Thursday, May 30, 2013

Films seen in the European Union Film Festival 2013

Films seen in the European Union Film Festival 2013
1.FROZEN SILENCE (2011, Gerardo Herrero, Spain, A+30)
2.DON’T BE AFRAID (2011, Montxo Armendariz, Spain, A+30)
3.MEDAL OF HONOR (2009, Calin Peter Netzer, Romania, A+25)
4.PROTECTOR (2009, Marek Najbrt, Czech, A+25)
5.BEYOND (2010, Pernilla August, Sweden, A+)
6.COOL KIDS DON’T CRY (2012, Dennis Bots, Netherlands, A+)
7.BLIND SPOT (2012, Christoph Wagner, Luxembourg, A-)
8.WONDERFUL SUMMER (2011, Ryszard Brylski, Poland, A-)
9.THE LAST RHAPSODY (2011, Bence Gyöngyössy, Hungary, C)

Sunday, May 26, 2013


I’m very glad to learn from the film JEAN-CLAUDE BRIALY, A LIKING FOR OTHERS (2013, Henry-Jean Servat, documentary, A+30) that Jean-Claude Brialy (1933-2007) was gay or bisexual. I like him very much in LE BEAU SERGE (1958, Claude Chabrol), LES COUSINS (1959, Claude Chabrol), and CLAIRE’S KNEE (1970, Eric Rohmer).

Desirable Actor: Juan Diego Botto – FROZEN SILENCE (2011, Gerardo Herrero, Spain, A+30)

Friday, May 24, 2013

PINK DOT 2013: HOME – 29 JUNE 2013 (2013, Boo Junfeng, Singapore, A)

PINK DOT 2013: HOME – 29 JUNE 2013 (2013, Boo Junfeng, Singapore, A)


The transvestite in this video reminds me of Rozalla.


หนังเรื่อง KATONG FUGUE (2007, Boo Junfeng, A+) เคยมาฉายในเทศกาลหนังสั้นปี 2008

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Favorite quote from Olivier Assayas

Favorite quotes from Olivier Assayas in Filmcomment magazine, March-April 2013, on the film THE DEVIL, PROBABLY (1977, Robert Bresson, A+30):


“I had a difficult reaction to it, and it’s fairly obvious, because my situation was like yours. I had the utmost respect for Bresson, but this one, my God…I had no idea what it was about. It seemed wrong. Because it was 1977, and I was into punk rock, and the energy around me was so far away from anything this film depicted. It was all about stuff we were rejecting, which we did not want to deal with anymore, it was the old world. When I looked at the film again away from that context, five or 10 years later, I realized that it was the best depiction of what the Seventies were about. To anybody who was in France at that time it’s obvious, and it’s extraordinary that it was an old man who cracked it. When I saw the film again, it just struck me so cruelly that what I was rejecting was not the movie, it was myself, the person I had been at the time. Because the characters in the film, specifically the central character, are really the closest to whatever I was at that age that I’ve seen in a film. But at the time I did not want to see that! In the end, it must be one of my favorite films of all time.”


Reading what Assayas said, I wonder which film best represents your personal youth in the 1980s. Is it included in the list below?


1.THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985, John Hughes)


2.BU SU (1987, Jun Ichikawa, A+30)


3.CLASS ENEMY (1983, Peter Stein, West Germany, A+30)


4.DEADLY FRIEND (1986, Wes Craven, A+15)


5.HEATHERS (1988, Michael Lehmann, A+)


6.PRETTY IN PINK (1986, Howard Deutch, A+15)


7.THE SOUND AND THE FURY (1987, Jean-Claude Brisseau, A+30)


8.TWO OF US (1988, Roger Tonge, UK, A+15)


9.TYPHOON CLUB (1985, Shinji Sômai, A+30)


10.VICTIMS (1987, Chana Kraprayoon, A+30)


As for my own personal youth in the 1980s, I think BU SU and THE SOUND AND THE FURY are the films that best represent it.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Desirable Actor: Sonu Sood – SHOOTOUT AT WADALA (2013, Sanjay Gupta, India, A+15)

Desirable Actor: Sonu Sood – SHOOTOUT AT WADALA (2013, Sanjay Gupta, India, A+15)


