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Ang Panday 2 Review

31 December 2011 6:49 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The malady caused by the proliferation of loud but predominantly empty Hollywood blockbusters in Philippine shores is most evident in Mac Alejandre's Ang Panday 2. The bombardment of special effects has never been this harmful to the eyes and to the mind. This sequel to the 2009 reincarnation of one of Fernando Poe, Jr.'s most beloved cinematic alter-egos is hardly a film. Its characters which are proudly advertised as based on Carlo J. Caparas' creations actually reflect the weakness of Caparas' imagination which seems to be fuelled only by stereotypes and derivations. In Alejandre's hands, Flavio (played by Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr.), who transforms into the heroic Panday with his elongating dagger that detects evil, is a hollow vessel, a tool for ambitious »

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Metro Manila Film Festival Awards 2011: Winners: Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

28 December 2011 2:01 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story and other winners of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines (Mmff-p) Awards have been released. The 37th Annual Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines “is the annual film festival held in Manila. The festival, which runs from the 25th of December to the first week of January, focuses on locally-produced films…During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines. Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the Mmff will be shown. One of the festival highlights is the parade of floats during the opening of the festival. The floats, each one representing a movie entry for the festival, parade down Roxas Boulevard, while the stars for films ride on them.” This year’s awards ceremony was held at the “Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City”.

The full listing of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards winners is below. »

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