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‘Fantastica’ becomes Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie

‘Fantastica’ becomes Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie

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  • ‘Fantastica’ becomes Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie
  • ‘Fantastica’ is a certified box-office  success in the MMFF 2018 box office race
  • ‘Fantastica’ has earned 596 million, to date

Vice Ganda fans, rejoice!

Fantastica is a certified box office hit!

From his first main role in Petrang Kabayo (which earned Php 115 million) to his previous Manila Film Festival entry, The Revenger Squad, Vice didn’t stop setting the bar higher for his career.

The movie’s success is due to the massive support not just from Filipinos here in the Philippines, but worldwide as well.

Even with negative criticism, Fantastica has earned Php 596 million; making it Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie to date, beating his previous record of Php 571 million for the film “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad” back in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.

The good news was announced by Star Cinema during the film’s Thanksgiving party on Tuesday, January 29, 2018.

But not everyone is happy with Fantastica’s success.

Some dislike Vice Ganda’s continued reliance on ‘insult comedy’ and the innuendos that made some feel the movie is stale material; bringing nothing new to the table and with only the sheer star power of its lead guaranteeing its blockbuster status.

Since we are talking about box office earnings, who would forget the sensational Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo’s loveteam movie “The Hows of Us” way back in 2018? It broke the 800 million mark, making it the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.

Fans can’t help comparing the films; even going as far as stating that the film is undeserving of its success for relying too much on its star power and references.

Now, what are your thoughts on Vice Ganda’s success?

Did you like the film or do you think its the same old formula with a different packaging? Leave a comment down below for your thoughts and please do like and share for more amazing content.

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Despite MMFF 2018 Best Picture win… “Rainbow’s Sunset” director laments lack of cinema slots

Despite MMFF 2018 Best Picture win… “Rainbow’s Sunset” director laments lack of cinema slots

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  • Rainbow Sunset won big at the MMFF awards night.
  • Director Joel Lamangan requested to give entries the equal amount of cinemas to show their film in.

The 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival awarded Rainbow Sunset the title of Best Picture during the award ceremony Thursday, December 28.

The movie centers on an elderly gay man, which made people expect a speech about inclusion, representation, and LGBT+ rights from the director, Joel Lamangan.

But it turned into a request to give the less popular entries their fair share of cinemas to show their film.

“Huwag lamang natin patabain ang bulsa ng lahat ng may-ari ng sinehan, patabain natin ang kaluluwa ng ating bayan,” he said.

“Masakit na sa harap mo ay tinatanggal ang sinehan ng pelikula mo.”

It was said to be performing poorly in terms of ticket sales, resulting to the sudden decrease on the number of cinemas it’s showing in since Christmas day.

Mother Lily Monteverde, the prodicer of One Great Love, shared similar sentiments with Lamangan.

“We urge the cinemas to help the movie industry, to give theaters to all entries fairly for the progress of the industry.”

Rainbow Sunset stars Eddie Garcia, who is an old man in love with his gay best friend at the same time he is with his wife.

It bagged 11 awards including Best Director, Best Original Theme Song, and Best Screenplay, among others.

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Not worth watching? Netizens question MMFF’s capability for choosing “OTLUM”

Not worth watching? Netizens question MMFF’s capability for choosing “OTLUM”

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  • Twitter users criticized Otlum.
  • Netizens express disappointment over Otlum
  • The netizens have expressed their disappointment upon watching the movie, questioning how it has entered the MMFF. 

As the Metro Manila Film Festival started on December 25, some already have their favorites while others are yet to watch any entry.

People have been talking about the Joven Tan film, Otlum, starring Jerome Ponce and basketball athlete Ricci Rivero. But the reactions of the netizens are not because they found it amazing, but because it’s quite lacking.

Aside from the disappointment with the storyline, they also mentioned that the movie is only an hour long, making everyone think if their P310 was worth it.

A Twitter user even rated it one star out of five.

Some have also stated that the movie was “not worth” watching.

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Emil also mentioned the difficulty he had with understanding the plot of the film.

Then he went on to the more technical part of his review. Pointing out the failures when it comes to the sound and the actors’ lack of emotion.

Someone shared the same sentiments and also questioned how the movie got included at the MMFF when it’s senseless.

It can be remembered that the MMFF Screening Committee selected Otlum to be a part of the festival, ahead of Brillante Mendoza‘s film Right To Kill.

Tan admitted that he was not expecting for their film to get chosen as he submitted other projects before but Otlum was the only one that made it through.

“Masaya ako. Sinuwerte na makasama ang pelikula namin. Siyempre sumali ka sa isang contest. Dalawa lang naman ang pupuntahan niyan. It’s either mananalo ka o matatalo ka. Siyempre sumali ka, may intensiyon kang manalo. May intensiyon ka na mapili. Masayang-masaya ako.”

When asked about his expectations, he answered, “Basta matuwa lang ’yung mga laging nanonood ng traditional horror films na pampamilya at pambarkada, happy na ako. Wala akong expectations. Basta mag-enjoy lang sila.”

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