หนังสนุกดี ชอบมากๆเลย เราไม่ได้ติดใจอะไร John Abraham มากเป็นพิเศษ แต่สิ่งที่ติดใจเราในหนังเรื่องนี้ ก็คือการที่กลุ่มพระเอกของเรื่องไม่ใช่คนดีเท่าไหร่น่ะ เราไม่รู้ว่าหนังมันจงใจหรือเปล่านะ แต่ขณะที่ดูเราจะรู้สึกว่ากลุ่มพระเอกมันเลวพอสมควร ซึ่งมันเป็นสิ่งที่แตกต่างจากหนังทั่วๆไปที่มักจะทำให้คนดูเอาใจช่วยพระเอก แต่ในหนังเรื่องนี้เรากลับเอาใจช่วยให้พระเอกตายๆห่าไปซะ


หนังเรื่องนี้จะมีตัวละครแบ่งออกเป็น 4 กลุ่มได้มั้ง จะมีกลุ่มอันธพาลที่เลวมาก, กลุ่มพระเอก, กลุ่มตำรวจ และกลุ่มของ Sonu Sood ซึ่งเราจะรู้สึกว่ากลุ่มของ Sonu Sood นี่เป็นกลุ่มที่ดีที่สุด แต่พระเอกจะพยายามฆ่าคนกลุ่มนี้ เวลาที่เราดูหนังเรื่องนี้เราก็เลยเอาใจช่วยให้พระเอกโดนฆ่าตายไป ซึ่งมันเป็นความรู้สึกที่ไม่ค่อยเกิดขึ้นเวลาดูหนังเรื่องอื่นๆ

Favorite Actress: Thanyarat Pradittan – OFF-ICE LADIES (2013, Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, stage play, A+)

Favorite Actor: Carmelo Bene – HERMITAGE (1968, Carmelo Bene, A+30)

Thursday, May 16, 2013


1.NC+++++ (Jarunun Phantachat, A+30)
The silence at the end of this play unintentionally reminds me of the opening sentence of EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (1974, Werner Herzog). It says, “Do you not then hear this horrible scream all around you that people usually call silence?”
2.THE SONG MY FATHER USED TO SING (Wichaya Artamat, A+15)
This play reminds me of THE MILKY WAY (1968, Luis Buñuel), because both of them poke fun at the ridiculousness of religious beliefs.
3.OFF-ICE LADIES (Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, A+)
I like it very much that this play doesn’t condemn abortion, if I understand it correctly. And I like it very much that the character played by Kanitha Nongnuch seems to view her baby as “a tool” rather than “a gift of love”. Though the play doesn’t tell us how this character’s life will turn out in the future, I imagine her life in the future to be like the life of someone I knew: a woman who has an extremely terrible married life—she wants to get a divorce, but she can’t. She has to endure the terrible married life for the sake of her children. Kanitha’s character wants to use her baby as a chain to keep her husband. In my imagination, this character will find out in the future that her baby will turn out to be a chain to lock her in a terrible prison called marriage.
4.0.00 (Suparirk Sathien, A-)
5.DINNER (Parnrut Kritchanchai, B+)
This kind of comedy is just not my cup of tea. Hahaha. It reminds me of my personal problems with the highly-acclaimed film MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ (1971, John Cassavetes). I just don’t like talkative characters like the ones in MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ and in this play.
DINNER unintentionally brought back the memories of some quarrels I experienced about 25-30 years ago. However, the quarrels I experienced are very different from the one in the play, because the quarrels I experienced sometimes ended up with the use of knife, and these quarrels are never actually resolved. Not reconciled. They leave bad scars in my memories. And these scars are not healed at all though 25-30 years have been passed.
In conclusion, the reason why I can’t enjoy DINNER is just because of my own personal life.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Jacques Rivette and the history of montage

Favorite quote from Douglas Morrey:


“Finally, when Jacques Rivette sketches out the history of montage, it appears as a dialectical process in itself.  Rivette identifies four stages, each of which affirms the former by negating it, in order to describe an ascending circle:


1) the invention of montage (Griffith, Eisenstein);

2) the ‘deviation’ of montage (Pudovkin, classical Hollywood editing);

3) the refusal of montage (Renoir, Rossellini, Welles);

4) the recuperation of montage (Resnais, Godard)”


The photo is from MOTHER (1926, Vsevolod Pudovkin).

