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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July’s Finest!

June 30th, 2014 by Asaf_and _Barak

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It’s hot out. Like super hot. like let’s-turn-on-the-AC & TV-and-never-leave-the-house-again-hot. Here at Jinni we thought we should prepare a care package to tide you through, so we collected the top TV shows you should watch this July. For those brave souls willing to venture out of the house, there are also four movie recommendations. So let’s go! here are July’s Finest (and hottest)!

TV Shows:

Nathan For You – For people who like their TV clever.

What? The 2nd season of Comedy Central’s comedy-docu-reality series in which the hilarious Nathan Fielder uses his business degree to help struggling companies and people, offering them offbeat and absurd strategies.

When? 1.7

Who? Nathan Fielder. This is a one man show.

The Bridge – For people who remained at the edge of their seats when the final episode of season 1 ended, and after almost a year they will finally be able to take a break and get off their seats.

What? The 2nd season of the crime thriller that’s based on the slightly superior Danish-Swedish original Bron/Broen. Will it be close plot wise to the 2nd season of its Scandinavian parent?

When? 9.7

Who? The two leads Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger are joined by Emily Rios and Matthew Lillard who were promoted to series regulars.

Extant – For those who are still waiting for Steven Spielberg’s next great Sci-Fi TV series since Taken in 2002.

What? A dramatic Sci-Fi thriller about an astronaut that returns home from a year long solo mission in space. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

When? 9.7

Who? Halle Berry stars alongside Goran Visnjic and Camryn Manheim in this Steven Spielberg produced show.

Masters of Sex – For fans of quality drama, great periodic reconstruction and sex.

What? The 2nd season of the critically acclaimed drama from Showtime. Clever writing and great acting are expected to elevate the series this season as well.

When? 13.7

Who? Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are joined by fresh faces Betsy Brandt and Danny Huston.

Ray Donovan – For viewers that thought that comparing the series to The Sopranos isn’t illegal.

What? About a loving father and husband who isn’t a complete stranger to the world of crime. His job is to solve complicated, confidential and controversial problems for Hollywood’s elite.

When? 13.7

Who? Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight will continue to impress as the two leads. Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn are also joining the series for season 2.

The Strain – For anyone who misses The Walking Dead (but prefers vampires over zombies).

What? A doctor and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. The fate of humanity depends on them.

When? 13.7

Who? Created by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and starring Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and David Bradley (Broadchurch).

Matador – For anyone who loves soccer and spies and wanted something that combines both.

What? Tells the story of Tony “Matador” Bravo, a popular soccer player who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don’t realize is that it’s all a cover – in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA..

When? 15.7

Who? Created by Roberto Orci (writer of Transformers, Star Trek and Hawaii Five-0), Produced by Robert Rodriguez and stars Gabriel Luna.

The Lottery – For anyone who’s interested in watching Lifetime’s version for Children of Men.

What? Set in a world destined for extinction as women have stopped having children. When remarkably 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates.

When? 20.7

Who? Created by Timothy J. Sexton who also wrote Children of Men (surprise, surprise) and starring Marley Shelton and Martin Donovan.

Manhattan– For people who like Masters of Sex but prefer the series dealt with atomic bombs instead with sex.

What? Set in Los Alamos, N.M., at the Manhattan Project during the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb, “Manhattan” explores the cost of secrets and the corrosive effect they have on individuals, families and their relationships.

When? 27.7

Who? Created by Sam Shaw (who also writes for Masters of Sex) and starring Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black).

The Honourable Woman– For everyone who ever wanted to see Homeland remade by the BBC.

What? Tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life. As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Now in her thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.

When? 31.7

Who? Created by Hugo Blick (who also created the masterful series The Shadow Line) and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan and Stephen Rea.

In the Theatres:

Tammy – For Silly humor and Mellissa Mccarthy fans.

What? Tammy goes on a road trip with her grandmother Susan Saradnon. After losing her job, car, and husband (not in that order) on the same day, Tammy goes with her grandmother on a trip to Niagara falls. Oh, and she’s running from the law.

