Raging Bull (1980) M Review

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin from Jake LaMotta‘s memoir Raging Bull: My Story.

What a true classic! This movie tells the story of every rising star. Robert De Niro playing Jake has his brother Joey as his manager. He is a boxer who does not only win all other boxers but also has a chance to winning the championship; he is feared by all other boxers, but according to Joey’s calculations and connections, Jake cannot do it without the mafia – Salvy Batts.

Jake plays their game – meaning he shakes hands with the Mafia and agrees to lose some games to get to the championship. Along the way, he finds out that his wife cheated on him with almost everyone he knows – including his brother. He forgives her, fights with his brother, and moves on to the championship game where he loses the game, royally – basically giving his opponent the championship on a silver platter. Somewhere along the way, Jake finds out in his own way that his brother also had fought with Salvy.

Later on, he retires and opens his own bar, and gets behind bars because of letting a 14 year old in. All that was nice and all, but the movie only gets good when he sights his brother randomly, follows him, only to discover that he is no one now. That’s where he realizes that it was his brother, who got it down-hill since that game when he made himself lose.

 

The monologue Jake performs in front of the mirror gave me goose bumps.

 

“It was like a peak you reach, and then it’s down hill. It was you Charlie. You was my brother. You should have looked out for me a little bit. You should’ve looked out for me just a little bit. You should’ve taken care of me, just a little bit, instead of making me take those dives, for the short end money. You don’t understand. I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody instead of a bum, which is what I am. It was you Charlie.”
Champions are born to be champions, champions don’t lose – but there are always people around them that are intimidated, jealous, and suspicious. The road to success is the hardest and most stressful, and usually people with talent depend on those around them to look out for them and to handle ‘other people’, that is when their managers, brothers, cousins, and friends fail them. Most ‘stars’ are poorly handled and misled with the wrong manipulating minds all the time, those who do not see the far picture.

Stars and champions are destructive perfectionists; they hate themselves when they don’t get what they want their way. Jake in the movie does not really fight the championship fight because he felt he does not earn it – he gave in to the mafia, and lost his reputation and his family along the way.

But again, there IS a movie to Jake’s story and this man’s last scene is him preparing for a show – anchoring with “I’m The Boss, I’m The Boss”; after seeing his brother walking like a no-lifer, Jake remembers that he IS BOSS. A person like him can be hindered, stopped, persecuted, thrown in jail, boo-ed, cheated on, deceived, but he would rise up every time and prove to the world that a champion cannot be stopped.

 

What a movie!

With Love,
M

(check out my other movie reviews on the category “M & Movies”)

 

#MyVisionMyLife Collection of Hoodies @mayaacra

Motivation Hoodies; 10% of the overall proceeds go to Children Cancer Center.

You probably saw these posts (of the cover photo) on my instagram, their basic goal is motivating people to envision their future and achieve their goals, to believe in their inner beauty, to never let their insecurities and fears stop them, and to be faithfully strong.

The reason I started designing these hoodies though, is because I would really like to inspire others. The second reason is because I often go shopping and I never really like whatever I see. Hoodies with slogans like “Hate Mondays – Today’s Off, Go Back To Bed” is all I see and those do not really describe what I aspire to be – and what I believe life truly is: Life is about hustling, is about loving what you do and waking up every day to do more of. It’s about achievement, success, love, security, and strength.

And since I believe that Children with Cancer are the strongest and most inspiring people of all, this project is not solely for profit – since the profit is minor, 10% of the gross amount is given to charity – to Children Cancer Center. Since most of us really love to help, but we do not often have the time to, by buying a hoodie, you are inspiring whoever sees you wearing one, and you are somehow contributing a fair amount to the strongest kids in the world.

The Cost of one Hoodie is 50,000 LBP. (10% of whatever you buy goes to charity)

You can DM me on Instagram or Whatsapp me on 03366729 to Reserve Yours!

