The Philippine Film Industry Sideways

Recently there has been some concern regarding the present and future state of the film industry in the Philippines, and why empty theater seats are on the rise? The answer is really quite simple.


This is the one thing that the industry has been lacking. And doing so for decades now. Year after year, they have been pumping out the same worthless drivel.

1. Boy meets girl.

2. Boy leaves girl for a hotter piece of ass.

3. Boy comes to senses and returns to first girl.

4. Everyone dances around the May Pole, and all live happily ever after.

5. Audience throws up.

6. Credits roll.

This scenario has been plaguing not only the film industry. But the Philippine entertainment industry as a whole. And the viewing audience has grown, sick and tired of it. Social media has also gotten into the game, requesting people to boycott specific movies, such as actor Robin Padilla's new film "Bato" based upon the life of the former Philippine National Police Chief.

Sadly, in this case, said boycott was driven by political motive, due to Mr. Dela Rosa entering this years Senate race, as opposed to people simply not liking the movie or otherwise.

Even the television industry suffers from the same problem. Brain dead programming, centering around love story soap operas. Stupid game shows, and so on. All meant to dumb down the viewers. For 3+ decades now, shows such as Eat Bulaga have exposed the people to some of the most pathetic viewing in global broadcast history.

So what does the environment industry of the Philippines need to do to dig itself out of the hole they dug all by themselves?

Drop the current status quo.

That means, no more of this pointless, Cinderella love story bullshit. The time has come to get real. And the time has definitely come, once again, to start making movies that actually matter. To date, there is only one film in the entire history of Filipino cinema that matters?

Manila, In The Claws of Light - 1975 - Lino Brocka, Dir.

The Claws of Light is one of the few - if not only - Filipino films that has been consistently placed among the world's top 100 films of all time. It is the only film from the Philippines that entered in the list of the book, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

And after a recent restoration, it was shown as part of the Cannes Classics section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Now what does that tell you?

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