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.

  • 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.


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!



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?).


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,, 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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