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Rant and Rave: ‘The French Dispatch’ and the intimacy of print journalism

Take a glance and you’ll instantly know if it’s a Wes Anderson picture.  Definitely a creator of his time, Anderson’s quirky, vivid, and youthful filmmaking has become a genre in itself. Thus, it’s no surprise that his league of artsy admirers would rejoice over his return in The French Dispatch.  Known for telling whimsical stories…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Last Night in Soho’ was fun until it wasn’t

While visually enticing, “Last Night in Soho” didn’t live up to its hype.

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Power to the people: An in-depth look on voter’s education

The power to vote is not enough; one must also be smart on how they chose their preferred candidates.

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Stripped bare: Exposing the male gaze

Sensual jazz music plays in the background. Then, the camera slowly pans upward over a pair of long legs, a narrow waist, a bulging chest, and luscious lips—cut to men salivating over the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? From that moment on, she is merely a fantasy—nothing more and nothing less. Films…

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On the hook: Going deeper into Pinoybaiting

Get yourself a clueless foreigner uncomfortably munching Jollibee’s Filipino-style spaghetti and you’ll instantly get a thousand likes from elated Filipinos. Other times, it’s some Hollywood celebrity endorsing a local brand, causing passionate fans to stampede to its stores. Without a doubt, Filipinos have normalized—and celebrated—the sight of a foreigner grasping Filipino culture in their hands.…

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The category is: Untucking the art of Philippine drag

Glue the lashes, pucker the lips, and bring home the tips. The moment their heels step out of their cramped dressing rooms and into the stage, drag queens give such sickening performances that leave audiences all over the metro gasping for air.  To simply call them entertainers is to do injustice to drag’s long history…

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Rant & Rave: A long way to go with “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Disney has built an empire on fond childhood memories. Through a colorful array of supernatural beings, princesses, and anthropomorphic toys and vehicles, the studio has imparted endearing life lessons to kids across generations. Now, Disney is expanding their fictional universe to a reimagined ancient Southeast Asia with Raya and The Last Dragon.   The film arrived…

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Heavy is the head that wears the crown

Every year, Filipinos huddle around their television sets to watch the Miss Universe coronation night. Holding hands and sweating in anticipation, fans shriek in pure joy when the country’s representative struts down the runway, with “Philippines” written in bold font on the sash across her chest. However, this love and appreciation do not come for…

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What a year it was: Oscars 2021 Best Picture Predictions – Part Two

Despite the tumultuous year, filmmakers have not lost the spark of inspiration—bringing the triumph of love, hope, and humanity onscreen. Still  halfway through The LaSallian’s Oscars 2021 Best Picture countdown is far from over, as we predict our top four nominees—and the one movie we believe will take home the prestigious award.  4. The Father,…

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Writer’s Recap: Sa Pagsapit ng Dapithapon sees the light in the darkness

The rhythm of music is parallel to the rhythm of life—it tells our story and speaks the hope we yearn for. This is the message that the De La Salle Innersoul (DLS-Innersoul) sang in their 24th Major Concert, Sa Pagsapit ng Dapithapon, last April 16, 17, 23, and 24. Under Vince Mallari’s direction, the show…