A week has already passed, which means it’s about time we start evaluating some of the TV shows airing this season. It’s not too soon to judge, because by now, we should have made up our minds on which TV shows are worth our time.
What follows aren’t our sole opinions regarding these shows, but merely what people on social media have been saying this past week.
1- Zay El Shames
People can’t seem to get over Dina El Sherbini’s emotional outbursts, and Riham Abdel Ghafour’s sudden appearances that are causing people to panic. One concern is that the events are moving too slow, and they aren’t moving forward with events. Also, some people are claiming that the series is the Egyptian copy of the Italian one ‘sisters’, and therefore rumors and spoilers are ruining it for people on social media. Even though, a statement of the director says otherwise.
Overall, the plot so far seems to be interesting, the cast is quite impressive and people are certainly touched by the performance of both Dina El Sherbini and Sawsan Badr.
I can’t quite fathom my feeling towards this show yet. The course of action is quite interesting but then again, it is moving very slowly. The mysterious aura around the show seems to be promising, but we still hope to get more hints soon and see more of Amina Khalil.
But let’s take a moment and appreciate Mohamed Mamdouh’s outstanding performance.
People are certainly going nuts over this show, claiming that you would be missing a lot if you haven’t yet watched it. The show is a thriller, whereas the plot revolves around a group of friends who fall victims of a pharaonic curse, that kills people depending on their Zodiac sign.
Not only does the show looks promising, but the cast as well, is of promising young actors and actresses.
4- El Kateb
Bassel Khayyat strikes once again with another remarkable series that surely stole the spotlight early this Ramadan. The plot revolves around a writer who is a suspect in the murder of a university student, of whom he had an affair with. To make things even creepier, is that it is based on a true story.
Good news is the show is available on Netflix.
5- Weld El Ghalaba
The plot is off to a good start, the performances of the entire cast is certainly outstanding. We are also loving Ingy El Mokkadem’s role, who is giving a different performance this year, as good as the last year’s.
How Disney is Escaping the 1992 Aladdin Controversy
The wait for the long anticipated Disney’s live-action remake Aladdin is finally over, as the movie premiers starting today at all cinemas in Egypt, and we can’t wait for you to embark on this magical adventure.
However, the Hollywood movie is struggling to avoid any ethnic stereotyping, because having the movie shot in an Arab kingdom can surely raise some questions at times.
The 1992 animation had been criticized severally, for the way it portrayed Arabs as thieves, and the poverty and injustice that were apparent in the Arabian Kingdom.
“Aladdin is not an entertaining Arabian Nights fantasy as film critics would have us believe,” wrote Jack Shaheen in 1992, then a professor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University, “but rather a painful reminder to 3 million Americans of Arab heritage, as well as 300 million Arabs and others, that the abhorrent Arab stereotype is as ubiquitous as Aladdin’s lamp.”
In bringing the world of Aladdin to live-action, Disney and director Guy Ritchie had several points to tackle, starting with finding the right Genie to finding lead actors to play Aladdin and Jasmine, and building the world of Agrabah, all while still maintaining a positive image of the Arab Wold.
It is fair to say that this copy is some sort of a remedy to what the 1992 version had caused, the movie is aiming at delivering a positive image while still maintaining the essence of the story.
For starters, the cast are brown-skinned actors, Egyptian-Canadian Mena Massoud brings the requisite roguish charm to Aladdin himself and Jasmine is played by Naomi Scott, a British actor of Indian descent.
Mena Massoud himself has been a ray of hope for this movie, with all the heartwarming posts that he has been sending our way, from sending his greetings, to getting the great oxford band Maqam to play a song for Abdel Halim Hafez.
“People of Egypt, hello! I am so excited for you to watch Disney’s production, Aladdin. I am proud to be part of the film and I hope you’ll like and enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed myself while filming it,” the actor said.
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) May 19, 2019
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) May 21, 2019
Now with the efforts that they are exerting to refute the opinions that were developed over the years, will they successfully fix the trust that was once broken?
Well, only one way to find out, and that is to watch the long-awaited movie.
Stay tuned for our review of the movie.
Killer Game of Thrones Mistakes That Can’t Be Left Unnoticed
The epic eight-year journey of Game of Thrones have witnessed last night its grand closure, the huge fanbase of the show certainly has many concerns about the eighth season and they definitely have a lot of comments regarding how the show ended.
But as opinions vary regarding this matter, one thing for sure is, the show had had several mistakes that couldn’t just be left unseen! After a rogue water bottle sighting followed the appearance of a Starbucks cup, fans start to question the team behind the incredible show.
