“Reasons to be Pretty” review: I am PROUD of our Lebanese drama and Lebanese performers!

Originally published on Facebook on 24 November, 2012 at 01:45 AM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/reasons-to-be-pretty-review-i-am-proud-of-our-lebanese-drama-and-lebanese-perfor/10151142227270843 Heba Bsat – Jacque Marroun’s REASONS TO BE PRETTY starring Nadine Labaki, Talal El Jurdi, Nada Bou Farhat, and Elie Metri ENDS its run on the 25th of November … Continue reading

Why you need to watch the most mind-tickling show of Ramadan 2012, Serr Alany

Originally published on Facebook on 02 August, 2012 at 23:35 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/why-you-need-to-watch-the-most-mind-tickling-show-of-ramadan-2012-serr-alany/10150980756030843 Heba Bsat – Ramadan 2012’s television series have been disappointing at best – all full of deceit ,polygamy, and senseless, meaningless comedy. (I won’t bore you with that rant until Ramadan’s over, … Continue reading

Ward El Khal — Once again, I raise my hat to you

Originally published on Facebook on 29 July, 2012 at 09:46 AM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/ward-el-khal-once-again-i-raise-my-hat-to-you/10150971219380843 Heba Bsat – Almost 10 days ago, a video was released on Youtube titled, “Ward El Khal Scandal فضيحة ورد الخال.” Just like 200,000 people other than me, I watched the video … Continue reading

“Snow White & the Huntsman” review: Wait, was Kristen Stewart actually good?

Originally published on Facebook on 3 June, 2012 at 21:27 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/snow-white-the-huntsman-review-wait-was-kristen-stewart-actually-good/10150858963730843 Heba Bsat – I watched the first Snow White movie, “Mirror Mirror”, back in March and I was utterly disappointed. It was one of the worst experiences of the year. … Continue reading

Ruby Episode 2 Review: The Power of Performance

Originally published on Facebook on 26 February, 2012 at 13:08 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/ruby-episode-1-review-the-power-of-the-lebanese-drama/10150579887880843 Heba Bsat – Starting yesterday, MBC4, LBCI and the Egyptian channel CBC started airing the MBC-produced Ruby starring Lebanese stars like Cyrine Abdelnour, Diamond Abou Aboud, Pierette Katrib, Taqla Shamoun, Fadi Ebrahim and … Continue reading

“Omar W Salma 3” Movie Review: Great Performances in a Bad Movie

Originally published on Facebook on 28 January, 2012 at 21:32 PM:

Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/omar-w-salma-3-movie-review-great-performances-in-a-bad-movie/10150516390660843

Heba Bsat – Normally, I wouldn’t be caught dead watching Omar W Salma. No, I’m not trying to sound cool. Few of my all time favorite movies are Egyptian: MafiaAfricano, Sahar El LayaliZarf Tarek, etc.. But I was never a fan of this series because simply put: it a series of sexist shallow movies, just like many Arabic movies lately. I know I sound like a 90-year-old, but it’s the truth. Anyway, I was dragged to this one by my friends, so I caved and ended up watching it.

However, If I say I wasn’t entertained, I would totally be lying. I laughed (out loud, sometimes) not because of its (incredibly boring) storyline but because of the leads’ fascinating humor. Yes, it’s Tamer Hosny & May Ezzidine’s humor and charisma that make this movie watchable. And it’s why this ‘saga’ has become so popular even though it’s the most redundant one I’ve ever watched.

Once again, Omar is sick of his relationship with Salma. Once again, he’s tired of this monogamous relationship. But, this time, in addition to cheating her, he decides he wants to become a singer, a sha’abi singer. And to be honest, he sucks at it. They fight. She divorces him. He pretends he’s engaged to a Lebanese slut portrayed by Lamita. She pretends she’s engaged to a wrestler. He kidnaps the kids and pretends he’s a mafia leader. It turns out it’s all these games are arranged by his father so they would get back together. They make up. The end. Yep, that’s the story, the whole freakin’ story. There’s nothing to it. It’s just like Omar W Salma 2, only worse.

Sadly, though, I enjoyed it. Yep, I did. I wanted to hate it so bad because it pissed me off a lot of times. It pissed me off that he would cheat on her and then call her names and the audience would find it funny. It pissed me off that no one other than myself was irritated by Omar’s attitude. He’s a douche.

But the truth is Tamer Hosny is one funny actor. He’s charming and can make you giggle all through the movie – whichever movie he’s in. His physical humor is just awe-striking. He can make impressions, he can dance .. he can do anything he puts his mind to and it actually makes you laugh. In the movie, he imitates May Ezzidine and pulls it off remarkably. There’s this scene in the movie where he sounds JUST like her. It’s creep but so good. He kicks ass. He dresses as Spider Man in another, and it’s all stupidly hilarious.

Likewise, May Ezzidine is adorable. Her character is so naive and so innocent that, I think, no actress other than May Ezzidine would portray her ideally. As a woman, I sympathized with her character a lot. But the way she was jealous of Lamita’s character was SO DAMN funny! She was the typical Egyptian girl jealous of the “sexy”  Lebanese woman. She probably had the best one-liners of the movie!

Talking about “sexy” Lebanese women, is that how the world sees us? Let’s face it, they only know Lebanese women through media, especially through Egyptian movies. In those movies, we’re portrayed as women we’re not. We’re portrayed as those to-die-for ladies who have nothing better to do in life than look hot which is really really not true. And any Lebanese can tell you that. So, please, sell-out actresses, if you wanna be like that, just pretend you’re not Lebanese. Thank you.

If the two leads were cast in a well-written movie, I would have totally fallen in love with it because they have this talent that no other actors in the Arab World have. They have this talent to make you feel better, to make you laugh. As a team, they’re one and only. We love them TOGETHER. They’ve become this iconic couple that we root for even though the last two movies have kinda ruined them. The storyline, though, is just SO bad that you can’t help but hate it. In really plain words: it’s a stupid stupid movie starring wonderful actors.

Carole Samaha’s “W T3awadet” video: Happy Endings Do Exist

Originally published on Facebook on 7 February, 2012 at 16:41 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/carole-samahas-w-t3awadet-video-happy-endings-do-exist/10150537979130843 Heba Bsat – The last time around, Carole Samaha’s video (Khalik Behalak) ended with a triumph, a sad triumph, though. She let go of her cheating husband. But if you know … Continue reading

Where Do Go Now: A Masterpiece for Peace

Originally published on Facebook on 23 September, 2011 at 23:16 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/where-do-go-now-a-masterpiece-for-peace/10150308196960843 Heba Bsat – So as not to ruin your viewing pleasure, if you still hadn’t watch it, I will add SPOILERALERTbefore each paragraph that includes spoilers. Read those paragraphs at your own … Continue reading

Welada Mnel Khasera: Best Syrian Drama of the Year!

Originally published on Facebook on 11 August, 2011 at 14:38 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/welada-mnel-khasera-best-syrian-drama-of-the-year/10150267143770843 Heba Bsat – When you have a series directed by Rasha Hisham Sharbatjy (Remember Zaman El Arr?) and starring Syrian acting veterans, you know it’s going to be great. But when you … Continue reading

Khatem Suleiman: A Must This Ramadan.

Originally published on Facebook on 17 August, 2011 at 21:14 PM: Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/heba-bsat/khatem-suleiman-a-must-this-ramadan/10150271948175843 Heba Bsat – Khatem Suleiman has quickly become one of my favorite shows this Ramadan. When it first started, I didn’t think I would be this committed to watching it. But I … Continue reading