Kong Rithdee

Kong Rithdee
Kong Rithdee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Bangkok Post Cinema Scope
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% The Disciple (2020) The Disciple is a story of enchantment and disenchantment, about the purity of art and the impossibility of attaining it, about inadequacy and disappointment. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
98% Court (2015) [It] speaks to us with range and depth...realistic, moving, humanist portraits of (pre-pandemic) India. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) [The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu] isn't just a square slap in the face of state inefficiency. The film is about many things else, too: mortality, sympathy, the fragility and absurdity of life, which are sometimes indistinguishable. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) The film elicits a series of gasps, as one shocking revelation leads to another, and another. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
No Score Yet School Town King (2020) In a year where youth spoke up, this is a film that listens carefully to what they have to say. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
90% The Lighthouse (2019) Unlikely as it seems, Dafoe and Pattinson have given us one of the oddest, craziest and tenderest on-screen couples of the year. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
No Score Yet Happy Old Year (2019) A mature, solid work from one of the best-known Thai directors today. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's new film is a surprisingly breezy, elegiac chronicle of Los Angeles and its oddball residents. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Part-biopic, part-musical and part-fantasy, Rocketman is an absolute blast. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A rapt, delicate love story between two corseted women isolated from the world. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Diop's genre-straddling isn't always convincing, and yet the film has a haunting atmosphere and a straight-faced conviction that the incredulous is always possible in a place like Africa. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) Hausner seems more preoccupied with shipshape formalism and a jarring soundtrack than in creating a resonant mother-son story...this time, the form just takes over everything else. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) The casting is critical, and Ben Addi as Ahmed has that angelic quality that seems jarring with his extremist tendency. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) While some of us may miss the subversive wackiness of his earlier films, the Spanish maestro shows that, like himself, his filmmaking has aged pretty well. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
88% Les Misérables (2020) An intense, sometimes breathless cop drama that telescopes the raw reality of the banlieue, a commune of blocky, anonymous concrete residences populated by non-whites of African (and mostly Muslim) descent. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
91% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Happy As Lazzaro can be described as a parable, even a myth, but what makes it relevant to our contemporary world is that it's real. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
84% Girl (2019) Lukas Dhont's debut feature is a moving portrait of a body in transition. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
94% Shadow (2019) The film's rain-soaked moodiness has genuine gravity and the fight choreography is inventive. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film only plays like a summary of Freddie's life, a bullet-point presentation of key moments, without angles or attitude, without ambition or even style. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) This Suspiria isn't something that everyone will find entertaining, but it's audacious and uncompromising. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) A Prayer Before Dawn is remarkable in its brutalist mode, in sketching the grainy lives of these jailbirds...to see how far the body, and in effect the soul, could endure the inhuman hellhole that is their everyday surroundings. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) It's a film that's supposed to be about anger, but anger, though visible throughout, is couched in something more subtle, more unclassifiable, and thus more disturbing. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% High Life (2019) Sex, birth, violence, philosophy -- this is a visceral, feverish alter-ego of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, made with relish by a true French master. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The revelation here is the actress Kiki Layne. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
77% Green Book (2018) It's a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser augmented by a topical immediacy, and director Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal) has done a fine service to his best material in years. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
95% Roma (2018) A moving, ravishing, heartbreaking ode to the Mexico... This is a film so sincere and beautiful that, ideally, it deserves to be seen on the cinema screen. How about that, Netflix? - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
64% Ghost Fleet (2019) Ghost Fleet has a patience and a length that allow it to bring more of a human story to the fore, and as a result reminds everyone that to balance human rights and prosperity is most challenging and indispensable. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
No Score Yet App War (2018) It features a cast of good-looking young actors playing programmers and marketers, and though the story loses its focus and goes a little erratic in its romantic part, it's still an above-average package. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is built on an outrageously melodramatic plot, but in Kore-eda's hands, it comes off as natural, touching and genuine. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) What a film to look at. Isle Of Dogs... is good or great or exhausting depending on how much you're willing to hitch a ride with the filmmaker's obsessive visual construction. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is a slow-burn affair that will test, and reward, patient viewers -- not that all mysteries will be solved and gift-wrapped to our satisfaction, but the bottled-up enigma of the protagonists... will come blazing like a star. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary rises above the genre formula with its coolly composed formalism, its deliberate pacing, and its sly psychological manipulation that almost convinces us at certain points that this is more of a domestic drama than a horror movie. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) [Eric] Clapton emerges here as a person who has gone through hell and back and his storm-tossed journey, which is also a journey of music of the past 50 years, still rings with pathos and relevance. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) But with unruffled confidence and youthful velocity, the 71-year-old gambles that the thrills would override the insincerity -- that nobody would mind the self-defeating scruples as long as the breakneck ride keeps us glued. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [McDormand's] sorrow, festered into rage, is the emotional epicentre of the film that strives to quake all the American fault lines, moral, racial and political, and she gives a gut-punching performance in a classic feminist register. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
100% Season of the Devil (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw) (2018) Diaz is a filmmaker, writer and musician, and in Season Of The Devil he has found a way to combine all of those. It's probably one of his darkest films, and one that subverts the happiest genre in cinema history: musical. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Malila: The Farewell Flower (2017) A truly remarkable Thai film, Malila: The Farewell Flower takes big risks and makes it seem the most natural thing in the world. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... the director's imagination gives it an authentic vintage texture and enough doses of shocks and blood. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet Homogeneous, Empty Time (2017) The iconography of power is everywhere in the film -- flags, billboards, posters, statues, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on TV -- towering above the boys and the people struggling to make sense of them all. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) At its most moving, most humanist moments, this film by an 89-year-old filmmaker and a 33-year-old street artist is about the heartbreaking ephemerality of art, about mortality, memory and the transient nature of everything, above all of life itself. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
84% Darkest Hour (2017) Personally, I would prefer a rerun of Dunkirk or The Crown. But what Darkest Hour lacks in imagination is made up for, to an extent, by Oldman's presence. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Human Flow (2017) ... Human Flow, despite its efforts and comprehensiveness, is at best a sketch... - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
87% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Kore-eda grows more philosophical in topic and aesthetics as he looks at the hard question about justice -- by law and by human, which is the same -- and in the end he confirms his place as one of the master filmmakers at work in the world. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
83% Die Tomorrow (2017) With the Thai film Die Tomorrow, writer-director Nawapol Thamronrattanarit tries to capture that rarefied feeling of the eternal fleetingness of life. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) ... The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is so conscious of its own dark, twisted nature that it comes off like an experiment -- a derivative experiment in anti-humanism. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) For fans of the original, this should be enough to satisfy your soul (and nostalgia). For a new generation of viewers, the deliberate pacing will be a challenge, and in the end it's Deakins' framing, perspective and wondrous lighting that will carry them. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) Cemetery of Splendour is the gentlest of war cries that rallies our personal consciousness to overcome the prescribed, unfeeling, unthinking doctrine. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
No Score Yet Samui Song (2017) At times noir-ish, at times cheeky, and at times a little too self-aware, Samui Song thriller surfs in and out between straight genre exercise and winking critique of many things. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
87% First They Killed My Father (2017) Angelina Jolie's adaptation of First They Killed My Father is one that comes from the heart. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
59% Caniba (2018) One of the hardest films to watch this year, Caniba is also an intense and strangely engaging experience where art, life, horror and film intersect and move as one. - Bangkok Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017