Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening July 1-7, 2010

Toy Story and Toy Story 2

Two of the most beloved animated films of all time, 1995's Toy Story and 1999's Toy Story 2 are re-released for the first time in 3D for a limited time ahead of Disney/Pixar's latest triumph, Toy Story 3, which arrives in Thailand on August 12. Intended to run as a double feature, in Thailand they are running separately, though some cinema chains have various deals on the double-feature package. They are showing in 3D at specially-equipped cinemas.

Also opening

Thai Short Film Marathon – Starting today, around 500 shorts will screen in the selection round for next month's 14th Thai Short Film & Video Festival. Limitless Cinema is already making a list of 10 must-see titles. Showtimes are 5 to 8.30 Tuesday through Friday and 11 to 8.30 on Saturday and Sunday, until August 1. There are no screenings on Mondays or from July 13 to 18. The screening space is the fourth-floor meeting room in the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – The third film in the Twilight franchise is said to be the darkest and most violent yet, with more action as vampires and werewolves join up to fight other vampires and hack each others' limbs off. But there's also kissing. Or, as star Kristen Stewart says, "Whatever." Critical reception is leaning toward the negative side. Not that it matters to the "Twi-hards".

I Hate Luv Storys – Karan Johar produces this romantic comedy starring Imran Khan as a guy who, well, he hates love stories, and Sonam Kapoor as a young woman who's in love with the idea of love itself. In Hindi with English subtitles at Major Cineplex Central Rama III on Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 and at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit (Ekamai) on Sunday at 7.30. Call (089) 488 2620 or visit

Also showing

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – This is a rare opportunity to see a movie by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Thai filmmaker who has been critically acclaimed around the world for years for such films as Tropical Malady and Syndromes and a Century. It took him winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year for the Thai general public, industry executives and authorities to finally acknowledge his existence and give him his due. The Golden Palm winner Uncle Boonmee is the strange tale of a dying man, living out his last days in the countryside, surrounded by his loved ones, including the ghost of his late wife and the monkey spirit of his long-lost son. It's a trip. Tickets were reportedly sold out at last weekend's shows. It's supposed to play for a month, but I don't know for sure. See it while you can. Showtimes are nightly at 7.20 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 at SFX the Emporium.

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