Film Alerts: 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Entries

27 11 2008

This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) will be free-for-all with returning superstars, sequels and, yes, even an animation.

Eight entries were selected to be in this year’s MMFF. Without further ado… here are the films:
Iskul Bukol: 20 years after – Octo-Arts/M-Zet Production; script by and direction by Tony Y. Reyes

As they say old habits die hard… so is the incomparable tandem of TVJ or well know as Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey De Leon. They are back as the Escalera brothers of the popular 80’s show “Iskul Bukol”. Oviously… it most probably will tackle reunions of the cast and their lives after 20 years right. (I’m not sure… but I’m taking my guess). Joining them are Sharon Cuneta, Bibeth Orteza, Jimmy Santos, Tonnete Macho, Kay Torres and Richie di Horsie. Ask ko lang… kasama ba si Miss Tapya… para maka …power… power …power… (ngek… corny)

I hope the movie not only deliver jokes… as expected but also deal with serious issues like the education conditions of our country.

Well to tell you more about the film, here are the Star Patrollers Phem and Mario Dumawal:


Shake, Rattle & Roll X – Regal Entertainment; script from Fairlane Raymundo and Cheryl Ann Narvasa; directors are Topel Lee and Mike Tuviera.

Tenth installment na ito ng original festival horror trilogy na nagsimula noong 1984. Wala pang final cast, although nakakarinig na rin kami ng mga pangalan, like that of Lovi Poe. This tenth of the series will also have a first; there will be a recurring theme of the No. 10 in the three stories like ten friends, tenth floor, and a third ten something. Here is the teaser trailer of the film:


Baler – Viva Films; script of Roy Iglesias and direction by Mark Meily.

At first I thought this is a gay film because “baler” is termed as “house” in gay lingo. I was wrong… Submitted as The Siege of Baler, Anne Curtis gets her biggest break in the movies as she stars in a war-time love story based on the siege of Baler, Quezon noong Spanish era. Hinahanapan pa ng leading man si Anne for the movie.

According to producer Veronique del Rosario-Corpuz, tulad ng mga Hollywood movies na Titanic and Pearl Harbor, fiction and love story but the backdrop of war will be based on historical facts.

The film looks promising. There a big chance that this film will be the best picture of this year MMFF. From the trailer of this film, it already has a commanding message of love torn by war. It has a good cast and good cinematography. I will make a prediction that this film might be the film that will get most of the awards.

Here is the full official trailer of the movie Baler:


One Night Only – Octoarts Film, Jose Reyes

Probably the only sexy film in this years film festival. The film stars Katrina Halili, Valerie Conception, Jennelyn Mercado, Diana Zubiri, Alessandra de Rossi, Ricky Davao, Paolo Contis, Chokolait, Jon Avila and so much more to mention. I honestly do not know the plot of the film so I would rather show you the Juicy correspondent to the talking about this film:

Here is the teaser video of One Night Only:


Magkaibigan – Jinggoy Estrada

Kung may magkapatid before… meron naman Magkaibigan. This will serve as Jinggoy’s tribute of the friendship he had with Rudy Fernandez. At first he doesn’t want to make another MMFF film but due the early passing his dear friend, he decided to produce and star in this film. Joining him are stellar actors like Dawn Zulueta, Maricel Laxa, and Christopher de Leon.  Here is the Chika Minute interview about the film:

I think this film might be one of the Dark Horse of the festival. I watched Katas ng Saudi in DVD and the film is actually good. If this film follows this path, Jinggoy might win it again.


Dayo – Cutting Edge Productions, Robert Quilao

Who said animation has no room for the MMFF. Dayo is the first full length animated film ever accepted as part of this festival. Combining 3D and contemporary animation technology, the film explores the mystic world of “Elementaria”, the world of Philippine Enkantos. Join Buboy and Anna as they take you to this world. Joining them is no less than Lea Salonga as she sings the theme song of the movie. Here is the full trailer and interview of the said film.

News Central interview:


Desperadas 2 – Regal Entertainment; script by Roy Iglesias and direction by Joel Lamangan.

