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January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Today i was attending a movie at golden stars cinema, when an incident happen that made me really wanna write about in my blog .. it’s been so long since i had this feeling but i was soOOooo excited about it …
I returned home, logged in to my word-press account to find the surprise … I have not blogged one post from exactly 2 years !!
I used to love sharing my thoughts and writing and drawing and enjoying sometime on my blog, the feedback always counts..I will do my best to keep it up and write more often 🙂

Anyways, for some reason in Egypt now, there is a huge improvement in the foreign movie distribution. Variety of movies arrive Egypt sooner than they used to, if not in the same time of release at the USA ..
Recently, two “R”  rated movies were screened in Egypt, and they are considered two of the most important movies of 2013 .. The wolf of wall street & August: Osage County..
The two movies are great, their makers are the best in the industry and the 2 movies are nominated for Oscars in different departments …
First let me explain for those of you who doesn’t understand the film ratings:
MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the system of rating in 1968 in order to provide parents with advance information about the content of movies to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their children at any age. The ratings are not intended to approve, disapprove or censor any movie.

The Ratings are … (as copied from Wikipedia)

G General Audiences “Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.”On the box: “All ages admitted”
PG Parental Guidance Suggested “Parents urged to give ‘parental guidance.’ May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.”On the box: “Some material may not be suitable for children”
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned “Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.”On the box: “Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13”
R Restricted “Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.”On the box: “Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian”
NC-17 No One 17 and Under Admitted “Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.”On the box: Same as the meaning

Here in Egypt we don’t have such specification, if any movie contains inappropriate material of any quantity or quality, it’s just labeled ” For Adults Only”
and thus the people working at the cinemas may not have an understanding for what the letter written there on the poster represents.. and accordingly most foreign movies are all ages admitted given the fact that Egyptian cinemas don’t screen nudity and sex scenes due to social beliefs ..

What Happened in The Wolf of Wall Street, was a bit ordinary, some teenagers, say 15 years old attended the movie. it contains some inappropriate language and excessive use of the word FUCK .. but again they are teenagers and they already hear it and say it .. besides it’s a comedy crime movie starring Leo Di Caprio, so it may be an attraction to their age !
what i faced today in August: Osage Country was a bit strange and it made me really think that it’s about time to introduce a certain rating system in Egypt or at least abide to the rating system applied for decades.
August:Osage County is a Drama movie, about a family misery. The movie deals with many social problems facing the the american community and is very breathtaking specially with the stunning performance of both Myrel streep and Julia Roberts. Just around the beginning of the movie a group of 13 years old girls entered the hall, laughing all the way till they reached their chairs. 15 mins later they started laughing again without a specific reason. Every one around them started shouting at them and shushing them! this incident repeated right after the intermission and at a very important and moving part towards the end of the movie, the thing that forced one of the attendees to call for the security and get them kicked out of the hall, of course they didn’t get out easily and distracted us from seeing the rest of the movie ..
I don’t ask a bunch of 13 years old gals to understand anything the movie was saying, i don’t want them to understand a movie discussing divorce and separation, cheating and drug addiction.. I just don’t want them to see it in the first place .. Disney’s FROZEN or any other Arabic comedy would have been a great entertainment for them ..

I had 2 problems today !
who permitted them to attend this movie in the first place? and who is blamed for letting them so disrespectful to others ?


كارمن…محمد صبحي

May 8, 2010 3 comments

ايه ده .. أنت اتجننت … أنت قتلتها … قتلت كريمهCarmen Mohamed sobhy

لا أنا قتلت كارمن

كارمن هي كريمه… الاتنين واحد

أنا قتلتها علشان كان لازم تموت

الديكتاتور الي زيك هو الي لازم يموت

وأنا مين علشان أموت … دا أنا مفيش في أيدي كرباج ولا نبوت … ده أنا ديكتاتور صغير يادوب لسه في حضانة  بتهجي أول حروفي في القهر والأهانه من كتر خوفي من خوف ابن الجبانه والكذب والخيانة قلت أعمل ديكتاتور .. ولو إن لسالي كتير علشان أكمل علامي وأخد في ايدي الشهادة… شهادة ديكتاتوراه … والعب لعب الحواة وافسد الحياه وادوس على الجباه واشعلل الحرائق و أظلم  الخلائق واتيح في خلق الله

