painting by Justin Reed, acrylic on canvas


my name is jared mobarak and i thank you for visiting …

this site is an embodiment of who i am: my art, my interests, my love of the cinema. influenced by the world around me, my design work takes a minimalist approach to distilling a subject to its core, representing it in simple geometric forms or carefully cropped photography depicting its essence.

and since our ideas, imagination, and every thought are shaped by our experiences, each movie seen brings with it something to hold onto—something to come back to and use, however subtly, in a piece of work. i am not a film critic, but a film fan. greatness can be the work’s script, performances, visual style, or something i just can’t put my finger on, grabbing hold and resonating on a level for which i have no control to ignore.

the musings here are about my individual experience with the films; the cinema takes us to another world and the true success is whether you went willingly and cannot wait to return. critics may try and tell you what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’—they’ve been placing value on art objects for centuries—but only you can be the judge. art is only worth the price you yourself place upon it.

my design influences

press mentions

Theatrical Posters


The Third Wife directed by Ash Mayfair Carbone

Phantom Cowboys directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone

Giant Little Ones directed by Keith Behrman

Prescient directed by Hann-Shi Lem

Men & Chicken directed by Anders Thomas Jensen

Jackrabbit directed by Carleton Ranney

Une Libération directed by Brian James Crewe


Online Presence

Desierto directed by Jonás Cuarón

High-Rise directed by Ben Wheatley

Prescient directed by Hann-Shi Lem

The American Side directed by Jenna Ricker


6 Responses to “about”
  1. Hi,

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  3. Tofic Rzayev says:

    Hello my name is Tofic Rzayev and I am an indie filmmaker. I was wondering if I could send you my latest short film for review?

    IMDB page : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5268820/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    Title : Aftermath / AKIBET (Turkish)
    Language : Turkish
    Subtitles : English
    Runtime : 8 minutes
    Link to short film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6uIaYebHFg
    Release Date : December 29th, 2014.
    Advisory : 16+

    Cast & Crew :

    Writer & Director – Tofic Rzayev
    Cast – Gizem Aybike Sahin , Berkan Uygun
    Translated to the screen – Erdogan Ulgur
    Composer – Gergo Elekes
    Editor – Tofic Rzayev
    Cinematography – Tofic Rzayev

  4. Adam Weber says:

    Hey there!

    My name is Adam Weber, Writer/Producer of a new Horror/Thriller short called “After Hours” starring Bill Oberst Jr. and Gabriel Lee. I’m reaching out to see if you’d be interested in watching and reviewing the film. Feel free to check out our IMDb and Facebook pages below, as well as the link to the official trailer. If this looks like something you’d be interested in please don’t hesitate to contact me back and I will provide you with a password protected private link to the film. We are currently on the festival circuit!
    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Adam Weber

    Official IMDb- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5237200/
    FB- https://www.facebook.com/afterhoursshort/
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8UzkIKN-PE

  5. Matt Kravitsky says:

    Hi Jared,

    I just finished my thesis film, a short thriller called ‘The Chrysalis’ and Chris Esper pointed me in your direction about potentially having the film reviewed. It has played at the New Hampshire Film Festival so far. I haven’t had any of my films reviewed before so I am not familiar with the process, but if you are interested I would love to chat!


  6. FRAME LIGHT is looking for a film journalist who is tremendously passionate about cutting-edge, short form cinema and video to join its publishing team. FRAME LIGHT currently produces written reviews and an audio podcast on their website, and wish to expand their output and coverage over the coming year, with the continued growth of the company at the core of its operational focus.

    FRAME LIGHT is dedicated to popularising the medium of short film, with particular focus on supporting independent filmmakers from around the world.

    Your role as a critic will be to produce concise, engaging and analytical commentaries, podcast scripts and interviews relating to content we receive from a global community of filmmakers for our short film festival (Short Focus) and video-on-demand service (FLTV).

    This opportunity is offered on an internship basis, so it is an unpaid role. However, you will benefit from your work being seen by thousands of loyal visitors to the website with your name associated with an established and respected film organisation.

    Work Experience

    Film Journalism – writing reviews, interviews and podcast scripts in accordance with the publisher’s style guide.
    Liaising with the CEO and COO to design and create articles in line with the company’s PR & Marketing Plan
    Creating blog content in order to increase online SEO.
    Podcast content writing
    Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

    English/Film Graduate or Undergraduate
    Genuine passion for film
    Competent with MS Word
    Excellent attention to detail
    Fluent and concise written English
    Hardworking and creative

    Your work and name featured in a respected and established film organisation
    Choose your own assignments
    Valuable journalistic work experience
    Work from home
    Easy-going, transparent and helpful company
    Accredited entry to Short Focus Film Festival (UK-based)
    Job Type: Work Experience


    Writing: 1 year minimum (Preferred)
    Job Type: Voluntary

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