BLACK TV (1968, Aldo Tambellini, A+30)

BLACK TV (1968, Aldo Tambellini, A+30)


I wish to screen this film together with REPORT (1967, Bruce Conner, A+30), because BLACK TV experiments with the footage of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, while REPORT does the same with the footage of the assassination of JFK.


You can read more about Aldo Tambellini here:


Monday, May 06, 2013

SUNDAY BUDDHIST SCHOOL (2012, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, documentary, A+)

SUNDAY BUDDHIST SCHOOL (2012, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, documentary, A+)
You can watch this film without English subtitles here:
What I like in this film is the information that now Buddhist schools also teach other things, such as Japanese and Thai classical dance, for free. And the fact that the best thing that some students get from this school is to learn how to concentrate their minds. If you can control your mind and your thoughts, it will benefit you in many ways.
This film is also full of people expressing conservative opinions. I personally don’t agree with these opinions, but this is a fact about people who are related to this school. So we must listen to them if we want to understand the school and the people involved in it.
In a way, this film unintentionally reminds me of WHEEL OF TIME (2003, Werner Herzog, documentary), because I think both films are good, but they are devoid of “evil power” or devoid of “criticism on religions”.  Both films present some facts about religion, and present people who are wholeheartedly worship it. So we can see only the good sides of it. Sometimes I think “evil power” is what makes films very interesting or exciting, so films which deal with only the good sides of something may not be as powerful as films dealing with the dark sides of something.
Anyway, I think both SUNDAY BUDDHIST SCHOOL and WHEEL OF TIME do a good job. Both films may not be “extremely interesting”, but the directors did the best they could, judging by their topics. And at least both films are not propaganda (trying to promote religion).
As for documentary films about religion that I like, they include HALLELUYAH (2012, Uthaiwan Saragool) and DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (2002, Lucy Walker).


ตารางชีวิตฮิสทีเรียประจำเดือนพ.ค. 2013



1800 THE GIRL ON THE RIVER (1987, Nhat Minh Dang) @BACC


Thursday 9 May

1730 THE BEEHIVE (1982, Mario Camus) @Salaya


Friday 10 May

1830 BUSHIDO SIXTEEN (2010, Tomoyuki Furumaya) @JAPAN FOUNDATION


Sunday 12 May



Tuesday 14 May

1730 LOVE ON A WEEKEND (2009, Salvador Aguirre, Mexico) @Salaya


Wednesday 15 May

1730 PEÕES (2004, Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil) @Salaya


Friday 16 May-Thursday 23 May EU FILM FESTIVAL


Friday 24 May

1400 ผีเสื้อสมุทร

1930 PROJECT 1/4


Sat 25-Sun 26 May EU FILM FESTIVAL


Tues 28 May 1730 THE HALF OF THE WORLD (2009, Jaime Ruiz Ibáñez, Mexico) @Salaya


Fri 31 May 1830 THE CHEF OF SOUTH POLAR (2009, Shuichi Okita) @Japan Foundation


In fact, I don’t know if I will go to Salaya or not. Hahaha.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Films seen in April 2013

Films seen in April 2013


1.TONDO BELOVED: TO WHAT ARE THE POOR BORN? (2012, Jewel Maranan, Philippines, documentary, A+30)


2.BACK TO 1942 (2012, Feng Xiaogang, A+30)


3.THE CAT THAT LIVED A MILLION TIMES (2012, Kotani Tadasuke, documentary, A+30)


4.BOUNDARY (2013, Nontawat Numbenchapol, documentary, A+30)


5.DANS LA VIE (2008, Philippe Faucon, A+30)


6.WE WILL ALL GO TO HEAVEN (1977, Yves Robert, A+30)


7.INTERVIEW 20 PEOPLES (2013, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, video installation, A+30)


8.CHE IS STILL ALIVE (2013, Nattapol Sawasdee, video installation, A+30)