So, as we say our final goodbyes to all the Targaryens, Starks and lannisters, let’s take a look at the mistakes that were spotted by fans during this season, to help us accept the reality that there is no longer GOT…
1. Season 8, Episode 6: The Water Bottle
— ℝίτα🐉||GoT Spoilers (@JonxDanyy) May 20, 2019
A water bottle from our century made a sudden appearance in last night’s finale, must be of high significance though, as it has attended the gathering of the leaders of Westeros.
Can you spot it too? Right there behind Samwell Tarly’s foot.
2. Season 8, Episode 5: Jamie Lannister’s Right Hand
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfT57476878) May 13, 2019
Jaime Lannister’s right hand makes a comeback! Well, the siblings needed a real hug before getting buried alive with rocks, so let’s cut them slack, maybe?
3. Season 8, Episode 4: The Famous Starbucks Cup
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, and Drinker of Pumpkin Spice pic.twitter.com/BOPdolRhXz
— Ira Madison III (@ira) May 6, 2019
The misplaced coffee cup that caused quite the propaganda on social media! Maybe even out of all mistakes, this one was noticed by all. The cup was placed on the banquet table in Winterfell’s Great Hall, suspiciously in front of Daenerys Targaryen.
Emilia Clarke even defended herself on the show with Jimmy Fallon, and denied all responsibility, insisting that the cast “don’t drink Starbucks.”
4. Season 6, Episode 9: The Great Valyrian Rubber Sword
The sword that kills the infamous Ramsay Bolton’s during the Battle of the Bastards, must be really strong, huh? You probably didn’t notice this, so here’s a recap of the scene. Watch carefully, eyes on the sword! The rubber sword…
5- Season 5, Episode 10: The Laptop Charger
In the last episode for Stannis Baratheon’s, before getting defeated from Ramsay Bolton’s army got in the way. In his final scene, Stannis appears wounded leaning up against a tree, awaiting his execution from the great knight Brienne. What we don’t notice is the laptop charger or microphone pack appearing underneath his leg!
6- Sansa Stark, Or Sansa Targaryen?
In the credits for the first two episodes of the series the actress who plays Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, is credited with a Targaryen symbol beside her name. By the third episode of the series, the mistake is fixed, fans were still wondering if this was a simple mistake or has some mysterious meaning behind it.
But looks like, it was just another fatal mistake of GOT.
The Marvel Movies You Need To Watch Before Endgame
If you’re a Marvel freak, then you probably have already watched the movie in the first week of its release, and if you haven’t yet, then you should definitely do.
If your excuse is that you aren’t a Marvel enthusiast who didn’t watch any of the previous parts, then here’s a list of the Marvel movies you need to watch; in order to understand Endgame, THE EPIC ENDGAME.
We’re not 21 film deep into the Marvel Cinematic journey, that unfortunately is coming to an end. Some would argue you that you must watch all 21 films before heading to the movies, but seeing that there’s no time; because spoilers are flooding the social media, we are suggesting the movies that are indeed affecting the plot of Endgame.
1- Captain America: The First Avenger
Personally, I don’t feel like this would affect your experience of Endgame, however, it tells you the story of Captain America and how it all began. Also, the movie is where the Tesseract is a major plot point, which you will have to understand how this all started.
2- Marvel’s the Avengers
If you choose to skip Thor and Iron Man 2, even though my advice would be to watch the Iron man movies, then 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers is the ideal introduction to all the main heroes including, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Agent Coulson. The film also depicts the first time the titular team had to assemble to save the Earth. And, again, the Tesseract plays a central role.
3- Guardian of the galaxy
The movie was certainly groundbreaking in several ways, seeing how it revealed the various planets and aliens. It also introduces the rest of the heroes from the different planets, that join the Avengers.
In Infinity War we see that Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the adopted daughter of Thanos (Josh Brolin), plays a major role in the endgame of the MCU.
4- Captain America: Civil War
2016’s Captain America: Civil War prepares you for the emotional stakes that lead to the final two Avengers films, as it explains why the Avengers team broke apart. This movie also introduces Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who take part in both the final movies.
5- Avengers: Infinity War
In doing your Marvel homework, obviously this goes on top of the list as it practically is part one of Endgame.
6- Captain Marvel
Currently screening in the cinemas, Captain Marvel is the most recent movie, it isn’t really necessary for you to watch it, unless you’re keen on understanding where each hero in Endgame come from.
Yes, the movie deserves all the buzz, and it is epic on every level, certainly makes the best closure for the Marvel long journey. Expect to laugh, cry and to experience all kinds of emotions. There were many parts that I did like, for example the nostalgic time travel trips, and seeing people from the past, and people who haven’t appeared before.
The overall experience was better than I expected.
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