How’re y’all doin’? Sorry I’m gonna delay the travel posts for a while. It’s a very busy month for me: I went back to work. Personal life happened. I’m also sticking to my goals and plans for this year… Which means actually working towards them without having to say anything. I know, I’m cheating on you guys with that. But they said: “Never count your chickens before they’re hatched.”
But there’s something I wanna share with you: a film. I watched it before I returned back home. You see, I made the mistake of not downloading Philippine Airlines’ myPAL player when I departed… Boo! So I corrected that before leaving, and I had it in my phone. Finally, in-flight entertainment!
Now the real question was, what do I watch? There were a lot to choose from, but I chose The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Why that? IDK, TBH. Last time I heard of it were good words from people who’ve seen it. All I knew about it was that Ben Stiller played your average guy with a secret fantastic life.
I was pretty close to what it really was.
Indie vs. mainstream: it’s the never-ending debate of Philippine cinema. It’s a battle between film festivals vs. TV artistas. One rakes in money while the other rakes in awards. It’s a very black-and-white view towards an art form we all try to revive.
But with the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), they try to blur that line. Director Jose Javier Reyes explains in his blog, Choking On My Adobo, that it’s not a battle anymore. 2016’s MMFF celebrated Filipino cinema as a revered art form without stereotypes. Forget how they produced / funded the film… if it’s a Filipino film, it’s a Filipino film. No other labels, period. Naintindihan niyo ba?
What separates this year from the rest, though, is change. By change, I meant the lack of the familiar titles we would’ve linked to MMFF. You wouldn’t see Enteng Kabisote, Mano Po, Shake, Rattle, and Roll, and/or (!) a Vice Ganda slapstick this year.
Let’s just say that it’s refreshing to see the festival’s content for 2016.
At this point, no new topic idea is in my mind. I want to write the usual blog entry. But I have been so busy lately with work and family life. (I am the mother of none, godmother of five, and a tita* to everyone.) I feel grateful though, even if I just want to sleep early tonight!
But frankly, I should avoid this excuse. I want to regularly create content until I get better in quality. Further procrastination leads to more frustration with my work. All you creative kids know the feeling, right?
So let me introduce you to Random Round Up. It’s the monthly blog series rounding up what I’ve been doing lately. I include very random things I’ve encountered for the past 30 days. Books, films, shows, songs, and anything else. Think of Life Lately under a different name. Same concept, different name.
Personally, Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Halloween specials on TV and the Internet always get me excited. Being a horror film geek myself, my usual way to celebrate Halloween is to watch 2-3 horror movies during the entire 31st of October.
No other prose genre requires a great amount of creativity other than horror. Even if the execution isn’t done well, horror gives its audience both anxiety and anticipation as they follow the story on screen. Will the hero make it out alive? Will the creature get to her first? When’s the next creepy scene? Am I ready for that next jump scare? If you’ve experienced being hesitant to ride a roller coaster before only to ride it and live to tell the tale, then you’ve already got an idea on how it feels to watch a horror movie.
For this Halloween, my theme is Japanese horror films. I’m studying basic Japanese in preparation for a future trip, so this one way to learn and relax at the same time. When one thinks of J-horror, Ringu (Ring, 1998), or Ju-On (The Grudge, 2002) comes to mind but I wanted to watch something I’ve never seen before so I decided to watch the lesser known films. This year’s selection includes Nihon no Kowai Yoru (Dark Tales of Japan, 2005), Noriko no shokutaku (Noriko’s Dinner Table, 2005), and Tetsuo (Tetsuo The Iron Man, 1989).