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 freshmen, Floy invited us over to his house over the … [Read more...]

Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain is like wine; he gets better with age


It was the irreverent heathen, Batjay, who introduced me to Anthony Bourdain. Long before I met him in person, Batjay remarked that he could imagine me in the kitchen, cigarette dangling from my lips and swearing loudly as I stirred the pot -- like Bourdain. I asked who Bourdain was and Batjay gave me a copy of Kitchen Confidential one Christmas.It got me hooked. To … [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 bike to escape government scientists. I still gape and sigh with wonderment when the bike flies … [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 big name stars can be engaging and 2) a horror / thriller film can be more provocative beyond the … [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 weekend, Alex suggested Penny Dreadful and Sam said her friends had been recommending it too. We tried it … [Read more...]

Rob the Mob: based on a true story


Some mobster movies are violent, others are even more violent but Rob the Mob is just mind-blowing unbelievable. The irony is that it is based on a true story and the main protagonists, Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda), were real persons. What's so unbelievable? The stupidity. Okay, perhaps, that's being too judgmental so let me contextualize. Spoilers ahead. … [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 altogether which is really a lousy adaptation. The book, for horror story afficionados, is great … [Read 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 Gogh, Paul Cézanne and Frida Kahlo, just to name a … [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 of us having watched at least a couple of episodes of Revenge, we are at least familiar with the … [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 agreed. Had we left SM Megamall at 6.00 p.m., it would have taken us three hours to get home to the … [Read more...]