The songs of Disney animated musicals have quite a range. There’s the “I Want” Song, the villain song, the welcome song, and the romantic song just to name more than a few. And every once in a while there comes a song that affirms that you, yes you, can be a star. And so, the studio has debuted “I’m a Star” as a part of their weekly release series, Wish Wednesdays.Continue reading “Disney’s ‘Wish’ Wednesdays Continues with Affirmation Song “I’m a Star””
Disney has released “Welcome to Rosas,” their latest song for the Wish Wednesdays campaign. Following songs like “One Jump Ahead,” “Casa Madrigal,” and “Belle,” “Welcome to Rosas,” sung by Asha (Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose) gives audiences an idea of the size and scope of the kingdom where dreams and reality collide and one can have their wish come true, just as long as you give it to the charming but narcissistic King Magnifico (Chris Pine).Continue reading “Disney’s ‘Wish’ Wednesdays Drops Its Latest Magical Song, “Welcome To Rosas””
With audiences left hanging on a drastic cliffhanger at the end of Season 1, Netflix has thankfully renewed Mo for a second and final season that will conclude the story of Mo Najjar (Mo Amer), his girlfriend Maria (Teresa Ruiz), and their family and friends.Continue reading “Netflix’s ‘Mo’ Will Return for a Second and Final Season”
Tariq Raouf joins us once again to review the third season of Ramy, out on Hulu now!Continue reading “The Middle Geeks Episode 43: ‘Ramy’ Season 3 Review”
When we find the Hassan family at the start of Ramy Season 3, the son of the family has brought not only shame, but severe consequences for his family that threaten the life they’ve built in the States. Where do they go from here, and will they ever be able to pay back their debts? How will the Hassan family change through their experiences this season?Continue reading “The Cast of ‘Ramy’ on What’s in Store for the Hassan Family in Season 3”
Ramy is never an easy show to watch. It’s compelling and funny, but it never shies away from showing the (many) faults of its title character, and occasionally those of his family and friends.
Slight setup spoilers for Ramy Season 3 follow:Continue reading “‘Ramy’ Season 3 is As Funny and Engaging As Ever”
Ramy Hassan’s stated journey has been finding moral clarity on his life and what it means to be a good Muslim. Only problem is, he’s a constantly selfish screw-up. When we left him at the end of last season, he was at his lowest and most morally depraved, having completely humiliated his new (and immediately former) wife Zainab (MaameYaa Boafo), and rightfully enraging her father Sheikh Ali Malek (Mahershala Ali). Where does he go from here, and how will this inform his apparent crisis of faith in Islam?Continue reading “‘Ramy’ Season 3 Teases a Spiritual Crisis for the Hassan Family”
We review the first season of Neflix’s first ever Palestinian original series, Mo! Co-created by Palestinian American actor and comedian Mo Amer and Ramy Youssef, this outstanding comedy-drama is a semi-autobiographical take on Amer’s own life in Houston.Continue reading “The Middle Geeks Episode 42: ‘Mo’ Review”
When Hulu’s Ramy premiered in 2019 on Hulu, it was heralded as a landmark for Egyptian, Arab, and Muslim representation in Western media. Representation for Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) people remains scant, even with the small gains made, but it’s been especially rare for Palestinians, who must constantly endure attempted erasure in their homeland in Palestine and abroad.Continue reading “Mo Amer Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Screen with Netflix’s ‘Mo’”
We’re joined by Mae’s sister Sonia to discuss the inaugural film of Algerian director Rayhana Obermeyer, I Still Hide to Smoke. How well does this film convey the experiences of living as a woman in Algeria in the mid-1990s? How are the themes explored applicable to women’s issues worldwide? How amazing is Hiam Abbas in the lead role (answer: incredibly amazing as she is in everything.)Continue reading “The Middle Geeks Episode 23: ‘I Still Hide to Smoke’ and a Plethora of MENA News”
In the latest episode of The Middle Geeks, we review Hulu’s Ramy Season 2, dropping on Hulu May 29! We were able to watch the season in full, and give a non-spoiler review followed by a full-length SPOILER review. We mark the timings for these discussions below, so be sure to watch the season first if you don’t want spoilers! How did this season of Ramy improve from Season 1? Why was Mahershala Ali’s character such a standout? How were the characters we were introduced to develop further this season, and how surprising were their stories? How did Ramy Youssef seek to make a messy and irreverent story about this Egyptian-American Muslim family, and how well do he and the show team do that? We also have a difficult discussion about the new show Stargirl and how specifically it relates to the lack of MENA and women of color headlined DCTV shows, give our recommendations, and much more!
Ramy Season 2 discussion beings at 15:48, with a full SPOILERS discussion 27:39-1:34:03.
Music credit: Music Laounga 79 by El Masreyen, the album “Horreia,” used as opening music for Ramy