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Fifty Shades of Grey Darker

  Erotic not kinky, it’s the difference between using a feather and using a chicken. – Terry Pratchett Finally here is the second film installment of our favorite book, Fifty Shades of Grey Darker which contains most of the story’s BDSM scenes. Adapting that to film without turning the whole thing into porn mush must’ve been quite the challenge for…

ThrowbackThursday: the little drummer girl

Recent headlines of two women agents tagged as the killers of Kim Jong-nam, half brother to the North Korea leader, bring to mind John Le Carre’s classic, The Little Drummer Girl. History shows women have been as involved as men in the business of spying so the issue isn’t gender, but rather why and how women thought to…

Movies and TV dramas to watch this year

Last year, I was able to watch only five movies and two TV dramas. Not bad though. There were years when I hadn’t been able to watch anything at all. This year, my work schedule permiting, I’ve lined up the following initial list to watch: Oro (‘Gold’ in English) is an independent film by award-winning…

Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 blunders

There are a number of events that have undermined what is otherwise a new Metro Manila Film Festival. First, the decision of MMFF ExeCom to pull Oro out of cinemas and strip the film off it’s Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award because of it’s “controversial” scene of dog killing is unthinkable in modern cinema. These narrow-minded actions…

Kdrama initiation

I’ve been exploring the new Viu app- it’s truly all Korean stuff. Kdrama, a dizzying array of it, as well as Klifestyle features. Nothing in the drama section was familiar to me. When you say Korean, I say Samsung because my gadgets are which is more a conscious effort on my part to buy from…

Weekend movies

I haven’t watched a movie for months so on the weekend I wasn’t being lazy and just lying around, my kids and I binged on these which incidentally are all adaptations of books: Ms. Peregrine’s House for Peculiar Children. It follows the same dark but all’s-well-that-ends-well theme in Burton’s Alice, and if you approach it…

Latest on my fave TV shows

The Upper East Siders have moved on but fans such as I (ha ha) love to have updates of them – of the cast – now and then. Who’s the fan that doesn’t know about Blake Lively’s marriage to Ryan Reynolds? Or, Leighton Meester to Adam Brody? Ed Westwick was the face of Penshoppe (it’s…

Lessons through the Looking Glass

This sequel to Alice in Wonderland has been met with unflattering reviews, the common ones being it’s lack of narrative and emotional depth. Essentially, more form i.e. the CGI effects than substance. My kids and I loved it regardless. Some of the themes I picked up from the story: The challenges of being a woman in a…

Weekend movies: The Danish Girl

Gerda, played by Alicia Vikander (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this movie), is finishing a painting of an opera singer and asks her husband, Einar, played by Eddie Redmayne, to stand in for the sitter, Anna, played by Amber Heard. Einar puts on the dress and stockings and shoes, in the…

Weekend movies: When Marnie Was There

Possibly the last from Studio Ghibli, the movie, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, mirrors the Studio’s own– of coming to terms with one’s past at the same time of moving forward. We find a young girl, Anna, the story’s central character, having an attack of asthma after she’s bullied in school. We can see why she’s singled out. She’s…

Weekend movies: Crimson Peak

I’ve never watched a horror movie in my entire life. My imagination is such that what’s already horrific or gory on screen becomes a hundred times more in my mind. I won’t be able to sleep for days, agitated over what smells like a cadaver in bed with me.  Or, to look at myself in the mirror without expecting an appearance…

The Night Manager: Angela Burr

In the book, enforcement agency head Burr is a man, Leonard. In the TV series, Burr is Angela played by Olivia Colman. The woman lives for one thing: to bring down arms dealer Roper. Such focus and intensity is driven home on screen by a heavily pregnant Burr. Angela’s faced with betrayal and lack of support from the bullies…