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Sep 13, 2014

MTV’s “3arous W 3aris”: Refreshingly witty

MTV’s “3arous W 3aris”: Refreshingly witty @Wardoudi @BrunoTabbal @MTVLebanonFans @abdallah_fatima #3arousW3aris #ArousWAris

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Follow @ClumsyHibz This review covers the first FIVE episodes of “3arous W 3aris.”

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Heba Bsat – In her first comedy since “Fares el Ahlam,” Mona Tayeh has returned with one worthy of holding her name as its creator and writer: MTV’s “3arous W 3aris,” continuing her path of an epic comeback (which started with “Wa Achrakat al Chamess”). In a way, “3arous W 3arous”is a revival and, more…

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Sep 1, 2014

Carole Samaha’s “Sahranine” video: “The Lady” can DANCE!

Carole Samaha’s “#Sahranine” video: “The Lady” can DANCE! @Carole_Samaha @Marioosta1 @tonymjaess @carole_lovers

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Heba Bsat– In her eleventh (and contentious exclusive) collaboration with the French director Theirry Vergnes, Carole Samaha returned to our television screens (errr, our laptops — since the video was first released on her Youtube channel) with a video worthy of the fun song, “Sahranine,” (penned by the singer herself, composed by Mohamad Rahim, and arranged by Sleiman…

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Jul 13, 2014 / 1 note

Myriam Fares’ “Ettiham”: A pleasant surprise that demands your attention

Myriam Fares’ “Ettiham”: A pleasant surprise that demands your attention @MREVOLUTION7 @myriamfares @philippeasmar #Ettiham #Ittiham

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This review covers the first 15 episodes of “Ettiham.” 

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Heba Bsat– When “Ettiham” first started airing, I was not watching it — not because I didn’t want to but because there are so many series this Ramadan, I honestly couldn’t find the time (if only we can watch everything). So I decided to postpone my viewing of the show until Ramadan’s over. But day after day, I started reading numerous…

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Jul 5, 2014 / 1 note

MBC’s “Saraya Abdeen”: Impressive on (almost) all grounds

MBC’s “Saraya Abdeen”: Impressive on (almost) all grounds #SarayaAbdeen #سرايا_عابدين @sarayaabdeen

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Follow @ClumsyHibz This review covers the first six episodes of “Saraya Abdeen.”

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Heba Bsat– “Harim el Sultan.” That’s what everyone expected “Saraya Abdeen” to be when it was first announced and promoted during the yer. And while there are a lot of elements in MBC’s series that make it seem so (there are a lot of elements in the latter that are so obviously inspired by the former), in its six…

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Jun 29, 2014

"Law" First Impression: Where artistry and story-structure meet

"Law" First Impression: Where artistry and story-structure meet #Law @NadineJaber @nadinennjeim @khal333340

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Heba Bsat - Ever since the first promo for “Law” was released, I was enthralled by the beautiful setting in which the series was shot. I would just stare at the fascinating natural scenery the director, Samer el Barqawi, focused abundantly on in the promotional clips. So imagine my thrill and excitement when the series opens like this:

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It’s a breathtaking shot, to say the…

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Jun 28, 2014

10 Abid Zghar: Will this show be on your Ramadan schedule?

10 Abeed Zghar: Will this show be on your Ramadan schedule? #10AbidZghar #عشرة_عبيد_زغار #AshraAbidZghar

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Heba Bsat - In a very clever and distinct move, MTV allowed its audience to get a sneak peek of one of its primary Ramadan series, “10 Abid Zghar,” a week before Ramadan actually starts. As such, MTV gave the Lebanese and Arab audience a chance to get hooked on the show and to decide whether they will be watching it or not before the…

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Jun 15, 2014

Ramadan Watch 2014: Which shows will you be watching this season?

Ramadan Watch 2014: Which shows will you be watching this season? #Ramadan #RamadanSeries

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Ramadan is almost two weeks away. And to us, TV enthusiasts, Ramadan has a special taste: the Arab TV season is almost entirely focused in this month. And there are actually more than 120 Arab series premiering during this month this year; it’s crazy. Choosing what series to watch is always a difficult task – especially that we have to choose which shows to watch before they…

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New favorite unicorn person. THOSE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS <3 #lenaheadey #queencersei #gameofthrones #got #thebest #watchherinvarietystudio #sodamnepic
Jun 5, 2014

New favorite unicorn person. THOSE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS <3 #lenaheadey #queencersei #gameofthrones #got #thebest #watchherinvarietystudio #sodamnepic

May 17, 2014

Al Ikhwa: The absence of character development in an addictive, eventful drama

#AlIkhwa: The absence of character development in an addictive, eventful drama @alikhwaseries

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This review covers the series until its 20th episode. If you are not caught up yet or are watching the series based on LBCI and LDC’s schedule, be warned that there are mild SPOILERS in this piece. “Hadol 3elet klab.. 3alam sarsareye.. ma beshoufo gher halon.. ananeyeen.. mafsoodeen..”

