1. Zha Tam Ronit Alkavetz
If there is one Israeli creator who embodies the essence of the word “icon”, it is probably Ronit Alkabatz. A woman who is cinema itself, who turned her life into movies and the movies into her life. But not only the cinema was at her heart, as everyone who saw Alkabetz – on or off the screen – knew that the clothes she wore were part of what defined the icon. The dominant color black, the dresses that looked at the same time the most regal and everyday, the levity they provided her – all these made her a fashion icon alongside her big appearances on the screen.
The film “Zha Tem Ronit Alkabetz”, which was broadcast this week on the occasion of her birthday, describes the character of Alkabetz through the clothing that so characterized her. This is an unusual work in the Israeli landscape, with the director Moran Ifergan dealing with the woman at the center through a unique filter. The film follows the process of establishing a retrospective exhibition bearing the name of the film, which dealt with the fashion of Ronit Alkabats and was presented in 2017 at the Holon Design Museum, which We covered it too. The exhibition reviewed the stages of the deceased creator’s life through 200 items she left behind, including clothes, jewelry, accessories and photographs, and now the items and the stories they tell are being resurrected in the medium she loved so much – cinema. An extraordinary documentary about an extraordinary woman, it only deserves.
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2. Brainwashing: sex-camera-power
“Brainwashing: Sex-Camera-Power” is a documentary film by the director Nina Manx, which shows in detail and simply how the biggest films in Hollywood used (and use) cinematic language to make women an object at the disposal of the man. Or in other words, it shows the way in which the patriarchal society shapes the cinema – and accordingly, the way in which the cinema shapes the patriarchal society. Did you think it was a one-way street? You probably haven’t walked around the street as a woman in years.
Using simple concepts of cinematic expression (which are also well explained in the film), Manx shows how directors used camera movements, lighting, framing and perspective to portray women in a one-dimensional way, and then describes how these films shape our reality. With the help of a series of female directors and actresses, the film also offers an alternative to a different, respectful, egalitarian and new cinema. One that is not intended for men to polish their eyes, but to tell women’s stories as well. An eye-opening movie, even if you always knew.
3. The sex star with Cara Delevingne
This is not just a series about sex. “Sex Star with Cara Delevingne” is an invested production by the BBC and Fremantle, a six-episode docu-series that dives into the big questions of human sexuality, a journey around issues of relationships, attraction, gender, erotica and pornography that manages to fascinate quite a bit thanks to the arc The wide and colorful range of interviewees, mostly ordinary people from the settlement who are not afraid to open up in front of the cameras and talk about their sex. This is not surprising either. But what makes the series particularly interesting is the journey that Delevingne herself goes through.
In 1988, the movie “Willow” was released, directed by George Lucas, the biggest name in Hollywood of those years together with Steven Spielberg, crowned with the fame of the Star Wars trilogy. It was an elaborate fantasy film full of advanced effects for its time, and it was to become a huge blockbuster that would develop into a whole and mountain franchise of merchandise. It did not happen. The film was a modest success but did not leave a significant mark. Disney+ dug into Lucasfilm’s library of brands they acquired, conjured Willow, and now you have an eight-episode series that tries to succeed where the original failed. Did we say trying? We meant successful.
Willow, the magical dwarf, is played by Warwick Davis who played him 34 years ago (the series is actually a sequel to the film’s plot) and his presence gives the series a layer of nostalgic sadness – he had a difficult and very painful life in the decades that have passed since the film and this is evident in him and his movements on the screen – There are also a number of guest appearances by characters who appeared in the original film, but the plot is gripping from the first moments and it is clear that the intention is to appeal to audiences who are not familiar with the film at all and not just to caress the past memories of the boomers among us.
5. Slow horses
The month of December started with great fun: the excellent spy series “Slow Horses”, whose excellent first season aired last April (and even landed it on the list The best series of the moment, then) is in a hurry to return for a second season. The group of MI5 rejects led by Gary Oldman and the great livia of Christine Scott Thomas, which emerged from Mick Heron’s best-selling books, and once again they get involved in adventures from the world of espionage and show the bosses at MI5 that sometimes being screwed is the least screwed up. The bad news: as in the first season, the current one will also consist of only six episodes. The good news: the series has already been renewed for a third and fourth season.
6. Trivia Netflix – Triviaverse
We really have no idea how long this thing has been there – an hour? two days? a month? Six months? – but in our Netflix wanderings today we came across Triviaverse. At first glance we thought it was a joke. Definately not. This is a game, although not particularly complex or long, and probably won’t occupy you all evening either, but it will completely diversify the experience of another evening in which you sit in front of the Netflix menu, assuming you read fast enough in English to deal with what Netflix is going to throw at you.
It is, as you can guess, a quick trivia game (a total of three rounds, each one minute) in which American questions are answered. Sound simple? Yes, that’s exactly the beauty. As anyone who has ever played a trivia game in their life knows, it rises and falls on the questions. Well, we’re happy to say that the questions here are really successful, and although there will be things that will be quite foreign to the average Israeli viewer/player (no, we don’t know what score you can’t get for a move in football. We don’t even know what the rules are in football), Netflix is a company with a perception Very international, so most of the questions are ones that you can completely deal with. There is also an excellent mix of high culture, popular culture, science, history and some logic questions – there is a good chance that in the same round you will have to demonstrate knowledge of both Taylor Swift and Mahatma Gandhi. And of course there is also a mode for two players.
Netflix. Well, where else?