Reel Talk: “Love God, the Messenger, and Eddie Murphy???” January 17, 2018

Boomerang reel talk

Eddie Murphy, a romantic comedy, and Islam are a highly improbable combination. Nonetheless, Boomerang which features Murphy as Marcus, an advertising executive who happens to be an indecisive playboy, does offer a powerful scene from which we might glean a few insights…

Reel Talk: Braveheart “Uncivil Virtue” October 4, 2017

Braveheart reel talk

A historically revised European hero whose exploits are overblown; hmm, where have we seen this before? Nonetheless, midway through Braveheart there is an unforgettable scene…

Introducing Reel Talk: w/ Ust Ubaydullah September 12, 2017


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“Mish mumkin li wāhid amrīkī an ya’īsha bidūn al-aflām!”

The quotation above, transliterated from semi-colloquial Egyptian Arabic, reads “It’s impossible for an American to live without movies!” Offered by a professor at al-Azhar University in response to an American student’s question…