KAREN KUNAWICZ

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The Phil Lord-Christopher Miller tandem strikes again. They did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the 21 Jump Street movie and now, The Lego Movie. In person, the guys look more like college film students having too much on their projects, rather than Hollywood directors blessed with attractive budgets. My…

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This week I’d like to stick to one of my favorite adages, “Stop making stupid people famous.” So, stupid things, you won’t get any column space from me. Last week, they held the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and the big winner of the night in terms of…

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The stories of Walter and The Wolf The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber appeared for the first time in 1939 in The New Yorker. From there it made its way to my freshman English literature textbook and probably yours too. I met Walter Mitty decades ago but,…

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This Sunday I am giving the floor to my friend Manuel Genato. Manuel is a constant companion at the movies and he is qualified to take over today because he watched the “big” opening films for 2014. Here are his reviews of this week’s post-MMFF releases. * * * ‘The…

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It all started last December. My good friend Dindi Gallardo was one of the first to get on a book meme bandwagon where, if you were tagged, you were supposed to make a list of 10 books that have stayed with you throughout the years. For many of my friends…

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Conclusion 10. 300: Rise of an Empire—Here we are again in sequel-land, however, what does make me take notice are the women: Eva Green and Lena Heady (back as Queen Gorgo). I am a big fan of Eva Green from Kingdom of Heaven to Casino Royale to Franklyn to Dark…

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First of two parts I wish I had an indie list too but for now this batch of Hollywood releases will have to do. 20. 22 Jump Street—Directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are back with the duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Detectives Jenko and Schmidt.…

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Over the last week, I noticed a tiny trend—a few of my friends had all either watched or were preparing to watch Love Actually. Apart from “marathon-ing” the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings, it was the most popular choice for holiday viewing. I decided to give this…

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I was very lucky to  have watched The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on the best possible format—the biggest Imax screen in the country at the SM Mall of Asia, in 3D and in HFR, otherwise known as high frame rate or 48 fps. The biggest achievement of Desolation of Smaug…

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If, for one reason or another you are still depressed and reeling from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, and stressed about the mad swirl that is commercial Christmas like I am—watching The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale may not be suitable if your goal is to kick back, relax and free…

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