Noah and other biblical tales

March 28th, 2014 by May

This weekend sees the release of Noah, Darren Aronofsky‘s new film about the biblical character. It is a part of the recent years’ growing fascination with stories from the bible and new testament. Here are some interesting past and upcoming based-on-bible tales.

The Ten Commandments (1956)
one of the classiest bible adaptations, this film starring Charlton Heston as Moses won an Oscar for special effects and contains many iconic scenes that are parodied and referenced up until today.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRGhOcnmChI

The Bible (2013)
This 10 hour mini series had great aspirations: to cover most major bible stories from genesis to the life of Christ. The show’s success spawned an upcoming movie (down this list) and a series sequel called A.D.: Beyond the Bible.

The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Passover is just around the corner, a perfect time to watch this animated musical about the life of mosses. it is a good way to familiarize your children with the story, if they find the written source too challenging.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
An epic portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ, this film is a product of years of research and an exceptionally large and acclaimed cast. With 5 Oscar nominations and an initial runtime of 4:20 hours this certainly is one of the most ambitious film to handle the subject.

Son of God (2014)
Re-edited from deleted scenes of the mini series The Bible along with new materials, Son of God continues The Bible’s tones and epic style while more thoroughly depicting Jesus’ story.

Kings (2009)
This unique drama is a on a modern day alternate reality and is based on the story of the biblical King David. David is an idealistic young soldier who finds himself in the unfamiliar world of court intrigue encountering king Saul and crown prince Jonathan (both under different names).

The Passion of the Christ (2004)
An extremely controversial film, this Mel Gibson portrayal of Jesus’ last hours was accused on anti-Semitism, excessive violence, biblical inaccuracies and several other matters.  Despite all of that it makes an intense (but not easy) watch.

Exodus (2014)
Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul… those are just some of the big names participating in Ridley Scott‘s epic tale of the Exodus. Due for release on December 2014, this might be the film to take Scott back to Gladiator‘s fame.
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
The acclaimed mini series by Franco Zeffirelli is perhaps the most complex and layered in terms of characters. Judas Iscariot is not portrayed as evil but rather as a well-intentioned man who follows the wrong crowd.

Noah (2014)
If you have reached this far, you have probably noticed that the two most adapted biblical stories are those of Moses and Jesus. So it is very refreshing to see an adaptation to a different story – the story of the flood. Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring an amazing all star cast including Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Frank Langella and Emma Watson this is one of the season’s most intriguing films.

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Girl, You Got Style…

March 4th, 2014 by Asaf

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There are many many women out there (and yet some would say not enough). Each with her own unique personality, with her own unique habits, with her own unique style… There are also many many movies and TV shows out there, each with it’s own unique style as well.  So for the International Woman’s Day we thought we’d combine the two. Here are 10 recommendations for strong women on the big and small screen, each with her own unique style.

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Symptoms – This type of woman has many thoughts, many of which transform into words. Any type of ear would satisfy her.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003 – )

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Just this week Ellen DeGeneres talked a lot at the Oscars which probably wouldn’t hurt the ratings of her hit TV talk show. Ellen’s show is like the perfect woman – she’s sincere, she’s witty, she’s humorous, she makes you feel good and every now and then she bites. The perfect combination.

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

This Independent drama shows a different type of talky woman, the gloomy kind. Rachel’s getting married and it makes her sister (Anne Hathaway in an award winning role) talk a lot – about couples relations, about her past, about estrangement and basically about everything that makes a critically acclaimed bittersweet drama.

The Surreal One –

Symptoms – this sort of woman might drive you to insanity as her reality is kind of out there. You’ll enjoy the ride but probably bend your mind in the process.

Ashes to Ashes (2008 – 2010)

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If you’re looking for a clever woman try police detective Alex Drake from Ashes to Ashes. The only problem is when you’ll meet her because at the beginning of this crime drama Alex is shot and wakes up in 1981. And so she’s trying to get back to the future and in the meantime she investigates the crimes related to the past which is her present… mind bending like we said but a captivating one.

The Cell (2000)

If meeting Alex Drake would be difficult, meeting Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) seems almost impossible because she spends most of her time in a coma. Not her coma, other peoples comas. Catherine is an expert in getting into the mind of people lying in that state and so she enters the mind of a psychopath who kidnapped a young girl. In a scary and stylized race against time Catherine must extract any information about the victim’s location before it’s too late.

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Symptoms – this type is the one who likes to travel. In fact she can’t even sit still. She’s walking while she’s reading this blog. You better keep up.

Tabatha Takes Over (2011 – )

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Tabatha Coffey knows about Hair. Tabatha Coffey knows about business. Tabatha Coffey knows how to make good business out of hair. And so she spends her time on the road, giving advices to workplaces with financial problems. In recent seasons Tabatha became an overall top notch expert and so she helps all sorts of businesses, not just hairy ones. So if you’re looking for a reality show to help improve your business, catch a ride with Tabatha.

Philomena (2013)

First of all, who wouldn’t want to be on the road with Dame Judi Dench? Such elegancy, such style. And when the cause is to help her find her long lost child even more so. In this recent Oscar nominee Dame Judi plays the incredibly optimistic Philomena, an aging woman whose child was taken away from her when she was young and now, with the help of a cynical journalist she’s trying to track down her son and uncover the truth about her past. a touching and emotional journey that’s based on a true story.

The Twisted One –

Symptoms – The twisted woman isn’t necessarily twisted, she’s just filled with twists and turns. If you know this kind of woman then you already know to expect the unexpected.

