Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

*a non-spoiler review

When Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released last August, the world went Potter-mania, something not seen since the release of Deathly Hallows back in 2007. The novel’s release was like welcoming an old and dearly missed friend. Then Fantastic Beasts comes out and suddenly all of my childhood memories come streaming back. But this time, there’s a new story to tell and a whole new world to explore, a distincly familiar world but with new twists and stories.  Continue reading →

A puppet and a puppeteer in Old Batavia

After spending the whole morning in Taman Mini Indonesia, it was time for us to move to Jakarta’s historic old quarters, Old Batavia or locally known as Kota Tua. With its old Dutch buildings surrounding a grand plaza, Old Batavia was abuzz with activity, children running around, bubbles floating above our heads, people biking on colorful bikes, and music blaring from cafes surrounding the square. This was Jakarta on a typical Saturday afternoon.  Continue reading →

Les Miserables in Manila

After a drought of Broadway shows of more than two years, the last being Wicked, the hit Broadway musical Les Miserables has finally reached our shores and I was lucky enough to watch it with Tricia and her family. Watching Les Miserables’ Hollywood version was a moving experience for me, the songs on revolution and love on a lot of levels were inspiring. But it was the performances of Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, and Hugh Jackman that really blew the whole movie away. Knowing what a great movie it was I psyched myself to hear our very own Rachelle Ann Go take center stage and bring in a new level of viewing experience for me.  Continue reading →

Daredevil Season 2

*A non-spoiler review

When Daredevil came out on Netflix a year ago, a lot of viewers and comic book fans alike praised the series for its Christopher Nolan-Batman Begins adaptation of the “devil of Hell’s Kitchen”. The gripping reality compounded with the magnificent storytelling brought out a realism in a Marvel realism bogged down by the comic bookishness of Daredevil’s more cinematic brothers (Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor). Still connected with Marvel’s cinematic universe, the first season took a different turn and brought the story down to the streets, where the grit and the dirt combined with bruises and blood made the story real and true.  Continue reading →

Creed

I have to admit I have never seen a single Rocky film in my life, yep, not a single film of Sylvester Stallone’s most famous pugilist rags to riches Philly story. When Creed came out last year, I didn’t really think of watching it or the trailer, I passed it off as another boxing movie I wouldn’t enjoy. And then I watched Creed, not knowing it was a Rocky movie, and I was floored by the storytelling and the gut wrenching moments of the film. Continue reading →

Steve Jobs

If there is one person in the whole world whom I idolize right now it would be Steve Jobs. Yes, the illustrious visionary who gave us Apple and changed the whole technological landscape in the 21st century. Ever since I read Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Steve and watched one of his last keynotes, the Apple co-founder’s words and his reality distortion field took a hold on me. Here is a man who sees things others can’t, a man who has a vision of the future that nobody hasn’t seen yet, a man who is willing to go out of his way to prove everyone that what he is doing simply works. When he died in 2011 I joined the world in mourning one of the few Da Vinci’s of our time. In fact when Apple announced it would open an account where people could send their condolence messages, I jumped at the chance to pay my respects to Steve Jobs.  Continue reading →

Netflix

YES! The year has just started but it has gotten a whole lot more exciting, just this morning I was surprised when it was announced Netflix would be open to the Philippines. For months I’ve been figuring a way on how to get  the best streaming US website on to my laptop/phone/tablet. But today the dream has become a reality.  Continue reading →