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Murphy’s Law, Part 2: Journalistic Integrity

by on Aug.31, 2016, under Film & TV

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Murphy’s Law, Part 1: Social Relevance

What is more fascinating in hindsight, to me at least, is that – beyond the strong feminist theme of the show – Murphy Brown is a show that depicts what journalism should be.

In the show, we see investigative journalists do, well, actual investigation. They run after stories, ensure their sources are strong and credible, and deliver their findings in manners worthy of the term “journalist.”

Contrast that with today’s “journalism” and you will cringe. A lot (though not all) of today’s “journalists” are what I call “armchair journalists” whose primary weapons, apparently, are Google and Twitter. How many of today’s new crop of newspeople are really journalists? Too few, unfortunately (Anderson Cooper is, happily, one of them).

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Murphy’s Law, Part 1: Social Relevance

by on Aug.30, 2016, under Film & TV

Recently, I got around to rewatching one of my favorite sitcoms from yesteryear. It’s literally been over a decade, maybe even more, since I watched Murphy Brown, but watching it again showed me just what a masterpiece the show was and what a trailblazer it had been – a show way ahead of its time.

In this award-winning show, Candice Bergen plays the titular character, a ballsy, no-nonsense journalist in her 40s who comes back to her news program after a stint at Betty Ford. She returns to work with a much younger executive producer at the helm along with a couple of old and new faces in the news team – including a quirky Southern ditz slash former beauty queen portrayed by Faith Ford, whom I ended up having a girl crush on.

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Indecent Oppression

by on Aug.29, 2016, under Society

Anyone who thinks male privilege and male oppression do not exist should see this perfect example that I came across.

Credits: LaSauvageJaune

Seriously, with these cultural standards, what’s a woman to do?

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Art Levels Up

by on Aug.27, 2016, under Music & Theater, Society

Madonna + Ukrainian Gymnasts = Art Levels Up.

This was perfection, and I could watch it over and over again, endlessly wondering, “How the hell did they do that?” and simply just… applauding.

Video credits: BBC Sports

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Treksmash

by on Aug.26, 2016, under Film & TV, Geeky

Even a captain and his ship deserves some fun. Especially if it’s a ship full of hot men.

P.S. Anton Yelchin, the *feels* for you.

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What A Rat

by on Aug.24, 2016, under Geeky

Huwag kang paimportante.

Hindi porke’t naisipan kong lapitan ka at subukang mahuli ang loob mo ay papahirapan mo na ako. Wala kang karapatang magwala tapos aakitin mo uli ako. Hindi ka naman kaaya-aya. Mukha kang dagang kanal.

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More Boom Boom Pow

by on Aug.23, 2016, under Film & TV

Apparently, Michael Bay wants to destroy our eardrums once again… one last time.

Oh, who am I kidding? Despite giving the third movie a 6 out of 10, I still watched 2014’s Dinobot-infused installment. And I know that, because of my love for the Transformers, I will watch this in 2017.

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One Degree of Separation

by on Aug.22, 2016, under Film & TV

Almost four years ago, I met this awesome icon of Philippine Cinema during a screening of Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay in SM Megamall.

I’m a fan and won’t be ashamed to say it.

No, hordes of people were not flocking to see her – aside from me, only a few cinemagoers here and there approached the elderly woman who gamely posed with us.

No, the screening was just a normal screening. It wasn’t one of fanfare nor was it a premiere of any sort. She was there on her own, it seemed, likely interested to see the turn-out (the cinema ended up about 20% full).

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