A RANT ON THE PHILIPPINE FILM INDUSTRY

Back in 2005 or 2006 I had my say with how I’m disgusted with the way our film makers and the company that produces them make their movies. I went on to say that films with social issues and shows importance of how to find a solution to a recurring problem gets ignored, and now let me add that statement by saying, that the producers and the film makers would rather swim in avarice than present us something that will make us think and look at life in another perspective.

It is sad that I guess there are only a handful of us voicing out this travesty, that while films like Thy Womb who gained International Recognition outside the country gets by passed by the Filipino viewing masses, and it is also said that the Emilio Aguinaldo biopic (and a biased one at that) sucks when it comes to box office performance, while films like Sisterakas and One More Try gets recognition (won 3rd Best Picture and Best Picture respectively) while those 2 “breath of fresh air” Films where either pulled out in case of Thy Womb or is suffering because of a poor box office performance. 

It is also sad that, film producers and movie makers are continuing to make this type of movies, and trends and rack up huge money at the box office while Indie films only got limited time screening and at times screened at far fetch places. It is sad to see that a lot of mainstream directors and artists stay with the same formula over and over again (now the new trend is the 3rd party), even to the point that some of us are using it as a basis in our relationship, the woman asking the man to do this crap that Piolo Pascual has done in one of his movies. 

Gone are the days when movies meant so much to us, movies like Himala, Oro Plata Mata, Fight for Us, Gabi na Kumander, Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag, Jose Rizal, etc etc (and a whole lot of others featuring superb actors and actresses like LT, Gina Alajar, Johnny Delgado, Christopher De Leon, Jay Ilagan, Phillip Salvador, Fernando Poe Jr. etc etc) and “modern day masterpiece” such as Panaghoy sa Suba, Baler, Death Row and ohers are in my opinion considered a gem compared to the typical love stories we see everyday or every disgusting piece of shit Bong Revilla and Vic Sotto can think off, yes just like Panday 1 and 2 the Revilla era. 

With that said I will say that Philippine Cinema is still in the respirator, not because of poor box office performance but rather due to the lack of variety and stories that will captivate us and inspire us everyday.Because in MY opinion today’s movies would make the Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda turn to the Darkside of the Force, today’s Filipino movies will make Batman team up with the Joker to wreck havoc in Gotham City and it’s also bad enough to make James Bond build bombs for terrorists.

entry inspired by article written by Ilda of getrealphilippines.com 

here is her piece 

Filipino films: they don’t make us think

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