Friday, 29 May 2009

2nd Bangkok Triennale

2nd Bangkok Triennale
Hope In The Dark
Anupong Chantorn, famous for his painting representing monks as crows, is currently exhibiting a similar drawing at the 2nd Bangkok Triennale International Print & Drawing Exhibition. Anupong's earlier painting won first prize at the 53rd National Exhibition and inspired a butoh dance performance, San-Dan-Ka. His new drawing, Hope In The Dark, has won the Triennale Prize, and is showing at Bangkok Art & Cultural Centre from 14th May until 14th June.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

The 67 Most Influential Films Ever Made

The 67 Most Influential Films Ever Made
The current issue of Total Film magazine features an unordered list titled The 67 Most Influential Films Ever Made, as follows:
  • Jaws
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Night Of The Living Dead
  • The Man With The Golden Arm
  • All Quiet On The Western Front
  • Nanook Of The North
  • The Abyss
  • Enter The Dragon
  • Blood Feast
  • Heaven's Gate
  • Easy Rider
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  • The Graduate
  • Tron
  • Becky Sharp
  • Carrie
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
  • Gertie The Dinosaur
  • The Adventures Of Prince Achmed
  • Metropolis
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • The Evil Dead
  • Flashdance
  • Blade Runner
  • Workers Leaving The Factory
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Breathless
  • Meet Me In St Louis
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Stagecoach
  • Nashville
  • The Last Laugh
  • Deep Throat
  • Room At The Top
  • The Battle Of Algiers
  • Sex Lies & Videotape
  • The Cable Guy
  • The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari
  • Shadows
  • Rashomon
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Blackboard Jungle
  • Psycho
  • The Birth Of A Nation
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Mean Streets
  • Batman
  • Halloween
  • The Jazz Singer
  • Toy Story
  • Terminator II: Judgment Day
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Twister
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Thief Of Bagdad
  • The Matrix
  • The Robe
  • It Happened One Night
  • Bwana Devil
  • L'Assassinat Du Duc de Guise
  • Cabiria
  • Le Roman d'Un Tricheur
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Victim
  • The Blair Witch Project
It's great to see so many silent films included, though there's no film noir, no Neorealism, and (most surprisingly) nothing by Francis Ford Coppola. Twister, the only entry I take exception to, was included simply because it was the first film released on DVD in the UK. Note that Carrie is the 1976 Brian de Palma horror film, not the 1952 William Wyler romantic drama. Total Film previously published lists of 100 films in 2005 and 2006.

Friday, 22 May 2009


A French judge yesterday ordered that the current issue of Choc magazine must be withdrawn from sale. The magazine's cover features a photograph of kidnap victim Ilan Halimi taken by his kidnappers.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Bangkok Bananas

Bangkok Bananas
The Bangkok Bananas arts festival ended today (having started on 30th April). It featured Cine-Bananas, a series of outdoor film screenings including the silent documentary Chang (accompanied by a live orchestra), filmed in Thailand by the directors of King Kong (Merian C Cooper and Ernest B Schoedsack).

The festival's finale this evening, Spooky Night, featured a collection of horror films, including Vampire, a short film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul commissioned for the Travelling series by Louis Vuitton. Vampire is a cryptozoological faux-documentary about a vampire bird, filmed in the same style as The Blair Witch Project.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Quote of the day...

Bangkok Post
A PAD leader cites North Korea as a political model for Thailand. Previous quotes of the day: the ICT Minister openly admits to violating the Computer Crime Act, and a patronising Ministry of Culture official.