Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MMFF Review: Iskul Bukol and Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat

Every year I try to watch a couple of the Metro Manila Film Fest movies. I don't remember though if I managed to watch any last year, but I do remember doing a movie marathon once with my childhood friends and we ended up cross-eyed by the end of the third movie. It's fun though and you should try it. 

I've watched two movies so far this year: Iskul Bukol and Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat.

Iskul Bukol
major head slap ala Plurk

I was forewarned by Sweetie about a not-so-good reviews on Iskul Bukol, but I felt guilty about changing plans since my high school friends wanted to watch it. I watched Iskul Bukol when I was a kid and thought it would be great to see them again. I remember I used to laugh a lot at their antics and thought that Miguel would appreciate the show too.

Less than 5 minutes into the movie Miguel was already elbowing me and I was yawning. The movie was very predictable and had all the elements of a TVJ show. Scantily-clad girls, goons, toilet humor, lots of chancing, carabao English and green jokes. The punch lines were just so 80s and old, some of it still made us laugh though. We finished the movie though since we weren't really set to do anything else. 

Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat

I originally wanted to watch "Baler", but the titles changed over the weekend so since it was still early we decided to watch another movie and chose Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat. I watched the first movie with my parents when it came out and it was really funny. I was worried though that the sequel might not be able to make me laugh the same way the first movie did. 

Unlike Iskul Bukol, I was hooked five minutes into the movie. Aiai and Eugene's tandem is a powerful one and I ended up laughing along with the audience. I also love how the movie managed to tackle important issues (national and family) in a light way. There was also a smattering of movie and telenovela spoofs, but if you're not Kapamilya you might want to watch some videos about their shows (Caregiver, Maging Sino Ka Man etc.). 

Be merry! Watch Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat!

And tomorrow I shall watch Dayo! Here's the video blog I did a few months ago when I got the chance to visit Cutting Edge Productions when they were still making Dayo. Notice that I had an uncanny resemblance to Ana. 


My original post about Dayo is here.

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  1. I kinda heard that Iskul Bukol the Movie was not funny and I believed it was so, last year I watched Enteng Kabisote 4 (because I was a big fan of Bossing Vic and Eat Bulaga) but really kinda disappointed me a bit so I was somewhat expected that it is going to be like that in this new movie. Haven't watched Tanging Ina (the first one and this one), yes I've been living on a rock hahaha but with good reviews I think I'll have to see it.

    You know what would be cool? Next year, a movie with Vic Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas in a really laugh out loud 35th MMFF film with a good script. Two Box Office comedic icons in one film, that would be great.

  2. @chris a. Watch Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat now na! The first one's currently showing on Cinemaone I think and it's really funny. I wonder though if the networks will allow Vic and Aiai to do a tandem hehe

  3. Because of all the great reviews i will really watch the two movies of Tanging Ina. Well, if the two station agreed on a tandem of KC Conception and Richard Gutierez then I think it "might" be possible for a Vic and ai Ai team up (wish ko lang)... and if there is money involve then it might get it rolling. Mas possible naman compare to Willie Revillame and Joey de Leon comedic team up, right?

  4. I think there will be no problem having Aiai teamup with bossing. Vic Sotto is not exclusive to GMA 7 and probably his movies will be produced by a separate production outfit to GMA films which is OctoArts.

    I'm looking forward to watch Tanging Ina. Inuna ko lang yung tatlong pinakamaraming award na nakuha: Dayo, Baler and One Night Only.

  5. @chris a. Bati na si Willie and Joey!

    @jori Wow! You watched a lot of MMFF movies already! :D

  6. ang problema ni vic sotto ay ang kanyang direktor for so many years na si TONY Y REYES. di ko mawari kung bakit hangang ngayon ay pinagtitiwalaan pa rin nya ito. yung mga hit nina tvj noon ay dinerek ni MIKE RELON MAKILING kung saan sila sumikat ng husto. sinsayang ni vic ang panahon at pagod at pera sa paggawa ng komedyang di naman nakapag papatawa...

  7. I really hope to watch "Dayo" (oh lord...can't do italics) before the foreign movies start streaming in. I believe there's a bright future ahead for Filipino animation, as the CGI of "Iskul Bukol" sucked big time!

  8. Anonymous11:28 AM

    i never looked at it the way ron sapinoso looked at it...anyway, iskul bukol wasn't exceptional or up to par with the tvj films of the 80s but it did give me that satisfied feeling of nostalgia.