KAREN KUNAWICZ

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I guess for all the tailspins, challenges, curveballs, fighting and distressing news happening in 2016, there’s a little comfort knowing we at least wrap up the year with a Star Wars film that is making fans happy Rogue One is that war film set in the Star Wars universe; the…

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Truth was a film released in October 2015 in the US and it came out on DVD in February of this year. It’s a bit odd it’s only hitting cinemas here a year and two months later. Then again you realize, the subject matter is relevant on so many levels.…

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With movies like Dr. Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana, the upcoming Rogue One and an indie filled MMFF—I can only say I’m so relieved to be covering the currently fulfilling pop culture beat. I think my heart would sink like a rock in the ocean if…

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My first cover story as a journalist was on Dra. Margarita Holmes. It was for the Philippine Graphic in 1990. She graciously welcomed me to her home and one of the first things I saw was this huge pile of letters—all different kinds of paper and stationery, varied types of…

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I’ve been a pop culture columnist for the last 22 years. For the most part, I can count on droves of people who want to talk about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Marvel Movies, Neil Gaiman, The Kardashians, that breakthrough Pinoy Indie, our music or comics scene.…

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After seven years of devotion to The Walking Dead, I decided to take a break from that show and watch a new one. I ended up giving something very different a try—Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s an hour-long comedy with bits of dark humor and musical numbers thrown in. Rebecca Bunch is…

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Don’t be deceived. A Monster Calls is neither scary, nor is it odd, whimsical and dark in a Roald Dahl sort of way. It is actually a tender—if a little bit sad and melancholic—coming of age tale. You might actually want to bring some tissues to this “monster movie.” Twelve-year-old…

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I’m glad I watched the first episode of the new and seventh season of The Walking Dead first, before seeing Doctor Strange. At least I ended my day of pop culture on an upbeat note. “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” a.k.a. the 84th episode of the show…

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After the success of their first local run in January 2014, Wicked, one of the most beloved Broadway musicals will fly back to Manila on February 2017. For the uninitiated, Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) is based on the 1995 book by Gregory Maguire—Wicked: The…

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