Friday, December 29, 2006

After three days...

I lifted this information from the Philippine Star site. Ricky Lo doesn't mention his source, though.

How the Metro Filmfest films are faring
Ricky Lo, Philippine Star

The ranking of the nine entries in the ongoing 32nd Metro Filmfest remains the same. Here are the grosses in the first three days (Dec. 25, 26 and 27) of the filmfest which ends on Jan. 7, 2007:

1. Enteng Kabisote – P49.9M
2. Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo – P33.8M
3. Shake, Rattle & Roll 8 – P21.1M
4. Matakot Ka sa Karma – P10M
5. Super Noypi – P9.5M
6. Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di – P7.9M
7. ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Zee Moveeh – P6.1M
8. Ligalig – P3.1M
9. Tatlong Baraha – P2.3M

The ranking could change (although perhaps not significantly) after the Gabi ng Parangal tonight at the Aliw Theater.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

True love and high camp

By Rito Asilo
Last updated 10:21pm (Mla time) 12/29/2006

"Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah"
D: Joel Lamangan
S: Zsa Zsa Padilla, Rustom Padilla, Alfred Vargas, Chocoleit

You have to appreciate Joel Lamangan's gay musical fantasia for striving to do something outside the norm. Fresh from its successful theater run, Carlo Vergara's cult comic-book franchise makes its auspicious big-screen debut at the MMFF.

The story revolves around Ada (Rustom Padilla), a timid, gay beautician who morphs into the beautiful superwoman, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah (Zsa Zsa Padilla), after he swallows a magical stone--okay, a big rock--in his elastic mouth. With his endearingly loquacious sidekick, Didi (Chocoleit), he battles the forces of evil.

But, just when Dodong (Alfred Vargas), the guy of his dreams, starts reciprocating his distant, shy glances, amazons from outer space led by Queen Femina (Pops Fernandez) arrive to hatch their diabolical plan to invade planet Earth--and dissolve the "chauvinistic" male species to smithereens!

Beneath its high camp and unapologetically over-the-top concept are relevant themes that discuss feminism and gender equality. You have to take the film for what it is--a highly entertaining and absurdly hilarious farce that dramatizes a deceptively "weak" man's quest to rid his planet of evil beings --and to overcome his fears.

Lamangan compresses the protracted but otherwise highly entertaining stage musical into a fast-paced and amusing motion picture, but the movie is missing the spontaneity and laugh-a-second humor of its stage version.

Moreover, miscasting is another problem: Zsa Zsa, while ravishingly beautiful, looks too old for her role, while Rustom lacks vulnerability and looks too awkward. But, here's a pleasant surprise: We've never liked Pops Fernandez as a singer or actress, but, despite a now-you-hear-it-now-you-don't English accent, she is surprising good as the queen of the plastic-like Amazonistas, a role that Agot Isidro created--albeit not too successfully--on the legitimate stage.

The movie reminds you of Armando Garces' "Darna Versus the Planet Women" (starring Vilma Santos) and the Pinky Montilla-starrer "Supergirl." You might find it inferior to Chris Millado's stage version, but if you haven't been to any of its runs, the big-screen version should suffice.

Despite its shortcomings, "Zsa Zsa" makes for a fun, gay night at the movies.


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