2017 · Pinoy Indie

Ang Larawan

 

Larawan

FILM INFO

Based on the 1997 stage play, Ang Larawan the Musical which in turn was based on “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” by National Artist, Nick Joaquin. The film was set in 1941 just before the World War II in a mansion located in Manila. This movie is directed by Loy Arcenas under Culturtrain Productions Inc.

Casts: Paulo Avelino, Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Sandino Martin, Cris Villonco, Aicelle Santos, Nonie Buencamino, Robert Arevalo, Celeste Legazpi, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Rayver Cruz, Jojit Lorenzo, Dulce, Bernardo Bernardo, Jaime Fabregas

Genre: Musical

WHAT I LIKE?

Finally, a full-length and old-fashioned Pinoy Musical Masterpiece that successfully executed its Musical Scenes and at the same time depicted a nostalgic feeling of Philippine History and Literature… Ang Larawan is truly worthy to be the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture that offers appreciation of our very own treasures. The movie will take you to Old Manila specifically in Intramuros set before the World War II. I must say that being a Period Movie, Ang Larawan exceeded expectations in terms of execution. From houses, walls, costumes and even down to the choices of words, I really can see the careful and extensive research done to achieve a perfect depiction of a film set in 1941 in the Philippines. I really like how Arcenas utilized different techniques especially on musical scenes. He effectively played around the same corner of the house in majority of the scenes but set a perfect and unique mood in each sequences that will make a feeling that it was shot somewhere else. Arcenas is faithful with the material and loves to keep intact with a certain scene while highlighting the emotions of the characters. This technique truly captivated me with every frame and it almost feel like I can see raw emotions from each of the characters. Ang Larawan’s success is of course attributed with the Musical production that composed of nearly 95% of the film’s running time. I am just amazed with Ryan Cayabyab’s composition as well as the interpretation of the characters. Joanna Ampil is truly impressive and deserving of the Best Actress Award as well. She got my attention most of the time. She was just brilliant and emotionally-engaging. Rachel Alejandro was a good support too. I really love majority of their duets as well. Paulo Avelino was also perfect with his role as Tony Javier. He may not sing as good as everyone else but he was convincing in his portrayal as a desperate and shady small-time pianist in the film. Aside from the amazing lead characters, the film is well-supported with other amazing performances of well-known celebrities and gem of Philippine showbiz. Their musical collaboration is some scenes are such a joy to watch on the big screen. If you are in to quality films and you love Philippine History and Literature, Ang Larawan might be one of your favorite films so far.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Given that its a full-length Musical Film, expect that majority of conversations will be sang of course. Not-so-fan of the genres may find the movie boring given the formula. Also, to manage everyone’s expectations, Ang Larawan is more of a direct translation of a masterpiece which means that you should not be expecting grand musical numbers rather a series of conversations sang beautifully and with emotions. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea especially as compared with other MMFF 2017 Entries but Ang Larawan is truly a gem of Philippine cinema.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Siargao

SIARGAO

FILM INFO

Diego, a musician who returns to his hometown of Siargao to take a break from the chaotic life in Manila. There, he meets Laura, a fashion and beauty video blogger nursing a broken heart after her boyfriend dumped her. Along the way, they challenge each other as feelings grow between them. For Diego, returning to Siargao also means facing his past, including ex-flame Abi. Siargao is directed by Paul Soriano under Ten17 Productions.

