My Ex and Whys was a surprisingly entertaining movie. It had the highs and lows you’d come to expect from a rom-com made by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
In the last few years, the Rom-Com has been the go-to genre of local film producers because of its consistent commercial success. Nearly half of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all-time are rom coms, amounting to an estimated total of PhP 4.2B in gross ticket sales.
MMFF 2016 is about to come to a close. It's been a milestone year for the storied film festival as it returned to its roots of featuring top quality films. I can confidently say that, out of the last ten years I've been supporting the film festival, this year has been the best. Of course, such a historic year as this wouldn't be without a compelling narrative. So let's try to unpack MMFF 2016's narrative and figure out its winners and lessons.