#YourVisionYourLife #MyVisionMyLife #mayaacra #mayaakra08

Bel Saf W2afi – @itswilliamofficial feat. Bling / Special Appearance Maya Acra

Wael and I have been friends ever since I was literally 13! First Time I heard him singing,  I was in Gilgamish back in 2005; I just froze and watched him. Back then, I was probably still playing Barbie. He’s lucky he knew his passion ever since, has been doing this for so long, he definitely deserves a share and all the support from you!
I absolutely love his voice and I loved taking part of his first official music video Bel Saf W2afi!

This Music Video was recorded on a Green Screen at Arabia Book by Rock Production
You can also watch it on Arabica TV
Don’t forget to Follow William on instagram to stay tuned with his updates!

“7kita 3ala facebook w maraddit” is not a business approach

So is “Ba3atella DM on instagram w ma raddit”
Being A digital consultant, I find it often that people are interested in working with bloggers, digital influencers, or talents. Sometimes directors would find an actress so fitting for a specific role, that they send her a private message.

 

I also hear this often “I sent her a message on instagram and on facebook, she did not reply, she is probably sheyfeh hala”, while on the other hand there are numerous numbers of bloggers waiting for sponsors, for content, and there are so many talented actresses and models feeling unappreciated.

 

What should you do?
– Every blogger/ actress has contact information on their socials: Send them an email or call their personal numbers. Don’t just wait for a message on Facebook. That is you being unprofessional, not them being cocky.

 

– When not getting a reply, send a reminder after 3 days, then another one after 2 weeks.

 

– (If you still did not get a reply and you are still after this specific person) Figure out a medium. Think of a person who would know her personal number or email and contact that person.

– Contact Talent Agents and Agencies for assistance (they usually have contact information of talents)

Tips:

  • The new instagram links you directly to a person’s contact
  • Many professionals have their numbers put on LinkedIn
  • Bloggers that do not have a contact number on their socials probably do not want to be contacted (so if you are a blogger and aiming for sponsors and proposals, put it there!)
  • When signing deals and talking MONEY with the assistance of a talent agent or medium, ask for a meeting for the 3 of you together. Chances are big that some projects do not go though because the “person in the middle” wants a bigger commission or is not transmitting the right info about a specific activity

 

While mostly all businesses exist on facebook and instagram, both are still NOT BUSINESS platforms. You want to raise a complaint, send an inquiry, or ask for a favor SEND AN EMAIL, CALL THE NUMBER, and ASK FOR A F2F MEETING.

Goodluck!
Much Love!
M

Women, Homosexuals, and Artists as Politicians in Lebanon – @theKIPProject

… following my Not Your Ashta Blogpost..

I was happy to be invited to the KIP Project this year held at the American University of Beirut (AUB), since I was extremely sick for the past week, I could only attend it on the 1st of April (I missed the first day).

*Whereas all the panelists truly inspired me and scratched my head, I will only mention those who somehow triggered my senses more than others.*

Panel (Highlighting Discrimination through Art & Media)

One of the panelists, Bahaa Harmouche, is a creative director and works on the stigmatized HIV Positive outcasts in our modern societies – more specifically the homosexual HIV Positive people in the Middle East. He speaks on behalf of them saying “Accept Us and Love Us, we are not your enemy.”

Homosexuality is still an extremely controversial issue in the Middle East where all religions completely reject it as being un-natural and devilish. Individuals are living an internal conflict day after day, especially those who belong to extremely religious families. HIV patients – often persecuted by (somewhat) hypocrites that mainly engage in the same actions they did, but were luckier to not contract such a fatal disease – victimize themselves due to their little awareness, education, and luck.

“The gay society is already marginalized in our societies. The homosexual HIV Positives are even marginalized in the gay society itself,” claimed Bahaa during his panel.

It was definitely the first time I hear such a panel – a taboo, an unspoken battle, and a condemned group by even the minority sub-culture – a courageous topic to address.

Heather Jaber, an independent researcher, discussed the fact that homosexuals are often portrayed in Lebanese series as depressed, and are sent or exiled to other countries. While this portrayal of reality has its positive aspect where it shows that these individuals are unaccepted in society, other questions arise like: why isn’t the media showing us the successful happy homosexuals in Lebanon as normal characters living with us everyday – and are WE  giving them the option of either living with depression, committing suicide, or unintentionally sending them to extreme exile? Why is the sexual orientation the only layer a character is described with in Lebanese cinema and why is homosexuality the only artifact that is leading gay characters into depression?