Top Of The Lake (2013)

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Holly Hunter is a woman full of secrets. Secrets that Elizabeth Moss must uncover. Secrets relating to a missing child, police investigation and dishonesty.  In this mini series from last year Moss plays a police detective sent to a small town to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant suicidal teen. As she delves into the crime surprising and disturbing revelations are revealed. A twisted road ahead.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

If Mulholland Drive was a woman she’d probably drive her husband crazy trying to figure out what she wants (like many woman do anyway). Mulholland was made 13 years ago and it’s still an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in manipulations wrapped in mysterious characters wrapped in… Well, you get the main idea. David Lynch’s film is the definition of mystery – A woman loses her memory and her identity.She encounters an ambitious actress and together they get involved in the filmmaking industry where nothing is as it seems. Nothing.

The Campy One -

When this woman walks in the room, any room, she’s the only thing in it. You’ll notice her immediately. She’s over the top, she exaggerates, she’s got something about her and the world better look and listen!

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011 – )

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This reality show follows the extra ordinary life of “The queen of comedy”, Joan Rivers, as she’s moving in with her daughter and grandson to create a campy dysfunctional family. A humorous look at celebrity culture and showbiz in the shadow of family life. And fashion of course.

Death Proof (2007)

The women in Tarantino’s pictures worth a discussion on it’s own but in the meantime we’ll settle for this campy thriller which seems to represent both types of female characters from his films – the submissive and the strong. In the first half of “Death Proof” we see how stalker-serial killer Kurt Russell seduces and abuses a young woman and in the second half we see how such young women fight back. Lots of car chases, witty dialogues and one accident scene that’ll make you wish you’re never involved in a car accident (if you hadn’t already).

And that seems like the appropriate film to sum it up – there are many types of great women out there and whatever type of woman it is, if you don’t treat her right you’ll end up by the side of the road. You go girl…

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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.

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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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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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The Formula to Create a Hit TV Series – Revealed!

December 4th, 2013 by Barak

Mob City is coming out December 4th on TNT. It’s a promising new periodic crime TV series (takes place during the 40′s and the 50′s) created by Frank Darabont who also created the hit TV series The Walking Dead.

Trying to create a hit TV series may seem like a lot of guesswork and chance but could there be a method to this madness? Does Mob City have what it takes to be a television sensation? We’ll start by look at 5 successful TV series creators and analyze the genes that are dominant in their hit shows, and we’ll then narrow the list down to the genes that are dominant with all of them… The formula to create a hit TV series – revealed!

5. Bryan FullerWonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal.


Dominant genes
: Clever, Offbeat, Stylized, Surreal, Deadly, Mind and Soul, Riddles and Clues, Unfulfillment.

Bryan Fuller’s shows are beautiful to look at and have a unique, very colorful, almost magical visual style; they are always surreal and dreamlike and often revolve around death. Fuller is quite obsessed with death, but come to think of it, who isn’t? His writing is sophisticated and he likes to examine all kinds of aspects of the human psyche.

4. David MilchNYPD Blue, Deadwood, Luck.


Dominant genes
: Atmospheric, Clever, Contemplative, Rough, Crimes, Friendship, Slow, Talky.

In the world of David Milch’s shows there is a unique atmosphere, a certain feel, when you watch a scene from Deadwood for example, you can’t mistake it for any other show. His shows are smart and bring up interesting philosophical ideas and thoughts. His shows are slow moving, but that only helps to create the tense atmosphere he aspires for The characters in his shows are quite chatty, and the dialogue he writes for them is superb.

3. Ricky Gervais & Stephen MerchantThe Office, Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, Life’s Too Short.


Dominant genes
: Clever, Witty, Obnoxious, Workplace, Dry Humor, Irreverent Humor, Mockumentary, Talky.

These two comic geniuses are the masters of uncomfortable comedy; the lead character in their shows is usually obnoxious and self-involved.  The setting is often a workplace environment and they always manage to squeeze in some social commentary in their irreverent, politically incorrect way. They like to shoot their comedies in a mockumentary style and the dialogue from the minds of these two witty comedy writers is always razor sharp.

2. J.J. AbramsFelicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Undercovers.


Dominant genes
Clever, ExcitingStylized, Couples, Family Relations, Strong Female Presence.

A romantic drama, an action series that revolves around espionage, a mystery series with supernatural elements, a sci-fi series about a mad scientist and a humorous action series about a married couple who are also secret agents…surprisingly so, the series J.J. Abrams created, despite being from several different genres, do have a few things in common like an impressive heroine, plot lines that deal with couple and family relations in an intelligent way and an impressive visual style.

1. David SimonHomicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, Generation Kill, Treme.


Dominant genes
CleverRough, Tense, Ensemble Cast, RealismTalky, Life is a BitchMind and Soul, Society.

In David Simon’s series there is a strong sense of realism which tends to indicate that life is far from being a picnic. There is an ensemble cast of characters however no character remains undeveloped. The dialogue is excellent and contributes a lot to creating the tense tone of his shows. Simon’s brilliant shows have a lot to say about American society – from urban decay to the role of mass media in contemporary life.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for:

So, after looking at 5 of the best TV series creators today, we can more or less determine the secret formula to creating a hit TV series:

A cleverly written show that’s also gritty and stylized, it has to deal with psychological issues and the characters have to talk quite a lot. Does Mob City have what it takes in order for it to be a hit TV series? It’s definitely going to be gritty and stylized, if the characters will turn out to be troubled babblers with a smart thing to say once in a while, Mob City just might be the next hit!

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