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Rant and Rave: ‘Life of Pi’

Rating: 4.0     Piscine Molitor Patel and Richard Parker are two ordinary names that belong to two extraordinary beings. They may seem like best friends, or perhaps, acquaintances, but no one can really tell, for Richard Parker is a Bengal tiger, and Piscine Molitor – named after a swimming pool in Paris – is…

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Rant and Rave: Dogs eating Dogs by Blink 182

Rating: 3.0   Is your favorite band too mainstream? Blink-182 just provided a solution for that.   The extended play entitled Dogs Eating Dogs was released last December 18 to the delight of the fans looking forward to the new sound of Blink-182, may it be for them to continue the approach they had in…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Rating: 3.5 Roughly two years removed from the death of Al-Qaeda Head Osama Bin Laden, Academy Award Winning Director Kathyrn Bigelow (Hurt Locker) explores the circumstances that led to his demise and the manhunt that preceded it in the Oscar-Nominated film (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay) Zero Dark Thirty.   Using first-hand interviews, news…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Les Miserables’

When the screenings of Les Miserables were pushed back from December to January thanks to the Metro Manila Film Festival, many die-hard fans who couldn’t wait one day more to see the musical-turned-film cried out in despair. In desperation, some left the country to catch the movie while others scoured torrent sites to find a…

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Rant and Rave: Dream Team

Rating: 4.0 “There will never be another team like it. There can’t be.” – Magic Johnson When you ask basketball fans what “heaven” for them is, none would say it’s a cloudy community with St. Peter at the gates.  Instead, they would either give you their favorite team winning the championship, or the fan’s “dream team”,…

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Rant and Rave: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Rating: 4.0 Bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy, Going Bovine, Beauty Queens, and many other short stories, Libba Bray comes back to the table better than ever with her latest fictional piece. No matter what timespan you are in or what generation you are born to, all human heartbeats sound the same, and emotions…

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Rant and Rave: Cloud Atlas

Rating 3.5 “If you, dear reader, can extend your patience for just a moment, you will find there is a method to this tale of madness,” writes Cavendish prophetically at the beginning of the movie. He narrates the line as if asking the audience, ‘please give us time to weave this yarn’, a tangled knot…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Once a classic, always a classic. True to form, renowned director Peter Jackson welcomes us back into the perils and pleasures of Middle Earth with a three-part adaptation of The Hobbit – the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien’s brilliant writing, coupled with exhaustive cinematography, forges a mythical land of lore and…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

Rating: Four Stars Classics meet the modern as Wreck-it Ralph mixes up the nostalgic feel of old age video game graphics and style into a modern day 3D animation feature film, surely making us reminisce the days of pixelated gaming and old school consoles. The movie’s protagonist, Wreck-it Ralph, has become tired of being a…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Skyfall’

You may have heard of the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. But what about teaching a new dog old tricks? In the latest installment of the James Bond series, Skyfall, it is exactly that which seems to be the case, with the influx of signature Bond class that makes this one…