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Throwback: Buffy Kills Edward

by on Dec.03, 2016, under Film & TV, Literature

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I saw (and faved) this years ago, but I saw it again, and seriously, whoever made this cut deserves an Oscar or something. Not only is this #realtalk regarding how pathetic and weak Edward Cullent and his ill are, but it also squashes the inherent misogyny and disturbing abuse undertones of that faux-vampire / sparkling-statues series that I shan’t name.

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Toyman, Jr. just impregnated me with his voice.

by on Dec.02, 2016, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

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And I don’t even have ovaries.

I’ve always known Jeremy Jordan has made a bit of a name on Broadway and was even on Smash (which I loved), but I never realized he was this awesome.

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The Birthday Divine!

by on Dec.01, 2016, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

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The Divine Miss M is 71 years old today, and boy do we love her!

She remains one of the most iconic singers, actresses, and comediennes in the history of the planet. Even at her age, she remains a fabulous presence on social media, unafraid of funny social commentary when crazy politicians and other colorful asses make fools of themselves or do nasty things.

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The Rose That Refused To Move

by on Dec.01, 2016, under Society

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Today we commemmorate that historical moment 61 years ago when Rosa Parks refused to move to a designated bus seat, defying US racial segregation laws of the time and getting arrested in the process. Her act of defiance remains to be one of the most powerful cries against oppression and discrimination of the entire 20th century, and wherever we may be, may she always be a reminder for us to never accept being treated as less than equal among our fellow human beings.

Now, more than ever, when the world is being over-run by the likes of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and actual fucking neo-Nazis, the lesson of Rosa Parks should be remembered again and again, whether we are fighting for the color of our skin, or for our sexual orientation or gender identity, or for our religious beliefs.

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True Heroes

by on Nov.30, 2016, under Society

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Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we remember what true heroes are: selfless people willing to die (and, often, who did die) for their country and their fellowmen.

A selfish mass-murdering plunderer will never be a true hero, no matter how certain people try to spin it, and today, on Bonifacio Day, we must remember that the sacrifices of true heroes like Andres Bonifacio must never be marred by the underserving demagogues who seek to elevate themselves in their utter hubris and vile arrogance.

We will fight on for our true heroes. Always.

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Regaining Good Taste

by on Nov.29, 2016, under Film & TV

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This year, finally after such a long time, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) shifts back its focus to actual quality films rather than mere commercial fare. Of course, the final judgment on the quality of the films will happen once they are shown, but a quick glance at the list of eight films that made the cut shows an array of out-of-the-box choices that hasn’t been seen in the festival in a couple of decades.

You see, at some point in the last ten to twenty years, the MMFF became a mere money-making venture, quality be damned. I have no idea at what point this change towards blatant commercialization happened, but it was definitely a contributing factor to the deterioration of quality film-making in the country. This is not to say there have been no good MMFF films in the last decade or so because there certainly have been. However, the garbage has far exceeded the diamonds when it came to the MMFF in recent years.

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You can’t stop the beat.

by on Nov.28, 2016, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

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My favorite musical makes a comeback in a different way on December 7th (US time), proving that you truly can never ever stop the beat.

Shake and shimmy, baby!

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An Invasion! is coming…

by on Nov.27, 2016, under Film & TV, Geeky

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Super Friends?

… to the DC CW Universe.

This coming week, the annual Arrowverse crossover will now span four shows: Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Well, 3.10 shows if the level of the Supergirl show’s involvement is really just at the end of that episode.

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Proud Mary

by on Nov.26, 2016, under Music & Theater

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Simply the best.

Can you believe it?

She’s 77 today!

That voice!

The fab hair!

Those legs!

A prouder Mary, she couldn’t possibly be.

She’s indeed simply the best!

And we wouldn’t have her any other way.

Happy birthday, Tina Turner!

Keep rolling!

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Komikon Goodies

by on Nov.25, 2016, under Geeky, Literature

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Wondie and Spidey!

Last Saturday, I dropped by Komikon 2016.

My plan was to just pick up a pre-ordered, limited edition signed hardbound copy of The Origin of Zuma. The origin of this iconic Filipino monster has never been told, and when the social media page of legendary creator Jim Fernandez announced the story would now be released, I had to have it. I grew up watching those Zuma movies, and I loved them (and they always scared the shit out of me).

In any case, my basic plan to just get my copy went down the drain because I ended up – as usual – hoarding more than I expected. That, and I also met other creators that I didn’t get a chance to meet last time, including another legend – Hal Santiago, Jim’s collaborator and Zuma artist.

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