Casts: Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Wil Dasovich, Mica Javier, Roxanne Barcelo, Will Devaughn, Enchong Dee

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Siargao’s strength is the island itself. The movie undeniably showcased the best of the island in all angles. Probably, this film has the best execution in terms of promoting a certain Philippine destination. I am glad they chose Siargao in Mindanao. With lots of bad publicity and apprehensions about Mindanao, creating a beautiful movie like this will somehow help us to slowly erase all negative things about our beautiful island and be able to promote our underrated tourist spots worthy of a Massive Tourism campaign. Thank you to the producers of Siargao for this superb job in terms of Cinematography and production design. I really can see the brilliant hands from Underwater Camera angles to breath-taking aerial shots of the whole island. I really like the snippets of Tourism-inspired videos that were shot beautifully. My most favorite parts are the shots with the waves. They were just so professionally-done. I am glad Pinoy film-makers could pull-off some great shots with surfing scenes. Overall, I also love the color tone of the movie. It really suits to the island-life feels and as well as the demand of the scenes. Story-wise, Siargao need not to be that deep. Somehow, you forget the story-line because of the amazing island shots and sequences. If you are in for some appreciation of Siargao and its natural beauty and adventure offer, you might find the movie fairly enjoyable.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Despite a breath-taking view of the island and an impressive cinematography & breakthrough cinematic techniques, Siargao fails to provide a solid foundation and conflict material and gave in to its several tendencies of Eat, pray, Love cliches. In as much as I wanted to fully enjoy this cinematic masterpiece, I can’t help but get disappointed with the full potential of the film. I expected it to venture a whole new story-telling experience but just like the big waves of the island, the plot is drowned with incoherent story development and weak character build-up. There is nothing in the plot that could either inspire or provoke you. At some point, the story has no bearing at all. More than a lackluster plot, Siargao suffered with a weird characterizations that were a bit off to the whole story. Honestly, Erich could easily be removed from the whole film and will have no effect with Jericho and Jasmine’s story at all. I expected Erich’s character to be fully involved but I felt she was just a beautiful seashell on the shore. Aside from that, I find Jericho and Jasmine’s love story to be lacking in terms of foundation. To begin with, it was not established well. Just like Tourists in the island, their story lasted from their entire stay and ended up after they left the island. Siargao is better off a Tourism Advertisement and Instagram Filter than a movie.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Ang Panday (2017)

Ang Panday

FILM INFO

Lizardo, the immortal evil nemesis of Panday comes back from the world of darkness to once again bring havoc to the human race. With Flavio III not knowing that his bloodline is the only one capable of destroying Lizardo, he will have to scour different worlds to be able to gain the trust of the mythical power of the legendary sword. Ang Panday is directed by Coco Martin himself and Rodel Nacianceno under CCM Productions, Star CInema and Viva Films.

Casts: Coco Martin, Awra Briguela, Julio Diaz, Jake Cuenca, Gloria Romero,  McCoy de Leon, Elisse Joson, Ejay Falcon, Eddie Garcia, Michael de Mesa, Jaime Fabregas, Agot Isidro, Onyok Pineda

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

The 2017 Version of Ang Panday is a good attempt to create a modern and contemporary spin-off to this iconic Pinoy Superhero figure that is somehow apt to the taste of Filipino moviegoers nowadays. Aside from the tried and tested Coco Martin Blockbuster Magic, Ang Panday’s success is mostly attributed to its very dynamic storytelling technique and interpretation of the whole Panday Franchise. The Director successfully staged the 3rd Generation of Flavio set in the present times. With this approach, much of the scenes were shot in the City specifically in Tondo, Manila. The movie gave a realistic feel since it has several scenes shot around Metro Manila. For me, its a good move since they are trying to set Flavio in the modern times. What I like about Ang Panday is its Cinematography and Visual Editing too. They have very impressive action sequences especially those man-to-man fights of Flavio. They also have a good production design especially during the “Magical World” exploration. I really commend the camera angles too during Flavio’s Training and the Climax Fight of him and Lizardo. Overall, it was a breakthrough film in terms of the Fantasy formula. I can see the tremendous amount of effort to delivery a quality film. The movie also has several talented cast. Coco Martin is worth it to become the next modern Panday. His charisma is more than enough actually. Coco was able to portray well a modern Flavio that has the right mixture of cheerfulness and angst as well. The spotlight for Ang Panday is also given to Jake Cuenca in his portrayal as Lizardo. He is by far the best villain in the franchise offering a more stylish yet annoying aura of an evil and wicked Pinoy villain. My most favorite scenes in the movie are the Training of Flavio (though it is really short) and the Climax Fight scenes of Lizardo and Flavion in the desert. If you are in for some thrilling adventure flick, Ang Panday must be in your bucket list this MMFF 2017.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

