Why ‘The Walking Dead’ is better than ‘Game of Thrones’

By Joanna Mendoza

Grossed out or not, I can't get enough of "The Walking Dead."

Grossed out or not, I can’t get enough of “The Walking Dead.”

A few days ago, I read a very interesting article on EW.com. It’s a TV Fight Club pitting The Walking Dead against Game of Thrones. I’ve always felt that Game of Thrones fans–at least those who are so hardcore that there’s just no room left in their pop-culture-loving hearts for another popular genre show–in some ways look down on Walking Dead fans and on the show itself.

I think that’s mighty unfair, but to each his own.

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Throwback Thursday: Robin Williams made me a very happy kid

By Joanna Mendoza

Time for a sobfest. Jack, starring Robin Williams, is one of my all-time favorite movies. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

Time for a sobfest. Jack, starring Robin Williams, is one of my all-time favorite movies. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

My childhood wouldn’t have been complete without Robin Williams. One of my top 5 favorite movies starred him as a 10-year-old trapped in a 40-year-old man’s body. And then, of course, there’s the Peter Pan and Genie of it all.

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‘Girl Meets World’ makes me cry on a weekly basis

By Joanna Mendoza

Rowan Blanchard and Ben Savage in a scene from the opening credits of "Girl Meets World."

Charmers new and old. Rowan Blanchard and Ben Savage in a scene from the opening credits of “Girl Meets World.”

Months before Girl Meets World was supposed to start, I decided to binge-watch Boy Meets World. I never finished it and I felt that Corrie et al were too special to simply be read about on Wikipedia.

I remember Cory (Ben Savage) and Shawn (Rider Strong) from when they were little, from the earlier episodes. I know the show went on until the characters had gone to college, but I don’t remember having seen any of those college eps. I don’t even remember them graduating high school. I think my siblings and I stopped watching Boy when the Disney Channel here stopped airing new episodes.

Come Boy marathon day, my husband picked a random ep from the latter seasons. In the episode, Eric was looking for a new place to stay because his roommate’s girlfriend was being a bitch. Actually, I don’t really know the nitty gritty of what was happening there; I just knew even then that you don’t kick Will Friedle out of your dorm room unless you’re insane.

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“What If”: A playful, humorous, charming rom-com

By Shelly Dalmacio

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Tuesdays are definitely loaded at work and employees always feel burned out. Well, that’s how we felt that Tuesday night. And what could possibly cheer us up after a long, tiring Tuesday at work?

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Fangirling at the Rurouni #KenshinManila premiere!

By Joanna Mendoza. Interview by Gina Tumlos

Cosplayers gamely posed for pics while waiting for the advanced screening for "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno."

Cosplayers gamely posed for pics while waiting for the advanced screening for “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.”

After director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh, Munetaka Aoki, and Emi Takei passed by my side of the red carpet, I went straight to the cinema where the premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno would be held to look for cosplayers to interview. As an aside, movie clubber and super Kenshin fan Gina Tumlos attended the premiere and got to watch Kyoto Inferno, and she loved it!

Going back to interviewing cosplayers…

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#KenshinManila: Watch the press con here!

By Gina Tumlos

'Rurouni Kenshin" director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh and Munetaka Aoki waving at their fans.

‘Rurouni Kenshin” director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh and Munetaka Aoki waving at their fans.

The Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (read our review!) press conference was held yesterday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the Glorietta Activity Center. Fans of the movie, series and manga, started lining up as early at 8 a.m. and there were even participants that came from as far as Davao City and Pangasinan. To open the press conference, Rurouni Kenshin cosplayers, dancers, and samurai exhibitionists were invited to show off their ingenious costumes and dedication to the craft. The show’s host, Sam Oh, kept the crowd entertained while director Keishi Otomo and stars Takeru Satoh (Kenshin Himura) and Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke Sagara) made their way to the activity center.

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A review of ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno’

By Gina Tumlos

(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura. “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” opens in Philippine cinemas Aug. 20, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Rorouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is every fangirl’s fantasy. Director Keishi Otomo and his talented cast and crew exceed expectations with the film’s attention to detail (from Cho’s half-closed eyes down to Okina’s cat), its smart compromise between playing with the original material and cashing in on their artistic license, and the cast’s pitch-perfect portrayal of their characters.

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Scenes at the ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno’ premiere!

By Joanna Mendoza

Dedicated fans: Some of them waited for hours to catch a glimpse of their idols.

Dedicated fans: Some of them waited for hours to catch a glimpse of their “Rurouni Kenshin” idols.

I went to the Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno red carpet premiere yesterday, and it was crazy!

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Keshin fangirl mode: My Sister, the better Samurai

By Gina Tumlos

Gina and Nani Tumlos have been bonding over Rurouni Kenshin since they were kids!

The author (left) and her sister have been bonding over Rurouni Kenshin since they were kids!

My older sister Nani and I are three years apart in age, but growing up, the distance between us could not have been less than a few hundred lightyears. She had been in the honors class since birth, class president, teacher’s pet, a success story waiting to happen, while I, on the other hand, spent the first half of my life wishing I was invisible.

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#TMNT: Megan Fox in heroic alliance with turtles

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Megan Fox in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Photo courtesy of UIP/Columbia Pictures)

Megan Fox, like so many people of her generation, grew up on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and she couldn’t wait to see them come to life anew. “I am a huge fan and I wanted this part really badly,” she recalls. “This is the most excited I’ve ever been to be a part of a movie.”  Continue reading