‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ digs itself a grave of unanswered questions

I’ll get straight to the point. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” is an overambitious yet underwhelming addition to the Potterverse. But—yes, here’s the absolutely divisive catch—the way it wields magic on the screen is still as jaw-dropping as ever.

While it’s a reunion between director David Yates and JK Rowling (who’s now in charge of the franchise’s screenplay), the sequel takes on a different tone. One that is grimmer than the first, with a certain swiftness that is nothing but an illusion.

Kick ass and level the playing field

How does one create music after being abruptly forced into a world of silence? Jennifer Lee, a Los Angeles-based producer known on stage as TOKiMONSTA, did one thing: Continue to compose even when music stopped making sense.

And the music she created in “Lune Rouge” is cathartic—both to the artist herself and to anyone who listens to it. Her approach to electronic music shows her command of the theatrical, the notable pulsating movement of her orchestric beats. TOKiMONSTA’s overall sound is a medley of ethereal pop with mellow and soulful tempos, what she describes as “moonlit music.”

*During TOKiMONSTA’s quick Manila visit, the Red Bull Music Academy mentor was fearless in sharing how she kicked Moyamoya’s ass (a rare and fatal brain disease that can cause severe functional impairments) and what it took to be recognized as an Asian female producer in a male-dominated industry:

Building the worlds of Pixar’s animated blockbusters

Ricky Nierva can make an entire room laugh. But he second guesses his own punchlines and always has to make himself clear—“these are the jokes, people,” he says.

The Pixar animator has been with the film studio for two decades, and has the prized Woody statue to show for it. This certified PixNoy, which stands for Pinoys working at Pixar, came home to inspire young aspiring animators at the first Comic Con Asia last March.

“If you have any dreams of being in animation, I’m here to tell you one important thing: It’s possible,” Ricky shares to an audience of art students and Pixar fans of all ages. 

“I want you to know that the things that you do will be shared to the world,” he adds.

Getting the whole world entertained is clearly a herculean task. But it is one quest Pixar takes on one blockbuster hit after another, even it requires at least four whole years to come up with a single but great story to tell. One that is built on research, visual story and even inclusivity.

And Ricky helps paint that story on the big screen.

6 easy ways to curate your Instagram feed

In a lot of ways I consider myself as a basic, social media image-obsessed millennial. I've been closely watching how my overall Instagram feed looks like since 2014, carefully choosing images that are crisp, coordinated, and well-captioned.

Curating my feed serves as my only creative pursuit
or, at least, the only one I am capable of. Now I don't take the best photos for sure. But the thing is, my Instagram account is a personal visual diary that has no intention of gaining the approval of anyone else but of my own brand and vision of aesthetic. But that doesn't mean I don't get giddy over other people's compliments and enthusiastic inquiries on how I manage to do so.

It doesn't take much effort to end up with a well-curated feed. Here are 6 steps I follow to keep my Instagram the way it is:

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