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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Piolo’s ‘Manila’ Earns P700K

Distributed by Star Cinema, premiered in Cannes, opened Cinemalaya, great promotions with matching Bench billboards, what went wrong?

Manila is a two-part indie film that features Piolo Pascual, who is also a co-producer for this film, and is helmed by critically acclaimed directors Adolf Alix, Jr. and Raya Martin. The film is inspired by Ishmael Bernal’s 1980 movie Manila By Night and Lino Brocka’s 1979 masterpiece Jaguar.

It had its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France. It’s also the opening film for the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. It was distributed by Star Cinema in 17 selected theaters, mostly in Mega Manila. And when it comes to promotion, no less than Bench helped with its billboards.

It’s box-office haul was P700,130.64. It grossed only P200,000 on opening day. Some theaters that averaged as low as P5,000, made it a first day, last day opening.

So what went wrong? Perhaps the film is not commercial enough? Perhaps it only caters to the highly intellectual movie-goers? Or perhaps a black and white movie is perceived “boring” by Pinoys.

It may be a flop at the box-office but come awards night next year, it could be one of the contenders. Quality doesn’t always translate to box-office success, you know, and vice versa. Transformers 2 were a critical flop but it became a monster hit. Boys Don’t Cry and Monster’s Ball were box-office flops but they are Oscar winners.

And as for Piolo, as first time producer, we can only say “charge to experience.” At least he had the courage to make an art film rather than a mediocre comedy like Oh My Girl (I’m really frustrated with this movie).


‘Yanggaw’ and ‘Jay’ are the Best-Reviewed Pinoy Movie of 2009

Indie films Yanggaw and Jay are the top-rating Pinoy films for 2009 so far while When I Met U, Love Me Again, Status Single and Oh My Girl (OMG) are the worst in mainstream.

On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest, movie critic Philbert Dy of Click the City gives a rating to indie and mainstream Pinoy films based on its quality of production. For the year 2009, around 30 Filipino movies had a regular screening so far. Here is the list of these films with the corresponding rating (mainstream movies are in bold):

Yanggaw - 4.5
Jay - 4.5

Kamoteng Kahoy - 4
Dose - 3.5
You Changed My Life - 3.5
Villa Estrella - 3.5
Ded Na Si Lolo - 3
Manila - 2.5
Bente - 2.5
Sundo - 2.5
Baby Angelo - 2.5
My Fake American Accent - 2
Best Friends Forever (BFF) - 2
Tenement 2 - 2
UPCAT - 1.5
Status Single - 1.5
Padyak - 1.5
When I Met U - 1.5
Love Me Again - 1.5
Litsonero - 1.5
Pasang Krus - 1.5
Fuschia - 1.5
Padre de Pamilya - 1.5
Oh My Girl (OMG) - 1.5
Dalaw - 1
Heavenly Touch - 1
Pitik Bulag - 1
Big Night - 1
Tutok - 1
Sumpa - 1


Love On Line (LOL) Publicity Photos and Full Trailer

Check out some promotional photos and full trailer of the upcoming romantic comedy from OctoArts Films, MZet TV and APT Entertainment, Love on Line (LOL).

Love on Line pairs the comedy prince Vic Sotto with Thai model/veejay Paula Taylor. Also starring are Melissa Ricks, Matt Evans and Jose Manalo.

It will open in cinemas nationwide starting August 19, 2009.

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