Refreshing Peek Behind the Scenes

Tarot is the jumping off point for a sneak peek at the Cinema Evaluation Board in the Philippines.
'Tarot' is the jumping off point for a sneak peek at the Cinema Evaluation Board in the Philippines.

We don’t hear much about horror flicks from the Philippines here in the U.S., and I’m not sure if I’m likely to rush out and track down Tarot any time soon. That said, I found this little slice-of-life piece about the folks who screen movies there for tax rebate eligibility kind of funny:

“Since the time I sat in the board, the policy had always been to keep the title of the movie secret to those reviewing the film — that is until we get to the screening room. Why? Because if we find out that we are going to sit through what is obviously a crappy film, everyone will be calling in sick and we’ll never get to have a quorum. Administrative head Wilma Isleta and her assistant Rose Hicaro therefore had long been instructed not to tell any member what we are watching for the day.”

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