At some point, I missed the “CLASSIC FEELS” of Ang Panday so I have a little setback with the recent adaptation from Star Cinema and Viva Films. But then again, I try to understand that with the advent of a modern and contemporary twist, some of the elements will really be sacrificed. Ang Panday mostly fails on the narration part. I felt that this vital part of the Franchise is not executed-well. Moreover, the film is also too crowded with lots of unnecessary characters. I find it sometimes chaotic. I am quite disappointed  with the leading lady – Mariel del Leon. She was giving a lackluster performance that is somehow dragging some vital scenes with the main characters, Despite a good cinematography, I find the Audio and dubbing a little bit off at majority of the film’s running time. Visual-wise, I still hope for improvements if there will be a follow-up movie. I mean, it has good visuals already but there are so many rooms for improvements here. Overall, Ang Panday is still a good choice for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

RATINGS:

8.5/10 Popcorns

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2017

Haunted Forest

 

haunted forest

FILM INFO

Haunted Forest tells the story of Nica, a teenager forced to leave her life behind when her estranged policeman father who got reassigned to the province. The once peaceful town is now haunted by “sitsit,” a supernatural being who preys on women, eventually leaving the victim’s lifeless body in the middle of the forest. This movie is directed by Ian Lorenos under Regal Films.

Casts: Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas, Raymart Santiago, Joey Marquez, Jerald Napoles, Betong Sumaya, Myrtle Sarrosa, Miho Nishida, Beverly Salviejo, Kelvin Miranda

Genre: Horror, Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

Haunted Forest is the only Horror Film entry at the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival. Somehow, the spotlight is on this film being a lone offering in the genre. Overall, Haunted Forest was a good movie in terms of the following aspects: (1) Casting: Regal Films has somehow given a good venue for uprising and talented celebrities in their films. For Haunted Forest, they made a good choice in casting young and fresh faces. I actually loved the mix of new and veteran actors. Jane, being the lead actress, gave a very impressive performance. Perhaps, this is Jane’s best so far after her stint from Star Cinema’s Bloody Crayons. I have high respects with her even more after watching the movie. Maris, one of my favorite actresses so far, also did a good job on her portrayal as Jane’s cousin in the film. Her charm and lovely aura is just hard not too admire. Jameson and Jon were good supports as well. Jameson has the tendency to become a good leading man too. The addition of veteran actors namely Raymart Santiago and Joey Marquez was also a good move to compliment the talented cast. (2) Prosthetic: I must commend Regal Films for staging an impressive “Sitsit” Creature for this film. After the successful Haunted Mansion, the movie was able to pull-off some scary shit with this creature. I am glad they have learned so much in making monsters over the years. By far, this is one of their best monster creations too. Aside from that, the make-up of those dead women are also great and quite disturbing at all. The climax almost got me at the edge of my seat for a while. Overall, the movie is enjoyable with a fairly good mixture of teen romance, drama and thrills which can be mostly appreciated by die-hard fans of its young and talented leads.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Honestly, Haunted Forest is better off an episode of a Shake, Rattle & Roll Movie rather than being a full movie after all. I don’t think the whole material is not enough to stand alone as an amazing Horror Movie. I can’t help but compare it with their previous movie – Haunted Mansion which is by far the best Pinoy Horror Movie for me in terms of technicalities. Overall, the phasing is so slow. It is far-stretched with unnecessary melodramatic scenes and some cringe-worthy conversations and script which I find thinly-written. Despite some good Production design, the movie still fails to deliver enough creepy feels and darkness as most of the night scenes in the forest are well-lit. It did not fully maximize the horror scenes and was pulled off with laid-back scenes that could have been way better in terms of execution. Moreover, how I wish CGI Effects were lesson during the Climax too. The climax was good but the visual effects made it a little goofy.

