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Rant and Rave: ‘Loki’ races against time

Just when you thought the God of Mischief was done with his tricks, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) introduces yet another series as part of its fourth phase.  After the time-warping shenanigans of Avengers: Endgame, Loki explores the possibilities of endless alternate realities further. The show sees the eponymous character at the hands of the…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Trophies’—Triumphs and losses in love

It has been over 11 years since the unassuming grade-schooler Greyson Chance wowed an audience with his cover of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi. Even now, that video of him stands at a whopping 69 million views, with commenters still expressing amazement at his vocal range and control at such a young age. This viral moment would…

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Rant and Rave: “Your Choice” makes us ready to love

Just like the warmth of the morning sun, Seventeen’s music has a certain joy that never ceases to make one’s day. Consisting of 13 members with three subunits, Seventeen is a self-producing Korean-pop idol boy group serving powerhouse performances and diverse discography since their official debut six years ago. From their exhilarating Very Nice to…

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A menagerie of pride: Reclaiming queer narratives

For so long, queerness has been seen as the Other—shameful, aberrant behavior to be talked about in hushed whispers. For this reason, many queer figures’ sexualities have been erased from history—that is, if history remembers them at all.  Today, we get to remember them. As more and more queer creators step into the spotlight with…

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Rant and Rave—”Trese”: Patungo sa Karit-an

Taking mythological icons of generations past is a fascination among many. In 2005, writer Budjette Tan and illustrator Kajo Baldisimo took this fantasy and applied it to the colorful world of Filipino folklore. Angst-filled comic book panels heavily featuring mythological icons and strong female lead Alexandra Trese quickly filled shelves in book stores nationwide.  As…

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Rant and Rave: Live, werk, “Pose”

Ryan Murphy’s Pose shone a spotlight on New York’s shimmering underground ballroom scene, as it reclaimed the once-forgotten queer culture. With transgender women of color front and center, Pose reminded us that when love is lost from the houses we call home, some people get to choose their family in the oddest of places—in the…

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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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Rant and Rave—“Bo Burnham: Inside” gets existential

Bo Burnham makes his highly-anticipated comeback with Bo Burnham: Inside five years after his last comedy special, Make Happy. A veritable triple-threat, Burnham made his name as a Comedy Central stand-up comedian in the early 2000s before venturing into writing and directing during his hiatus. After his critically acclaimed Eighth Grade in 2018 and a…

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

For as long as movies have existed, the magic of cinema has brought people together. The collective experience of sitting in a darkened theater and reveling in the highs and lows of the silver screen has been the cornerstone of the industry.  With the pandemic shutting down theaters and fundamentally changing entertainment, the past year…

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Rant and Rave: Malcolm & Marie crashes and burns

As the movie industry faces restrictions during the ongoing pandemic, Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie was the perfect opportunity for a back-to-basics movie-making approach—one set, two powerhouse actors, and an explosive script. Arriving home late at night after rising director Malcolm’s (John David Washington) successful movie premiere, his celebratory mood is disrupted by his girlfriend Marie’s…