THE X-PAT FILES
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...
Specs, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll
by Scott Garceau - June 17, 2019 - 12:00am
The first third of Rocketman, the Elton John-endorsed biopic, centers on a star-making performance at LA’s Troubadour, a famed rock club that broke many a big act in the ’70s. In it, Elton — played...
How (not) to bond over Trump on Father’s Day
by Scott Garceau - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
I always had this feeling that, as I got older, my dad and I would become more alike.
‘Dark Phoenix’ fails to rise (but TV comes to the rescue)
by Scott Garceau - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
So it is with the latest X-Men chapter, Dark Phoenix, tying up the final threads in the reboot involving younger versions of the popular mutants, from early school days to lots of apocalyptic, time-bending adventures...
Godzilla’s back (and ready to rumble)
by Scott Garceau - June 2, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s no spoiler to say that, somewhere in its original 2014 reboot, Godzilla shifts from being a 350-foot-tall destructive behemoth to occasional protector of the planet.
Our watch has ended
by Scott Garceau - May 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Let’s say you want to break up with somebody.
Donald Trump’s Game of Holes
by Scott Garceau - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am
How does Trump cheat?
No ‘Avengers’ spoilers (unless you count haircuts)
by Scott Garceau - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
By this time, most people inclined to watch The Avengers: Endgame already have done so, but I still feel it polite not to spoil too many details from the new movie.
Nespresso wants you to R-E-C-Y-C-L-E
by Scott Garceau - May 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Nespresso Philippines has one message it wants to shout out loud, Aretha Franklin-style, to local coffee lovers: R-E-C-Y-C-L-E!
Watching Wim Wenders
by Scott Garceau - April 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Watching Wim Wenders films in the 1980s and ’90s was like peering into a future cosmopolitan world cinema, one in which Hollywood crisscrossed with Berlin, Europe splashed up against the Middle East and Asia,...
How to train your dragons
by Scott Garceau - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
We should have known: that giddy moment during Game of Thrones’ Season 8 opener in which Daenerys and Jon Snow ride twin dragons like they’re Jack and Rose doing “King of the world!” on the...
New spice at the Pen
by Scott Garceau - April 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Deep down inside, Radhey Shayam, the new Indian specialty chef at Spices in Peninsula Manila — and the man behind its menu of crispy chicken samosas, braised goat, tandoori jumbo prawns and salmon masala —...
Holy Binge Week
by Scott Garceau - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
This week, as we await the arrival of HBO’s Game of Thrones, here are some more quick picks to pad through during your Holy Week viewing spree.
Size matters: A sneak peek inside Disney HK’S new Ant-man and The Wasp ride
by Scott Garceau - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Paul Rudd (Ant-Man himself) got onstage at Hong Kong Disneyland’s Storybook Theater with director Peyton Reed last March 28 to launch the park’s latest attraction, Ant-Man and Wasp: Nano Battle, but also...
Why Manila’s luxury properties are topping ‘Forbes Travel Guide’
by Scott Garceau - April 1, 2019 - 12:00am
We’ve heard much about the Philippines’ sustained economic growth (averaging six-plus percent annually over the past decade) and the boost in tourism numbers (now at a record-setting 7.1 million foreign...
Jordan Peele’s Black Mirror
by Scott Garceau - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Early in Jordan Peele’s latest social commentary/horror film Us, we see a young girl putting on a Michael Jackson Thriller T-shirt; her dad just won it for her at a boardwalk game on Santa Cruz Beach.
26 chefs in world celebration of French Cuisine on March 21
by Scott Garceau - March 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Manila Hotel’s Champagne Room was the scene for a very special preview last Wednesday night — a degustation spread of French-inspired dishes by 26 local and foreign chefs celebrating the upcoming food...
Brie Larson breaks through Marvel’s glass ceiling
by Scott Garceau - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Early on in Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, aka Carol Danvers, aka Kree warrior hero Vers, is reading a roadmap outside a convenience store on Earth.
Who needs police when you have chickens?
by Scott Garceau - March 3, 2019 - 12:00am
The rooster approached the road. He looked both ways.
A historian who says history is science fiction
by Scott Garceau - February 24, 2019 - 12:00am
History is “the closest thing we have to science fiction,” says historian Jose Raymund Canoy, whose book, An Illustrated History of the Philippines, was launched at NBS Glorietta last week.
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