I Watched Classic Filipino Films Under the Stars at Circuit Makati

I’m so happy with the current state of Philippine cinema. More producers, executives, and viewers are becoming more adventurous with the types of local films being screened in theaters. The last Metro Manila Film Festival was a treasure trove of thought-provoking movies across all genres, proving that a good Filipino movie doesn’t just need to be poverty porn. At the same time, I’m happy that more and more classic films are being restored.

Last weekend, I spent a great Saturday watching an outdoor screening of classic Filipino films at Circuit Makati. It was held from Friday to Sunday, but I was there for one evening, watching the restored version of Sarah, ang Munting Prinsesa and Magic Temple.

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Bliss Challenges What Can Be Shown in Philippine Cinemas

Much has been said about Jerrold Tarog’s Bliss, which originally received an X rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). According to the agency, the film was given the rating because of explicit nudity. As a result, the film was deemed unfit for public exhibition. Okay, there was a lot of nudity, but I’m happy to report that it doesn’t overshadow the core of the film: a thought-provoking and well-crafted story on the entertainment industry and its chilling effect on artists.

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Pinocchio is a Lot Darker Than I Originally Thought

Watching an animated film or TV show as a child is a different experience from when you watch it as an adult. Sexual innuendos aside, sometimes scenes in films and shows geared towards children can be creepy, and can only be truly appreciated when you’re grown up. Case in point, the Disney classic Pinocchio. When I watched this as a kid, I took it as an entertaining yet cautionary tale about a marionette who wants to become a real boy. As an adult, the story remains the same, but it’s a lot darker than I originally thought.

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Snow White Isn’t the True Star of the Snow White Franchise

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an important film in the Disney canon. Not only is the lead character Snow White a Disney Princess, she is the first Disney Princess, with her film seeing the light of day in 1937. Walt Disney had to fight to get this movie made, but it paid off, with its earnings going to build a studio in Burbank, which eventually became the Walt Disney Studios that exists to this day.

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Watch All the Winners of the First Globe Independent Film Fest Here!

When we think of independent festivals, we instantly think of Cinemalaya or Cinema One Originals. There are many others, of course, but most focus on screening them in cinemas or smaller venues. No one has thought of tapping the social media power of the Philippines. That is, until Globe created the Globe Independent Film Fest (GIFF).

The GIFF is a different kind of film festival. It maximized the online platform to allow amateur filmmakers share quality films and reach a wider audience online. The best part? It’s free for people to watch it whenever, right on their devices.

For its inaugural run, GIFF accepted over 200 entries for Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Webisode, Narrative, and Music Video. It announced the winners on April 6 at the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City.

And since it’s all online, you can watch the winners for free below!

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“Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz” to Be Aired on TV; “Wacky Races” to Return

I’m still on a Wicked high after seeing the musical twice in Manila. I’m listening to the soundtrack nonstop, and I can’t wait to finish the book I’m currently reading so I can get started on Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, the novel where the musical is based from. To complete the experience, I’m also excited to watch Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, an animated series that’s about to hit TV screens soon!

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