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.

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What Comes Around [Roost]

Amy Redford


Alice, Darling

Mary Nighy


When I Consume You

Perry Blackshear



Paul Andrew Williams



Nicole Riegel


Night of the Kings

Philippe Lacôte


The Giant

David Raboy


The True Adventures of Wolfboy

Martin Krejcí


The Sounding

Catherine Eaton


Castle In the Ground

Joey Klein


Tammy’s Always Dying

Amy Jo Johnson



Alice Winocour


Calm with Horses

Nick Rowland



Joe Heslinga


The Third Wife

Ash Mayfair


Phantom Cowboys

Daniel Patrick Carbone


Giant Little Ones

Keith Behrman



Hann-Shi Lem


Men & Chicken

Anders Thomas Jensen



Carleton Ranney


Une Libération

Brian James Crewe



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  1. Hi,

    We’ve browsed through your reviews and thought that they are really original and interesting! We would like to invite you to publish your reviews on 7tavern.com, which provides an alternative platform for promising movie reviewers to showcase their talents. In addition, you’ll find a growing community of bloggers who share the same passion for excellent movies! Based on the merit of your reviews, we intend to offer you exclusive publishing privileges on our website!

    Please feel free to contact us to discuss our proposal. =)

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  2. Hi,

    My name is Melissa Montanez and I work at HuffPost live. Would you be Interested in joining a segment on @HuffPostLive with ‘Whiplash’ star JK SImmons? contact [email protected]

  3. Tofic Rzayev

    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

    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

    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

  7. Dear Mr. Mobarak,

    I hope your 2020 has been very good thus far. I thought you might be interested in my film, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey. It’s the filmed version of my internationally toured one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England. 

    Would you be interested in reviewing it on your blog?

    You can watch the trailer and learn more here: https://aliencitizensoloshow.com/Alien-Citizen-AEO-the-Movie-1. The film is available on DVD and HD (streamable). 

    I would be happy to send you a Press Kit and the DVD or a private free link if you would like to review the film. Thank you so much for your consideration, and have a great 2020.

    Best wishes,
    Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang

    It was profound for all of us…brings laughter and tears to anyone who has lived this life or knows others who have. It is a great show,presenting the gifts as well as the challenges. -Ruth Van Reken, author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

    Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey (the play) toured on four continents at theatres, international schools, conferences, festivals, the US college circuit, and the US Embassy (Panama) from 2013 to summer 2019. The play has been retired.

  8. Hey there Jared! =)

    Im jimmy olsson , a swedish filmmaker and I have a new short that was going to hit the circuit in march with the international premiere at Cleveland International Film Festival in late march but then Covid happened. here is the link to the film on imdb

    Im trying to get the word out. I have a great distributor with both Journeyman pictures and Distribution with Glasses and Im going to start working with London Flair PR as well as I did with my last film 2nd class that became a smash hit on festivals worldwide.

    I wonder if you would like to review it?

    here is the trailer

    Let me know if you´ld be interested and I can send the whole film =)

  9. Hello, Jared. My name is Imanol Otero. In 2012 I produced an original and independent movie about artists starring international spanish actor Óscar Jaenada. If you want you can watch it writing “Arteros Movie” on YouTube.
    It’s interesting for a remake. I have the screenplay translated into english. I have too more ideas for the characters that I created in a book of shorts stories that I wrote in 2001.
    I can imagine my characters living in New York, LA or London. They are artists. And these cities are full of artists. Full of eccentric people, money, opportunities, desires and frustrations.
    Thanks for your attention. Greetings from San Sebastián.






    “The clown and the painter” tells the story of four unknown artists who dream with finding their place in the procelous world of the art and the price will be required them to pay to achieve it. The story begins with PEEKABOO, a street clown who abandoned years ago his real identity to be always a clown, inside and offstage. During a performance in the amphitheatre of the outskirts of a city which can belong to any country, PEEKABOO meets SANNY, a conceptual artist who invites him to spend few days in her house. Soon, PEEKABOO realises that the girl lacks her own artistic personality and needs of others to create art and in this case she has resorted to him.

    On the other hand, we know TATE, a frustrated painter who still lives at his parents` home and he is in love with his neighbour, ALASKA, an egocentric actress who neither has attained to make her known. Although he attains his dream to meet her, the young girl is not interested about him and she treats him with contempt, without leaving to give him, also, some hope.

    The four artists have occasion to meet themselves in a very odd frame: the Gallery. It is a mysterious place that decides who will be the artists of the future. Nobody knows the identity of its owner, neither anybody can try to exhibit there by own decision. They are the mysterious members of the Gallery who choose the artists and go into their houses, taking the works that will form part of the exhibitions. During one of these exhibitions, SANNY and PEEKABOO meet ALASKA and TATE and suddenly the idea that TATE takes the clown as a model arises. From that moment, things change and PEEKABOO`s portraits are chosen by the Gallery, turning TATE the next revelation artist.

    Nevertheless, the opening day, one of the pictures is stolen and thus, TATE learns by SANNY, the secret behind the mysterious showroom. In one of its rooms a strange group calling itself the TALKING CROOKS is hidden, that in the manner of a Mephistopheles of the artistic market give artists the key to success in exchange for their creative personality. Faced with this dilemma, TATE will have to choose between fame, fortune and power or friendship and love. His decision will mark the fate of the four artists and will subdue PEEKABOO to a hard test in which gradually his identity as a clown will be diluted…

    I invented a mysterious character: the clown Peekaboo (Casivisto in spanish, it means Almostseen). I have ideas for two more movies with him. In a second part, he goes to the Burning Man Festival. In a third part, he mets a writer who imagines four different past lives for him. Because Peekaboo never tells anyone who he was before he became a clown. He never shows his real face to anyone. He always wears a three colors wig, triangle glasses and a clown’s nose.
    So “The clown and the painter” could be the first part of this clown’s trilogy.


    The future Caltro is the only son of an aristocratic family. When parents die, he inherits a fortune that will allow not having to work or obey anyone. He is a narcissistic and vicious despot type. It is a bastard with a lot of money, that is, doubly bastard.

    The future Tolcra is a frustrated artist who despises all other artists. She believes that conspire against it for not giving opportunities to succeed. Privately, she is fond practice facesitting men. It takes money charging for this service. Caltro well known. She tells him of his artistic aspirations, he promises to help. They fall in love and start a relationship. They go to live in the palace where he lives.

    The future Talcro is a newly licensed attorney who attended the race at the behest of their parents, since what he wants most is to be an actor. It has a split personality problem that prevents him from leading a normal life. Sometimes it is believed to own the characters he plays. When Caltro hire him as a lawyer that charges less than the others, amused that apropos put to interpret texts of Shakespeare as he advises on legal aspects.

    The future Coltra is an exjunkie so his family interned in a psychiatric hospital. A consequence of having drugged therefore suffer some mental retardation and she stopped talking long. One day she escapes from psychiatric and is lost for weeks in a forest. There develops her animal movements. Just she convinced that’s a dog. Come by chance the mansion where Caltro and Tolcra live. Here, far from being frightened by the unexpected visit, adopt her as a pet.

    Caltro realizes that the three along with Coltra form a very interesting group. Suggested by Tolcra, sold the mansion and buy a whole building thinking transformed into the most famous gallery of the city, on the upper floor will be installed and live them.

    The plan is this: They will sponsor, they rob and humiliate all the artists they can. Some will make them succeed but also suffer. An exciting new life is about begin for them. The Talking Crooks are born.

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