Metro Manila Film Festival, the biggest film festival in the country happens during the Christmas season and this is also the time when Hollywood’s most promising movies are being released. That’s why it’s sad that MMFF 2011 doesn’t have a powerful line up of entries. With the absence of a highly anticipated film like RPG Metanoia, this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival undoubtedly feels no-better than last year.

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But to say that the existence of MMFF 2011 isn’t needed is an understatement. Read on to find out why and check out our top 10 list of the Hollywood flick’s that you and I will be missing because of MMFF 2011!


Hugo (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), I believe is the movie event of the year. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes this Martin Scorsese film starring Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz is just one of those must-watch period film. Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Too bad there’s MMFF 2011!

War Horse

Set in the first World War from the legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, War Horse is one of those war films I intend to watch. I rarely watch war films because of the violence they exhibit but my good intention is afflicted by MMFF’s existence. It wouldn’t hurt to check out a local alternative though. Say, Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story set 25 years after World War 1, the Era of Asiong Salonga. But that’s if War Horse is really a hardcore war film and not a holiday drama set midst war.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

After I learned that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo have already been adapted had me intrigue on the story of the film. This holiday season they have released the American version and I got more intrigued after finding out its got a high rating than the former. And since I learned about its released date, I got more and more excited of watching the movie. But here goes the Money Making Film Festival. I cannot blame MMFF for spoiling my excitement for it saved me from watching the new version and gave me a chance to watch and download the 2009 movie first.

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows

I believe there’s really something about this sequel of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. I’ve once been a fan of Sherlock Holmes after the anime movie Detective Conan and the Phantom of Baker Street. Well, I honestly find it tiresome to read the book. So that’s where I first grasp a bit of Sherlock Holmes awesomeness. I have yet to see the first Sherlock Holmes movie also, so I might just say thanks to MMFF because I can watch and download the prequel as well.

Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: CHIPWRECKED

I kinda liked the first Chipmunks movie but the second one was a major headache and I ended up hating the whole film franchise and wishing they’d stop making another one. But with a good premise about the chipmunks getting chipwrecked, I believe we’re up to another holiday with the chipmunks. I may be missing this but I will still check this out!

We Bought A Zoo

I’m a big fan of comedy drama films and I believe a film set in Southern California, about a father who moved his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo is interesting. Nothing against MMFF for I’m quite patient about this interesting flick.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I believe there are stories that still needs to be heard from the unfortunate 9/11 World Trade Center event. This movie maybe a heartwarming flick and promises to be extremely loud and incredibly (almost) close of being watched by the Filipinos. Still, not quite there though because of MMFF. 🙁


This movie is the jolliest among this bunch. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of talking puppets and musicals. I only know Ms. Piggy and Kermit the Frog. Despite its high rating at IMDB, I might just let this pass.

The Darkest Hour

When I first saw the trailer of this film I’ve had doubts of watching it since some of the special effects looked quite cheap despite its totally expensive-looking, post-apocalyptic production. But with this film having that doomsday tone, Thank God there’s MMFF! Don’t remind of Roland Emmerich’s 2012.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

This Brit-film doesn’t interest me a bit. But the thrill it offers based from the trailer sounds like a better choice than the thrill some of the MMFF movies may give.

Unfortunately, we are doomed to watch not-so-worthy Filipino films. Well, I’ve heard good reviews of SRR13, Yesterday Today Tomorrow and Manila Kingpin. The rest, I don’t know and I don’t care even if they top the box office! I can’t wait for this MMFF to end.

P.S. –  This post is written under our Top 10 list and Weekly Peeks!