كارمن هي اللي حرة وأنا الديكتاتور, طب وانتو عايشين كماله ولا عايشين عواله ولا كمالة طابور
كارمن رمز الحياه وأنا اللي شرير وقاتل. والدنيا محترفة في صناعة الشخص الديكتاتور، من يوم بدء الخليقة مش قادرة تحمي حق ولا قادرة ضد ظلم ولا قادرة عالحقيقة…ولا تمنع ديكتاتور من كل صنف ولون من قهره للعباد

تعالوا نشوف ونقرا في كتاب الإنسانية… أنواع مالهاش نهاية من الديكتاتورية
في ديكتاتور سياسي وديكتاتور حماسي
في ديكتاتور اراري وديكتاتور حواري
في ديكتاتور فظيع وديكتاتور وديع وديكتاتور رقيع
في ديكتاتور ذكي وديكتاتور غبي  وديكتاتور عبيط
في ديكتاتور حويط وديكتاتور أليط
في ديكتاتور مهذب وديكتاتور ملزق
في ديكتاتور شقي وديكتاتور عفي وديكتاتور عجوز
في ديكتاتور شجاع وديكتاتور جبان

وديكتاتور زمان غير ديكتاتور الزمن ده .. ديكتاتور زمان كان زي جنكيزخان وهولاكو وريتشارد وموسلييني وهتلر. الديكتاتور معشش في وجدان التاريخ وقلب الانسانية، وكل واحد فينا جوه ديكتاتور.. بصوا على أي حد وحققوا، هتلاوه موجود اهوه تحت جلده بقايا الديكتاتور

أنا عشقت كارمن، كارمن لحن الحياه والحرية الطليقة والأمنية البريئة… بتهرب من سناني للناب الأولاني لمخالب ديناصور …سايبين الكون بحاله بظلمه وبظلامه وجايين علي أنا وتقولوا ديكتاتور وظلمت الانسانية وكارمن النبيلة ضحيتي الجميلة  قتلها ديكتاتور

ايوة قتلتها … أيوة قتلت كارمن وكريمه هي كارمن مفيش أي فرق … كارمن قلتلي لا وكريمه كمان قلتها وأنا نويت ليليتها اقتل البنت دي قتل مالوهش ديه يعني اقتل الحرية. طب وانتو عملتوا ايه … ساكتين من بدري ليه؟.. مبتقولتوش لا ليه؟ …  علشان مابتقولوش طلعلنا قراقوش ومليون عافراكوش ده غير الي منعرفوش من كل صنف ولون .. بالذمة أنا أبقى مين، أبقى مين في وسط دول … ده أنا ديكتاتور لسة بليه عند معلم كبير بيومورني أنفذ وانتوا اهوه ساكتين … ده أنا بتلاكك بيكم واتعكزعليكم وعشمان لسه فيكم إنك تقول لا …  نفسي أسمعكوا مرة بتقولوا لا للديكتاتور إياه الكبير

قولوا لا لللامريكان والصهاينة والعنف والاحتلال

قولوا لا لكوبانهاجن وبلاش ذل وهوان

قولوا لا وبلاش نفاق … قولوا لا للحاصل في الخليج وفي العراق

قولوا لا للمذابح في جنوب لبنان

قولوا لا وأوقاف مع كل ثائر في القدس والجولان

قاطعوا في يوم البضائع والوجبات السريعة وإفساد الطبيعة

أصرخ… أصرخ بعزم صوتك وأنا هاقول معاك

قولوا لا للحروب

قولوا لا للمجاعة

قولوا لا للتآمر

قولوا لا للخيانة

قولوا لا للخنوع

قولوا لا للخداع

قولوا لا للباع و لسة حايبيع … قولوا لا والسلام

Categories: Cinema

Bedazzled and طير انت

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Let’s Imagine;
What will happen if the devil really meets you and grants you 7 wishes in the return of your soul …
What will happen if a  Kind witch – who always fails at school-  grants you 7 wishes, just to sign his school certificate for him to be able to graduate…
What if in both cases you are just a lonely, pathetic desperate loser and your only hope is to fall in love with a beautiful girl…

That’s Bedazzled and طير انت…

Once I heard Ahmed Mekky in a TV interview saying that, it won’t be necessary to quote a movie unless you have an idea that adds up to it. Mekki, together with Ahmed el Guindy and Omr Taher quoted the American “Bedazzled 2000” in their hit comedy “Teer Enta” and i have to admit they added up much to the movie. I loved both movies; Bedazzled with it’s spiritual perspective and Teer enta with the social perspective. and i laughed much more in the Egyptian treatment.

