August’s Finest!

June 29th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

This is the last month of blockbuster season and the studios have a few more cards under their sleeve in order to get you to a theater near you. On the other hand, the TV networks will try to seduce you to stay home with some intriguing new shows. So who will win, the studios or the TV networks? Hey, with the right planning and maybe recording some shows, you won’t miss anything you want to see! Here are August’s Finest!!!

Fantastic Four – for guys who enjoy superhero titles based on comics and teens who love exciting and imaginary  good versus evil rivalries.

  • What? Another attempt to restart this franchise and this time right from the start as we see how the four became fantastic. When they are launched to an alternate universe they come back with supernatural abilities and where there are supernatural abilities, there’s also a jealous master villain… Can the fantastic four save the world?
  • When? August 7, 2015
  • Who? Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbel, Jamie Bell. Directed  by Josh Trank (Chronicle)

Ricki and the Flash – for those looking for bittersweet tales about dysfunctional families and stories about an artist’s life, hope and redemption.

  • What? Ricki gave up her family in order to follow her rock-and-roll dream. Now, older and wiser, she’s going back home for a second chance to make things right with her estranged daughter and ex-husband.
  • When? August 7, 2015
  • Who? Meryl Streep, Kevin Klein, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan and Rick Springfield. Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – for viewers interested in stylized espionage escapades and  those who enjoy a mixture of humorous and exciting tales regarding secret agents.

  • What? In the early 60s, two reluctant partners must co-operate in order to save the world from a nuclear threat.
  • When? August 14, 2015
  • Who? Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vkander, Elizabeth Debicki.  Written and directed by Guy Ritchie.

Sinister 2 – for teens who love suspenseful supernatural mysteries and those of you who enjoy scary and deadly ghost tales.

  • What? Dylan & Zach, two young kids love horror movies. Now they’re about to experience one of their own… An evil entity is haunting them and their mother. It looks like survival is not an option.
  • When? August 21, 2015
  • Who? James Ransome, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan. Directed by Ciaran Foy (Citadel)

Regression – for people who like disturbing police investigations with conspiracy elements and psychological tense movies regarding memory loss.

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  • What? Young Angela accuses her father of an unspeakable crime. When detective Bruce Kenner is involved in the case the father admits the crime he has no memory of. Now, Psychologist Dr. Raines tries to make the father relive his memories but while doing so, he stumbles upon a nationwide conspiracy.
  • When? August 28, 2015
  • Who? Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, Aaron Ashmore, David Thewlis. Written & directed by Alejandro Amenabar.

TV:

Show Me a Hero – for people who like clever and tense stories about society and urban set titles about interracial relations.

  • What? Based on the book by the same name, the show tells a story of Yonkers’ mayor Nick Wasicsko who took office in 1987 and was forced to lead a public housing project in white middle class neighborhoods, which lead to bitter battles of fear and racism.
  • When? August 16, 2015
  • Who? Great cast including Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener and James Belushi. Created by the invincible David Simon. 

Blunt Talk – For people who enjoy biting, witty media satires and cynical humorous shows about showbiz.

  • What? Walter Blunt is a British newscaster who comes to the US on a mission to spread his wisdom. The only thing is Blunt must deal with his ex wives, network demands, his useless assistant and his own stupidity – it won’t be easy.
  • When? August 22, 2015
  • Who? Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough, Timm Sharp, Jacki Weaver and Dolly Wells.

Fear the Walking Dead – for those who love their zombies bleak and gory and boys looking for apocalyptic tales about survival and family relations.

  • What? This spin-off from The Walking Dead describes the world as it was declining to the dystopian days of the original show. As a plague washes over mankind, a few survivors must do whatever it takes to keep going on no matter what.
  • When? August 23, 2015
  • Who? Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, Cliff Curtis Alycia Debnam-Carey and Kim Dickens. Created by Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman.N

Public Morals – for people who like law enforcement shows that depict a rough plot regarding moral dilemmas and crimes.

  • What? Temptation is something we all face in our lives, specially the cops who work in the Public Morals Division. As corruption calls from every corner,our heroes face moral dilemmas which will risk their lives.
  • When? August 25, 2015
  • Who? Edward Burns (who also created the show), Elizabeth Masucci, Michele Hicks, Aaron Dean Eisenberg and Fredric Lehne.

Narcos – For people that like stories about drug dealers who rise to the top and those who enjoy TV shows focusing on gangsters, terrorism and politics.

