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Thai artist Nae Anothai (ANO) illustrates her bad days in the city through cartoon illustration forms for her first solo exhibition ANO’s Wonder Horror Land.
In this new art installment, Museum Siam encourages society to see beyond the gender binary system that classifies things as either masculine or feminine. Evidences of gender diversity and sexuality have been seen throughout Thai history since the Ayutthaya era, and Gender Illumination proves it by leading us through the “Gender Maze,” a labyrinth that meanders through the gender landscape of Thai culture. The exhibition hits a nerve as it pointedly questions gender discrimination in the Thai Sangha Council, and then moves into a more global scale by positioning if separating public restrooms by gender prompted the beginnings of sexual segregation. One part of the exhibit highlights 107 objects that hint of stories of personal gender expression. There are wreaths, graduation certificates, photographs, dolls, and correspondences between family members regarding sexual preferences. You’ll even see the penis-shaped lipstick that caused Thammasat university lecturer Kath Khangpiboon to be fired from her position. Because of this controversy involving a phallic item, one Instagram post and a dragged-out court case between Kath and the university, we were exposed to a larger conversation on gender and the social constructs we place upon it. Translated by Siripannee Supratya
Bust out your black tie and stiffen up those upper lips. One of the country’s grandest performance festivals returns for its 20th year with a lineup of world-class opera, symphony concerts, and stage shows from around the world. To celebrate this remarkable anniversary, the festival will feature a collaboration between the legendary San Carlo Opera from Naples (Italy) and highly regarded orchestral conductor Zubin Mehta.
This year’s Central International Watch Fair features watches and timepieces straight from Basel World. Go check out the best-of-the-year deals from vendors themselves and go ogle those diamond-studded, multi-million-baht watches none of us can really buy. Central Chidlom’s sales assistants are the absolute best and can help you find the best offers.
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles celebrates Her Majesty’s seventh cycle birthday by showcasing her exquisite taste in fashion. The exhibition Fit for a Queen: HM Queen Sirikit’s Creations by Balmain focuses on her relationships with Pierre Balmain and François Lesage, two legendary French couturiers who created dresses for the monarch during her trips to Europe and America. Lovers of fashion history will be privy to how Her Majesty’s impeccable style evolved and developed over the years through a series of luxurious gowns, suits, cocktail dresses, and traditional and modern Thai costumes. These pieces are displayed alongside pictures of the Queen wearing them at different occasions during her trips to Europe and America in the 1960s, as well as the rarely-seen Louis Vuitton trunks that were used to transport the dresses. Balmain’s original sketchbook and a video interview with François Lesage, shot only a few months before he passed, are also on exhibit. See how Balmain cast his legendary magic on Thai silk, and take a closer look on Lesage’s delicate embroidery. Some nationalists may question why the Queen chose a foreign designer? According to museum consultant, Melissa Leventon, who co-curated the exhibition, no Thai fashion designer at that time was familiar with the complicated etiquette associated with royal dressing in the Western hemisphere. Her Majesty needed to attend several state events with the King, and no risk could be taken with her wardrob
Thonglor’s hip beer hub Beer Belly celebrates the annual Oktoberfest with selected German brews like Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, and Erdinger that come with buy 1 get 1 free promotion alongside German delicacies like mixed premium sausage platter and lots of hot dogs. Also, you can enjoy fun activities like beer pong, pong connect, flip cup, and beer chug challenge to win special prizes.
Many Rivers is a solo photography exhibition of artist Bruce Gundersen that explores the belief of psychic creatures in Southeast Asia countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Bruce Gundersen: “My work is a contemporary approach to an ancient codified language of gesture and storytelling, presenting complex visual ambiguities, perceptually bridging painting and photography.”
Chakrabhand Posayakrit is a living art legend. For more than five decades, he has been praised as one of the greatest Thai painters of the century, known for harmonizing traditional Thai art with modern aesthetics. His delicate brush strokes, flawless drawing and dreamy use of color result in intriguing and priceless works that usually become part of the collections of wealthy art collectors and premiere galleries. Chakrabhand’s skill, however, isn’t only limited to painting. He’s also a master in sculpture, illustration, writing (he’s the author of a series of best-selling books) and all things related to Thai puppetry (hoon lakhon lek). It’s Thai puppetry which has consumed most of his efforts in the last 20 years—his dream is to reacquaint the next generation with this national heritage. In The Chakrabhand Posayakrit Exhibition, a retrospective showcase of the master’s works, we get the rare chance to view the legendary artist’s original paintings alongside Thai puppets from the artist’s private collection. The exhibition is so massive that the pieces will be rotated on a four-month basis. Please note that proper attire is required. The space isn’t air-conditioned, and no parking space is provided (but you can park at Big C Ekkamai mall across the street for B30/hour). The exhibition acts as a prequel to the opening of a permanent museum facility in Saimai next year. The museum will also feature a puppet theater.
Decoding Thainess is Museum Siam's permanent exhibition that focuses on rediscovering the true definition of Thainess. Spread across 14 rooms on two floors, the exhibit digs into different cultural elements to discover the kingdom’s truest cultural roots via multi-disciplinary presentations and installations.
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A personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, McQueen is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary.
In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.
