THE X-PAT FILES
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.
Did we really land on the moon?
by Scott Garceau - August 4, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s a telling sign of our times that you can sit with your laptop and bounce around between opposing documentaries on the same subject.
Salvatore Cuomo brings the art of the ‘Pizzaiolo’ to his café
by Scott Garceau - August 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Italian-Japanese chef Salvatore Cuomo, whose new eponymous café just opened at the ground floor of The Podium, has some pretty clear ideas about what links the cuisine of his two nationalities — the...
Liverpool: Yesterday… and today
by Scott Garceau - July 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently we saw Yesterday, a romantic musical comedy in which a struggling musician gets bonked on the head during a global blackout and wakes up in a world where the Beatles never existed, except for his persistent...
With a little help from his friends
by Scott Garceau - July 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Pity poor Jack Malik.
The driving force behind Grab
by Scott Garceau - July 8, 2019 - 12:00am
The next time you’re riding an MRT home after work, look around: Grab Philippines president Brian Cu might be that overly curious guy standing next to you, looking at your phone screen.
‘Stranger’ Days
by Scott Garceau - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, probably did enjoy listening to the music we hear on the Stranger Things soundtrack, the breakout Netflix hit that just dropped its third season.
Peter Parker’s Summer Vacation
by Scott Garceau - June 30, 2019 - 12:00am
After the funny, frantic, fresh reboots Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017 and last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where else would Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (23-year-old Tom Holland, here passably...
Is this the last rodeo for ‘Toy story’?
by Scott Garceau - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Pixar’s Toy Story movies, aside from their remarkable facility at extracting emotions from CGI-rendered plastic and furry objects, have always been about a larger world — one that includes all of our...
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