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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

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 !

Sorry for disturbance…آسف علي الإزعاج

December 1, 2008 1 comment


Ahmed Helmy and Menna shalaby in contribution with Mahmoud Hemeda and Dalal abdel Aziz, succeeded to perform one of the few physiological movies in Egypt. Ahmed helmy after the death of his father (mahmoud hemeda) lost his self confidence and started to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia; imaging that all people are dealing with him in a bad way, visualizing his father, and living in a love story with (Menna Shalaby) only in his mind. His mother (Dalal Abdel Aziz) tried to force him to visit a doctor, but he never did, until she confronted him with the truth. he revised all the actions that happened during the last period and referred to his camera to find himself all alone in the photos he supposedly took with his girl friend, he was convinced and went to a psychiatrist.

Ayman Bahgat Amar; in his first screen play, proved that he is different, and suceeded to add suspense to the story that we – the audience – never doubted that what’s happeneing in the first hour of the movie is only in the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic patient. Ahmed helmy proved that he is not only a great comedian but also a good actor. Menna shalaby was charming. Mahmoud hemeda and Dalal abd el aziz .. added to the film a lot. The D.O.P succeeded in building a language in the lighting and the camera movement that added to the movie a lot specially in the scene when the mother confronted the patient.

Nevertheless the movie had some weak points, mainly in describing the patient’s relation with his friends and Co-workers, and the unexplained relation with his boss. another weak point from my point of view is that the director Khaled Marie is affected with the Oscar winning award “A Beautiful mind” starring Russell Crew – inspired by the life of John Forbes Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, who suffered paranoid schizophrenia

Remains to say that “Sorry For Disturbance” is one of the best egyptian movies in 2008

High school musical (2006) … High School Musical 2: Extended Edition (2007) …

December 1, 2008 4 comments

High school musical (2006) … High School Musical 2: Extended Edition (2007) … High School musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

3 great Musicals … i haven’t yet had the chance to see the third of them but the first two are more than fabulous… only saw them on MBC MAX last few days …


Stars of the trilogy:
Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) – Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) – Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) – Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel) – Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu) – Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman) – Kelsi Nielsen (Olesya Rulin)

Director: Kenny Ortega
Writer: Peter Barsocchini 

High school musical (2006)

Troy & Gabriella met in a new year’s eve party and we are forced to sing together, exchanged numbers but never thought they will meet again. neverthelesshigh_school_musical1 they both discovered that they are in the same High school. Troy is a basketball playmaker and the captain of this team “wildcats”. Gabriella is a Genius math geek. They fall in love and decide together to join an audition for the musical performance in the school. and after they audition and get a call back along with Sharpay and Ryan Evans. Roy’s friend Chad becomes upset because he is afraid that Troy will become distracted from the basketball championship. Gabriella’s friend Taylor wants her on the science team and is willing to do anything to get her on the team.Troy had to choose between what he really wants to do (the undiscovered part of him) and what he has been doing since ever. Gabriella was sure of the step she is doing, until the evil plan Chad and Taylor put succeeded in breaking her heart. Seeing them distracted and not enjoying their lives anymore, Chad and Taylor confessed, and the whole teams are standing together in order to win the basketball championship, the science competition and the audition.The movie calls for searching inside ourselves to find what’s undiscovered and not to be afraid of whatever the reaction of the surrounding society; if they love, they will encourage you to do it..

High School Musical 2: Extended Edition (2007)


The “wild cats” gang are having a summer job in the country club owned by Sharpay and Ryan Evans. Gabriella wanted an unforgettable summer and the whole team decided to have fun all together despite the regulations of the working place. Moreover, they were going to join the talent show organized at the country club in a duet for Gabriella and Troy. When Sharpay knew that, she started to drag troy’s attention and trigger his dreams through her father’s power. Troy went after his dreams and changed totally in the way he deals with his friends and missed his dates with gabriella. Sharpay destroyed the gang’s summer and that’s why gabriella left the country club, leaving Troy to the truth that him running after his dreams should not make him lose the people he loves. 

