SWOT Tag

21 February 2007
I have been tagged yet again. It’s the second time in 3 days. I guess the "tag" culture is getting out of control as there seems to be a "tag" for almost every issues. Here I got a SWOT analysis tag to explain my strategy on blogging. Well, as my blog is not for commercial purpose, it might not be a point to explore SWOT analysis. However, it’s still useful to look closely and establish some points. Here it is.
Strengths : Most of the blog entries are my point of view on the issue which is definitely unique. Some Thai movie-related topics are one of the first reviews on the net as I had a chance to watch the films at the press-screening events.

Weaknesses : All my entries are in English – this should be considered as the strength of the blog for it could be read by international readers. However, most of my readers prefer Thai language, well, at least I heard someone commented on my usage of English in my blog that it’s too hard for them to understand and they don’t dare to post any comment. It’s ironic, isn’t it? Weakness or not, I will continue writing in English anyway.

Opportunities : With network of competent friends on the net, there are numerous links to my blog. Most of the traffic to my blog probably come from these links and those from Thai movie websites or movie-related search engines.

Threats : As I didn’t use my own host for my blog but create it on the free MS Spaces Live service, there are advertisements and limited maneuverability. Those who want to post a comment must log in to MS Live service and that even make it more difficult to share any ideas on my blog.
That’s it. Phew! I hope there wouldn’t be more tags coming my way. Now, it is time to tag the others – please share with us your SWOT analysis for blogging : Bak 《臥龍》, Aragorn and Vivace_Nan.

Britney Spears’ Hair on Sale for $1,000,000

20 February 2007
If you follow the international entertainment news in the past couple of days, you might have heard of the story of Britney Spears shaving off her hair after a series of headline events. And yes, oops!, she did it again! This time it’s insane that her hair could be a piece of stuff to be on sale at an incredible price of 1 million US dollars. Read the news from BBC by clicking here. First, the salon owner that Ms. Spears went to shave her hair claimed to post an auction on EBay website but was eventually cancelled for unknown reason. Then, there is a website setting up for this purpose. Check it out at "Buy Britneys Hair Dot Com." There are couple of photos depicting a pile of hair with "Red Bull" energy drink and a lighter to prove the authenticity of the "hair." I doubt if those items could be of any proof.

Well, I wish I could sell my own hair at this price – or half the price, or even at one percent of this crazy price. This is a weird world indeed.

Desk(top) Tag

19 February 2007
I’ve been tagged, yet again. Well, this time it’s from pradt’s blog asking me to show my working desk(top). So, here it is…

Well, my old computer is equipped with ordinary stuff – a 20-inches CRT monitor and an old HP deskjet (720C – if you wanna know the series number) printer. You might notice a pile of DVD-R on the table. It’s necessary for me to burn a compilation of back-up DVDs due to a limited disk space compared with unlimited information around the net. Ironically, opposite of the high capacity DVD-R, there is still a diskette for saving some important files. Even though it’s going to be obsolete (read the news from BBC >>> here), there is still a place without USB port and the diskette is the only way to carry the files around. On top of the diskette, there is the first generation 1-GB iPod shuffle bought from the states when it was first on sale. It’s very handy for me as I used it not only for listening to the music, randomly, but also as a handy drive. At the far right behind the monitor, you might see a tower of magazines that piled up from the floor to the table height. Sooner or later, I must clear these old magazines to make up more spaces. I wonder when will that time come…

That’s all folks. Now, it’s my turn to tag the others. Please show us what your desk(top) look like: PüN™, Udomdog, Kobbaka, Phung, Nut.

“Dek Hor” a.k.a. “Dorm” at Berlinale 2007

18 February 2007
Congratulations to the Thai film "Dek Hor" a.k.a. "Dorm" and the director Songyos "Yong" Sugmakanan for winning the Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film in the Generation Kplus competition (the movie for children section) at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival a.k.a. Berlinale 2007. The Crystal Bear is the highest honorable awards for the films selected by an eleven-member Children’s Jury age between 11 – 14 years old. The reason why they gave the Crystal Bear to "Dorm" is as followed:

"This film depicts with unbelievable tension how a close friendship is possible between two boys from different worlds. This film is very special, not least due to the convincing actors."

