Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Syriana: The Dubai Connection

"Syriana created an awareness that you can do a high-end movie in Dubai and that it's a new area where feature films can be shot but a lot is going to depend on the development of the industry," says Tim Smythe, CEO of Dubai-based production company Filmworks, which worked on Syriana. "The UAE's movie making business is still very young it has been growing steadily but it is not yet a complete industry and needs constant work."(Gulf News 15 Feb 2006)

I have yet to see the movie..I heard from friends who had...either u love or hate it..because there are so many layers and u need to put on your thinking cap to fully enjoy and understand the entire show. George Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Award for the movie at the 78th Academy. He was great in ER but I thought it was a waste of his talent in Batman and Robin!

In a nutshell...Syriana is a political thriller....about oil, money,USA, China, Gulf states, spies, bribery, betrayal..economic terrorism etc sounds like everyone wants to rule the world!Its definitely not your usual good versus evil kind of show..u will probably curse and swear if this is not your stuff.

In any case, I doubt..I might be wrong....Syriana will make it to this part of the world...too sensitive and hot for the locals to handle it seems. Apparently, the local censorship board (according to BBC last night)has yet to give the green light..after more than 3 weeks of deliberation. Sounds like a dead lock! It will be ironic when the movie was filmed here in the first instance.I can assure you..Brokeback Mountain will face the same fate as in China :)

Anyway, I read that THE ALCHEMIST will be filmed in UAE, later part of this year..that should be interesting...and hopefully as someone coined it..DUBAIWOOD is in the making!


Blogger Balushi said...

oh pussy cat,you are stil alive isn't it!

by the way i saw Syriana i bought a fake copy! great movie. i think they might ban the movie as it speak against the Arab regimes for supporting America.

2:00 PM

Blogger black feline said...

what a pleasant surprise! thought u went missing MIA! lol..well, im alive and kicking...u are most welcome to come back as often as u like as long as your mouth is

5:19 PM

Blogger junebee said...

Sounds like something that would be good to rent on DVD.

11:31 PM

Blogger San Nakji said...

So what is the censorship like in UAE? What kind of movies are they banning there? Just interested...

12:23 AM

Blogger black feline said...

i might be wrong...but i think NONE of the nominated 5 films at the academy will make it theme is definitely out...capote and brokeback can go to the is definitely out..good night, good luck...hmmmmmmmmm...crash...hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....well we are left with only wallace and kidding...anyway censorship not that bad...desperate housewives was promoted all over the town last year..with big banners on lamposts down jumeirah...where the rich and famous live and hang out..

6:02 AM

Blogger Raheel said...

It would be really hard to bring Alchemist on film because the text has such depth and layers in it that some creative genius can only make this miracle happen.

1:03 AM

Blogger black feline said...

raheel...i couldn't agreed with u's about following your dream....and it's difficult to translate philosophy and mysticism into screen...

6:22 AM

Blogger Crystal said...

Syrianna was a really great movie, I watched it in the theatre and loved it! Clooney has some wonderful acting chops on him, but I was rooting for the cast of Brokeback Mountain.

11:06 PM

Blogger black feline said...


will definitely put on my must see list 2006 :) was disappointed that Brokeback lose out to Crash for Best movie..apparently i heard from the vineyard..about 1000 of the qualified voting members were uncomfortable with the they didn't bothered to watch ;(
and the fans were so outraged..they managed to raise about 10k online within 48 put up an ad on the variety magazine declaring Brokeback the real winner!

3:55 PM

Blogger BrainSyke said...

I saw Syriana two months ago as soon as it came out. You definately need to have some political understanding to be able to enjoy it. The movie is completely unbiased in my view.

2:22 AM

Blogger black feline said...


thank u for the endorsement..will definitely check it out...with a thick dictionary by my

6:22 AM

Blogger Cergie said...

Hello Black Feline,
Thank you coming to me.
I'm visiting you quickly this evening because I'm now busy with family, but I'll come back, sure. My English is not good, anyway I may understand much.
I've seen Syriana also, but it was too complicated for me. You know certainly all about these political and economical problems.

7:24 PM


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