Rolling Stones, Santana, and Moulin Rouge: Tessa and Scott’s 2018 Olympic programs

Tessa and Scott are bringing it on this season. They are pulling all their best stops to win the Olympics. But I'm afraid it wouldn't be enough. They were unbeatable last season. The whole Ice Dance community was schooled to what excellence looks like when they came back. I never thought they could improve any … Continue reading Rolling Stones, Santana, and Moulin Rouge: Tessa and Scott’s 2018 Olympic programs

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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

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