So after a few months of (mostly) serious critically acclaimed movies, Hollywood now brings us mostly humorous and exciting titles which sometimes is all you need. On the TV section there are some new TV shows on board that’s well worth checking. Here are February’s Finest!!
Hail, Cesar! – For those who enjoy witty humor regarding showbiz and stylized films about filmmaking.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – For teens who enjoy offbeat gory titles about zombies and master warriors who fight them back…
Deadpool – For boys who enjoy witty and exciting superhero plots about vengeance and good versus evil rivalry.
Zoolander 2 – For teens who enjoy silly humor titles regarding conspiracies, fashion and celebrity culture.
The Witch – For teens who enjoy silly humor titles regarding conspiracies, fashion and celebrity culture.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson – For people who like Captivating courtroom dramas.
Animals – For people who enjoy offbeat and witty animated comedies.
Vinyl – For those who love clever and stylized titles about showbiz.
11/22/63– For people who like suspenseful time travel titles.
Love – For people who like witty comedies about couples.
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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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This year’s Oscars are coming up, and we decided to try and analyze the nominees and determine the winners while using the abilities of our entertainment genome. So, what type of movies are nominated this year and what history is trying to tell us regarding the winners in each major category? (Possible) answers below.
Time and Place
Only 1 movie among the 9 that were nominated for the best picture award takes place in the U.S. and in contemporary times (Nebraska). As for the others, some went back 20-170 years (The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave), others are contemporary, but went far away from American soil, to sea and even to space (Captain Philips and Gravity), and one movie miraculously time traveled into the (very?!) near future (Her). Philomena takes place in the 21st century, but a significant part of it takes place in the last century, and it also takes place in the U.S., but mostly in Ireland and England. Bottom line – the best contemporary American movies don’t take place in contemporary America.
The 3 Groups of Movies in the Best Picture Category
9 different movies are nominated for the best picture award, but with the help of our genome we’ll try and prove that the 9 movies can be easily divided into 3 different types instead of 9: The first and largest group: Touching and contemplative movies about human nature, obsession, human relationship, mind and soul and estrangement. Her, Philomena, Nebraska and Dallas Buyers Club all belong to this group. The second group tells Captivating survival stories about trying to survive in perilous situations while being confined and afraid. Gravity, Captain Philips and Twelve Years a Slave are the 3 movies that fit the description. The third and last group include two Humorous and clever crime movies about cons and scams, dishonesty and corruption. American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Using genetic stats from the last 20 years we’ll try to determine the winners in the 6 major categories:
Dominant genes among the winners in this category during the last 20 years include: drama, captivating, life is a bitch, period, 20th century, mind and soul, bleak, stylized, emotional, unfulfillment, society, based on a true story and rough. This is a reward that’s not given very lightly, so it’s not surprising that the typical winner here is also far from being light. Actually, they tend to be very heavy, just ask Crash, The English Patient, Schindler’s List and Million Dollar Baby.
The genome predicts: 12 Years A Slave
Dominant genes from the last 20 years: Touching, contemplative, psychological, hopes, sincere, human spirit, friendship, biography, determination and misfits. In this category sincere and touching psychological biographies that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit tend to win. The past winners from the last two decades Philadelphia, Crazy Heart, Forrest Gump, Milk, Life is Beautiful, Shine, Lincoln and Ray are all good examples. 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club seem like the ideal movies to win in this category, so who will it be, Chiwetel Ejiofor or Matthew McConaughey?
Dominant genes from the last 20 years: gender, human nature, dishonesty, society, family relations, witty, couple relations, love and romance, gloomy, Touching , humorous and redemption. Winners from the past include witty and humorous films about couple and family relations like As Good As It Gets, The Silver Linings Playbook, Erin Brokovich and Shakespeare in Love, and also gloomy movies that deal with society, gender and dishonesty issues like Boys Don’t Cry, The Iron Lady and Monster. There’s one movie that might be a combination of these two types of movies…
Dominant genes from the last 20 years: Blockbuster, Hollywood tone, death, epic, stylized, escapades, survival, human spirit, atmospheric, suspenseful, heroes, against the odds. It seems that there isn’t really a place for a low budget indie film winner in this category. This category is looking for a flashy, great to look at, grand movie that includes plenty of heroics and adventures. Life of Pi, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Braveheart and also Titanic and Forrest Gump were all such movies; and they won.
