Entertainment by Pablo A. Tariman:

NO GOING BACK TO PRE-PANDEMIC MODE OF FILMMAKING

The more filmmakers come to terms with the reality of the pandemic, the more they can sharpen their creative process. They can’t go back to the old ways of filmmaking.…

A FAMILIAR STORY DEEPLY TOLD

He said he was inspired to do the film when he saw this picture of a mother lovingly looking at his dead husband who was a victim of extra-judicial killing. “I became restless after seeing that picture. I became so obsessed with it I decided to do my fifth film with that subject in mind.”

TALE OF BYGONE YOUTH IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Like it or not, Deine Farbe (Your Color) is an ode to fading youth and a study in choices. It gives everyone a good preview of one’s younger phase and at the same time making something out of that seemingly reckless transition.

The zombie film in Mikhail Red’s mind

It is nothing totally new to him because as early as age 15 when he studied under Marilou Diaz-Abaya, he would fancy doing zombie films using ketchup as make-believe blood. “So when I was given the opportunity to do a big, studio-funded zombie film, I jumped at the idea. It took a year and a half to prepare and shoot it but it is all worth it. This is the big zombie movie I’ve always wanted to do when I was younger. I started by planning the mechanics and then choosing the cast and closely working with the creative team.”

An edifying rom-com with message on saving the environment

With a stroke of good imagination,  Direk Veronica -- who co-wrote the screenplay with Jinky Laurel – was able to weave a tale of a distraught medical doctor (Coleen Garcia) who meets a nerdy agriculturist named Jay Policarpio (EA de Guzman) who has a penchant for delivering lectures on plants and reforestation and for a good measure, climate change.

Fairly good films win awards and lose theater allocation in 2019 MMFF

The irony of it all is that as the top three best pictures were announced, the award winning films were also losing theaters to the box office champions.