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Weekly Report Card 11: The exquisite tale of a love affair, to be devoured in one sitting

March 29, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies, Television 3 Comments →

TV: Legion – A. From the showrunner of TV’s excellent Fargo, an X-Men origin story with shades of Wes Anderson. I’ll review it when I’ve finished the first season.

Movie: Get Out – A

Book: Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift – A.

On Mothering Sunday (the religious precursor of the commercial Mother’s Day) in the English countryside in 1924, 22-year-old housemaid Jane has an assignation with Paul, the son of the owners of the neighboring estate. They’ve been having an affair for seven years. He is getting married in two weeks to the daughter of the owners of another estate. This is the last time they will ever see each other again.

It sounds heart-rending, and it is heart-rending, but that’s just the beginning. Graham Swift’s short, exquisite novel is about the English class system, sex, and loss (Jane never knew her parents; her employer’s sons died in WWI and so did Paul’s two brothers). It’s about the stories we invent about ourselves, the stories we find ourselves in, and how stories can be true even when the pieces are made up. It’s about becoming a writer.

(I especially recommend this novel to readers who love Atonement.)


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Classic Sesame Street: Ronald Grump cons Oscar the Grouch into moving to Grump Tower

March 25, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television No Comments →

via BoingBoing

The Money Diaries of famous people will make you feel less inept about your finances

March 21, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Money, Movies, Television 1 Comment →

It’s heartwarming, discovering that clever people whose work we admire can be just as stupid about money as we are.

Richard Linklater, the director of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight and many other movies we love, explains why he’s glad he got downsized.

Anthony Bourdain seems to have all the answers, but when he was 44 he had never had a savings account, hadn’t filed taxes in 10 years, and was AWOL on his AmEx bill.

Now you can watch Trippies online!

March 20, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Television, Traveling 10 Comments →

Watch TRIPPIES online at PhilStar TV. (Thanks, jaypee, for sending the revised link.)

Answers to questions you might ask:

1. Yes, it is completely unscripted and spontaneous.
2. Yes, Pepe and I were acquainted but we never hung out until we started filming Trippies.
3. Yes, we have no make-up or styling because we have enough to do without worrying about how we look. Yes, we could do with make-up and styling. (After I viewed the first two episodes I realized I should go back to wearing black because I look even weirder in color.)
4. No, I have the easiest job on the show because I just stand there and yak while everyone has to plan and execute shots, etc.
5. No, the age difference is an advantage to me because I can use it as an excuse. Example: Naah, I won’t go down the loooong stairs to the underground tunnel, I might re-injure my knee.

TRIPPIES airs on Sundays at 730pm on CNN Philippines, with replays Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at lunchtime. Pepe and I guest on Real Talk with Christine Jacob Sandejas and Rachel Alejandro this week.

20 years ago, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered and told us that nothing is as scary as real life.

March 11, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Television 2 Comments →

Fourteen years after its final episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still my favorite TV series and essential viewing in times of dread and distress (I’m watching it again).

My top 5 episodes:
1. Once More With Feeling (The Musical)
2. The Body (Joyce Summers died)
3. Hush (The one that was totally silent)
4. Becoming, parts 1 and 2 (Where she had to dispatch Angel)
5. Fool for Love (Spike-centric)

Trivia: The name Buffy Anne Summers paid homage to Scott Summers of the X-Men.

If Joss Whedon had retired after Buffy he would already be in our pantheon but he went on to do Firefly, Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, and is nowhere near done yet.

Writers Marlon James, Kelly Link, Susanna Clarke and others on why they love Buffy.

10 Vital Storytelling Lessons from BtVS.

Our travel show, Trippies, premieres on Sunday, 12 March at 7:30pm on CNN Ph. Watch it!

March 10, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Television, Traveling 11 Comments →


Photo by Royd Santiago

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno and I talk our way around the world in a weekly half-hour show. TRIPPIES premieres on Sunday, 12 March at 7:30pm on CNN Philippines. Replays air on Tuesdays at 1:30pm, Thursdays at 12:30pm, and Saturdays at 11am.

Trippies has conversation, food, history, and an international cast of dogs and cats.

Help us spread the word!

Got a question about the show or about travel in general? Post it in Comments or email me at saffron.safin@gmail.com.