November 10, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival Official Entries: Preview of the 44th Annual MMFF Movie Titles

The 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival is right around the corner and that only means one thing, we at Pinoy Movie Blogger are there to cver it by giving our trailer impressions, and check them out and actually give our movie reviews if the trailers picqued our curiosity and interest. For now, let's talke a look at the official entries for the 44th annual Metro Manila Film Festival entries for 2018.

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The 44th Metro Manila Film Festival official entries for 2018
2018 MMFF official entries
  • Aurora is a horror film under the direction of Yam Laranas starring Anne Curtis.
  • Fantastica is a fantasy comedy film under the direction of Barry Gonzales starring starring Vice Ganda, Richard Gutierrez, Dingdong Dantes, Kisses Delavin, Donny Pangilinan, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, and Bela Padilla.
  • Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles is an action comedy film under the direction of Mike Tuviera starring Coco Martin, Maine Mendoza and Vic Sotto.
  • Mary, Marry Me is a romantic comedy film under the direction of RC delos Reyes starring Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga and Sam Milby.
  • One Great Love is a romantic drama film under the direction of Eric Quizon starring Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC de Vera.
  • Otlum is a horror comedy film under the direction of Joven Tan starring Ricci Rivero and Jerome Ponce.
  • Rainbow's Sunset is a film under the direction of Joel Lamangan starring Eddie Garcia, Tony Mabesa, Gloria Romero and Sunshine Dizon.
  • The Girl in the Orange Dress is a romantic film under the direction of Jay Abello starring Jessy Mendiola and Jericho Rosales.

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We will soon be providing our trailer impressions for each of the official entries of the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival, so visit us often here at Pinoy Movie Blogger for the updates. We are wondering, what amongst the official entries are you looking forward to see when it comes out on Philippine theaters this December 25, 2018? Which ones are the least of your priorities or will not watch at all? Why? Share your thoughts and opinion about the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival official entries in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.
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October 29, 2018

Kung Paano Siya Nawala (2018) Trailer Impressions: JM De Guzman and Rhian Ramos' Love Story About Face Blindness

Kung Paano Siya Nawala is a romantic movie drom TBA Studios, Tuko Film Productions, Inc., and Buchi Boy Entertainment under the direction of Joel Ruiz which stars JM De Guzman and Rhian Ramos with Agot Isidro, Barbara Ruaro, and Paolo O'hara slated for a November 18, 2018 nationwide theatrical release. Let's check out what this latest Filipino romantic comedy Filipino about having a relationship with someone who has prosopagnosia or face blindness here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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Kung Paano Siya Nawala
Plot / Synopsis

A love story of how two people who eventually fall in love deals with face blindness or prosopagnasia.

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Watch Kung Paano Siya Nawala Official trailer here:

Kung Paano Siya Nawala - Trailer

"Kahit naman makalimutan mo 'yung tao, 'yung pinaramdam niya sa'yo hindi mo naman makakalimutan 'yun, 'di ba?"

Sabay-sabay natin alamin ang kwento Kung Paano Siya Nawala.
In cinemas NATIONWIDE sa Nov. 14, 2018 na! Memorize niyo 'yan!

Posted by Kung Paano Siya Nawala on Sunday, October 28, 2018



Kung Paano Siya Nawala Official Trailer Impression
Kung Paano Siya Nawala Film Trailer Review

Kung Paano Siya Nawala 2018 romantic movie starring JM De Guzman as a person with prosopagnosia or face blindness

What can be said about Kung Paano Siya Nawala (2018) official movie trailers? Well, this love story has an interesting twist. Although this is far from revolutionary, not the first that we've seen a protagonist in a romantic film to have some neurological ailment or mental health concern. What it has are very likeable leads with very good chemistry on screen which only is a testament to how good they both look and act on the big screen.

Kung Paano Siya Nawala 2018 romantic movie featuring Face Blindness Rhian Ramos  - JM De Guzman




Besides the good chemistry of Rhian Ramos and JM De Guzman on this film, it is pretty interesting to see a film focus more on the struggle of someone with prosopagnosia. One curious effect they did on this trailer is featuring a number of women who initially appears to be fresh faces to the male lead but gets eventually unveil as Rhian Ramos' character Shana. Being helpless to the fact that his brain cannot recognize faces, can his love story end up a happy one or just like the title, will he truly lose the love of his life? That is what we'll soon find out once Kung Paano Siya Nawala hits Philippine theaters on November 18, 2018.

