THE X-PAT FILES
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?
Carlos Celdran’s final act
by Scott Garceau - October 13, 2019 - 12:00am
You’d never really “meet” Carlos Celdran; you’d encounter him.
Joaquin’s joker is no laughing matter
by Scott Garceau - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Even the most primitive societies have an innate respect for the insane.”
What does ‘Zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!’ mean? Find out at Okada's Octoberfest
by Scott Garceau - September 26, 2019 - 12:00am
One thing you might not expect to see while wandering down Okada’s Crystal Corridor is an Austrian band dressed in lederhosen performing Tom Schilling’s ’80s hit Major Tom.
Brad Pitt goes Interstellar
by Scott Garceau - September 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Lately, on the heels of prominent roles in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and the just- released Ad Astra, Brad Pitt’s been spilling a lot in interviews about his own self-reckoning...
Why does The Joker continue to fascinate US?
by Scott Garceau - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
In 2012, during a midnight screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado cinema, a nut job tossed tear gas grenades into the audience and killed 12 people with semi-automatic...
‘It 2’ doubles down on dumb scares
by Scott Garceau - September 8, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s evil clown season, so while we wait for the main course (Joaquin Phoenix going all-in as The Joker this October), here’s an appetizer for the pre-Halloween crowd.
23 reasons to love D23
by Scott Garceau - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
the biannual Disney convention held in Anaheim, California — is where every gender, race, creed, species and level of fandom combines as one.
Hollywood fantasy and scary reality collide in Tarantino’s latest
by Scott Garceau - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Somewhere deep into Quentin Tarantino’s nearly-three-hour opus, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (coming out this Wednesday), Sadie, a member of the infamous Manson Family, muses in the back of a parked...
Netflix brings ‘Dark crystal’ back to life
by Scott Garceau - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Growing up in the 1980s, pre-millennials definitely remember a dark fantasy by Jim Henson that was leagues away from Sesame Street and the Muppets.
Two novelists revisit ‘Apocalypse now’
by Scott Garceau - August 11, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s no coincidence that National Book Store invited both Gina Apostol, PEN awardee and author of Insurrecto and Gun Dealer’s Daughter, to sit beside Pulitzer-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen (for 2016’s...
Louis XIII: So much history in a bottle
by Scott Garceau - August 8, 2019 - 12:00am
I’m not a ritualistic person by nature.
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