Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Review: A movie you’ll wish you had left behind at the DVD store

It’s ironic that a movie about spiritual ascension to a paradisiacal afterlife would offer such an irredeemably hellish viewing experience. Perhaps best leave Left Behind (2014) and Nicolas Cage – who hasn’t appeared in a decent film since Adaptation (2002) – on the shelf.

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Ain’t no climbing wall high enough

Bored of the ground? Myint Myat Thu gets to grips with indoor climbing 

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Author writes of Myanmar’s female voices

Singapore-based writer Nilanjana Sengupta launched her scholarly book The Female Voice of Myanmar: Khin Myo Chit to Aung San Suu Kyi last week at Goethe Villa.

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Book Review: ‘The Rebel of Rangoon: a tale of defiance and deliverance in Burma’

Aung San Suu Kyi hasn’t triumphed alone: Delphine Shrank's The Rebel of Rangoon a timely portrait of Burma’s dissidents

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Women take the hammer into their own hands

Men alone can make the ornaments that women wear, or so men think. You may not find anyone willing to say it out loud, but many still believe that working gold or silver is not a suitable job for a woman.

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This week we try: Improv Comedy

We stand, six strangers in expectant silence. “What happened to your arm?” I ask Martin Zdarek, in whose downtown penthouse apartment we all stand. “Well, I left it on the bus,” he explains, shrugging

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Crowds celebrate late author’s centennial birthday

I had come to Myanmar expecting to find a country basking in the golden glow of post-election euphoria. Instead, both Yangon and Mandalay appeared strangely sterilised, scrubbed clean of any remaining signs of the election. And there was a palpable sense of nervous waiting, almost as if the country hung on the edge of a cliff.

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Designer’s gowns gets crowds chanting

Shimmering, glinting, deluding the eye as if refracted through crystal fluid, the gown suggests a mermaid or a swimmer deep underwater, an apparition no sooner seen than vanished. Seemingly cast from teardrops, it both attracts and playfully evades the eye.

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Deaf footballers play a pitch-perfect game

Shoichi Muranaka's students might not be able to hear his whistle, but that won't stop them scoring goals 

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On a roll: Wheelchair dancers bust a move

Nothing’s going to keep these performers off-stage. Pirouetting and twirling, graceful and swift, exercising perfect control and timing, the smiling dancers dominated the stage. It was a festival for people with disabilities, and the dancers were all in wheelchairs.

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