  • What? We all love drug dealers. Well, maybe love is a too strong word but they surly fascinate us so how about a show describing Pablo Escobar’s rise to the top?
  • When? August 28, 2015
  • Who? Wagner Moura, Joanna Christie, Maurice Compte, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal.

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May’s Finest!

April 30th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

It’s special effects season, it’s mega stars season, it’s bigger than life movies season – THE BLOCKBUSTERS are here and ain’t nothing gonna stop them from grabbing you by the shoulder and placing you in the nearest cinema! And why should you resist? They offer excitement, humor and a fantastic getaway for a of couple hours. So brace yourselves for 5 movie recommendations and 5 TV show recommendations. These are May’s finest!

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Movies:

Avengers: Age of Ultron – The ultimate kickstart for the blockbuster season.

Hot Pursuit – For those looking for an odd couple action comedy.

Mad Max: Fury Road – For boys night with a preference for stylized apocalypses.

Tomorrowland – For fantasy loving families.

San Andreas – For boys who love destruction and explosions (in other words, every male out there?).

TV:

Grace and Frankie – For people who liked Amazon’s Transparent.

Wayward Pines – For people who like mind bending mysteries.

Texas Rising – For people who like historical westerns.

Aquarius – For people who’d like to see Hank Moody chase down Charles Manson.

  • What? When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, an LAPD detective starts asking around. Needing the help of someone he can trust, he partners with a rebellious undercover cop who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder and cultural revolution. Little do they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson.
  • When? May, 28. 2015
  • Who? The cast is led by David Duchovny and also stars Grey Damon and Claire Holt.

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe – For people who liked My Week with Marilyn…and Lifetime’s Anna Nicole biopic.

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April’s Finest!

March 31st, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

Ready, set, go… April is here and along with it comes “Furious 7” who would probably sweep theaters around the world. But aside from furious films, we have touching ones, and humorous ones, and captivating ones and… well, you know the deal. On top of that, if you roll down to our TV section you’ll find some highly recommended new TV shows this month. Let’s see how April is gonna look and sound like, these are April’s Finest!

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Movies:

Furious 7 – For the ultimate exciting boys’ night.

The Longest Ride – For the ultimate girls’ night and/or date night.

Unfriended – For the ultimate scary teens night.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – For the ultimate humorous family outing.

The Age of Adaline – For romantic and sentimental souls.

TV:

American Odyssey– For people that like conspiracy thrillers.

The Comedians – For people who like Billy Cristal and showbiz comedies.

Daredevil– For people who like superheroes. No need to love the Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck to enjoy it (we hope).

Happyish – For people who like biting satires with a dark sense of humor.

  • What? Thom Payne is a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect.
  • When? April, 26. 2015.
  • Who? The cast is led by Steve Coogan (replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman who was supposed to be the star of the show), Kathryn Hahn, and Bradley Whitford.

Mad Men, Louie, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley – We couldn’t ignore the return of these great shows so we decided to mention them despite the fact that they’re not new.

  • What? Four of the best TV show there are – Louie is a brilliant, sincere, somewhat sad comedy, Silicon Valley is a witty satire, Mad Men is a clever and stylized period drama, and of course Game of Thrones – the epic fantasy series.
  • When? Mad Men April. 5, 2015, Louie April. 9, 2015, Game of Thrones April. 12, 2015, and Silicon Valley April. 12, 2015.
  • Who? The same guys you fondly know if you’re a fan of any of those series plus a few new faces to spice up the new seasons.

 

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March’s Finest!

February 25th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

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Did you win any Oscar? A lifetime achievement award? No? Well, it’s all corrupted anyway. After all the glamour has faded, it’s time to enjoy some quality time with a good movie or a captivating new TV show. Lots of good films to watch this March and some fascinating new shows. Let’s check out March’s finest!

Movies:

Chappie – For those looking for some offbeat sci-fi action.

Cinderella – Great fun for a family outing and a sentimental option for a date night.

Insurgent – For teens and fans of the Divergent series.

Home – Another great option for families and kids.

Get Hard – For some good ol’ silly humor fans. And people facing jail time.

  • What? James King is about to go to prison. But he doesn’t know what they do in prison. So he hires who he thinks could teach him about prison life, Darnell Lewis, who pretends to be the most experienced ex convict even though he never spent a day in jail.
  • When? March. 27, 2015.
  • Who? Seems like an explosive combination between Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Debut feature by writer Etan Cohen.

