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Rant and Rave: Riding into the night with NCT 127’s ‘2 Baddies’

After almost a year since the release of their last full album, NCT 127 hits the ground running with the unveiling of their exhilarating fourth album: 2 Baddies. Coming from an extended hiatus, the idols’ invigorating desire to put their whole hearts into the production of the album was made apparent in their powerful vocals…

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Rant and Rave: Through music and love, ‘Katips’ sheds truth on Martial Law atrocities

“How big can one get against a force too much bigger than yourself?”  An outcry of the hopeful, a requiem for the fallen–such is the description of the long-awaited Katips: The Movie. Originally a 2016 theater production staged by Director Vince Tañada, its narrative moves away from the polarization of politics to shed light on…

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Rant and Rave: Why ‘Thor—Love and Thunder’ is not so mighty

Following the success of Thor: Ragnarok comes Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Odinson in the swashbuckling Thor: Love and Thunder. Audiences were more than ecstatic to once again see the god of thunder wield his mighty Stormbreaker on the big screen, along with the much-awaited reunion of Thor and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. But amid all the…

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Rant and Rave: STAYC heralds the change of seasons in ‘WE NEED LOVE’

Fresh off of the K-CON Chicago 2022 high, STAYC marks the change of seasons with their third single album, WE NEED LOVE. Following their second mini album, YOUNG-LUV.COM, the girl group sheds the “Teen Fresh” concept to explore a different kind of sound. Black Eyed Pilseung, producers and founders of STAYC’s agency High-Up Entertainment, decided…

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Rant and Rave: Dinosaurs take a back seat in franchise closer ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

The doomsday clock really was out of time.  When Jurassic World Dominion premiered worldwide last June 10—almost 30 years after the Steven Spielberg masterpiece made movie history—it marked the close of the man-meets-dinosaur movie sextuplet, which stemmed from Michael Crichton’s novels, Jurassic Park and The Lost World.  No doubt, the movie had a big buildup…

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Rant and Rave: Seventeen rekindles their artistic flame with ‘Face the Sun’

Launched a day after their seventh anniversary, Seventeen embarks on a new journey with their fourth full-length album, Face the Sun. Dodging the infamous “seven-year curse” in the K-pop industry—where idol groups usually disband or have a member leave after seven years in the industry—Seventeen’s latest release solidifies the group’s bond and career with all…

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Rant and Rave: Defying the odds with long-awaited ‘GOT7’ comeback

Gloom filled the K-Pop community when it was announced that global boy group GOT7 will not be renewing their contracts in JYP Entertainment (JYPE) after seven years. Still, the group unfailingly impressed and soothed their fans with their jovial performance in the group’s last schedule under the company. But Ahgases—a wordplay on GOT7’s fandom name,…

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Rant and Rave: Chaos ensues as Doctor Strange plunges into the ‘Multiverse of Madness’

“Things just got out of hand.” This powerful caution provoked audiences when the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (MoM) dropped, shocking moviegoers and longtime Marvel fans everywhere. But little did audiences know that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Stephen Strange’s madcapper adventures would go haywire.   Just days after its small-screen comeback, the Marvel…

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Rant and Rave: Unifying a disconnected mind in ‘Moon Knight’

After a nearly four-month drought without any films or TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) makes its small-screen comeback with Moon Knight. This time, the gods and goddesses of Egyptian mythology take the helm as the MCU continues to open doors for more superheroes, promising audiences a riveting adventure with the Egyptian pantheon. But…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Glitch Mode’ sets the universe ablaze

Ever since NCT’s debut six years ago as NCT U, they have blasted straight into the hearts of many with their futuristic, out-of-the-box concepts and performances. But with 23 members under their belt, dividing the group into different subunits seems like the best option to provide each individual with their rightful time in the spotlight. …