Category Archives: Movies & Television

New Lebanese Movie: Insan Hayawan Shay2 – انسان حيوان شيء

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Three students Ramzi, Sam and Sahar were sent by their psychology teacher, Nour, to a Lebanese village, Ain AL Jen, to investigate a series of supernatural activities; Khalil, a man pretending that he can perform miracles, Em Emad, a mother who can see her dead son, a house haunted by Jinn, and a pregnant woman possessed by a Demon Child Killer called Al KRINEH. Faced by their own fears and dark secrets, will they be able to solve the mystery and return to their normal lives?

The trailer is not very appealing but I don’t recall ever seeing a Lebanese movie like that, so it’s worth a try. Insan Hayawan Shay2‘s release date is set to the 16th of January 2014.

Here are the last two Lebanese movies I watched and reviewed:
[Ghadi]
[Bebe]

Quick Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a short story by James Thurber. The movie is about Walter Mitty, an average man whose daydreams take him to a world of adventure, heroism and romance. Honestly, I had high hopes for this movie but I didn’t think it was that great. The story is nice, the plot is interesting, the views are breath-taking but the movie is slow-paced and a bit boring. Mitty’s character is quite interesting and you get attached to it but then I lost interest at some point and wanted the movie to just end. The end was nice and emotional even though it was predictable.

It’s definitely a feel-good movie and I don’t regret watching it, but I thought for some reason it would be much better than that. I do agree with Patrick though that the movie’s soundtrack is amazing!

Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street is about a young stockbroker called Jordan Belfort who began his Wall Street career as an intern at a highly reputed investment firm, before losing his job following the Market crash in 1987 “Black Monday”. However, the young and enthusiastic Belfort does not despair, and soon after being introduced to the world of penny stocks, starts making millions and decides to kick off his own business. He recruits some of his friends, including a drug dealer, and that’s where everything spins out of control. Drugs, Sex, Corruption, Dirty Money, Excessive spending, Crazy Parties, Excessive Substance abuse, Hot girls, Troubled family life etc …

Martin Scorsese made sure to document every aspect of Belfort’s rise and downfall by delivering a 3 hours long movie. Just like in Goodfellas, it’s a story about a young man working his way up to become rich and powerful, except this time it’s Wall Street and not the mob and the guys wear suits and work in offices.

There’s a bit of everything in this movie, from drama to humor to action, and I thought it was an absolutely thrilling and excellent movie! Leonardo DiCaprio played his character to perfection and deserves an Oscar for his performance (My favorite scene was when he’s totally wasted and crawling to his car). Belfort’s partners are hilarious and perfectly chosen too, specially Donnie Azoff who’s played by Jonah Hill. Naomi Lapaglia, Belfort’s wife is played by Margot Robbie and is unbelievably hot.

The movie earned an 8.7/10 on IMDb. Personally, I’d easily give it a 9/10.

Note: I unfortunately watched the censored version which is only 2 hours and 30 minutes long, but this post says the full version will start showing as of today in Lebanese theaters.

Dodgem, A Movie by Christophe Karabache

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Something tells me this movie won’t make it to the Lebanese theaters.

In an insecure suburb of Beirut, Nour, a Lebanese transvestite, meets Vanesa, a Spanish model who poses for a photographic project and both set up a bizarre relationship. The project is blocked. Nothing happens as predicted. Vanesa stays in the apartment, feels bored, drinks too much alcohol and is lost in her dreams. Nour frequently visits his violent lover and realizes his marginal habits. In the street, young boys beat some people with slingshots…

For All “وأشرقت الشمس” Fans

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Picture via NowLebanon

I have no clue what this show is about but it seems everyone in Lebanon is watching it lately so I thought I share this “interesting” piece of information. A kiss between the show’s two main actors has been censored apparently as requested by the main actress Aimee Sayyah.

I wonder if Bébé had anything to do with that :P

lol via LebanonFiles