Stars’ Split Personality

April 22nd, 2014 by Uri

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This month saw the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, yet  another would-be based on comics blockbuster, with Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson going on a heroic mission once again. However, this isn’t the only film starring Scarlett Johansson to open recently, since she appears in a smaller scale surreal sci-fi as well .

We’ve decided to check her’s and other stars’ split personalities, acting in Hollywood toned films one minute and in offbeat indies the next and see which personality we like better .

Scarlett JohanssonCaptain America: The First Avenger vs. Under The Skin

Alternating between being a tight clothed action heroine and starring as a evil alien femme fatale, we tend to prefer roles with some original qualities, no offense to Marvel Studios and their never-ending stream of superheroes.

Chris EvansCaptain America: The Winter Soldier vs. Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer finds Chris Evans in a situation his Captain America tries oh-so-very hard to prevent, stuck in the middle of a post apocalyptic future dystopia, fighting for survival. Which Evans do we prefer? Well, while we really liked Snowpiercer it could be a bit too bleak at times, so we’ll go with super-soldier Evans, even if he’s borderline harassed by Hayley Atwell.

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Brad PittWorld War Z vs. Killing Them Softly

The matchup between yet another zombie apocalypse  and a critically acclaimed, award winning, cynical gangsters story should be pretty one-sided, but since World War Z was surprisingly above par and Killing Them Softly had few brilliant scenes in an overall overhyped film, will call it a draw.

Rachel McAdamsAbout Time vs. A Most Wanted Man

She is possibly the actress  with the most glaring differences in her filmography, as Rachel McAdams usually plays in emotional love and romance stories, but she does occasionally dabble in more suspenseful affairs. So, while the espionage angle of A Most Wanted Man does  look promising, we still like her better falling in love with time travelers.

Michael FassbenderX-Men: First Class vs. Shame

Returning to the superheroic territory, this time with master villain in training Michael Fassbender, who is admittedly great at having superhuman powers, but his roles delving into human nature offer a much more rewarding viewing.

 

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Has network television told us all the stories they have to offer?

April 16th, 2014 by Barak

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Every season the big networks keep coming up with plenty of new shows. It got us thinking – are we really getting something fresh and new every time or is it the same recycled shows in a slightly different look? That led us to think, are there any differences between the shows of the 10 big networks? Are there any unique themes or moods to each network? Read below for some genome based TV insights:

Fox – Suspenseful Mysteries about Trying to Uncover Truth, Funny Pop Culture References

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During the 90′s we heard the phrase “The truth is out there” in Fox’s hit TV series The X-Files. Since then the network has been trying to uncover the truth in many other shows…They make up an intriguing mystery – sometimes extraterrestrials can be involved, time travel also does the trick, it can also involve more realistic mysteries like murders and trying to figure out who committed them…and then they partner together an attractive female alongside an attractive male and let the show begin! Here’s the proof: Sleepy Hollow, Bones, Lie to Me, Fringe, The X-Files, Alcatraz, Past Life, and also Dollhouse can be used as partial evidence.

Fox’s other specialty is funny, witty comedies filled with pop culture references, the mother and father of those shows is Fox’s flag series “The Simpsons“, the rest followed: Family Guy, American Dad, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, The Critic and the cult classic Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.

HBO – Sex, Witty, Cynical Dialogue, and Violence

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Don’t let your children watch a lot of HBO, this is a network that many of its shows revolve around sex: Sex and the City, Hung, True Blood, Girls, Looking, Six Feet Under, Tell Me You Love Me, The Mind of a Married Men and Dream On – some are dramas, some comedy-dramas and one is even from the horror genre, but they all revolve around sexual relations.

Another brand of shows HBO tends to make a lot of is cynical comedies that has plenty of witty dialogues: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Bored to Death, Life’s Too Short, The Ricky Gervais Show, Veep, Hello Ladies and Arliss.

The 3rd HBO style of shows is captivating, violent and stylized crime shows like The Sopranos, True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Oz, Deadwood, The Wire and Luck.


ABC – Soapy Plot-lines and a Strong Female Presence

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ABC might be the American Broadcasting Company but a more suiting definition can be “American Babes Channel”. ABC is the most female oriented network between all of the big ones. A typical ABC show concerns an ensemble cast of strong and good looking women, and revolves around soapy plot lines like love and romance, schemes, secrets, dishonesty and couple relations. Here are the shows that helped me make my case: Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, Revenge, Scandal, Private Practice, The Practice, Mistresses and Army Wives.

FX – Irreverent Humor and Tense Crimes

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Animated and live action comedies alike, FX likes its comedies offbeat, irreverent and dark, as the following list proves: Louie, Archer, Starved, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Legit, The League, Chozen and Wilfred.

