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 Most Likeable Unlikely Relationships

December 17th, 2013 by Asaf

These days everything is done with computers. They’re all around us all the time. You can love them or hate them, but you HAVE to live with them. There are some people who like their computers a bit more than the average Joe. They’re looking at them fondly, touching them in a delicate way and deep in their hearts they wish their computers would come to life. This sort of unlikely relationship is the center of one of the most Oscar-buzzed films of the season – “Her“, an offbeat sci-fi romantic comedy about a lonely writer who falls in love with his new operating system designed to meet his every need (which is kind of how Jinni is, and if you love us, the feeling is mutual).

So due to Her’s (limited) release this weekend, here is our take on unlikely couples including a few tips for seducing and building a healthy relationship with your computer. Let the romantic algorithm shine on…

Her (2013)

So let’s begin. In order to form a successful relationship one must understand the person/artifact in front of him/her. So for you to understand your computer better, we recommend watching Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (2012)

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This reality show follows prodigies in the computers and web world as they try to rise to the top and fulfill their ambitions. With a captivating and sincere approach, the show combines the big brother with science and technology. It’s a great opportunity for you to learn how to communicate with computers from the people who do It best.

After communicating with the computer, it’s time to seduce it and what’s better than a feel good sitcom?

My Hero (2000 – 2006)

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The plus side of watching a TV show with your computer is that it’s long term, so your computer can see your intentions are real, not a one-time thing. My Hero describes another fantastic romance between a superhero and a young nurse. An imaginary show that shows love can conquer evil aliens and villains as long as you have some superhuman powers.

Your computer should know love transcends everything, so maybe you should show it an example of a supernatural romance.

Spirited (2010 – 2011)

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In this semi-fantastic comedy series from Australia, we see what happens when a divorced dentist moves to an old apartment where the ghost of 80s rock n roll star resides. Of course, she’s the only one who can see him (kind of romantic in it’s own supernatural way…).  This humorous fantasy presents some rock tunes, along with paranormal activities and an offbeat love story that’s sure could convince your computer love transcends human limits…

Now, if you’re living alone with your computer and until someone comes up with some app for producing babies, maybe you could bring home a pet, like a dog.

Wilfred (2011 – )

An unlikely relationship such as this, deserves an unusual dog. Wilfred is a comedy series about a dog who thinks he’s human. Elijah wood plays an ordinary guy, about to kill himself, who gets to know this human-dog and as time goes by they become one of the most odd couples in TV history (Not a couple – couple, more buddies-like couple). From dark jokes, through grossout humor to plain old silly humor, Wilfred can help you form a healthier relationship with your computer.

The everyday life can make your relationship a bit dull, so why not surprise your computer with a romantic evening? let’s start with a date-night movie…

Splash (1984)

Splash is a good choice ’cause it’s another example of impossible love, and in that case, true love. Tom Hanks, 29 years younger, and Daryl Hanna, approximately 29 bad movies earlier, starred in this critically acclaimed Cinderella story. A young man falls in love with a fish (actually, a mermaid) out of water. Both sentimental and humorous, Splash should set the mood for the rest of the evening. And now, why not take your computer out for a nice dinner? Just be ready to get some odd looks like Ryan Gosling got in…

Lars and The Real Girl (2007)

Lars’s new girlfriend is the extremely shy and quiet Bianca. actually, Bianca is quiet because Bianca is a doll but no one wants to tell  Lars and risk making his already unstable personality even more fragile.  In every relationship there comes the point you introduce your spouse to your family and friends, so in this movie you can prepare yourself for the moment they’ll see your dating a computer. One can only hope they’ll be supportive and sentimental as the characters in this wonderful dramedy.

Now after dinner, grab a cup of coffee, and invite over…

Coffee Samurai (2011)

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Many people like coffee. Many people buy coffee machines. But just a few fall in love with their coffee machine. Not that we’re judging anyone. Coffee Samurai is an anime short about a college student who falls in love with coffee vending machine named Jin. Jin was a Samurai who experienced a reincarnation and got back as a vending machine due to a miss interpreted wish come true… Jin could probably make you and your computer some miraculous coffee . Which may lead to a magical event such as the one in…

Ruby Sparks (2012)

a young writer’s wish comes true when the protagonist of his novel, and the girl of his dreams, comes to life. But when he finds out he can write her actions and characteristics he starts losing his mind and his relationship. A clever and bittersweet tale about what we want from love and what we think we want.