Shane Black, co-writer and director of the rebooted The Predator, appeared in the 1987 original as dead meat: the kind of wise-cracking character that gets killed off early. (He was just a hot-shit script seller at that point, thrilled to be included in some primo Arnold Schwarzenegger dumb.) As satisfying as it’s been to see Black evolve into a distinctive, banter-friendly voice—The Nice Guys is a recent example—his Predator is exactly the sort of flick he would have made 30 years ago when he played that gangly supporting clown. It’s aggressively pacey, overloaded with smug one-liners, gore-laden and unlikely to have much of a future. Today’s run through the jungle doesn’t include Ah-nold or, indeed, anyone to gaze with bewilderment at a dreadlocked alien with a cloaking device. But it does feature the intriguingly hard-edged Olivia Munn as a biologist who’s called into a secret lab to do some explaining. (Munn has a variation on the first movie’s sole memorable line, but she swaps out “ugly” for “beautiful.”) Also on hand for combat with the green-blooded invaders (there’s more than one this time) are a wry ex-Army Ranger (Boyd Holbrook), a Con Air–chatty busload of military nuts (including Keegan-Michael Key and Moonlight's Trevante Rhodes) and an autistic child (Room’s Jacob Tremblay). Were it not for the hard-R violence and a generous amount of computerized splatter, The Predator would play like a slightly naughtier Independence Day or Armageddon, sci-fi movies that ha
It may surprise you to learn that the denizens of “Europe, 20,000 years ago”—as the prehistoric adventure Alpha situates us—rocked some beautifully tailored fur-lined parkas and cozy boots that look a lot like Uggs. Evidently, facts aren’t terribly important here (even the movie’s title comes from a civilization that’s still millennia away), but if you can get past that, there’s a moderately gripping tale of survival and natural kinship to be had, one in the long-forgotten vein of 1983’s Never Cry Wolf. Teenage Keda (The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, maturing into a forceful silent presence) has a stern but loving father to impress: Hunting the Great Beast is a rite of passage that’s arrived for him. But after Keda is flung off a high ledge by a charging buffalo, his tribe assumes the worst. The kid survives the ordeal, though, and, left alone in the wild, comes to befriend a relatively sweet-natured wolf that he muzzles and nurses back to health—a first for interspecies relations, it’s implied. The film works best during its (too-brief) getting-to-know-you section, which balances humor against snarly danger. Visualized by director Albert Hughes in an impressive large-frame format, Alpha makes the most of gorgeous British Columbia locations when it’s not undercutting them with its slight overuse of CGI. Perhaps the target audience—thoughtful children (and parents who remember being same)—won’t mind the occasional slickness, especially when it comes in the service of a story with
One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades. From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan's social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following a cancer diagnosis, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.
Sharper than your everyday mean girl since the beginning of her career, Blake Lively has always been capable of more than her opportunities have allowed her, while Anna Kendrick, a chipper “perfect” thing in movie after movie, has been overrated. So it’s gratifying to see them both earning their keep in director Paul Feig’s borderline-nutso crime comedy, one that won’t be confused for a new Gone Girl. But even second-rate trashy turnarounds are worth savoring. A Simple Favor opens in Kendrick’s kitchen: Her Stephanie Smothers (thank you, originating novelist Darcey Bell), a single suburban mom who regularly vlogs to a small audience of likeminded neurotics, has everything under control, yet she’s rattled by the disappearance of her friend, Emily (Lively). In flashbacks, we see that Emily, an acquaintance made while picking up their children at school, is an entirely different species: a Martini-drinking, power-suit-wearing toughie who’s married to Sean (Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding), an unfairly handsome and successful writer. You wait for the two women to connect across the chasm of Emily’s sleekly designed living room; their attraction—nuanced, brainy and one you wish would go to the obvious place—is what makes the film such an identifiable product of the director of Bridesmaids and the all-female Ghostbusters. Stephanie becomes an amateur sleuth bent on hunting down her gal pal’s whereabouts or, barring that, sliding into her walk-in closet and marital bed. Once A Si
From a producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this shock-filled descent into fear. After a man is seemingly strangled in his bed, criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) interviews the sole witness, the victim's eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. When asked to identify the killer, Sophie says, "Mara". As Kate digs into the case, she unearths a community of people who claim to be tormented by a shadowy menace, a centuries-old demon who kills her victims as they sleep.
All five of the movies in the extended Conjuring universe have been period pieces, but The Nun is the first one that—charmingly—feels like it was actually made in a bygone decade. Set in 1952, it’s an atmosphere-drenched salute to the European horror films of the 1960s and ’70s that had characters skulking around ancient catacombs amid profaned religious iconography. There are creepy crypts aplenty and a graveyard with bell-equipped coffins just in case anyone gets buried alive (alas, the transgressive sexuality of the era’s more extreme nunsploitation flicks is off the table). Soulful-eyed Taissa Farmiga is perfectly cast (though the film doesn’t acknowledge her sisterly connection to Conjuring vet Vera) as a young novitiate tasked by the Vatican to join a priest (Demián Bichir) on a fact-finding trip to a remote Romanian abbey. One of the clergywomen there has committed suicide, and the duo is joined in its investigation by a French-Canadian villager (Jonas Bloquet) who discovered the corpse and is handy for comic relief. Supernatural evil is afoot and director Corin Hardy musters effective heebie-jeebies from shadowy figures lurking on the edges of the frame. In the absence of much plot or character complexity in the script by Gary Dauberman (It and the Annabelle films), Hardy revels in the opportunity to tell the story as a series of eerie set pieces. Until a computer-enhanced finale somewhat deflates things, he wrings chills from carefully crafted cinematography and pr