Best Writing – Original Screenplay
Dominant genes from the last 20 years: couple relations, humorous , independent, stylized, witty, mind and soul, clever, love and romance, sentimental, date night, offbeat, gloomy. Suddenly the tone got much lighter. If you want to win Best Original Screenplay you should write something funny, weird, sophisticated and a bit sad about couple relations, mind and soul and love. Here are winners that prove that point: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Midnight in Paris, Lost in Translation and American Beauty.
Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Dominant genes from the last 20 years: gloomy, emotional, sincere, misfits, bleak, Touching, rough, human nature, society, cruelty. The difference in tone between best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay are incredible. While the first is very light in tone (at least in comparison to the other major Oscar categories), the second might be the category with the most serious tone. Don’t expect to laugh or even to smile when you check out these past winners: Schindler’s List , Precious, Sling Blade, The Pianist, A Beautiful Mind, Brokeback Mountain and Traffic.
One thing that Hollywood did wrong is related to the differences between the best actor and best actress categories. Best actor category is about human spirit, against the odds and uplifting (positive), and best actress is mainly about the less pleasent sides of human nature. What does it say about Hollywood and its attitude towards the sexes? It’s unequal at the very least. And if we’re already talking about wrongdoings that needs fixing, giving the best picture award to 12 Years A Slave might be a good place to start.
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So, the Awards season has come and gone, leaving us with some smiling faces holding golden statues; and now it’s time for a quick recap of the major categories and trends.
Best Film – “Don’t Go Fully Period”
Dealing with state affairs and basing your film on a true story are good starting points on your journey towards the coveted golden bald man, but know this: you better not stray too far into history, since in the last ten years, no best picture winner took place in a time earlier than the 20th century. covering these three points and adding a topical touch by dealing with Iran, it’s no wonder Argo took home the big prize (portraying Hollywood producers as life savers probably didn’t hurt either.)
Best Director – 3D, Done Right, For A Change
Granted, Life of Pi isn’t as groundbreaking as Avatar, nevertheless, it is the first 3D film to win an Oscar for direction, and a much deserved one, since Ang Lee and cinematographer Claudio Miranda (who also won an Oscar for his work on this film) managed to create one of the most elegant and visually mesmerizing films in recent memory.
Best Screenplay – Festive Fifty
Quentin Tarantino celebrates half a century next month, so the academy for motion picture arts and sciences decided to give him an early birthday gift for Django Unchained’s controversial screenplay. The fact that it’s also his biggest blockbuster to date probably helped as well.
Best Actor – The Sure Thing
In the words of the great, incarcerated Wesley Snipes
Best Actress – Life imitates Art (or at least imitates SNL)
It’s almost impossible to win when you’re not acting in a serious film, and we’re not talking just about gross out comedies, even semi serious films are usually shunned. However, playing a troubled, or better yet, mentally unstable character can greatly improve your chances. No wonder Jennifer Lawrence was so convincing in this Saturday Night Live sketch.
Best Supporting Actress – The Other Sure Thing
The old age maxim, that in order to win an Oscar for acting you’ve got to play a suffering character (and preferably while degrading your physical appearance,) worked well for Anne Hathaway. In fact, it looked so calculated and worked so well it even spawned a pre-Oscar parody (and hats off to you, Emma Fitzpatrick.)
Best Supporting Actor – A New Winning Formula
Christoph Waltz + Racism = Oscar Winner? Yes, it does sound far fetched, but it has already proven itself three years ago in Inglorious Basterds and again this year in Django Unchained. It looks like the Tarantino/Waltz duo should brush up on their Anti-Samoan racial slur skills for the 2016 Academy Awards. To be honest, how can he lose with such a great theme song (lifted from a little known Spaghetti Western from 1971)?
Best Animated Film – Pixar’s Home Advantage
In what has become an inner Disney Derby between Brave and Wreck-It Ralph, the red headed young heroine had the upper hand, since in the last ten years the only Pixar produced films not to win an Oscar where the mediocre Cars and Cars 2.
Best Documentary – Odd (Sugar) Man Out
Being the only one of the five nominated films to not deal with a social issue, but rather chronicle the quest for finding a presumably dead legendary musician, Searching For Sugar Man won the thing that eluded it’s hero – real time acclaim and recognition.
That’s all for these Oscars, folks; we’ll leave you with this year’s wistful Animated Short winner:
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With the announcement of the 2013 Oscar winners right around the corner, we’ve decided to crack the genetic code of an Oscar winning movie. We’ve compiled the Oscar winning titles of the main categories throughout the 21st Century (best picture, actor, actress and director, from 2000 until today), analyzed and cross referenced their genes according to the Jinni Entertainment Genome, and compared them with the genes of this year’s nominees. The following infographic displays our findings:
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