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OH great — he’s back. Yes, that’s right folks, thatstumbling, bumbling loser of a sea captain — Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) — is back in yet another film version of a Disneyland e-ticket “thrill” ride in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Being a full-out Disney junkie, I can testify the first […]

Posted: May 25th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

The dance of love


Something this good is worth the wait! Or at least finding its entrance as you wind your way through the back streets of Lapu-Lapu City to the unpretentious entrance of Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, which to me is Cebu’s best five-star beach property located on Mactan Island. But … shhhh … it’s a secret […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Terrifying thriller


Run as fast as you can. Run until you no longer have breath in your lungs and your chest feels as if an elephant has stomped all over it. Then run faster — as if your very life depended on it. And it does for the woeful pilgrims in “Alien: Covenant,” the second of Sir […]

Posted: May 11th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

‘Captain America’ meets math genius


HAVE you ever had that feeling that your young son or daughter is just a little bit … different? Maybe they are constantly bored with the world around us because their brains are working at a higher level. Perhaps they are what educators call “special” or … Gifted. Such is the title of the latest […]

Posted: May 4th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Hip, Hot and Fresh


HANG tight, true believers —the Guardians of the Galaxy are back. In volume 2, that is! That’s right; this group of Mighty Marvel intergalactic rejects are back to start a whole new level of mayhem—and yes, save the galaxy once again. The end of the first Guardians film (in 2014) had our heroes routing the […]

Posted: April 27th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Elite life in the fast lane


AH yes. The life of the idle rich. Nary a care in the world. Jetting off to exotic locals and never having to worry about waiting in lines for delayed flights or screaming babies being plucked down in the seat next to you. You get to stay at the best hotels in the world and […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Johansson as stiff, passionless ‘The Major’


THE MOST beautiful woman in the world is a mere shadow of her former self as Scarlett Johansson (“The Avengers”) is transformed into a cyborg assassin in “Ghost in the Shell.” Directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), based on the comic “Ghost in the Shell” by Masamune Shirow and from a screenplay […]

Posted: March 30th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

The age of innocence


TAKE a look at that face! This is the face of innocence—a young boy without guile. My three-year-old son knows nothing about credit cards, online dating, or paying the mortgage for our Casa Ruffolo Uno home each month. My three-year-old son, Nicholas Louis, knows only a few things of life: where is the food that […]

Posted: March 29th, 2017 in Life | Read More »



GO, go Power Rangers! Oh, gee. . . I think I’m going to barf. The latest incarnation of the Power Rangers should not be mistaken for the 1995 film version entitled “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” which was played almost strictly for laughs with the original American TV version of actors. Actually, the Power […]

Posted: March 23rd, 2017 in Life | Read More »

A wonderful Love Story


DISNEY runs amok in the live-action presentation of its timeless classic ”Beauty and the Beast”—injecting the first homosexual love affair of the House of Mouse. First—there is the movie—which is directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Best Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1998 for “Gods and Monsters”) and it is sparkling! The story follows EXACTLY the […]

Posted: March 16th, 2017 in Life | Read More »