Category Archives: M & Movies

Le Brio: What A Cunt

I unfortunately missed the premiere organized by Empire on the 5th of March; I got to watch Le Brio last night. The movie theatre had 6 people (including us), I understand it was a Monday – so I won’t judge.

 

Le Brio simply tends to increase your IQ – what every other (probably sold out) movie in the theatres does not do.

 

Synopsis: Neïla Salah grew up in Créteil and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Registered at the great Parisian university of Assas, she confronts from the first day to Pierre Mazard, professor known for his provocations and his slippages. To redeem himself a conduct, the latter agrees to prepare Neïla for the prestigious contest of eloquence. At the same time cynical and demanding, Pierre could become the mentor she needs … Still, they must both overcome their prejudices.

 

Those lucky among us know their dream.

Life is full of opportunities.

Most of us though fear failure, so we live a safe life – then shift the blame onto every human, creature, and stereotype we can find to hide our cowardness towards what makes our souls cry from happiness.

 

If this reality is too harsh for you, try to have Pierre Mazard as a dream mentor.

What a cunt – one that we all need in order to slap ourselves in the face and wake up from our prolonged procrastination.

 

Neila is an Arab, an ambitious one.

Her lips are not bottoxed, her clothes do not reveal her clit, her dream is not gaining followers on instagram – but ofcourse she does not represent us Arab women; she has sex with her boyfriend.

 

So please, make me a favor and do not watch this movie.
(I’m using one of Mr. Mazard’s strategies, I mean go watch it)

Both characters help each other get what they want from life – who needs to toughen up and see that. No one. Duh.

(It’s a must watch) 

Let me know if you need a plus one, I have some friends I don’t feel like hanging out with.

(I would watch it again)

 

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Ziad Doueiri’s #TheInsult: In the Actors’ Shoes/ Personal Triumph/ Special Scenes

In The Actors’ Shoes:

RUDZ9506“Toni Hanna is the example of every Christian Lebanese man who has suffered and is still suffering till this day because of the civil war. We never denied the aches of Palestinians – why does the world deny our pain? Where was the resistance “المقاومة” when we resisted the Palestinians from taking over our land?
It is true that Palestinians are refugees, but they made Toni a refugee in his own land.”
Camille Salameh Toni’s attorney

 

CAMA0531I was not a soldier during the civil war – I was young – and I might not even join war if it happens now, but I know what I suffered – and I know that my history justifies my rude attitude this day. I do not want to make my daughter go through all this, but it is all beyond me.
Sometimes, I wish I were Palestinian… Never mind, I did not mean that.”
Adel Karam as “Toni Hanna”

 

CAMA1247“I empathize with Palestinians because mostly, they are not represented well. I did not know Toni’s history though, it is tough and breaks my heart; I am Lebanese after all, not Palestinian – but, I will fight with my all to win this case.”
Diamande Abboud Yasser (The Palestinian)’s attorney

 

RUDZ7256“I did not choose to live in Lebanon, but I do. Whether it was Arafat or the plan of the G8, I am here now, building my career. My wife thinks Norway is a great escape, but I want to stay here. I feel successful here, my workers love me, I have moved on – but the Christians haven’t yet, perhaps because they are too spoiled.”
Kamel El Basha as “Yasser” the Palestinian

– – –

Personal Triumph:

I left the movie feeling triumphed because of its many social and political messages. If you’re in it for aesthetic cinematography visuals and severe art direction, don’t be. Yes, it is political. Yes, it is symbolic – and yes, TIME is irrelevant in the movie.
(and yes, there is a prolonged un-avoided loaded detailed dialogue)

The Palestinian case might be outdated to some of us, Toni’s character might not be very common in 2017 – this does not deny the fact that any other case is more worthy of cinema. Perhaps, it is the perfect time to handle this issue. Now, that it is less sensitive.

The Lebanese Christians lost 20 years of their precious lives fighting for the land -that we now TAKE FOR GRANTED – and ended up being labeled as “yobs” and “dogs”.

A “sorry” was enough to make Toni happy.

All this doesn’t mean that the future of Lebanon (Toni’s new born, Sethrida in this movie) should live in grief forever. In the movie, Samir Geagea looks through the lens towards Toni’s eyes and asks him to let go off the past and start a new page.
Lebanon is for all, and it always will be.

– – –

Special Scenes:

Toni’s attorney’s reaction at the court to someone calling Toni a dog:
Even though I mentioned it before, this moment acknowledges the resistance of Christians – this is a moment where most probably many of our parents will shed a tear for the friends they miss, the education they dropped, the money they lost, and the country they miss.

Toni and Yasser Sitting with the president:
In the midst of all the noise, Toni and Yasser sit side by side with the president. This is how politics is, we kill each other while leaders dine and wine together in perfect suits and echoing colognes.

