Pwede pa ba humabol sa MMFF reaction paper Facebook contest? HAHAHA! I intentionally held back writing my reviews of MMFF movies I’ve seen this week because I’m gunning for less hanash on Facebook lately, or as much as I can. Or maybe I’m just saying this kasi tamad na ko magsulat. Hahaha!

K. Game. Less hanash it is. Review is in the order of the movies as I’ve seen them, or not review per se, let’s leave them to the experts and call these as my thoughts as I watch the movie instead.

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Saving Sally is a breath of fresh air, it’s an eye candy. It’s a meet cute/coming of age story about Marty and Sally. Di ko gets yung mga taong tinitira yung typical love story nito na normal geeky guy meets pretty geeky girl e sinabi naman sa poster mismo ang laki laki mga bes, “A VERY TYPICAL LOVE STORY” ano ba? Para kayong yung mga tanong ng tanong ng “HM?” sa mga nagbebenta online kahit pwede nang isampal sa mga mukha niyo yung price. Naka-red font na, bold, underline pa ba? Required ba na porket tagged as indie ay kailangan malalim ang storya? Inception levels ganern? Tsaka isa pa, makapagreklamo kayo, e nood nga kayo ng nood ng mga typical love story shit na binebenta ng Star Cinema what, thrice, four times, five times a year? Di ba kaya nga ayaw niyo ng bago? Kasi sanay kayo sa safe? Meh.

The main selling point of this movie is its animation. And I think it definitely delivered. Ang sarap sarap sa mata panoorin ng cute kilig film na ‘to. And the Easter eggs! Gaah! My favorites would have to be the TukMall and Sandara Park! Ang lakas lakas ng tawa ko HAHAHAHA!

I do not know any of the people behind this movie, but I feel so proud for them! Ten years in the making! Boyhood lang, ganern? You can definitely see the passion and love everyone gave in this film. Makes you realize na kahit abutin pa ng ilang taon, if it will happen, and of course you have to do something about it, it will. Plus the scoring! I just love it!

Another MMFF entry I love, and is one of my top 2 MMFF movie was Oro. Oro is based on a true to life story on a community whose main livelihood depends on gold mining. So basically, gold diggers silang lahat dito. Charot! It revolved on Irma Adlawan’s character, Kapitana, and her people who depends on her the way we all depend on our mothers like “Ma, san mo nilagay yung chenelyn kembot ko?” kahit nasa ibang bansa na siya. Lelz. So anyway, may mga dumating na talipandas na kalalakihan guising themselves as environmentalists na sugo ni governor at ginulo ang tahimik na buhay ng mga taga-baryo. Of course, the people defended their livelihood, and then one thing led to another and the next thing you know, I was on the edge of my seat waiting, stressing out, and nervously waiting on sino ba kasi ang kumakatok sa bahay ni kapitana at bakit ayaw ninyo magpakilala! Wala kayong manners, aatakehin kami sa puso!!!

Irma Adlawan’s monologue at the end will give you chills and make you think. Ibang klase. Oro is a socio-political film told in the simplest way we can all get, from the grassroots.

Yung Oro yung true blue indie flick sa lahat ng pinanood ko (dahil ito raw ay Metro Manila Indie Film Festival). Kung meron mang “indie formula” na matatawag, ito siguro yun. Like hello, Kween Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, and Sue Prado in one movie. Ano na bes? Directed by Alvin Yapan, with a story na slice of life, pag-iisipin ka, at mag-stay sa ‘yo even after watching four more movies, ito yun. This is how you make a movie. Ginalingan nila masyado mga bes! Ayawan na! Iwagayway na natin ang puting bandera!

If you’re looking for a cheap scare, do not watch Seklusyon. Honestly, whoever said that this was a really bad scary movie should drink Anghela’s miracle scum, twice. Cheret. Akala ko rin talaga horror movie siya based on the trailer alone, but it was not your typical horror movie. Walang nakakairitang Kris Aquino na nagsusumigaw dito with her emotionless face, walang tatanga-tangang magbabarkadang nagpunta sa isang scary place na isa-isang pinapatay, at lalong walang multong naghihiganti dahil ni-rape siya ng tatay niya. What you’ll get is a mind fuckery on what if nga no, what if nga lang na ang Simbahang Katoliko mismo ay infiltrated na ng mga demonyo? If you do not want your faith shaken, please forego this movie, if super-duper religious cunt person ka, mumshie, wag mo na panoorin. One person we know who is a religious person said na super chaka, disappointing ng film, take note, Film major si koya. So I advise you to keep an open mind in this super tapang movie, mapapa-sign of the cross si archbishop Tagle. Charot. Blasphemous! Seklusyon was soooo good that even after the end credits roll, the entire movie house was at a standstill. More more stunned lang kaming lahat trying to digest what we saw. Or maybe kasi ang tagal magbukas ng ilaw after the screening, or feeling ko stunned talaga kami sa lack of acting skillz ni Ronnie Alonte. Huhubels, that guy can play Machete, yung kahoy inanimate version. Charot!

