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Review: Godzilla 2014

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I am not a hard core Godzilla fan but I enjoy monster films and I was looking forward to watching an action-packed movie with cool effects and in 3D. Unfortunately though, I almost got bored half-way through Godzilla and lost interest in the other half. The story takes time to pick up, the action scenes were pretty cool but weren’t that numerous and were cut out sometimes for no reason and there’s a lot of focus on the human element. For example, you see the two monsters fighting for few seconds then we move to another scene and are shown the damaged and leveled buildings afterwards. Add to that a lot of cheesy and unnecessary scenes.

Moreover, I didn’t understand what was going on with Godzilla at some point, as he looked like he was napping a couple of times before resuming his fights and then does something unexpected and left unexplained (I won’t say more). As far as the actors are concerned, Bryan Cranston’s acting was brilliant but I wasn’t too impressed with the other characters. Added to that, I thought the movie was too long just like most 3D movies this year. It’s as if movie makers insist on adding a good 20 or 30 minutes of pointless and stupid nice looking 3D scenes (not even action scenes) just to make use of the technology.

All in all, I am quite surprised the movie got a 7.6 on IMDb. I’d give it a 6 or 5 tops.

Burj el Murr: Tower of Bitterness

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Burj el Murr was built in the 1970s yet has only been used as a sniper hideout during the Lebanese Civil War. After reading about the Holiday Inn hotel being auctioned off soon, I tried looking for updates on the Burj el Murr but found none. Instead I ended up on this dark 11 minute video done by Lina Ghaibeh on the Burj.

PS: Just ignore the warning and watch it on VIMEO.

Around 11,000 Lebanese Attended John Paul II and John XXIII’s Canonization In Rome

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It was reported that more than 11,000 Lebanese, including the President of the Republic Michel Sleiman and Maronite Patriarche Bechara El Rai, made the trip to Rome to attend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. While it’s true that Lebanese feel particularly close to John Paul II who visited Lebanon in 1997, I was a bit surprised by the numbers and by the media coverage in Lebanon. In fact, most of the TV channels in the past couple of days haven’t done anything except talk about the canonization of John Paul II and cover every aspect of the process.

Some Lebanese who made it there were even convinced that John Paul II is “a Lebanese saint, like Charbel and Rafka”. As long as it unites Lebanese and makes them happy, I guess there’s nothing wrong with that.

Haifa Wehbe’s Movie Pulled From UAE And Egypt Cinemas

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Apparently the movie has caused an uproar in Egypt because of the sexually provocative scenes as well as a young boy’s infatuation with the character played by Wehbi. As for the UAE, Halawet Al Rooh’ was the third most-watched film in UAE cinemas before it was removed from cinemas on Thursday morning.

Has anyone seen the movie yet in Lebanon? Any feedback?

Trailer: I’m Not A Martyr By Samah El Kadi

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Just like the 16-year-old student Mohammad el Chaar who died wasn’t looking to become a martyr, a lot of Lebanese weren’t willing to fight for any militia or any cause during the war and just wanted to live in peace with their families. I’m Not A Martyr is the story of a poet who tried to escape the Beirut war by taking shelter with his family in the mountains, only to find himself forced to join a local militia and take up arms.

I will be looking forward to seeing this movie. Based on what the press kit says, the release date will be around the start of next fall or winter.