Panel (Marginalized Groups in the Lebanese Political Sphere)


Carmen Geha and Krystel Tabet shared with us the findings of their research of the little engagments of females in the political life. “Politics is masculine” she said, “women are usually brought up in Lebanon to be honest, thinking about the benefit of the community rather than personal benefit whereas men usually possess more ego, aspire to be powerful and are more interested in politics.” Other reasons discussed were the patriarchy of sectarianism and the (debatably) little resources of women, their little effectiveness in national institutions, and their less availability (since they are mostly also mothers and house wives).


Reem Saab’s research highlighted a slight difference in the degree of political voting among men vs women (men are more likely to vote by 1.2% than women) yet a rather great-low representation of women in politics, due to lack of interest, lower chances of employment, and lower education levels.


Nada Anid, representing the NGO Women In Front, shared with us her findings of Lebanon being ranked 180/187 (in Women Parliament Representation) and 143/144 (in Women Governmental Inclusion). She states that a better Quota of women will only happen under one condition: Real Political Will.


In addition to the absence of a Feminist Block and the misconception of the role of politics, one can not but note that the seats in the Lebanese Parliament are barely fitting our politicians that are almost devouring each other for one seat, what if a WOMAN was to take that seat? Unfortunately, giving a seat to a woman is regarded as more of a gentleman act than anything else in the Lebanese government.

Perhaps these issues are disregarded in oppose to what our country is facing these days, however there exists a definite misconception of the role of politics.

Women and activists are less likely to consider politics due to the global interests/lobbies that do not appeal to the interests of such individuals. However, the KIP Project reminded all its attendees that politics is not about Russia, USA, France, or the Middle East, it is about our daily life struggles.

The representation of labor in the syndicates and unions has a direct effect on the rights of the practitioners of a certain labor force. The municipalities are responsible for the concerns of its citizens and we (and our votes) are to be blamed for the traffic jam we are stuck in every day. The government is held responsible for the tax, the double-electricity, and our endless expenses. Politics is not whether Iran and USA are on in “tsingof” or “TGIF” mode. Politics is the daily stress or distress we live with every single day.

The panel  (Art as an Alternative Catalyst for Change In Lebanon) featuring the Kesserwany sisters reminded artists that usually have no interest in politics to address social change in their own creative way. Yes, even artists are responsible for fixing Lebanon, no one is exempted – not the women, not the homosexuals, and not the artists. We are all in this together.

I hope one day all Lebanese People find this as interesting as the numerous pointless memes circulating our useless whatsapp groups,
With Love!
M

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From the book Louder Than Hearts Poems – Zeina Hashem Beck Winner of the 2015 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

WHY THEM NOT YOU (PART VI) ADEL KARAM

After my appearance on Hayda Talent with Adel Karam, I am often asked about Adel – what is he like? Is he nice in person? Or is he stuck up? My answer always is: I love him!

Today, I witnessed him answering the questions of the attendees at Director’s Kcut conference – proving to me once more how down to earth he is.

What makes him different?

1- He is a giver

Knowing that stand up is the hardest form of public speaking, giving it a try was so stressful, challenging, and scary. Coming up with a script and standing in front of millions was definitely the hardest public experience I have ever went through.

Adel Karam made it much easier for me. He went through my script, gave me advice of how to say my lines, and even interacted with me on stage when he saw how nervous I was.

2- He is not overwhelmed with fame

Today at Director’s Kcut, Adel explained to the students that all the fame and glory a celebrity gets is nothing but earthly void glory, which struck me to the core. I have witnessed Divas who almost have Godly attributes, thinking they’re better; they’re above, that they rule. That is when they actually lose in life – and that is why Adel keeps on winning: getting more successful, more imitated, and more loved; he has his feet on the ground.

3- He is passionate

Many of us are after being famous, being powerful, and being ‘glorious’. That is not what Adel Karam is after, he is after doing what he loves.

