Unorthodox: Unorthodox (Netflix mini-series) Season 1, Ep 0
Loosely based on Deborah Feldman's 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, Netflix's Unorthodox tells the story of a young woman's leaving the ultra-Orthodox community of Satmar Hasidim in New York. [more inside]
Salvador sends the team to 1491 to save the first discoverer of the time doors from the Spanish Inquisition. Amelia hides her job at the Ministry by telling her 1880 parents that she has a boyfriend. [more inside]
Srugim: פינת השלולית Season 1, Ep 3
Reut plays housewife, Yifat writes a love letter, and Hodaya borrows a shekel. [more inside]
Srugim: Sippuri Savtah (Grandmother's Stories) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
The one about pants, beds, and laundry and whether a pilot is a better date than a doctor. [more inside]
Srugim: Khovshi Katamon ("Katamon's Occupiers") Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Srugim is a charming and addictive Israeli TV drama (Hebrew with English subtitles) that ran from 2008 to 20012, currently streaming for free on Amazon Prime. It follows the love lives of 5 religious friends living in Jerusalem as they struggle to find mates while dealing with questions about religious observance. "Srugim" means crochet and it refers to both the crocheted Kippahs the men wear and the religious ties that bind this group. "Katamon's Occupiers" refers to the area of Jerusalem where they live which is notorious for it's high concentration of unmarried. It is also sometimes called "the swamp." [more inside]
In 1996 Shulem Deen was a 22-year old Hasidic Jew living in a small, isolated community in New York. He bought a computer and innocently installed America Online from the included floppy disk, and had his first real conversation with someone outside his community. Sruthi Pinnamaneni tells the story of how the internet ruined his life and how it might save it.
Having swept the honors at the European Film Awards and scoring 7.5/10 at IMDB and 96% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes, Ida (2013) has been named the best film of 2014 by New Yorker critic David Denby.
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. [more inside]