FX is a network that doesn’t hide the fact that its shows are directed at boys/men, so it’s no surprise that another dominant type of shows this network produces is tense and suspenseful crime dramas about right and wrong and dishonesty: Justified, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, Lights Out, The Bridge and Damages (to the defense of the network we’ll say that the last two shows we mentioned both put in the center a very strong leading female character…so it’s not like they totally ignore women).

AMC – Atmospheric and Psychological Morality Tales

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AMC is a young network, but it’s already a very famous one, a network that everyone associates with quality. AMC’s shows are atmospheric, tense, suspenseful and psychological and revolve around themes of partners, dishonesty and morality. The top AMC shows that fit the description are: Breaking Bad, Low Winter Sun, Rubicon, Mad Men, The Killing and also Hell on Wheels in a way.

Starz – Stylized, Violent and Sexual, Full of Political Intrigues and Power Struggles

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Starz probably learnt from another cable network – HBO, that sex and violence are key ingredients in TV shows. Most of the shows Starz produce have strong sexual content and scenes of graphic violence. But – it’s all very good looking, the violence is stylized, and well…the people who are having sex aren’t exactly ugly as well.

Periodic reconstructions, political unrest, intrigues and rivalries are also dominant in this network as you can see in: Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Camelot, Black Sails, Boss, The White Queen, Pillars of the Earth, Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons.

NBC – Suspenseful Mysterious Characters, Funny Workplace Situations

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NBC wants you to keep watching its shows. So, it puts a mysterious character at the center and expects you, the viewer, to keep watching because you’re just dying to know who this puzzling dude is. This type of shows are suspenseful, exciting and/or tense and usually puts some its characters in peril. Here are some of NBC’s cryptic protagonists: HannibalThe Blacklist, Dracula, Persons Unknown, The Event, Revolution, Crisis and Grimm.

Another type of shows NBC likes to do is funny sitcoms about workplace situations and boss and employee relations: 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Michael J. Fox Show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Just Shoot Me, Scrubs, Sean Saves the World and the classic Cheers.

 Showtime – Clever Dark Humor, Lessons about the Human Nature

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A typical Showtime show is clever and dark humored and deals with themes of human nature, mind and soul and family relations. Drug and alcohol abuse, sex and workplace situations are also popular themes in this cable network. The top shows that demonstrate these stats are: Dexter, The Borgias, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Dead Like Me, Ray Donovan, House of Lies, Homeland and Masters of Sex.

BBC – Stylized and Clever Twists and Turns, Danger and Crimes

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BBC offers suspenseful, clever and stylized shows with some of the familiar British dry humor. The story being told usually involves crimes and danger with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. The shows often take place in London (and the fact that the BBC headquarters are also in London doesn’t mean they’re being lazy and just go outside and film a bloody TV series instead of looking for a more distant and exquisite setting…I hope). Here are some of the BBC’s clever crime shows: Sherlock, Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Quirke, Luther, Jekyll, Inside Men, Hidden, Life on Mars, Peaky Blinders and The Shadow Line.

CBS – Sitcoms Filled With Eccentric Characters, Suspenseful Law Enforcement

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CBS keeps it pretty simple – many of its shows are sitcoms filled with gags, revolving around couple relations, family relations and friendship, to spice things up and make everything more interesting the characters at the center of those sitcoms are pretty eccentric ones, as shown in: The Big Bang Theory, Two Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, The Crazy Ones, Mike and Molly, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond and $h*! My Dad Says.

The other type of shows CBS focuses on is what is known as procedural crime dramas: suspenseful shows about law enforcement and how crimes are solved. In these shows we usually see two partners who are police detectives’ team up to solve murder cases, like in: Hawaii Five-0, Elementary, Blue Bloods, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, NCIS, Person of Interest, Without a Trace, Num3ers and Cold Case.

So, there you have it – this is what the networks have to offer. How different each network is from one another and is every real network reallyformulaic in a sense…We’ll let you decide.

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Exclusive! First look at the most intriguing title in 2015!

April 1st, 2014 by Asaf & May

 

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Our specialty here at jinni is to recommend movies and TV Shows for each user based on his/her personal taste. But this week our man in Hollywood got word on some of the most intriguing productions set to hit the screens next year. Some seem like exciting blockbusters, others like critically acclaimed dramas but all will be talked about for sure. So here’s the top 10 most anticipated titles in 2015!

Transformers V – The Age Of Rust

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In the 5th installment of the successful film series the Autobots and their evil enemies, the Decepticons, have a mutual enemy – rain drops. Seems after a few years on earth their iron bodies begin to rust and they must find shelter from the rain. And so they begin living together in an abandoned underground parking garage in Jersey. That’s where they get to know one another, to bond, to develop feelings for one another and even to have a love triangle with a new transformer named Cone who’s specialty is transforming into an ice cream stand. Seems like a sentimental date-night film.

