Date: June 12, 2010
It is quite ironic how I chose to spend Independence Day this year. While some people in my Twitter feed vowed to only speak in Filipino today, I woke up early to go to Shangri-La Plaza to take part in the French Film Festival (not that this made me less patriotic, mind you). It is the 12th French Film Fest to take place here in the Philippines and the movies are being premiered in Shang Cineplex since June 6 and only until June 13. Hence, instead of watching Karate Kid first, we opted to grab this last chance of getting a glimpse of France through their motion pictures.
We arrived in Shangri-La around 10:30 in the morning. The film festival admission is for free, but tickets are to be given on a first come first served basis exactly one hour before screening time. The first movie is scheduled to be shown at 12nn so we decided to have our early lunch before heading to Cinema 4.
We went to Tender Bob’s to satisfy our craving for some juicy steaks. It was my first time to try their food but in fairness to the place I did enjoy my meal. I ordered baby back ribs and although I found it a bit too sweet, I can say that their side dish is the best mashed potato I have ever tasted (for the record, my mom never made mashed potato before). My boyfriend had pork chops and my friend chose rib-eye steak. My fork did not get to trespass on their plates, but I think they have nothing but only good stuff to say about Tender Bob’s. Another must-try is their shrimp pesto! Oh, it was just heavenly.
Going back to the film fest (sorry, I tend to talk too much when it’s about food), we were able to watch two French movies. Here’s how it went:
The first one was entitled Just Anybody, which for me was crap. Alright, I’m sorry for the term. But really, the pacing was just plain lousy like the characters didn’t know where they should utter a word from their script and on which spot they should actually drop the bomb (literally!). The lead actress reminds me of Marjori from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 11 who was also French, only she was not as talented as the latter.
The second film we saw was a little better than the first- Claire’s Knee. I’m not headed to saying it’s good though, because still I won’t even be generous with two stars. I don’t get the whole intention of the story. There was this point wherein I thought I knew what was going to happen, but after a while I lost it again and I was left even more confused.
Obviously, I’m not too ecstatic about the films we’ve seen. I do not know if we were just unlucky or if we just so happened to have been there at the wrong time hence we saw the wrong movies.
But please, do not misunderstand. I did enjoy the experience. I still would gladly travel all the way to Ortigas next year to watch another French Film Festival… I do hope the movies would be better though. Merci! :D
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