Both Elliot Richards and Doctor Bahig lacked self-confidence and never had the courage to admit to their dream girls how much they admire them, they both thought that magic would change the reality, they both failed to believe that it’s all about them from the inside. Dr. Bahig after the unsuccessful 7 wishes – or I can call them the 7 sketches criticising the entire Egyptian society- discovered the reality of the relation between man and woman, found what’s best in himself and was able to marry his Dream Girl. Elliot Richards after the unsuccessful 7 wishes discovered that no one can buy his soul – because simply it belongs to GOD – knew the secret behind Heaven and Hell, and met his soul mate someday..

Watch the 2 movies and u have 14 wishes to learn from.

Special Mention: Donia Samir Ghanem Stunning performance in Teer enta.

Categories: Cinema, Movie Reviews

आख़री रास्ता … The Last Option

January 17, 2010 2 comments

One of the Indian Cinema best movies of all times.. A 1986 production that made me stare into my laptop screen throughout  it’s 164 mins, amazed with the marvelous performance of Amitabh Bachchan in a Drama movie plotting the war between beliefs and duty …sympathizing the Father willing to help him take his revenge and proud of the son who is trying to do his work faithfully.

David (Amitabh Bachchan) spent 24 years in prison, for no reason except corruption. A Parliament member, a police inspector and a Doctor conspired on him after the first rapped David’s wife leading her to commit suicide ,burnt the only evidence for this – a letter she wrote before hanging herself- and witnessed that he tried to kill the parliament member. He is now out of prison, and seeking revenge because law never gave him his right. Insp. Vijay Sandaliya (Amitabh Bachchan) is David’s only son and he doesn’t know the truth, he as been raised as the son of  Mahesh Sandaliya – David’s closest friend – and in love with his boss’s daughter Vinita Bhatnagar (Sri Devi), happens to be the police officer responsible for David’s case.The movie ends with the father taking the mother’s revenge and the son keeping his duty as his first concern even after he knew the truth, but proud with what his father did.

Amitabh Bachchan credited as “your favorite Star” on the movie opening titles and one of  Bollywood’s most recognizable faces in the last two decades, had a hard mission of performing both the father & the son that turned into a stunning performance. I loved him being the old man who loves his wife and willing to take her revenge and believed him being the young enthusiastic police officer trying to apply justice.
I couldn’t hold my tears in two parts, when the young Amitab knew the truth and in the final scene. Unlike any other Indian movie i saw, it wasn’t easy to predict the end …

The war between beliefs and duty has been explained when the father stood against the son and Drew no. 9 on his hand then he showed it to him to appear as no. 6 … both the 6 and the 9 are right depending on from where do you look.

The idea is easy to be addressed in a movie but in real life -in my opinion- one, in some cases, gets emotional or do what he really beliefs in, no matter how his work duty says. The reaction of  the son – deceiving the man who raised him to know the truth, saving the Parliament member life and chasing his father till the end – can never be achieved, although as i said in the beginning i was proud of him doing it, may be because i am sure it’s 100% correct if i am looking from his point of view. However, when i put myself in his place, even if i could chase my father or deceive the man,  at least i won’t save the life of the man who lead to my mother’s death.

Nevertheless, the movie is a a MUST see if you are interested in the Indian Cinema.

طير إنت

January 13, 2010 2 comments

ياه إلي شفته الكام يوم دول خلاني تعلمت كتير أوي
أنا اكتشفت إنك ممكن متبقاش راجل شكلك حلو بس بموقفاك و عمايلك تخلي الست تشوفك أجمل راجل ف الدنيا
و ممكن ماتكونش غني بس لو لو مابخلتيش عليها و كنت كريم معها حاتقدرك و حاتحترمك و ساعتها لو جبتلها وردة حيبقى كأنك جبتلها الدنيا كلها
الراجل الحقيقي هو إلي يعرف يقود العلاقة مش بالعافية ولا بالزعيق إنما بالحكمة و الحنية
الراجل الحقيقي ولا حاجة من غير الست … الحكاية زي طبق السلطة مينفعش يبقى كلها أوطه و مينفعش يبقى كلها خيار

A Quote from “Cinema Paradiso”

January 10, 2010 3 comments

” Once upon a time, a king gave a feast. And there came the most beautiful princesses of the realm. Now, a soldier, who was standing guard, saw the king’s daughter go by. She was the most beautiful one, and he immediately fell in love with her. But what could a poor soldier do when it came to the daughter of the king?

