Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Metro Manila Filmfest



ESCAPING REALITY



FANTASY flicks have been ruling the 31st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), prompting me to ask whether moviegoers really love watching super heroes in their elaborated costumes or they just want to escape life’s bitter reality even just for two hours.

The Vic Sotto-starrer “Enteng Kabisote 2 Okay Ka Fairy Ko, the Legend Continues” (Enteng Kabisote 2 You’re Okay My Fairy, the Legend Continues) was the box-office champ on Christmas Day, when seven of the 10 MMFF entries opened in Metro Manila theaters.

Films starring the comedian and TV host Sotto have been MMFF’s top grosser in the last three years.

Trailing “Enteng Kabisote 2” during the first day of MMFF, whose earnings were up by 25 per cent from that of last year, was Imus Productions’ “Tale of the Enchanted Kingdom: Exodus.”



Erik Matti’s “Exodus” has the biggest number of computer-generated images in the history of Philippine films.

Dominic Zapata’s “Mulawin,” a story of half-bird-half-man warriors that launched the love team of Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin, was in third place.

Regal Entertainment’s horror trilogy, “Shake, Rattle and Roll: 6” and “Ako Legal Wife” (I’m the Legal Wife) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

The sixth placer was Jose Javier Reyes’s thriller, “Kutob” (Gut Feel), while the seventh place went to Val Iglesia’s “Terrorist Hunter,” which was produced by Double Impact Films, a newcomer in the film industry.

Three more MMFF entries opened in Metro Manila theaters on January 1.

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