When asked about The Late Night Show “Hayda 7akeh”, he told us that it took Tareck Karam two years of convincing – for Adel to present it. If he were just about the fame and glory, it would have taken Adel a minute to jump to the opportunity – because hey, let me not state the obvious, we both know why. 😉

He also explained that he would reject (and has rejected) an offer from Hollywood if he felt that it contradicts with what he is passionate for…

4- He is responsible and loyal

…which brings me to this: Adel expressed that even if he were offered by Martin Scorcese himself a huge role in a movie, he would only take it if he makes sure he wouldn’t be slacking with Mafi Metlo and Hayda 7akeh

– which means he has huge respect and responsibility to what and where he is at now, that he wouldn’t jeopardize it for anything; not to mention his complete and utter trust in his team and his brother Tareck Karam.

So much respect for that, and Oh, even more respect because he gave Scorcese as an example. *fangirls*


4- He motivates

On Hayda 7akeh, Adel never cares about creating a scoop, instead he makes it a purpose to make his guest feel comfortable and at home.

When I was about to come up on stage at Hayda 7akeh, Adel Karam complimented me a lot and gave a lot of positive energy so I could believe in myself. I know that very few stars do that. 

“Do not believe what you hear about the media. TV Presenters are recruited due to their potential and not due to whatever they have done with a director/producer. TV channels want potential, potential makes them money. You will all make it, I can see it in your eyes. Even those who are from an engineering background, you are here, you are passionate for getting there. That is why you will make it.”
– Adel Karam, to the students of Director’s Kcut

It is easy to be popular, especially if you are gifted. It is hard however, to keep on winning. How is Adel Karam STILL making it big?

He is giving, motivating, passionate, down to earth, loyal, and finally responsible.

Much Love!
M

MOVIE VI: NEIGHBORS II (2016) M REVIEW

You can totally rap up the whole movie by saying Zac Efron is effing hot, and you should watch him strip – almost rocking some Magic Mike moves – but I’ll go further in this. For the guys and men who are into lil’ girls, there is a bit of Selena Gomez there too. It’s not the brightest of movies, but since I watched it, here it is:

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Zac isn’t in college anymore, his gay-best friend is getting married and he has to move out. He finds the perfect refugee: A House where Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) and two other freshman girls (Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein) are starting a cool-sorority “Kappa Nu” that actually throws parties unlike other sororities that can only attend frat parties (organized by guys).

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Next door however, are Zac’s former enermies: the Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne). Those who have seen Neighbors 1 know a bit about their psychology, I’d advise watching Neighbors 1’s trailer, however you can totally catch up if you haven’t.

The Radners are expecting a baby and are trying to sell the house. According to them, there is no way they can sell it with crazy sorority parties happening in the house near them.

Zac starts out helping the Sorority raise money and get big, then he takes the old people’s side and decides on tearing it down with the Radners.

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This Movie is 18+ at Cinemall and definitely targets university students; not a lot of wisdom messages there but here are a few things you might learn from Neighbors II:

  • Zac Efron is hot
  • You should grow up, life is not college
  • Zac Efron is hot
  • When your best friend(s) gets married or falls in love, you don’t have to feel left out – they would still love to have you there (third wheeling or being say, a maid of honor)
  • When you do the right thing, it pays off – sometimes, literally; in money buckets
  • Your cannot control kids, the belong to LIFE (Boom!)

Moreover, this movie shows all the homophobes out there that a homosexual guy can still be (best) friends with a straight guy. It exists and you shouldn’t be so paranoid and narrow-minded about it. Chill, no one’s going to rape you.

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Two, this movie caters to those female college students that are not bimbos and hoes. They Exist. Somehow, college movies always classifies the girls into either lifeless church nerds or straight dumb b*tches. This movie is an Easy-A kind of college-movies that show girls who love to party but don’t need those 7-minutes-in-heaven and tequila-punches kind of parties.

Also, (unlike Hollywood movies in the 90s) the three girls starting the sorority (or is it Sorortity?) are not all blonde; one is blonde, the other is African American and the third one is ‘fine’ looking and overweight. They’re all cool. The blonde is still the dominant leader, but they’re all best friends and there is no bossing around. I love that Hollywood is shifting the 90s stereotypes and being more real.

 

Enjoy the strip!
Much Love!
M

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