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.

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Gloomy Crime Drama Showdown!! UK vs Scandinavia

March 18th, 2014 by Barak

A new gloomy crime show starring Chloe Sevigny called Those Who Kill is premiering in the U.S. It’s yet another remake of a Scandinavian series titled likewise (after The Killing, The Bridge and Wallander). Is Scandinavia stealing England‘s status as the masters of quality gloomy crime dramas? We’ll take the best 5 British ones and the 5 best Scandinavian ones and try to decide – Who’s got the best gloomy crime shows in Europe?

Those Who Kill VS. Prime Suspect

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Those Who Kill (Den som dræber) is a suspenseful edge of your seat show that has some very intense and difficult to watch scenes. It’s about a female police detective and a male legal psychiatrist who together try to track down and take down serial killers. Prime Suspect starred Helen Mirren as a tough law enforcer who has to deal with a sexist police environment along with a murder investigation. These two titles actually prove that blondes have less fun.

Winner: Prime Suspect, probably Helen Mirren’s best role ever.

The Killing VS. Broadchurch

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The Killing (Forbrydelsen) is a slow burn series that demands patience. It’s about a murder investigation that uncovers secrets, power struggles and cover ups. It’s quite unique in the sense that it focuses on the story of the victim’s family who needs to cope with the tragic event almost as much as it focuses on the police investigation.

Broadchurch is another slow burn series that uses the beautiful landscapes in which the series was shot to create a haunting atmosphere. It’s about a small town murder that shocks the community. Everyone’s a suspect among the many characters of the series.

Winner: A draw. Both shows are quite similar – the plot, the mood and the quality.

Wallander VS. Cracker

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Wallander is a grumpy and slightly depressed middle aged Swedish detective who tries to apprehend psychopathic killers. Skillful cinematography add to the chilling atmosphere of the series.

Cracker’s main character was called Fitz – an obese, chain smoking, gambling addicted alcoholic who’s also an excellent criminal psychologist. This clever and suspenseful series had an American remake that failed miserably.

Winner: Cracker. One of the best crime shows ever made.

Beck VS. Luther

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Beck is a long running Swedish detective series about the detective Martin Beck and his colleagues. Beck is not especially heroic or courageous, but what motivates him and makes him a good detective is probably a strong sense of responsibility for human beings.

Luther, played by Idris Elba, is a police detective on the edge, with a strong tendency toward vigilantism. It’s a gritty and gripping show with strong performances all around.

Winner: Luther. Especially because of Idris Elba’s charismatic performance.

The Bridge VS. The Shadow Line

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The Bridge (Bron/Broen) is a mesmerizing show, the lead female detective is one of the most fascinating/weird/funny characters ever seen on TV screens. The plot has many twists and turns and the 2 main characters are flawed in a way that makes it easy to relate to them. The show has its own atmosphere and style (right from the opening theme) that distinguishes it from any other similarly themed shows.

The Shadow Line stars three excellent actors who all give fantastic performances: Chiwetel Ejiofor as a detective suffering from memory loss, Christopher Eccleston as the nicest drug lord you ever saw and Stephen Rea as an ultra-professional hitman. It’s an amazingly stylized, tense and complex Neo Noir Crime series.

Winner: A draw between these two masterpieces.

3-0 to the British series! The queen must be happy (although if she’ll watch an episode of one of these shows she might get sad). All these shows are dark and gloomy and go hand in hand with the weather in Scandinavia and in the UK. No wonder the suicide rate is considered high in those regions. If you are a British or Scandinavian resident and you are considering to end your life you’re not thinking clearly… Aren’t you just dying to know what will happen next in all of those intriguing murder mysteries?!

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Jinni Wins the Oscars!

March 4th, 2014 by Ben

2 Weeks ago we here at Jinni published our predictions for the winners of the biggest categories of the 2014 Oscars. The predictions were based on a genetic comparison of the nominees Entertainment Genome profiles against those of the past category winners. We also put out a little teaser infographic the day before the ceremony based on our predictions from two weeks prior.

So here we go Jinni readers! This is us officially tootin’ our own horn!

 

We just did it as a fun little experiment as we were getting in the spirit of the awards here at HQ, but guess what boys and girls?  Jinni nailed it! 6/6 predictions FTW!

When taking a closer look at all the common threads that come together, some very interesting trends pop out at you and not only shine a light on who may win but also on the industry as a whole.

Of course, we didn’t develop the Entertainment Genome to predict awards, we were just out to help people discover what shows and movies suited to them they were missing out on. We do get approached from time to time by Hollywood folks inquiring about other ‘off-label’ uses.

This is all just a little fun and games to us, but it begs the question, “Can any other Discovery Engines understand movies well enough to make predictions?”

Consider the gauntlet thrown! Have at thee!

