Was Cinderella Chinese before she was French?

Screen grab from the trailer of Disney's upcoming Cinderella movie

Last night, after watching the official Cinderella (2015) trailer on Youtube.com, something prompted me to scroll down the page and read the comments. The first one questioned why all the characters are white -- again. There were dozens of replies ranging from the seemingly … [Read more...]

Fluid by Floy Quintos: Press Preview Night


Fluid by Floy Quintos opens tonight at the DLS-CSB SDA Theater in Manila with the playwright directing. Last night was the Press Preview which Speedy and I attended. What is Fluid about? It is a play about artists -- their perspectives, priorities, dreams and … [Read more...]

Imaginaerum, the movie and the album by Nightwish


Unless the movie is a musical, the score is usually an accessory -- something that helps set the mood or convey the emotion in a scene. For instance, there's John Williams's music in that iconic scene in E.T. when Elliott rides with the extra-terrestrial to the forest on his … [Read more...]

13 Sins: a commentary on modern society’s reward system


It is a remake of a Thai film called 13 Beloved and if you've seen the 1997 Michael Douglas starrer The Game, it's easy to dismiss the plot 13 Sins as non-original and not worth watching. But IT IS worth watching if only to prove that 1) an obviously low-budget film with no … [Read more...]

Penny Dreadful and Eva Green


With Newsroom, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey all on break, there's nothing really interesting on TV. I gave up on Food Network long ago, I don't watch reality shows and I don't find talent shows entertaining one bit. Then, the girls arrived for the … [Read more...]

Real life “Pet Sematary”


Among all Stephen King's novels, Pet Sematary is my favorite. So I told my friend Joel over a conversation about ghosts triggered by the MET photos I posted the other day. If you're unfamiliar but curious about Pet Sematary, I urge that you read the book and ditch the film … [Read more...]

Movie theme: Time travel and the space–time continuum


Season 3 of Revenge has started airing, Alex and I still plod through it, I have no idea for how much longer because after the second episode, we agreed that the plot has become really ridiculous. Speedy gave up long ago; I don't think Sam managed to finish Season 2. All … [Read more...]

Free movie tickets: Alagwa (Breakaway)


When you live far away from the city, you maximize every visit to the mall. Yesterday, after visiting the Iskwalado IV painting exhibit at SM Megamall, Speedy said we should just walk around for a while because it would be a bad idea to drive home during the rush hour. I … [Read more...]

Carrie, the musical: almost perfect


When Alex asked if I would like to watch Carrie because her friend had extra complimentary tickets (orchestra!), I immediately said yes. Carrie was the first Stephen King book I read and the thought of seeing it set to music was one of those this-I-have-to-see things. It … [Read more...]