I am looking forward to watch High School musical 3: Senior Year

Bruce Almighty

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment


Bruce Almighty gives us the chance to think… is being GOD an easy Job??
Bruce Almighty gives us another dimension in dealing with GOD.. gives us a small imagination to what could happen if GOD wasn’t there.. gives us a real reflection to the human soul and how it acts and thinks in times of weakness…

Bruce is not Jim Carrey.. he might be you.. he might be me … 
GOD is not Morgan Freeman.. but HE needs you to believe in HIM, give HIM the chance to assist you, pray – not for people to see you praying, and not to tell HIM “see i am praying and you don’t give me what i ask“-just praying because you need to tell HIM what’s inside you and be sure HE will do the best for you.

GOD loves me … HE is not there to torture HIS son .. HE is not there to overload him with what he can’t do… HE knows what you can do and what you can’t do since HE created you… and HE wants you to discover the miracle in yourself.. “You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle”

there are understandable reasons to why this movie has been officially forbidden in Egypt..but i hope those who saw the movie in and outside Egypt understood what’s behind it and not only considered it another comedy for Jim Carrey

Bruce Almighty
A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.
Starring:Jim Carrey – Morgan Freeman – Jennifer Aniston
Writing Credits: Steve Koren – Mark O’keefe
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor.
Runtime:101 min

Shall we Dance???

June 19, 2007 1 comment

“Shall we Dance 2004”                        Vs.                    “ماتيجى نرقص 2006 ”
Richard Gere …  John Clark                                          Yousra…. Salwa
Jennifer Lopez …  Paulina                                            Tamer Hagras…. Ahmed
Susan Sarandon …Beverly Clark                                    Ezzat abo Auf…. Khaled
Lisa Ann Walter …  Bobbie                                           Hala Sedky…..Maggie
Stanley Tucci …  Link                                                 Ta’alt zein…..Ashraf
Anita Gillette … Miss Mitzi                                            Laila Sho’ir…. Madame suzi

Director: Peter Chelsom                                               Director: Inas el Deghedy
Screen Play : Audrey Well                                            Screen Play: Rafik el Saaban
Runtime: 106 min                                                        Runtime: 123 min

The american version plot is that; John Clark is a man with a wonderful job, a charming wife and a loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home, John sees a beautiful woman, staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night, and signs up for dance lessons, hoping to meet her. When he does meet Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he has come to the studio to seriously study dance and not to look for a date. But, as his lessons continue, John falls in love with dancing. Keeping his new obsession from his family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago’s biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her own lost passion for dance. his wife being suspicious hires a secret dedective; his secret is revealed, John will have to do some fancy footwork to keep his dream going and realize what it is he really yearns for. (imdb)

In the egyptian version , Salwa , a lawyer working in an office that lies above a dancing school, depressed of her daily routine even in sex and charmed with the music and the dances she sees daily, registers for dance lessons. She also falls in love with dancing and trains for a dance competition organized in CityStars :-S, her husbands becomes suspicious and starts to follow her untill her secret is revealed and she is divorced.  The veiled girls who were being taught dance in the  school, admitting that it’s a good place to go in the law suit presented by their brother, changes his prespective and he starts to learn dancing in the same dancing school, till they dance together in an international  competition organized in Egypt :-S

Inas el deghedy wanted to discuss the view of the egyptian society towards dancing, togther with some other problems including ” homosexuality” through a men dancing couple in the school , “late women marriage” through maggie and “religious extremism” through the brother of the veiled girls, however copying the american movie in everything, decor (specially that of the school), locations, music used, the idea of using the train/underground daily, the performance of some charachters (specially Hala sedky copying Lisa Ann Walter) and even the music used, caused the movie to lose it’s aim due to continous comparison with the original movie that we loved !

Walid Awny, a great Dance designer failed completely to design dances for this movie, he tried to copy the original dances in the american version and blend in them oriental music, or give the dances unneeded meanings, which made the dances a total mess… (specially in the dance of the first contest and in the dance before she got divorced) N.B the last was a trial to copy JLO /Richard tremendos latin dance on the night before the contest
SWAY should have never been used as a soundtrack for this movie as it is stuck in our minds with the tremendous performance of “Tucci and Walter” in the Cha-Cha contest and in the movie finale …not to mension the awfull performance of Yousra and ezzat abou Auf and the ununderstandable contribution of the Judges in the dance!!!!!