Ruby Sparks shows the ups and downs of love, and if after a while you realize your computer and you have more downs then ups maybe you should erase it’s memory like they did in…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Now remember, this is just in case things went horribly bad and you and your computer decide there’s no turning back and breakup. In that case use the services of doctor Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson) in order to erase yours and your computer’s memory like he did in this original and essential film. A couple (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) decides to breakup and erase their memory in order to forget each other. As we go inside their minds we see a non linear presentation of their relationship in a captivating and mind bending way. We hope you wouldn’t have to take such extreme measure but sometimes love can make you do things you’d have never believed you’d do before.

And just a clarification before we breakup, though we only mentioned your relationship with your computer, it doesn’t mean Jinni is prejudice about other relationships such as with your smart phone, your car or your Ipad. in fact we encourage it, have you downloaded out new app? It’s here to provide your every entertainment need, feel free to fall in love….

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Why Does the Future Always Look so Bleak?

April 10th, 2013 by Guy

Oblivion”, a bleak thriller about future dystopia, set on a distant planet and starring Tom Cruise, is nearing it’s release date in theaters. We at Jinni wanted to stop for a moment and try to figure out what is it about the future and distant planets, that seems to make the movies about them so grim? They’re always set in some broken society, a ruined civilization, or on a menacing distant planet, which in many cases is ruled by evil aliens or is being threatened by them in some way. I guess that since the future is unknown, we project our fears onto what it holds. We imagine the worst so that we can be prepared for the worst the moment it arrives. I say: think positive! Break the rules! Why must we always dread what the future holds? Let’s rewrite the future and include some laughs and romance instead of all of the atrocities we’re being forced to face. With some minor genetic alterations, courtesy of our Entertainment Genome, here’s what the future could look like:

Avatar (2009)

Genes of the original – Exciting, Betrayal, Danger, Battles, Society.

No reason not to start with the biggest bang; “Avatar” is currently the highest grossing movie of all time, known for its amazing 3D and special effects that truly captivate it’s viewers. It tells the story of Jake Sully, who decides to take on the role of his brother who died on the distant world of Pandora. In exchange for his help, he will regain use of his legs through an expensive surgery granted to him by the army. What he doesn’t know yet, is that the military wishes to drive away the natives, simply known as the Na’Vi, and take control of their rich minerals. In order to mine these resources, they want to remove the Na’Vi from their homes.

The Jinni take – Humorous, Feel Good, Looking for love, Meet the Parents.

Jake Sully hasn’t been able to find true love for years now because of his paralyzing disability. He hears about a new form of technology that can be found in the distant planet of Pandora. In Pandora, it is possible to transfer your consciousness to a different body, taking on the form of the planet’s native people, the Na’Vi. Once Jake switches bodies, he meets Neytiri and falls in love with her, but their love cannot be fulfilled until her parents accept him as part of their tribe. Nothing goes right as Jake tries to readjust to his new culture in this romantic comedy, packed with ups and downs! Winking smile

Moon (2009)

Genes of the original – Tense, Bleak, Psychological.

This clever independent film revolves around an astronaut named Sam Bell who is the sole resident of the moon, a distant planet in itself, and his mission to harvest the resources that are needed on Earth. Being all alone, all he has is a computer named ‘GERTY’ to talk to. Being on the moon for almost 3 years weighs heavily on him and he starts hallucinating. After an accident on the station’s harvester, Sam makes a shocking self discovery that turns his life upside down and makes him question his identity and beliefs.

The Jinni take – Silly humor, Buddies, Drug abuse, looking for sex.

Sam Bell always yearned to leave his bubble and explore the great big world beyond. So he upped and left society to work on the moon, where he got to explore the little planet as well as create an unlikely friendship with the station based super-computer ‘GERTY’. While harvesting on the moon, Sam discover a lunar mineral with effects resembling LSD, which cause him to have hallucinations of a sexual nature. Unable to control his urges, the two embark on an obsessive quest to find companions, and the movie follows the misadventures of these 2 wacky characters.

