Five Minarets in New York (2010)
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"Dulce Rosa" is a further effort by the L.A. Opera, directed by Domingo, to bring lyric opera to a wider audience.
"We're always looking to create new works," the Spanish tenor told Efe.
Domingo got behind the adaptation of "Una Venganza" when the idea was proposed to him by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks, to whom Allende gave the go-ahead years ago without really expecting anything.
Maybe one sign of a fully matured film industry is when it's capable of spewing out an Olympus Has Fallen and a White House Down at the same time – coinciding films with identical subjects. One of those little zeitgeist clots that suggest creative minds running in parallel, in a highly evolved community driven by the relentless background hum of close competition – and also, all those scripts passing between studios, with ample opportunities for intellectual-property theft. Mostly, these weird convergences seem to come in pairs: Deep Impact and Armageddon, A Bug's Life and Antz, and so on.
So what does it say about the emerging Turkish industry that it has six movies on the same subject either recently on release or imminent?
In 2005, Synapse Films created 42nd Street Forever, a compilation of sorts of the best of the worst trailers the grindhouse era had to offer. Having released 6 volumes of DVDs, Synapse has moved the series into the high def age with 42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition.
Obviously since this is nothing but a compilation of trailers, there isn't a real plot here. I do commend and appreciate Synapse for coupling the films together with their specific genres. It kicks off with Blaxsploitation and runs the gamut through zombies,
A failed and grisly raid in Istanbul forces two Turkish agents, one played by the writer/director (Mahsun Kirmizigul), to travel to New York in pursuit of the Anarchist. With an American supporting cast including Robert Patrick, Danny Glover, and Gina Gershon, who are the only performers featured on this revamped American release’s promotional material, the Turkish agents are nonetheless the stars as the Anarchist
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Anti-terrorist agents track down a dangerous Islamic leader in Act of Vengeance.
Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back a dangerous Islamic leader in the 2010 action drama film Act of Vengeance.
After an unsuccessful and bloody raid in Istanbul, the two Turkish (writer-director Mahsun Kirmizigul and Mustafa Sandal) agents arrive in NYC to capture the notorious “Dejjal” (Arabic for Antichrist). Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of a suspect who may or may not be Dejjal, but when events escalate, the foreign agents must take things in their own hands to avert disaster.
Turkish filmmaker Mahsun Kirmizigul’s movie, originally entitled Five Minarets in New York, also stars such American actors as Danny Glover (2012), Gina Gershon (Showgirls) and Robert Patrick (Safe House).
You couldn't move for new waves in the noughties: even Antarctica looked capable of knocking out its own film scene. But the Latin American buena onda in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, the South Korea extreme-Asia offshoot and the Russian blockbuster boom all had one thing in common. They found it hard to sustain their initial impact, whether it was because the global media moved on to the next big thing, or their key directors were poached by Hollywood, or there was a lack of sustained investment. Gael García Bernal reflected on the Mexican version of the problem at an Nft talk: "When we did Amores Perros, Mexico only made six films that year. There will be 65 films this year. But I don't know how many of those will be seen.
Written and Directed by Mahsun Kirmizigül.
Starring Haluk Bilginer, Danny Glover, Gina Gershon, Mahsun Kirmizigül, Robert Patrick and Mustafa Sandal.
The FBI arrests Hadji Gumush, a well-respected Muslim scholar and family man who has been named as a dangerous Islamic leader. His family and friends are convinced he is innocent but two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City to bring him back to face justice.
Drama Five Minarets in New York splits its time between New York and Turkey. After a series of covert raids and rough interrogations, one criminal reveals the identity of a dangerous international terrorist referred to by the codename ‘Dajjal’. Under duress, the man tells Turkish police officers that the person they’re looking for is Hadji Gumush (Haluk Bilginer).
In New York, Agent David Becker (Robert Patrick) and his team from the FBI receive a warrant
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'Panic Button' Trailer
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'Five Minarets in New York' Trailer
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Five Minarets In New York
Five Minarets in New York is the story of two Turkish anti-terrorist agents sent to New York to capture Islamic terrorists. An interesting subject worth exploring from various angles, giving the filmmakers the opportunity to be unbiased.
It is a touchy subject that could go really wrong or really right. It could be a subtle, independent production aiming for an exploration of characters and chain of events – or a Hollywood, action-filled, gun-slinging, naive piece of crap. The trailer is quite confused as to what it is really presenting. Is the movie sympathetic with Islamic fundamentalists? Is it favouring an American way of life? I am genuinely confused.
Hiring Danny Glover as an imam is either really stupid or quite clever.
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