9.THE CONTENDED MAN (2013, Jin Ruangkriengsin + Thanawat Patanaprasart + Natdanai Chutipabhakorn, video installation, A+30)


10.FATHER AND I (2013, Tanaphon Inthong, video installation, A+30)


11.NARGIS – WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHING (2009, The Maw Naing + Pe Maung Same, documentary, A+30)


12.THE RIGHTS OF THE DEAD (2012, Tricia Yeoh, Malaysia, documentary, A+30)


13.UNIQUE (2013, Cherry Pongprajukkul + Thanakrit Srisuwan + Thanyathorn Tangsongcharoen, video installation, A+30)


14.GREAN FICTION (2013, Chookiat Sakveerakul, A+25)


15.MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (2012, Deepa Mehta, A+25)


16.BE-WHERE (2013, Pornsiri Tongbaisri, A+25)

BE-WHERE (พรสิริ ทองใบศรี)


17.CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI (2012, The Children of Srikandi Collective, Indonesia, documentary, A+25)


18.DENOK & GARENG (2012, Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni, Indonesia, documentary, A+25)


19.P’MEW (2013, Norapat Sakartornsup, video installation, A+25)


20.PAULINE AND FRANÇOIS (2010, Renaud Fély, A+25)


21.SAINT HELENA’S EXILE (2008, Karl Alexander Weck, documentary, A+25)


22.MONDAY (2013, Watcharapat Kongkhaow, video installation, A+25)


23.FOLLOW ME AS I FALL (2011, Maud Haya-Baviera, video installation, A+20)


24.THE HILLS ARE ALIVE (2011, Steve Pillar Setiabudi, Indonesia, documentary, A+20)


25.CLASH (2011, Pascal Lahmani, TV series, A+15)


26.ANONYMOUS (2013, Arnont Nongyao, video installation, A+15)


27.OVERLAY (2012, Nattanop Traiteepueng, documentary, A+15)


28.OMAR KILLED ME (2010, Roschdy Zem, A+15)


29.WHICH (2013, Pimlapas Akesakulwong, A+15)

WHICH (พิมพ์ลภัส เอกสกุลวงศ์)


30.UNTITLED – HYPNO PROJECT (2009, Doug Fishbone, video installation, A+15)


31.FAITH OR BELIEF (2013, Vichaya Mukdamanee, video installation, A+15)


32.THE GHOST’S TEARS (2011, Florian Quittard, A+15)


33.PEE MAK PRA KHANONG (2013, Banjong Pisanthanakun, A+15)


34.TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN (2012, Sopheak Sao, Cambodia, documentary, A+15)


35.THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012, Derek Cianfrance, A+15)


36.M-C-M’ (2012, Boon Kia Meng, Malaysia, documentary, A+15)


37.IN DREAMS (2013, Suyada Siriyakorn, A+15)

ในฝัน (สุญาดา สิริยากร)


38.ONE DAY (2010, Hou Chi-jan, Taiwan, A+10)


39.HIMMATWALA (2013, Sajid Khan, India, A+10)


40.THE HOST (2013, Andrew Niccol, A+10)


41.TO THE WONDER (2012, Terrence Malick, A+10)


42.DURGA (2012, Wong Jingyu, Singapore/India, documentary, A+10)


43.THE STORY OF SUDAWADEE NARAPOOMPIPAT (2013, Apipar Narapoompipat + Watsamon Tri-yasakda, video installation, A+10)


44.MADAGASCAR, A JOURNEY DIARY (2009, Bastien Dubois, animation, A+10)


45.THIS PATH AHEAD (CE CHEMIN DEVANT MOI) (2012, Mohamed Bourokba, A+5)


46.GROWTH (2013, Jiranun Chaloemsittipong, A+5)

หลังรอยต่อหน้ากำแพงผ้า (จิรนันท์ เฉลิมสิทธิพงษ์)


47.LIVING CINEMA (2013, Bob Ostertag + Pierre Hébert, video performance, A+)


48.14 OCTOBER (1973, Shin Klaipan, documentary, A+)


49. 0.1.2 (2013, Kasiti Sangkul, video installation, A+)


50.(MIS)CONSTRUCTION (2012, Aaron Richmond-Havel, A+)


