MMFF entries’ prospects vetted


SCENE from “El Presidente”

This early, movie people are already vetting—and betting—on which film will romp off with the Metro Manila Film Festival’s coveted “top grossers” award. Past experience points to “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako” as a front runner, because it stars two “solo” hitmakers, Vic Sotto and Bong Revilla—plus Judy Ann Santos.

But, hold your horses, “Sisteraka” has its cadre of boosters, who point out that its own three stars, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino and Ai Ai de las Alas, have had blockbuster hits and even record-setters and -breakers before. Will it be a fight to the finish for the two hotly touted front runners?

For our part, we’re more interested in qualitative factors, so of course the Nora Aunor starrer, “Thy Womb,” directed by Brillante Mendoza, stands out.

To complicate things, however, a period production, “El Presidente,” also aims to be an exceptional film—and it also stars Nora, albeit in a less extended participation.

JULIA Montes and Enchong Dee in “The Strangers”

Will it be Nora competing against herself for the festival’s Best Actress plum? Now, that would be a really unusual turn of events for the screen icon who, only a couple of seasons ago, was sniffily dismissed as a hopeless has-been by some people allegedly in the know!

There may be a recondite gem or two among the other entries, but they have yet to make their positive prospects felt. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” is already on its 14th incarnation or concatenation, so it’s hard to get hyped up over it.

But, it is directed by Chito Roño, and he could still pull off a thrilling surprise in one of the anthology chiller’s stories.

Similarly, “The Stranger” (with Cherry Pie Picache, Enchong Dee and Julia Montes) is initially unexceptional—but, it’s megged by Lawrence Fajardo, whose short film some years ago was a visual and visceral stunner. So, we’re eager to see what he’s conjured up this time.

Dingdong Dantes’ starrer, “One More Try,” casts him with a different set of costars (Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, Angelica Panganiban), so the project feels “fresher” than usual for him.

Let’s hope this movie helps Dantes open up new horizons and reveal aspects to his performing persona other than those that his fans have already “memorized.”

ANGEL Locsin in “One More Try”

What about “Sosy Problems”? Its stars (Aljur Abrenica, Solenn Heusaff, Rhian Ramos et al.) are of the “sexy eye candy” type, so you sort of know that they’re mostly focused on fun and games, not on significance. But hey, if they get things right, that could be a good thing, too, right?

All told and considered, therefore, this year’s MMFF entries feel like a generally proficient lot. Of course, some harrowing humdingers could be hidden in the bushes, biding their time to assault the festival audience with their stunning mediocrity or out-and-out yuckiness.

But, they have yet to manifest themselves, so we should give the festival a fair shake by expecting to enjoy the most of its offerings—until confounded otherwise. Fair enough!

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  • maypakialamako

    dapat i-ban na sa mmff ang shake rattle, si agimat at enteng, ginagawa lang bobo ang mga nanunuod!

    • hustlergalore

      sa shake? depende kasi kung sino ang director ng srr. the franchise has its ups and downs. LOL

      enteng movies are egotistical, male-chauvinistic movies by vic sotto. always making us sure that he is pogi. and bong revilla movies are always about looking himself good to the electorate. LOL

      star cinema movies are all about marketing their artistas. that is why in premieres, there are market research groups who ask questions like sino ang favorite mong love team. (eyes roll). obviously, they are not making cinema but feeding on consumerism and network war trolls. LOL

      today, there is actually a consistent film outfit in the country that produces quality (can be commercial and not) and that is quantum films. from minsan pa, kubrador, here comes the bride, ang babae sa septic tank, bisperas and now to the strangers, an entry to mmff. looking forward to this and how lawrence fajardo will translate his intensity he showed in the film amok to this film. hopefully, he delivers.

      so there. thy womb and the strangers are top on my list. next is srr by chito rono and el presidente by mark meily. forgettables are sistereka by wenn deramas, one more try by ruel bayani, sosy problems by andoy ranay, enteng agimat and me by tony reyes.

    • Rinaanir

      I will definitely avoid watching those 3rd-rate movies. For all I know mga bata ang audience nila. At kelan ba natanggihan ang mga bata pag pasko? Kaya ganyan lagi ang pinapalabas nila. Pag nag-aya ang bata, sabit ang buong pamilya. Marami ang kita. No wonder they don’t mind about overall quality of these films. Inosente ang audience nila.

  • hustlergalore

    Will it be Nora competing against herself for the festival’s Best Actress plum? Now, that would be a really unusual turn of events for the screen icon who, only a couple of seasons ago, was sniffily dismissed as a hopeless has-been by some people allegedly in the know!

    – talent is immortal! duh!

  • selinaKyle2012

    Thy Womb Best Picture. Nora Aunor Best Actress. Best Director Brillante Mendoza. Best Actor Bembol Roco. Best Supprting Actress Nora Aunor again. Best Music El Presidente. Best Special Effects Enteng. Best Make Up El Presidente. Cultural Award Thy Womb. This will be Thy Womb’s festival.

    • adscity_info

      Thy Womb, Best Cinematography & Best Story.

  • Manuel

    Last place when it comes to revenue will be:
    10. Thy Womb
    9. El Presidente
    8. Sosy Problems

    Three Movies that will be on top 3:

    1. Si Agimat, Enteng Kabisote at Ako
    2. Sisteraka
    3. Shake, Rattle and Roll

    • Ledor

      Sigurado ka?

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