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The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019

Movie Review: The Favourite ()

Rating: star star star star star (5 stars out of 5)
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Awards: Oscar winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Run Time: 1h 59min
Premiere Date: 21 December 2018
Country: USA
Screening Location: SFX Cinema Maya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Purchase Movie Ticket: star

SF Cinema at Maya Mall, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Synopsis
The Favourite is a period film in the early 18th century England where a fallen aristocrat (Abigail, played by Emma Stone) vies for a return to royalty in fierce competition with her estranged cousin (Sarah, played by Rachel Weisz), the queen's stead, in winning the unhinged Queen Anne's affection and favour. The rest of the movie was a witty, eccentric, hilarious and wicked play-by-play of deception, duplicity and manipulation on who gets the upper hand. At the end of the movie, it would seem like the queen herself, no matter how broken she was, had the last laugh...or should I say, the last call.

The Favourite (2018)

Character Movie
This movie is not so much about its period setting or plot but the 3 characters who breathed life into the film. Sarah, the queen's stead, was cold, calculating and ruthless. Abigail was equally conniving, but somehow, there was human warmth to her character that made you root for her. Like The Godfather where great actors Al Pacino, Robert Duval and James Caan were upstaged by the mesmerizing performance of Marlon Brando, so is The Favourite with the queen's convincing performance as a tired, ageing, borderline neurotic who threads the thin line between royalty and insanity - for which she won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman).

Rachel Weisz
While seeing the movie, I thought this actress was vaguely familiar (at the time of viewing, I didn't know who was starring) but couldn't place it. But at the credits, my jaw dropped when I saw the name "Rachel Weisz". Ah...time is so unforgiving...to women specially - not to sound sexist, but they are ravaged by time mercilessly compared to men. When I first saw Rachel Weisz in the movie, The Mummy (1999), I thought she was one of the most beautiful faces that adorned the silver screen. Fast-forward 20 years to now, with The Favourite, I just felt how time took its toll on her.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200

cafes in Chiang Mai BICYCLE RENTAL
Chiang Mai bicycle rental Top Thailand Adventure Tour - bicycle rental


USEFUL INFORMATION

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February
  • visit Chiang Mai between October and April - best time, without the monsoon rains
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
  1. Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) Mar 19, 2019
  2. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  3. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  4. Movie Review: Vox Lux (2018) Mar 2, 2019
  5. Movie Review: The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019
  6. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  7. Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
  8. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  9. Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
  10. Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
  11. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  12. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
  13. Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
  14. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  15. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  16. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  17. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  18. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  19. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  20. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  21. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  22. Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
  23. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  24. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  25. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  26. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  27. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  28. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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