· May, 2006

Stories about Film from May, 2006

India: The Da Whatever Code

  17 May 2006

The Indian Government decides to delay the release of the movie – The Da Vinci Code, and the blogosphere has had quite a reaction to the issue. Falstaff on having to defend a piece of work that may not be worth it.

Thailand: Boycotting Censored Movie

  17 May 2006

Andrew Biggs in Thailand boycotts the opening of the movie Da Vinci Code. The final 10 minutes of the movie is cut because of protests by Thai Christian groups. Andrew says “I don’t want to offend this group of well-meaning Thai Christians, but really, you have no right to be...

Venezuela: Film Blogs

  17 May 2006

BlogaCine highlights the film ‘El Aprendiz’ by Jorge Hernández Aldana [ES], which will be shown at this year's Cannes film festival. Día Naranja, Días de Cine [ES] is a weblog by Venezuelan filmmaker Alejandra Szeplaki about the production of her first feature length film, “Día Naranja.

Guyana: Music piracy

  17 May 2006

“On the streets young men push cart loads of stolen booty. In stores around town sales girls hand you the very latest stolen booty with a dazzling smile.” Guyana 360 reports on rampant music and movie piracy in the capital, Georgetown, and visits a series of shops where bootleg CDs...

Hong Kong: Making fun of news

  15 May 2006

EastSouthWestNorth blogger Roland Soong translates a blog post which takes a humorous look at the ten hottest news stories on the internet this past week.

Malaysia: Media Criticises Another Filmmaker

  15 May 2006

Filmmaker Yasmin is not happy with a Malaysian television channel. The channel televised a discussion on the filmmakers latest movie and the forum participants came out criticising the film maker for her plot that features love between a Muslim girl and a Chinese boy.

This Week In Palestinian Blogs: Al-Nakba Continues

Al-Nakba (or ‘the catastrophe’), the day Israel declared its independence on May 14th 1948, has been the main topic of this past week. For many Palestinian bloggers Al-Nakba means remembering this important moment in history, which set the stage for an ongoing struggle and tragedy; where both past and present...

Bubble Gum Ban Video and Singapore

  14 May 2006

A video titled “Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble” by Nicholas Carlton was linked to Singapore's metablog Tomorrow.sg. Part of the footage is shot in Singapore and refers to Singapore's Bubble Gum ban. Some Singaporeans are not happy with the example use by the filmmaker. A comment on the Youtube page...

Martinique: Reflections on One Night Stand

  12 May 2006

Le Blog de [Moi] praises (Fr) another blogger's effort to create One Night Stand, an erotic film made from a non-heterosexual, non-male perspective. Says [Moi]: “I am awaiting its release impatiently …on DVD because it certainly won't be programmed at Madiana (multiplex right next door).”

Barbados: Will Cuban film be banned?

  10 May 2006

Barbados Free Press wonders whether Barbados will ban The Lost City, Andy Garcia's film about “Che, Castro and the Cuban Revolution”, which “is effectively being banned in many Central, South American and Caribbean venues.” Says BFP: “Apparently, there are many on the left who would prefer to remember Che and...

Bangladesh: A Documentary On The Forgotten

  10 May 2006

imperfect world 2006 on a documentary “Tears of Karnaphuli” – “Tanvir eloquently tells the devastating story of dam construction in the area, the displacement of people and the resulting impoverishment of local inhabitants.”

Malaysian Bloggers Protest Banning of Documentary

  10 May 2006

Malaysians like Aidid were eagerly waiting for a documentary-movie titled “Lelaki Komunis Terakhir” (The Last Communist) made by a local filmmaker Amir Muhammad. The documentary is a travelogue that traces the early life of Chin Peng, exiled guerilla fighter and leader of banned Communist Party of Malaya. I want to...

Mexico, Argentina: Encouraging Free Culture

  9 May 2006

The winners of the “Mexicommons Creativity Contest” have been announced (ES). You can download the winning songs, podcasts, photographs, and designs from the post. The site Bienes Comunes (Common Good) has a list of works (ES) from Argentina that will be included on a DVD to be presented at the...

Russia: Humor

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about a Westerner's take on Soviet – and Russian – humor: “The film also makes the case that humor has dried up in Russia since the fall of communism. I'm rather skeptical of this claim […]. The targets might now be New Russians,...

Argentina: Review of “Crónica de una Fuga”

  3 May 2006

The cutting edge film reviewers at GoodAirs give two thumbs way up for the new movie Crónica de una Fuga. Brandán comments on his sense that “the movie repeated a lot of stock imagery of torture,” but still calls the story “incredible.”

The Philippines: Da Vinci Code movie ban

  2 May 2006

complexvertigo argues against banning the Da Vinci Code movie. Religious leaders in Philippines are asking for the ban on the grounds that the movie offends Catholic sensibilities. The blogger says “It is thus a healthy environment to be tormented with bursts of tests on the grounds we stand in, be...