A continuation of the story of four women with the same mother of different fathers, the original stars are back—Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, and Marian Rivera—with the addition of a fifth cast, Ogie Alcasid? who will allegedly be introduced as one of their sisters. Here is the full trailer:

Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat – Star Cinema; script by Mel del Rosario and direction by Wenn Deramas.

Ai-Ai delas Alas and Star Cinema’s biggest hit on record gets a sequel after five years. Now the president of the country, most of Ai-Ai’s original children in the movie will return save for one or two, most notably Heart Evangelista dahil Kapuso star na raw kasi ang dalaga.

Ironically, the eldest sibling na si Marvin Agustin, who plays Uno, is also now an exclusive Kapuso star but will still be part of the cast. Another brother na si Carlo Aquino, who is already a Viva Artist Agency star, is mostly seen sa GMA7.

Pinalitan ni Paula Peralejo si Heart as Portia. Ito ang pagbabalik ni Paula sa pelikula, just like the now-retired Serena Dalrymple as Cate.

Mas malaki na rin ang participation ni Eugene Domingo as Rowena, giving the two-time Best Supporting Actress award-winner the privilege of being the only major star to be part of two festival movies.

Here is the trailer of the movie:


All entries will be shown starting on December 25, 2008.

Some excerpts of this posts were taken from PEP:… others entirely my words…




Going Loca ova’ Beyonce’s Single Ladies

25 11 2008


OMG… I already featured the said single of Beyonce “Single Ladies” in this blog and wondered how are the other people are imitating thing song and its infamous steps.

The steps of this song were inspired by Mexico Breakfast done by Gwen Verdon. Check out the comparison of the steps in this video courtesy of “chilldown2earth”:

See the similarly huh… well it is cool that some steps of the 60’s can still be relevant in 2008.

The coolest part to see is imitators posted in YouTube. Even Justin Timberlake did an imitation of the said song with no other than Beyonce herself at SNL (Saturday Night Live for those who doesn’t know). Check out the video courtesy of “EmoDrSritoIvanzuko”:

What can I say … is it a sign that Justin has potentials… I don’t know about that but he can surely shake his bootie…

The best imitation of this song for me was done during “The Bonnie Hunt Show” by Shane Mercado. Check out this video courtesy of ”BassCreek”:

This video is the closest imitation of this song. Well some were really of but he was able to pull it off because of his hand gestures and facial expressions. This is so hilarious that I cried of laughing.

Well this I can guarantee, I won’t be making an imitation of this song. I won’t give you the satisfaction of seeing me in sexy clothes with my chubby stomach dancing along with the one of the sexiest woman alive. Beyonce Dream On!… or is it the other way around?
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Director’s Cut of Cinema One Originals 2008 to be shown on November 20, 2008

18 11 2008

Dose, which translates to Twelve, is about a 12-year old boy who develops a relationship with a gardener (played by Yul Servo, upside down). Emilio Garcia is cast as the grown up version of the young boy.


Yes you heard it right. The controversial Dose will be shown at the UP Film Institute on November 20, 2008. Also showing on the 20th are UPCAT and IMBURNAL.  Here are the synopses of these films:

In the eyes of a child, love knows no age or gender. The film is an intriguing yet heartbreaking tale of love and romance between a gardener and a 12-year-old boy. This sensual melodrama is by award-winning writer-director Senedy H. Que.

Here is the film trailer:

Lucas and Joaquin are two teenage boys from the province who believe passing the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admissions Test) is the passport to their dreams. While Joaquin’s goal is to get a well-paying job and bring his OFW parents back home, Lucas wants nothing more than to win the heart of his schoolmate Jane – and perhaps her family, all of whom are UP-educated. The two seek help in reviewing from Michael, a UP Fine Arts graduate with a secret. In this light coming-of-age story, Lucas and Joaquin discover some truths about life, love, dreams and shaded circles and a little more about themselves along the way.

Here is the film trailer:

This is a tale of manhood that is about to erode two pubescent. While hanging out in the crevasses of Punta Dumalog, Joel and Allen both find solitary, dent their friendship and shape their orientations in life, taking about what they witness and encounter daily in their neighborhood. Slowly they are eroding their childhood and set forth their different desires towards “manhood”

Cinema One Originals Premieres: UPCAT/Dose/Imburnal (Nov 20 Thu 5/7/9 p.m.) respectively.