Theater Thoughts

Yesterday we specifically saved the day just to watch the film, Honor Thy Father by Erik Matti. Lately this film has been circulating all over the internet and the conversations among my squad which kinda heightened our interest in experiencing it. Also, we already have a background on how Erik Matti does his magic when we watched his horror short film, Vesuvius at a sleepover. It still haunted me sometimes at night because Lauren Young’s face—aaah stop thinking about it.

We have been waiting for this film to be shown in our mall theaters for a REALLY. LONG. TIME.  And even though, it is finally open for the people in our city, I don’t think there is justice in showing it only in the most inconvenient time for students like us to watch a film in theaters especially when we have a deadline to chase. You know, in a normal screening of a film you get to choose schedules on what time you can watch it—NO. We only have the 5:15 pm showing.

And y’all know what else? Right at the end of our 12-1:30pm class, we don’t have anywhere else to go. So we found ourselves doing ridiculous ways of killing time at the mall. From making really geeky games about blendshapes to dubbing random strangers to speaking fake foreign languages to dubbing random dolls to escorting each of us to the bathroom. We even thought of fake grocery shopping.

Yeah, we were bored.

But 5:15 came and we found ourselves in an empty theater. Turns out, we, plus a few other viewers, were the only ones there. It was pretty cool at first because it felt like we were in a private screening but then I realized, it was actually kinda sad because no one is paying much attention a really well-thought out film.

Anyway, THE FILM WAS ABSOLUTELY BEYOND WHATEVER WE THOUGHT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE. I can’t say any more details because the people should really watch it. I don’t understand why is nobody making these types of film a trend? Look, I have nothing against the current mainstream films that are overpowering the film industry of our country. Being a student of a course that is connected to filming, I understand the hardwork everyone put in there.

But I believe this is the time we need films that are more than just making us feel happy or sad or in love or terrified or excited. We need films that are more than a means of entertainment. We need films that leave something inside each and every viewer in that movie theater. We need films that are capable of changing us. We need films that would stupefy us and make us stare off space as the end credits roll and the theater lights go on. We need films that would either make us walk home in silence or make us talk to each other at once because of too much excitement. We need films that would fight for a principle and would mirror the society we are currently living in.

Gosh if I were rich, I would be honored to fund those films.

I’d like to end this entry with a quote by Alan Moore:

“It’s not the job of the artist to give the audience what the audience wants. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artists. It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need.”

Okay before you guys say anything, these photos were taken before the film was showing. The screen was still off and the lights were on. Nothing was playing (not even a commercial or a preview) except the music that kept the people from being bored.

Yeah, I had to say that just in case.


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