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Pop-up fair marks return of Stranger Things

AS NETFLIX starts streaming the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered on July 4, a special pop-up gives fans a taste of the Upside Down.

YouTube is considering changes to kids content

YOUTUBE is considering more changes to how content for kids shows up on the world’s largest video site as criticism mounts that it’s unsafe for children.

Spotify launches Pinoy rock video series

SPOTIFY has launched a three-part Pinoy Rock video series that turns the spotlight on Filipino rock musicians, old and new.

International and local content creators in 5th YouTube fan fest

THE YouTube FanFest, which gathers international and local YouTube content creators to meet each other and their fans in real life, returns for a fifth year on May 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Alternative movie, video entries solicited

THOSE who think that the annual Metro Manila Film Fest is rubbish, full of recycled formulaic films, here is their chance to create their own better and smarter movies: they can join a contest for alternative films and videos.

Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ bests Adele to fastest 100 million views

LOS ANGELES — Ariana Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday.

A good man with a gun

SAY THE name “Jacques Tourneur” and the first word come to mind for most folks is “horror” (the second is possibly “cat”). Tourneur had been directing since 1931, mainly shorts, finally made a splash early ’40s working for producer Val Lewton in Cat People (low budget, eerily beautiful) and I Walked With a Zombie (despite the pulpy title, my favorite adaptation of Jane Eyre). Say “Tourneur” and the word “westerns” rarely pops up -- but some of his westerns do in fact represent his finest work.

Slain rapper XXXTentacion returns to fight old self in posthumous video

NEW YORK — XXXTentacion, the rising rap star whose short, violent life was cut short in a shooting, has returned in an eerie posthumous video in which he battles his old self.

Tocino

By Noel Vera Video Review Porco Rosso Directed by Hayao Miyazaki DVD HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S Porco Rosso started out as a manga for a modeling magazine, was turned into a...

YouTube revamps streaming music service

San Francisco -- YouTube is launching a revamped, standalone streaming music service as part of an effort to step up competition against fast-growing rivals...

Childish Gambino video targeting gun violence gets 100 million hits

NEW YORK — A graphic music video by Childish Gambino has racked up more than 100 million views in just over a week on...

Who’s the boss?

By Noel Vera Video Review Amo Directed by Brillante Mendoza Netflix WHEN streaming giant Netflix announced that it would be showing pro-Duterte filmmaker Brillante Mendoza mini-series shot and set...

Winners of Globe ProjectEd shot short films on their mobile phones

Senior high students from all over the Philippines submitted short films shot using their mobile phones.

Comin’ around again

By Noel Vera Video Review A Ghost Story Written and directed by David Lowery I’M NOT a fan of David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon -- in retrospect the picture...

YouTube toughens rules regarding which videos are eligible to get ads

SAN FRANCISCO -- YouTube on Jan. 17 announced ramped-up rules regarding when it will run ads with videos as it scrambled to quell concerns...

Dirt poor

By Noel Vera Video Mudbound Directed by Dees Rees DEES REES’s Mudbound (2017), adapted from the novel by Hillary Jordan, tells the story of two families -- one...

Kiddie song tops YouTube videos for 2017

A BABY SHARK video by Pinkfong, a Korean brand creating content for children, took the top spot in YouTube’s list of top trending videos...

La ronde

By Noel Vera Video Lolita Directed by Stanley Kubrick (WARNING: Plot and narrative twists discussed in close detail) CREDIT where credit is due: I was invited to listen to...

Shawn Mendes wins best artist at MTV Europe Awards

LONDON — Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London,...

Spotify is said to cancel TV shows in reboot of video...

SPOTIFY is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music...

Carneval

Video Trouble Every Day Directed by Claire Denis Available on YouTube By Noel Vera LIKE A MAESTRO poised to perform Claire Denis begins her 2001 genre film Trouble Every...

New dimension to Jacko’s ‘Thriller’ and story behind it

VENICE – Director John Landis says his new 3-D version of “Thriller” gives Michael Jackson fans chance to see the groundbreaking video how the...

AirAsia thanks its customers

BECAUSE CHRISTMAS is the season of gratitude, Philippines AirAsia has launched its #ThankYou Christmas campaign “filling the air with the spirit of gratitude and...

Eight is enough

Video Review The Hateful Eight Directed by Quentin Tarantino QUENTIN TARANTINO’s The Hateful Eight (released on DVD earlier this year) is reportedly his most middling production yet,...

Punchline

By Noel Vera (WARNING: story and plot twists discussed in detail) Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke is generally considered the classic Joker comic book, Sam Liu’s...

Napkin brand launches pro-women videos

A WOMAN’S PERIOD can pretty much lead to a bad day, especially when she experiences dysmenorrhea on top of the demands of daily life....

Duper

By Noel Vera Video Super Directed by James Gunn Netflix JAMES GUNN is better known for mixing quirky humor with standard-issue superhero shenanigans in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)....

Refrains in a song

By Noel Vera Video Dung-aw Directed by Lino Brocka LINO BROCKA’S Dung-aw (Dirge, 1976), his musical adaptation of the life of Gabriela Silang, is one of the less...

The Wave, How to Get Away with Murder, Workaholics, more on...

By Angela Dawson Front Row Features INSPIRED by true events, an inescapable tsunami engulfs a seemingly idyllic Norwegian tourist destination in The Wave now available on...

Heroic lunacy

By Noel Vera Video Heneral Luna Directed by Jerrold Tarog Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna caps, if you like, the decades-plus quest of Filipino filmmakers to retell the Philippine...

Two women

By Noel Vera Video Paradise Inn Directed by Celso Ad. Castillo YouTube No subtitles CALL CELSO AD. CASTILLO’s Paradise Inn his inversion (and perversion if you like) of Lino Brocka’s...

Night at the museum: will.i.am bigs up the Louvre

PARIS -- He is after all rap’s renaissance man. The singer will.i.am revealed to the world, on Tuesday, the results of his most unlikely collaboration...

Amazon uses cute animal videos to woo shoppers in ad uptick

AMAZON.COM, Inc. is not above the surefire trick of using cute animals to woo shoppers. The world’s largest online retailer is spending more money on...

Bless my homeland forever

Video The Man in the High Castle Amazon By Noel Vera Frank Spotnitz’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic alternate-history dystopia The Man in the High Castle is...