Till the next time

Jinni Team out! [Drops the mic]

 

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Emmy’s 2013 – To Troll or not to Troll + 10 Fall Season Hopefuls

September 23rd, 2013 by Barak

This is an important month for Television, not only were the Emmy winners announced yesterday, but also many new fall shows are premiering on all of the major networks. I’ll start with my take on the Emmy’s, and then I’ll pick the 10 most promising new fall shows.

The Emmy’sThe Emmy winners were announced, and I really can’t say I trust or understand the people who choose the winners…I’ll start from the bad and end with Breaking Bad:

Modern Family won the award for best comedy series again (!), don’t they know there are other good comedies around? Louie for example. Modern Family is a nice sitcom, but it’s not a modern classic that deserves to win the Emmy 4 years in a row.

Jim Parsons is another major Emmy failure in terms of picking a deserving winner, he won 3 times in the last 4 years, years in which much more deserving nominees lost, especially Louis C.KDon Cheadle and Larry David. Parsons does a good job in The Big Bang Theory, but picking him year in year out over these three is surreal.

Moving on to drama, my guess is that Jeff Daniels won just because they couldn’t decide who to give the award to from all of the really good candidates: Bryan CranstonKevin Spacey and Jon Hamm.


As for the best miniseries/TV movie, while watching Matt Damon and Michael Douglas making out might be alluring to some, Behind the Candelabra isn’t remotely as good as Top of the Lake, the moody and powerful drama from the Sundance channel.

And now for the part in which I’ll try being positive on for size:

Claire Danes might be an obvious choice for the best dramatic actress award, but the reason that makes her such an obvious choice is that she’s so good. Jeff Daniels wasn’t an obvious choice for example, he was a bizarre one.

Anna Gun definitely deserved to win in the supporting actress in a drama category for her fantastic portrayal of Skyler White in Breaking Bad, and Bobby Cannavale‘s win was a pleasant surprise, he did a great job as Gyp Rosetti, probably the wackiest character ever seen in Boardwalk Empire, a worthy candidate to the fictional psychopaths hall of fame.

Lastly, congratulations to the Emmy decision makers, you saved yourselves from a major embarrassment when you gave the award for best drama series to Breaking Bad, what took you 5 years?! After 4 consecutive wins for Mad Men they gave the award to another excellent series – Homeland, and now Breaking Bad’s moment has arrived. Breaking Bad is\was the best TV series of 2013. While Breaking Bad finally got what was coming to it, a few modern classics never won the Emmy award for best dramatic series – Deadwood,HouseDexter (when it was still good, now it’s too late for that). I hope the same injustice won’t be made with 2 other great shows: Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.

Moving on to the new fall TV shows, there are many new promising TV series coming your way! Actually, there are so many new fall TV shows coming up, that I had a very hard time picking the 10 that I think are going to be the very best. Did I make the right choices? Only time will tell…Show some character and make sure you don’t miss out on anything worth watching! Here are my picks for the 10 most promising new TV shows:

10. Trophy Wife (Premieres 24.9 on CBS)


The who
: This series prides itself with an impressive cast that includes Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden.

The what: A sitcom about a party girl who quite suddenly marries an older guy and finds herself dealing with his 2 overbearing ex-spouses and their mischievous children.

The what it’s like: The new Modern Family?

9. Ironside (Premieres 2.10 on NBC)


The who
: Starring Blair Underwood (In Treatment) as detective Ironside.

The what: Based on a show titled likewise that ran from 1967-1975 and deals with a tough wheelchair bound detective who with the help of his team solves the most difficult cases in New York city.

The what it’s like: Hopefully it will be better than other remakes of classic detective shows like Kojak, Dragnet and Prime Suspect.

8. Dracula (Premieres 25.10 on NBC)


The who
: Daniel Knauf, creator of the HBO series Carnivale, will be the show’s head writer, and Dracula will be played by The Tudor‘s Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The what: A stylish looking series that tells the story of Dracula who comes to London under a false identity in order to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.

The what it’s like: The Count of Monte Cristo with sharper teeth.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Premieres 17.9 on Fox)


The who
: The show’s impressive cast includes Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews and Fred Armisen.

The what: A sitcom about an immature NYPD detective and his new strict boss.

The what it’s like: Something between Reno 911! and Starsky & Hutch.

6. Masters of Sex (Premieres 29.9 on Showtime)


The who
: Created by Michelle Ashford (writer in both The Pacific and John Adams), and starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.

The what: A drama about 2 groundbreaking researchers who examined human sexuality.

The what it’s like: Kinsey with more sex and nudity.

5. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Premieres 24.9 on ABC)


The who
: Created by Joss Whedon (Buffy, The Avengers) and starring a relatively unknown cast of actors, headed by Clark Gregg.

The what: An action sci-fi series about a select team of law enforcement agents who investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

The what it’s likeThe Avengers without the huge stars and the even bigger budget.

4. Hostages (Premieres 23.9 on CBS)


The who
: Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, and Rotem Shamir created an Israeli series that was never produced, Hostages is based on that series. It stars Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan.

The what: A thriller about a surgeon who gets reluctantly involved in a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI Agent.