RATINGS:

6.5/10 Popcorn

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2017

All of You

All of me

FILM INFO

Gab and Gabby, two individuals who have strong opposing views on love and marriage, fall in love and agree to be in a committed relationship. As they hit their 3-year mark, the couple find themselves back to where they started as they asked themselves where their relationship is headed. All of You is directed by Dan Villegas under MJM Productions and Quantum Films.

Casts: Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay, Sam Milby, Solenn Heussaff, Yayo Aguila, Kean Cipriano, Nico Antonio, Enzo Marcos, Via Antonio, Hannah Ledesma, Kelvin Yu

Genre: Romance, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

All of You is a movie that has raw emotions and intentions to its target audience. From the beginning, it is true to its intention to show a glimpse of a normal relationship and the struggles of the couple through simple yet striking scenes all throughout the movie. Moreover, the film will show the two sides of the coin for the audience to see different perspectives from each of the gender involved. All of You is a good mixture of Romance, Comedy and Drama geared towards a more direct approach in conflict setting. What I like about the movie is how the Director played well on conversations and pure emotions to convey pain and even happiness of the characters. The plot is simple however the moral lesson the movie is trying to impart is indeed deep and relevant. At some point, I can put my shoes to either Gab or  Gabby as they have presented well the demand of the conflict material. Overall, the movie is not suitable for younger audiences due to mature topics. Acting-wise, I am satisfied as usual with the Derek and Jennylyn tandem. Derek was the perfect fit for the role. He is just a great charmer and good actor as well. Jennylyn, on the other hand, was still at her best form. She was just natural and beautiful to watch on the big screen. What I like about All of You is the fact that it is a big improvement from all other Dan Villegas movies in the past.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Lowering your expectations for All of You might help you a bit. I didn’t fully like the ending though. Regardless of these forgivable flaws, I must say that All of You is still a good flick to watch this MMFF 2017!

RATINGS:

8/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Deadma Walking

deadma walking

FILM INFO

The film is all about gay best friends for life John and Mark whose friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish. Deadma Walking is directed by Julius Alfonso under OctoArts Film and T-Rex Entertainment.

Casts: Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Gerald Anderson, Eugene Domingo, Candy Pangilinan, Dimples Romana, Vin Abrenica,                                                      

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama   

WHAT I LIKE?

Deadma Walking can easily be compared with Die Beautiful but after watching it, I must say that Deadma Walking is much lighter and much more entertaining to watch. I am really amazed on how a very shallow plot of faking your own death and mounting a fake funeral can be so emotionally-engaging and even inspiring to say the least. I really like how the Director played with the script and invested on several comedic timings from its talented actors and actresses and a plot that is easy to digest. Aside from a very dynamic approach on the story-telling, the movie is a power-house of cameo roles from several prominent celebrities in the industry. What I also admire is their creativity in presenting the idea of death in a manner that is quite heartwarming and thought-provoking. There was never any dull moment from beginning to end. What I also love is the inclusion of musical numbers through their own concept of Crying Divas. Deadma Walking’s strength is mostly attributed to its talented cast namely Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman. I must say, the two of them was great and delivered award-winning performances. Their performances alone are worth the price of your admission ticket. Joross is given to be a good actor to begin with. What surprised me a lot is EA Guzman’s impressive acting performance that really deserving on an award. EA was the perfect gay best friend for the role. He was funny and charming. After watching the film, I had high respects to them as an actor. Deadma Walking should be part of your MMFF 2017 Bucket list.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

For me, there is nothing not to like about Deadma Walking.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Metro Manila Film Festival 2017

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“Tis the season for MMFF!

