Octobers’ Finest!

September 28th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

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It’s October, the 10th month of the year and we’ve got 10 recommendations for you! We’ve got 5 movies and 5 TV shows for you to try. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll get excited and you’ll experience all possible human emotions! Well, maybe that’s a bit stretching it but you’ll definitely be entertained… Ready? These are October’s Finest!

Movies:

Gone Girl – For those looking for critically acclaimed psychological thrillers.

What? October brings with it  an Oscar breeze and here’s ‘Gone Girl’ which gets an Oscar buzz from previous screenings. David Fincher is a master in those mystery movies – a woman goes missing,
police investigation begins and the husband finds himself the prime suspect. Did he or didn’t he? 

When? Oct. 3, 2014

Who? Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris (!), Tyler Perry (!!!!!) and Kim Dickens as the police detective. Gillian Flynn wrote the script based on her novel.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – For those looking for fun family outing.

What? Know the days when nothing goes right? That’s the kind of day Alexander and his family are having. It’s hard on them but humorous for us… A family comedy about a young kid down on his luck and the mishaps that follow…

When? Oct. 10, 2014

Who? Steve Carell & Jennifer Garner as the parents and Ed Oxenbould as Alexander. Miguel Arteta directs and Rob Lieber wrote the script based on Judith Viorst book.

Fury – For those looking for a seriously rough boys’ night.

What? Yep, it’s another World War II film but this one has more action and as we know, World War II had a lot of action to offer. Five soldiers are sent behind enemy lines on a suicide mission. All they have is their tank and each other. Outnumbered, they must survive against the odds.

When? Oct. 17, 2014

Who? Brad Pitt is the head of the bunch that includes Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood and Jon Bernthal. David Ayer (End of Watch) writes and directs.

Ouija – For teens looking for a scary night.

What? Well, it seems pretty obvious no? Some teenage friends decide to use a Ouija board for fun. It’s not like a vengeful ghost would come back to haunt them or anything…

When? Oct. 24, 2014

Who? Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. First feature by Stiles White.

Nightcrawler –  For those looking for a clever biting crime thriller.

What? We started with an Oscar nominee to be nominated and we’ll finish with one. A young ambitious journalist finds there are opportunities to be held in covering the night criminal life of LA. But it also holds great risks and his to the top has it’s price.

When? Oct. 31, 2014

Who? Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. First feature directed by Dan Gilroy (writer of The Bourne Legacy, The Fall).

TV shows:

Survivor’s Remorse – For people who are looking for the next best sports’ comedy after Arliss.

What? Follows Cam Calloway, a twenty-something basketball prodigy who suddenly achieves fame and fortune after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta and now has to deal with the side effects of success

When? Oct. 4, 20104

Who? The show stars Jessie Usher and Mike Epps with executive producer by LeBron James.

Kingdom – For anyone who’s looking for a hard hitting drama.

What? A family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Alvey owns Navy St. MMA with his girlfriend Lisa. He is willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are taken care of but all of this responsibility comes with a price. He also has complicated relationships with both of his sons who are both struggling with their own identities. Will it be the new ‘The Fighter‘/’Warrior‘/’Ray Donovan‘?

When? Oct. 8, 2014

Who? The series stars Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez and Jonathan Tucker.

The Affair – For people who are in an open relationship with their current TV series and are looking to add a new one to their life.

What? An intense drama that explores two marriages and the affair that disrupts them. The story will be told separately from the male and female perspectives – using the distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue.

When? Oct. 12, 2014

Who? Created by Hagai Levi who also wrote ‘In Treatment‘ and starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Maura Tierney (ER).

Marry Me – For people who are afraid of commitment but are willing to commit to this new sitcom.

What? About Annie and Jake, a couple who’s been together for six years and still haven’t married… After a few marriage proposals had gone awry they decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right.

When? Oct. 14, 2014

Who? Starring Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital) and Casey Wilson (The Hotwives of Orlando) and written by David Caspe (That’s My Boy).

