2013 MMFF Thoughts (Part 1)

This is a late entry but I’ll post in anyway. Before the Oscars race, I’m giving a quick review on the MMFF entries I was able to catch during the holidays.

My Little Bossings  

Directed by: Marlon Rivera
(Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Jaclyn Jose, Aiza Seguerra, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Bimby Aquino-Yap)
There’s so much buzz on this movie—both good and bad. The first week of the year was even marked by a flurry of open letters addressed to either Bossing Vic Sotto, his critics or his semi-apologists (semi because they categorically deny they’re not fans or whatever but they’re posting a letter to rebut or make ad hominem attacks on the movie’s harsher critics hahaha!). The movie made such an ~impact on our daily lives, so when Kris (one of the leads slash producers) admitted she and Vice Ganda had a minor falling off due to the film festivals’ tight competition, it made headlines. I’m like, WTF.

So what was the movie about? Because of a vast pyramiding scam pinned on her name, Aquino’s character was forced to let her son (Bimby Aquino-Yap) temporarily live with her accountant, Torky (Sotto), until the issue is resolved. The plot gets a bit ~complex when Torky would have to live with his estranged daughter, Ice (Aiza Seguerra) and a new kid (Ryzza Mae Dizon) she adopted. Then of course, the story is not complete without a villain—that’s Aquino’s scheming sister, Jaclyn Jose, and her henchmen, Jose Manalo and Paolo Ballesteros. We already know that it’s going to be riotous and filled with comic antics courtesy of the adorable Aling Maliit. Almost two hours after the movie, we already know that it’s going to end on a happy note, after all the movie promised entertainment.

Finally we ask, aside from the movie’s much- talked about leads and its glitzy promotions, what made the movie get blockbuster success (i.e. ticket sales)? Nothing much, to be honest. I’d be too generous to say that it has a story to tell except that it was sidelined by the many endorsements their producers (i.e. Vic Sotto and Kris Aquino) crammed into the two-hour movie. Aiza as the struggling daughter and Ryzza as the innocent street child were characters that could have given the movie a bit of substance, but it refuses to do so, hence the usual popcorn comedy flick formula. So for all its worth, the movie was fun to watch. Don’t just expect too much.

2 out of 5 stars.

10,000 Hours 

Directed by: Joyce Bernal
(Robin Padilla, Michael de Mesa, Mylene Dizon)
Parallel to MLB’s commercial success, 10,000 Hours rode the waves of crime thriller movies (e.g. Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila and Erik Matti’s OTJ) that received critical success last year. Robin Padilla is Senator Gabriel Alcaraz, a senator who is on the run after a series of events prevented him from revealing the details of a corruption scam in the highest levels of government.


In the end credits, the movie revealed that it was loosely based on a number of real-life events that made headlines in the country’s top papers. At one point, I was asking a friend if this was Senator Panfilo Lacson’s version of hiding from the police, but given Lacson’s seemingly secretive nature, he wouldn’t allow a portion of his life immortalized into a movie. That’s a theory. Lelz. Anyway, the movie is quieter and less gruesome when compared to Matti’s OTJ. Here, Padilla is a respected senator, a doting father and loyal friend. Quite a distance from the usual mercenary or macho man swooned by ladies he portrayed in his previous movies. It’s a refreshing version of Padilla, I’d say. The rest of the cast have also filled the roles assigned to them quite gracefully. Mylene Dizon as Padilla’s wife was worthy of an MMFF Supporting Actress nod.

10,000 Hours deserves the Best Picture Award. I mean: is there any other movie in the competition that can do so? It’s not as fluid as OTJ or Metro Manila, based on the reviews that abound the blogosphere, but it is something worth watching. They say films reflect the current realities that abound a certain society. I am inclined to believe that the film’s relatively happy ending presents a message of hope—we can still believe that something can be done to remove the entrenched evils in our government. Or lessen that monstrous greed, at the very least.

4 out of 5 stars.

Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel 


Directed by: Chris Martinez
(Eugene Domingo, Sam Milby)
The movie’s primary anchor was the success of its two previous installments along with the tried and tested wit of Eugene Domingo as a character actor. In this third outing, Domingo returns as both Kimmy and Dora—Kimmy is the intelligent and overachieving half of Dora, her complete opposite. The movie promises a prequel, how Kimmy and Dora was able to save the Go Dong Hae Enterprise from being usurped by Bogart (wait til you see the movie to know who this character is) and his/her conniving cohorts. Sam Milby plays Rodin Bartolleti, the twins’ object of affection and competition. Lolz.

The movie was peppered with the usual comedic treats from the twins, along with the standard cameo appearances from known names in the entertainment industry—a trademark the first two films already established. Piolo Pascual was a buko vendor, folks. Hehe.

It might be unfair to compare it to its two predecessors but one cannot help to do so. This third installment was relatively better than the second movie, but nothing beats the first time we saw Domingo take on the lead role in the big screen. Kimmy Dora 1 was able to give its audience an alternative comedy fare, a clear escape from the usual Pinoy just-for-laughs we get to see on TV and big screen. The second and third were just ok. The lesson learned, I’d like to believe, is we give prequels and sequels a rest. Tina Fey said it best during the recent Golden Globes Awarding Ceremony, “This is Hollywood, and if something kind of works they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it.” Hahaha! Same goes with Philippine cinema.


3.5 out of 5 stars.

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felix felicis: 2013 MMFF Thoughts (Part 1)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 MMFF Thoughts (Part 1)

This is a late entry but I’ll post in anyway. Before the Oscars race, I’m giving a quick review on the MMFF entries I was able to catch during the holidays.