Christmas is fast approaching and so is the much anticipated and I must say, the now controversial Metro Manila Film Festival. Last year, MMFF took a bold risk in venturing a very wide and diverse list of movies generally having social impact and quality as a whole. 2016 was supposed to be “CHANGE IS COMING” year for the festival as quality films are being shown and showcased to the public. Unfortunately,  the 2017 selection has somehow pulled a little bit backwards. Well, I won’t dwell much on my opinion on this year’s MMFF selection process but allow me to give you a bird’s eye view of the Eight (8) Official Entries that will serve as your movie guide. MC MOVIE REVIEW will also give its Fearless Prediction and Impression on each of the entries. 

MOVIE #1: DEADMA WALKING

  • Director: Julius Alfonso                                            
  • Casts: Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Gerald Anderson, Eugene Domingo, Candy Pangilinan, Dimples Romana, Vin Abrenica,                                                        
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama   
  • Producer: T-Rex Entertainment, OctoArts Films                        

SYNOPSIS: The film is all about gay best friends for life John and Mark whose friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish. 

deadma walking

MC’s IMPRESSION:  This movie reminds me so much of “DIE BEAUTIFUL” from last year’s MMFF. I can’t help but have a little comparison though at some point. Honestly, I didn’t like the Trailer but I am still watching this movie as support to the LGBT Family. I think this movie will be a good mixture of comedy and drama as expected. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Box-office wise, this might land somewhere between Top 4-5. Considering its mature theme, this will draw a much lesser crowd from family and conservative ones. Also, the BEST ACTOR AWARD is lurking somewhere in the movie.

MOVIE #2: ANG PANDAY

  • Director: Rodel Nacianceno & Coco Martin
  • Casts: Coco Martin, Awra Briguela, Julio Diaz, Jake Cuenca, Gloria Romero,  McCoy de Leon, Elisse Joson, Ejay Falcon, Eddie Garcia, Michael de Mesa, Jaime Fabregas, Agot Isidro, Onyok Pineda   
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama           
  • Producer: CCM CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS, Inc., Viva Films & Star Cinema                    

SYNOPSIS: Lizardo, the immortal evil nemesis of Panday comes back from the world of darkness to once again bring havoc to the human race. With Flavio III not knowing that his bloodline is the only one capable of destroying Lizardo, he will have to scour different worlds to be able to gain the trust of the mythical power of the legendary sword.

Ang Panday

MC’s IMPRESSION: It is a little bit tiring to see numerous big screen adaptation of Panday but somehow Coco Martin gave a little inspiration for me to consider this movie. Trailer-wise, I find it “lacking” in terms of  fantasy feels. I am expecting it to be too melodramatic given the tendency of Filipino movies nowadays. Of course, let us not forget that this is also a Romantic Movie. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: This will give Vice Ganda’s The Revengers (Unfortunately!) a little run for their money. Given the COCO MARTIN fever here in PH and somehow a very effective Marketing Strategy lately, the movie could land into Top 1 and Top 2. The movie might also be the best recipient of BEST EDITING, CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SOUNDTRACK and VISUAL EFFECTS. Well, somehow its a given.

MOVIE #3: LARAWAN                                                                                                           

  • Director: Loy Arcenas             
  • Casts: Paulo Avelino, Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Sandino Martin, Cris Villonco, Aicelle Santos, Nonie Buencamino, Robert Arevalo, Celeste Legazpi, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Rayver Cruz, Jojit Lorenzo, Dulce, Bernardo Bernardo, Jaime Fabregas 
  • Genre: Musical     
  • Producer:  Culturtain Musical Association Inc.                                                                                                                

SYNOPSIS: Based on the 1997 stage play, Ang Larawan the Musical which in turn was based on “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” by National Artist, Nick Joaquin. The film was set in 1941 just before the World War II in a mansion located in Manila.

