In time…

In_TimeTime is usually defined as the indefinite continued progress of existence! It’s referred to as the unit of measuring life. Nevertheless time is very confusing, although you know for sure that a year is 365 days, one day is 24 hours, an hour is 60 minutes and a minute is 60 seconds, value of time and its perception differs according to the person and to the event occurring.. Time in fact is relative! Good times pass rapidly, and moments of sadness and grief feel like year..

Time flies, you may look back at a certain event and discover unbelievably that it happened 10 years ago. What I am sure of is that time is the most valuable thing human beings own and it is the last thing we care about!!!

‘In time’ is a Sci-fi movie taking place in 2169. People are genetically engineered to live 25 years after which a timer appears on their forearm with a one year count down, time can be transferred between people or into time capsules and it is the universal currency. When the count down ends, the person dies and thus the wealthy lives forever.

The movie discusses the struggle between poor and rich, but not in the ordinary way. A real struggle of existence. It shows how the poor people -with less time- do everything in a hurry, they run, they eat fast and try not to waste precious moments unlike the people with excessive time. It shows how rich appreciates their immortality and risks their lives less not to die by coincidence. The movie also reflects on how rich protects the time transfer in order to balance society and how poor deals with excessive time when granted.
Although the situation is very similar in reality – with money as the currency – but adding life itself to the equation makes everything clearer ! And as the events in the movie ascends, all your views about time and justice will shake! Simply because we have a timer too but it is hidden, and accordingly we struggle on less important things and miss other necessities, and we usually discover that when it is too late. We tend to waste precious moments for lame reasons or be unfair to others for illusions. The moral behind the movie is intense, personally i will watch it again soon for a deeper look.

The movie is interesting to watch, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried starring

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Egypt and Oscars

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the Academy Awards handed out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is given to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
Every country is invited to submit what it considers its best film to the Academy. Only one film is accepted from each country. The designation of each country’s official submission has to be done by an organization, jury or committee composed of people from the film industry. 
English-subtitled copies of all submitted films are shipped to the Academy, where they are screened by the Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s), whose members select by secret ballot the five official nominations. Final voting for the winner is restricted to active and life Academy members who have attended exhibitions of all five nominated films.
The Best Foreign Language Film Award is not presented to a specific individual. It is accepted by the winning film’s director, but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. (Wikipedia-Oscars.org)

Lately, Egypt selected Sheikh Jackson (2017) directed by: Amr Salama, for this category. 
This is the 31st submission Egypts make to the academy awards. Non of the previous submissions made it to the final nominees list. Chahine’s Cairo station (1958) is considered the first African and the first Arab film to contend for the award.

The Submitted movies are:
Cairo Station (1958) باب الحديد
Directed by: Youssef Chahine

The Nightingale’s prayer
(1959) دعاء الكروان
Directed by: Henry Barakat

Teenagers
(1961) المراهقات
Directed by: Ahmed Diaaeldin

Oh Islam
(1961) واسلاماه  also released as Love and Faith
Directed by: Enrico Bomba and Andrew Marton

The Thief and the Dogs
 (1962) اللص و الكلاب  also released as Chased by dogs
Directed by: Kamal El Sheikh

Mother of the Bride
(1963) ام العروسة
Directed by: Atef Salem Continue reading

مولانا ابراهيم عيسى

.. عمرو سعد عامل دوره حلو اوي و اقنعني بشخصية الداعية التليفزيوني المثقف، خفيف الظل اللي اتورط في احداث كتير ممكن تكون مخالفة لمعتقداته و اتفرض عليه بعض ردود افعال … مع العلم ان تجارب عمرو سعد السينمائية السابقة و منها “دكان شحاتة” و “الكبار” كان اداءه فيها ضعيف!

بيومي فؤاد و ريهام حجاج و صبري فواز و فتحي عبد الوهاب مميزين جداً في اداء ادوارهم ..

الفيلم جرئ طبعاً… و مناقشة مشاكل الارتداد من المسيحية او من الاسلام و مشاكل الشيعة والصوفيين و التطرف والخطاب الديني و موقف الجهات السيادية من ده كله … محدش هيعرف يتكلم فيها غير ابراهيم عيسى ..

الصورة السينمائية حلوة ومفيهاش اي فزلكة مالهاش لازمة، والايقاع سريع نسبياً مخليني عايز اتفرج على حتت من الفيلم تاني علشان استوعب بعض المعلومات والاراء!

