Rock is Dead, Mellon Collie & The Nicene Creeders Slackerful Mysteries

Despite all the press, an MTV hit and all other atrocities ascribed to them during their heyday, Pavement was one of those bands whose popularity (or rather lack thereof) flew under my radar during the nineties. And I’m rather thankful for that. I am endlessly grateful that I’ve had Stone Temple Pilots, Silverchair, Green Day, … More Rock is Dead, Mellon Collie & The Nicene Creeders Slackerful Mysteries

The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)

I haven’t seen a Hou film before. And after seeing The Assassin, I realized that—kind of regretted it actually—watching this film 40,000 feet above the ground wasn’t the best way to appreciate Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s cinematic finery. More so with the aircraft’s engines roaring from just outside the window. Though from what I could make of it, … More The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)

Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016)

Captain America: Civil War finds the Earth’s mightiest heroes split in two. One led by Captain America and the other headed by Iron Man—two evenly matched teams going head-to-head in a mid-movie battle seemingly inspired by the opening sequence of the X-Men cartoons from the ‘90s. While Iron Man got Spider-Man, Captain America’s team is … More Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016)

A Scanner Darkly / Bugs

The opening scene of A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater’s 2006 film based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, set to Pearl Jam’s “Bugs”. Other notable films by Richard Linklater – Suburbia, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Walking Life. “Bugs” is off Pearl Jam’s third album Vitalogy.

Ourselves the Elves, The Strange Creatures

Two excellent lovely twinkly EPs… It’ll Be Alright (Ourselves the Elves, 2013) What elevates this from the rest of female-fronted bands of local indieland, I don’t know exactly. Maybe it’s the lack of synths. Or the lo-fi prod perhaps? Maybe it’s the untamed cymbals occasionally clashing with the guitars. Or maybe it’s the intimate air … More Ourselves the Elves, The Strange Creatures

Sila (Sud, 2015)

Found this music video last night. Couldn’t remember if it was the recent controversy or something else that made me click on it. The song is fine, suave, horn-y (or make that sax-y) and reminds me of pop songs from the pre-Ultraelectromagneticpop days – something like Bodjie’s Law of Gravity’s “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko”, … More Sila (Sud, 2015)

CinepleXX

Sunud-sunod na putok ng baril ang umalingawngaw. Sagutan ng putok. Habulan at barilan sa gubat. May mga humahabol kay Ben-Hur. Gumanti sya ng putok. Tumingin sa camera, nakangiwi ng bahagya. Sa harap naman ay may lumang sofa na bahagyang tumatabing sa ibabang bahagi ng telon. Medyo malabo din ang pelikulang nakasalang, at tila baligtad ang … More CinepleXX

John Wick (Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, 2014)

There are no ad campaigns out there against animal cruelty, that would do better than John Wick, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s pulpy noir action film about a retired assassin, who’d let hell break loose on a Russian mob, just because the boss’ son killed his dog and stole his 1969 Mustang. But it’s primarily … More John Wick (Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, 2014)