THE X-PAT FILES
A Marcosian game of thrones
by Scott Garceau - February 23, 2020 - 12:00am
In a way, the fact that The Kingmaker, the Lauren Greenfield documentary about the Marcoses.
Trafalgar lets you relive ‘The two Popes’
by Scott Garceau - February 16, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s a no-brainer that when Filipinos visit Italy for the first time, they make a beeline for the Vatican (Roman Catholic kasi).
DC’s all-girl vendetta squad
by Scott Garceau - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s no mystery why Margot Robbie was the only Suicide Squad cast member given a sequel besides the fact that most of the dudes in that film died, Harley Quinn was the most interesting character in sight.
‘1917’ takes us through world war hell
by Scott Garceau - February 2, 2020 - 12:00am
All worries that Sam Mendes’ 1917 will just be a copycat period war epic based in real time à la Dunkirk vanish with the opening shot: two lance corporals Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman, aka Tommen in Game...
‘Jojo Rabbit’ and the lighter side of nazi Germany
by Scott Garceau - January 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Humor is tragedy plus time,” Mark Twain once observed.
Dave Chappelle kills ’em softly in Manila
by Scott Garceau - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Dave Chappelle walks onto the Solaire Theatre stage to whooping cheers as though he’s just glided in from his living room, where he was plunked down on the sofa; he’s wearing baggy black sweatpants, topped...
Suspicious Minds the
by Scott Garceau - January 12, 2020 - 12:00am
When does a hero become a suspect?
20 to watch for Oscar 2020
by Scott Garceau - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
We like to think that movies reflect our social mood, and if so, 2019 saw reflections on marriages coming apart, social classes at war, people going into space (or into remote lighthouses) to escape the world, or...
Henry Cavill leaps from Superman to antihero in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’
by Scott Garceau - December 29, 2019 - 12:00am
To those who bask in his chiseled looks, superheroic demeanor and English accent, Henry Cavill is a god. This we learned at a recent Netflix press conference in which the English actor — otherwise known as...
In ‘Star wArs’ finale, no one’s ever really gone
by Scott Garceau - December 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Just as Disney’s The Mandalorian plays upon our emotional piggy bank of memories by bringing back (spoiler!) Yoda, J.J. Abrams has been most successful at bridging the old and new Star Wars chapters by never...
U2 and Bono take manila to church
by Scott Garceau - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Heard this could be a church,” U2 singer Bono observed as the band took the stage at Philippine Arena, the 55,000-seater Iglesia Ni Cristo forum last Wednesday.
Top trends of the 2010s? Selfies, fake news and binge-watching
by Scott Garceau - December 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Here we are, approaching a new decade, one that will probably see higher global temperatures, more divided and tribal politics, and an endless slew of superhero sequels.
Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ is an elegy to american crime
by Scott Garceau - December 1, 2019 - 12:00am
The Irishman, now on Netflix, is a Martin Scorsese-directed acting tour de force, bringing together three icons of cinematic violence Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in one deeply unfurling road trip elegy...
Delta adds more luxury to its Main Cabin experience
by Scott Garceau - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
We all know the experience of boarding a flight and passing through the Business or First Class section towards our regular coach seats while enviously eyeing the passengers in front, already nestled in their seats,...
When Ford made cars fast and furious
by Scott Garceau - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
n Ford v Ferrari, James Mangold’s racecar drama set in the ’60s amid the grueling Le Mans race in France, Christian Bale and Matt Damon play performance drivers who help the Ford Motor Company —...
Shine on, you crazy ‘80s horror icon
by Scott Garceau - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Stephen King, author of The Shining and its decades-later sequel Doctor Sleep, has a well-known distaste for the Stanley Kubrick film based on his horror classic. He hated it, but the movie still crept into filmgoers’...
WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
by Scott Garceau - November 3, 2019 - 12:00am
I was watching US President Trump’s White House communications guru Kellyanne Conway defend her boss on TV recently, and she said something kind of odd: despite all the criticisms and impeachment woes leveled...
The grapest story ever told
by Scott Garceau - October 31, 2019 - 12:00am
Wine Story is soon turning 10, and owner Romy Sia is taking this moment — while opening his new branch, Wine Story Uptown, at One Uptown Residences, with a media lunch prepared by Gaita Fores
‘Watchmen’ gets a timely reboot
by Scott Garceau - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am
The opening sequence of Watchmen, HBO’s series based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, is so shocking you may think it’s fiction: the African-American citizens of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921, are suddenly...
A very unusual food pairing
by Scott Garceau - October 17, 2019 - 12:00am
What’s better than a three-course meal or a three-layer cake?
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