When? 2.7

Who? First directing gig for actor Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids, Joey). Plus, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh and the well-missed Dan Akroyd.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Seems like well made action film for a fantastic Boys Night.

What? The apes are back and they’re stronger and vengeful than ever. Can the humans claim control on earth or will the apes prove themselves superior yet again?

When? 11.7

Who? Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) directs. He also worked on Felicity so he brought in Keri Russell along with Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and the man behind the ape, Andy Serkis as Caesar.

Sex Tape For date night and people who would do anything to avoid humiliation.

What? All Annie and Jay ever wanted was to have sex (don’t we all?). Well, they had sex. They even videotaped themselves having it. They even sent it to all their friends and family. Hmmm… Oops…

When? 18.7

Who? Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, The Dewy Cox Story).

Hercules  For heroic boys’ night.

What? Hollywood tries yet again to kickstart the Hercules franchise. Swords, Spells, and Battles in 3d.

When? 25.7

Who? Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt and Ian McShane. Directed by the skillful Brett Ratner.

Plus, notice these films as well: We have the scaryDeliver Us from Evil” (2.7), the upliftingLife Itself” (4.7) the bittersweetBoyhood” (11.7), the suspenseful sequel “The Purge: Anarchy” (18.7), the pre-teens friendly “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (18.7) the humorous and sentimentalAnd so It Goes” (18.7), The long-waited second Feature from Zach BraffWish I Was Here” (18.7), the action packed “Lucy” (25.7) the yearly Woody Allen film “Magic in the Moonlight” (25.7) and one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last features “A Most Wanted Man” (25.7). Actually the list could go on and on so as you can see, there’s plenty to see this month. Enjoy! (and wear sunscreen!)

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Jinni World Cup

June 11th, 2014 by Ran

 

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The World Cup is upon us, Oh joyous times! Once every four years the best soccer (football) national teams in the world meet to crown the greatest country on earth… in soccer skill. But soccer is not just a game in which 22 people run after a ball and kick it, no sir! Soccer is very powerful, it can start wars, unite nations, or distract the masses from social problems. Whatever you think of soccer, during the next month, it’s going to be pretty much inescapable

Since we appreciate movies just a tad more, we decided to take all those competing nations and put them in a movie tournament, where the winner will be crowned the greatest cinematic nation in the world. We start from the round of 16. Here are the rules:

1. Only films released in the past four years are eligible to participate.

2. The advancing nation has to select a new film for the next round.

3. Each day we will offer one match-up for you to vote on.

4. The votes will be calculated (along with our own humble but ultimately deciding opinion), and a winner will be decided.

How did we decide which nations advanced to the top 16 stage, you ask? Good question. We used a very complex algorithm: Soccer ability multiplied by film industry strength divided by whatever we felt like… having power is a great thing Muhahahaha…

Let the games begin, and may the most creative, beautifully lensing and tight-plotting country win!

Brazil vs. Chile

Elite Squad 2 (2010)

Host nation Brazil enters this tournament with a lot of pressure and some big question marks. It’s been a while since Brazil gave us a truly great film. They still relive the glory of 2002, when the essential City of God blew away audiences worldwide. Aside from some nice offerings here and there (My Name Ain’t Johnny or Linha de Passe), they haven’t been able to recreate old glory. Brazil literally sends in its big guns into the game. This crime thriller dealing with police and political corruption is a sequel to Elite Squad from 2007, but unlike most sequels, We think that it surpasses its predecessor. It’s a lot more mature and complex, and does not settle for action scenes, or the glorified violence of the first film.

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Like its national soccer team, Chile’s film industry has experienced a boom in recent years. Chilean features have been collecting awards on the festival circuit, namely in the prestigious Cannes and Berlin. They also had their first export with Sebastián Silva, who broke out in 2009 with the excellent La nana, and recently went on direct two films with indie darling Michael Cera. This beautifully and sincerely made feature tells the true story of the campaign to try and overthrow Dictator Augusto Pinochet during the 1980s. Gael García Bernal stars as the young advertiser who tries to find the best way to get his message across without angering the regime..

