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Manila Mediocre Film Festival

Tonight, watching the awarding ceremonies for the 2008 MMFF, I couldn’t help but cringe when the nominees for a special Gat-something award – supposedly for showcasing Philippine culture and values – was read out and included movies like One Night Only and Desperadas. My mom shushed me and told me that all movies were in the running since they were in the Festival after all.

And then the nominees for best actress were read and the list included Marian Rivera and Diana Zubiri? OMFG. When Anne Curtis hyperventilated clutching her trophy, I couldn’t help but think two things: first, I wondered how victory could NOT taste like ashes in her mouth; and second, that there was a time, not too long ago, when the Manila Film Festival wasn’t held because there were no movies deemed good enough. 

I have nothing against comedy movies winning major acting or production awards – even best movie awards; and I have nothing against young actors winning recognition for their work as well. But for crying out loud, have we been reduced to giving out awards to the best among the mediocre? Is this the genius way we’ve stumbled upon to promote the film industry?



God help us all.


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8 Responses

  1. GabbyD says:

    have u seen these movies?

  2. rom says:

    GabbyD: welcome to the smoking room. Yes, I have. Have you?

  3. brianbro says:

    So what do you recommend, ROM.

  4. rom says:

    brianbro: for starters, how about a more demanding set of criteria for inclusion in the festival? I have no idea what the present set of criteria is, but it sure as hell can’t be that heavy if crap like desperadas 2 can make it. and howabout opening up the festival to movies that were released at other times of the year?

  5. BrianB says:

    No, which movie?

  6. GabbyD says:

    No i have not. I was thinking you could pen quick reviews of the movies you’ve seen so its clear why you think they are crap… oh, you wrote about baler… what about the others u’v seen?

  7. rom says:

    GabbyD: not worth the effort.

  8. emperorbananaketchup says:

    I guess the only reason why Anne Curtis could be sooo excited about her victory is ‘coz it gets to up her asking price (hello, does she pay taxes to the Philippine government – or Australia’s)

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