WITH A VERY limited time to watch movies more so to write reviews (so expect ours to be straight to the point and short) these days, we got to choose a very few films to watch from the selection of eight featured films competing at the Metro Manila Film Festival or MMFF this 2018. Our first to watch is Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola’s ‘The Girl in the Orange Dress,’ not because this is the ultimate choice but because we wanted to spend Christmas Day light-hearted and a little romantic but not too trashy. You know what I mean. To our surprise, ‘The Girl in the Orange Dress‘ exceeded our expectation. Not that we expected too little but it’s kinda good. Say, 6/10. The movie is not without flaws but it is very simple, close to reality, and not too cheesy compared with other romantic comedy films these days. It’s not melodramatic but rather funny, and pinches the heart softly, enough for viewers to maybe shed a tear at one point, then hold back, only …
THAI FILM, ‘Brother of the Year’ does not have a lot of powerful punches one may look for a good film but it has a lot of comedy and yes, little, achy pinches that’d make one’s heart bleed.
DON’T EXPECT TOO much from ‘I Love You, Hater’ for it is only when doing so you’d like the film. Not in its entirety but because of its lead stars, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.
BUT DON’T EXPECT too much. Director Afi Africa is still contemplating on showing those frontal nudity-filled scenes but one thing is sure — you will love his film, ‘The Lookout’ for his main cast are nudes the entire film “not to titillate the audience but to express something.”
IT’S CINEMALAYA SEASON once more and we are all excited to be treated with some good Filipino films for over a week from August 3 to 12, 2018. While we are all encouraged to watch all the film-entries this year, we are compiling here the posters and trailers (once out) so to guide you in choosing which films to watch first especially if schedule is a problem.