Love Around The World

February 13th, 2014 by Asaf & May

“All you need is love”. Almost 50 years after that coin phrase came to life, we now know we also need money, career, car(s), smartphone, Ipad (preferably with the Jinni App) and a vacation twice a year. But still, love is an important ingredient of our lives so for Valentine’s day (guys, don’t forget) here’s a list of 10 romantic titles about love as it’s represented all around the world. Some are suggestions to watch on a date night, some are suggestions that might help you understand your partner better, and some will just make you feel good, as love should. We’ll begin our worldwide journey in the most romantic place on earth, Paris.

Amelie (2001)

Correction: the most romantic place on earth is the mind of a romantic French woman. Amelie is a daydreamer with a very active imagination. She sees the world through very offbeat and sentimental glasses. When destiny summons Amelie with new love, a modern fairytale unfolds. If you’re looking for a feel good film this valentine that’s perfect for a date night, pay a visit to Amelie’s mind. And as long as we’re in Paris, let’s meet…

Chico & Rita (2010)

Chico & Rita met in Cuba. He was a young musician; she was a beautiful young singer. But as they fell in love, they faced many obstacles. So we’re introduced to a bittersweet-up-and-down-relationship across several countries through the 40′s and 50′s. With an Oscar nomination for best animation film and a great Latin-jazz soundtrack, Chico & Rita is a love story you’d love to look & listen to.

We’ll stay in Latin America for now and take a road trip.

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

Before Alfonso Cuaron went to space in “Gravity” he traveled the roads of Mexico. In “Y Tu Mama Tambien” he follows two teenage best friends, Tenoch and Julio, and a hot sexy woman – Luisa, that joins them for a ride to find a legendary beach. Although there’s a significant age difference between them, the two guys bond with the older woman immediately and a sexy-touching love triangle forms, filled with humorous moments and a voice over voice you’ll never forget… But, as we all know, a relationship involving “just” two people is usually complicated so imagine what it’s like for three people.. maybe Tenoch, Julio and Luisa should sign up for…

Love Lockup (2010)

We’ll travel from the great outdoors of Mexico to the tiny indoors of India. In India they have a wonderful system to deal with couples crumbling relationships, they just lock ‘em up for 8 days and throw away the key. Oh and of course they’re taping the whole thing. At least that’s what they do in this reality show. The show follows several couples facing difficulties, doubts and hesitations. The couple gets isolated from the world, confined in a villa, and deal with their problems till the bitter/sweet end. A sincere battle of the sexes that shows love and it’s side effects are the same wherever you are…

…And whenever you are…

2046 (2004)

2046 is a semi fantastic mind bending drama from Honk-Kong which takes place in several time periods and shows the influence love can have on our lives. A story about the road not taken and the past which haunts a romantic soul. Award winner atmospheric experience that’s sure to make you ponder about the future and think about the past and as long as we’re dealing with the past…

Gran Hotel (2011 – )

If you want to see different type of love, from another time and another place, here’s another suggestion: A periodic stylized drama from Spain with all the necessary plot elements to make a good TV show – Love affair, dishonesty, power relations, intrigues and one big hotel where it all happens. The show was referred as the Spanish version of “Downton Abby“, and won viewers and critics affection alike so if you want to see what young lovers in 1900 Spain did in order to fulfill their love, give this show a shot.

Now our love compass takes us to Turkey -

Leyla ile Mencun (2011 – )

A hit TV series in it’s homeland, this comedy series follows the love story of a young couple which was destined to be together. Though social differences come between them, Leyla and Mencun know something bigger is drawing them closer (though their parents draw them apart). Love doesn’t make sense so why should it makes sense on TV? a surreal offbeat and humorous look at true love that overcomes the biggest (and funniest) obstacles.

And if we’re talking about obstacles, imagine what gay Israeli guy and gay Palestinian guy have to go through…

The Bubble (2006)

Till new times arrive, this tragic love story from Israel is the definition of forbidden love. Two guys with very distinctive social differences meet by chance and as sparks start sparkling, they realize the political unrest surrounding them is too dominant. Optimism combined with tragedy, friendship destroyed by terrorism, a movie that shows the Israel-Palestine conflict from a different perspective. And if there’s one thing we know from the conflict is that humans are complicated, so let’s see what animals do.

March of the Penguins (2005)

What’s more romantic then love against the odds? Such is the (unbelievable) story of the penguins in the most deserted area in Antarctica. A dangerous journey those magnificent creatures must go through each year, facing countless dangers and the full wrath of the forces of nature, they must find their way to safe ground where they’ll divide into couples and mate. Love in it’s most pure (and uplifting) form. A surprising blockbuster that made viewers relate to, and admire, it’s heroes as if they were human.

