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Dec 24, 2012
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The Metro Manila Film Festival has a mix of pretty much the same things every year: one Enteng Kabisote, one Panday, one Kris Aquino, one Ai-Ai, another Shake, Rattle, And Roll, and that one film that would stick out well enough to rock the more inane ones off the charts—like last year’s controversial Manila Kingpin: the Asiong Salonga Story.

And while this year’s batch of films (eight in all) has that same formula, it also has some potentailly good works, like Mark Meilly’s El Presidente and, of course, Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb. Incidentally, both films feature superstar Nora Aunor.

To help you through your holiday viewing pleasure, here’s a rundown of what to expect from this year's MMFF and why it could be actually worthwhile.

El Presidente

The film is an epic take on our country's first president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. You can see from the trailer above how much money was put into it to look like an epic, much like still-sane Mel Gibson's Braveheart, except this one has some quirks.

Will it suck: Like a lot of the films in the line-up, it’s cheesy. And we may be putting our lives on the line here but someone should really say something about Gov. ER Ejercito’s acting skills, or lack thereof. Also, there’s that badly rendered cannonball at 01:44 that feels a little foreboding, and not in a way that you tell yourself that "Ooh something bad is going to happen," but that the film’s going to be bad.

Watch it anyway because: It could be great! How often do we see epics based on the lives our heroes? (Actually, it’s the second for 2012, right after Richard Somes’s Supremo).

One More Try

In this romantic drama (or rom-dra), Angel Locsin plays Grace, a single mother raising her young boy Botchok with boyfriend Tristan, played by Zanjoe Marudo. Dingdong Dantes is the child’s baby daddy and he’s now married to Angelica Panganiban’s character. All goes wild and weird when Botchok falls ill from a rare blood disease and the only cure is for his biological parents to make another baby. ASAP!

Will it suck: Well, there’s that very strange, very contrived story arch...

Watch it anyway because: It should be able to move you because “how can something so right seem wrong?”

Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 


In keeping up with the times, we see the Mayan calendar in the first few seconds of the trailer. Then there seems to be no more mention of it in the three mini-films in the 14th edition of Shake, Rattle & Roll. Parang multo lang.

The first segment, Pamana features ghosts from a set of inherited comic books. The second, Lost Command, has military men turning into zombies in the jungle. And the third, Unwanted has this group of people who go ghost hunting (of course) only to discover a sea creature that wants nothing more than to eat all of them (of course).

Will it suck: It’s a given horror films are always exciting even if they suck. Because when they do, they turn into comedy. And that’s always entertaining.

Watch it because: The trailer looks really interesting, and you’ll want to know what flashing the Mayan calendar was about. Or not.

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