Larawan

MC’s IMPRESSION: I am really amazed that the MMFF 2017 is welcoming this type of movie in their roster. Even though I am not musically-inclined, I found the Trailer to be pretty cool and awesome. It is truly seldom to see Musical-themed movies. For those seeking quality films this MMFF, Larawan might be first on their list. Hello! Its Paulo Avelino plus the Pillars of the Filipino Music Industry is behind these as well.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Given the trend of moviegoers of MMFF, most likely that this movie will unfortunately land in the last two spot of the BOX OFFICE. Majority of the moviegoers wanted to laugh and patronize Vice Ganda so they won’t mind skipping Larawan on their list. It is sad actually. The BEST ACTRESS, BEST PICTURE, Culture-Sensitive Award and Best Musical Scoring might belong under Larawan’s belt.

MOVIE #4: SIARGAO                                                                                                                           

  • Director: Paul Soriano     
  • Casts: Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Wil Dasovich, Mica Javier, Roxanne Barcelo, Will Devaughn, Enchong Dee   
  • Genre: Romance, Drama       
  • Producer: TEN17P Productions

SYNOPSIS: Diego, a musician who returns to his hometown of Siargao to take a break from the chaotic life in Manila. There, he meets Laura, a fashion and beauty vlogger nursing a broken heart after her boyfriend dumped her. Along the way, they challenge each other as feelings grow between them. For Diego, returning to Siargao also means facing his past, including ex-flame Abi.

SIARGAO

MC’s IMPRESSION: SIARGAO is quite a good choice as one of this year’s entries. The movie benefited well on Tourism-driven kind of Marketing Strategy that became effective for Sagada from the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”. Compared with ALL OF YOU, this movie looks like a little serious on its approach. Also, people might be new with Jericho-Erich pairing which is relatively new on the big screen. Travel-junkies might also consider this movie especially those who are very much interested to visit the island of SIARGAO.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: SIARGAO might be less appealing in terms of box-office returns compared with its closest competitor in the genre – ALL OF YOU. It might also land in the Bottom 3. Given the tried and tested chemistry of Jennylyn and Derek, SIARGAO might struggle a bit. Awards-wise, this might be the 2nd or 3rd Best Picture. After this movie, SIARGAO TOURISM statistics will definitely increase. 

MOVIE #5: GANDARRAPIDO!: THE REVENGER SQUAD                                                           

  • Director: Bb. Joyce Bernal       
  • Casts: Daniel Padilla, Vice Ganda, Piza Wurtzbach, Karla Estrada, Ejay Falcon, Lassy Marquez, MC, Wacky Kiray, RK Bagatsing, Loisa Andalio, Michael Flores           
  • Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure                 
  • Producer: Star Cinema and Viva Films

SYNOPSIS: The movie revolves around Emy, who is protective of his younger brother Chino. As evil forces start invading Earth, Emy is forced to unleash his superpowers. Chino’s powers are also activated as he turns 21, giving him super speed and earning him the name Rapiddo. The fun and conflict start when another superhero, Kweenie enters their lives. They must all form a superhero squad in defending the Earth from dark forces. 

ravenger squad

MC’s IMPRESSION: Well, if its Vice Ganda, it must be blockbuster. Despite the movie’s premise in being non-sense as expected, moviegoers just wanted to laugh inside the cinema. If that’s the case, then The Revengers will truly rake millions of cash in the Box Office. From the usual Vice Ganda’s breed of humor and slapstick style, people won’t mind seeing a trashy movie just for pure cinematic entertainment.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Definitely, this movie will be in bottle-neck between Ang Panday but generally, The Revengers will top the Box Office among the 8 entries for this year’s MMFF. They won’t probably win any awards but the movie will surely shatter box office returns as expected. 

