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Viva Vuvalini: Mad Max Fury Road reviewed by a 70-year-old lady

May 22, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Movies No Comments →

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The story was developed quickly. No nonsense early on, just jumped right in and held my attention. I thought the drums were a good vehicle for raising the tension. The band kept things lively. Elements were always being introduced throughout the journey, it never faltered. At the end, they realized their journey was back at the beginning, to go back and make life better for all the people being enslaved and suffering at the Citadel.

Old women were treated very respectfully in this film. I liked that too. They weren’t ridiculed at all, they played important and strong roles, nurturing yet powerful. I don’t understand what those men Men’s Rights Activists are saying about Mad Max; that’s ridiculous. They should be proud at the way men were portrayed in this film. Max acted like a true man, he showed courage and strength. He held men’s standards very well, came in there like a true man and helped those in need. And they’re angry about the theme of men destroying the world and starting wars compared to women nurturing and rebuilding it, but that’s just a reality.

Read Mad Max: Fury Road reviewed by a 70-year-old lady. Via the AV Club.

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We need to see Mad Max in IMAX. Please be showing this weekend please.

Money, morals and Mayweather

May 19, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Sports besides Tennis 1 Comment →

Anyone who cares about boxing knows that a number of its participants have criminal pasts—and, for that matter, criminal presents and criminal futures. In Mayweather’s case, the news of his latest assault and concomitant jail sentence was sometimes treated as yet one more episode in a colorful life. A few months after the sentence came down, HBO called Mayweather “one of boxing’s most intriguing and controversial figures” and broadcast “Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out,” an interview conducted by Michael Eric Dyson, the scholar known for his analysis of African-American culture and politics.

“I’m pretty sure Martin Luther King been in jail,” Mayweather said, rather nonsensically. “I’m pretty sure Malcolm X been in jail.”

At one point, Dyson suggested that Mayweather’s critics were jealous and possibly racist. He asked, “Do you think people have a real resentment of your success as a black man who’s flashy, making it rain, and they look at their own lives and see that they’re not doing nearly as well as you?”

What should we do with athletes like Mayweather, who commit particularly disturbing crimes? In boxing, the answer, traditionally, has been: as long as they are not currently incarcerated, let them fight.

Read The Best Defense by Kelefa Sanneh in the New Yorker.

Manny Vs Money: The “Fight of the Century”?

May 04, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Sports besides Tennis No Comments →

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Manny (Pacquiao) himself has always seemed generous and open-hearted, just happy to be where he is. It’s a long way from living on the streets after your drunken father ate your dog. During the stare-off with his opponent he could not stop smiling. Addressing his fans, he told them not to worry because he was doing the fighting, not them. Very considerate of him. I wonder if he was aware that he was speaking epic hero language: I will carry this burden for you. Maybe he is aware of it, having written and sung that song (covered on TV by Jimmy Kimmell, who has always treated Pacquiao with great respect, never mocking his English the way we do).

But the “Fight of the Century” wasn’t about being a good human being, it was all about money and hype. I like the boxing scholar who said a “fight of the century” must have a social dimension: Lewis vs Schmeling, in which a black man was fighting for the free world against Nazism; Ali vs Frazier, after Ali had taken a stand against the Vietnam War. There was no social import here: Mayweather was not making a statement on the riots in Baltimore or the death of black men in police custody. This fight was purely about money.

Read our column now at InterAksyon.com.

Mazel tov, Your Highness

May 02, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Sports besides Tennis 2 Comments →

The second we checked into Budapest, the BBC reported that England’s new royal baby has arrived and she’s a girl. Mazel tov! Given the timing of the birth–breaking into the latest non-news on the upcoming Pacquiao-Mayweather match–and given that Manny Pacquiao named his daughter “Queen Elizabeth”, Kate and Wills should call their baby “Dionesia”.

Beat him, Pac-Man.

April 29, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Sports besides Tennis No Comments →

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We don’t like boxing, and generally what a Manny Pacquiao bout means to us is that road traffic will be very light on the Sunday morning (Manila time) it’s on so we can go to Binondo, Divisoria and Quiapo. We think Manny Pacquiao entering politics is a daffy idea. We’re not interested in his affairs or the romantic life of his mother. But every time we see reports on the upcoming Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, we want Manny Pacquiao to beat Mayweather’s ass like a drum. We want Manny to pulverize him. Do it, Pac-Man.

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The Jinx is the creepiest TV show we’ve seen this year, and it’s a documentary.

April 24, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events, Monsters, Television No Comments →

A dismembered body is discovered in Galveston, Texas, wrapped in trash bags. It is missing a head. The dead person is identified as Morris Black, resident of a run-down boarding house. Police find clues in the trash bags and blood in the house. They arrest Black’s neighbor, a middle-aged mute woman named Dorothy Ciner. Who, it turns out, is neither mute nor a woman.

Why was Robert Durst, scion of a New York real estate empire, living in a crummy boarding house pretending to be a mute woman? It was not the first time he was in such close proximity to a corpse. Twenty years earlier his young wife Kathie, a medical student, disappeared and was never seen again. Ten years earlier his best friend Susan Berman was shot dead in her house in Beverly Hills. In both cases Durst had not been treated as a suspect.

Read our TV column The Binge at BusinessWorld.