุณาติดต่อใหม่อีกครั้ง พัชร เอี่ยมตระกูล 7
I don't understand this film, but I think it is not as "strange" or "unique" as I wish it could be. The images in this film look too much like the images in many Thai experimental/atmospheric films, though the part about the woman makes this film a bit different from others.

7.HAPPY TICKET (2010, Apichart Sukontaprauk, A+/A)
สลากวัดดวง อภิชาติ สุคนธพฤกษ์ 10

8.WAR AND PEACE (2010, Patana Chirawong, A)
สงครามและสันติภาพ พัฒนะ จิรวงศ์ 14
I don't remember much about this film. If I remember it correctly, this is a kind of films about kids or a kind of message films that I don't normally like.

9.MIND (2010, Thintavan Burawat, A)
สมิง ทินตะวัน บุรวัตร์ 15
I think this film gives me the same kind of feelings I get from some cult films. The first part is effectively mysterious. The second part in which the monsters appear looks a bit ridiculous, but the funny looks of these creatures make them very memorable. These creatures may not be appropriate to appear in a serious film, but they would be very useful in a cult film. The funny and strange feelings I get from MIND remind me of THE BODY BENEATH (1970, Andy Milligan).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeYj4gomdEM


10.DEATHMAN'S SIN – OVERTURE (2009, Chanop Nasamran, A-)
ศพสุดท้าย ชนพ นาสำราญ 14

11.ADOLESCENT (2010, Hatsaya Tantirattanapaisan, A-/B+)
วัยวุ่น หัสยา ตันติรัตนไพศาล 4

12.THE LAST DAYS (2010, Panja Saitong, B+)
วันสุดท้าย ปัญจะ สายทอง 30

13 THE HAPPY DAY (2009, Surasak Dusitsathitkaival, B+)
วัน-สุข(ของคนไทย) สุรศักดิ์ ดุสิตสถิตไกวัล 16

WE WILL FORGET IT AGAIN (2010, Napat Treepalawisetkun, A+++++)

THAI FILMS SEEN ON JULY 29

1.WE WILL FORGET IT AGAIN (2010, Napat Treepalawisetkun, A+)
แล้วเราจะลืมมันอีกครั้ง ณพรรธน์ ตรีผลาวิเศษกุล 9
My comment on this film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jRwuGHR6qI

2.TO WALK NIGHT (2009, Tani Thitiprawat, A+)
วันวิปริต ไร้เงาดวงจันทร์ ธนิ ฐิติประวัติ 25
Tani is one of the most interesting Thai filmmakers emerging this year. His films combine different genres like no one else. This film begins like a romantic comedy, then it turns into a psychotic film like FUNNY GAMES, then it focuses on the mind of the killer like TAXI DRIVER, then it turns into a zombie film, which surprises every audience. Wachara Kanha stars in this film.

3.1BY1 (2009, Tanachit Moongkoonkumshound, A+)
ลากเชือด ธนชิต มุงคุณคำชาว 10
Wachara Kanha also stars in this psychotic film. It begins with some cartoon drawings, telling about the emerging of a serial killer like the one in SAW. My favorite scene in this film is the elevator door scene. I think it is very powerful. The moment when the serial killer tries to imitate Bruce Lee is very funny and surprising.

If torture films can be compared to steaks, I think Alwa Ritsila's films are raw steaks, DEPT OF KILL (2009, Panit Jirawattananunt, A+) is a medium rare steak. 1BY1 is a medium steak. TORTURE ROOM (2010, Patiparn Boontarig, A+) is a well-done steak. Each of them is delicious in its own way.

4.FLY AWAY WITH JOHN WATERS (2009, Rut Ngarmariyakul, A+)
โลกของโบ๊ต รุตม์ งามอริยะกุล 25
This film is very funny and lovely.

5.ANOTHER DAY TO PHD (2010, Viroj Suttisima, A+)
วันหยุดพักผ่อนของนักศึกษาปริญญาเอก วิโรจน์ สุทธิสีมา 25
I don't know if this film is a documentary or a mockumentary. I don't know which parts of this film are real and which parts are fiction. At first I thought this film is a documentary, but the ending of this film makes me question what I just saw.

6.VERDICT (2010, Atithep Ngamsilstian, A+)
ลวง อธิเทพ งามศิลปเสถียร 30
This film is a guilty pleasure. I think the male student in this film is cute, and that fits very well with the story about a female teacher who may sexually abuses her male student.

7.SECRET OF GODFATHER (2010, Yongyut Nethwong, A)
ลับเฉพาะเสี่ย ยงยุทธ์ เนตรวงค์ 19
Chaloemkiat Saeyong is an editor of this film, and I like the editing near the end of this film very much.

8.FIRST DAY LEFT (2010, Thitipong Kerdtongtawee, A)
วันแรกของวันสุดท้าย ฐิติพงศ์ เกิดทองทวี 16

9.LONELY SEASON (2010, Thintavan Burawat, A/A-)
ฤดูที่ฉันเหงา ทินตะวัน บุรวัตร์ 15

10.BANKER TO FARMER (2009, Supachai Saiwirat, documentary, A-)
ไร่คุณป้อม ศุภชัย สายวิรัช 10

11.LOST (2009, Chayut Chayuthweth, documentary, B+)
ลืม ชยุต ชยุตเวธน์ 11

12.GET UP FIGHT (2009, Witthaya Poohsawat, B)
ลุกขึ้นสู้ วิทยา ปู่สวัสดิ์ 12



GOGO (2010, Jurarak Kongpol, A++++++++++)

THAI FILMS SEEN ON JULY 28

1.GOGO (2010, Jurarak Kongpol, A+)
ลงสนาม จุฬาลักษณ์ กองพล 3
Every scene in this film is classic. It makes me laugh uncontrollably. This lesbian film is made by a young girl. I hope she continues to make this kind of films in the future.

