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MMFF 2014

Five Reasons Why the Metro Manila Film Festival Will Probably Suck Again This Year

So the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) just announced the entries to the upcoming 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), and outside of a couple of films, it doesn’t look like this set of movies will be any better than the movies shown in previous MMFFs. Which is terrible and sad and altogether frustrating.

In any case, here are five reasons why we think the MMFF will probably suck again this year.  At least we have the Cinemalaya to look forward to.

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Metro Manila Film Festival

Redefining The Role Of The Metro Manila Film Festival: Learning From Cinemalaya

There’s absolutely no doubt that the recent Cinemalaya Film Festival was a resounding success, both critically and commercially. In fact, it came to a point where the festival basically marketed itself, and tickets to practically any show became a hot commodity. In this case, we see that the local indie film scene is not only surviving, but is in fact thriving.

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Top 10 Things Wrong With Mainstream Filipino Movies

1. Most Filipino movies do not have characters, they have caricatures. 

Characters in Filipino movies are usually ripped right off the pages of Scriptwriting 101 and are rarely based on real people. There’s the Cheating Husband, the Long Suffering Wife/Mother/Female Figure, the Vile Mistress, the Kontrabida (“Villain”), the Young Ingénue, the Love Team, the Macho Playboy Action Hero, the Sidekick, the Poor Virtuous Hero/Heroine who Triumphs Over Everything, the Rebellious Teen, the Precocious Child etc. etc.  We particularly loathe the Sidekick who apparently has nothing better to do with his or her life except to follow and comment on the lead characters’ lives.
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