Winter Soldier: Heroism in non-heroic times.

Winter Soldier: Heroism in non-heroic times.

An alternative poster for the movie from 411posters.com.

Captain America has always been an iconic character.  His re-creation in modern times, as a hero finding himself out of place in the world, is an intriguing position. The question of what a hero, whose values have been left behind, who can be seen as quaint and antiquated, must do in this “new world” makes for a very mature story,…

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War. Lukewarm.

In today’s (April 4, 2014) article, Rappler.com quoted China analyst Chito Sta. Ana as saying that China is prepared to go to “legal war”.  This was seen as a reaction to the Philippines’ filing of a memorial (a legal pleading) to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, asking that the claims made on it be heard.  China has rejected the process completely, but, as Sta. Ana has pointed out, the…

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The Importance of Fun

The Importance of Fun

Dancing in confetti.  From GetBlued.

Dancing in confetti. by Arvin Lim.

I’m watching a volleyball game.  In fact, I’m watching the re-run of a game I saw just a few hours earlier.  It’s collegiate volleyball, a sport that almost never gets any real media attention in the Philippines, at least, not until now.  It’s the final, winner-take-all game between the LaSalle Lady Spikers and the Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the game is a study in…

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Justice League: War is better than the comics

Justice League: War is better than the comics

From backofthehead.com

The newest animated feature of DC Entertainment is Justice League: War is everything I’ve been wishing the comics would be.  It’s smart, it’s fast paced, it’s action packed, it’s witty, it features characters that actually have distinct, if a little hokey, personalities.  In other words, it’s fun.

Which, I am sorry to say, does not seem to be the case with the comics…

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EDSA: 28 years later

EDSA: 28 years later

EDSA. Take note of how far the extent of the people were. Thanks to iampinks.wordpress.com

In an exercise this morning, I asked my students to tell me what EDSA (in the context of the holiday they enjoyed yesterday) was. The most common answer I got: “It’s a road.”  While made half in jest, it does show that to them, the 1986 People Power revolution is something that isn’t part of their psyche;…

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Scorched EarthScorched Earth by arcipello at arcipello.deviantart.com
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Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth by arcipello at arcipello.deviantart.com

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Please, don’t say “Cowabunga”.A page from the first issue of TMNT. Thanks to ifanboy.com for the picture!
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Please, don’t say “Cowabunga”.

A page from the first issue of TMNT. Thanks to ifanboy.com for the picture!

I’ve always been a fan…

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The Wolf of Wall Street: Brilliant, Wacky, and TerrifyingFrom Junkiemonkeys.com
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is funny.
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The Wolf of Wall Street: Brilliant, Wacky, and Terrifying

From Junkiemonkeys.com

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is funny.

It’s so close to farce…

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Space Battleship Yamato 2199: A Classic Redone Perfectly
An example of how crisp the animation is from the new series. From jefusion.com.
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Space Battleship Yamato 2199: A Classic Redone Perfectly

An example of how crisp the animation is from the new series. From jefusion.com.

Interest in…

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