2.THE BUCKET TALE (2009, Palakorn Kleungfack, A+)
เรื่องเล่าถังใส่น้ำ พลากร กลึงฟัก 20
My comment on this film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0OJLDYocck

3.THIS IS LOVE STORY (2009, Eakalak Maleetipawan, A+)
เรื่องนี้เกี่ยวกับความรัก เอกลักษณ์ มาลีทิพย์วรรณ 51
I think this film is very touching.

4.HOT ENVY (2010, Pongpat Poonwattanapong, A+)
แรงริษยา พงษ์พัฒน์ พูนวัฒนาพงษ์ 11
You can watch this film here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TcHBj4MnuY

5.QUESTION OF LIFE (2010, Eisaraphong Kraichingrit, A+)
เรื่องเล่า สายน้ำ และความตาย อิศรพงษ์ ไกรชิงฤทธิ์ 31
I like the mysterious atmosphere in this film very much.

6.SCHOOL (2010, Somchai Vachirachongkol, documentary, 91 min, approximately A+)
โรงเรียนของฉัน สมชาย วชิระจงกล 50
I only saw the last 30 mintues of this film.

7.TONIGHT STORY (2010, Teera Prachumkong, A+/A)
เรื่องเล่า...คืนนี้ ธีระ ประชุมของ 13
Teera's films are always interesting, though the last part of this film is not as shocking as I had expected it to be.

8.SHIFTING CULTIVATION (2010, Pisut Srimhok, documentary, A)
ไร่หมุนเวียน พิสุทธิ์ ศรีหมอก 32
I think Pisut's films are good, though this one suffers from not being different from HARVEST SEASON (2009, Pisut Srimhok, A+).

CELINE AND JULIE GO DANCING 36: AGAINST (2009) -- CLOAKS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou75A7yoPII

FAVORITE OLD SONGS 103: GIGANTIC (1988) -- THE PIXIES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK0CJqMK6f0

Thanks to May Adadol for telling me about this.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

BEAUTIFUL DAY (Krissada Tipchaimeta, A+++++)

THAI FILMS SEEN ON JULY 27

1.BEAUTIFUL DAY (Krissada Tipchaimeta, A+)
รักวันธรรมดา_ กฤษฎา ทิพย์ชัยเมธา 18

I don't really understand this film in my first viewing , but I like its ending very much. It gives me a very good feeling.

2.THE STORY ABOUT YOU AND ME (2010, Alwa Ritsila, A+)
รักของเรา อัลวา ริตศิลา 30
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/08/story-about-you-and-me-2010-alwa.html

3.AFTER THE WIND (2009, Tulapop Saenjaroen, A+)
รอลม ตุลพบ แสนเจริญ 19
I like the scene in which the twins stare at the sky. It makes me feel the power of something which is beyond "story", "plot", "characters", or "what is visible". It makes me feel something invisible, something which is beyond the frame or the image on the screen.

4.BAD-GOOD, 2013 (2010, Viroj Suttisima, A+)
เรวดี, 2013 วิโรจน์ สุทธิสีมา 13
I like the political aspect of this film very much. It is very brave.

5.FIRST LOVE FIRST LAST (2009, Wachara Kanha, A+)
รักเธอครั้งแรกรักเขาครั้งสุดท้าย วชร กัณหา 14
Normally I don't like romantic films, but this film is an exception, because it really surprises me at the end. This is a romantic film in which the hero and the heroine never meet each other.

6.THE MOTORCYCLE (2010, Anupong Aramboot, A+)
รถมอไซด์...มาหานะเธอ อนุพงษ์ อร่ามบุตร 10
The bottom scene is one of the classic scenes this year.

7.SAFE ZONE (2010, Chakorn Chaiprecha, A+)
ระยะปลอดภัย ชาคร ไชยปรีชา 10
I like the political aspects of this film very much, especially the mentioning of the case of Thanakorn Piyapoldirek, who was shot dead at a balcony of a condominium.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/investigation/39089/in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2010/05/rip-to-kumpan-bazoos-friend-who-was.html

8.STORYTELLING (2010, Sompot Chidgasornpongse, A+)
เรื่องเล่า สมพจน์ ชิตเกษรพงศ์ 5
I don't think I understand the intention of the director in my first viewing of this film, but that is what makes this film interesting. In this film, a man tells a short story to a woman, while we see some seemingly unimportant activities of them. What should I focus in this film? The story being told? Their relationship? The connection between the story and their relationship? Their small gestures?

9.THE CIRCLE (2010, Alongkot Duangruksa, A+)
รัก 360 องศา อลงกต ด้วงรักษา 18
I like the art direction of this film, and its story makes me think about my life, my friends' lives, and the fact that we should be happy to see the guy we love get married to a woman.

10.RELEASE (2010, Wacharapol Saisongkroh, A+)
ระบาย วัชรพล สายสงเคราะห์ 6
Some of Wacharapol's films have the same weakness—they are didactic. This film is also didactic, but I like it very much, because its message is very surprising. I couldn't guess its message during the first few minutes of this film. I also wonder if the message of this film can be interpreted in a sexual way or not.

11.COMBINATION (2010, Manasak Khlongchainan, A+)
รวมร่าง มนศักดิ์ คล่องชัยนันต์ 3

I like the idea of this film—its splitting screens show the upper half of a foreign man and the lower half of a Thai woman, but I'm not sure about the attitude of this film. I totally support the marriages between foreigners and Thais, but I'm not sure if this film shares my attitude or not.

