Self-isolation in the movies
by Fiel Estrella - May 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Our days in quarantine have been compared to post-apocalyptic dystopia and endless time loops — but how do movies actually depict what it’s like when you’re physically disconnected from the rest...
The Strokes have paved the way for a ‘New Abnormal’
by Fiel Estrella - April 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Seven years after ‘Comedown Machine,’ The Strokes have finally released their sixth album — and it couldn’t have come at a time more suited to the quintet.
How Dima innovates reproductive health in the country
by Fiel Estrella - April 18, 2020 - 12:00am
On recently launched website Dima, customers of all ages (though take note: minors require valid prescriptions from physicians) can consult with partner doctors, shop for birth control and other products and medication,...
What ‘solusyong medikal’ really means for every Filipino
by Fiel Estrella - March 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A week of Metro Manila in quarantine raises concerns as to how ill-prepared the country is for a pandemic like COVID-19 — and how much more support our frontliners in the health sector can use.
For the new ‘Mulan,’ what does it mean to be loyal, brave and true?
by Fiel Estrella - March 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The modern Disney classic about the girl-warrior who risked it all returns in live-action to cinemas 20 years later, but everything surrounding it has been an uphill battle.
A case for the stacks of CDs we can’t seem to let go
by Fiel Estrella - March 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Albums and mixes on holographic discs may practically be time travelers that have literally outlived their purpose, but thatdoesn’t mean there’s no place for them in the era of streaming.
How the ‘Final Destination’ movies defined horror for a generation
by Fiel Estrella - February 29, 2020 - 12:00am
For those of us who grew up with it, the supernatural slasher franchise would end up embodying the anxieties and ennui of our adult years.
Lara Jean still has a lot of growing up to do in ‘P.S. I Still Love You.’
by Fiel Estrella - February 22, 2020 - 12:00am
The sequel to ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ got certain things right about its heroine’s character development — with a little misstep or two.
Studio Ghibli finds a new home on Netflix
by Fiel Estrella - February 1, 2020 - 12:00am
In an effort to make them more accessible, the entire catalogue of the Japanese animation studio will be available to stream for the first time, with subtitles and dubs in over 20 languages.
The world as Prafull Sawant sees it
by Fiel Estrella - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am
The multi-awarded watercolorist is known for the realism in his work — a quality influenced by his many travels to different cities across the globe.
The Academy needs to do better
by Fiel Estrella - January 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The road to true diversity and representation in Hollywood has been a long and difficult one — and having these efforts be ignored by the Oscars isn’t helping.
Pop songs are for getting through your twenties
by Fiel Estrella - January 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Some singers were meant to fade into obscurity — but some of them rise from the ashes and keep on making anthems for girls and the women they’re growing up to be.
Class rage goes to the movies
by Fiel Estrella - January 4, 2020 - 12:00am
From ‘Knives Out’ to ‘Parasite,’ the past year’s most talked-about cinema explores every intricacy of the gap between rich and poor and, in some instances, turns it on its head.
Under your skin
by Fiel Estrella - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
In Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, the matriarch of the financially struggling Kim family corrects her husband when he says rich people can still be nice despite their wealth...
One for the books
by Fiel Estrella - August 3, 2019 - 12:00am
For Elda Rotor, the Filipino vice president and publisher of Penguin Classics, representation and diversity are the key to keeping literature alive.
The times, they are a-changin’
by Fiel Estrella - July 6, 2019 - 12:00am
When it landed on Netflix in October 2017, Stranger Things 2 was the perfect Halloween treat, all autumn leaves and Ghostbusters costumes and things that go bump in the night.
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
by Fiel Estrella - June 15, 2019 - 12:00am
With grace and honesty, ‘Rocketman’ maps out the journey Elton John has taken to become a soul man — and provides refreshing LGBT visibility along the way.
Put a spell on you
by Fiel Estrella - May 4, 2019 - 12:00am
The stars of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ get candid about what’s new in part two, growing with their characters, and a brewing love triangle.
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