• This week in entertainment And the Senate side show

    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    It’s a good week for movies: Despite having come after the visually stunning but silly and absurd Oblivion, Tom Cruise finally redeems himself in the Edge of Tomorrow.

    Despite being another teen flick based on a best-selling novel, The Fault in Our Stars seems to be a cut above the current crop. And the sequel to How To Train Your Dragon has been exceeding expectations.

    On television, the down–loaders are awaiting the 66 minute season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. The current season has so many big events happening, anyone who hasn’t read the books and wants to avoid spoilers should stay away from social media.

    However, this is one of those weeks where I sort of veer off from these expected blockbuster b-pop culture treats. I got to spend some time in the land of my roots, Bacolod. I was really happy to discover, there’s a thriving improv comedy scene there!

    For the time being, if you find yourself at the Art District in Mandalagan, Bacolod on a Thursday night, you are like-ly to chance upon a show featuring the comedy improv troupe, Kinenkoy.

    According to the group’s founder, Gabby Fernandez, Bacolod’s Kinenkoy is one year older than Manila’s SPIT (Silly People’s Imaprov Theater), and that he and SPIT’s founder Gabe Mercado, have been keeping touch since the early part of the millennium.

    I was happy to see more than a full house—there were audience members who had to stand up outside the establishment, as even standing room was full!

    Just a few weeks ago, I attended a short “get your feet wet” improv workshop courtesy of SPIT and I had a great time. They had just come back from a stint in New York and Chicago and were setting up a few classes here. I realized how important it is not just to be clever but to be alert, present, generous and receptive. Thursday is improv night in Manila too so their haunts of late are Commune Café in Makati, and Sev’s in Malate.

    Aside from improv, I also finally watched Knights of Badassdom—which is pretty awful but pretty funny in some parts too. The film stars geek hero du jour Peter Dinklage a.k.a. Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones, geek crush Summer Glau (Serenity, Arrow, Alphas, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, etc.), Ryan Kwanten a.k.a. Jason Stack–house from True Blood, and recent visitor to the Philippines, Dani Pudi from Community. It’s a horror comedy film about LARPers (Live Action Role Players) who unknowingly summon a demon.

    While it might sound silly for people who rent out or reserve a public space, set it up to look like some fantasy or science fiction location and consequently dress up as characters who belong and interact in that world—I can say there is definitely a subculture that does things like this and I’ve actually tried it.

    Low budget, totally silly but at least it knows it is.

    As for what’s going with the local pork barrel hearings, I don’t know if the main performers are aware of how silly they are.

    This week’s winner: Game of Thrones Episode 9 and Kinenkoy’s performance at the Art District. Sorry, Philippine Senate.


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