My Little Bossings  

Directed by: Marlon Rivera
(Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Jaclyn Jose, Aiza Seguerra, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Bimby Aquino-Yap)
There’s so much buzz on this movie—both good and bad. The first week of the year was even marked by a flurry of open letters addressed to either Bossing Vic Sotto, his critics or his semi-apologists (semi because they categorically deny they’re not fans or whatever but they’re posting a letter to rebut or make ad hominem attacks on the movie’s harsher critics hahaha!). The movie made such an ~impact on our daily lives, so when Kris (one of the leads slash producers) admitted she and Vice Ganda had a minor falling off due to the film festivals’ tight competition, it made headlines. I’m like, WTF.

So what was the movie about? Because of a vast pyramiding scam pinned on her name, Aquino’s character was forced to let her son (Bimby Aquino-Yap) temporarily live with her accountant, Torky (Sotto), until the issue is resolved. The plot gets a bit ~complex when Torky would have to live with his estranged daughter, Ice (Aiza Seguerra) and a new kid (Ryzza Mae Dizon) she adopted. Then of course, the story is not complete without a villain—that’s Aquino’s scheming sister, Jaclyn Jose, and her henchmen, Jose Manalo and Paolo Ballesteros. We already know that it’s going to be riotous and filled with comic antics courtesy of the adorable Aling Maliit. Almost two hours after the movie, we already know that it’s going to end on a happy note, after all the movie promised entertainment.

Finally we ask, aside from the movie’s much- talked about leads and its glitzy promotions, what made the movie get blockbuster success (i.e. ticket sales)? Nothing much, to be honest. I’d be too generous to say that it has a story to tell except that it was sidelined by the many endorsements their producers (i.e. Vic Sotto and Kris Aquino) crammed into the two-hour movie. Aiza as the struggling daughter and Ryzza as the innocent street child were characters that could have given the movie a bit of substance, but it refuses to do so, hence the usual popcorn comedy flick formula. So for all its worth, the movie was fun to watch. Don’t just expect too much.

2 out of 5 stars.

10,000 Hours 

Directed by: Joyce Bernal
(Robin Padilla, Michael de Mesa, Mylene Dizon)
Parallel to MLB’s commercial success, 10,000 Hours rode the waves of crime thriller movies (e.g. Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila and Erik Matti’s OTJ) that received critical success last year. Robin Padilla is Senator Gabriel Alcaraz, a senator who is on the run after a series of events prevented him from revealing the details of a corruption scam in the highest levels of government.


In the end credits, the movie revealed that it was loosely based on a number of real-life events that made headlines in the country’s top papers. At one point, I was asking a friend if this was Senator Panfilo Lacson’s version of hiding from the police, but given Lacson’s seemingly secretive nature, he wouldn’t allow a portion of his life immortalized into a movie. That’s a theory. Lelz. Anyway, the movie is quieter and less gruesome when compared to Matti’s OTJ. Here, Padilla is a respected senator, a doting father and loyal friend. Quite a distance from the usual mercenary or macho man swooned by ladies he portrayed in his previous movies. It’s a refreshing version of Padilla, I’d say. The rest of the cast have also filled the roles assigned to them quite gracefully. Mylene Dizon as Padilla’s wife was worthy of an MMFF Supporting Actress nod.

10,000 Hours deserves the Best Picture Award. I mean: is there any other movie in the competition that can do so? It’s not as fluid as OTJ or Metro Manila, based on the reviews that abound the blogosphere, but it is something worth watching. They say films reflect the current realities that abound a certain society. I am inclined to believe that the film’s relatively happy ending presents a message of hope—we can still believe that something can be done to remove the entrenched evils in our government. Or lessen that monstrous greed, at the very least.

4 out of 5 stars.

Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel 


Directed by: Chris Martinez
(Eugene Domingo, Sam Milby)
The movie’s primary anchor was the success of its two previous installments along with the tried and tested wit of Eugene Domingo as a character actor. In this third outing, Domingo returns as both Kimmy and Dora—Kimmy is the intelligent and overachieving half of Dora, her complete opposite. The movie promises a prequel, how Kimmy and Dora was able to save the Go Dong Hae Enterprise from being usurped by Bogart (wait til you see the movie to know who this character is) and his/her conniving cohorts. Sam Milby plays Rodin Bartolleti, the twins’ object of affection and competition. Lolz.

The movie was peppered with the usual comedic treats from the twins, along with the standard cameo appearances from known names in the entertainment industry—a trademark the first two films already established. Piolo Pascual was a buko vendor, folks. Hehe.

It might be unfair to compare it to its two predecessors but one cannot help to do so. This third installment was relatively better than the second movie, but nothing beats the first time we saw Domingo take on the lead role in the big screen. Kimmy Dora 1 was able to give its audience an alternative comedy fare, a clear escape from the usual Pinoy just-for-laughs we get to see on TV and big screen. The second and third were just ok. The lesson learned, I’d like to believe, is we give prequels and sequels a rest. Tina Fey said it best during the recent Golden Globes Awarding Ceremony, “This is Hollywood, and if something kind of works they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it.” Hahaha! Same goes with Philippine cinema.


3.5 out of 5 stars.

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2 Comments:

At January 16, 2014 at 8:43 AM , Blogger finyapol said...

OMG! Naunahan mo ako!! waaaa hahaha LOL

 
At January 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM , Blogger kyemeruth said...

Post mo na din yung iyo! Hahhahaa!

 

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