On a more serious note, go watch this movie and see for yourself why it bagged the best screenplay award!

Isa pang awaaaaard winning was Die Beautiful. This movie was buzzing even before MMFF 2016 after it won awards in the international scene. It’s a fresh take on the LGBTQ in the Philippine film setting. Like for once hindi lang sila ginagawang katatawanan sa mga pelikula o di naman kaya sadyang best friend ng bida na nagdadagdag ng saya (there was Barbs, but I mean seriously, we all need a Barbs in our lives). Ngayon, sila ang bida. I kept wondering before jusko kelan ba ko makakapanood ng pelikulang Pilipino tungkol sa LGBTQ na hindi sila katatawanan lang at sabi nga ni Uge sa Septic Tank 2, “kailangan may bakla. Masaya pag may bakla!” na hindi indie? I mean there was Markova, but how long was it? Wala na si Dolphy, hindi na yata nasundan pa. Die was your typical gay life story told in a captivating way interspersed in the seven days of Tricia’s wake, props to Jun Lana for that weave ng story. Ang galing galing! Ito na yun, thank you MMFF jurors! Die Beautiful was, for lack of a better word, beautifully done.

P.S. Christian Bables, you are a godsend to Philippine cinema. Labyu my number is 0916 610 xxxx hahahaha charot!

From one beauty queen to another, my sister Cat and I took our mom to watch Sunday Beauty Queen on New Year’s Day. Correct me if I’m wrong, this was the first time I’ve seen a documentary on the big screen on MMFF. Mga bes, nakakaiyak yung ganitong feeling. I fucking love documentaries! I even used to make documentaries for a living! And I should tell you, para sa isang manunulat, (wow feeling legit manunulat,) wala nang mas sasarap at mas hihirap pa sa pakiramdam na mag-share ng istorya ng ibang tao at bigyan ito ng hustisya. So to watch a documentary on New Year’s Day, is lakas maka-New Year, New You!

My favorite in this movie is how fresh it is, it’s going to make you feel feels without you even realizing it, like how most documentaries should do, it should make you root for the characters, and root for Hazel, Rudelie, Daddy, Mylyn and even to Mr. Soo is what I did. Props to the filmmaker for the awesome research and trying to tell the OFW’s life in another angle. We’ve seen plenty of Flor Contemplacions, Josies, Sarah Balabagans, and all the other OFW stories telling how they live and sacrifice for their family back in the Philippines. But OFWs organizing beaucons? Hoooy, I’ve never heard of this!

The downside though is that there are a lot of case studies presented that I couldn’t even remember everyone’s story, let alone their names. Parang hindi ko na ma-feel yung story ng bawat isa kasi there’s another story being told on top of another story on top of another story. I would’ve wished though for a story like super swerte like Daddy Leo’s, a feel good one, and a something like “putangina DFA, OWWA, kumilos tayo para mga OFW!!!” kind of story that would make you even more grateful for what you have or just open your eyes on the realities of life, sans the filter.  Or whatever, maybe that’s just formulaic, too? But I’m just too happy to even see the movie industry trying to incorporate real stories in contrast to reel ones. I never thought I’d be alive to see a documentary on a heavily commercialized festival like MMFF.

Anyway, I’ve been a bit obsessed with documentaries this year that I’d like to share with you some that have stayed with me and boggled me and fuck, panoorin mo please! Dear Zachary, The Imposter, Blackfish, Good Ol’ Freda (if you’re a big Beatle fan, if you’re not, why???), and I mean of course, if you still haven’t seen Making A Murderer, what are you doing here?

My friend Macky then got me a free ticket to see the only crap on the lineup. And when I said crap, that’s what I mean prior to watching it on the big screen haha. I never thought I’d watch a Star Cinema movie without John Lloyd in it. Haha! Vince, Kath, and James was okay for a romcom, it wasn’t that bad. There are funny, kilig parts – kilig part was kay Joshua lang. That kid is super charming, if I were a teenager, crush ko siya. But right now, gusto ko siyang maging jowa ng pamangkin ko, mga ganyan. Gahd, that statement was so tita. Hahaha!

