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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The Young and the Brainless

March 4th, 2013 by Barak

After taking a look at Facebook’s most Liked movies, we couldn’t help but notice how different these movies are from IMDb’s list of top 250, not to mention BFI’s (British Film Institute) list of top 50 films of all time (chosen by hundreds of international critics.)

Here’s our take on these three lists:

Facebook’s top 10 include: Harry PotterAvatar, The Twilight Saga, Titanic, Shrek, Toy Story 3, Jackass 3, Fast & Furious, Transformers, and The Hangover.


Besides Titanic, all movies were made in the 2000′s; most of the movies are teen or family oriented, and about 40% of them are pretty much brainless (Twilight Saga, Jackass, Fast & Furious, Transformers… I’m excluding Avatar and Titanic just because I’m nice. Let’s say both of those movies have a brain, but it was lobotomized.)

IMDb’s top 10 include: The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather 2, Pulp Fiction, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, 12 Angry Men, The Dark Knight, Schindler’s List, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Fight Club.

Four of these movies were made during the 90′s, two in the 70′s, two in the 2000′s, one in the 60′s and one in the 50′s. All movies are critically acclaimed and are considered to be classics or modern classics (well, all of them besides The Dark Knight maybe.) Most of the movies in IMDb’s top 10 are testosterone driven American movies, which would be suitable for a boy’s night.

BFI’s top 10 include: Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Tokyo Story, The Rules of the Game, Sunrise, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Searchers, The Man with a Movie Camera, and The Passion of Joan of Arc, 8 1/2.

The most recent movie in BFI’s top 10 was made in 1968… Three more were made in the 50′s, three in the 1920′s(!), one in the 40′s, one in the 30′s and one more during the 60′s. Seven of these movies are B&W movies and six of them are foreign. The BFI guys would definitely shake their heads in disagreement while listening to Frank Sinatra‘s song “the best is yet to come”, because they’re pretty sure the best has already happened, and it was a long, long time ago.

Places 11-20 in Facebook’s book include: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Saw, Finding Nemo, Twilight, Step Up, 2012, Dirty Dancing, The Dark Knight, Paranormal Activity, and The Lion King.

Eight movies from the 2000′s, one from the 80′s and one from the 90′s. All ten are teen or family oriented and were made in the U.S. In risk of receiving death threats I’ll say that six of the ten are cinematic trash (garbage didn’t sound appropriate), some of them are fun trash, but trash nonetheless (Pirates of the Caribbean, Saw, Twilight, Step Up, 2012 and Paranormal Activity. There’s a whole lot of trash and a bit of fun in these brackets.)

Places 11-20 in IMDb’s list include: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Inception, Goodfellas, Star Wars, Seven Samurai, Forrest Gump, The Matrix, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Three movies are from the 2000′s and three from the 90′s, two are from the 70′s, one is from the 80′s and another one is from the 50′s. Once again, IMDb’s top movies continue the trend of highly acclaimed movies which are more boys/men oriented, while this time also showcasing a bit more Sci-Fi and a little less criminal intent.

Places 11-20 in BFI’s list include: Battleship Potemkin, L’Atalante, Breathless, Apocalypse Now, Late Spring, Au hasard Balthazar, Seven Samurai, Persona, The Mirror, and Singin’ in the Rain.

These are very old movies, most of them B&W; eight are foreign movies and none were made during the past 35 years. May I remind you this list was comprised in 2012?

If I had to put a face to each list, Facebook’s list seems like it was made by a young hysterical girl with a real passion for reading (tweets.) Miley Cyrus could have written it with the help of her younger brother (if she has one.)

IMDb’s list seems compatible with a male American film enthusiast; someone like Quentin Tarantino.

And I guess that the face that’s most suitable to represent BFI’s list is that of a European film connoisseur (French no doubt) over the age of 80; let’s say Jean-Luc Godard.

To sum it up, BFI’s opinion is that cinema’s golden age ended back when Moses still wore short pants, and that good movies are eternal, even if they were made in the 1920′s and didn’t include color, or a spoken voice; Most Facebook users probably think that a movie can’t be good if it doesn’t include robots, zombies and/or vampires, and even then, it might be good only if it was made after the year 2000 of course; Preferably after the year 2010. And so, I think that IMDb is the voice of reason in this instance (at least when compared with the other two lists), including great movies that were made in the past, along with great movies that are still being made today.

So, why not end on a positive note, and just say hooray for (good) movies!

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The Quentin Tarantino Guide to Social Media

January 21st, 2009 by Guest

Julius Solaris is a Social Media and Social Networks expert. He blogs at www.juliussolaris.com

Quentin Tarantino is my favourite social topic.

I can see if there is a true match with my interlocutor just by the degree of his/her knowledge of QT movies.

The same applies to Social Media on a professional level. twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Linkedin absorb most of my day.

In a logical sequence of arguments, let me show you how Quentin Tarantino and Social Media were made for one another.

10. Quentin loves conversations

I see the “Madonna Speech” (Warning: strong language) from Reservoir Dogs as a front page article on Digg.

Interpretation of popular themes in a conversational format, yummy!

Tarantino displays great knowledge on how to start and develop conversations and this is what it is all about.

9. Quentin is viral

The upcoming Inglourious Basterds has already captured a great deal of attention from social media.

You can find pics and videos all over the place such as “How to properly spit coffee.”

8. Quentin is pop

Social media are a good match for widely understandable topics.

Tarantino obviously knows that.

7. Quentin knows the importance of links

A sound linking strategy is a must for Search Engine Optimization as well as to develop relationships.

The work of Tarantino is a deep mix of references to other works. He displays his immense movie culture knowledge and transmits it to a younger audience in a cool fashion.

Now I am sure the setting and track suit should ring a bell.

6. Quentin likes visual impact

Clutter is a huge problem with whatever you display online. Having a neat design helps bring the content to fruition.

The astonishing photography of Kill Bill displayed how Tarantino cares about his design.

5. Quentin embraces different forms of media

Blogging is just a part of it. Audio and especially video are now a requirement for rich Social Media content.

Tarantino understood that movies are not only about humans and astonished his audience with this incredible cartoon (Warning: strong images).

4. Quentin found his niche

Finding your relevant audience is the most important step of a sound Social Media strategy.

Your niche may not need what the masses want.

By getting rid of skinny actresses in the super sexy dance of Death Proof, Tarantino makes a strong statement.

3. Quentin knows about affiliate programs

Referrals and affiliates are a key part of being successful online. Sometimes it is wise to have different blogs or guest post somewhere else.

Tarantino understood this well and launched a “Presented by Quentin Tarantino” series of movies, the most famous being Hostel or Sin City.

2. Quentin knows that personality goes a long way

What bothers me most about traditional media is the dull, standardized tone and manner.

Social media are funky and intimate. Great content often means great personality.

Tarantino obviously knows that.

1. Quentin know how to write catchy titles

Capturing attention is key.

Here is a great example: “I don’t tip” (Warning: strong language)

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