X:Men: Days of Future Past – On Fear, Hope, and Destiny

written May 28th, 2014 I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past the other day. It's refreshing to watch a comic book movie with a clever enough narrative that, at any moment, could collapse because of it's ambition. But it held itself together, even managed to pull some heartstrings without being sentimental. Unlike other superhero films, you … Continue reading X:Men: Days of Future Past – On Fear, Hope, and Destiny

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Birdshot: Philippine contender to the Oscar foreign-language film category feels like an American Western

The film opens during sunrise, and we are presented with the Philippine country side, landscape upon landscape of green earth, god-lights peaking between clouds, and mountain silhouettes so majestic they look like paintings. The sound too felt regal, just the chirping of birds or rustle of wind passing through leaves and tall grass. It's the … Continue reading Birdshot: Philippine contender to the Oscar foreign-language film category feels like an American Western

Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major: a play by Martial Law kids, is relevant to tokhang generation

We didn't know what to expect. At 1:00 PM today we learned that a festival about human rights is happening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Plays, musicals, films, and documentaries will be running every weekend for the whole month. At 3:00PM, Jackie Lou Blanco and JC Santos (among others) will perform. We figured … Continue reading Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major: a play by Martial Law kids, is relevant to tokhang generation

We promise to finish reading our books

There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. German has the word Backpfeifengesicht, which roughly means a face that is badly in need of a fist. And then there’s the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly … Continue reading We promise to finish reading our books

I don’t get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

I understand that this short story collection by James Carver is a modern classic and has a cult following. It deserves it. In my readings, I don't know how many times I've encountered other writers allude to the title. Even Murakami named his memoir after this book. And yet I don't understand it. Or to … Continue reading I don’t get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love