Jewish Journal

  • An Unexpected Dose of Television Judaism

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 4, 2013 | 11:31 am

    A funny thing happened this past Wednesday night. I was watching Suburgatory, a show where you’d least expect to encounter any mention of Judaism. The send-up of suburbia features the most plastic characters you’d ever hope to meet. The fictional town of Chatswin is every native... read on

  • An Excellent Film about Observance

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    January 28, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    I had the exciting opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival for the first time last week. While in Park City, Utah, I saw twenty-four films and attended a number of Q & As with filmmakers and cast members. One of my most memorable screening experiences was the film Fill the... read on

  • An Off-Season French Gay Jewish Passover Comedy

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    January 21, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    It’s a phrase that immediately recalls the grand exodus of the Jewish people, and a song often sung during Passover seders. Let My People Go is also the title of a new film now playing in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal, Laemmle’s Playhouse, and Laemmle’s Town Center. This very... read on

  • This Year’s Jewish Oscar Nominees

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    January 14, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    Last Thursday, the Oscar nominations were announced. There were plenty of surprises, most notably the snubs of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director. Many of the films I discussed in last week’s post, “The Role of Religion at the Golden Globes,” have also been... read on

  • The Role of Religion at the Golden Globes

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    January 7, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    Oscar nominations won’t be announced until Thursday, and awards fanatics have the privilege to look forward to the Golden Globe Awards shortly after that, this Sunday at 5pm. While there are precious few Jewish themes among the films nominated, religion – in some form or another –... read on

  • An Unusual Animated Oscar Contender

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    December 31, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Oscar nominations will be announced next Thursday, January 10th. Some of the categories are less of a mystery than others because finalists have already been announced. Jewish themes are often present in two such races, Best Foreign Film and Best Documentary. This year, however,... read on

  • Encountering Jews on TV this Awards Season

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    December 24, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Since the next two months will undoubtedly be all about the Oscars, let’s take a moment to recognize the Jewish characters to be found among those nominee lists that reward television too. The two major awards bodies that also serve as Oscar predictors are the Screen Actors Guild... read on

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Abe Fried-Tanzer is a recent import from the East Coast to Los Angeles, and he brings with him his enthusiasm for movies and television. When he’s not watching every...

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