Toni helping Yasser’s car failure:
This image depicts the reality of war. I hear stories of soldiers who let go their utmost enemy because of simply, humanity.
While people around me did not relate or believe the situation, I did. This is a fine example of brothers who till this day eat together but refrain from discussing politics because they know a fight is bound to happen.

Even though Toni was waiting for a personal apology, it was never personal.
He asked for an apology for everything else. It was never about THAT insult in specific; telling you why would be a spoiler.

|||| After watching West Beirut, I expected a similar movie. I had huge high expectations. The Insult is very different. Do not go in thinking of another West Beirut. ||||

Enjoy the popcorn 😉

M

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”)

 

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

Maya Acra Show Reel

I’ve edited my old show reel like 3 years ago of random university students (senior) projects, here’s a new one: more freaky; of only two projects I’ve done.

Khati2ati Takwa (Anas Arabi Song)
Character: girlfriend
– Bed Time Story (Valerie Yaacoub Senior Movie)
Character: Belle

MOVIE VII: Tallatit (2016) M Review

It took me a while to convince my friends to go watch Tallatit at Cinemall – simply for the fact of it being a Lebanese Movie. I was personally excited to watch it ever since I watched its trailer at the Lebanese Movie Guide Awards, however I was disappointed to see the little enthusiasm us Lebanese people have to go watch our own productions. I must admit, I have walked out of a couple of Lebanese movies that, I personally felt, insulted my intelligence and decreased my IQ level, however Tallatit is definitely a must-see for any of you who love to support the local movie industry. Again, the number of people watching Tallatit in comparison to other movies was so low, I felt ashamed!

I’m not sure if one should applaud the director Kristian Abouanni, but the characters in this movie are quite believable; I admired their acting skills! I didn’t find any unjustified movements and theatre recital-kind-of-conversations. I could feel the actors ‘feeling’ – yes, the verb – in this movie. I personally cried – something I do not usually do while watching Lebanese productions.

Tony Issa’s character is so sincere, romantic, and emotional. He’s the man that drives behind you at night and makes sure you are treated like a princess; every girl’s dream love. Carmen Bsaibes’ billboard face is exactly the missing piece when it comes to the overall crew-energy of this movie – a cute poised lady! As for Joy Karam, I don’t know who raised Cynthia and Joy but RESPECT to their GENES; what a Strong Character! Chapeau Bas!

karam

The message in this movie is not cliché at all and definitely hits the spot when thinking of the Lebanese Media Scene; probably why the movie theatre wasn’t too packed? Lebanese people probably like “tjeljou2” and retarded jokes instead of watching their brutal truth.

Lebanese women have innate gifts; most of us are not ONLY beautiful, we are also not walking sex-and-baby-popping machines. I have met great media professionals who basically offered me media space for a certain ‘price’. I am more than proud to say that I rejected every single walking-sperm who tried to come close to my personal space. Unfortunately, many girls have gone through that road to get to the positions they are at now. Although, every girl and woman is free to do whatever she pleases, EVERY SINGLE GIRL who has done that forgot her value, just like Manel Mallat almost did in Tallatit.

Manel was born with the only gift I call a gift – A Lovely Musical Voice. However, we could see in the movie that she was going back and forth with a ‘producer’ who was offering her a big part in a movie – for a ‘price’. She was focusing on acting ‘for a price’ instead of focusing on her main gift, which is singing.

Isn’t that what so many of young girls in the media are doing just to get famous and be on the big screen?

Also, having her heart torn to pieces by her old partner/muse and due to the society/parental pressure of getting married asap, Manel forgot her talent and lost her self-value and self-confidence – when EVERYONE around her didn’t, including the supportive boyfriend-material-Tony Issa.

tony 2

The awful pressure almost-30-year-old women face in this country is the main reason of the disloyal husbands and high level of divorce. Women forgetting their individuality and running after any man who might consider making them pop his babies, is well, disgusting.
I honestly do not know why Lebanese chicks (yes in this context, I will call my gender chicks) would rather go to a club, post selfies and snapchat stories about their colorful-yummy-drinks, wear skinny tight dresses, and talk endless useless conversations about guys, instead of going to watch this socially and cultural/social awakening movie about their/our reality – and perhaps get a hit on their LV heads.

This movie, thank God, is one of the movies that actually stimulates our societies’ brains and does not just go with the flow with the idiocy of our culture. It motivates women to give chances to the right men, to be around the supportive ones, and to be successful.

Go Watch It!

Much Love!
Maya

 

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:

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 1.14.22 PM

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).

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 1.02.10 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 3.37.59 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 3.39.56 PM

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