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!
Apart from the above, March also delivers the elderly comedy “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Mar. 6), the boys night comedy “Unfinished Business” (Mar. 6) the critically acclaimed indie-horror “It 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 dramedy “While We’re Young” by Noah Baumbach.
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2 Weeks ago we here at Jinni published our predictions for the winners of the biggest categories of the 2014 Oscars. The predictions were based on a genetic comparison of the nominees Entertainment Genome profiles against those of the past category winners. We also put out a little teaser infographic the day before the ceremony based on our predictions from two weeks prior.
So here we go Jinni readers! This is us officially tootin’ our own horn!
We just did it as a fun little experiment as we were getting in the spirit of the awards here at HQ, but guess what boys and girls? Jinni nailed it! 6/6 predictions FTW!
When taking a closer look at all the common threads that come together, some very interesting trends pop out at you and not only shine a light on who may win but also on the industry as a whole.
Of course, we didn’t develop the Entertainment Genome to predict awards, we were just out to help people discover what shows and movies suited to them they were missing out on. We do get approached from time to time by Hollywood folks inquiring about other ‘off-label’ uses.
This is all just a little fun and games to us, but it begs the question, “Can any other Discovery Engines understand movies well enough to make predictions?”
Consider the gauntlet thrown! Have at thee!
Till the next time
Jinni Team out! [Drops the mic]
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During 2013, we at Jinni tried our best at doing the most important thing there is to do – watching movies and TV shows; as much as possible. So after we did such a good job and completed all of our viewing assignments (well, not really, it’s an ongoing assignment that only ends when you die) all that’s left to do is choose the best titles of the passing year (with the help of our entertainment genome, because we can’t really do anything without it).
here are our best titles of 2013:
Mud is a touching and heartwarming drama about love, or unrequited love to be more precise. It’s a bit slow paced, but never boring. I consider it to be the best movie of the year.
Banshee offers some of the best fight scenes ever seen on TV. The fight scenes are extremely violent, sometimes gory, maybe a bit over the top and they are the reason Banshee is one of the coolest, and most fun shows on TV.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to escape from prison together and trying to survive in the mean time. I can’t ask much more from a movie. These two aren’t too old for this s**t yet. They each still have a few more good action movies in them.
Breaking Bad – one of the best shows of the 2000′s deserved such an admiring talk show. They discussed and analyzed each one of the last 8 episodes of the series with the help of the show’s writers and actors. It helped better understand the series and helped to properly say goodbye.
The wonderful performance by James Gandolfini here just emphasizes how tragic his death was. Thinking on all the great film roles we could’ve gotten from him in the future adds a lot of bitterness to this sweet movie.
Another hit series from Netflix offers a compelling ensemble cast of characters, dark and cynical humor, touching moments. It is a well done mix of humor and drama; HBO is already feeling Netflix breathing down its neck.
Sam Rockwell gives one of the best performances of his career in what I believe to be one of the best coming of age movies ever made. It offers a near perfect combination of comedy and drama with a lot of heart.
The funniest TV show of 2013. It’s hilarious, brilliant and offbeat, and offers a combination of silly, dry and irreverent humor. It’s sort of a parody on business marketing TV shows, but you really need to watch it to know what it’s all about. The show’s creator – Nathan Fielder, is a comic genius.
About Time is a very funny, charming, romantic and life affirming movie. If this movie won’t make you feel good I don’t know what will…Maybe sugar, lots of chocolates and ice cream.
The Fall is one of the best crime series to come out of Britain in recent years. The acting here is top notch, as is the writing and the camera work, but the real secret weapon of the series is its haunting score.
This is a movie that asks you to forget everything you know about romantic comedies. It hilariously reinvents the genre. It was written and directed by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s writing partner in both Ali G and Borat, so it’s no wonder it’s so good.
The 1st Anchorman movie was the funniest movie ever made as far as I’m concerned, a masterpiece of silly and absurd humor. Anchorman 2 lives up to its predecessor. Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Harrison Ford, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and John C. Reilly joined the already impressive cast from the 1st movie for this non-stop laughs sequel.