The Fifth Elephant

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The name kind of says it all doesn’t it? in the not so distant future there are 5 elephants living in New York. Conrad is our hero. Conrad is always the fifth wheel, he’s got 4 elephant friends and while they’re dating each other, Conrad is left lonely. In order to find meaning in his life Conrad decides to be a cabbie. You’d think in the future elephants would be able to drive cabs wouldn’t you? it turns out they can’t. So, out of desperation, Conrad finds the solution in the bottom of the bottle. Can Conrad find hope? can he find the 6th elephant? we’ll have to wait and see. Sam Mendes is set to direct, Bruce Willis will get into a giant elephant suit.

Driving Miss Daisy

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The original Driving Miss Daisy is a modern classic, an award winning emotional drama. The only problem with it is that it addresses mostly mature audience. Now the studios found a way to attract kids and teens with the partly animated remake. Morgan Freeman will reprise his role as Hoke Collburn, an aging servant for his spoiled master miss daisy. And through their social and color differences they develop the friendship of a lifetime. Stephan Frears set to direct with supporting actors such as Donald Duck, and Mr. Goofey as hopeless gambling addict who gets run over by Hoke in a hit and run accident.

12 Angry Women

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12 Angry Women is a new reality show based on the Sidney Lumet Classic Drama. The show would focus on dozen angry women each episode. They’ll be confined in a closed room for a day while there’s a sale going on at a luxurious shopping mall nearby. Rage and anger ahead. The show is already considered controversial  for containing harsh profanity and strong violent scenes. Seems like a disturbing reality show with strong female presence revolving human nature and it’s most basic impulse – Shopping.

Children Of Ben

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We all know those Eddie Murphy’s comedies where he plays about 42 different roles. Now it seems those comedies had one unpredictable fan, Ben Kingly. These days Ben is writing, producing and directing an ensemble comedy where he plays four siblings who are the children of Ben, himself. Ben plays as Ben Juniors, four brothers going on a vacation where they discover Ben got another woman pregnant. Jealous of the new born infant, the four Bens decide to assassinate their step-brother in what surely will deliver a crazy comedy of errors.

The Hobbit: Bilbo Eats a Banana

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Not many people know this but in the original novel, there was a paragraph describing Bilbo finding a banana and eating it. It’s an emotional part. Now The studios have rewritten this paragraph to fit into an adventurous trilogy. Each title would include Bilbo eating a different part of the banana. The first part of the trilogy includes mostly the peeling part, in 3D.

Wizard Of Oz

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Based on the TV hit series, The wizard of Oz would take the 4 main characters from Oz and put them on the magical yellow brick road. As ex-convicts the group still have their habits of beating each other, trying to kill one another and torturing each other. A typical day in the slammer, only this time they’ll sing and dance while doing so. A violent musical journey to the wizard as never seen before. Brad Pitt set to take the role of Toto the deceiving dog.

Breaking Baaaaaaaad

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Breaking Bad was one of the most critically acclaimed shows of recent years so it’s not surprising AMC is working on 2 spin-offs. One is “Better Call Saul” already in the making and the other is Braking Baaaaaaaad. The show would follow two sheeps, Barney and Greg, Both rebels fed up with their life with flock. They’re ambitious and want to follow their dream, to live in luxurious estates, to drink champagne and basically doing everything Leonardo DiCaprio did in “The Wolf Of Wall Street”. So how do Barney and Greg become wolves? They decide to become drug dealers by hiding the drugs in their fur. After all, who would suspect a sheep? An epic crime drama that’s sure to attract audience worldwide.

Wild Strawberries 2: Wilder Strawberries

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The original film from the 50s followed an aging professor on a contemplative journey, reflecting upon his empty life. The sequel, set to be partly B&W, would feature another aging professor only this time there’s a seductive, hot and sexy woman in the corner of the screen. So whenever the Professor talks too much the audience (mainly males) can reflect upon the wild strawberries.

Goatzilla

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Interracial relationships is still a controversial issue in several parts of the world. This new melodrama promises to handle the subject in an original way. Ben and Jennifer are a couple who just started dating. For years Ben (a Godzilla) admired Jennifer (a goat) from a far – in the local Bar, in her workplace as a responsible secretary. When he finally got the courage to hit on her he was sure Jennifer would decline but Jennifer said yes and slowly they built a relationship based on love and loyalty. But when Society doesn’t accept their relationship, that’s when trouble begin. They suffer from racial slur, from humiliation by the people they used to call friends. After Jennifer decides she can’t live as a social misfit and breaks up with Ben, the two make love for the last time which creates Goatzilla – Part Godzilla, Part Goat, but fully raged. Goatzilla, that bastard, goes on a violence spree against the people who made his parents breakup and drove them to insanity. An atmospheric thought provoking film that’s sure to roar in the award season of 2015.