مشكلتي مع الفيلم انه مبني على حوار مباشر لدرجة تميل الي الوعظ و المحاضرة في صورة خطب او لقاءات مع مولانا بدون اي محاولة لبناء تسلسل درامي باستثناء علاقته بابنه.. و من كتر ما الحوار كان مباشر ساعات كنت بحس اني سامع صوت ابراهيم عيسى نفسه

كنت عايز اعرف كيف نشأت و تطورت علاقة الصداقة بين شيخ ازهري و ممثل ! وايه الدافع اللي خلى ممثلة مغمورة مندسة على مولانا تحتفظ بنسخة من الملفات المكلفة بسرقتها و ايه اللي خلاها ترجعها له ؟

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بطولة: عمرو سعد – درة – احمد مجدي
عن رواية لابراهيم عيسى بنفس الاسم
مدير التصوير: احمد بشاري
سيناريو واخراج: مجدي احمد علي

Are they Serious???

The whole game is not to break the illusion; to occupy the viewer’s mind during the runtime and create the logic of your universe.. you lose when he stops and comments: ARE THEY SERIOUS ???
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This is exactly what happened… I didn’t buy the concept, I wasn’t convinced that a commercial space-ship transporting people to other planets is not monitored nor has any communication method to earth! And as events ascends, it gets more unconvincing and weaker; the details of how they saved the ship and how she saved his life later was more of  comedy scenes to me than thrilling sequences in a Sci-fi movie determining the destiny of it’s main characters! The funny thing is that i started comparing the movie to Disney’s animation WALL-E, which is more convincing to me than PASSENGERS.

The movie got a 7/10 rating on IMDB, this, in addition to J.Law’s starring the movie made it a must see for me, and the reason why i didn’t turn the TV off during the runtime.
What i felt is that the romantic storyline and the ethical dilemma was more important for the film makers than fully controlling the Sci-Fi environment created. Even visually, the whole movie is average except for a couple of scenes.

Andy Garcia has only 15 seconds of screen time and no lines at all !

Passengers (2016)               PG-13
Starring: Chris Pratt, Jeniffer Lawerence
Written by: Jon Spaihts
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Runtime: 116 mins

Patch Adams Final Appeal

Patch.Adams.1998.XviD.AC3.2AUDIO.CD3-WAF.avi_002125872.jpgYou have been accused of practicing medicine without a license, are you aware that it’s unlawful to practice medicine without a medical license? 

Yes Sir, I am.

Are you aware that running a medical clinic without the proper licensing can place both you and the public in a great deal of danger?

Is a home a clinic, Sir.?

If you are admitting patients and treating them, physical location is irrelevant…

Sir, Can you define treatment for me?

yes, treatment would be defined as the care for a patient seeking medical attention, have you been treating patients Mr. Adams?

Well sir, I live with several people that come and go as they please and I offer them whatever help I can.

Mr. Adams, have you or have you not been treating patients at your ranch ?

Everyone who comes to the ranch is a patient, yes.
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And every person who comes to the ranch is also a doctor.

I am sorry ? Continue reading

Dr.Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant neuro surgeon, so full of himself loses his career due to nerve damage in his hands after a car accident. Searching for a way to heal his hands after traditional medicine failed him, he travels to Nepal, meets the Ancient One, masters the mystic arts and rescues earth from threats from the other dimensions.

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The visual effects in the movie are mindblowing, though the car accident scene is very brutal. Personally I love the scenes where he gets introduced to the mystical arts power and I was impressed by the mirror dimension fight scenes.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting skills were not utilized to their maximum. Rachel MacAdams reactions was genuine throughout the movie. Chiwetel Ejifor as Mordo was very successful in his performance. Tilda Swinton was a miscast, though I read the director’s point of view in casting her as the Ancient One.

There are some gaps in the movie, that comic fans will not have problems filling them, specially the characters backgrounds and their development. I wanted to know how much time did it take Dr.strange to become a beliver and a mystic art master and the background of both Wong and Mordo. The time loop idea which he used to defeat Dormammu is a weak ending in my opinion.

Dr. Strange (2017)                        PG-13
The 14th installment in Marvel Cinematic Universe
Written by: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
Based on marvel comics by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Director of Photography: Ben Davis
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Runtime: 115 mins

Invictus (2009)

Sometimes things that seems not so important, may change a whole country …things that leaders are blamed about, may turn to be the reason for history to remember them …

Nelson Mandela the great African Leader, after 27 years of prison, in his first round of presidency unites South Africa. He believed in his national rugby team though all experts confirmed it will never reach the finals, convinced the National Sport Council, inspired  team captain and lead his country to win the 1995 Rugby world cup, hosted in South Africa. Mandela achieved his dream of a rainbow nation, during the 100 mins final match; 43 million people supporting and cheering without considering race or origin or social level or any other discriminations that took place in South Africa, people only held the South African Flag and cheered for their country.

Invictus” is a short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). It was written in 1875 and first published in 1888.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Movie title comes from the fact that Mandela had the poem written on a scrap of paper on his prison cell while he was incarcerated. In the movie, Mandela gives the “Invictus” poem to his national rugby team’s captain Francois Pienaar before the start of the Rugby World Cup. In reality, Mandela provided Pienaar with an extract from Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech from 1910.