I also like the subplot on Josh’s character Vince and her mom, Ina Raymundo. May kurot mga bes. My favorite though was that Got 2 Believe homage huhuhaha, I am a big Rico Yan-Claudine fan, my favorite movie was Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita. Overall, I think this movie only used that jeje-serye’s title to psyched people up, but apart from the names and pet names, totally different story naman siya. Was I glad I gave this movie a chance? I’m glad libre siya. Hahaha!

I think it was perfect that I saw Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever’s Not Enough last. I don’t have plans of seeing Kabisera after all the reviews from people I trust have said, so wait ko na lang siya sa Cinema One, nakakatatlong libo na ko sa festival na ‘to guys haha. Going back, ang saya-saya niya hahaha. I think I enjoyed it even more than I enjoyed the first one even if I miss JM de Guzman. BB, ayusin na natin buhay mo, haha! Like there was a part that I just couldn’t stop laughing! Movies that poke fun at how chaka and formulaic and kakadiri the system is the reason I still watch and enjoy Filipino movies! It’s super witty huhu and the metaphors nakakatawa talaga! Also, Joel Torre is love!

The scene where Kean just lost it and Uge telling him at how a Filipino movie should be done is the reason why people should go watch this movie and finally realize why moviegoers are being served tae after tae after tae with the occasional chicken pork adobo in between for so many yeaaaaars.

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7/8 MMFF movies. I never thought I’d be alive to see the Philippine cinema in full bloom, content-wise, and served not just to “indie fanatics” as King Manny Castaneda says, but to the entire masang Pilipino. It’s about time we give the people both an escape and something to think about. Pwede naman pala! Kaya naman pala! Yung pag-iisipin ka at susundutin ang karne sa laman ng ulo mo, hindi lang yung natawa ka kasi binatukan ni Bossing si Jose at Wally. Enough of all the garbage that rake in millions of pesos, but kills millions of brain cells in the process. C’mon, tigilan na natin ang pag-treat as bobo sa masang Pilipino and to be so full of hubris to know that this is what they want. Because I’m a masang Pilipino, (and for the longest time, I haven’t seen MMFF movies as many as this year made me, and good gahd) and these are the kinds of movie that I want.

Please stop telling us that Christmas is just for the kids, so what are they going to watch with these artsy fartsy crap? Shove your Christmas is for kids crap, we all know you just want the moolah, Christmas is for everyone! And to have the gall to say that lalangawin ang mga sinehan? Meh, I had to queue for thirty minutes in Trinoma just to buy tickets, so suck on that!

We are indies together!

The year was 2011. I think this was the year Cinemalaya started having a Director’s Showcase in the lineup and let established and named directors showcase their stories in the indie scene – stories that movie producers would say a BIG NO to should they pitch it to them with the masang Pilipino as the main target in mind. My friends and I were watching a gala with a lot of big names in the industry sashaying in CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. We were commenting at how saturated, hopeless, and commercialized the movie industry is, even dropping names and movie titles of movies we hate oblivious of the fact that we were sitting just in front of Filipino directors we might as well just told our woes to their faces. One of them was the director of a movie we just bashed. Hahaha! We were so glad we got out of the theatre alive.

Today, MMFF gave us a 360 turn “snubbing” Vice, Vic, and Kris, paving the way for indies to be seen at a larger scale.  Thank you MMFF for giving these movies a chance, for being so brave in going against the tide and not listening to movie bigwigs and finally giving us the Filipino people the kind of films that we deserve! The only thing I disapproved was getting our ka-DDS Mocha Uson Blog as ambassadress, but even that, palampasin na lang natin. This was the best way to end the 2016 for the Philippine Cinema! Now let’s hope that mas mataas na standards ng mga Pilipino by MMFF 2017! This is the kind of revolution that we need! We are indies together!

This MMFF season sure almost sucked my wallet dry, I spent P3,144 in a week for the six movies, including food and  transpo (I know, please don’t be creeped out that I know my expenses up to the last centavo, I’m starting this thing since December to input all of my expenses in a day hahaha) but was it worth it? For quality films that made me think, prodded my brain cells, made me laugh, cry, moved, and become even prouder of Filipino craft? FUCK YEAH IT WAS.

I think the movies are extended until January 7, so go watch it! Tigilan niyo pagne-negatron sa pelikulang Pilipino!

K. Finish or not finish, pass your papers!

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