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Rant & Rave: The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor is the newest addition to Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting anthology. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of The Haunting of Hill House, fans have eagerly anticipated Flanagan’s follow-up. However, despite being a stand-alone story, some have been quick to compare it to its predecessor. While both revolve around otherworldly…

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Rant & Rave: 2020 Virgin Lab Fest—Part Two

With a diverse collection of stories, Virgin Labfest (VLF) 2020 offers intriguing narratives for every kind of viewer. This is part two of The LaSallian’s VLF review, appraising more thought-provoking pieces from the online showcase. Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw, Sabrina Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw is not afraid to experiment online. Using shadow puppetry to supplement…

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Rant & Rave: 2020 Virgin Labfest—Part One

TheVirgin Labfest (VLF) is back and better than ever. Since its inception in 2005, the annual festival, normally held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has been the birthplace of plays crafted by both veteran and newcomer Filipino playwrights. The festival has never shied away from boldness, consistently staying true to its tagline of…

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Rant & Rave: Hamilton

Not everyone can be “in the room where it happens”, but now it’s a possibility. Sort of. Hamilton hardly needs any introduction. The cultural and internet phenomenon based on United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s biography was unavoidable in 2016. Articles praising the show’s music—an inspired blend of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and show tunes—and diverse…

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Rant and Rave: The Midnight Gospel

Having arrived on Netflix on the unofficial “stoner” holiday, April 20 (4/20), The Midnight Gospel is an experimental adult cartoon crafted by Adventure Time’s creator Pendleton Ward, along with podcast host and psychonaut Duncan Trussell. With its bold format and transcendent content, The Midnight Gospel is a feast for the senses, offering a new creative…

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Rant and Rave: Fire Emblem—Three Houses

With the final wave of the Fire Emblem (FE): Three Houses Expansion Pass having been released last February 20, it feels fitting to revisit the 2019 base game and examine whether this Nintendo Switch-exclusive title still holds up months after its initial release.  In Three Houses, the latest and fully voice-acted title in the FE…

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Rant and Rave—The Kingmaker

Filipinos are no strangers to Martial Law documentaries, with the visual medium often showcasing the realities of Martial Law laid bare years after these atrocities transpired. But in this familiar landscape, The Kingmaker, a new international documentary looks into the mind of one of the leading figures of Martial Law as it uncovers the grandiose…

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Highlights of the silver screen: Oscar 2020’s Best Picture nominees – Part Two

With nine films vying for Best Picture, a second article was warranted to give ample space to discuss the highs and lows of each work. Without further ado, The LaSallian presents part two of its reviews of Oscar-nominated films. Parasite, Joaquin With an ensemble of veteran and novice actors, director Bong Joon-ho—having helmed classics like…

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Highlights of the silver screen: Oscar 2020’s Best Picture nominees – Part One

2019 has been a good year for cinema. When movies like The Lighthouse, Uncut Gems, and The Farewell are left out of the nominees for Best Picture, the competition among the high quality films in the running to snag an Oscar is definitely tough. That said, with the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner,…

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Rant & Rave—Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars has never been as divisive as it is today. Disney’s sequel trilogy has, at best, been a mixed bag, and it was always going to be difficult to bring a close to such a turbulent story. Stepping up to the plate in an attempt to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the galaxy-spanning saga…