Part of my family holiday tradition is going out to watch movies on Christmas week. We’d probably watch some comedy and fantasy films that are playing in the theater. This year, our family will stay home and watch reruns of our favorite movies on our laptop screens. It’s a small screen but it’s okay. It was never about the viewing experience anyway. Going out to watch movies is just one of the ways that we choose to spend time together during the holiday break.
If you have the same tradition, you can prepare your watch list for your movie marathon as early as now. First off, look for legal ways to stream movies! Studio B has over 300 classic Filipinos movies in its library that you can watch for free after you sign up.
Here’s a quick list of films to help you decide what to include in your holiday watch list.
Spoiler alert: We’re gifting you with happy endings!
Magic Kingdom: Ang Alamat ng Damortis (dirs. Lore Reyes and Peque Gallaga, 1997)
Rating: A family movie! The kids can watch it but beware of freaky monsters here and there. Wild beasts, brain-eating worms, and flesh-eating plants!
This fantasy film follows a group of extraordinary boys who are tasked to protect Princess Dahlia (Anne Curtis), the last hope of the Kingdom of Damortis. Jobert, Samuel, and Oman are young, fearless, and unsupervised kids but don’t underestimate them—their will to fight is so much greater than their height! Watch them battle against the dark forces of Basilicus (Mark Gil), the evil ruler who killed Dahlia’s mother.
Jack & Jill (dir. Leroy Salvador, 1987)
Rating: Ang lutong magmura ni Sharon dito. Definitely not for kids. It’s a light-hearted film with a heavy emphasis on slapstick and insult comedy.
Jack & Jill is another hit movie based on a Mars Ravelo comics classic. The film centers around the tension between Jack and Jill who always end up getting on each other’s nerves. The tough cookie Jack (Sharon Cuneta) works as a jeepney driver while the softie Jill or Jillian Maganda (Herbert Bautista) takes care of the household chores. When their father got sick, Jack has to disguise herself as a man to replace his father as the chauffeur of the rich Casanova, Angelo Bartolome (Edu Manzano). Feeling pressured by his sister and father to look for a job, Jill ran away from home. You’ll never guess what happened next! Doña Estrella, Angelo’s mother, found Jill and decided to adopt him (now her). Since Jack works in the same household, she finds her brother (now sister) living with the Bartolomes. It’s chaos and comedy! Oh, did I mention that Jack is falling in love with Angelo?
Who’s That Girl? (dir. Wenn V. Deramas, 2011)
Rating: If you’re watching this with a kid, be prepared to explain why Eugene Domingo’s character is being hysterical.
Heartbroken and dressed in all black, Elizabeth Pedroza (Anne Curtis) showed up unannounced in the wake of John Duque Sr. She thought that her long-time crush John Duque Jr (Luis Manzano) had died. When she realized that it was his father, she quickly fled the scene. However, the damage had been done, people were intrigued especially the wife of Duque Sr, Belinda (Eugene Domingo), and thought that the woman is the mistress of her late husband. Enraged, Belinda went hysterical! (but still hilarious) Seeing her mother depressed, Duque Jr. vowed to take revenge and in the process unexpectedly falls for Elizabeth. Watch the film here to see the final outcome of this delightful comedy of errors.
If fantasy and comedy films are not your holiday favorites, then you might like to watch some romantic films! Follow this link for self-indulgently sentimental movies.