Mike Tyson Mysteries – For fans of Scooby-Doo and Mike Tyson.

What? In the style of Scooby-Doo the animated show will follow Mike Tyson who will take the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! He will be aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team — the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter and a pigeon who was once a man.

When? Oct. 27, 2014

Who? Mike Tyson stars alongside Norm MacDonald and Jim Rash.

Enjoy Yourselves!

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September’s Finest!

August 31st, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

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Remember remember the 1st of September! For it marks the end of blockbuster season! For it marks the beginning of the end of summer! For it marks the date of our monthly blog about the best TV shows and movies coming at you this month! 8 TV shows, 8 movies. Let’s dance – These are Septembers’ Finest!

Movies:

The Identical – For those who love periodic music dramas.

 

What? –  A captivating and sentimental story about two twins, separated at birth, who years later find their paths collide on a tragic turn of events. Can music heal all wounds?

When? 5.9

Who? Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano & musician Blake Rayne star in Dustin Marcellions’ first feature.

 

No Good Deed – For those seeking for tense home invasion thrillers.

What? –  A prisoner escapes from prison and finds shelter at the home of a former district attorney. He pretends to be the victim of a car accident.  Soon she’ll realize she’s the real victim.

When? 12.9

Who? Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson play their cat and mouse game under the hands of director Sam Miller (who directed Elba in Luther).

 

The Maze Runner – For teens who like suspenseful and stylized future  dystopias.

What? –  In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of teenagers find themselves trapped in a giant maze. Traps, deadly creatures and many other escapades follow.

When? 19.9

Who? Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Wes Ball and based on James Dashners’ novel.

 

Tusk – For those who believe Kevin Smith can do horror films.

What? –  A journalist goes to an isolated mansion in order to interview a worldwide adventurer. It’s not long before things go wrong as the adventurer captures and tortures the journalist in order to transform him into a… walrus. Spooky.

When? 19.9

Who? After the underrated “Red State”, Kevin Smith tries his luck once again in the horror genre. He takes along once more the frightening Michael Parks as well as horror films veterans Justin Long and Haely Joel Osment. On the opposite sex we have the lovely Genesis Rodriguez and Smiths’ daughter – Harley Quinn Smith.

 

This Is Where I Leave You – For those looking for bittersweet ensemble dramedies revolving around family relations.

What? –  Four siblings must live together for one week in order to fulfill their late fathers’ last request. Moving in with their oversexed mother they soon find out it’s going to be a looooooong week.

When? 19.9

Who? Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant. Directed by a man no stranger to humor, Shawn Levy, and written by Jonathan Tropper (who also wrote the book).

 

A Walk Among the Tombstones – Perfect for a Boys’ Night (who like Liam Neeson).

What? –  An unlicensed P.D. investigates a series of kidnappings of the town’s drug lords. After the murder of a drug lords’ wife, our hero must get his hands dirty and dwell into places the police can’t.

When? 19.9

Who? Liam Neeson continues to nurture his action career. First feature by writer Scott Frank.

 

The EqualizerPerfect for a Boys’ Night (who like Denzel Washington).

What? –  Based on a TV show from the 80s, The Equalizer tells the story of a former black ops commando who went underground to live a peaceful life. But sitting idle while there’s injustice in the streets is something he can’t do. While protecting a young street prostitute he gets drawn into a fight vs. the Russian mafia.

When? 26.9

Who? Another collaboration between director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington (Training Day). Along with them are Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman.

 

The Boxtrolls For Family Outing and Pre-Teens.

What? –  The Boxtrolls are a bunch of mischievous creatures. Living underground they raise an orphan boy named Eggs. Now the boxtrolls are in danger by the Villain Archibald Snatcher. It’s time for Eggs to rise above ground and save the day.

When? 26.9

Who? Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning and Isaac Hempstead Wright contribute their voices. Directed by animation veterans Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

 

TV shows:

 

HoudiniFor people who want to add some magic to their life.

