‘Yesterday’ is an open-hearted love letter to Beatle fans. Pity poor Jack Malik. Played by Himesh Patel in the Danny Boyle-directed romantic comedy Yesterday, he’s the picture of today’s struggling songwriter. Nobody to listen to his original, quirky songs, except his devoted manager Ellie (Lily James) and a few pint-swilling local pals in Gorleston, England. No market for his creativity. He’s about ready to hang up his guitar for good, when a global blackout caused by a solar flare does something really strange: it wipes out the Beatles and their music from history. And not just the Beatles. A Google search by the increasingly bewildered and frantic Jack shows that many other things — like Coca-Cola, and the Beatle-copying band Oasis — no longer exist in the world. What does a reasonably talented but largely ignored musician do in such a situation? Well, as you no doubt know from the trailer, Jack decides to pass off the Beatles’ … [Read more...] about With a little help from his friends
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Panelo disputes Locsin, Nograles on WPS issue Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) - July 5, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Despite the seemingly varying opinions coming from two alter egos of the President, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo reiterated yesterday that the verbal agreement between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping remains in force with regard to allowing Chinese fishermen in the West Philippine Sea. Panelo stopped short of publicly castigating Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who deviated from Malacañang’s explanation that the agreement between Duterte and Xi is binding despite the lack of a treaty or any other legal document. “What I am saying comes from the President’s statement. If my colleagues interpret it differently, they are entitled to their own interpretation,” Panelo said in Filipino at a … [Read more...] about Panelo disputes Locsin, Nograles on WPS issue
As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
I was a teenager in the 90s when the Eraserheads came to prominence. My generation could be forgiven for thinking that ours were the songs and ethos those crazy kids from Diliman pulled inspiration from. Back then, we were feeling those sweet highs and frustrating lows in real time. Heck, we were the ethos. More about the stage: The one advice Danny Javier gave son Jobim for his role in the APO musical Move over Huling El Bimbo: this rock opera by two National Artists is returning to the stage “I don’t understand this hatred” - Joy Virata depicts a different Aguinaldo in ‘Miong’ "This is the kind of play that hits you days later" When I first saw Full House Theater Company and Resorts World Manila’s Ang Huling El Bimbolast year I was disheartened, truth be told. While the production and performances were commendable, the story and a particularly problematic second act left much to be desired. Like some of the casting choices and the use of … [Read more...] about Here’s a suggestion to make Ang Huling El Bimbo better
In October 1967, I visited Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Writers Union on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. It was my first time in Russia. I was told there were shortages, but as a guest, I was treated warmly and was never in need. One of the high points of that visit, aside from meeting my translator, Igor Podbereszky, was a session with the editors of the literary journal, Novy Mir. I had by then, of course, read a lot of Russian literature in translation – Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gorky, and of course Dostoevsky. I had also read Pasternak. I had compared the two English translations of Dr. Zhivago and was anxious to ask the Russian writers about him, particularly since he had been prohibited by the Soviet government from going to Stockholm to claim his Nobel Prize. What was Boris Pasternak’s status in Russia? The editors of Novy Mir said he was best known as a lyric poet. And Dr. Zhivago? They said one reason … [Read more...] about Writing the land