And as long as we’re dealing with love in it’s purest form, what’s more pure then children’s first love?

Flipped (2010)

Sometime pearls slip by unnoticed. Such is Flipped – a wonderful coming of age dramedy from Rob Reiner, a man that has his way with young heroes (Stand By Me). Based on an equally fantastic book, the film describes teenage love in any town USA from the perspective of it’s two heroes. A humorous and clever way that shows us how men and women think differently from the very beginning… But in the end, it’s these differences that maintain the invisible glue connecting us all.

We started with a qoute from The Beatles and we’ll finish with a song from their unofficial successors – Oasis – Let There be Love. Happy Valentine!!

 

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The XLVIII Entertainment Super Bowl

January 28th, 2014 by Uri

With The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks clashing for the most prestigious award in American sports, we, here at Jinni, thought we should try and recreate our last year success in predicting the winner, based on the teams hometowns entertainment record (Since apparently Denver isn’t as popular as Seattle when it comes to films and TV shows, we’ve recruited the entire state of Colorado for support).

Of course, Richard Sherman’s Rocky III tribute also pushed us in this direction

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Seattle opens with the Hollywood toned unlikely couple story, pairing Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, Denver counters with the Darkly humored indie of Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.

Denver wins, with the unappreciated 90s gangsters gem, which also gave the world this useful quote:

Score: Denver 1 Seattle 0

Medical Care

Both cities are home to TV shows about doctors and patients with strong female presence, but while Seattle’s  Grey’s Anatomy is an award winning, critically acclaimed hit TV series, Denver’s Emily Owens, M.D. was unlucky as its lovelorn protagonist and got cancelled after one season.

Seattle equalizes, and upsets Mamie Gummer even more

Score: Denver 1 Seattle 1

Being Real

While Colorado’s recent legislation change made medical marijuana and with it American Weed more topical than ever, we still liked Wheedle’s Groove, a story about Seattle’s soul music scene rise and fall, better.

Seattle takes the lead

Score: Denver 1 Seattle 2

Civil Guard

2012 saw the release of the long delayed, Washington state set Red Dawn, a remake of the the controversial cult 80s film which was poorly received. Even Thor himself (AKA Chris Hemsworth) couldn’t help it, because really, how can you compete with Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen fighting communism?

Denver scores and takes us to overtime

Score: Denver 2 Seattle 2

Overtime: Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar?

This is the closest match yet, pitting two great witty, ensemble cast sitcoms against each other. Frasier is still very funny, but centering on a radio show makes it look a bit archaic, certainly compared to the  pop culture references riddled Community.

Denver wins 3-2, and, for the record, we would pay top Dollar to see Abed as Batman instead of Ben Affleck

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The Best of 2013

December 30th, 2013 by Barak

During 2013, we at Jinni tried our best at doing the most important thing there is to do – watching movies and TV shows; as much as possible. So after we did such a good job and completed all of our viewing assignments (well, not really, it’s an ongoing assignment that only ends when you die) all that’s left to do is choose the best titles of the passing year (with the help of our entertainment genome, because we can’t really do anything without it).

here are our best titles of 2013:

Moving unfulfilled loveMud

Mud is a touching and heartwarming drama about love, or unrequited love to be more precise. It’s a bit slow paced, but never boring. I consider it to be the best movie of the year.

Gory fist fighting: Banshee

Banshee offers some of the best fight scenes ever seen on TV. The fight scenes are extremely violent, sometimes gory, maybe a bit over the top and they are the reason Banshee is one of the coolest, and most fun shows on TV.

Aging Tough heroes in prison: Escape Plan

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to escape from prison together and trying to survive in the mean time. I can’t ask much more from a movie. These two aren’t too old for this s**t yet. They each still have a few more good action movies in them.

Captivating talk showTalking Bad

Breaking Bad – one of the best shows of the 2000′s deserved such an admiring talk show. They discussed and analyzed each one of the last 8 episodes of the series with the help of the show’s writers and actors. It helped better understand the series and helped to properly say goodbye.

Bittersweet middle aged romance: Enough Said

The wonderful performance by James Gandolfini here just emphasizes how tragic his death was. Thinking on all the great film roles we could’ve gotten from him in the future adds a lot of bitterness to this sweet movie.

Confined, strong female presenceOrange is the New Black

Another hit series from Netflix offers a compelling ensemble cast of characters, dark and cynical humor, touching moments. It is a well done mix of humor and drama; HBO is already feeling Netflix breathing down its neck.