Please vote, and check back tomorrow to see who won. Tomorrow we’ll also present the match between (the real) World Cup champion Spain and the promising Mexico.

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June’s Finest!

June 2nd, 2014 by Asaf

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Hello movie and TV lovers. As you know, the times they are a changin’, and so is Jinni. Starting today we have something special for the big, small and mobile screen fans: each month you’ll get Jinni’s recommendations for what you should keep your eye out for. Which top shows are starting? What new movies are out? And most importantly, who they’re suited for? And that’s not all, our FB page is about to have a serious make-over, so soon you’re going to hear from us A LOT MORE. So let’s begin! Here are June’s finest!

Movies:

Edge Of TomorrowA mind bending Boys night

What? In the future, Tom Cruise is a soldier in the war against aliens. Then he dies. The end. Oh, but then he relives the same situation again and again, making him a better warrior in his quest to save mankind. Is it a futuristic Groundhog Day? Is it Source Code with a different cast? Time will tell…

When? 6.6

Who? Tom Cruise and the beautiful Emily Blunt as his trainer. Directed by Doug Liman.

The Fault in Our StarsFor Teens on a date night

What? An emotional love story. Two teenagers facing difficult health situations meet at a children’s cancer support group. As they fall in love there’s one question hanging above – can true love truly overcome every obstacle? Remember to bring tissues.

When? 6.6.2014

Who? Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Directed by Josh Boone.

22 Jump Street – For a silly humored teens & boys’ night

What? After successfully graduating from high school, the misfit partners Jenko and Schmidt enlist to college. As you can imagine, the criminals here are just an excuse for countless amounts of gags, mess and confusion.

When? 06.13.2014

Who? Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill showed surprising chemistry on the first film. Along with them are Hollywood’s newest favorites – directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – For Pre-Teens and a Family Outing

What? Hiccup and Toothless are off to a new exciting adventure, battling to restore peace to their island. This time they discover a secret ice cave with hundreds of wild dragons inside along with the mysterious Dragon Rider.

When? 06.13.2014

Who? Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wig, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill. Dean DeBlois came back to write and direct.

Jeresy Boys – For Anyone who liked any of these titles

What? 40 years ago Clint Eastwood would knock your teeth out for even suggesting he’d direct a musical. But in recent years the machismo showed a different side of himself and this time he shows us the true story of the rise to stardom of the music band The Four-Seasons.

When? 20.6

Who? Christopher Walken, John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda.

Transformers: Age of Extinction – For a fantastic Boys’ night.

What?  An atmospheric, philosophical contemplation on man versus machine and the future of mankind.
NOT!
An additional dosage of gigantic robots fight in 3D.

When? 27.6

Who? Shia LaBeouf transforms into Mark Wahlberg as the main lead. Alongside: Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer. Directed yet again by Michael Bay.

Shows:

Halt and Catch Fire – For fans of Steve Jobs.

What? Something like the serious version of HBO’s Silicon Valley, taking place during the 80′s and wants to be AMC’s next top quality drama after Breaking Bad’s demise.

When? 1.6

Who? Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) star.

Orange Is the New Black – For intelligent binge watchers

What? The 2nd season of the ultra-popular cynical Netflix series taking place inside an all-women prison.

When? 6.6

Who? Taylor Schilling is the leading lady in season 2 as well, and will be assisted by the new faces of Lori Petty, Brooke Soso and Lorraine Toussaint.

Power – For those who prefer captivating criminals heroes.

What? Starz new drama about a New York club owner who is also a drug lord. A mashup of Scarface and Carlito’s Way, sans Pacino?

When? 7.6

Who? Produced by 50 Cent, and stars Omari Hardwick.

Suits – For Boys’ and Girls’ night – boys will enjoy the workplace intrigue, girls will enjoy the workplace romance.

What? The fourth season of the slick legal drama. Expect plenty of verbal byplay and expansive whiskey.

When? 11.6

Who? Neal McDonough joins the show’s regulars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht.

Almost Royal – For viewers that aren’t sure if they’re into scripted or unscripted content.

