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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Game Of Thrones season conclusions (in 200 words or less)

June 16th, 2014 by Asaf

Another season of GOT ended, Some more sword fights, some more brutal deaths, It’s time 4th season shortest summary:

 

Our Favorite character of the season – Clever yet misunderstood.

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Our least favorite characters of the season  – Boooooooring!

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The longest walk of the season (or of the show, or ever on TV) – Maybe they died of old age?

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The most WOW moment of the scene – in a word – WOW!

The most unlikely friendship of the season – Friendship? on GOT? it turns out IT IS possible!

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The best substitute for “God-we-love-to-hate-you” character instead of king Joffrey R.I.P. – Pushing your lover through the moon door was a step in the right direction. 

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The most “Give-us-more-of-this” Moment – The reactions says it all…

We’ll miss you guys (and dragons). See you again in 280 days or so…

(And if you’re looking for a substitute show till they come back check out these titles)

 

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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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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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