It's the time of the year where Filipino producers compete for the festival that family and friends will be watching for the duration of the Holiday. As for myself, I am picky about the local films that I watch. Because I am not the type of person who just watches for the sake of conformity with the masses' likes, but I watch local films to widen my view about the things that surrounds me and my everyday life.
Now, since I am not that interested at first to watch this year's film festival, what got my attention is the exclusion of the same repetitive movie that is being aired for almost a decade now. Yes, I am talking about Enteng Kabisote of Vic Sotto as well as the new comedy production where Vice Ganda, "Beauty and the Bestie", for as far as we all know, will be full of advertisement or product placement that their artists on the said movies are endorsing. But the sad thing for me is the exclusion of "Mano Po" as well in this year's film festival.
Those exclusion are for good reason, though. Because of the news of their exclusion, I got interested with this year's pick of the crop of the committee of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), because of the promising titles and stories that all of us will also enjoy and pick a lesson too. And Upon watching all the trailers of the entries of MMFF 2016, I already got five movies that I would like to watch on the said festival.
Besides the casting of this movie, which is all good artists, especially the star fo the show, Nora Aunor. What got my attention of the trailer shown to us is the real life story that revolves around someone who got in the way of a politically powerful person and a mother fighting for what is right and for the protection of her family.
Now, what got me intrigued in this one is that there are only snippets as to what may have come, but they didn't tell us the whole story yet. It's a little unpredictable, which is one of the good component of a movie for me. This is one of the films that reflects real life and has a similarity to quality films produced as indie films.
Who doesn't want Eugine Domingo's natural quirkiness on making you laugh? The sense of humor on the trailer itself wants to make you want for more. You know what I mean? And who doesn't remember the first movie?
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 is one of the comedy movies that you should be watching in this year's MMFF 2016. Why? Because first, the humor is family-friendly, which means both adults and kids can watch this, and second, it's Eugine Domingo. What more reason do you need to make you watch this movie?
If you are looking for a horror film or an avid horror film fan, then this one is for you for this year's film festival.
Seklusyon features deacons on their way to their priesthood, a priest investigating a certain miraculous kid, and a nun who takes care of the said child. Now, as I have seen the trailer multiple times, what got me interested in this one is the fact that there are hardly any jump scares in here, and it gives the indie film feeling with their cinematography. Which gives a little more excitement on what might come next.
2.) Saving Sally
If you are looking for something romantic, but at the same time trying to look away from something too mainstream. Then "Saving Sally" is definitely one for you.
What makes me want to watch this movie is its unique way of delivering the story. It has this artistic side, and at the same time, it's geeky side which is not your typically, guy meets girl scenario feel. It's just a proof that when people who are tired of the same thing being produced yearly makes a film, they produce a high-quality movie with a story and at the same time with artistic value.
1.) Die Beautiful
This one, I think, will spark controversies. The main theme of the movie is well, about the LGBTQ Community and their passion in search of acceptance and their fight to fit in society.
This one is big because it has already been awarded as Audience Choice Award in 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. And the leading actor, Paolo Ballesteros, wins the said film festival as Best Actor. No wonder the trailer itself feels big already and I have a lot of expectations from this one as well.
How about you? What are the movies are you excited for in this year's film festival? Share your thoughts about it in the comment section below! And don't forget to share this to your friends!