MOVIE #6: ALL OF YOU                                                                                                                     

  • Director: Dan Villegas   
  • Casts: Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay, Sam Milby, Solenn Heussaff, Yayo Aguila, Kean Cipriano, Nico Antonio, Enzo Marcos, Via Antonio, Hannah Ledesma, Kelvin Yu                 
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama     
  • Producer: Quantum Films, MJM Productions

SYNOPSIS: Gab and Gabby, two individuals who have strong opposing views on love and marriage, fall in love and agree to be in a committed relationship. As they hit their 3-year mark, the couple find themselves back to where they started as they asked themselves where their relationship is headed.

All of me

MC’s IMPRESSION: I am self-confessed fan of Dan Villegas and as well Derek and Jennylyn so definitely ALL OF YOU is part of my movie list. The trailer looks promising as it always satisfy my craving for the kind of movie Dan Villegas is producing. Compared with the previous films under his belt, I think that ALL OF YOU might pull itself a little bit in terms of plot attack.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Given the tried and tested Dan Villegas magic and Jennylyn-Derek superb chemistry on-screen, ALL OF YOU might land in the Top 4 of the Box Office List. Moreover, Jennylyn might not win the Best Actress Award this time since it might be for Ang Larawan’s Joanna Ampil. 

MOVIE #7: MEANT TO BEH                                                                                                               

  • Director: Chris Martinez               
  • Casts: Vic Sotto, Dawn Zulueta, JC Santos, Daniel Matsunaga, Andrea Torres, Gabbi Garcia, Ruru Madrid, Baste       
  • Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy     
  • Producer: Octo Arts Films, MZet Productions, APT Entertainment

SYNOPSIS: The story involves a married couple who decided to get separated after realizing they don’t love each other. Their children, who was affected by this separation,  embarked on a mission to save the marriage of their parents despite having separate relationships together.

mean to beh

MC’s IMPRESSION: Upon seeing the Trailer, I was like DUUUH! Well, this is by far the weakest MMFF entry among the 8 films. I find the storyline to be very shallow and not worthy to be in the MMFF. Well, that’s basing from a great and diverse movie selection from last year. Meant To Beh might not be included in my movie list to watch out for. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Despite being equally trashy as The Revengers, Meant To Beh will either land in the Bottom 3 or Top 5 the most in terms of box office. I still believe that Bosing has solid fans out there to support this lame movie.

MOVIE #8: HAUNTED FOREST                                                                                                           

  • Director: Ian Lorenos     
  • Casts: Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas, Raymart Santiago, Joey Marquez, Jerald Napoles, Betong Sumaya, Myrtle Sarrosa, Miho Nishida, Beverly Salviejo, Kelvin Miranda 
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller       
  • Producer: Regal Films

SYNOPSIS: Haunted Forest tells the story of Nica, a teenager forced to leave her life behind when her estranged policeman father who got reassigned to the province. The once peaceful town is now haunted by “sitsit,” a supernatural being who preys on women, eventually leaving the victim’s lifeless body in the middle of the forest.

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MC’s IMPRESSION: Being the only Horror in this year’s MMFF, expectations are high for Haunted Forest. I can’t help but compare this to their successful and breakthrough Horror Film – The Haunted Mansion which is by far the best in the genre of Pinoy Horror. Well, at first glance of the trailer, I think Haunted Forest is a competitive horror piece. How I wish there will be less special effects  and related stuff to lessen the goofy feels instead of a scary one. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: This movie is a strong contender of the Top 3 spot considering that Horror Films during the MMFF run is usually successful at the box office. Given the followers of Jane and Maris and as well as Jameson and Jon, the movie will truly draw a younger crowd. If the movie will be a word-of-mouth success, Haunted Forest might even give Ang Panday a quick run for their money. 

Oh well! You might no entirely love this year’s selection but I do hope you will still support and patronize Pinoy Films this Holiday Season. Please note that CINEMA OPERATORS have full discretion on the Film Selections per area so be sure to catch those films you feel won’t make it on the cut.

The METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL will start on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017 and will end on the first week of January 2018.