KAREN KUNAWICZ

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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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Oliver Stone has been writing, producing and directing films for the last 45 years. He wrote the screenplay for Scarface, Midnight Express, Evita and wrote and directed films like Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street and JFK. His hard work has been remunerated with Oscars nominations and wins. Stone is not afraid…

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I must admit, I felt unusually melancholic after watching Eight Days A Week. It was a very good documentary, directed by Ron Howard about a band that made timeless music. I felt melancholic because we live in a world where The Beatles no longer exists as a group. The Beatles…

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Revenge and seeking out justice is an incredibly bloody business—as Antoine Fuqua’s take on The Magnificent Seven will remind you. The Magnificent Seven was originally a 1960 classic American Western film, which in turn was based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Not only was the film iconic, the main theme…

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Netflix released Narcos season 1 last year and it was compelling stuff—but it also made for very tense viewing. I thought it would take a season to chronicle the rise and fall of Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and could finally rest. Not the case, season 2 opens after the…

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Last weekend was an extraordinary one for geeks and pop culture enthusiasts: at SMX you had the second Asia Pop Comic Con (APCC) while at the World Trade Center you had the first History Con. Not to mention the two more concurrent events namely, the 10th International Silent Film Festival…

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A special ‘Fan Girl’ guide to a happening weekend Some weekends, we’re twiddling our thumbs looking for things to do. And then there are welcome anomalies like this weekend, which has four big events to excite every fan boy and fan girl. Ready, get set, take your pick! Event No.…

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