Fans of Homeland who found themselves harshly disappointed from the season finale can find comfort with another superb espionage thriller – The Americans. All they have to do is replace Carrie with Kerri (Carrie Mathison with Keri Russell).
The Hunger Games is a rarity – a clever and thought provoking movie…for teens. Not many of those around. Good thing there’s another movie in the series coming out next year.
A gangster saga that takes place around 1919 and deals with an Irish gang and the tough law enforcer out to get them. It’s an extremely good looking show and I think it’s Britain’s answer to Boardwalk Empire, and a good one at that.
A well-made sports drama (if you’re not sure what well-made means watch this movie). Exciting race scenes and powerful performances by the two leads make Rush a rush.
Mind games, manipulations, intrigue and unexpected plot twists, seasoned with a great performance by James Spader makes The Blacklist into a clever treat-ller (a thriller which is a treat to watch). To me, it’s like a combination between Person of Interest and Silence of the Lambs.
A fascinating documentary about a fascinating creature. It will make you think twice before you decide to visit Seaworld, and it definitely won’t make you want to work there.
Talking and contemplating about sex might be enough for a network series, but this is Showtime (cable), so of course there are also a lot of explicit sex scenes here! But seriously now, it’s a high quality show about human nature, determination/obsession and… well, sex.
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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!
We have the right to get personalized recommendations!
We have the right to explore by mood!
We have the right to know if a movie will suit us before even watching it!
We have the right to use a customized, personalized TV guide!
We have the right to tune our search and discovery!
We have the right to find something to watch together without fighting over it!
We have the right to explore only relevant providers!
One for the future – we have the right to talk to our app!
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Can you feel the heat? Summer has arrived and with it some very interesting TV shows. While you’re sitting in your home, letting the air condition cool you off, let us recommend you 5 new TV shows that look very promising and 5 returning ones that will make this summer even hotter than it already is:
Low Winter Sun is a remake of a British series titled likewise, and it stars the same impressive leading actor (Mark Strong). AMC’s most famous crime drama, Breaking Bad, is coming to an end real soon and Low Winter Sun might be a worthy crime drama to replace the masterful show. The series was adapted to U.S TV by Chris Mundy (writer in both Hell on Wheels and Criminal Minds) and premieres August 11th.
4. The Bridge
The original Danish\Swedish TV show “The Bridge” was amazing, the plot had many twists and turns, the 2 main characters were flawed in a way that made it easy to relate to them, and the show had its own atmosphere and style that distinguished it from any other similarly themed shows. As for the American remake, I can’t really say it’s just as good, but it’s definitely what you’d call quality TV. It manages to be quite close to the original (which is good) and also have its own thing going on; which is great and makes it a must see show as far as I’m concerned.
2. The Fall
The Fall is one of the best crime series to come out of Britain in recent years, The acting in this series is top notch (especially from blonde (!) Gillian Anderson), and also the writing and the directing, but the series’ secret weapon is its haunting score. The Fall is a cat & mouse/detective & killer series just like another new TV show, The Following, but it’s hard to explain how superior The Fall is in comparison to The Following…
1. Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan is one of the best American crime dramas in recent years (I still don’t feel confident enough to mention it in the same sentence with Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, or The Wire, but maybe that will change soon). It’s rough, clever and tense and benefits from great performances by Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. The show’s creator\head writer – Ann Biderman (also created Southland) is a masterful storyteller and I highly recommend you tune in every week and watch!
5. Suits (2011)
4. Luther (2010)
Other good shows that I neglected to mention in my post (or did I?): Under the Dome (Not close to being the new Lost, but still has its moments), Axe Cop (offbeat animated comedy from Fox), Strike Back (4th season begins August 9th), The White Queen (great…for fans of period costume dramas) and In the Flesh (if you saw The Walking Dead and World War Z but feel there aren’t enough zombies in your life).
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