Well, finally, one day, he managed to meet her, and he told her that he could no longer live without her. The princess was so impressed by his strong feelings that she said to the soldier: “If you can wait 100 days and 100 nights under my balcony, then at the end of it, I shall be yours.” Damn! The soldier immediately went there and waited one day. And two days. And ten. And then twenty. And every evening, the princess looked out of her window, but he never moved. During rain, during wind, during snow, he was always there. The bird shat on his head, and the bees stung him, but he didn’t budge. After ninety nights, he had become all dried up, all white, and the tears streamed from his eyes. He couldn’t hold them back. He no longer had the strength to sleep. All that time, the princess watched him. And on the 99th night, the soldier stood up, took his chair, and went away.”

Nuovo cinema Paradiso is a 1988 Italian film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. It was internationally released as Cinema Paradiso in France, Spain, the UK and the U.S.

It was originally released in Italy at 155 minutes but poor box office performance in its native country led to it being shortened to 123 minutes for international release. It was an instant success. This international version won the Special Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and the 1989 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In 2002, the director’s cut 173-minute version was released (known in the U.S. as Cinema Paradiso: The New Version).

Cast: Jacques Perrin… Toto (Adult)
Philippe Noiret… Alfredo
Leopoldo Trieste…..Father Adelfio
Marco Leonardi….Toto (Teenager)
Agnese Nano….Elena Mendola
Salvatore Cascio…..Toto (Child)

Written and Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Shallow Hall (2001) vs. 7abibi na2eman (2009)

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

I never had the chance to see “Shallow Hall” before yesterday and i decided to do so, to see the difference between it and it’s Egyptian version “7abibi na2eman”… and the exact difference is the word SHALLOW … Shallow Hal 2001 is not the best movie u can see… it’s not a hit of course but u can never consider it a bad movie  !  More over, i cannot call any of them a real comedy that makes you laugh out loud. However, i am here comparing how the plot was treated in both versions.

the plot of the movies, is a superficial man, who sets high PHYSICAL standards in the woman he wants, suddenly fall in love with a 300 pound girl just for her inner beauty.

In the English version, Hal (jack black) meets some self -help guru who hypnotizes him to stop being shallow and look deeper when he sees a woman to see the real beauty inside her … Hal meets Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) an obese who is really kind and nice, and is volunteering in many charity work , the idea is he never saw her fat, he saw her slim and fit and thus he got attracted to her and started to know about her inner beauty.. His friend Mauricio (Jason Alexander) didn’t understand what happened to his pal and thus went to the self -help guru to understand what happened, and he gave the guru he impression that he is losing his friend and that Hal is losing his job and life and so he got the words that return Hal to his shallowness.
At this point, we discover that Hal saw the really ugly people (men and women) as pretty,  only if they were good from the inside, but saw the  the beautiful people as really ugly because they are bad from the inside …  u will be touched at that point of the movie, specially when he meets the little girl at the hospital. and of course the movie ends with Hal and rose getting married …

In the Egyptian version, Ramez (7’aled abou el naga) accidentally drinks a spell that was supposed to be put for another guy in order to fall in love with Nesma (Mai 3ezz el din). The spell was to make the guy see only Nesma’s  inner beauty.. he fall in love and they were about to get engaged when the spell effect ended, and he discovered the truth, he evaluates the whole relation and discovers how beautiful Nesma is despite her weight and they marry each others .

From my opinion, the Egyptian version of the movie is superficial and related the whole inner beauty thing to only the women you are attracted to , however the English movie  gave us the reality that we need to look at everyone around us deeply to see how beautiful it is from the inside. there are people around us u start mocking, making fun of or just avoiding to deal with, just because you think they are different; Obese, Gays, Lesbians, Elderly, those having birth or genes  defects.

I enjoyed watching the English version, and i can’t deny that i smiled while watching the Egyptian one on a dark night trying to find something to entertain me. but the question is why not be entertained and moved at the same time … this is what the Egyptian movies usually misses, specially when quoting an American movie !