Twisted by Jessica Zafra – Pumping irony since 1994

The winning catchphrase

September 17, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events


Still Jonesing: The return of the 90s singleton

September 15, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Books



There are bookshelves, then there are rooms that are bookshelves.

September 14, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Books

Book and Bed is a hostel in Tokyo where guests sleep in hidden bunks built into a giant bookshelf. The hostel’s owners wanted to recreate the feeling of drifting off to sleep in the company of a good book, and has 1000s of books — both in English and Japanese — to choose from.

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How to read a pet food label

September 13, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats

Information from the Association of American Feed Control Officials

A pet food is the sum of its thoughtfully blended parts, with the quality of the food overall being more important than the presence of any one particular ingredient. Taste of the Wild labels contain such reader-friendly information to guide pet owners on what they’re actually feeding their pets.

But what do the terms on your pet food product label mean?

1. Check the product name.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has strict rules regarding pet food product names:

The 95% rule ­— Pet food meeting the 95% rule has very few ingredients and simple names, such as “Kitty’s Favorite Tuna Food.” This means 95 percent (and not lower than 70 percent) of the food must be the named ingredient. The water added for processing and added vitamins and minerals is not counted.
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Lav Diaz’s Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) wins Venice Film Festival

September 11, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies


The Woman Who Left, a black-and-white revenge thriller lasting 228 minutes, has won the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice film festival.

The 19th film by Filipino director Lav Diaz, 57, it focuses on the struggle of a schoolteacher to reintegrate into society after 30 years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.

“This is for my country, for the Filipino people; for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” said Diaz, thanking the jury headed by British director Sam Mendes.

In second place, winning the Silver Lion, was Nocturnal Animals, a mordant thriller by Tom Ford which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in dual roles as a once-married couple and as the protagonists in the novel one of them has written.

It is the fashion director’s second film; his first, A Single Man, also had its first screening at the festival, in 2009, taking best actor for Colin Firth.

The award for best director was tied between young Mexican Amat Escalante (for The Untamed) and veteran Russian Andrei Konchalovsky for his Holocaust drama, Paradise.
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Clint Eastwood’s workmanlike airline drama Sully flies because of Tom Hanks

September 10, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies


How do you turn an amazing event that lasted all of 208 seconds into a two-hour movie? Especially if the hero at its center is a man so dignified, selfless, and flawless that he doesn’t even allow himself to feel pride at his stunning feat? First you cast Tom Hanks, the world’s most sympathetic everyman, whom we’ll believe in almost anything (except Dan Brown movies). Then you line up an antagonist.

Now who would be the villain in the true story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the veteran pilot who made a forced landing of a crippled airplane with 155 people on board on the Hudson River in the dead of winter? The geese who crashed into the plane, causing both engines to fail? The media, which has the habit of declaring people heroes one minute, and then tearing them down in the next? That giant caterpillar on co-pilot Aaron Eckhart’s upper lip which obscures his granite-like beauty?
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