Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad

I feel utter disdain in having “Gandarrappido: the Revenger Squad” close my MMFF experience.  It exemplifies everything that is deplorable with the current MMFF: it has minimal substance (if any), motivated solely by profit, and does not contribute whatsoever in cultivating moviegoers’ tastes in local films. Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, “Gandarrappido: The Revenger

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Romance films seem to have long decided where broken hearts go. The consensus point to the vermilion warmth of a bonfire, in the company of good music and nature-greased bodies, sitting cozily on bean bags, and tasting the salt coalesce into summertime breeze. In the new Paul Soriano film, “Siargao,” broken hearts litter its beach,

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Haunted Forest

Being the only horror film entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Ian Loreños’ “Haunted Forest” has the advantage of catering to a certain niche of moviegoers. With this naturally comes the expectation to rake in millions of earnings, yet, all that Regal Films could offer us in this film is a hodgepodge

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. It’s the only way to become what you’re meant to be.” – Kylo Ren It may be Rian Johnson speaking through Kylo Ren in the quote above, as it is exactly what he did directing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. He essentially killed off

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The Guide to Metro Manila Film Festival 2017

No other film festival in the Philippines is embedded in the cultural consciousness of Filipinos as indelibly as the Metro Manila Film Festival. The annual tradition, which happens every Yuletide season, has become for many decades a communal act of cinemagoing—indeed a slowly fading art—for many Filipinos. It’s this very preciousness that frustrates me

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