KAREN KUNAWICZ

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I risk sounding like a terribly unhip person when I say I own a television set. Once in a while, when it’s not being used for video games, I do the old-fashioned thing and actually watch TV shows broadcast on it. I usually just do “appointment TV” with Survivor but…

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NEW YORK: Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are in town. Bloom is in the thick of performances for Romeo and Juliet, and in a week McKellen will begin previews for Waiting for Godot with good friend and Brooklyn resident,…

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If no one had told me the writer and director of Metro Manila was a British filmmaker, I would have easily assumed it was a local marvel who did it. Sean Ellis came to the Philippines for a week in 2007 and saw the germ for the story while he…

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Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity has been getting a very positive buzz. And rightly so—there’s the stunning vista of space (further enhanced if you’re at an IMAX theater), a simple but intense story to hook audiences in—and small but mighty cast of two: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. This one more than…

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Bang Bang Alley, the set of short films by Ely Buendia, King Palisoc and Yan Yuzon had its world premiere September 25 at the University of the Philippines Cine Adarna. It seemed like one big party with lots of students, fans, bands, food—and for myself a micro reunion of the…

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I went into This is the End the best way ever, knowing as little about it as I could—which was this: it’s a comedy about a bunch of friends facing the apocalypse. And I think it’s the best way to go in, with as few spoilers as possible, this is…

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Before its run in local cinemas, Erik Matti’s On the Job got screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea. In May of this year, Well Go USA picked the film up for distribution and they’re looking at a fall release…

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What was there to watch this week except for the devastation brought about by the habagat combined with Typhoon Maring and the devastation brought about by the pork barrel scandal? Here I am fatigued by Hollywood churning out the same movies over and over and over again (this week it…

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Indieket 2013 happened last Saturday at its regular home, the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City, and everything was just right. There were just enough to people to make the place feel alive—but not too much that you get stuck in crowd traffic. Attendees got to talk to creators and get…

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