MMFF2016: My briefer (pantyer?)

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Photo swiped from here.

 

I like this new MMFF logo. It cutely reflects both celluloid and digital via the wheel icons. Then there’s Metro Manila icons within the jeep. And then there’s movement, as this is an animated logo. The font is also reminiscent of the past Tourism Dept. campaign of “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” Enter frame from left, exit frame to the right. Just where we want to go — forward.

And this is supposedly what this refurbished MMFF aims: to move forward, away from the usual Christmas box-office trappings of trashy Christmas film fare. So many things have already been said about this, so I won’t add to the conversation. I’m just glad that I’m seeing more formidable people like my former film professor colleague at the helm of things in the selection committee or whatever they call their committees now. Slowly, change is indeed coming, at least in this “miniscule” part of our world we call Philippine cinema.

But have things really changed? Save from having a documentary — a full-length one at that — enter as a viable competitor, some films sounded like they’re cut with the same cookie cutter of past films while the rest were whipped up by artisanal chefs who kept on reinventing at the last minute before serving. Yes, we saw them all. And we’ll talk about them, one by one.

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Photo swiped from here.

Enero na nang mahagilap ko ang mga pelikula, at nakaka-panic dahil sa threat na aalisin na daw sila agad-agad matapos ang takdang araw ng festival. Aba, perstaym! Dati eh extended nang bongga ang entries, tapos ngayon, hindi magkaugaga sa pag-pullout. Talagang same mafia, different decade lang talaga ang ibang kalakaran sa industriyang ito, na siyang maaga kong kinapaguran, sa totoo lang.

Pero sige lang. Habol lang lola mo. Una kong nahagilap sa SM Marikina ang Kabisera ni Ate Guy, dati naming bida sa 1997 MMFF entry ng dati kong opisinang Premiere Entertainment Productions na Babae. Tapos sinunod ko ang Seklusyon kung saan humabol ang sweetheart ko sa panonood. Umaatikabong reaksiyon, bilang unang beses sa buong buhay niya ang manood ng MMFF entry (Hollywood film buff ang lola). Pero natuwa na siya sa pangatlong entry na napanood ko kung saan sumama din siya, sa Sunday Beauty Queen. Mainam ang gabi.

Ikalawang araw ng paghahabol, Oro lang ang kinaya ng powers ko sa Eastwood. Gorabels lang, fambam duties muna. Pero dapat lang pang-isang araw nga ang pelikulang iyon. More soon.

Ikatlong araw, kuntodo na ang mall-hopping! Sa Megamall naabutan ang Vince and Kath and James. Buti na lang may mochi stall sa harap ng cinemas. Sarap. Tapos talon naman sa Die Beautiful. Kabog! Then diretso na sa errands sa UP Town Center at kumonyo na din sa cinema doon para sa Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: Forever Is Not Enough. Tapos errands ulit bago tinira ang huli, si Saving Sally. Galing kong mag-multitasking anek! Dedma na sa migraine the next day. Masaya naman at nahagilap ko silang lahat. Just like the good ol’ days, eh. Slight.

Sige, iisa-isahin natin ito in the days to come, oks? Are you ready ka na ba?

#filmmiron commence!

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