Apart from the above, March also delivers the elderly comedyThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Mar. 6), the boys night comedyUnfinished Business” (Mar. 6) the critically acclaimed indie-horrorIt Follows” (Mar. 13), Liam Neesons’ action hero streak in “Run All Night” (Mar. 13) Sean Penns’ transformation to action hero in “The Gunman” (Mar. 20) and the Indie dramedyWhile We’re Young” by Noah Baumbach.

TV:

Battle Creek – For everyone who thinks that one Vince Gilligan show on air is not enough.

  • What? a drama about two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Mich.
  • When? March. 1, 2015
  • Who? Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters star, but more importantly, the two creators of the show are Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House).

The Last Man On Earth – For people who waited a long time for a funny post-apocalyptic TV show.

Dig – For people who like the Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – For anyone who likes Tina Fey and wants to see what kept her busy after 30 Rock.

  • What? About a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.
  • When? March. 5, 2015.
  • Who? Ellie Kemper (The Office) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) star, Tina Fey created the series.

Bloodline – For people who enjoy tense family dramas.

 

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The Deadly Tournament of Creatures!

May 12th, 2014 by Asaf

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Deadly creatures are always fun to stumble upon. They’re not so friendly but as long as they kill the guys on the screen we don’t mind, in fact, it can be pretty entertaining. Godzilla is about to hatch from its egg this weekend and to celebrate the occasion we’re having a contest to see which creature/monster is the most fun to hang with. We decided on a few categories, we saw all the films, heard all the screams and memorized every brutal death. This is Jinni’s DEADLY TOURNAMENT!

10th place – Godzilla (2014)

What it’s all about – a reboot about the greatest monster of all time. This time she’s just looking for someone to talk to.

Physical appearance – Godzilla is the reason fantastic titles exist – to show us gigantic imaginary creatures in all their glory (and in 3D).

Mood – Godzilla doesn’t like playing games, she’s serious as they come. Teens and guys on a boys’ night should enjoy.

Box office – We can’t predict the future but with a budget of 160 million anything less than a major blockbuster would put Godzilla back in the egg for the next decade. Success, and expect a sequel in summer 2016.

Chaos/Excitement meterWorldwide chaos. If you like watching stuff crash, collapse or break expect to get excited.

Fun to hang with – so far the film is getting good reviews. It seems Godzilla is an exciting roller coaster.

9th place – The Wolfman (2010)

What it’s all about – another remake for the myth around a man who becomes a wolf when the moon suits him. Beware the howl.

Physical appearance – pretty hairy, sharp teeth and bad breath (unless he ate someone that smelled good).

Moodserious and atmospheric, yet suitable for boys’ night.

Box office – $139,789,765. The film had some financial problems considering it’s gigantic budget (150 million).

Chaos/Excitement meter – Wolfman is responsible for some chaos but only in his village so he’s kind of lame chaotic dude. Plus, the film is bleak so no excitement here. He’s just a wolfman, no more no less.

Fun to hang with –  5/10. Wolfman got mixed reviews and was considered one of the flops in 2010 so hang out with him only if you like period supernatural horror films.

8th place – Piranha 3D (2010 + 2012 sequel)

What it’s all about – Another remake, this time about raging piranha fishes that eat everyone in their underwater path.

Physical appearance – The film is gory, campy and in 3D. As for the fishes, they look like gold fishes with sharp teeth, red eyes, and without the gold.

Mood – Piranha is humorous as it’s scary, and that’s it’s main selling point. Perfect for a teens night.

Box office – $83,188,165. Considering its minor budget it’s a success.

Chaos/Excitement meter – Both exciting and chaotic – The fishes created mess and confusion in the resort where the film takes place and the guys got excited from all the hot and sexy girls running around.

Fun to hang with – 6/10. Piranha got good reviews for delivering an equal amount of screams and laughs. If you’re in the mood for a semi serious semi fantastic horror comedy go for it.

7th place – Cloverfield (2008)

What it’s all about – J.J. Abrams said he wanted to create the “American Godzilla” and so Cloverfield was born.

Physical appearance – The film is of the found footage genre – a fake documentary. The great thing about Cloverfield is you hardly see the monster and so your imagination runs wild.

Mood – a fast paced serious film that’s suitable for teens and for a suspenseful boys’ night.

Box office – $170,764,026. Pretty successful which is why there are rumors of a sequel.

Chaos/Excitement meter – An exciting film with lots of chases and races. And as you’d expect from a monster, there’s also chaos and mayhem non-stop.

Fun to hang with  – 6.5/10 – if you like the found footage genre mixed with supernatural escapades.

6th place – Tremors (1990 + 3 sequels and 1 TV show)

What it’s all about – a sand worm decides to come out from underground and eat the residents of a small town in the middle of the desert.

