This is the last week of movies before the Metro Manila Film Festival. And as is tradition, we’re basically just getting the one film that’s probably going to be sticking through the season on IMAX screens. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be all anyone will really be talking about for the next few days, the world allowed the small respite from all of its troubles through the escapism provided by George Lucas’ billion-dollar legacy. If only lightsabers could stop North Korea’s nuclear program.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
It’s Episode VIII! When we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley), she had just found a heavily bearded Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) hiding out in the middle of nowhere. Since he is the titular Last Jedi, one presumes that this whole movie is about him refusing to teach her anything. The film is directed by Rian Johnson, who is so well liked by the powers-at-be that it’s already been announced that he’s going to get his own trilogy to play with. Prepare for lots of fanboy-hyperbole, as well as those annoying friends of yours who really want to let you know that they’ve never even seen a Star Wars film. So cool.
The only other release this week in an anime film. The Japanese title is Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?, which literally translates to “Fireworks, should we see it from the side or the bottom?” It’s a strange question that will actually be answered in the film’s runtime. It’s an animated remake of Shunji Iwai’s 1993 television drama and film, which tells the story of a young couple planning to elope on a summer’s day that keeps repeating itself.
THE MAGINHAWA FILM FESTIVAL AT CINEMA CENTENARIO
The new cinematheque in Maginhawa has announced its first major program, and it’s a doozy. They’re calling The Maginhawa film festival, and they’re going to be showing a lot of films. This week, it’s Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita, Superpsychocebu, Ang Mga Kidnaper ni Ronnie Lazaro, Apocalypse Child, Respeto, and a program of short films. Go check it out already.