Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon – Official Music Video

26 February 2008

 

This is the music video of a Thai song called “Yang Noi” (literally translated as “At Least”) by Big Ass, a popular Thai rock band. The song is officially featured in the upcoming Thai teen-romantic-comedy flick “Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon.” An unconfirmed official international title of the movie is “Hormones,” which implies the unusually high chemical substances in teenagers that cause so many restless activities, especially the feeling of “love.” The film will be released in Thailand on March 20th, 2008. I wish I were in Thailand for the press preview of the film earlier next month. Unfortunately, it is not possible for me. I guess I will have to wait for the film to be released in DVD in the near future.

Even though there was a change in the front page of the official website of the film, there is no new content. I guess you have to keep checking back for more updates next month.

Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - Official Website 2

 

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The 80th Annual Academy Awards

24 February 2008

The 80th Annual Academy Awards

 

After the settlement with the writer guild of America, Hollywood entertainment industry is up and running again. The first remarkable show benefited from the agreement was this year Oscar show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February the 24th, 2008. The glamorous red carpet is what Hollywood needs to rekindle its spirit and it certainly did. Hosted by Jon Steward, the show emphasized on the 80th anniversary of the awards history with numerous clips from the previous years. There were a couple of hilarious moments and jokes, especially the puns regarding the heating presidential candidacy at this moment. All in all, it’s good to see the stars and their works recognized once a year. Here are the list of this year nominees and winners, according to the announcement order. (Winners are presented in red bold case.)

Achievement in Costume Design
Atonement
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Across the Universe
La Vie En Rose

Best Animated Feature Film
Surf’s Up
Persepolis
Ratatouille

Achievement in Makeup
Norbit
La Vie En Rose
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Best Visual Effects
The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Transformers

Best Art Direction
Atonement
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
There Will Be Blood
American Gangster
The Golden Compass

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War)
Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild)
Casey Affleck (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford)

Best Live-Action Short Film
At Night
Il Supplente (The Substitute)
Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)
Tanghi Argentini
The Tonto Woman

Best Animated Short Film
I Met the Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
My Love (Moya Lyubov)
Peter & the Wolf
Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)
Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby, Gone)
Saorise Ronan (Atonement)
Ruby Dee (American Gangster)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Atonement
Away From Her
No Country for Old Men
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
There Will Be Blood

Achievement in Sound Editing
There Will Be Blood
The Bourne Ultimatum
Ratatouille
No Country for Old Men
Transformers

Achievement in Sound Mixing
The Bourne Ultimatum
Ratatouille
3:10 to Yuma
No Country for Old Men
Transformers

Best Actress
Ellen Page (Juno)
Julie Christie (Away From Her)
Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
Laura Linney (The Savages)

Best Film Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
There Will Be Blood
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Foreign-Language Film
The Counterfeiters
Mongol
Beaufort
Katyn
12

Best Original Song
Falling Slowly (Once)
Raise It Up (August Rush)
Happy Working Song (Enchanted)
So Close (Enchanted)
That’s How You Know (Enchanted)

Achievement in Cinematography
Atonement
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

Best Original Score
Atonement
3:10 to Yuma
Michael Clayton
The Kite Runner
Ratatouille

Best Documentary Short
Freeheld
La Corona (The Crown)
Salim Baba
Sari’s Mother

Best Documentary Feature
Taxi to the Dark Side
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
No End in Sight
Sicko
War/Dance

Best Original Screenplay
Juno
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
Lars and the Real Girl
The Savages

Best Actor
George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah)

Achievement in Directing
Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)
Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton)
Jason Reitman (Juno)
Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and Butterfly)

Best Picture
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood


Blu-ray Is the Winner

19 February 2008
Blu-ray Logo

The battle for next generation high definition video format is over. Toshiba announced today that it would stop developing and marketing its HD DVD player and recorder. Thus, Blu-ray technology, which is backed up by Sony and Matsushita (Panasonic,) would definitely become the standard for high capacity video disc. The decision came after major Hoolywood studios (Sony Pictures, Walt Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros.) and U.S. retail stores (Wal-mart) announced their supports to Blu-ray.

Blu-ray and HD DVD are not compatible with each other and both medias couldn’t play in the current DVD format. Hence, the customers have to buy a new player in order to be able to experince these high definition video qualities. Now, the problem for those who couldn’t decide which format to buy is over. Unfortunately, there are approximately 1 million units of HD DVD worldwide (600,000 in North America.) Now, those units become obsolete for the owners. Even though Toshiba promised that it will still provide technical support for the existing units, it seems to be meaningless to own a defunct technology.

 

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Remarkable Quote on Cultural Dimensions

17 February 2008

As I did some researches for my report at school, I came across a very good book called “Masculinity and Femininity: The Taboo Dimension of National Cultures” by Geert H. Hofstede, a renown Dutch anthropologist whose main works involve the cultural and organizational behaviors. As the title stated, the book discussed about one of five Cultural Dimensions proposed by Hofstede; Masculinity and Femininity. I will not describe the detail here as it is the objective of this post. (Those who are interested in the Cultural Dimensions may find a concise description at the following link: Clearly Cultural.) When I finished reading this book, I was so impressed with the closing remark of the book that I decided to share it with everyone here. The text is clear by itself and need no explanation.

“Nations in the world have become more and more interdependent, and violence has become a less and less effective way of resolving international problems. There is no substitute for listening to and talking with others, and for trying to understand the reasoning and motives of people whose mental programs differ. This means understanding one’s own mental programs, including the taboos of one’s culture, because taboos that some hold and others do not indicate values gaps to be bridged for a common future”

If you are interested in this book, you may check it out at your local library or take a preview on line at Google by clicking here.


Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon – Official Website

16 February 2008
Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - Official Website

The official website of the upcoming Thai film “Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon” is online. Now, only the first page is available with the official movie trailer. Check the website at <http://www.pidtermyai.com>

P.S. I still wonder what the official English title of the film would be. It would be difficult to convey the literal meaning of “Pid Term Yai” (summer school break) and “Hua Jai Wawoon” (restless hearts) in Thai cultural context to international audiences.

 

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Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon – trailer

15 February 2008

This is a trailer for the latest movie from Songyos “Yong” Sugmakanan, one of the most promising young Thai directors whose previous movie “Dek hor” a.k.a. “Dorm” won him several international and national recognitions including the Crystal Bear from Berlin International Film Festival 2007. His new film “Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon” (translated litrally in English as “Restless Hearts of Summer Break”) seems to be a fine mixture of teenage romantic comedy and road movie as it tells 4 different love stories of different young and restless hearts which are unrelated except the fact that all “love stories” happen in the same time frame during summer school-break – the time when students have chance to explore the world outside of school. Now you could imagine the meaning of the title of the film.

The movie seems to be a reunion of stars from GMM Tai Hub (GTH) company including some new faces. Some cast members have previously worked with the director and starred together in previous successful films namely Charlie “Nak” Trairat and Focus Jirakul from “Fan chan” a.k.a. “My Girl,” and Nak and Sirachuch “Michael” Chienthaworn from “Dorm.”

The movie is scheduled for Thai cinema nation-wide on March 20, 2008.

 

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Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon – posters

14 February 2008

Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - poster 01

Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - poster 02

Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - poster 03

Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - poster 04

Pid Term Yai Hua Jai Wawoon - poster 05

Posters taken from the post at Popcorn Magazine Online. Check out the trailer and some information about the film by clicking here.