July’s Finest!

June 29th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

Hello Jinni lovers,

As you know, the times they are a changin’ and so is Jinni. You probably heard about the recent change regarding our website but it doesn’t mean we can’t recommend a number of movies & TV shows each month. So sit back, listen up and scroll down – these are JULY’S FINEST!

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Terminator: Genisys – for people who like exciting man versus machine battles and mind bending stories regarding changing the past or future.

  • What? Messing with the past can create a dystopian future. That’s what Sgt. Kyle Reese learns when he goes back to 1984. Luckily, The “good” terminator is there with him and along with Sarah Connor they’ll try to reset the future and create a new day for mankind. The twist is John Connor became an advanced robot that would try to prevent this plan.
  • When? July, 1. 2015
  • Who? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons. Directed  by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World)

Minions – for families looking for disordered humorous movies and preschoolers who like goofy heroes that save the day.

  • What? The goofy Minions are coming so you better watch out. Or better yet, just watch as they find a new master villain to adore and serve. They might not be the brightest creatures, but they’re definitely the funniest ones.
  • When? July, 10. 2015
  • Who? Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamn, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Geoggrey Rush and Steve Carrel provide their voices. Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

The Gallows – for teens who like deadly slasher films and scary murder plots involving teenagers.

  • What? And again, it seems past is a place better left behind. When a group of students decide to pay a tribute in honor of the victims of a horrible accident that happened 20 years ago, they learn all too well that tragedies can hit back.
  • When? July, 10. 2015
  • Who? Cassidy Gifford, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler. Directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofling.

Trainwreck – for girls who like clever offbeat tales about singleness or those on a date night who love sentimental witty comedies.

  • What? Amy never believed in love, never believed in loyalty or monogamy, but when she meets Aaron she starts thinking that maybe it’s possible. It’ll take some readjusting but can Amy pull it off?
  • When? July, 17. 2015
  • Who? Amy Schummer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson. Directed by Judd Apatow written by Amy Schumer.

Southpaw – for people who like uplifting human spirit stories and boys who love rough boxing movies.

  • What? Billy “The Great” hope seems to have it all. He’s a successful boxer, he’s got a loving wife and an adorable daughter. When a tragic event strikes, Billy’s life is turned upside down and down he’ll go… Would he rise up again?
  • When? July, 24. 2015
  • Who? Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker. Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

TV:

The Spoils Before Dying – For people who like offbeat, surreal parodies and funny and silly indie titles.

    • What? The series will center on Rock Banyon who becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove who is found dead with another man. Panicked, Rock splits for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores DeWinter. With 72-hours to clear his name or fry in the electric chair, Rock and Delores embark on a dangerous quest for the truth that takes them into an abyss of sex, drugs, betrayal, and of course, jazz.
    • When? July, 8. 2015
    • Who? The all-star cast includes Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment and Michael Sheen.

The Jim Gaffigan Show – For people who enjoy funny mockumentaries about showbiz and witty sitcoms about parents and children.

    • What? Inspired by Jim Gaffigan’s real life, The Jim Gaffigan Show explores one man’s struggle to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.
    • When? July, 15. 2015
    • Who? Jim Gaffigan stars alongside Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg and Michael Ian Black.

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll – For people who like cynical titles about musicians, and dark humor titles about being down on your luck.

    • What? The series focuses on “Johnny Rock,” lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. 25 years later the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren’t cocaine and marijuana – they’re Crestor, Cymbalta and Cialis. He’s out of work, out of money and out of show business options. That’s when a massively talented young singer named Gigi shows up…
    • When? July, 16. 2015
    • Who? Denis Leary is the lead, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies and Robert Kelly co-star.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – For people who like parodies that use an all-star cast and funny and irreverent titles about teenage life.

    • What? An all-star cast delivers big laughs in this irreverent spoof of summer camp and ’80s teenager movies. We’ve seen the last day of summer in the classic original film; now discover the events that shaped these iconic characters on the first day of Camp Firewood’s season.
    • When? July, 19. 2015
    • Who? Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia, Nonso Anozie and Sibylla Deen star.

Tut – For people who like stylized titles about royal families and captivating titles about leadership.

    • What? Tut, tells the story of astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun (King Tut), and his closest adviser, Vizer Ay. Tut revolves around King Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests.
    • When? July, 19. 2015
    • Who? Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia, Nonso Anozie and Sibylla Deen star.

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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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5 links to stretch your movie knowledge

January 12th, 2009 by Ben

At Jinni, we aim to offer a new approach to choosing movies that’s richer and more meaningful than the usual genres and keywords. Of course we have other favorite sites that offer different perspectives or unexpected insights into the world of movies. Here’s a list of 5 interesting links to check out.

Are you good at recommending?
Video Store Clerk is an addictive game based on real Netflix data. Given a customer’s past ratings, guess how they rated a featured film. This is an effort at a “crowdsourcing” solution to the Netflix million dollar challenge to improve their recommendation algorithm. The idea is that these human predictions can be part of a better model than the purely algorithmic one being worked on by various teams competing for the prize.

What’s filming near you?
The Movie Map lets you search by title or location to see where your favorite films were shot – or what’s been filmed near you. Though the site is still missing a lot of photos and related links, it’s a fun way of bringing film closer to home.

Is your perspective international?
The world may be flat but aesthetics still vary widely among cultures. Seeing posters from around the world can open up new perspectives on the films you know – or offer a new and gratifying visual experience. This isn’t a single link but check out 50 incredible film posters from Poland or 50 stunning Asian movie posters.

Can you sum it up?
So many farfetched ideas, ridiculous dialogue lines… and pretentious filmmakers. The Editing Room takes it all down to size with hilariously abridged scripts that sum up several hours in a couple thousand well-chosen words. The scripts (and the writer) are sometimes to be found on Cracked as well.