51.NAMIBIA, FOLLOWING DARWIN (2006, Rolf Sakulowski, documentary, A+)


52.THE WORLD IN TWO ROUND TRIPS (2007, David Schurmann, Brazil, documentary, A+)


53.OUTER SHELL OF BELIEF (2012, Vichaya Mukdamanee, video installation, A+)


54.THE CROODS (2013, Kirk De Micco + Chris Sanders, animation, A+)


55. 0.1.1 (2013, Kasiti Sangkul, video installation, A+)


56.FISHERMAN’S FRIEND (2013, Anan Sikamhan+ Visitthorn Anunsukhiran + Pariwut Piamkarunwong, video installation, A+)


57.PARDON MON AFFAIRE (1976, Yves Robert, A+)


58.LE ROMANCIER MARTIN/HÉLOÏSE (2010, Jérôme Foulon, A+)


59.EXPRESSO (2011, Vincent Harter, A+)


60.ACTOR (2013, Steve Hawley, video installation, animation, A+)


61.WE ARE ALL THE SAME (2013, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, video installation, A+)


62.A HUMAN (2013, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong, video installation, A+)


63.ANYTHING FOR HER (POUR ELLE) (2008, Fred Cavayé, A+)


64.NI OUI…(2012, Jean-François Fontanel, A+)


65.THIS FILM, IN LOVE (2013, Jirapat Thaweechuen, A+)


66.NURSE FOR THE ELDER ฝากเลี้ยง (2013, Panu Saeng-xuto, documentary, A+)


67.A MOVIE FOR MY INSPIRATION (2013, Santanut Kavownark + Naruemon Hansakul, video installation, A+)


68.KOO KAM (2013, Leo Kittikorn, A+/A)


69.CONSIDER (2013, Panu Saeng-xuto, documentary, A+/A)


70.ONE PIECE FILM Z (2012, Tatsuya Nagamine, Japan, animation, A+/A)


71.OBLIVION (2013, Joseph Kosinski, A+/A)


72.LIGHT SKY LOYENDA (2013, Samart Suwannarat, A+/A)


73.DO I…I DO (2013, Kasidis Jamjaroenlap, A+/A)

สิ่งที่ฉันเป็น (กษิดิศ แจ่มเจริญลาภ)


74.THERE’S NO ONE IN THE WORLD THAT CAN’T PLAY THE PIANO (2013, Aimwika Tahnnakornwut, video installation, A+/A)


75.WHEN A WOLF FALLS IN LOVE WITH A SHEEP (2012, Hou Chi-jan, Taiwan, A)


76.THE SILENT RIOT (2012, Nadira Ilana, Malaysia, documentary, A)


77.BROKEN CITY (2013, Allen Hughes, A)


78.TEUNG (2013, Chitpapat Batprakhon, video installation, A)


79.THE ONE WHO MOTIVATES ME (2013, I-na Phuyuthanon, video installation, A)


80.MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7 (2013, Lee Hwan-Kyung, South Korea, A-)


81.LIVING TOGETHER IN RIDER COMMUNITY PROJECT (2013, Sompong Lirasiri, video installation, A-)


82.AABA (DEMO) (2013, Buranan Yuennan, A-)

AABA (DEMO) (บูรนันท์ ยืนนาน)


83.MY IDOL (2013, Jakraphun Thanateeranon, video installation, A-)


84.MO(M)TIVATION (2013, Nattapon Wannaporn, video installation, B+)


85.CLEAR (2013, Pornnapas Sriprang, B+)

ชัด (ภรณพัสตร์ ศรีปรางค์)


86.NIDA NIKORNPUN (2013, Soravis Vibhagool + Pavarase Paisarnjaroenwong + Panida Aonsamang, video installation, B+)


87.ONCE SIAM (2013, Computer Graphics and Multimedia students, International College, Bangkok University, animation, B)




89.G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (2013, Jon M. Chu, B-)


90.DANGO LAND (2013, Vipada Sirisate, C+)

DANGO LAND แดนมหัศจรรย์ (วิภาดา ศิริเศรษฐ์)


91.CHASHME BADDOOR (2013, David Dhawan, India, C+)