Friday, January 28

Tag: MMFF 2021

Big Night!: A comedy that begs to be taken seriously

Big Night!: A comedy that begs to be taken seriously

Letters
WHEN an illegal drug user dies, people rarely bat an eye. The rule of the streets has become notorious and thus expected: Suspects are to be killed. Bloodshed has inordinately frequented many places that it has become a norm. Indeed, the drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte is characterized by high numbers — not of jailed big time syndicates but of ordinary people killed in police raids and vigilante operations. However, society goes on as usual, while the grim reality is left to fade in the background of daily life. Big Night! by Director Jun Robles Lana centers on this theme but with a comedic take. The Metro Manila Film Festival entry tells a story where the drug war intentionally remains backstage. What basks under the spotlight is the comical life story of an ordinary person. How
A Hard Day: Morality Under Pressure

A Hard Day: Morality Under Pressure

Letters
By ABIGAIL M. ADRIATICO   IN TIMES of distress, one can be left with a choice made without further thought. Sometimes, this can go against the morals he stands for. In the process, these choices can brew mistakes with grave consequences not only for himself but for the people around him.  Directed by Lawrence Fajardo, A Hard Day is one of the eight feature film entries of the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival. It is based on a South Korean film of the same title written and directed by Kim Seong-hun. The sole action film entry garnered multiple awards, including third best picture, the Fernando Poe Jr. memorial award, best editing, and best sound.  The film follows Detective Edmund Villon (Dingdong Dantes), an officer from the Philippine National Police Intel unit who re
Whether the Weather is Fine: In search of refuge

Whether the Weather is Fine: In search of refuge

Letters
By DAWN DANIELLE D. SOLANO   LOSS comes after a storm. In the Philippines, typhoons occur multiple times a year; and Filipinos are expected to rise and smile at these calamities in the name of ‘Filipino resiliency.’  As one of this year’s entries in Metro Manila Film Festival, Whether the Weather is Fine (Kun Maupay Man it Panahon) is a debut feature that wholly captures the horrors of super typhoon Yolanda that devastated the region of Eastern Visayas in 2013. Under the direction of Carlo Francisco Manatad, the film tells the story of human tragedy through drama, humor, and magical realism. The film begins with Miguel (Daniel Padilla) waking to the sight of his ravaged village after the typhoon. Torn-down houses and decaying dead bodies surround him, and it takes him