Dune (1984)

Genes of the original – Atmospheric, Stylized, Rivalry, Morality, Deadly creature

In the far future, the only resource that matters in the universe is called “The Spice”, and it can only be found on a distant planet named ‘Arakis’ which is also known as ‘Dune’. The planet is infested with fearsome monsters known only as the sand worms. Two families – the Atreides and the Harkoonen – fight for control over the spice because he who controls the spice, controls the universe; and thus begins a string of events, including betrayals, quests for revenge and a prophecy that comes to life through th e duke’s son, who becomes a great leader. The movie includes a great deal of immorality and corruption in order to obtain the spice at any cost!

The Jinni take – Exciting, Adventurer, Save the Princess, Against the odds

In order to save the princess from the evil baron Harkoonen, Peter Atreides must venture to the distant planet ‘Arakis’ where the princess is kept, where he fights his way through a number of deathtraps, faces out-of-this-world spells and rituals that were set for him by the evil baron, and fends off gigantic terrible sand worms who swarm the planet. Could Peter’s quest be doomed to begin with, or will he overcome the impossible and defeat all the evils that stand in his way, and manage to save the day?! Check out this exciting escapade to find out! Winking smile

Starship Troopers (1997)

Genes of the original – Suspenseful, Rough, Evil Alien, Space Wars, Human Existence.

In the future portrayed in this action classic, people obtain citizenship only through serving their country. We follow the escapades of Johnny Rico and his girlfriend Carmen as they graduate from high school and decide to enlist in the military and join the fight for the fate of humanity against the evil alien bugs. The bugs, which are infesting the universe, are evolving and becoming more intelligent with every passing day. It is up to the military to foil the bugs’ plans to wipe out humanity from existence. Filled with gore, and some fast paced action, this movie doesn’t let you rest for a split second.

The Jinni take – Offbeat, High School Life, Fish Out of Water

Humanity values equality over anything else, especially during a time when the human race has discovered they are not alone in the universe. Johnny Rico transfers to the alien planet of “Klendathu” in order to study foreign affairs, and to expand his horizons beyond the knowledge of his own race. Once there, he soon finds out that the bugs are more benign than they look and that there’s definitely more than meets the eye. In this fish out of water comedy, Johnny Rico is thwarted into ridiculous situations, that call for trouble at every turn.

Oblivion (2013)

Genes of the original – Suspenseful, Future Dystopia, Fate of Humanity, Conspiracies.

This is the story of one of the last drone repairmen stationed on Earth. With the help of drones, humanity extracts vital resources from the planet in order to survive in the aftermath of the war with the terrifying Scavs. When Jack meets a stranger while on one of his patrols, he initiates a chain of events that brings him to question everything he believes in, including the fate of humanity.

The Jinni take – Touching, Adventure, Hotshot, Love and Romance.

Jack Harper and Victoria are paired up on a mission to salvage resources from the ruined planet Earth. Initially antagonistic, they seem to be different in every possible way. Jack is more curious and roams around the ruins, while Victoria wants to be thorough and complete their assignment without wasting time. When both of them make a dangerous discovery, it’s up to Jack to get Victoria back to safety. Suddenly, their true emotions surface, and it appears that all this time they were just holding back. Now, Jack will do anything to get a second chance at love.

Alright, I know, our takes are not really serious and producers will probably not be knocking down our office doors, bidding for these scripts. It’s more likely that they would turn out to be really good B movies… but it does make you think, doesn’t it? I suspect that the magic of Sci-Fi lies within it’s ominous nature. While threatening and scary, it’s also very intriguing and brings to our attention the need to stop and take a minute to consider ways to avoid these dark futures. In a world that strives for peace, no one wants to be under the threat of destruction.
And thus I bid all of you a fruitful week, free of existential threats! Smile