Kung Paano Siya Nawala 2018 romantic movie featuring Rhian Ramos - JM De Guzman love team

How about you guys? What do you think about this film about a couple dealing with a mental health issue or neurological disability? Will you be seeing this JM De Guzman - Rhian Ramos 2018 romantic film when it hits the theaters? Does this film remind you of another film or what film can you remember that deals with such concerns? Share your thoughts and opinion about Kung Paano Siya Nawala (2018) in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.

Kung Paano Siya Nawala 2018 romantic film directed by Joel Ruiz starring JM De Guzman and Rhian Ramos showing on November 18, 2018 in Philippine theaters
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October 25, 2018

To Love Some Buddy (2018) Trailer Impressions: Zanjoe - Maja RomCom About Best Friends Trying Out Love

To Love Some Buddy is a 2018 romantic comedy film from Star Cinema under the direction of Jason Paul Laxamana starring Maja Salvador and Zanjoe Marudo with Donny Pangilinan and Phoebe Walker slated for an October 31, 2018 Philippine theatrical release. Let's check out what this latest romantic comedy Filipino about best friends trying out a serious relationship has to offer here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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To Love Some Buddy
Plot / Synopsis

"After over a decade, college classmates FAITH (Maja Salvador) and JULIUS (Zanjoe Marudo) meet again, and from a seemingly awkward reunion, a friendship blooms. As their friendship gets deeper, so does their feelings for each other – leading them to try being a couple. But their friendship will be tested by the expectations and problems that come with a relationship.

Faith and Julius would journey to understanding that sometimes, choosing to commit to someone is also choosing to grow. This story is an anatomy of how friends turn into lovers—the mistakes that we do and the lessons we learn from it."


Source: Official Synopsis from Black Sheep's To Love Some Buddy YouTube Trailer

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To Love Some Buddy Official Trailer Impression
To Love Some Buddy Film Trailer Review

To Love Some Buddy 2018 romantic comedy about two best friends trying out love, relationship and life as a growing couple

What can be said about To Love Some Buddy (2019) official movie trailers? Well, it is not a revolutionary film when it comes to the romantic comedy genre but its strength comes from the chemistry of its lead, Zanjoe Marudo and Maja Salvador; well at least that is how I perceive it in my end. Have seen a number of Filipino romantic films that doesn't really work and from what we can see in To Love Some Buddy, that isn't the case. So we have good chemistry, how about the story?

To Love Some Buddy 2018 Filipino film about growing together as a couple


The concept of (best) friends falling in love and eventually becoming a couple isn't exactly new, but hey what variety can we get from the romantic comedy genre. Sometimes all it needs is to go back to the basics. To whether this film will involve a third party can only be known once we actually see it when it hits Philippine theaters this October 31, 2018, from what we can see from the two trailers release, it feels more organic. Organic in a sense, that what the film's potential conflict is something that almost every real life couples face, being too comfortable with each other and lack of growth and support. While the first trailer showcase the bubbly and feel good aspect (the comedy) of the film, things take a sudden (but expected) turn on the second trailer showing what happens next after the two good best friends try out being a couple; of what comes after the honeymoon phase? What should every couple need in order to work. The story's "relatability" to the everyday Filipino couple and the leads' "chemistry" (can't emphasize this enough) are the two main things working for this film.

To Love Some Buddy 2018 Filipino romance with MAja Salvador as Faith and Zanjoe Marudo as Julius dealing with pains as boyfriend-girlfriend from being best friends

How about you guys? What do you think about this film about best friends becoming a couple being showing their struggles growing as a couple? Will you be seeing this Zanjoe Marudo - Maja Salvador 2018 romantic comedy film when it hits the theaters? Do you know someone or have you been in a similar set up in the past that you might want to share with us? Share your thoughts and opinion about To Love Some Buddy (2018) in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.

