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Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ tackles identity and faith with humor and smarts

Charmaine Blake

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“Hulu’s new original dramedy Ramy is the latest in a surge of television shows about millennials coming to terms with their identity. It’s difficult not to compare it with counterparts like  Insecure, Fleabag, Atlanta, Master of None, Dear White People, all of which are masterful in capturing the farrago of human emotions through nuanced humor and deep reflection.

But Ramy distinguishes itself through the revolutionary lens of its creator and star, Ramy Youssef. He brings his experiences growing up as an Egyptian-American Muslim in New Jersey to the show without holding anything back.

The first episode opens with Ramy getting lectured by his mother about finding a “high quality” woman at the mosque. This is followed by a scene involving him, an older traditional Muslim man, and the necessity of washing toes. No words can do justice to this scene’s absurd greatness.

It is quickly established that Ramy is religious but doesn’t fully know to what extent. He enjoys premarital sex but refrains from alcohol and drugs. He is familiar with verses of the Quran but when he tells a prospective match he reads them in English instead of Arabic, she shuts him down. Questions about commitment to his own faith linger throughout the season as he goes on a journey to figure out the answers…………………………………………………………..”

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Everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in August 2019

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“Summer may be coming to an end, but Prime Video is doing its best to keep the season of adventure going.

From gigantic journeys like Godzilla (2014) to smaller sagas like A Simple Favor, the streaming service is offering up a number of choice movies this August. Of course, they’re saving the most sought-after flicks for rent or purchase.

Throughout the month, Avengers: Endgame, The Souvenir, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu – two of which made our mid-year best of 2019 films list, and the third of which is freakin’ Pikachu in a hat – all become available through Prime Video. If you missed them in theaters or need to enjoy them just one more time, now’s your chance!”

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The Walking Dead Movie Comic-Con Announcement

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Check out the official The Walking Dead Movie Announcement starring Andrew Lincoln

Synopsis: Follows Rick Grimes from the departure of his final season in the TV series.

Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Andrew Lincoln Directed By: Greg Nicotero

US Release Date: 2020

 

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More than 30m people have watched Netflix’s Murder Mystery; why?

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The critics might have hated it, but this Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler-starring Agatha Christie pastiche broke the record for Netflix’s biggest opening weekend

Despite the critics (mostly) hating it, we now know that 30.9m Netflix account-holders watched Murder Mystery in its first three days of release. To put that in context: if two people watched the movie on each account, and you imagine them all paying the average $9 price of a cinema ticket, it would give the film an opening weekend of $556m, the third-largest ever. That is by no means a perfect formula, but nevertheless highlights a staggering performance for an Agatha Christie parody that stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. How did that happen?

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