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Stephen’s Kings and Paupers

September 20th, 2012 by Ran

Stephen King turns 65 tomorrow. Is it rude to wish someone a happy birthday the day before? I don’t know. (Happy birthday anyway Steve? Can I call you Steve? Thanks.) What I do know is that while Stephen King is most recognized with the horror genre, he has probably written every genre there is during his prolific career (which seems far from over). Under his belt you can find novels, short stories, scripts, comics, directions to his house and even grocery lists. His work has been adapted into feature films, TV films, mini-series, comics, theatrical plays and even video art installations (not really). It seems that every Stephen King novel automatically comes to a screen near you, as if there’s a machine that turns his written words into moving images. As such, you’re bound to have your hits and misses; and hey, that’s what we’re here for today: to celebrate the good and the bad of this great popular writer. I chose to leave out the obvious hits, like The Shining, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption, in favor of making things a bit more interesting. So let’s see the best and worst titles based on books or short stories by King, divided into arbitrary categories:

Future Dystopia

Best: The Running Man (1987)

Not only did Battle Royale beat The Hunger Games to the same idea, King wrote this book in 1982. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars here as a reluctant contestant in a futuristic TV show on which convicts are pitted against one another to see who survives. While it’s not as good or disturbing as the Japanese film, this sci-fi thriller’s campy look, Arnie’s one-liners, and fast pace will entertain you for sure.

Worst: The Stand (1994)

I wasted six hours of my life on this mini-series. Most of the time you see people walking in a post-apocalyptic world preparing for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. I am not opposed to slow films, don’t get me wrong, and I thought I would be compensated for my patience at the end, but the so-called ultimate battle was an utter disappointment. So do yourselves a favor, avoid this shocker.

Writer’s Life

Best: Misery (1990)

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One of King’s best adaptations, without a doubt. Kathy Bates stars as a mentally unstable fan, who rescues her favorite writer (James Caan), after he’s involved in a car crash. Caan goes from being thankful to being held captive by a psychotic woman that can’t deal with the fact that her idol has killed off the heroine of her favorite novels. Bates’ performance of a lifetime (Oscar winning), the great tension build-up, and the minimalistic production all make for a very scary film.

Worst: Secret Window (2004)

I guess Stephen should have stopped writing about writers after Misery, but I also guess he couldn’t help himself. Starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro, one would think this film has a chance to be somewhat watchable, but the story is so predictable and recycled, that you find yourself just waiting for it to be over. It’s kind of the opposite of Rob Reiner’s modern classic.

Objects Come to Life

Best: Christine (1983)

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The story behind this film doesn’t sound like much: A vintage car possesses the young man that bought it (Keith Gordon), changing his character from an insecure geek to a dark and arrogant youngster. Strangely, this is a very compelling horror thriller, with great atmosphere, that will make you wanna get in your car and drive.

Worst: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

He shouldn’t have super-sized from cars to trucks. King even directed this silly horror sci-fi about trucks trying to kill some guys at a diner in North Carolina. While this is a bad movie in every aspect, there are some unintentional comic elements that are perhaps worth an ironic viewing. Perhaps.

Youth

Best: Stand By Me (1986)

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Another Rob Reiner film, and another modern classic. I guess he should direct all of Stephen’s adaptations. After all the horrors, suspense and supernatural stuff, King comes to us with a beautiful and touching coming of age story, revolving around a group of young friends who find a dead body (We’re still talking about Stephen King). To this day directors try to recreate its feel, cementing it as a timeless and essential film.

Worst: Carrie (2002)

Not that this movie is that bad, but it is a useless remake that pales so much comparing to the original Brian De Palma classic from 1976, that I had to put it in. This was a made-for-TV movie, that was supposed to be a pilot for a TV series. With an astonishing runtime of 132 minutes, an inferior cast, direction and production, you will not be able to decide whether you’re more bored or more disappointed from this film. (and a shout-out to the original, you should have been here.)

Animals Attacking

Best: Pet Sematary (1989)

I have only one problem with this film, and one message to viewers: Cats do not behave like this when they’re alive! Stop demonizing them! Aside from that, this is a creepy horror film (as horror films should be), that still holds some scare power. With a memorable role by legendary actor Fred Gwynne, and a great title track by The Ramones, you will not be disappointed.

Worst: Graveyard Shift (1990)

If you’re into guilty pleasure, this might make the cut, but otherwise just leave this one alone. So during a graveyard shift, people discover a deadly creature in the basement. Low budget, shoddy direction and a plain silly plot are the makings of this truly bad film. Brad Dourif’s character as a wacky exterminator is not enough to make it worth watching.

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