To Love Some Buddy 2018 romantic comedy film from Star Cinema directed by Jason Paul Laxamana starring Maja Salvador and Zanjoe Marudo showing on October 31, 2018
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July 12, 2017

INSTALADO (2017) Trailer Impressions: A Filipino Sci-Fi About Artificial Augmentation and Capitalism

INSTALADO is a science fiction film presented by Universal Harvester Incorporated, Kamaru Productions, Petix Productions, Batang Ina Productions, and Kapampangan Cinema Movement; under the screenplay and direction of Jason Paul Laxamana starring McCoy De Leon, Jun-jun Quintana, and Francis Magundayao slated for a limited screening from July 12 to 18, 2017 in selected cinemas (screening list available below). Let's check out what this Filipino sci-fi indie about artificial augmentation has to offer for the lucky few who will be able to catch it on its limited run.

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INSTALADO
Plot / Synopsis

Victor lives in a time when the dominant form of education is through installation, a process wherein bodies of knowledge can be installed directly on people's brains using technology owned by big corporations. However, like many others in the agricultural town of Porac, Victor cannot afford the sky-high cost of installation, which he believes is the key to improve his family's life. To raise money for installation, Victor abandons farming and works as the housekeep of a wealthy childhood friend who has become extremely successful after undergoing a series of installations.

Source: Official Facebook Page


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INSTALADO Official Trailer Impression
INSTALADO Film Trailer Review

INSTALADO 2017 sci-fi  written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana starring  McCoy De Leon, Jun-jun Quintana, and Francis Magundayao about artificial augmentation in an alternate futuristic Philippines

What can be said about INSTALADO (2017) official movie trailer? Well, I am actually quite impressed by this trailer and film as a whole. Let me ask you this first, how many Filipino films have been made under the science fiction genre? Yup, your guess is as good as mine. Not a lot, usually the ones I remember is from the Shake, Rattle, & Roll franchise but that is quite obscure as it still technically belongs to the horror genre; or maybe you know better than I do, so be sure to mention that in the comments section below. So it is quite, fascinating that the filmmakers who dare explore this genre is coming from the independent film industry, which is why I have all the respect for this industry.

INSTALADO 2017 sci-fi  Filipino movie about poverty and a futuristic alternate reality where artificial augmentation is prevalent

The film not only showcase that Filipino filmmakers can tackle sci-fi, but do it in a social and meta commentary kind of a manner; That INSTALADO reflects the ruthlessness of capitalism and how society works vis-a-vis what is observed in the current state of the Philippines or most countries centered on capitalism. The film also feature corruption into the mix; that absolute power corrupts; of depending too much on the status quo; on losing what truly is important - the self; the value of discipline and perseverance. The film isn't free from flaws just like any independent film on a tight budget out there (compared to the unlimited cash flow of the mainstream films that can only spew out Enteng Kabisote cliched variants that has overstayed its welcome). Good thing the focus isn't reliant on the computer generated graphics, but the story... of a bigger science fiction universe about artificial augmentation by large corporations but the narrative focuses only on a selected group of people at the grass-roots level of society which may or may not change the status quo. If it was made in Hollywood, it most probably would focus on the explosives or theatrics of this sci-fi world but of course we are talking about a Filipino sci-fi on a budget. If only bigger Filipino film studios gamble on newer independent scripts and filmmakers who prefer stories than conveyor-belt themes that doesn't even break the status quo.

INSTALADO 2017 Filipino indie sci-fi starring  McCoy De Leon, Jun-jun Quintana, and Francis Magundayao about artificial augmentation, capitalism, futuristic society

Catch INSTALADO on the following screening schedule:
July 12 (Wednesday)
11 AM - Robinsons Galleria
4 PM - SM Megamall
6:30 PM - SM Manila
9 PM - Greenbelt 1

July 13 (Thursday)
11 AM - Gateway
1:30 PM - Robinsons Galleria
6:30 PM - SM Megamall
9 PM - SM Manila

July 14 (Friday)
11 AM - Greenbelt 1
1:30 PM - SM Megamall
4 PM - Robinsons Galleria
9 PM - Gateway (GALA NIGHT)

July 15 (Saturday)
1:30 PM - Greenbelt 1
4 PM - SM Megamall
6:30 PM - SM Manila
6:30 PM - Gateway
6:30 PM - Robinsons Galleria

July 16 ( Sunday)
1:30 PM - Robinsons Galleria
6:30 PM - Greenbelt 1
9 PM - SM Megamall
9 PM - Gateway

July 17 (Monday)

6:30 PM - Greenbelt 1
9 PM - Gateway
9 PM - SM Megamall

July 18 (Tuesday)
11 AM - SM Manila
4 PM - Gateway
6:30 PM - SM Megamall
9 PM - Greenbelt 1
9 PM - Robinsons Galleria