12.SAVE THE TIME (2009, Suthin Kongkoed, A+)
รักษากาล สุทิน กองเกิด 9

13.MOVIE RENTAL SHOP (2010, Attaron Bayan + Nutkemjira Suksawat, A+/A)
ร้านเช่าหนัง อรรถรณ บาหยัน และ ณัฐเขมจิรา สุขสวัสดิ์ 30

14.LOVE HIDDEN (2010, Panitarn Boontarig, A+/A)
รักนี้ที่ซ่อนไว้ ปณิธาน บุณฑริก 14

15.THE CONSEQUENCE (2010, Sinaporn Sripatoomvaraporn, A)
รอยเเผลในใจ สินาภรณ์ ศรีปทุมวราภรณ์ 13

16.BANGKOK STORY (2009, Chatree Nuelaimek, A)
เรื่องเล่าจากบางกอก ชาตรี นวลเอี่ยมเอก 21

17.RANGSIT (2010, Kittika Boonmachai, A)
รังสิต กิตติกา บุญมาไชย 4

18.BIZARRE LOVE VOODOO (2009, Passanan Romviras, animation, A)
รักมหัศจรรย์ของวูดู ภัสนนันท์ โรมวิลาศ 4

19.UNQUELITY (2010, Wacharapol Saisongkroh, A/A-)
รักไม่เท่ากัน วัชรพล สายสงเคราะห์ 5

I think this film is too straightforward in telling its story or sending its message. Maybe it would work better if the film is longer, so that the characters in this film can have time to breathe or do other things which can make them look more "human", instead of just being "an instrument to send the message".

20.CITIZEN TRAIN (2009, Authawut Boonyuang + Kakanang Gohnoi, documentary, A-)
รถไฟฟ้าประชาชน อรรถวุฒิ บุญยวง ,คัดนางค์ เกาะน้อย 7

I couldn't understand what the interviewees are saying in this film. I think this film may have a sound problem, which can be corrected by adding subtitles.

21.LEGO (2010, Lalilthip Meateerattanapaisan, A-)
เรโก้ ลลิลทิพย์ เมธีรัตนไพศาล 3

22.YOU ARE NOT ALONE (2010, Nawapooh Sae-tang, A-)
เราคนไทยจะเดินหน้าต่อไปเป็นเพื่อนคุณ นวภู แซ่ตั้ง 3

23.LOVE IN SPACE (2010, Narong Seprakhon, B+)
รักคั่นมิติ ณรงค์ เสประโคน 12

24.LOST (2010, Somporn Inaon, B+)
รักรำลึก สมพร อินอ่อน 10

MORE COMMENT ON REIGN OF ASSASSINS

(My reply on Filmsick's Facebook)

เราเองก็ชอบ CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON ในระดับประมาณ A/A- นะ คือมันไม่ "มันส์" น่ะ ไม่เหมือน SWORDSMAN II กับ REIGN OF ASSASSINS ที่มัน "มันส์ถึงใจพระเดชพระคุณ" จริงๆ ส่วนหนังจีนกำลังภายในเรื่องอื่นๆในยุคหลังก็ไม่ทำให้เรารู้สึก "มันส์" เท่าเรื่องนี้ แม้แต่หนังของฉีเคอะเองก็ตาม

เราชอบหนังที่ใส่ใจกับตัวประกอบในเรื่องเหมือนอย่าง REIGN OF ASSASSINS ครอบครัวนักฆ่าที่ถูกฆ่าตายตอนต้นเรื่องเป็นครอบครัวที่ดูดีมากๆ จอมยุทธ์สาวจากสำนักคงท้งที่รักกับอาจารย์ตัวเอง แต่ก็ฆ่าอาจารย์ตัวเองตายเพื่อชิงศพก็ดูดีมากๆ (เสียดายที่หนังไม่ได้ให้เราเห็นว่า Magician ฆ่าเธอยังไง) เราว่าตัวประกอบพวกนี้ ซึ่งมีบทไม่ถึง 5 นาทีในหนังเรื่องนี้ สร้างความประทับใจให้เรามากๆจนอยากให้มีการสร้างหนังเรื่องใหม่ๆขึ้นมาโดยเอาตัวละครพวกนี้เป็นตัวหลัก เหมือนอย่าง X-MEN ที่สามารถแยกสร้างเป็นหนังได้อีกหลายเรื่อง หรือเหมือนอย่าง "ดาบมังกรหยก" ที่มีการแยกสร้างเป็นภาคที่เน้นไปที่ "ราชสีห์ขนทอง กับมังกรเสื้อม่วง" ด้วย

กระบี่ของนางเอกในเรื่องนี้นี่สุดฤทธิ์สุดเดชจริงๆ

ถ้าหากเราสร้างหนังเรื่องนี้ คุณป้าที่คอยเป็นแม่สื่อให้นางเอก ก็คงจะเป็นจอมยุทธ์อำมหิตปลอมตัวมาด้วยเช่นกัน ฮ่าๆๆ

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS 3: CALIFORNIA – MYLÈNE FARMER

This music video is directed by Abel Ferrara. Thanks to Zach for telling us about this video. I wish to screen it together with ARE YOU ROLLING? (2008, Chatchai Chaiyon, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0NC-UdAw_4

FAVORITE SONGS 14: YOUR EX-LOVER IS DEAD -- STARS

Thanks to Merveillesxx for telling us about this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55FMOJMhV9s

FAVORITE GAY ADVERTISEMENT

Thanks to Uan Screenout for telling us about this


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-C_aBVIcBM

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

15 AUTHORS

15 AUTHORS

I was tagged by Chanchana พจน์ปรีชา for this.

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes...no particular order required.

Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note.)

1.Agatha Christie

2.Igarashi Yumiko

3.Jintawee Wiwat (จินตวีร์ วิวัธน์)

4.Jin Yong (Louis Cha)

5.M. Matugaree (ม.มธุการี)

6.Riyoko Ikeda

7.Shibata Ayuko

8.Shibata Masahiro

9.Shinji Wada

10.Shinohara Chie

11.Suzue Miuchi

12.Tamayantee (ทมยันตี)

13.Tree Apiroom (ตรี อภิรุม)

14.Yamato Waki

15.Yuho Ashibe












STOP BANNING INSECTS IN THE BACKYARD


FAVORITE SONGS 13: DEBASER – PIXIES

This film is partly about the film UN CHIEN ANDALOU. Thanks to May Adadol for telling us about this song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q5WjYjzrEQ

FAVORITE OLD FRENCH FILMS

FAVORITE OLD FRENCH FILMS

(in alphabetical order)

