REVIEW: Pan’s Labyrinth/El Laberinto del Fauno

The fantasy genre in books and films appeal less to me than the more conventional ones. Pepper in a bit of fairies, and trolls, I’m fine with that, but if one generously fills in an entire worldview ala Tolkien, I’d usually say, sure, I’ll try it, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll be your expected fanboy.

Having just seen Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, currently screening in Manila theaters, however, provides me a different, but agreeable, perspective: screw the convenience of genre labelling. Frankly, an impressive film like this doesn’t deserve to be piled along with sequel upon sequel of folklore-sized drivel.

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VIDEO: Sneaker Pimps, Songs From Becoming X

Yesterday late evening/today early morning was spent searching for songs to feed the iPod, and I wanted to hear familiar music, preferably the type now rotting on my neglected audio tapes. A random search lead me to an old fave: the trip-hop outfit Sneaker Pimps.

For those who missed the mid-90s, here are the official music videos from the band’s Becoming X record:

Spin Spin Sugar

Alternate versions:
The more club-sounding Armand’s Dark Garage Edit
The live version
Post Becoming X period live version

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