INSTALADO 2017 Filipino film title card written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana starring  McCoy De Leon, Jun-jun Quintana, and Francis Magundayao slated for a limited screening from July 12 to 18, 2017

How about you guys? What do you think about this Filipino sci-fi film? Will you check it out this week (the writing of this post) to find out if it is as good as what the trailer has shown us? Will sci-fi ever worked here on the Philippines as much as horror and romance have? Share your thoughts and opinion about INSTALADO (2017) official movie trailer in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.
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June 3, 2017

Kita Kita (2017) Trailer Impressions: A Love Story Beyond Beauty

Kita Kita is a romantic comedy from from Spring Films under the screenplay and direction of Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo starring Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy Marquez slated for a July 19, 2017 theatrical release. Kita Kita was initially screened and competed in the World Premiere division of the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017. Let's check out what this highly unlikely love team of Empoy and Alessandra De Rossi has to offer.

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Kita Kita
Plot / Synopsis

Lea (Alessandra de Rossi) and Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) are two Filipinos living in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Lea is a Velo taxi tour guide. She suffers an accident which leads to her being affected by temporary blindness. Her blindness, if not cured in a few weeks, could become permanent. Tonyo is also a Filipino who lives right across from Lea. Lea tries her best to ignore him at first because she is scared of not seeing him. But Tonyo is persistent and is determined to be her friend, using humor and kindness to make a connection. With every effort that he makes the two gradually become closer. In an ironic way, becoming blind allows Lea to see the true character of Tonyo.

This story is about perception and about how sometimes we can’t see the real story behind a person. As Lea’s story ends, we will see Tonyo’s story begin.


Source: Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017 Film Page


Watch Kita Kita Official trailer here:





Kita Kita Official Trailer Impression
Kita Kita Film Trailer Review

Kita Kita 2017 romcom written and directed by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo starring Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy Marquez

What can be said about Kita Kita (2017) official movie trailer? Well, the film pits two highly unlikely love team together of a not so good looking guy and a beautiful woman falling in love but somehow throw them in a somewhat stereotypical scenario of how these kinds of set-up would work. In a world so keen on looks or the outer (skin-deep) physical beauty, how can attraction be even possible for those who lacks of it? The answer make the leading lady blind and then win them over by charms, wit, character, and genuine love. While this may sound a bit of a negative, it somehow works for Kita Kita.

Kita Kita 2017 romantic comedy Filipino movie from Spring Films directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo which premiered on Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017

A scenario that a good looking woman falling in love with someone who she might never consider falling in love with because of his physical deformities or innate "ugliness" (what is beauty, that is the question) has been done... just not that much in the big screen; at least not that much here in the Philippines. This is mostly done in a low budget usually one-hour long (plus commercials) one shots as if these kinds of things could never happen in real life. Well, guess what? It does. Just walk around the local malls and you will see these kinds of coupling. You might either be too cynical and start labeling it as something that one is just in it for the money (as nobody could ever fall in love with someone ugly), or be a romantic and label such scene as "true love."

Kita Kita 2017  featuring Alessandra De Rossi as Lea who has temporary blindness falling in love with Empoy Marquez as Tonyo

But again this is not done that much in the big screen here... not with an actual budget to it and in this charming way. A film that makes you feel good and just want to root for the relationship to work. With this comes the theorizing, was Lea blind the whole time or on the duration of the courting and romantic moments or is she fully aware of how Tonyo looked like? Is this going to be a happy ending (as how it normally should) or will it end tragic (could also be possible since this is not that mainstream of a film)? The mere fact that I am wondering and started theorizing means that I am interested in this highly unlikely pairing making a big splash. Move over MaiDen, Lizqueen, and KathNiel, there is a new pairing in town and it probably will bring much more realism and "kilig" than most of you have ever accomplished as this goes beyond the physical appearances alone.

Kita Kita 2017 film title card from Spring Films directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo starring Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy Marquez showing on July 19, 2017

How about you guys? What do you think about the Empoy and Alessandra team up in this film? Do you think there will ever be a mainstream film that would experiment on the romance genre that doesn't need to blind someone just for them to fall in love with one another? Do you ever think such pitch would work and why? Did you know that Kita Kita had an earlier Screening at UP Cine Adarna last May 2017? Were you one of those able to see it, what do you think of the film? Share your thoughts and opinion about Kita Kita (2017) official movie trailer in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.
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May 9, 2017

Dear Other Self (2017) Trailer Impressions: Choices and Lovers; To Stay or To Leave?

