February 22, 2020

Soul of Hollywood

The month of Tishrei had always been a riddle to me until I saw HBO’s television series “The Leftovers.” 
The popular video game Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games may not seem to have anything to do with Rosh Hashanah, but it does.
Last Saturday, the world was transfixed by the fairy-tale royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
It is time to take back mysticism, and Shavuot is the perfect time to reclaim our mystical mojo. Modern man has become skeptical and cynical.
One of the most endearing elements of superhero stories is that the good guy always wins, but in the real world, that’s not always the case.
“Disobedience” is a film about forbidden love in an insular Orthodox Jewish community and about the choice of whether to stay or leave.
I recommend putting on the glasses and watching “Ready Player One” — Steven Spielberg’s latest high-octane adventure story, about a boy...
Most of the stories in the Bible are written using a traditional storytelling narrative format. It reads like a book.
The best Bible stories are religious epics. The best Hollywood filmmakers are some of the greatest storytellers in the world,
Operation Thunderbolt ranks as one of the most dramatic events in the brief history of the State of Israel.
While watching Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” I felt I had been transported to the study halls of my yeshiva — and not in a good way.
Every year, Hollywood creates a handful of culturally significant movies that captivate a wide audience and sweep us away on what can be...
Marvel’s latest blockbuster, “Black Panther,” is an epic sermon on multiculturalism and the struggle to tame identity politics.
It’s common knowledge that  “unscripted” “reality TV” is far from real. Ironically, modern scripted television is often critically...
Our world is in the midst of a massive social experiment. “Shababnikim,” the surprisingly popular Israeli sitcom about the lives of...
It is unanimous. Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes aggregated all 176 critic reviews of “Paddington 2” and every single one has been...
The credits were rolling when it hit me: “The Post” was over. Time to go home. “Why am I still sitting here?”
I was delighted when “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the Golden Globe for best television series — but not for the reason you think.
If you’ve seen the trailer or any advertisements for “Coco,” you already know that it’s Pixar’s most Mexican film yet. What you don’t see in the...
The loudest noise coming out of Hollywood this holiday season is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Even if the last thing you want to do is see another “Star Wars” movie, you might be interested to know about the secret message embedded in this film that the Jewish people have known for 2,000 years.
According to the familiar Midrashic legend, Abraham’s father, Terah, was a craftsman and salesman of idols. But Abram (Abraham’s original name)...
“One of Us,” the story of three millennials at various stages of exiting the insular Chasidic community, is hardly groundbreaking within the subgenre