The what it’s like: Wants to be Homeland, might be more like Harrison Ford‘s 2006 movie Firewall.

3. Hello Ladies (Premieres 29.9 on HBO)


The who
: The series was created by the lesser known member of the comedy writing team that includes Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant…Stephen Merchant. Another comedy writing duo helped create the series – Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg who also co-wrote many episodes of the American version of The Office. Merchant is also the star of the show.

The what: A socially awkward Englishman comes to Los Angeles in order to find the woman of his dreams.

The what it’s like: The Mindy Project meets How I Met Your Mother with a touch of The Office?

2. Almost Human (Premieres 4.11 on Fox)


The who
: Executive produced by the TV god J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), and stars Karl Urban (Dredd) and Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell).

The what: A futuristic action sci-fi series about a police department in which human detectives are paired with life-like androids.

The what it’s like: I, Robot and Dredd.

1. Peaky Blinders (Premiered 12.9 on BBC Two)


The who
: Created by Steven Knight (also wrote Eastern Promises) and stars Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill.

The what: A gangster saga that takes place around 1919 and deals with an Irish gang and the tough law enforcer out to get them. It’s stylized, tense and atmospheric and if you’re into crime dramas you must see it.

The what it’s like: Boardwalk Empire, The Black Donnellys.

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The Paradox of Choice – Explained and Resolved!

August 26th, 2013 by Ran

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OK, so on August 28th the Venice film festival begins and it runs through September 7th. Two days before it ends begins the Toronto film festival. Soooo many films, sooo little time. How can you choose what to see? Most people believe that the more choice we have the better and we all celebrate the abundance of choice as one of the greatest things in modern society, but facts and research suggest otherwise. Hear me out, let’s say you have two options. Usually you’ll have no problem making a choice, because the difference between them will be clear and you have less parameters to deal with when choosing. Now, let’s say you have five things to choose from. Now the differences between the options become less obvious, numerous parameters come into play and you might get confused. Your chance of being satisfied with your choice diminishes AND you are more likely to experience cognitive dissonance. Yeah psycholobabble!

So when looking at the selection those two fine festivals have to offer, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed. But fear not, let the (self proclaimed) expert do the first sorting job for you. After that, you’ll have a much easier time deciding what to watch. So here are five films from Venice and five from Toronto that are definitely worth checking out (there are, of course, many more).

Venice:

1. Gravity (2013)

Alfonso Cuarón comes back with his first feature film since Children of Men. And we missed him… George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in this sci-fi flick about being stuck in space, and it looks both intense and awesome.

2. The Zero Theorem (2013)

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Another anticipated sci-fi film, directed by Terry Gilliam, starring  Crhistoph Waltz, Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton, and dealing with the secret of human existence. I haven’t been this excited about a math-themed title since Pi.

3. Child of God (2013)

James Franco helms this surely bleak to be adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel about Lester Ballard – a misfit, a psychopath, a killer. This is McCarthy’s six novel to be adapted to the screen, and considering that No Country for Old Men and The Road are among them, it sounds promising.

4. Tom à la ferme (2013)

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A tense Canadian drama-thriller about the twisted relationship of a man and his deceased lover’s family, who weren’t aware of his sexual orientation. This is Xavier Dolan’s fifth film, a promising young director who seems to have a unique cinematic voice.

5. The Unknown Known (2013)

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It’s fitting that the first documentary to be in the Venice competition comes from master documentarian Errol Morris. Controversial and maligned former American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld talks about his career, which ‘culminated’ in the 2003 Iraq invasion. This promises to be explosive.

Toronto:

1. The Fifth Estate (2013)

Another controversial and maligned figure, but from the other side of the tracks, is the subject of this Biopic. Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), founder of Wikileaks changed journalism forever, and this is his story. Even though director Bill Condon’s filmography is uneven, with the excellent Gods and Monsters alongside two Twilight Films and some mediocre TV movies, I’m hoping for the best.

2. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2013)

The life and career of legendary documentary filmmaker Marcel Ophüls. Being the son of legendary director Max Ophüls, being German during WWII and moving from Germany to France and then Hollywood, his story is surely to be fascinating, to film buffs at least.

3. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

John Krokidas first feature film is about the poets of The Beat Generation. Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall headline an excellent cast that already made some waves in this year’s Sundance festival.

4. Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Another film that comes to Toronto via another film festival, this one won the Jury prize in Cannes. Hirokazu Koreeda, who gave us the excellent Still Walking and Nobody Knows, comes back with another film concerning family relations. It’s about a man who learns one day that his son is not his biological son. Few directors can achieve the poignancy of Koreeda.

5. Enough Said (2013)

This year the film community lost one very memorable and important member – James Gandolfini. He rose to fame pretty late in life, but had such a strong impact on fans and colleagues alike that his sudden death left a big hole in our hearts. Here is a chance to see him in an indie sort-of-romantic comedy alongside Toni Collette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener – Enough said.

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