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Scene from the Israeli TV show, Juda

Israeli vampire TV series ‘Juda’ could have been written by I.B. Sing

From Tablet Magazine, by Marat Grinberg The show’s schlocky entertainment quality does not detract from its Hebrew weightiness—historical, moral, and religious. Its wild mishmash of Jewish lore, the Holocaust, and Israeliness is a testament to the vibrancy of contemporary Israeli culture that looks both outward and inward, as the best...

Fabulous Fixer

From Tablet Magazine ‘Norman,’ starring Richard Gere, is an absorbing film about a Jewish connector who’s looking for an honest piece of the action—and finds one …They get nothing wrong. Richard Gere’s accent, old New York Jewish faded with the decades and lunches cadged at the Four Seasons; the boxy,...

When Holocaust Themes Don’t Work

From Tablet Magazine A recent episode of ‘Supergirl’ invoked imagery that felt exploitive and uncreative By Sarah Meira Rosenberg the show in question is CBS’s effervescent Supergirl and an episode called Strange Visitor from Another Planet, which aired last Monday. In fact, the bodies in the aforementioned narration are not...

‘Angie Tribeca’ Is the Best Show You’re Not Yet Watching

From Tablet Magazine By Liel Leibovitz … Although the show’s creators—the actor Steve Carell and his wife the comedian and writer Nancy Walls Carell—aren’t Jews, its sensibility is unmistakably rooted in the same mid-century, Midwestern, suburban, neurotic, literate, anarchic soil from which Airplane! et al. bloomed. But while the Carells...

Bacon, Bulimia, and Bedouins: Sundance Through a Jewish Lens

From Tablet Magazine The Sundance Film Festival recently wrapped, and an Israeli director took home a Grand Jury prize By Rose Kaplan Sundance also awarded documentarian Josh Kriegman a U.S. Grand Jury Prize for his film Weiner, about Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign in 2013; and Toronto animator/filmmaker...

Miley Cyrus and Woody Allen are going to make art together—for America

From Tablet Magazine The cast has been announced for Woody Allen’s long-in-the-works six-episode television project for Amazon Studios (Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle), and boy, does it have people you’d never expect to see in the same room together. Most notable is the...

10 Can’t-Miss Films of 2015

From Tablet Magazine: From Hollywood to Timbuktu, it was a very good year By J. Hoberman Q: What are the year’s best Jewish (interest) films? A: What is a Jewish (interest) film? Alternative answer: It’s hard to say except that I know one when I see it. With the exception...

Downton Abbey’s Nice Jewish Boy

From Tablet Magazine On this week’s episode, we meet the Rothschild-esque Atticus Aldridge To paraphrase Little Shop of Horrors (a far superior examination of class and the way it imprisons those caught on the lower rungs of society), I’m telling the you the bad times are clean washed away. Because...