I was fortunate enough to have the luxury of time to watch ALL of the 8 entries for Metro Manila Film Festival 2015. Given the said instance, I am sharing you my personal thoughts in all of the films for this batch! (Movies have been numbered considering the content, relevance and technicalities. 1 being the most preferred)
Never seen any of Maria Ozawa film before and she brought something refreshing to the table. The film has this Samurai X-ish vibe which I really love. During the awards night of Metro Manila Film festival, this film bagged most of the technical awards namely Best Festival Sound: Ditoy Aguila, Best Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. They really deserved all of the commendations and praises in terms of technicalities. I also love the story line as the subject material has never been treated this way before. Kudos to team Nialalang. I think there would be a sequel for this. Just a thought, I wonder what will be the outcome of the film if Robin Padilla played the lead as originally planned.
2. Honor Thy Father
I can never blame other people if they will not appreciate this film. Honor Thy Father is a mere reflection of commoners in a rural setting. With subjects from religion, networking, tribal war, close family ties and love, this film will definitely make you cringe and think of what ifs and buts. John Lloyd is John Lloyd. He never fails to deliver. From RomCom to heavy Drama like this material, he is definitely a jewel in the industry. With Erik Matti as director, he surely always bring a special twist to movie goers. With his unconventional way of filming, I am always looking forward to his projects. (Getting ready for Darna 2016!) Honor Thy Father will let you realize and evaluate your relationship with the Lord and with your father.
3. All You Need Is Pag-ibig
This film has lot of "hearts" and "feels" as what Antoinette Jadaone's films always have. Tagged as "Blockbuster Hugot Director of the Philippines", Antonette Jadaone always surprise us with LOVE as her main element. Get ready for a roller coaster ride of emotions.I like how Kim Chui portrayed her role. She really get out of her comfort zone. Nova Villa was given a spotlight and it was heartfelt. For someone who experienced to be neglected and felt unimportant, I can totally relate (insert a sad song here). Hahaha. Kidding aside, All you need Pag-ibig is a heartfelt movie worth watching with family, friends and special people you value.
Winning the Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress in the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival, #WalangForever is a star studded film. It has been described as a "screenplay within a screenplay" as it shows a life of a screenwriter struggling with her writing due to problem with her romantic relationship.
5. Buy Now Die Later
This is a 5 part story film which connects each one with a desire for greatness in life (work career, fame, romantic relationship, youth and material success). I love how the movie has been connected in one scene. The movie has it's own hit and miss but will surely enjoy by the audiences. John Sweet Lapuz makes me laugh out loud supported by Cai Cortes. This film is way better than any Shake, Rattle and Roll series.
6. Haunted Mansion
With amusing and stellar portrayal's of caliber actresses, Iza Calzado and LJ Reyes, Haunted Mansion added it's edge to other local films produced. Jun Robles Lana put the "teleserye" vibe as evident on the credits at the start of the film. Haunted Mansion has its misses but will never fail you with the "gulat factor" which I believe important with this kind of genre. Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel and Jerome Ponce is promising in this film.
7. Beauty and The Bestie
Laughing from start to finish. This is by far Wenn Deramas and Vice Ganda's best tandem film. Although the punchline comes from other people's misfortune, the supporting cast serves as the saving grace. I like the plot of the story which is more relevant than other WD and VG films.
8. My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore
Didn't enjoyed the movie that much. That short and simple.
I hope that next year, films to be included in this festival would be more diverse and relevant. One step at a time. Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino.
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