Get ready for ‘Maisel’! What to Watch, Not to Watch This Week in Jewish Entertainment
February 14, 2022
Sometimes the best way to open your heart to someone on Valentine’s Day is to show them a good movie or TV show. Gal Gadot fans are in for a treat this weekend in theaters, so let’s quickly dive into what’s worth watching, reading and avoiding all together this weekend in Jewish entertainment.
Whodunit murder mystery fans, rejoice!
Gadot co-starred in Kenneth Branagh’s follow-up to 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express” this weekend with “Death on the Nile.” By changing the setting from a train to a large boat in his Agatha Christie appreciation tour, Branagh spares the viewer little suspense and surprise.
Gadot, a former Israeli soldier and actress, plays a different role as an unlikely catalyst for a murder investigation. Branagh, performing either directing or starring duties, perfects the detective mustache as the notorious Hercule Poirot, who finds himself vacationing in Egypt and soon enough on a murder investigation.
While Armie Hammer keeps the film from achieving greatness, Branagh’s panache and polish with the material make it a winner.
Diet Sorkin in “Ricardos?”
Months after first seeing it, I can assure you that Jewish filmmaker Aaron Sorkin’s latest film ‘Being the Ricardos’ may have won multiple Oscars recently, it still looks like a flawed movie. with an arbitrary scope. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem do their best in the roles and the supporting cast is excellent, but the script is hampered by unnecessary drama. A story that was already carrying juice — the chaotic ending of “I Love Lucy” and her wedding all at once — was plagued with unnecessary point-of-view stories from cast members young and old. It’s a confusing approach that gets in the way of the big speech moment at the end.
If you want to feel smarter in the crowds of cool movies, go ahead and watch, but don’t expect a lot of awards to find it on March 27, the night of the Oscars. Hopefully next time Sorkin will return to the precision of his best writer/director effort yet. : “Molly’s game.”
Jewish family life well shown in ‘Licorice Pizza’
Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age film was nominated for three Oscars, and they were deserved. But apart from all the treats and gifts shown in “Licorice Pizza,” an ode to late ’70s California innocence, was an honest glimpse into life as a Jewish family. Star Alana Haim’s family in the film is also her family in real life, which made for some naturally hilarious interactions. For example, she brings home a young man who claims to be an atheist, and all his father can do is look her straight in the eye and think, “Really?
Another scene shows Haim bickering with quietly critical sisters after the boy leaves the house, calling “you little thinkers”, because she knows they all laugh at her dating habits. It was just one of the many unexpected pleasures of the PTA movie. Catch it before the Oscars, it’s better than the funny “Ricardos”.
Is music dead for Woody Allen?
Imagine being the only person in a movie theater watching Woody’s new movie. The Guy Who Once Opened Our Hearts To Neurotic Love And Existentialism Has Been Set To Be Canceled, Due To All The Ghastly Sexual Assault Allegations Stemming From Allen’s Relationship With Mia Farrow And his treatment of their daughter, Dylan. Thus, his latest film, “Rifkin’s Festival”, is screened in only one room in Manhattan, far from the number of screens he received for one of his last great films, “Midnight in Paris”. .
The sad truth is that “Rifkin’s Festival” is not entirely new. It was completed and released internationally in 2020, only to find a faint whimper at that time. Two years later, he died a slow death. This may not be a selection of watches not to do, but you probably won’t be able to. The lesson: Make better choices earlier in life so you don’t ruin your old age.
Now is the time to binge on “Maisel!”
The wait is almost over for audiences to return with their favorite housewife-turned-comedian. Rachel Brosnahan and company will launch the fourth season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on February 18, days after the annual reminder to men to buy their wives flowers. Instead of collecting those cute surprises at the store, cook him a nice steak dinner (after soaking his blood of course) and push the game on this comedy series. It came out of nowhere and really helped put Amazon Prime on the streaming map.
Being a master procrastinator, I also binge the whole show before the first new episode with my wife, who loves the show. A rare time when she introduces me to a good movie or show. Be that person in your home and February could be just fine.
Olympic Jewish Pride!
As Jewish figure skater Jason Brown showed this week, it’s not about leaving the 2022 Olympics with a medal. Validation also comes in the journey, as evidenced by hockey player Ethan Werek. His great-grandparents fled to China many, many decades ago, and last Thursday Werek was skating against Team USA. Due to the Omicron variant, many NHL talents stayed home from the Games this year, but it brought to light unknown but hard-working talents like Werek. Most of his team members had never met a Jewish hockey player until this month.