What’s your movie taste?
Of course we have to mention Jinni. Powered by the Movie Genome, search, recommendations and a unique user taste model are based on cataloging each title by plot, mood, style, setting, and more. Take a closer look at your taste in movies with the Jinni Taste Test. Are you a Drama Addict, Escape Artist or Hero? Since most people like a variety of movie types – you might be more than one. You’ll need to quickly sign up here for Jinni to check it out.

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Kevin Smith and cinema’s biggest slackers

October 27th, 2008 by Barak

While you’re waiting impatiently for Zack and Miri Make a Porno to open in theaters this Friday, let’s talk about director Kevin Smith. In the style of many geniuses before him, Smith dropped out of film school, worked as a video store clerk, and sold his comic book collection to make his first movie, Clerks, on a budget of $27,000. Flush with $3 million at the box office and critical acclaim, Smith went on to make Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, and  Clerks 2. What do nearly all these movies have in common? Slackers. So in honor of KS’s favorite character type, here’s our list of top cinematic slackers. Grab that dirty clothing off the floor, collapse on your ratty couch, stuff stale cheetos in your face, and get inspired…

1. The Big Lebowski, 1998

Jeff Lebowski, known as the Dude, is a cheerful burnout whose world turns upside down when he’s mistaken for a millionaire with the same name – and finds himself in the LA underworld. The plot is frenetic, the dialogue is hilariously absurd, and the soundtrack and acting are unexpectedly stellar.

2. Clerks, 1994

Chronicling a day in the life of a Quick Stop clerk, Clerks captures the hilarity of the humdrum even as it raises slackerdom to existential proportions. From behind his counter, Dante Hicks tries to bring some order to the crazy customers, his mixed-up love life, and his incorrigible friend and fellow clerk Randal.

3. Knocked up, 2007

Lazy, immature 23-year-old Ben sporadically works on a pseudo-porn website in between smoking up with his roommates – until a one-night stand with Alison, a glamorous career woman, leads to accidental pregnancy. The parents-to-be have practically nothing in common, but they decide to keep the baby and give their relationship a chance.

4. Clerks 2, 2006

In this funny, very raunchy sequel to Clerks, it’s been more than 10 years but Dante Hicks and Randal Graves are still working at the same Quick Stop video and convenience store in New Jersey – until it burns down and they find jobs at Mooby’s, a nearby fast-food joint. The film features cameos from Jason Lee and Ben Affleck and a soundtrack ranging from Smashing Pumpkins to Alanis Morissette.

5. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 2001

Kevin Smith’s fifth and final installment in his New Jersey Chronicles is a chance for scene-stealing stoner Jay and his taciturn sidekick Silent Bob to carry their own movie. It’s a lovingly crude comedy rife with celebrity cameos, slapstick movie spoofs, and clever jabs at Hollywood.

6. Dazed and Confused, 1993

Stoners, jocks, and snobby sorority girls wait for classes to end with drugs and parties. Richard Linklater’s movie is a comic, nostalgic cross-clique look at high school, with a painfully familiar and unforgettable cast of characters.

7. Billy Madison, 1995

To gain control of his family’s billion dollar business, a slacker must go back to school and get through grades 1-12 again in 6 months. The fact that he’s a hopeless goof who failed it all the first time doesn’t help.

8. Mallrats, 1995

When a couple of well-meaning slackers lose their girlfriends, they set about trying to reclaim their pride – and their women – in the most obvious place: the mall. The film marked Jason Lee’s debut as a leading man, and though it failed in theaters, it became a cult classic on video.

9. Big Daddy, 1999

Adam Sandler stars as Sonny Koufax, a perpetual adolescent whose girlfriend gives him an ultimatum: take some responsibility or kiss her goodbye. Magically, his roommate’s child turns up on his doorstep, and Sonny decides to care for the child and prove his maturity.

10. Slacker, 1991

Texan filmmaker Richard Linklater’s debut indie feature takes an original approach to narrative, creating an entirely new form of cinema in the process. Shot at a leisurely pace with a style similar to Robert Bresson, Slacker follows the unmotivated inhabitants of Austin, Texas over one day as they waste their time talking about politics, philosophy, and pop culture.

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The President, starring as…

October 23rd, 2008 by Ben

This campaign season has unquestionably been a media circus. With characters and stories overshadowing real issues, sketches and parodies racing around the Internet, it sometimes feels like we’re watching a movie and not a serious political event. Or rather several movies, each candidate starring in their own version of events. If so, which movies do we feel we’re watching? And more than that, which movies do the candidates think they’re starring in? Below is my take. Feel free to add yours in the comments!

Barack Obama starring as… Harry Potter in Harry Potter


He’s the boy wonder who rallies those around him in the fight for good. He stirs hope in the tired elders and malice in his many enemies. He’s got a whole lot of new spells to learn, but his bravery and dedication will win in the end.

John McCain starring as… John McClane in Die Hard


A tough guy and maverick, with a history and a set of principles – and a wife who’s a whole lot more glamorous than he is. Now the world needs him once more – and he will save the day at any cost.


Sarah Palin
starring as… The Bride in Kill Bill


Life’s given her some hard knocks…and made her stronger. She’s not kind to her enemies (actually she likes to impale them) but her ruthless skills wow everyone. And she’s a mother too.


Joe Biden
starring as… Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting


He’s a blue-collar lad with some traumas in his past. He can be too direct – and he and his friends sometimes disappoint each other. But he’s smart and might just know how to win love.

What do all these movies have in common? Based on the Movie Genome that powers our website, Jinni.com, they all have themes of Underdog or One Man Army or both. Now who gets to play Rise to the Top (and a whole new batch of movies) on November 4…? Feel free to add your take below!

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