1.ANTOINE ET ANTOINETTE (1947, Jacques Becker)

2.LA BEAUTÉ DU DIABLE (1950, René Clair)

3.THE BLOOD OF A POET (1930, Jean Cocteau)

4.CHRISTINE (1958, Pierre Gaspard-Huit)

5.LE CORBEAU (1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot)

6.DOUCE (1943, Claude Autant-Lara)

7.LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (1950, Jean-Pierre Melville)

8.FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952, René Clément)

9.L'IDIOT (1946, Georges Lampin)

10.IMPASSE DES DEUX ANGES (1948, Maurice Tourneur)

11.JUDEX (1963, Georges Franju)

12.THE LAST ONE OF THE SIX (1941, Georges Lacombe)

13.LITTLE REBELS (1955, Jean Delannoy)

14.LUMIÈRE D' ÉTÉ (1943, Jean Grémillon)

15.MACADAM (1946, Jacques Feyder + Marcel Blistène)

16.MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY (1953, Jacques Tati)

17.A MAN ESCAPED (1956, Robert Bresson)

18.LE PLAISIR (1951, Max Ophüls)

19.POIL DE CAROTTE (1932, Julien Duvivier)

20.REGAIN (1937, Marcel Pagnol)

21.RIPTIDE (1949, Yves Allégret)

22.THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Jean Renoir)

23.THÉRÈSE RAQUIN (1953, Marcel Carné)

24.UNE VIE (1958, Alexandre Astruc)

25.ZERO FOR CONDUCT (1933, Jean Vigo)




OLD FRENCH FILMS WISH LIST

1.Alice Guy's films
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0349785/

2.L'ARGENT (1929, Marcel L'Herbier)
http://homepage.mac.com/Vanvdo/l/l-argent.htm

3.THE DEVIL'S BLAST (1960, Haroun Tazieff)

4.FARREBIQUE (1947, Georges Rouquier)

5.Gabriel Veyre's films
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0895515/

6.Germaine Dulac's films
http://www.ubu.com/film/dulac.html

7.GIRL AND THE RIVER (1958, François Villiers)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050346/

8.Jean Epstein's films
http://www.ubu.com/film/epstein.html

9.Jean Painlevé's films
http://homepage.mac.com/vanvdo/s/science-is-fiction.htm

10.JUSTICE IS DONE (1950, André Cayatte)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042625/

11.THE LAST VACATION (1948, Roger Leenhardt)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039310/

12.Louis Delluc's films
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0217526/

13.MÉNILMONTANT (1925, Dimitri Kirsanov)
http://www.ubu.com/film/kirsanov.html

14.MIRAGES DE PARIS (1932, Fyodor Otsep)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194158/

15.NO EXIT (1954, Jacqueline Audry)

16.THE PIRATES OF THE BOIS DU BOLOGNE (1954, Norbert Carbonnaux)

17.LA ROUE (1923, Abel Gance, 273 min)

18.SHE RETURNED AT DAWN (1938, Henri Decoin)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030671/

19.SINNERS OF PARIS (1958, Pierre Chenal)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052112/

20.THE SUITOR (1962, Pierre Étaix)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056514/

21.THREE MAKE A PAIR (1957, Sacha Guitry)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051109/

22.LES VAMPIRES (1915, Louis Feuillade)

23.THE WOMAN AND THE PUPPET (1929, Jacques de Baroncelli)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195701/

24.WOODEN CROSSES (1934, Raymond Bernard)
http://homepage.mac.com/vanvdo/collection/eclipse/raymond-bernard/wooden-crosses.htm

25.ZOUZOU (1934, Marc Allégret)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026023/




FAIR GAME (2010, Doug Liman, A+++++)

FAIR GAME (2010, Doug Liman, A+++++)

I like this film very much, because I think this film is the opposite of THE DOG (ชิงหมาเถิด) (2010, Pongpat Wachirabanjong, C+).

The scenes I love in FAIR GAME are the scene in which the heroine is accused of being a communist, the scene in which the hero is accused of not being nationalistic in a restaurant, and the scene in which the hero gives a speech near the end of the film.



Monday, November 22, 2010

A TRIP TO CHOLBURI AND CHACHOENGSAO





















































JUN ICHIKAWA VS. TOSSAPOL BOONSINSUKH

I once compared Tossapol Boonsinsukh with Jun Ichikawa in Senses of Cinema
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2006/38/world_poll3/#Phokaew

Reading Jun Ichikawa's interview makes me think about Tossapol. Here is a quote from Jun Ichikawa:
http://eigageijutsu.blogspot.com/2010/10/jun-ichikawa-interview.html
"That film is about how a group of friends go their separate ways. Friends can't always stay together -- a time for saying good-by must come. You might call it a youth movie [seishun eiga], but it also about a film about growing up, and I feel that growing up is a lonely thing to do. Growing up is a good thing, but the more people become adults, the lonelier they get. Growing up means saying good-by, it means losing something."

(Thanks to Merveillesxx for telling me about this interview)

I think the quote above can also be used to describe 30 (2010, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, A+++++++++++++++).

Saturday, November 20, 2010

FILMS ABOUT ABORTION

FILMS ABOUT ABORTION

1.ไม่สิ้นไร้ไฟสวาท กับการทำแท้งด้วยไม้แขวนเสื้ออันลือลั่น
MAI SIN RAI FAI SAWAT (1986), starring Nataya Dangbu-nga, has a famous scene in which the heroine uses a clothes hanger to perform abortion on herself.