Sentimental coming of age: The Way, Way Back

Sam Rockwell gives one of the best performances of his career in what I believe to be one of the best coming of age movies ever made. It offers a near perfect combination of comedy and drama with a lot of heart.

Offbeat docu/mocku/reality:  Nathan for You

The funniest TV show of 2013. It’s hilarious, brilliant and offbeat, and offers a combination of silly, dry and irreverent humor. It’s sort of a parody on business marketing TV shows, but you really need to watch it to know what it’s all about. The show’s creator – Nathan Fielder, is a comic genius.

Feel good time travel: About Time

About Time is a very funny, charming, romantic and life affirming movie. If this movie won’t make you feel good I don’t know what will…Maybe sugar, lots of chocolates and ice cream.

Atmospheric and tense, orchestral scoreThe Fall

The Fall is one of the best crime series to come out of Britain in recent years. The acting here is top notch, as is the writing and the camera work, but the real secret weapon of the series is its haunting score.

Irreverent love and romance: I Give It a Year

This is a movie that asks you to forget everything you know about romantic comedies. It hilariously reinvents the genre. It was written and directed by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s writing partner in both Ali G and Borat, so it’s no wonder it’s so good.

Gloomy crimes and family relations: Ray Donovan

Sophisticated, rough and heart breaking crime drama with top notch performances all around. I think it deserves a place alongside TV’s A-list crime dramas like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.

Silly humored all-star cast: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The 1st Anchorman movie was the funniest movie ever made as far as I’m concerned, a masterpiece of silly and absurd humor. Anchorman 2 lives up to its predecessor. Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Harrison FordSacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and John C. Reilly joined the already impressive cast from the 1st movie for this non-stop laughs sequel.

Suspenseful espionage: The Americans

Fans of Homeland who found themselves harshly disappointed from the season finale can find comfort with another superb espionage thriller – The Americans. All they have to do is replace Carrie with Kerri (Carrie Mathison with Keri Russell).

Futuristic young heroes: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games is a rarity – a clever and thought provoking movie…for teens. Not many of those around. Good thing there’s another movie in the series coming out next year.

Stylized criminal heroes: Peaky Blinders

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 an extremely good looking show and I think it’s Britain’s answer to Boardwalk Empire, and a good one at that.

Exciting ego clashRush

A well-made sports drama (if you’re not sure what well-made means watch this movie). Exciting race scenes and powerful performances by the two leads make Rush a rush.

Clever master criminal: The Blacklist

Mind games, manipulations, intrigue and unexpected plot twists, seasoned with a great performance by James Spader makes The Blacklist into a clever treat-ller (a thriller which is a treat to watch). To me, it’s like a combination between Person of Interest and Silence of the Lambs.

Thought provoking documentaryBlackfish

A fascinating documentary about a fascinating creature. It will make you think twice before you decide to visit Seaworld, and it definitely won’t make you want to work there.

Contemplative sexual relations: Masters of Sex

Talking and contemplating about sex might be enough for a network series, but this is Showtime (cable), so of course there are also a lot of explicit sex scenes here! But seriously now, it’s a high quality show about human nature, determination/obsession and… well, sex.

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Grudge Matches We Want To See

December 24th, 2013 by Uri

Christmas is just around the corner, and along with it the usual sentimental fare, but there’s also a some much welcomed humor, coming this time in the form of elderly athletes hurting each other, both physically and verbally.

Of course Grudge Match is much more than senior citizens quibbling; it is a clash of two of the most iconic boxers of the silver screen, Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky and Robert De Niro‘s Jake La Motta (AKA The Raging Bull), so, in this spirit, we’ve come up with some more match ups it would be fun to watch.

Travis Bickle vs. John Rambo

Both the heroes of Taxi Driver and First Blood (De Niro and Stallone, going for another round) are lone wolves, mentally scarred from the Vietnam War who tend to solve their problems through unmitigated violence sprees. a match up of this duo would probably result in the bloodiest, most bleak film ever.

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Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry) vs. Frank Serpico (Serpico)

Somewhat of a culture clash between a couple of classic 70′s cops, the “shoot first, ask questions later” attitude of the San Francisco though law enforcer will, in all probability, triumph over the “ask questions first, shoot never” attitude of the New York whistle-blower.

Plus, he’s got way funkier theme music


Terminator vs. Robocop

Two sci-fi modern classics whose reputations are being ruined by a string unnecessary sequels and remakes. What can be better than this couple of rough robots going on a rampage in the ultimate man- machine on machine battle?

Hopefully, it would look better than the 1993 video game…

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The Sundance Kid vs. The Good

In the red corner, an easy going bandit, who, with his buddy preforms some daring heists in 19th century Latin America in the essential Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

In the blue corner, being called “The Good” only as relative term, the most successful part of a trio of ruthless gunslingers treasure hunting during the American Civil War in the greatest Spaghetti Western ever.

