Friday, December 28, 2012

Pinoy Films at its Finest...or not. (MMFF 2012 Analysis)

Year after year, movies are just threads that all go through the same needle. Even society is part of those threads. I'm not saying merely negative or positive about the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in its span of so many years; this is just a quick analysis of what I think is different (or the same) this year.

First of all, we know very well that politics, showbiz, business and sometimes religion all coincide with similar rules, whether for good or for bad. You can't live in a perfect world when you are in reality - people tend to only favor those who favor them. It's called 'give and take' and you can see it everywhere. People nowadays are more daring and open-minded, and not to mention, more into breaking rules, but not necessarily all people.


I like the fact that indie and mobile films were appreciated, and that the system was changed from full nomination to selected nomination, meaning not all movies are automatically nominated to make the privilege of being nominated more noble than before. 

As far as 'politics' goes, I think there isn't anything new this year. We are presented with the usual plot of top-grossers almost not getting any awards, and the opposite for the flops, for the sake of exposure. But in all honesty, must a movie win Best Picture, Best Actor or Best Actress just for people to watch it? Let's think about this.

We must first define what makes a good movie. Well, that depends upon your own perception of things. Kids like comedy, boys like action, girls like drama and romance, teens like horror and suspense, geeks like science fiction (although that genre is almost ZERO in the Philippine movie industry today), and the list goes on and on. You can't always expect people to like the same movie and share the screen with them. But then again, maybe our understanding of things isn't just deep enough. Maybe a lot of us are just contented with what is already there and not looking forward or searching for more possibilities of good cinema and other forms of art. Maybe we, as positive-thinking Asians, are too afraid of dark themes and serious plots that go through twists and turns. And maybe, maybe that's the problem why Father Jejemon and Thy Womb didn't catch too much attention in the mainstream classes.

My opinion and proposal for film makers is this: be more diverse in genres, even if it does cost you a fortune. But more importantly, it is the movie watchers' fault. They are always locked tight in a space watching nonsense films when there can really be high-quality movies with good plots and unique story lines that will leave a mark on one's memory. And once we have realize that truth, it is only then will film makers in our country create Steven Spielberg-like movies that stretch out beyond inception and imagination.

That's all for this entry, and remember, every one of us can be a film maker (but seriously, I'm just an indie musician and not a film maker). Our tools can be simple or high-tech, but what matters most is the uniqueness of the story, the way the story is told and the heart that we put into it to make it presentable and beautiful.

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