2.LES BUREAUX DE DIEU (2008, Claire Simon)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182257/

3.THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

4.4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS (2007, Cristian Mungiu)

5.MISERY AND FORTUNE OF WOMEN (1930, Eduard Tisse)
หนังที่สนับสนุนการทำแท้งยุคโบราณเรื่องนี้เคยแถมมาในดีวีดีหนังเรื่องใดเรื่องนึงของ Sergei Eisenstein

6.OCCASIONAL WORK OF A FEMALE SLAVE (1973, Alexander Kluge)

7.PUSH! PUSH! (1997, Park Cheol-su)

8.SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (1954, Mikio Naruse)

9.STORY OF WOMEN (1988, Claude Chabrol)

10.VERA DRAKE

Friday, November 19, 2010

REIGN OF ASSASSINS (2010, Su Chao-bin + John Woo, A+++++++++++++++)

REIGN OF ASSASSINS (2010, Su Chao-bin + John Woo, A+++++++++++++++)

Things I like very much in this film include:

1.In the early part of the film, the heroine kills a young boy for self-defence. Thus, the film does not conform to the rule "Children and dogs always survive", which seems to be a problem in most Hollywood films. I don't hate children or dogs, but this kind of rules limits the possibilities of the plot, story, or film. Conforming to this rule makes the film more boring, such as MIMIC (1997, Guillermo Del Toro), in which some audience can predict beforehand that the boy will survive. Destroying this rule makes the film much more memorable, such as THE MIST (Frank Darabont, A+++++++++++++++), and FALLING SKY (2002, Gunnar Vikene).

2.The fighting scene in this film is very exciting. I think it is as exciting as IP MAN 2 (2010, Wilson Yip, A+++++), but the main difference is that the fighting scenes in REIGN OF ASSASSINS are more fantasy-based, while the fighting scenes in IP MAN 2 are more reality-based. I usually prefer the fighting scenes which are fantasy-based, because I grew up worshipping the fighting scenes in SUKEBAN DEKA TV series.

3.A character in this film uses poisoned needles as his weapon. Poisoned needles are one of my most favorite weapons, but they are rarely used effectively in recent action films. I think REIGN OF ASSASSINS is the only film I know which uses poisoned needles in fighting effectively. As for TV series, the one which uses poisoned needles effectively is THE RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES (1983-1984). The character who uses it is Lee Mok-sau, which is one of my most favorite characters of all time.

4.The opening part of REIGN OF ASSASSINS shocks me as much as the opening part of SCREAM, because characters whom I assume would be main characters are murdered within a few minutes. In the opening part of REIGN OF ASSASSINS, there are a male assassin character and a female assassin character who look very interesting, but they are murdered by the heroine instantly.

5.I love the personalities of the female characters in this film very much, including the heroine; the female assassin who is murdered in the opening part; Turquoise (the new assassin who tries to replace the heroine); and Kongdong Blue Sword. All of them look very graceful.

6.The male characters in this film are very desirable, including Jung Woo-sung, Shawn Yue, and Li Zong Han (Calvin Li).

7.I love films of which supporting characters are very strong, such as the X-Men series. REIGN OF ASSASSINS has many strong supporting characters, especially The Magician and Wisdom (the Buddhist Monk).

8.The lack of humor in this film conforms to my taste. Generally I prefer serious action films such as SWORDSMAN, SWORDSMAN II, and REIGN OF ASSASSINS, to action-comedy films.

9.I usually like films/TV series of which the heroines are very good in fighting, such as KICK-ASS (2010, Matthew Vaughn), SWORDSMAN II, SUKEBAN DEKA, GOLDEN SWALLOW, PAINTED SKIN, and THE HEROIC TRIO.

10.I think the role of Michelle Yeoh in REIGN OF ASSASSINS is one of her best roles. It is as good as her role in THE HEROIC TRIO. I'm very much disappointed with Michelle's role in TRUE LEGEND (2010, Yuen Woo-ping, C+) and had assumed that Michelle's career might be finished. Fortunately, her role in REIGN OF ASSASSINS proves otherwise.















Tuesday, November 16, 2010

YANJI (2010, Sangbum Heo, A++++++++++)

http://www.vimeo.com/16349761

WFFBKK 2010 IS THE BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN MY LIFE

The World Film Festival of Bangkok 2010 is the best film festival I have experienced so far in my whole life in terms of film selection. I worship the film programmer of this film festival. This is a real heaven for me. One of the best things that ever happened in my life.

Films seen in WFFBKK 2010:
(in roughly preferential order)

1.RUHR (2009, James Benning, Germany, A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++)

2.PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY (2010, Peter Bo Rappmund, USA, A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++)

3.SYNCHRONIZATION (2009, Rimas Sakalauskas, Lithuania, A+++++++++++++++)

4.GRANDMOTHER (2009, Yuki Kawamura, Japan, documentary, A+++++++++++++++)

5.THE WAY BETWEEN TWO POINTS (2010, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

6.KOSMOS (2010, Reha Erdem, Turkey, A++++++++++)

7.CORNEILLE-BRECHT (2009, Jean-Marie Straub + Cornelia Geiser, A+++++++++++++++)

8.WHAT I LOVE THE MOST (2010, Delfina Castagnino, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

9.CROSSING THE MOUNTAIN (2010, Yang Rui, China, A+++++++++++++++)

10.THE PORTUGUESE NUN (2009, Eugène Green, Portugal, A+++++++++++++++)

11.OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST (2008, Miguel Gomes, Portugal, A+++++++++++++++)

12.RED DRAGONFLIES (2010, Liao Jiekai, Singapore, A++++++++++)

13.HONEY (2010, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey, A++++++++++)

14.ENVY (2009, Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey, A++++++++++)

15.THE SNAIL ON THE SLOPE (2009, Vladimir Todorovic, Singapore, A+++++++++++++++)

16.THE RIVER (2010, Davor Sanvincenti, Croatia, A+++++++++++++++)

17.CONTRE-JOUR (2009, Christoph Girardet + Matthias Müller, A+++++++++++++++)

18.I SAW YOUR SISTER YESTERDAY (2010, Mina Park, USA, A++++++++++)

19.THE SOUND OF INSECTS: RECORD OF A MUMMY (2009, Peter Liechti, Switzerland, A+++++++++++++++)

20.TOUCHED IN THE HEAD (1974, Jacques Doillon, France, A++++++++++)

