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Fantasia 2009: Knee to the Face!! Thailand’s Crazy ‘Fireball’

21 Aug

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Fireball (NR) 94 min. Directed by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan. Written by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan & Kiat Sansanandana. Starring: Preeti Barameeanat, Khanutra Chuchuaysuwan, Kumpanat Oungsoongnern, Phutharit Prombandal, 9 Million Sam. Cinematography: Teerawat Rujintham, Wardhana Vunchuplou, Suntipong Waiwong. Original music by: Giant Wave.

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Fireball is one crazy sports flick. Before the end, the hero has physically beaten most of his opponents to a bloody pulp, and he did it all in the process of dribbling across the court and slam-dunking the ball. So, yea, Iguess you could call this Thai flick a hybrid of sorts. Everyone else will just call it insane. Feeling like the Direct-to-Video answer to the work of martial artist Tony Jaa, Fireball isn’t going to inspire any thoughtful film criticism but I fully expect it to find a following at festivals like this one. There is a rough hewn charm to the movie’s plentiful stunts and erratic, multi-angled camera work. Who cares if the story sucks; in Thailand screenwriting is a sissie’s job. The real creative forces here are the intrepid camera men who seem to be running right next to touched-in-the-head stuntguys who will literally do anything if it can be captured on film. Continue reading

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk @ Enoch Pratt Free Library tonight!

7 May

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Literature fans looking to take a bemused walk in the shadows might be interested to know that transgressive fiction author Chuck Palahniuk (he of the disturbed, depraved and the down and out) is doing a special reading tonight in Baltimore  at the Enoch Pratt Free Central Library located @400 Cathedral St.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m with Palahniuk, responsible for the insane novels that inspired the films Fight Club and Choke!,  reading from his new book Pygmy, just released on Tuesday from Doubleday. Pygmy follows the tale of a terrorist cell in the U.S. made up of–wait for it– young foreign exchange students. Expect the usual Palahniuk zaniness to ensue. The reading is open for all to attend.

For all interested in catching the author, visit the library link here.