Dear Other Self is a romantic film from Star Cinema under the direction of Veronica Velasco starring Jodi Sta. Maria, Xian Lim, and Joseph Marco slated for a May 17, 2017 theatrical release. Let's check out what this latest Star cinema romcom with scenes shot from Thailand has to offer.

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Dear Other Self
Plot / Synopsis

Star Cinema's "Dear Other Self" is about a woman who finds herself facing her two possible futures ahead of an important meeting at work, starring Jodi Sta. Maria in the lead role.

The quirky new flick shows what happens when she decides to stay at work or pursue her passion for travelling.


Source: ABS-CBN News


Watch Dear Other Self Official trailer here:





Dear Other Self Official Trailer Impression
Dear Other Self Film Trailer Review

Dear Other Self 2017 Star Cinema film shot in Thailand starring Jodi Sta. Maria, Xian Lim, and Joseph Marco love triangle

What can be said about Dear Other Self (2017) official movie trailer? Well, Jodi Sta. Maria is still as lovely as ever. You can partner her up with any leading man (no matter the age) and they will still look good together; she is simply that charming and flexible. Dear Other Self is another Star Cinema film shot overseas; this time in Thailand as showcased in the trailer. The film has also a curious presentation, a narrative that shows two possibilities.

Dear Other Self 2017 Filipino romantic film featuring Jodi Sta. Maria as Becky dreaming of a two life which all begin with a decision whether to resign from her job or pursue her dream to travel

The big question is whether the story (one or both) presented in the film are mere probabilities or they happened at the same time? We can see Jodi's character in front of a computer so who knows if this is the last part of the film and it is finally unveiled to us that one or even both potential decision (whether it be career or partner) is true. Because how can the leading lady live both lives, not unless they include a science fiction or fantasy element allowing her to move to realities or travel through time. If so, then that would make it more awesome! So that is the element of the film that got my curiosity piqued. Deatr Other Self seems to appear as a not-so-straightforward narrative (at least what was shown in the trailer) with a charming leading lady. Oh and again just as I've been constantly saying why aren't there any recognition or love for the writers or screenwriters; at least if cite it if the director is also behind the script.

Dear Other Self 2017 Filipino movie title card Star Cinema  directed by Veronica Velasco starring Jodi Sta. Maria, Xian Lim, and Joseph Marco showing on May 17, 2017

How about you guys? What do you think about this movie that present two distinct possibilities and at the center is a dreamy middle class woman who only want to have a good life? Are you a fan of Jodi Sta. Maria or have seen most of her television and movie projects? What is your most favorite? Share your thoughts and opinion about Dear Other Self (2017) official movie trailer in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.
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May 7, 2017

Bliss (2017) Trailer Impressions: A Dark Journey Down the Rabbit Hole of a Broken Actress

Bliss is a psychological thriller from Artikulo Uno Productions under the direction and screenplay by Jerrold Tarog starring Iza Calzado, TJ Trinidad, Ian Veneracion, Shamaine Buencamino, Audie Gemora, and Adrienne Vergara with a May 10, 2017 theatrical release. Let's check out what this R-18 psychological thriller from the same makers of Heneral Luna has to offer.

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Bliss
Plot / Synopsis

Spoiler Warning: Detailed Plot Synopsis courtesy of Referenced Source Material. Read at your own risk.

Bliss revolves around the character of Jane Ciego (Iza Calzado), an actress on the verge of burnout. This prompts her to produce a film to boost her chances of winning an award but which only results in her literal downfall. That's because Jane figures in an accident in the middle of a 30-hour shoot. The accident has left her paralyzed and she becomes "trapped" inside a house with her husband, Carlo (TJ Trinidad) and a nurse, Lilibeth (Adrienne Vergara).

She wakes up everyday to the same scene, looking up at a smoke detector. Carlo would serve her breakfast, leaving only after asking her to sign a check to buy equipment for a restaurant.

All throughout the film, Jane would hear voices and other noise inside the big house. She would often follow the sound, only to wake up as if she was dreaming.

