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Ah, look at all the lonely people

June 29, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Music No Comments →

Calling something The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby naturally raises questions.
– When will she pick up the rice in the church where a wedding has been?
– Does she keep her face in a jar by the door?
– Does he darn his socks in the night when there’s nobody there?

We’re watching this anyway.

We have to see Kate Bush in concert

April 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Music, Television 2 Comments →

We’ve been watching the BBC comedy series The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. It consists of the two actors playing themselves, driving to selected restaurants in the north of England (and in the second series, Italy), eating and drinking heartily, and having long, seemingly random conversations in which they do impressions of famous people, criticize popular culture, and compete with each other.

After their discussion on the voices in the Batman movies and the pronunciation of Alanis Morrisette, we began to wonder if they were friends of ours. Just the other week we were at a dinner in which three grown men did impressions of Sharon Cuneta in My Only Love (“Ayoko ng number one, kasi kung may number one, may number two…”) for two hours.

Anyway, while Coogan and Brydon are driving in Yorkshire they start singing, and food shoots out of our nose when we realize they are doing Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. Who is doing a series of concerts this year! We must see her.

Kate Bush has the best summary of Emily Bronte’s novel.

The Rains of Castamere by Sigur Ros is a soundtrack for your waking dreams

April 14, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Music, Television No Comments →

Anything we have to say about Game of Thrones at this point will contain spoilers, so let’s not speak of it at all.

The Icelandic band Sigur Ros can make anything sound haunting. They make us want to learn Icelandic (Lolo Tolkien would be pleased). Here they take the Lannister song The Rains of Castamere and turn it into the kind of music you hear in those prophetic dreams whose details you can never remember when you wake up. (We recommend listening to Sigur Ros while visiting tropical islands in blazing sunshine. It makes for an amazing contrast.)

Hey, today’s theme is dragons.

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Look, here’s a short film with music by Sigur Ros in which Aidan Gillen (Lord Baelish, who has a larger role this season) meets a fox.

All the sad young men

April 07, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Music 3 Comments →

We have just been reminded by Jezebel that it is the 20th death anniversary of Kurt Cobain and the 15th anniversary of the release of 10 Things I Hate About You.

Live, dammit, live.

Frances, ha.

March 10, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Music No Comments →

In the most memorable scene from last year’s Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig runs through the streets to the tune of Modern Love by David Bowie. Wonderful! Here’s the scene, mashed up with Michael Fassbender running in Shame (couldn’t find just the Frances Ha bit).

Then someone pointed us to this scene from Bad Blood, a 1986 film by Leos Carax.


Rak of Aegis: Can Tom Cruise sing Basang-Basa Sa Ulan?

February 26, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Music 2 Comments →


They had us at the title. How could we resist something called Rak of Aegis? Apart from the cheeky Tagalized reference to the American musical celebrating cheeseball Eighties music, hair and fashion, it mentions the awesomeness that is Aegis. Aegis, the band whose tonsil-shredding songs of lost love and dashed hopes were the soundtrack of the Oughties. Aegis, whose inimitable power ballads plumbed the abyss of romantic sentimentality. To call their music “a guilty pleasure” is condescending and clueless. To understand the concept “Pinoy”, one must engage with the phenomenon of Aegis.


Part of the thrill of watching Rak of Aegis is wondering whether the actors will fall into the “floodwaters”.

We had expected a local homage to Rock of Ages, with “Halik” and “Basang-Basa Sa Ulan” instead of the hits of Def Leppard and Journey—a nostalgia trip affectionately mocking recent pop artifacts. After all, Rock of Ages is just a compendium of songs arranged around a flimsy tale of aspiring musicians. How could we set the bar so low? We should be made to sing “Halik” three octaves higher than the original, as the in-theatre announcements threatened spectators who made phone calls or sang along while the show was in progress.

Reviewed in our column at Thanks to Earnest for making us watch Rak of Aegis, and to Leloi for letting us in. (We still owe you a T-shirt photo.)

Rak of Aegis, onstage at the PETA Theatre Centre on Eymard Drive, New Manila. Tickets at Visit the PETA Facebook page.