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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Love Around The World

February 13th, 2014 by Asaf

“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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