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Dec 2, 2014
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The 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival is mere weeks away, and if you're like us, you've probably started to prepare yourself for a week of films that, on the regular, range from bad to not-so-good.

Sometimes though, there are good, memorable ones so every year we continue to ask: Is there hope for this year's festival? Join us as we look for signs by judging this year's crop of MMFF movies by their trailers!


1)    Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo

Starring: Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla
Directed by: Enzo Williams 


Video via
Philippians Productions

Key moments:

First of all, we'd like to know who "Buchi Boy" is.

The Robin Padilla-Vina Morales love team has risen from the dead! #Batang90s

Andres Bonifacio ain't the only gangster around in this movie:

Props to the art department. These suits look snazzy and accurate with the times of this period piece.

The fight scenes look authentic, too. Now, someone make a YouTube edit of this clip with Sandwich's "Sugod" as overlay.


2)   English Only, Please

Starring: Derek Ramsay, Jennylyn Mercado
Directed by: Dan Villegas


Video via
Quantum Films

Key moments:

Once again, who are you, Buchi Boy? E-mail us and let us tell your story to the world.  

And now, the many (pretty) faces of Jennyln Mercado. What's your favorite?

a) Excited Jennylyn

b) Flustered Jennylyn

c) Downtrodden Jennylyn

d) Bikini-wearing Jennyln

You know our choice, not-so-gents.


3)   Feng Shui 2

Starring: Kris Aquino, Coco Martin
Directed by: Chito Rono


Video via
ABS-CBN Entertainment

Key moments:

No trailer has been made available for the flick yet so we settled for a video from Kris TV discussing the first shooting day of the movie. In it, we are reminded that Feng Shui is:

And that Kris Aquino is the master of Kris-ception, being interviewed in her very own TV show:

And that Kris Aquino is still the undisputed Queen Of Horror (according to Kris TV):



4)   Kubot, The Aswang Chronicles 2

Starring: Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza
Directed by: Erik Matti


Video via
Emman Toman

Key moments:

If gory vampires were all you wished for this Christmas, this movie is Santa's gift to you.

Witness, bird-eating vampire:

Vampire-that-hasn't-been-to-the-salon-in-years:  

KC Montero vampire (who seems to have been shot by blue paintballs straight in the mouth and is now very angry):

Vampires-that-would-have-been-adorable-tots-if-they-weren't-vampires:

Vampire Jun Sabayton: 

And these guys, Ramon Bautista and Bogart (who are not vampires...yet):



5)   Muslim Magnum .357

Starring: E.R. Ejercito, Sam Pinto
Directed by: Jun Posadas

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Video via
May Enriquez

Key moments:

You thought we've had enough E.R. Ejercito goodness? We've got more where that came from. 

Here he shows us once again, his bandana-wearing skills...

...gun-pointing techniques...

...and kris-wielding proficiency:

Seriously, that's a nice kris.


6)   My Big Bossing's Adventures

Starring: Vic Sotto, Ryzza Mae Dizon
Directed by: Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera, Tony Reyes


Video via
PambatoNgBulaga

Key moments:

We don't know how funny The Annual Vic Sotto Money Collection Project will be this year, but one thing's for sure: Ryzza Mae is still Philippine Showbiz's most adorable child star.

We say, watch her now before the cuteness gives way to (gasp!) puberty!


7)   Praybeyt Benjamin 2

Starring: Vice Ganda, Richard Yap
Directed by: Wenn Deramas


Video via Kyle Laurence

Key moments:

You're probably wondering why the screen-caps look all messed up and why there's a huge "Kyle Laurence" on the images. It's because no official trailer has been released on YouTube for the movie, and the only one we found was this clip that looked like it was taken from a theater screening.

That said, we'd like to tell Kyle Laurence that taking videos in the cinema is illegal, and if we'd been any less cool, we'd be going straight to the authorities for the P5,000 reward. (Maybe when we've run out of Christmas bonus.) #PrayForKyleLaurence

UPDATED 12/05/14

The official trailer for The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin has now been uploaded by ABS- CBN Star Cinema. Watch it here. 


8)   Shake, Rattle & Roll XV

Starring: Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Matteo Guidicelli, JC De Vera, Erich Gonzales, Lovi Poe
Directed by: Jerrold Tarog, Dondon Santos, Perci Intalan


Video via
regal films

Key Moments:

Shake, Rattle & Roll is like that annoying office mate you've learned to tune out. Thankfully, this year's offering has enough reasons for us to not tune out completely, and they bear the names, Erich, Carla, and Lovi...

...and for you with an alternative taste in women, Melai!

See you at the cinemas! 

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