Physical appearance – well, she lives underground so she’s pretty dirty. Plus, its jaw is gigantic. But if you’re into those kind of jaws go for it.

Mood –  Semi serious and perfect for teens who wanna laugh and get scared at the same time.

Box office – $48,572,000. Successful enough to give birth to a new franchise.

Chaos/Excitement meter – The monster created quite a fuss and gave Kevin Bacon quite a scare but the film is filled with gags that distract your mind from it. An offbeat title that’s both suspenseful and humorous.

Fun to hang with – 7/10. Tremors was critically acclaimed for being a fun action-horror film. If you don’t mind its age we highly recommend it.

5th place – The Mummy (1999 + 2 sequels)

What it’s all about – an ancient mummy rises from the dead due to a mysterious curse. Brendan Fraser must save the day before the mummy consumes everything in its path.

Physical appearance – The film is fast and filled with great special effects. The mummy itself starts as a rotten mummy and then transforms to actor Arnold Vosloo.

Mood – A semi serious adventure film, suitable for families, teens and boys’ night.

Box office – $415,933,406. One of the biggest blockbusters in the summer of 1999 which led to 2 successful sequels.

Chaos/Excitement meter – Any mummy that awakens from deep sleep (or even a person) will create chaos but when archaeologist Rick O’connel  comes to the rescue (and a daring one) have no fear. As for excitement – Treasure hunt, survival, heroic mission and an opposites attract love story to wrap it all nicely.

Fun to hang with – 7.5/10. With audience comparing archaeologist Rick to Indiana Jones you’re bound to have an entertaining escapade.

4th place – Trolljegeren (2010)

What it’s all aboutin the forests of Norway there are trolls and there are hunters who hunt them down. This scary mockumentary proves it.

Physical appearance – Someone has to say it – Trolls are ugly. But because of the found footage style you hardly see them. In fact you’ll be so scared you’ll prefer not seeing them at all.

Mood – a semi-serious and semi gory film. You’ll laugh and be disgusted simultaneously.

Box office – $4,159,678. Not bad for a foreign film.

Chaos/Excitement Meter – Who knew Trolls can be so exciting? the film is equally exciting and terrifying.

Fun to hang with – 8/10. Critically acclaimed  horror films are hard to come by. If you’re into that you’ll love Trolljegeren.

3rd place – Pacific Rim (2013)

What it’s all aboutGigantic aliens fight gigantic robots. GIGANTIC!

Physical appearance – Stunning. Wonderful special effects, epic battles, stylized creatures as can be.

Mood – a serious and fantastic film. Great for teens, boys’ night and anyone who wants to watch bigger than life battles.

Box office - $411,002,944. There were higher expectations from Pacific Rim and yet it’s no failure. Talks about a sequel keep on going…

Chaos/Excitement Meter – High on both scales – Tough heroes, save the world, evil aliens – what more do you need?

Fun to hang with – The film is like the ultimate summer blockbuster – some gags, some suspense, many special effects. lots of fun ensure.

2nd place – The Host (2006)

What it’s all about – a monster emerges from underwater and snatches a young girl. But her family won’t give up on her without a fight.

Physical appearance – The monster kind of looks like a giant piranha with legs. Kind of.

Mood – a biting semi serious horror drama, presenting some stylized scary scenes you won’t forget quickly. If you’re looking for a scary boys’ night with some touching moments (so you can bond with your friends), give it a try.

Box office - $89,106,383. Pretty successful for foreign films. Hollywood plans on a remake but it keeps on getting postponed.

Chaos/Excitement Meter – Seoul is pretty much in chaos not to mention the family in crisis. More than exciting, the film is mostly captivating.

Fun to hang with – 9/10. You’ll be happy (and scared) to host the host on your TV screen.

1st place -  The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

What it’s all about – All the deadly creatures participated in This film – zombies, vampires, demons and dozens of other creatures. Probably not what a group of teenagers thought they’d encounter on their vacation in the woods. Then again, they never do.

Physical appearance – a rough and gory film filled with special effects. As for the creatures, there are too many of them to describe them all but they all look good.

Mood – Fantastic, partly scary and partly humorous, filled with dark humor gags.

Box office - $66,486,080. A mediocre success.

Chaos/Excitement Meter – The chaos on screen is only matched by the chaos in your mind as it’s a mind bending film.

Fun to hang with – 9.5/10 – Critically acclaimed, award winner, original and clever. If you’re into offbeat horror films you’ll most likely have a blast.

 

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