What? A docu-reality show by BBC America that follows 2 actors pretending to be British aristocrats as they travel the U.S and try to enjoy everything it has to offer.

When? 21.6

Who? The only actors are the two young and unknown Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart.

Tyrant – For viewers that can’t wait for Homeland’s return.

What? A new tense, political thriller, from FX. After creating a new life for himself in America, the son of a tyrant goes back with his American family to his native Middle East country in the midst of a political mess. Like Al Pacino already knows, you can never leave behind the family business.

When? 24.6

Who? From the creator of Homeland (Gideon Raff) and stars Adam Rayner.

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When Stars Collide…

May 27th, 2014 by May

Directors and Actors who collaborate often tend to create lasting working relationships that are reflected in the films they make. This is a fascinating subject that we already addressed in several posts in the past, and the upcoming Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore collaboration gives us an excellent excuse to take a look into more of these relationships.

Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill
As part of the Judd Apatow group they first appeared together in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and later in a series of hilarious and mega-successful comedies such as Knocked Up and Superbad. In the past couple of years Hill took a more serious route, starring in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, but gladly they reunited last year for the self-conscious comedy This is the End. They are now working on an adult animated film which sounds both intriguing and weird…

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
Perhaps this is cheating, because this couple is actually married – but boy, are those two made for each other. The eccentric Bonham Carter is the perfect collaborator in Burton’s quirky fantastical tales, and she’s delivered some great performances, from an ape in Planet of the Apes to a murderous pub owner in Sweeney Todd to the big-headed queen of hearts in Alice in Wonderland. At the moment they are not working on any additional collaboration, but it’s probably just a matter of time.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson
They first appeared together in the media satire comedy EdTV and became good friends. Despite that they have not worked together a lot, except for a negligible comedy named Surfer, Dude. All of that changed this year when True Detective started and gave both of their careers major boosts. Since the show is an anthology they will not come back for a 2nd season, but their chemistry definitely justifies more collaborations which will hopefully take place.

Wes Anderson and Bill Murray
Wes Anderson is known for using the same actors over and over again, both as major characters and in cameo roles. Bill Murray is one of his most frequent collaborators, starting with 1998s Rushmore up until his last feature The Grand Budapest Hotel in which Murray appears in a very small role. Their most remembered collaboration was in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou which became one of Murray’s most recognized roles.

Christopher Nolan and Michael Caine
The acclaimed elderly actor first worked with Nolan on Batman Begins as Alfred the loyal butler, and he has been a constant participant in his films ever since. Besides the Batman trilogy they collaborated on The Prestige, Inception and now in their new film called Interstellar.

Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman
A collaboration which will sadly not continue is that of Paul Thomas Anderson and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Under Anderson’s direction Seymour Hoffman gave some of his greatest performances, including the intense role in The Master. His death is a real loss to cinema lovers.

Matt Damon and George Clooney
Those two handsome men also shared a lot of screen time together. They first collaborated on Ocean’s Eleven, which later spawned two sequels. They cooperated in several other features and also partnered up in some charity and humanitarian efforts, and this year their collaboration reached a higher level when Damon took a leading role in the Clooney-directed film The Monument Men.

Mike Leigh and Timothy Spall
Spall and Leigh first collaborated in the TV teleplay Home Sweet Home from 1982. They then did not collaborate until the 90s, when Spall appeared in some of Leigh’s most well known works (Secrets and Lies, Topsy-Turvy etc). Another hiatus began in 2000 that has now happily ended with Leigh’s new film Mr. Turner, about the famous painter. Spall plays the leading role which just a few days ago earned him the title of best actor at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
Hawke was the center of Linklater’s long-running trilogy (18 years overall) Before Sunrise, alongside Julie Delpy. Right after the first film he became one of Linklaters’ favorites actors, which resulted in collaborating in more than 11 films so far. The last one in this series of collaborations is Boyhood, an extremely ambitious project that follows a young kid from age 5 to 18, and won the silver bear in this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore
Blended is the 3rd collaboration for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, after The Wedding Singer and 50 first dates. Both of the previous collaborations did rather well, will third time be a charm too?

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