© All rights reserved to Jinni. Though good luck to the producer who’ll try to get funding to any of these titles.  Happy April fool’s day!

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Noah and other biblical tales

March 28th, 2014 by May

This weekend sees the release of Noah, Darren Aronofsky‘s new film about the biblical character. It is a part of the recent years’ growing fascination with stories from the bible and new testament. Here are some interesting past and upcoming based-on-bible tales.

The Ten Commandments (1956)
one of the classiest bible adaptations, this film starring Charlton Heston as Moses won an Oscar for special effects and contains many iconic scenes that are parodied and referenced up until today.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRGhOcnmChI

The Bible (2013)
This 10 hour mini series had great aspirations: to cover most major bible stories from genesis to the life of Christ. The show’s success spawned an upcoming movie (down this list) and a series sequel called A.D.: Beyond the Bible.

The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Passover is just around the corner, a perfect time to watch this animated musical about the life of mosses. it is a good way to familiarize your children with the story, if they find the written source too challenging.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
An epic portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ, this film is a product of years of research and an exceptionally large and acclaimed cast. With 5 Oscar nominations and an initial runtime of 4:20 hours this certainly is one of the most ambitious film to handle the subject.

Son of God (2014)
Re-edited from deleted scenes of the mini series The Bible along with new materials, Son of God continues The Bible’s tones and epic style while more thoroughly depicting Jesus’ story.

Kings (2009)
This unique drama is a on a modern day alternate reality and is based on the story of the biblical King David. David is an idealistic young soldier who finds himself in the unfamiliar world of court intrigue encountering king Saul and crown prince Jonathan (both under different names).

The Passion of the Christ (2004)
An extremely controversial film, this Mel Gibson portrayal of Jesus’ last hours was accused on anti-Semitism, excessive violence, biblical inaccuracies and several other matters.  Despite all of that it makes an intense (but not easy) watch.

Exodus (2014)
Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul… those are just some of the big names participating in Ridley Scott‘s epic tale of the Exodus. Due for release on December 2014, this might be the film to take Scott back to Gladiator‘s fame.
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
The acclaimed mini series by Franco Zeffirelli is perhaps the most complex and layered in terms of characters. Judas Iscariot is not portrayed as evil but rather as a well-intentioned man who follows the wrong crowd.

Noah (2014)
If you have reached this far, you have probably noticed that the two most adapted biblical stories are those of Moses and Jesus. So it is very refreshing to see an adaptation to a different story – the story of the flood. Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring an amazing all star cast including Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Frank Langella and Emma Watson this is one of the season’s most intriguing films.

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March – The Director’s Month?

March 24th, 2014 by Uri

Apparently, if you are determined to be a film director, then March is the best month to be born in, based on the quantity and diversity of talented filmmakers born this month;

Here is our partial rundown, by date of birth.

Ron Howard (March 1, 1954)

Sure, some of the older folks still think about Richie Cunningham (or Opie Taylor, if you’re even older…) when they hear Ron Howard’s name, but in the last couple decades, he is quite the synonym for Hollywood Toned productions, and we, here at Jinni, feel that his latest effort, Rush, was short changed for Oscar Nominations this year.

Zack Snyder (March 1, 1966)

Most astrologists characterize Pisces men as introverted, shy or reticent, however, checking Zack Snyder’s filmography can prove this astrologists painfully wrong, as his films are usually pretty exciting, with little to no pause for nuances or subtlety.

Rob Reiner  (March 6, 1947)

Someone more in sync with his astrological sign is Rob Reiner, which many of his film, as expected from a member of a deeply romantic sign, are a perfect pick for a date night.

Gore Verbinski (March 16, 1964)

He might not have the richest or more diverse body of work, but Gore Verbinski certainly have a penchant for money making, since most of his recent films were blockbusters, the recent relative fiasco called The Lone Ranger notwithstanding.

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Spike Lee (March 20, 1957)

In his latest fiction films (such as the abysmal Old Boy remake) Spike Lee may have drifted away from his roots as a creator of thought provoking pieces, but luckily, he is still responsible for some excellent documentaries.

Quentin Tarantino (March 27, 1963) 

Starting your career with gory heist film probably means you won’t be making anything suitable for family outing in the foreseeable future. Staying on his path, there is no wonder that Quentin Tarantino’s films are causing more and more controversy.

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Michael Haneke (March 23, 1942)

If you’re fed up with Hollywood tone blockbusters and you’re looking for a cinematic experience that will let you look into the darkest sides of human nature, you’ll find the output of today’s bleakest filmmaker perfect for you.

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Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910)

Undoubtedly one of the greatest directors in history, and the man responsible not only for popularizing samurai films, but also inadvertently helping create the spaghetti western, Kurosawa has created some of the most memorable epics of world cinema.

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