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Geddo Habibi: Cringingly Irritating Egyptian Comedy
Fekreya (Boshra) is a British-raised Egyptian who insists on being called Vicky. Completely broke and out of her job after the stock market crash, she decides visit her estranged grandfather Hussein (Yaseen), who is on his deathbed in Egypt. As his sole heir, she stands to inherit a fortune which would effectively cure her financial woes. Predictably, she gets to Egypt, meets her granddad and after a thorny adjustment period, they become best buds.
The film kicks off with an awful opening credits sequence that really sets up how irritating Vicky’s character is. It was during this sequence that this reviewer first found herself cringing; something that would be repeated quite frequently throughout the rest of its running time. The film’s first act involves Vicky and her roommate harping on about the money Vicky stands to inherit if her grandfather would just die already. The movie paints the roommate as the more awful of the two, although Vicky is every bit as distasteful.
The middle of the film revolves around twenty-something Vicky’s friendship with a bunch of teenage boys and the problems this poses for her grandfather who thinks it isn’t proper. Cue a bunch of partying scenes and her granddad coming home to find kids making out and a random guy offering him a spliff.
The final act has Vicky and her granddad tracking down a former flame of his who, lo and behold, has a grandson who would be perfect for Vicky. This is when the film takes an inexplicable turn for the preachy which, all things considered, is still a definite upgrade to everything that preceded it. It extols, quite heavy-handedly, the virtues of real-love marriages as opposed to arranged ones, and gives Vicky the happy ending she’d been dreaming of forever; a husband.
678 had Boshra showcasing some decent dramatic chops and this reviewer would like to implore her to stick to drama because her comedic timing is completely off. Vicky was something along the lines of a manic, grossly materialistic person until she falls in love and suddenly calms down. It’s a very unlikable character and one that’s frankly highly irritating mainly due to the thrashing around that passes as physical comedy. It was the visual equivalent of nails on a chalk board. On the plus side though, Boshra has a pretty decent English accent.
The rest of the actors didn’t fare much better. Yaseen looks remarkably healthy and active for someone who’s knocking on the doors of death, while Abdel Aziz looks distractingly botoxed and is made up to look like a raccoon. Meanwhile, Fahmy is so bland that he barely registers on screen.
The actors involved in this movie are capable of so much better which makes this wreck even more depressing.
If you think you know the story Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, think again. Think of Malificent as the 1959 classic, but told from a different perspective – that of the title character and antagonist in the original.
Set in a far away fantasy world where two realms - one inhabited by man and the other populated by fairies and other earthly creatures - are sitting opposed to one another with the humans - ruled by King Henry (Cranham) - wanting to destroy the other side and rule both worlds.
One day, after being caught stealing, a young boy named Stefan (Higgins) accidentally stumbles on kind winged fairy, Maleficent (Molloy), who instead of punishing him for his crimes, decides to befriend him. The two are quick to bond and as time passes, their friendship turns into much more. However, as they grew older, they eventually go their separate ways with Stefan (Copley) turning into a greedy man wanting to overthrow the king and Maleficent (now played by the spectacular Jolie) assuming her role as the protector of her land.
It's not long before the King marches into battle, however, and Maleficent – now an extremely powerful force to be reckoned with – is determined not to go down without a fight and quickly manages to defeat his army of men. Unfortunately, though, the worst is far from over when Stefan – in order to prove his worthiness to the throne– betrays Maleficent in the worst way possible, causing her to seek revenge the only way her broken heart knows how.
Written by Alice in Wonderland's Linda Woolverton, the story is told entirely through the eyes of Maleficent; the self-proclaimed Mistress of Evil and one of the most celebrated Disney villainess of all time. It's a modern twist on a classic tale which cleverly introduces new perspective and a much darker side to the story.
With her razor-sharp cheekbones, scarlet-red lips and a captivating glare, it's pretty safe to say that this is a typical icy Jolie performance through and through. Jolie glides through the story effortlessly and her presence – which serves as a front to a woman with a broken heart - brings a lot of depth and gravitas to the fictional tale. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast faid into the background which includes Fanning as the sweet but foolishly naïve Princess Aurora and Copley as the overly-theatrical Stefen.
Directed by the famed production designer, Robert Stromberg the set design is nothing short of magnificent, though the CGI falls into typical cutesy mode at times.
Nevertheless, Maleficent still manages to impress; creepy, enthralling and wonderfully enchanting, this latest revisit to the far-away land of Sleeping Beauty is definitely worth a watch; for and her enigmatic performance as a character we all learned to hate.
First, it’s important to establish that we cannot place the blame in its entirety on Ramez Galal for his sadistic show. A big part of the blame should fall on us, the viewers, who eagerly wait for pranks and spike the show’s ratings, even reaching the point where café owners will blast these shows on large TVs to attract customers. It’s time to admit that there’s a sadist in all of us.
The premise of the show is a guest will come in to film an episode about the World Cup on a zodiac boat out at sea. The boat malfunctions, one of the presenters dives in to see what’s wrong, and the events quickly escalate to the boat sinking with the guest and a fake shark attack.
In the episode with Rania Mahmoud Yassin and Mohamed Riad, it’s interesting to point out that the boat didn’t sink entirely, and Rania kept a firm clutch on her sunglasses in a situation where any normal person would’ve let go of his/her belongings in exchange for safety. We ignored these points at first, but after several mentions on TV and by other viewers, we couldn’t help but wonder.
The show comes with a lot of legal issues this year, of which, a case that Athar El Hakim filed against Galal, banning her episode from airing, under the pretence that the prank extremely frightened her. The truth behind that is in question, after a video of her discussing her pay for the episode was leaked. Other legal issues concerning the show include damage to marine life from planting metal poles to support the hidden cameras.
Because nothing is black and white, it’s important to admit Galal’s sense of humour and experience, especially when it’s imitated by an artist like Mohamed Fouad in his show “Fo’sh Fil Mo’askar”, a stale and completely void of humour prank show.
We have to admit, we were impressed by the shark boat Galal uses to rescue the guests. He is a smart actor who was able to establish himself within Ramadan TV and create shows that people wait for year to year.