Jewish Journal

The Jewish Soul of Ray Donovan

By Abe Fried-Tanzer

July 8, 2013 | 8:20 am

Courtesy CBS Press Express

Welcome back to Awards Material. After a quiet start to the summer, we’re back just in time for Emmy nominations, which will be announced next week. But first, let’s take a look at a new... read on

  • Religion at the End of The Big C

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    May 21, 2013 | 5:06 am

    Last night, Showtime’s The Big C aired its final episode. After three seasons of half-hour installments, this comedy returned for a shortened final season consisting of four hour-long episodes. Subtitled The Big C: Hereafter, this final round took a more dramatic approach as... read on

  • State 194: A Documentary About Palestine

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    May 17, 2013 | 4:49 am

    Opening this weekend at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 is a very hot-button new documentary called State 194, which follows the recent history of Palestine. Many will approach this film with trepidation, since it is difficult to find any piece of journalism, be it in print or on film,... read on

  • The View from Tribeca

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    April 28, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Today concludes the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which marks the twelfth year of this New York-based cinema extravaganza. It’s no surprise that, among the over two hundred feature-length and short films showcased, a few of them deal with Jewish themes or come from Israel. One short,... read on

  • The Odd Appearance of Jewish Superman

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    April 7, 2013 | 6:55 am

    Sometimes, a mention of Judaism on television just comes from completely out of nowhere. When I sat down to watch the premiere episode of ABC’s new comedy How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) last Wednesday night, I wasn’t expecting to hear anything about... read on

  • A Cinematic Passover Memory

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    March 24, 2013 | 6:48 am

    When I think about Passover on film, there are two different types of stories. The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt are two diverse examples of realizations of the Passover story, which each picked up one Oscar apiece, for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song,... read on

  • Judaism on The Mindy Project

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    March 11, 2013 | 5:24 am

    FOX’s successful new comedy, The Mindy Project, which just got renewed for a second season, won’t air a new episode until next week, but its most recent installment contains a highly worthwhile encounter with Judaism. For those unfamiliar with the show, series creator Mindy Kaling... read on

  • Judaism’s Big Moment at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 26, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Most of the winners were expected, and the speeches weren’t groundbreaking or over-the-top, especially since some of the lesser-known winners had their thank-yous unceremoniously cut off by the main theme from Jaws. Tributes to the James Bond franchise and recent musicals dominated... read on

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Abe Fried-Tanzer is a recent import from the East Coast to Los Angeles, and he brings with him his enthusiasm for movies and television. When he’s not watching every...

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