21.JAN VILLA (2010, Natasha Mendonca, India, A++++++++++)

22.ONE DAY IN JUNE (2010, Daniel Hui, Singapore, A++++++++++)

23.IN THE WOODS (2010, Angelos Frantzis, Greece, A++++++++++)

24.ALL THAT REMAINED (2010, Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand, A+++++)

25.YANJI (2010, Sangbum Heo, USA, A++++++++++)

26.INSECTS IN THE BACKYARD (2010, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Thailand, A+++++)

27.THE NIGHT INFINITE (2010, Ato Bautista, Philippines, A++++++++++)

28.DISSOLUTION (2010, Nina Menkes, Israel, A++++++++++)

29.GOD NO SAY SO (2010, Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, Sierra Leon + Switzerland, A+++++)

30.DZI CROQUETTES (2009, Raphael Alvarez + Tatiana Issa, Brazil, A+++++)

31.DAY OF THE SPARROW (2010, Philip Scheffner, Germany, documentary, A++++++++++)

32.CURLING (2010, Denis Côté, Canada, A+++++)

33.PARADISE (2009, Héctor Gálvez, Peru, A++++++++++)

34.A FILM UNFINISHED (2010, Yael Hersonski, Israel, documentary, A++++++++++)

35.COLD WATER OF THE SEA (2010, Paz Fábrega, Costa Rica, A+++++)

36.AMER (2009, Hélène Cattet + Bruno Forzani, Belgium, A+++++)

37.WHEN THE END OF WINTER IS ALMOST SPRING (2010, Sherman Ong, Singapore, A+++++)

38.AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (2009, Ho Yuhang, Malaysia, A+++++)

39.BAD GIRLS CELL 77 (2010, Janusz Mrozowski, Poland, A+)

40.ARNOS TONLABOR (2010, Christoph Janetzko, Germany, A+++++)

41.SAHARA MOSAIC (2009, Fern Silva, USA+Morocco, A+++++)

42.MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE (2010, Sherman Ong, Tanzania, A+++++)

43.ALONELESS AND FREEDOM (2010, Sangbum Heo, USA, A++++++++++)

44.TO HARI (2010, Mario Pfeiffer, India, A+++++)

45.KAIN (2009, Kristof Hoornaert, Belgium, A+++++)

46.THE BOY (2010, Mark Tan, Singapore, A+++++)

47.THREE WEEKS LATER (2010, José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, documentary, A+)

48.HIGH RISE (2009, Gabriel Mascaro, documentary, Brazil, A+)

49.A SUSPENDED MOMENT (2010, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand, A+)

50.LANDSCAPE, SEMI-SURROUND (2010, Eriko Sonoda, Japan, A+++++)

51.LOST WORLD (2008, Gyula Nemes, Hungary, A+++++)

52.BAREHANDED (2010, Stephane Demoustier + Guillaume Foresti, France, A+)

53.BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER (2010, Wang Jing + Anocha Suwichakornpong + Kaz Cai, China+Thailand+Singapore, A+)

54.BORDER (2009, Harutyun Khachatryan, Armenia, A+)

55.THE CHILD OF THE SUN (2009, Christopher Gozum, Philippines, A+)

56.PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF ZOO (2009, Xun Sun, China, A+++)

57.ATLANTIQUES (2010, Mati Diop, Senegal, A+)

58.THE RIGHT NOT TO BE TORTURED (2010, Douglas Gordon, A+++)

59.FLAT LOVE (2010, Andres Sanz, Spain, A+)

60.HUNGER (209, Stephen Johnson, UK, A+)

61.CRAB TRAP (2009, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia, A+)

62.CORDAO VERDE (2009, Hiroatsu Suzuki + Rossana Torres, Portugal, A+)

63.THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD (2009, Esmir Filho, Brazil, A+)

64.MICKEY (2010, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Singapore, A+)

65.ON THE COAST (2010, Merve Kayan + Zeynep Dadak, Turkey, A+)

66.TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STARS (2010, Lin Cheng Sheng, Taiwan, A+)

67.CENTIPEDE SUN (2010, Mihai Grecu, France, A+)

68.TO SERVE (2010, Jorge Leon, Belgium, A+/A)

69.DO NOT LOOK (2010, Pam Miras, Philippines, A+/A)

70.IT'S NOT RAINING OUTSIDE (2009, Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia, A+/A)

71.FOUND (2009, Paramita Nath, Laos+Canada, A+/A)

72.CAGES (2010, Keith Halstead, Vietnam, A+/A)

73.THE MINUTES, THE HOURS (2009, Janaina Marques, Cuba, A+/A)

74.THE BOXER (2009, Juan Pollio, Argentina, A)

75.VAVIEN (2009, Durul Taylan + Yagmur Taylan, Turkey, B+)


Films seen in the World Film Festival of Bangkok 2009
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-forgot-title-is-my-most-favorite.html

Monday, November 15, 2010

FILM DISCUSSION IN WFFBKK 2010

I enjoyed the discussion about films late at night very much.























KING SEBASTIÃO OF PORTUGAL

The reincarnation of King Sebastião of Portugal (or the Hidden One) is presented in THE PORTUGUESE NUN (2009, Eugène Green, A+++++++++++++++)

From Wikipedia:
" After the defeat at Alcácer Quibir many diligences were made to ransom the imprisoned soldiers. Several soldiers returned to Portugal (and among them was D. António, Prior of Crato), which, added to uncertainty over Sebastian's fate, led many Portuguese to believe Sebastian survived the battle and would return to claim his throne. This led to Sebastianism: the belief that Sebastian could return at any moment. Politically, there was the belief that Philip was not the rightful heir to the throne. Subsequently there was the appearance, in Portugal, of men fraudulently claiming to be the King. During the time of the Iberian Union, between 1580 and 1640, four different pretenders claimed to be the returned King Sebastian; the last of these pretenders, who was in fact an Italian, was hanged in 1619.