I have always respected inas el Deghedy and i admit that her name on the movie is the only reason that pushed me to see this remake of one of my favourite movies, however she failed to do a good movie and also to deliver any message due to the deadly trials to copy the original movie in everything !!!!!!! 

remains to say … SHALL WE DANCE is based on the Japanese screenplay by Masayuki Suo “Dansu wo shimashô ka? 1997”

خيانة مشروعة

June 19, 2007 Leave a comment

2cay1gg6b.jpgالعاصفة ، جواز بقرار جمهورى ، انت عمرى ، ويجا…هى أفلام خالد يوسف و يسبقها عشر سنوات من العمل مع المخرج العالمى يوسف شاهين و نجح فى اضافة رائعة فى تاريخه و تاريخ كل من شارك معه فى هذا العمل

خيانة مشروعة

بطولة: هاني سلامة – مي عز الدين – سمية الخشاب – هشام سليم – سامح الصريطي – إبراهيم عيسى – حسن حرب – أحمد عودة – ساندي – مايسة – هديل – حسن نبيل
انتاج: الباتروس للإنتاج الفني
مدير التصوير : سمير بهزان
مونتاج: غادة عز الدين
موسيقي: ياسر عبد الرحمن

قصة و اخراج: خالد يوسف

حينما يسيطر الجشع على الأنسان يفعل اى شئ من اجل الوصول الى مطامعه … الفيلم يحكى قصة شاب يقتل أخوه و زوجته عمدا نتيجة لتحريض من عشيقته التى تطمع فى ماله و قد كان الأب قبل وفاته نقل ملكية الشركات و الأرصدة الى الأخ الأكبر بعد ان أقسم على ان تكون امانة الى ان يعتدل حال الأخ الأصغر. و لكن الأخير لم يصبر و قتل أخوه و زوجته التى اوهمته عشيقته بخيانتها له…و ظهرت جريمة القتل على انها جريمة شرف و خرج منها الأخ الأصغر بثلاث شهور مع ايقاف التنفيذ …و رغم ذللك ظل رائد المباحث وراء الحقيقة الى ان أظهرها

سمية الخشاب فى دور شهد(العشيقة) استطاعت ان تجسد دور الشيطان بمنتهى البراعة

هانى سلامة امام كاميرا خالد يوسف ممثل رائع

مى عز الدين (زوجة الأخ الأكبر) استطاعت بعذوبة و رقة لم تخرج منها قبلا ان تغير مجريات الفيلم

هشام سليم و سامح الصريطى …خبرة سنين و اسلوب سهل ممتنع اضاف للفيلم

خالد يوسف كضيف شرف للفيلم لم يضيف الى دوره او للفيلم الكثير

ساندى و مايسة و هديل علامات استفهام

ابراهيم عيسى اضاف للفيلم بعد سياسى خاصة فى حواره مع هشام سليم : “انت عارف الأقتصاد المصرى عامل كده (و يميل بجسده) و محتاج حد يسنده” – و حواره مع مى عز الدين ” هما عملوا شغلهم و سرقوا ، احنا نعمل شغلنا و نظهر الحق ، يمكن حد تانى يعمل شغلوا و يحاسبهم

خالد يوسف(مخرجا) و غادة عز الدين (مونتاج) استطاعا التحكم فى الأحداث المتداخلة للفيلم … سمير بهزان مديرا للتصوير نجح فى اختيار مواقع و زوايا تصوير جيدة خاصة التصوير فى حديقة الأزهر و منطقة الحسين وإن يؤخذ عليه مشهد الغذاء فى نادى القضاه و مشاهد داخل السيارة..موسيقى الفيلم نجحت فى اضافة روح تشويق للأحداث.. هناك اغنية للفيلم ظهرت على القنوات التلفزيونية و لكنها لم تكن ضمن أحداث الفيلم اسلوب دعاية جيد خاصة مع صوت أمال ماهر و ان كنت لا احبه

اعتبره احلى و انجح الأفلام المصرية هذا الموسم