Eugene Martin’s “Beirut” Show
Unfortunately, there are still gun battles taking place in Beirut every now and then and the last one was yesterday in Tariq el Jdidé.
The area of Beirut, Philadelphia is just 3 square blocks. It was named that way by the people who lived there in the late 90s since there was a gun battle for about 2 weeks and at the time, there was a war in Lebanon and Beirut was on the news a lot.
LBCI has a new look and a new logo. I like the new look and the HD channels but I am not very fond of the new logo.
All Lebanese TVs covered live the funeral of Wadih el Safi with the exception of Al-Manar TV. It’s not a big deal but it’s just weird.
Check out the New York Times’ article on Wadih el Safi [Here].
I like these ads, specially the spice shop one.
Most of you have seen by now the video of the Snake/Scorpion Eating Saudi “Arab Talent” called Ahmed Al Dousary that I shared earlier today. His act on the popular show “Arabs Got Talent” has caused outrage and the fact that he was allowed into the semi-finals made things even worse.
Luckily though, one of the Arabs Got Talent judges Ali Jaber condemned his act and stated that Ahmed Al Dousary won’t be allowed to repeat any animal act in the semi finals. To be honest, I think he should have stopped the guy before as the judges looked like they were enjoying the show and the harm is done now, but the good news is that Ahmed Al Dousary won’t be allowed to abuse further animals (at least not on the Arabs Got Talent show).
Here’s what Ali Jaber said:
“Dear Mouin, to answer your question, of course I am against animal cruelty and have always voted out all acts of violence, self-mutilation and animal abuse. I also believe AGT is not the platform to showcase these acts, however, these acts are present in our society and televisions’ role is to expose them and explain why and how wrong they are. We have already edited out the act from our online catch up service and won’t allow the contestant to repeat any animal act in the semi finals.”
This is sick and disturbing. I can’t believe they allowed this guy to perform his act in front of young viewers and abuse animals this way. What’s even worse is that he wasn’t kicked out but instead got enough votes to move to the next stage.
I posted about Adel Karam’s show back in July and it looks like the show is gonna start soon. I have high hopes for this show so let’s wait and see how it goes.
This is a must-see movie for everyone. It will be released on October 17 in Lebanese Theaters (Grand Cinemas for sure) but I will try and get some Avant-Premiere tickets to give away before. Speaking of Grand Cinemas, make sure you fill a participation form and get in the draw after watching any movie (I recommend Rush) as Grand Cinemas and Kurban Travel are sending 4 lucky winners to the London Film Festival and meet the heroes of Gravity, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
I went to see Rush yesterday and I absolutely loved it! The F1 scenes back from the 1970s are amazing, the casting is superb and the film is well paced. Even non-F1 fans will appreciate this movie as it’s not just focused on two pilots racing for the win but it also shows the human side behind the sport. One thing that I didn’t appreciate a lot were few car racing scenes as they were quick and not very easy to follow, but it didn’t bother me much as I know how difficult it is to reproduce these battles.
On another note, Rush managed to show the equal dangers that F1 drivers face despite the different characters found in this sport. James Hunt was a talented driver but often a reckless one yet it was Niki Lauda, the methodical and professional driver who crashed and almost died. It was pure and dangerous racing and as James Hunt puts it beautifully “The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive”. Of course F1 is much safer these days, yet the dangers are still there and we still have great talents, like Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher, coming out and risking everything for the win. I hope Rush will inspire F1 teams nowadays to let their drivers race for the sake of racing rather than collect points for the sponsors only.
All in all, we can easily say Rush is the best F1 movie till today, while Senna remains the best F1 documentary ever made. What I’d like to see one day is a complete documentary/movie on Michael Schumacher.