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I promised myself I wouldn’t watch “Al Ikhwa” until it starts airing on LBCI and as per its schedule. So I…

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Last night, we bid farewell to one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) fictional characters of our generation: Grey&#8217;s Anatomy&#8217;s Cristina Yang. It was an emotional farewell; I cried. I cried a lot. I cried when she hugged Derek and simply said, &#8220;Goodbye.&#8221; I cried when she told Alex she always knew he had it in him to be the excellent surgeon he is today. I cried when she hugged her mentor, Bailey. And I cried when she danced it out with Meredith.
When you are part of a fictional character&#8217;s multiple story-lines and evolution as a human being for TEN YEARS, you can&#8217;t help but create a bond with such character &#8212; establish a very strong friendship with them, even if it&#8217;s imaginary. I&#8217;ve known Cristina Yang for a LONG time &#8212; more than I&#8217;ve known a lot of people in my life.
And last night, we said goodbye to a friend that never let us down &#8212; not once in ten seasons.
Cristina Yang will never be repeated on TV &#8212; ever. She was a character that never comprised her principles &#8212; that feminism that engulfed her. She was a woman who had to make tough choices &#8212; controversial choices &#8212; to become the surgeon and the person she always saw herself as. Her feminism was never a political issue. The word &#8220;feminism&#8221; was probably never even mentioned in the show by her or about her. However, it is that characteristic that made her so different from the rest of TV&#8217;s characters. She knew where her happiness lied and followed that path until the very end, not allowing herself to be a shadow or an echo of someone else. She never allowed herself to lose herself in people&#8217;s conversations. She never allowed herself to listen to anyone other than herself. She was a strong woman. She was a brilliant woman. She *is* incomparable.
"It&#8217;s like candy! But with blood!"
Cristina was also one half of one of the most epic, gripping relationships on television: the relationship of Meredith and Cristina. These women taught each other a lot through their 10-season journey (as they did us). They made each other better people. They made each other braver, stronger. &#8220;You are my person,&#8221; became a phrase we wanted to live, a phrase that made us appreciate the people in our lives. It&#8217;s a phrase that made us want to search for that one person &#8212; that one soul-mate &#8212; who isn&#8217;t a romantic partner, rather&#8230; a twisted sister. They were never the cliched TV female friends. Yes, they talked about boys often. But when they did, they talked with such brutal honesty; it was refreshing. They pushed each other to become better surgeons. Even when they let their differences get the best of them, they found their way back to each other.
"Don’t get on any tiny little planes that can crash or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it or off your life to a gunman. Don’t do that. Don’t be a hero. You’re my person. I need you alive. You make me brave." (Oh God, I&#8217;m weeping again.)
"He&#8217;s very dreamy, but he&#8217;s not the sun. You are."
I will miss you, Cristina Yang. Thank you for the last ten years. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for the lessons. Thank you for the one-liners we will post and tweet and recite often in the years to come.
Sandra Oh, you are a legend. (It&#8217;s a shame you&#8217;ve never won an Emmy for playing Yang. And if you don&#8217;t get one this year, I&#8217;m starting a riot.) Cristina Yang was never just a fictional character. And she will never, ever be reduced to just that. Cristina Yang is a hero, a hero you and Shonda Rhimes created so beautifully. She will live on in people&#8217;s memories for a long, long time. Good luck with your future endeavors. We love you.
 
May 16, 2014 / 30 notes

Last night, we bid farewell to one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) fictional characters of our generation: Grey’s Anatomy’s Cristina Yang. It was an emotional farewell; I cried. I cried a lot. I cried when she hugged Derek and simply said, “Goodbye.” I cried when she told Alex she always knew he had it in him to be the excellent surgeon he is today. I cried when she hugged her mentor, Bailey. And I cried when she danced it out with Meredith.

When you are part of a fictional character’s multiple story-lines and evolution as a human being for TEN YEARS, you can’t help but create a bond with such character — establish a very strong friendship with them, even if it’s imaginary. I’ve known Cristina Yang for a LONG time — more than I’ve known a lot of people in my life.

And last night, we said goodbye to a friend that never let us down — not once in ten seasons.

Cristina Yang will never be repeated on TV — ever. She was a character that never comprised her principles — that feminism that engulfed her. She was a woman who had to make tough choices — controversial choices — to become the surgeon and the person she always saw herself as. Her feminism was never a political issue. The word “feminism” was probably never even mentioned in the show by her or about her. However, it is that characteristic that made her so different from the rest of TV’s characters. She knew where her happiness lied and followed that path until the very end, not allowing herself to be a shadow or an echo of someone else. She never allowed herself to lose herself in people’s conversations. She never allowed herself to listen to anyone other than herself. She was a strong woman. She was a brilliant woman. She *is* incomparable.

"It’s like candy! But with blood!"

Cristina was also one half of one of the most epic, gripping relationships on television: the relationship of Meredith and Cristina. These women taught each other a lot through their 10-season journey (as they did us). They made each other better people. They made each other braver, stronger. “You are my person,” became a phrase we wanted to live, a phrase that made us appreciate the people in our lives. It’s a phrase that made us want to search for that one person — that one soul-mate — who isn’t a romantic partner, rather… a twisted sister. They were never the cliched TV female friends. Yes, they talked about boys often. But when they did, they talked with such brutal honesty; it was refreshing. They pushed each other to become better surgeons. Even when they let their differences get the best of them, they found their way back to each other.

"Don’t get on any tiny little planes that can crash or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it or off your life to a gunman. Don’t do that. Don’t be a hero. You’re my person. I need you alive. You make me brave." (Oh God, I’m weeping again.)

"He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are."

I will miss you, Cristina Yang. Thank you for the last ten years. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for the lessons. Thank you for the one-liners we will post and tweet and recite often in the years to come.

Sandra Oh, you are a legend. (It’s a shame you’ve never won an Emmy for playing Yang. And if you don’t get one this year, I’m starting a riot.) Cristina Yang was never just a fictional character. And she will never, ever be reduced to just that. Cristina Yang is a hero, a hero you and Shonda Rhimes created so beautifully. She will live on in people’s memories for a long, long time. Good luck with your future endeavors. We love you.