What? Follows Magician Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls.

When? 1.9

Who? Academy Award winner Adrien Brody stars as Houdini.

 

 

Boardwalk Empire – For anyone who’s looking forward to see how this excellent show ends.

What? The 5th and final season of one of the best crime dramas of the decade. Will the show end with a mysterious fade to black like The Sopranos? will Nucky Thompson survive the final episode?

When? 7.9

Who? The Martin Scorsese produced show has an incredible cast that includes: Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Jeffrey Wright, Gretchen Mol, Patricia Arquette and many more.

 

Z Nation – For people who want more zombies than what AMC’s The Walking Dead has to offer.

What? 3 years after a zombie virus spread through the country, a group of courageous people must transport the only known survivor of the virus from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.

When? 12.9

Who? Harold Perrineau and Tom Everett Scott star.

 

Red Band Society – For people who enjoyed the movie The Fault in our Stars.

What? A coming-of-age dramedy about a group of friends in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Series will revolve around issues like strong friendships, first loves, humorous mishaps and heartbreaks.

When? 17.9

Who? Starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable and a young cast of fresh faces.

 

Madam Secretaryfor the ones who wanted to see a series about American politics lead by a strong female role and Scandal wasn’t it.

What? The show is about a shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

When? 21.9

Who? Tèa Leoni stars alongside Tim Daly and Zeljko Ivanek.

 

The Blacklist – For everyone who saw the 1st season and agree that James Spider is brilliant in this role.

What? The 2nd season of this compelling NBC thriller introduces us to new intriguing characters from the world of espionage who has connections to Raymond “Red” Reddington.

When? 22.9

Who? Mary-Louise Parker who’s no stranger to espionage titles or to Red (starred in both Red and Red 2) joins James Spider who plays Red.

 

Gotham – For fans of procedural crime dramas and the Batman movies.

What? An origin story of the famous Super-Villains and vigilantes from Batman’s universe, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told and focusing mainly on young Commissioner Gordon.

When? 22.9

Who? Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith star.

 

 

Black-ish– For people who’ve been waiting all their life to see Lawrence Fishburne in a sitcom.

What? A successful African American man starts to worry that his family assimilated a bit too much in the white suburban neighborhood they live in.

When? 24.9

Who? Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star alongside Lawrence Fishburne.

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August’s Finest!

July 29th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

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As we all know, Summer is the blockbuster season. The films with the biggest budget, biggest special effects and biggest marketing campaigns. This month we decided to pay more attention to the smaller budget films that might slip under you radar. Some of which only come out on limited release but you can mark them on your wish list for the future. For all you TV fans out there, check out the section below with all the whos and whats that are coming soon. So here we go, this is August’s Finest!

Movies:

Calvaryfor fans of the McDonagh brothers.

What If Perfect for date night.

FrankFor people looking for offbeat comedies.

Love is Strange – For those looking for a sincere and bittersweet drama.

The CongressFor those looking to bend their minds.

TV Shows:

Hell on Wheels – For people who still remember the show exists.

  • What? The 4th season of AMC’s western series will air almost a year after season three’s finale. It will revolve around conflicts between government, businesses and ranchers, all will try to control the railroad in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • When? 2.8
  • Who? Starring Anson Mount and Common and written by Joe and Tony Gayton who also wrote the movie Faster together.

Partners – For people who are looking for an edgy and funny courtroom comedy and don’t think that Rake fits that description.

Black Jesus – For fans of silly and irreverent humor.

  • What? Adult Swim’s new comedy that follows (black) Jesus living in modern day Compton. We don’t suppose anyone will be offended by this show… theology professors and people who enjoy a good laugh should check out this new show.
  • When? 7.8
  • Who? The series was written by Aaron McGruder who also wrote the critically acclaimed TV shows The Boondocks and the less acclaimed movie Red Tails. Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson will play Black Jesus.

The Knick – For everyone who misses House M.D.