In the long term, it led to the development of myths and legends concerning Sebastian, the principal one being that he was a great Portuguese patriot, the "sleeping king" who would return to help Portugal in its darkest hour (similar to the British King Arthur, the German Frederick Barbarossa or the Byzantine Constantine XI Palaeologus). He would then be known by symbolic names: O Encoberto(The Hidden One) who would return on a foggy morning to save Portugal; or as O Desejado (The Desired). The legend was vigorously promoted through the massive circulation of popular rhymes (trovas) written by Bandarra. Even as late as the 19th century, Sebastianist peasants in the Brazilian sertão believed that the king would return to help them in their rebellion against the "godless"Brazilian republic."



WFFBKK DAY 9

WFFBKK DAY 9 14/11/2010

1.GRANDMOTHER (2009, Yuki Kawamura, Japan, documentary, A+++++++++++++++)

2.THE NIGHT INFINITE (2010, Ato Bautista, Philippines, A++++++++++)

3.CURLING (2010, Denis Côté, Canada, A+++++)

4.HIGH RISE (2009, Gabriel Mascaro, documentary, Brazil, A+)

5.A SUSPENDED MOMENT (2010, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand, A+)

6.BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER (2010, Wang Jing + Anocha Suwichakornpong + Kaz Cai, China+Thailand+Singapore, A+)




Sunday, November 14, 2010

WFFBKK DAY 8

WFFBKK DAY 8 13/11/2010

1.OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST (2008, Miguel Gomes, Portugal, A+++++++++++++++)

2.DAY OF THE SPARROW (2010, Philip Scheffner, Germany, documentary, A++++++++++)

3.ENVY (2009, Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey, A++++++++++)

4.VAVIEN (2009, Durul Taylan + Yagmur Taylan, Turkey, B+)




WFFBKK DAY 7

WFFBKK DAY 7 12/11/2010

1.CORNEILLE-BRECHT (2009, Jean-Marie Straub + Cornelia Geiser, A+++++++++++++++)

2.DISSOLUTION (2010, Nina Menkes, Israel, A++++++++++)

3.PARADISE (2009, Héctor Gálvez, Peru, A++++++++++)

4.ONE DAY IN JUNE (2010, Daniel Hui, Singapore, A++++++++++)

5.ALL THAT REMAINED (2010, Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand, A+++++)

6.THE BOY (2010, Mark Tan, Singapore, A+++++)

7.THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD (2009, Esmir Filho, Brazil, A+)

8.MICKEY (2010, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Singapore, A+)

9.DO NOT LOOK (2010, Pam Miras, Philippines, A+/A)

10.IT'S NOT RAINING OUTSIDE (2009, Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia, A+/A)

11.FOUND (2009, Paramita Nath, Laos+Canada, A+/A)

12.CAGES (2010, Keith Halstead, Vietnam, A+/A)

I had seen these films before the festival:
LOVE ME LOVE MY DOG (2010, Wasunan Hutawach, A+++++)
AFTER THE WIND (2010, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Thailand, A+++++)



Friday, November 12, 2010

WFFBKK DAY 6

WFFBKK DAY 6 11/11/2010

1.CROSSING THE MOUNTAIN (2010, Yang Rui, China, A+++++++++++++++)

2.RED DRAGONFLIES (2010, Liao Jiekai, Singapore, A++++++++++)

3.A FILM UNFINISHED (2010, Yael Hersonski, Israel, documentary, A++++++++++)

4.AMER (2009, Hélène Cattet + Bruno Forzani, Belgium, A+++++)
The short film of the directors of AMER is included in this DVD:
http://www.badlit.com/?p=778

5.WHEN THE END OF WINTER IS ALMOST SPRING (2010, Sherman Ong, Singapore, A+++++)

6.THREE WEEKS LATER (2010, José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, documentary, A+)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

WFFBKK DAY 5

WFFBKK DAY 5 10/11/2010

1.THE PORTUGUESE NUN (2009, Eugène Green, Portugal, A+++++++++++++++)

2.THE SOUND OF INSECTS: RECORD OF A MUMMY (2009, Peter Liechti, Switzerland, A+++++++++++++++)

3.TOUCHED IN THE HEAD (1974, Jacques Doillon, France, A++++++++++)

4.AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (2009, Ho Yuhang, Malaysia, A+++++)

5.BORDER (2009, Harutyun Khachatryan, Armenia, A+)



FAVORITE SONGS 12: 23 -- BLONDE REDHEAD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7FqUNlEdwA

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WFFBKK DAY 4

WFFBKK DAY 4 09/11/2010

1.RUHR (2009, James Benning, Germany, A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++)

2.THE WAY BETWEEN TWO POINTS (2010, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

3.WHAT I LOVE THE MOST (2010, Delfina Castagnino, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

4.THE SNAIL ON THE SLOPE (2009, Vladimir Todorovic, Singapore, A+++++++++++++++)

5.I SAW YOUR SISTER YESTERDAY (2010, Mina Park, USA, A++++++++++)

6.ALONELESS AND FREEDOM (2010, Sangbum Heo, USA, A++++++++++)

7.SAHARA MOSAIC (2009, Fern Silva, USA+Morocco, A+++++)

8.PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF ZOO (2009, Xun Sun, China, A+++)

9.THE RIGHT NOT TO BE TORTURED (2010, Douglas Gordon, A+++)

10.THE CHILD OF THE SUN (2009, Christopher Gozum, Philippines, A+)

11.ATLANTIQUES (2010, Mati Diop, Senegal, A+)

12.CENTIPEDE SUN (2010, Mihai Grecu, France, A+)


I had seen these films before the festival, so I didn't include them in the list above:
ORACLE (2008, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

I DID NOT DREAM LAST NIGHT/LOOKING IN GODS EYE (2010, Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand, A+++++)

FOUR SEASONS (2010, Chaisiri Jiwarangsan, Thailand, A+)




Tuesday, November 09, 2010

WFFBKK DAY 3

WFFBKK DAY 3

1.KOSMOS (2010, Reha Erdem, Turkey, A++++++++++)

2.INSECTS IN THE BACKYARD (2010, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Thailand, A+++++)

3.COLD WATER OF THE SEA (2010, Paz Fábrega, Costa Rica, A+++++)

4.MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE (2010, Sherman Ong, Tanzania, A+++++)

5.TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STARS (2010, Lin Cheng Sheng, Taiwan, A+)


--I like it very much that INSECTS IN THE BACKYARD does not have a feel-good ending. The character of the daughter makes a very right decision at the end, because she decides that she doesn't mind at all that her boyfriend is a male prostitute who can be both top and bottom. I would make a decision like that, too.

