Films You Can Binge Watch on Netflix if You're Too Lazy to Line up for This Year's MMFF
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 27, 2018 9:16am
Art by Dani Elevazo
The Metro Manila Film Festival is one of the much-awaited film events every year. This major film festival features only Filipino movies for a certain period (December 25th to the first weekend of January). You can expect that people will swarm over theaters, choosing the best entries worthy of their time and money.
But you see, not everyone is as patient as others in terms of braving the long lines to buy movie tickets. There are chances that you won't even get the best seats in the house. So here's an alternative to mall cinemas and theaters: binge-watch movies online at the comfort of your own home. We've got you covered!
Directed by Mikhail Red
Starring: Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Reyes, Ku Aquino, and John Arcilla
This film became the Philippines' official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category to the Academy Awards this year. It tells the story of Maya, a young girl who accidentally shot a protected Philippine eagle. Birdshot also gained recognition in different film festivals abroad—more reason to make this film a top priority.
Directed by Jerrold Tarog
Starring: John Arcilla
Heneral Luna made history by being the highest grossing Filipino historical film of all time. It became the talk of the town and one of the most epic films of 2015. It shows Gen. Antonio Luna and his troops' battle against the American Colonizers, which ended in the general’s assassination. This is the first movie in Tarog’s trilogy on Philippine revolution, succeeded by Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral and an upcoming film about former president Manuel Quezon.
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (Coming Soon)
Directed by Jerrold Tarog
Starring: Paulo Avelino
Another Filipino here made its way to the online streaming platform. This tells the story of the young general Gregorio del Pilar, who died at the Tirad Pass during the Philippine-American War. Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral won’t be showing in Netflix until January 26, 2019, but that should give us enough time to stream other Filipino films.
Directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Starring: Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez
If there's one movie that beat Heneral Luna as the highest grossing film produced in the Philippines, it's Kita Kita. It earned PhP 300 million in just three weeks! The film focuses on Lea (Alessandra), a Velotaxi driver and tour guide who has temporary blindness due to stress, and her unlikely budding romance with her neighbor Tonyo (Empoy).
Directed by Erik Matti
Starring: Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera
Director Erik Matti claimed that BuyBust is the toughest film he had ever made. But all the hard work paid off as the film made its international debut at the New York Asian Film Festival. It tells the story of a group of drug-enforcement agents set to conduct a buy-bust operation, who found themselves trapped in the drug user-filled slums, fighting for survival.
That Thing Called Tadhana
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone
Starring: Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman
That Thing Called Tadhana tells the story of broken-hearted girl Mace who met Anthony, portrayed by JM de Guzman, at the airport in Italy. They are both on their way to the Philippines and upon arrival, they decided to travel together to places like Baguio and Sagada, despite being strangers. If you need a quick “hugot” fix, you may want to put this on your movie list.
It’s up to you if you want the thrill of a cinema or the comfort of your bed. Go grab a popcorn, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy Pinoy films that are worth your while.