A confrontation would most likely end in “The Good” double crossing The Sundance Kid, leaving him hanging.

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Axel Foley vs. John McClane

A meeting between this pair of 80′s lovable law enforcers can only end in one of two ways: either the Die Hard reluctant hero who always happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time would shoot the fast talking Beverly Hills Cop or they would become the greatest partners against crimes.

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Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz) vs. C3PO (Star Wars)

Both are talky and quite sensitive shiny metal companions for the heroes of imaginary escapades. It’s hard to imagine them actually fighting each other, so a match between them would probably end up being a scrabble contest….unless R2D2 would come along and spoil the fun…

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E.T. vs. Alf

Benign Aliens going at each other? Why not? If the suburbs were to become a battle zone between them, we would have to give the edge to E.T. – dodging nosy neighbors is a useful skill, but having a supernatural ability is probably better.

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Alien vs. Godzilla

A battle between two of the most popular deadly creatures is bound to cause large scale chaos and mayhem, but would probably be very much fun to watch.

As for the winner, if only for size, seniority and experience, we’ll go with Godzilla (who is also a pretty decent guy, demolished cities notwithstanding)

Olivia Pope (Scandal) vs. Ray Donovan (Ray Donovan)

In a more realistic tone, the outcome of this match up between the Washington DC and Hollywood slick “fixers” very much depends on home court advantage – as long as they’re around the White House, Olivia Price would outsmart Donovan, but in the crimes of the California high society might be too rough for her.

Willie (Bad Santa) vs. Kevin McCallister (Home Alone)

A Christmas showdown between a disguised worn out cynical thief and a resourceful young kid could end either by lots of painful slapstick or by some sort of twisted, humorous alcohol drenched redemption.

Either way, poor Billy Bob Thornton’s health is in peril.

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Jinni’s Bill of Entertainment Rights

December 9th, 2013 by May

Today is Human Rights Day. With all due respect to the rights of equality, free speech, etc., let’s talk about the really important rights: our entertainment rights! Without further ado, here’s Jinni’s bill of entertainment rights (and if by any remote chance you’re using another entertainment service, check if you get these rights, and then switch to Jinni :).

We have the right to mobility!
Along with our new and improved site we have recently launched a new iPad app, which already gained the title of best new app in the entertainment category. Now you can really use Jinni anywhere…
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We have the right to get personalized recommendations!
No more guessing whether we’ll like a movie or not based on external information like director, actors or genre. No more spending too much time deciding what you wanna watch. Jinni offers each registered user a complete entertainment personality with up to 12 tastes suited just for you.
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We have the right to explore by mood!
How many times you said “I feel like watching something funny/captivating/tense“? With Jinni’s mood search you can do just that! Just click the moods you’re interested in, and you’re there. You can also combine these moods with genes from other categories like plot or style to find the perfect choice for you.

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We have the right to know which friends share our movie tastes!
Our Taste Buddies feature allows you to know which friend’s recommendations you can trust to be good also for you and why.
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We have the right to know if a movie will suit us before even watching it!
Why bother wasting your time on titles you might not even like? Jinni’s “Your Match” feature allows you to see how you will likely rate a title, based on your previous ratings and tastes.
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We have the right to use a customized, personalized TV guide!
The old grid chronicles just don’t work for us in this age of countless channels and providers. Our new personalized guide allows you to see what TV shows and movies your local television provider is airing that suit your tastes.
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We have the right to tune our search and discovery!
Sometimes we want to be very precise in our search. For example, you might want a love story but not something everyone’s seen or perhaps you want a movie which is especially fast paced. Jinni’s Story Tuners help you to really fine tune your preferences.
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We have the right to find something to watch together without fighting over it!
How many times did you gather for an evening with friends, your spouse or family but could not decide what to watch? Jinni’s Watch Together feature takes everyone’s tastes into consideration and recommends the titles that are most suitable for the whole group.
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We have the right to explore only relevant providers!
Have a Netflix subscription?Addicted to HBO? Want to watch only what’s on VUDU? Jinni allow you to filter your results to just your favorite providers.
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We have the right to search in natural language!
No need to complicate yourself with professional terms. Just write what you want to watch in your own words, and Jinni will deliver.
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One for the future – we have the right to talk to our app!
We want to make life even easier for our users, so in our upcoming future releases you won’t even have to write – just talk! Our team is currently tuning our natural language understanding (NLU) interface and we will integrate into our iPad app. Follow us on facebook and twitter to know when this feature and others become available!

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