Moreover, "Dorm" also received "A Special Mention" for the Grand Prix of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation) bestowed by the five-member adult International Jury. "A Special Mention" is the secondary prize that the Jury decided to give to the film with some possibilities to win but couldn’t reach that point, however it’s still necessary to "mention" about the film.

For full list of prizes in Generation section of Berlinale 2007. Please visit the official web site by clicking here.

On the other notes, earlier this month "Dorm" also received the Crystal Simorgh for Best Director awarded to Songyos Sugmakanan at the 25th International Fajr Film Festival in Iran.

All in all, we could proudly say that "Dorm" did a marvellous job representing the potential of Thai movie internationally. However, it failed to impress numerous members of the Jury from various national movie awards in its own home. Isn’t it ironic?

Dreamgirls

17 February 2007
The movie is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical show originated in 1981 about the rise and shine of a trio of black female soul singers in America’s music scene in the early 1960’s. It’s the story of dream and ambition, love and hate, greed and betrayal.

The greatest part of the movie is definitely its musical performance. Each and every songs fits perfectly to the story and drives the movie forward from the beginning till the end. It’s not a surprise that 3 out of 5 nominees for 2007 Academy Awards in the category of Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song went to the songs from this movie, i.e. "Listen," "Love You I Do" and "Patience."

Apart from the songs in the movie, we shouldn’t forget to mention the newcomer Jennifer Hudson’s impressive performance in the supporting role. She won numerous awards from this role and is considered as a top favorite for Oscar. Veteran actor Eddie Murphy also made a big come-back for the role of the falling R&B singer in the movie. Other cast including Academy Awards winner Jamie Foxx and veteran singer Beyoncé Knowles also did a fine job performing numerous songs in the movie. As I stated earlier, "Dreamgirls" is a musical movie full of beautiful songs and it’s the song that holds the movie together.

For those who are looking for serious plot and reasonable script, you might not find it here. However, if you are music-lovers, you would certainly fall in love with the movie. All in all, it’s all about music.

4 stars out of 5 – recommend for those with the music in their souls.

Nada Sou Sou (a.k.a. Tears for You) on Valentine’s Day

14 February 2007
Yes, it’s this time of the year again – the time when you could actually see and feel that "love is in the air." On Valentine’s day, there is no better time to watch the so-called "love" movie. Tonight, I have just been back home from watching one of the beautiful and heart-broken tear-jerking Japanese movie called "Nada Sou Sou" or "Tears for You" which has just been released locally in Thailand today before the second part of the epic Thai movie trilogy "The Legend of King Naresuan" would storm the theater tomorrow.

The movie is adapted from Okinawa’s traditional song under the same name which describes the memory of love of a girl to her elder brother. However, the movie added a possibility that the brother and the sister is not actually related. Well, it doesn’t matter whether the couple is related or not. It doesn’t even matter that there are some loop holes in the plot and the story-line. It’s "pure and true" love that matters and we could really feel it from the movie.

The movie starred the veteran young actor Satoshi Tsumabuki as the hard-working brother and the charismatic young actress Masami Nagasawa as the lovely sister. Together, they created a beautiful brother-sister couple with unexpected on-screen chemistry. You would definitely laugh and cry with them.

4 stars out of 5 – recommend to those who are deeply in love or are searching for one.
P.S. (1) Visit the official website (in Japanese) at <http://www.nada-so.jp/>
P.S. (2) You can watch the music video of the song that inspired the movie which is performed by Rimi Natsukawa at YouTube.com. Here is the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHGWbfM9MHg

OK Go – Here It Goes Again (Reprise)

12 February 2007
I wrote about the music video of this song 4 months ago (on October 5th, 2006 – click to read) without even knowing that it would be nominated for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best Short Form Music Video. Today, the result had been announced (click here to view the full list of winners) and this simply yet fantastic music video from OK Go is the winner. Congratulations to the band members and the video producers! Big hands for the creative idea. 

Again, I hereby present you with the link to the video at YouTube <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI>. To date, there are more than 11 million viewers and growing. Wow, that’s amazing!

Go OK Go!