Category Archives: Movies & Television

Lebanese Customs Beat Up Al-Jadeed TV Crew

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The episode the Jadeed crew was filming was on the “corruption at the airport customs”!

Al Jadeed TV crew were allegedly calling through speaker on acting director of Customs Shafiq Merhi to give them an interview when Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shamseddine gave customs members an order to beat and detain them. Al-Jadeed reported that the crew had an approval from the Finance Ministry to interview Merhi, who refused to meet them. [Naharnet]

Quick Review: The Hunger Games Catching Fire

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Pic from Collider

I was never a fan of science-fiction novels and I don’t read books before watching their movie adaptations, so I can’t really tell how well the book-to-movie adaptation was for the Hunger Games or any other similar sequel. All I know is that I loved the first Hunger Games movie and the second one didn’t fail to impress. Even though it’s almost 2 hours and a half long, Catching Fire is incredibly suspenseful and powerful and leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. I loved the characters, specially Katniss which was played to perfection by Jennifer Lawrence, as well as the cinematography and attention to details. The twist at the end was brilliant and I can’t wait to watch the next one and see what really happened.

The one thing I was a bit disappointed in were the games and action scenes. The action-packed scenes are modest in the movie and the games are not as exciting as the first movie even though the candidates are much better this time.

The 20th European Film Festival In Beirut

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If you are interested in attending, check out the full program [Here].

The 20th European Film Festival will be held from 20 November to 2 December 2013 in the two theaters of Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil (Ashrafieh). The European Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon in collaboration with the Embassies and Cultural Institutes of the European Union Member States, under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Culture. [Link]

Basmat Watan Episode on Hassan Nasrallah Sparks Beirut Protests

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Charbel Khalil managed to upset one more time few Lebanese after one of his actors on the satirical Lebanese show Bassmat Watan took the role of Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. Few Protestors took the streets yesterday night, burned tires and blocked roads in Sin el Fil for some time.

Honestly speaking, I never liked the show and I don’t think it’s funny, but the man should be free to do whatever he wants. If he’s breaking any law, let the concerned parties take it to the courts, not the streets.

Funnily enough, Hassan Nasrallah did “appear” on a previous Basmat Watan episode back in July, along with Patriarch Bechara el Rai and the Mufti and no one protested.


I Loved Hayda Haki!

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Yesterday was the first episode of Adel Karam’s much anticipated show “Hayda Haki” on MTV. Hayda Haki is a late night show very similar to the talk shows we see in the US (like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and is hosted by Comedian Adel Karam.

I had high expectations for this show, which is rarely the case for Lebanese shows, and it didn’t fail to impress! The introduction was a bit cliché and boring but then things got better and better. Adel promised that he will criticize everyone, which I didn’t believe at first, but he did mock Hezbollah and Mustaqbal, Berri, Aoun and even Strida Geagea and the Lebanese Forces in the first part of the show. He also mocked Ahlam, Nidal el Ahmadiyyeh and new Lebanese songs.

Moreover, the best part of the show was with Interior Minister Marwan Charbel. The interview was freaking hilarious and the minister was funny (in a good way this time). Adel was quite daring with his questions which took me by surprise to be honest. I think it’s better if you watch it and judge for yourself.

All in all, this was a great start for a very promising show and I hope they keep it up this way.

Tahkik on Akkar And The Indonesian Shipwreck

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The little kid’s answer on Minute 22:27 is heartbreaking

This week’s report by Claude Hindi sheds the light once again on the underdeveloped and impoverished areas in Akkar and the Indonesian ferry tragedy that killed 34 Lebanese, the majority being from Akkar. If you were still wondering what made these Lebanese sell everything they have and risk their lives to go to Australia, you won’t after watching this episode from Tahkik.

Dana (From IvySays) On MTV’s Talk Of The Town

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Picture from IvySays

Dana Khairallah, the lifestyle blogger behind IvySays, and an awesome person (and friend) in real life, is now presenting a weekly segment on MTV’s most popular show Talk of the Town with the gorgeous Mona Abou Hamzeh. Her segment is about the world’s most talked about entertainment news and gossip.

Here are the last two episodes she showed up in:



I think she’s doing a great job and she’s a natural on TV.

For all fashion lovers, check out her [post] to see what she’s wearing and stuff like that. I wouldn’t know about these things.

Review: Ghadi The Movie

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In a traditional neighborhood of a small Lebanese coastal town, Leba (Georges Khabbaz) is a music instructor. Social pressure leads him to get married and have children. To the dismay of his family, neighbors, and friends, he has a first girl and then a second one. His beloved wife Lara, a French literature teacher, is pregnant for the third time and yes, it’s a BOY! However, medical tests show that the boy will have special needs. Will Leba and Nay keep the baby? Will he become a burden on the family; or its pride and joy? Expect strange phenomenon to affect the behavior, and beliefs of that little town’s population. Written by Georges Khabbaz

Before saying anything, I must admit that I loved Ghadi even though I was never a Georges Khabbaz fan. I didn’t like the trailer much and thought it would be a disappointment but the movie exceeded all my expectations and I can easily say it’s one of the best Lebanese movies ever made!

Ghadi is the story of a music instructor called Leba who was pressured by society into getting marrying and having children. After his wife gave birth to two girls, he “finally” got a boy but medical tests showed the boy will be mentally ill. As the boy starts to grow up, the family begins to struggle as the town’s population becomes unaccepting of their special kid, and the father decides to resort to all sorts of means to keep Ghadi with his family. I will leave the rest of the plot for all of you to figure out once the movie comes out later on this week.

What I loved most about this movie is that it’s a very positive one, it’s highly entertaining and well-paced and it tackled brilliantly very sensitive topics in our Lebanese society, whether it’s abortion, religion, racism, mental illness etc. Ghadi shows how a family was able to turn their child’s disability into a blessing and how they were able to surpass all the obstacles, encourage town residents to accept each other and live happily in their community. Added to that, the setup in a traditional village was perfect, the cinematography is great, presenting the town as it really is, the actors were brilliant (Ghadi’s mother was my favorite) and you could easily connect with every character in the movie. There are few things I didn’t appreciate, specially some over-dramatized scenes with Khabbaz, but they are not worth the mention.

All in all, it’s a brilliant movie and definitely the best Lebanese movie I’ve seen since Nadine Labaki’s “Halla2 La Wen”. I give it an 8.5/10.