Bliss 2017 Filipino psychological thriller featuring Iza Calzado as Jane Ciego, Shamaine Buencamino, and Audie Gemora

While Jane is trapped inside the house, the other characters go about their business. There’s Lexter Palao (Audie Gemora), the director of Jane’s film, who hopes that she gets better so she can promote her film. There’s also Jane’s mother (Shamaine Buencamino), who also wishes the same thing so she can go on living the life of a stage mother.

The film also shows the backstory of Rose, a nurse wanted by authorities for sexually molesting her patient. It turns out that Rose was in the same audition as Jane when they were younger, but failed to make it into showbiz. She became a nurse, and a fan of Jane.

At some point in Jane’s repetitive life, she becomes confused whether she is living her life or dreaming of a scene from her movie. Her husband Carlo turns into Joshua (Ian Veneracion), and she becomes Abigail. Jane’s sanity begins to crumble as the horrors pile up in a symphony of blood, tears and madness. What was supposed to be a simple dream for Jane soon becomes an endless nightmare.


Source: ABS-CBN News


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Bliss Official Trailer Impression
Bliss Film Trailer Review

Bliss 2017 Philippine psychological thriller film from Artikulo Uno Productions with Iza Calzado winning the Yakushi Pearl Award in the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival

What can be said about Bliss (2017) official movie trailer? Well, Bliss official movie trailer has piqued my interest. We really don't have that many Filipino film titles that falls under the psychological thriller genre, so when something like this comes along, it probably is worth taking a closer look. Does it automatically indicate quality? Well, not really but for what Bliss trailer has showcase it seems to be so. Oh, don't take my word for it, take the recognition given to Iza Calzado with the Yakushi Pearl Award in the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival as a testament. All seems well, right? Not quite yet as their next big obstacle is the MTRCB and its initial X-Rating classification.

Bliss 2017 Filipino psychological thriller movie from Artikulo Uno Productions directed by Jerrold Tarog from Heneral Luna controversy when MTRCB initially slap an X-rating

One of the biggest newsmaker and free "unintentional" (?) publicity for this film is when it was initially given by the MTRCB with an X-Rating for scenes featuring prolonged frontal nudity, excessive violence, and masturbation (More info here), but later on got an R-18 rating after submitting their appeal to the ancient conservative prudes at the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. Who knows, maybe those initially "controversial" and "alarming" scenes (recognized by an international Film festival) from the film were left on the cutting floor as according to the specifications of the moral and conservative connoisseur of the MTRCB lead by MTRCB chairperson Rachel Arenas and their shining board members. Should I name them, well that is already overkill on the roadkill already. Well, in a land of conservative Catholics filled to the brim with Star Cinema romantic movies, it was probably really so scandalous to include blood and "gratuitous" scene that should never be seen or done by adults... NOT! Hahaha but I digress, we are already making so much commentary on a matter of taste and moral righteousness of the MTRCB that we have forgotten about the film that can only be compared to a "little Hollywood film" called Mulholland Drive from 2001.

Bliss 2017 psychological thriller Filipino film from the director and studio of Heneral Luna

I was really invested and was like asking so many questions about the trailer. We have already ruled out the supernatural element as its genre doesn't indicate it as so, all we have left now is a thought-provoking film. Who dunnit, why, and how will it end? Although most of the identity of the characters have been showcased in the Bliss movie trailer. It was really only became clear when you read its synopsis which might be a spoiler in itself and thus why I included a small spoiler warning in the Plot/Synopsis section of this movie trailer impression for 2017's Bliss. Its either an official PR material from the Bliss production team of ABS-CBN (official source of the plot) that overdid it. But I am not complaining that much...call it a minor nitpick. My curiosity was piqued and will be checking Bliss once it hits the theaters on MAy 10 .

Bliss 2017 Filipino movie title card from Artikulo Uno Productions directed by Jerrold Tarog starring Iza Calzado, TJ Trinidad, Ian Veneracion, Shamaine Buencamino, Audie Gemora, and Adrienne Vergara showing on May 10, 2017

How about you guys? What do you think about this seemingly controversial (at first) and internationally recognized film? What are your thoughts about MTRCB ratings and what probably have been cut in the R-18 version of the film? Do you think the adult Filipino movie going audience are not prepared to see such adult themes on the big screen as what the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is somewhat implying? Share your thoughts and opinion about Bliss (2017) official movie trailer in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.
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