The atmosphere of the film is like THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE or some Malaysian indie films. It looks minimal. The house, or the dining table area in the house, does not seem to be really lived-in. It looks too clean, as clean as the restaurant with no customers in AFTERNOON TIMES (2005, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, A++++++++++). But maybe it is because there is only the father who really uses that space in INSECTS IN THE BACKYARD, while the son and daughter normally avoid the dining table space.

The orgy scene reminds me of the ending of ODETE (2005, João Pedro Rodrigues), while the story about the father and daughter having sex with the same guy reminds me of the conflicting sexual relationships in films such as JAMÓN, JAMÓN (1992, Bigas Luna).

My most favorite scene in the film may be the scene in which the son asks whether he will die or not if he jumps from the bridge, and his handsome friend answers that he will not die because the friend will jump to help him. It is one of the most romantic scenes in Thai films for me.

I also like the face of the female owner of the resort in Pai in INSECTS IN THE BACKYARD very much. The expression on her face looks very funny while she is drinking with her guests.


--Favorite Turkish films

(in alphabetical order)

1.ANGEL'S FALL (2005, Semih Kaplanoglu)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431259/


2.AUTUMN (2008, Ozcan Alper)

3.CLOUDS IN MAY (1999, Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

4.FOTOGRAF (2001, Kazim Öz)

5.THE GIRL WITH THE RED SCARF (1978, Atif Yilmaz)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0263975/

6.INNOCENCE (1997, Zeki Demirkubuz)

7.I, SOLDIER (2005, Köken Ergun)

8.KOSMOS (2010, Reha Erdem)

9.MOTHERLAND HOTEL (1987, Ömer Kavur)

10.SUMMER BOOK (2008, Seyfi Teoman)

11.WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS (2003, Yesim Ustaoglu)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418309/


--PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY reminds me of LISTENER'S TALE (2007, Arghya Basu, India, A+++++++++++++++), because what makes me worship these two films are similar—the combination between images of empty landscape and ambient music which extremely stirs my imagination.

The last part of PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY gives me the ultimate blissful experience. It is the same kind of experience I get when I saw BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha), WINDOWS (1999, Apichatpong Weerasethakul), FIREFLIES (2005, Chawit Waewsawangwong), or from listening to such songs as TÄSSÄ MAASSA KUN NÄIN MAKAILEN by Kemialliset Ystävät.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbd71lG5pXc

The last part of the film, which shows an image of the sea for about five minutes, is as extremely beautiful as a painting. It unintentionally makes me contemplate about death. PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY, which traces the flow of water from high moutains, through the cities, to the sea, unintentionally makes me think about human life, and what the hero of KOSMOS says. He says that every man, good or bad, pure or corrupted, will die. Maybe it is like the water in PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY, which flows through beautiful landscape (happy times) and ugly surroundings (unhappy times), and ends up in the vast ocean (death).

Is PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY a message film like OCEANS (2009, Jacques Perrin + Jacques Cluzaud), HOME (2009, Yann Arthus-Bertrand), OUR DAILY BREAD (2005, Nikolaus Geyrhalter), or IN COMPARISON (2009, Harun Farocki)? Maybe, maybe not. But I don't care about its message. The only thing I care is the blissful experience I get from its images and its sound.

The reason why I like ON THE COAST (2010, Merve Kayan + Zeynep Dadak, A+) the least in GUTS SHORT PROGRAMME 1 is nearly the same reason why I worship PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY. I hate crowded beaches and crowded markets. I love empty beaches, especially the empty beach in AGATHA AND THE UNLIMITED READINGS (1981, Marguerite Duras).

I also love the reflections of the neon lights on the surface of water in PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY very much. I think these images are as beautiful as a painting, too.



FAVORITE OLD SONGS 102: ATJUS (1969) – JACULA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptv6uid6UHE

Thanks to Nitrate Soup for telling me about this song.

Monday, November 08, 2010

WFFBKK DAY 2

WFFBKK DAY 2

1.PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY (2010, Peter Bo Rappmund, USA, A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++)

2.SYNCHRONIZATION (2009, Rimas Sakalauskas, Lithuania, A+++++++++++++++)

3.THE RIVER (2010, Davor Sanvincenti, Croatia, A+++++++++++++++)

4.CONTRE-JOUR (2009, Christoph Girardet + Matthias Müller, A+++++++++++++++)

5.JAN VILLA (2010, Natasha Mendonca, India, A++++++++++)

6.YANJI (2010, Sangbum Heo, USA, A++++++++++)

7.DZI CROQUETTES (2009, Raphael Alvarez + Tatiana Issa, Brazil, A+++++)

8.ARNOS TONLABOR (2010, Christoph Janetzko, Germany, A+++++)

9.TO HARI (2010, Mario Pfeiffer, India, A+++++)

10.LOST WORLD (2008, Gyula Nemes, Hungary, A+++++)

11.LANDSCAPE, SEMI-SURROUND (2010, Eriko Sonoda, Japan, A+++++)

12.BAD GIRLS CELL 77 (2010, Janusz Mrozowski, Poland, A+)

13.CRAB TRAP (2009, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia, A+)

14.CORDAO VERDE (2009, Hiroatsu Suzuki + Rossana Torres, Portugal, A+)

15.ON THE COAST (2010, Merve Kayan + Zeynep Dadak, Turkey, A+)