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We’re turning 8 on Wednesday

September 22, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Cats 6 Comments →

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Not Drogon, he’s only two.

JessicaRulestheUniverse.com will have its eighth birthday on Wednesday, 24 September 2014, and we’re marking the occasion by giving away a bunch of prizes. Check in on Wednesday to find out how you can get some of the loot. This is our way of thanking you, our readers, for joining our ongoing discussion on Books, Movies, Cats, Tennis, and other singularities.

Ricky Villabona’s Head Space at Univers

September 11, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Art No Comments →

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Head Space, a series of collages by Ricky Villabona, is now on view at Univers.

We imagine that entering Ricky’s head space would be like going to a disco theme park designed by David Lynch. Ricky talks about his installation here.

Univers d’Homme et Femme is on the ground floor of East Tower One at Rockwell, Makati. It is open from 11-8 on Sundays, 11-9 Mondays to Thursdays, and 11-10 Fridays and Saturdays.

Lav Diaz’s Norte opens in cinemas Sept 10-16. Help us spread the word.

August 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Movies 2 Comments →

Hailed as a masterpiece by the world’s critics in the New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, The Telegraph, Total Film, The Independent, Film Comment, Grantland, The A.V. Club, Sight and Sound and many others, winner of the Gawad Urian for Best Picture, Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan finally gets a theatrical run in its own country.

September 10-16, 2014
Whole-day screenings at Glorietta in Ayala Center, Makati, and Trinoma in Quezon City.
Nightly screenings from 7pm to 11:10pm at Robinson’s Galleria and Robinson’s East.

We will post the complete schedules and other confirmed venues as soon as we can.

Norte is the perfect gateway to the work of the Filipino filmmaker long known among cinephiles as a master. An epic reimagining of Crime and Punishment, it is Lav Diaz’s most accessible work, and while the running time of 4 hours, 10 minutes may seem daunting, it earns every long take. Look at this.

The stunning cinematography is by Larry Manda. Norte features towering performances from Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania and an excellent supporting cast. The screenplay is by one of our foremost playwrights Rody Vera, and Lav Diaz. Norte is produced by Moira Lang, with line producers Kristine Kintana and Maya Quirino, and executive producers Kaiyan and Jessica Zafra.

Yes, that’s us. As the instigator of world domination theory, we have a stake in making sure that Norte is seen by everyone who cares not only about Filipino cinema or international prestige, but about The Big Questions: Life, Death, Truth, Justice, Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, Beauty and Ugliness. The first time we saw this movie, before we became officially involved with it, we remembered this line from Ernest Renan: “O God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul.”

Apologies for bringing ourself into the discussion, but our culture demands the personal approach. Norte is an independent film without the massive resources with which to bombard the public with advertising and TV promotions. But we have something the movie factories don’t have, we have You, the Thinking Reader.

We are asking You to help us promote the Norte screenings from September 10-16 by reposting this announcement on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. We invite those who have seen Norte in our special screenings at Ayala Cinemas to post their thoughts on the movie or links to their blogs in Comments. And we will see you at the cinema from September 10 to 16 for the theatrical run of Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan.

Here’s the scene we keep quoting from.

And the really uncomfortable support group scene.

Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan opens in cinemas on September 10

August 25, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Movies No Comments →

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Hazel Orencio in Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan

Whole-day screenings at Glorietta and Trinoma.
Nightly screenings at 7pm at Robinson’s Galleria and Robinson’s East.
The film’s running time is 4 hours, 10 minutes.
Help us to spread the word on Facebook and Instagram.

Here are some of the reviews of Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysan in the foreign media.

New York Times

Guardian
NPR
Telegraph
Independent
Critics Roundup
A.V. Club
Grantland
British Film Institute
Film Comment
Total Film

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From Time Out London.

The Department of Shameless Self-Promotion: Our next Ayala Museum talk is on September 6.

August 08, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Books No Comments →

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Thanks to everyone who attended our talk, Don’t Be A Writer, last Saturday at the Ayala Museum. See you for the second talk next month.

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Buy our latest books, The Stories So Far (fiction) and Geeks Vs Jocks (essays) at the Library of Babel, library-of-babel.com. Available in hardcover, Php399. You can also buy the books at our museum talks. Each lecture is followed by a signing.

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The Department of Shameless Self-Promotion: Style Weekend, Ayala Museum lecture

August 01, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements 3 Comments →

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We’re wearing our purple velour frames that Leo got us in Japan. Liza is trying vintage frames from the 60s that used to belong to Tina’s mom. Photo from Liza Ilarde’s Instagram

We’re featured in the Style Weekend article on Fashion Collectors, out today.

“You?? A fashion collector?” They interviewed us about eyeglasses and took pictures of some of our spectacles.

Edited by Liza Ilarde, the Style Weekend is free with today’s issue of the Manila Bulletin. The glossy edition is sold at select bookstores and magazine stands.

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The first of our Ayala Museum lectures will be held tomorrow at 3pm. All the details are in the poster above. You can get copies of our new books, The Stories So Far (short stories) and Geeks Vs Jocks (essays) at the museum talk and have them signed. Of course we’ll sign your old Twisted books, but we’d rather sign our new books, which come in beautiful hardcover editions (Php399 each).