Outlander – Starz new show aims mainly for young women, but also for everyone who loved Camelot (which was also made by Starz) and the movie The Time Travelers’ Wife.

Legends – For everyone that still didn’t give up on the opportunity of seeing Sean Bean survive an entire movie or TV series.

  • What? Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, a CIA agent with the ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.
  • When? 13.8
  • Who? Ali Larter stars alongside Sean Bean in FX’s new action thriller.

BoJack Horseman – For anyone who’s been waiting for a good talking horse role since Mister Ed ended in 1966…

Intruders– For people who are looking for a mind bending mystery that isn’t The Leftovers.

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Jinni World Cup Final

July 8th, 2014 by Ran

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We are at the finish line of Jinni’s film World Cup. During the last three weeks or so, we have seen many a film from many a nation battle it out for the honor of being crowned the greatest cinematic nation in the world. And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain… But before the final, let’s see what happened in the third place match, where Italy’s emotional  La nostra vita opposed Japan’s rough Outrage. Sorry Japan, but violence is not always the answer, and Italy claims the victory, and the title of the third best cinematic nation in the world!

And now for the final, Korea and Belgium. Let’s meet our films:

 

South Korea: Pieta (2012)

While Pieta means ‘pity’, you’d be hard pressed to find it in Ki-duk Kim’s film. The story is about a merciless debt collector who’s life changes when he meets a woman who claims to be his abandoning mother. Not believing her at first, he is persuaded by her determination and tolerance for pain and abuse… It’s a pretty bleak and disturbing affair, you know – Korean, but you cannot left unimpressed by the work of this master.

 

Belgium: Bullhead (2011)

The Belgians opt for the bleak mood as well with their entry, a crime drama about dealers of… wait for it… growth hormones. It’s a pretty topical film, and one that shows the psychological effects of (and the reasons for) abuse of this drug. It’s a gangster film with masculinity issues, and that’s how we like to see our criminals – weak and human (maybe too human).

 

So here are the finalists, now for the results: After careful deliberations, we at Jinni declare South Korea as the winner, and as the champion of Jinni’s first ever film world Cup. It was close and exciting, but to be honest, Korea’s dominance was never in peril. Belgium, you gave a hell of a fight, and there’s no shame in losing to such a strong nation. Congrats to all the participants, we’ll see you in four years for another battle of films. Adeus!

 

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Jinni World Cup 3rd Place Match

July 7th, 2014 by Ran

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Hello and welcome to Jinni’s World Cup, the ultimate film tournament that will crown the greatest cinematic nation in the world. We are edging closer to the end of this tournament, much as the soccer tournament in Brazil. The only difference – reading this doesn’t take 120 goalless minutes. the semi-finals are over. In the first semis match Korea beat Italy, while in the second, Belgium’s Dardenne brothers tried to prevent an All-Asian final from Japan’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Their efforts were not in vain, as the small and surprising Belgians advance to the Final. But today, we focus on the losers, as we present the third place match between Italy and Japan. Let’s meet our films:

 

Italy: La nostra vital (2010)

There’s no better way to console yourself after a loss than a good cry, so the Italians send to the pitch an emotional drama about a young man whose life is turned upside down when his wife dies giving birth to their third child, leaving him as a caretaker for three small children. It’s a personal drama, but also a look at the Italian society, immigrants, family and morality. Beautifully acted, and powerful without being sappy.

 

Japan: Outrage (2010)

Japan’s way of handling defeat? Violence… Takeshi Kitano directs this gangster film about a mob henchman getting stuck with a job no one else wants to do. Kitano usually abides by the motto of the late great Eli Wallach – ‘’”When you have to shoot – shoot, don’t talk”. So if you’re looking for no-nonsense rough action thrillers, Kitano is your guy..

 

That’s today’s match. Will the Yakuza beat up the grieving widower? Or will their heart melt at his sob story? Check back tomorrow for the result, and for the ultimate Final between South Korea and surprising Belgium. Which nation will be 2014’s Champion of Film? We shall soon find out…

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