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 frustrations. It is also about the ever-present dilemma about ... (more)

This July at the CSB-SDA Theater: “Fluid” by Floy Quintos


When Alex told me that Floy Quintos will be directing a play at her school, I was excited. She asked if I knew him and I said Floy and I were blockmates in our freshman year in U.P. The block was a mix of Journalism, Theater Arts and English majors. It was a fun group, that block. I remember Christmas the year we were ... (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 bike to escape government scientists. I still ... (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 big name stars can be engaging and 2) a horror / ... (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 weekend, Alex suggested Penny Dreadful and Sam said her ... (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 altogether which is really a lousy adaptation. The ... (more)

The paintings of the celebrated Filipino artist who was never born


It's a fact: artistic work has more value after the artist has died. Perhaps, it has to do with the law of supply and demand. A dead artist can no longer produce additional work so the finite number of work that existed at the time of his death will gain more and more value as more people compete to own a piece. Think Van ... (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 of us having watched at least a couple of ... (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 agreed. Had we left SM Megamall at 6.00 p.m., it ... (more)