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It’s been a few years since I became engrossed in the art of film-watching, a few years for story-writing, and approximately a year since I nursed the idea of  having a platform where I communicate my many theories and film ideas to a public as enthusiastic as I am about films (Movies and TV series). Here we are, Rinzy Reviews: A dream come true.

Though not the best, it’s an attempt worth it. I believe greatly in building a vision from whatever present capacity (no matter how minute it might seem). I know we’ll have plenty happy times here, joyous memories that we’ll come to treasure in the near future.

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My name is Rinzy Talius Dike and I am your chief-servant. Feel free to talk to me at any time through the comment boxes, on Facebook, or tweet @taliusdike.

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The Ocean’s Franchise

In preparation for the highly anticipated release of the all-female Ocean’s 8, I recently re-watched the first Ocean’s trilogy, and came up with a few new thoughts. 

Though not revolutionary, Ocean’s eleven was a beautiful movie. Released in an era where action movies were the in-thing (Lord of the rings, Tomb raider, etc.) it does deliver on all that was promised. The kind of movie that makes you leave the cinema happy… especially because its ending twists. 

Fast-forward to Ocean’s twelve ⏩, and you see a problem. A big problem. One that’ll continue to plague Hollywood until someone decides to do something about it. An unnecessary sequel! Yes. I said it. Ocean’s twelve definitely wasn’t needed. And where it struggled and failed to uphold every spirit that made the first one captivating to watch, its successor did far worse. Yes. Ocean’s thirteen was a disaster. 

With a simplistically silly plot, Ocean’s thirteen made the very talented lot of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon et al., look like idiots… especially my man Bernie Mac. 😔.

Luckily, the powers that be realized how much of a disappointment the last one was and decided in their limited wisdom (thank goodness) to release no more. 😇.

There’s a lot of pressure to get Ocean’s 8 right, and it’s quite understandable. If the powers that be at Warner Bros. fail to deliver with their exceptional cast, then they best know they’ve failed this city and deserve a visit from The Hood (Hello, Arrow fans? 😁). 

What do you think? 

Will Ocean’s 8 deliver? 

How fast will you see it at the cinema? 

Tell me, I wanna know… ♥. 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Budget and Box Office: $400M and $1.814B

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, etc. 

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What’s arguably the most anticipated movie of the decade arrives after a 10-year wait, and the world isn’t exactly ready for what followed. That shocking cliffhanger. 

I had high expectations going into the cinema. Were they met? Some were, some weren’t. But that’s normal for every theatrical release; there’s no way a movie can please everyone. 

But I want to state here that Avengers: Infinity War is the Greatest Comic Book Movie yet!👌. 

We all knew we’d be losing some of the characters we’ve invested time and energy following. The painful realization that some of the earth’s mightiest heroes might not make it out alive battling the Mad Titan Thanos was just excruciating to contain. The road leading to Infinity War’s release didn’t make it any easier to deal with. But the roaster of the dead we got was shocking, could pass as laughable (considering almost all of the dead have confirmed sequels in the MCU), and further butresses the point that huge losses are coming in the still untitled Avengers 4 movie scheduled for a May 2019 release. 

Okay. Moving on to more specific plot points from the movie Avengers: Infinity War, I’ll like to scream SPOILER ALERT!!! 😂. So, if you still haven’t watched the movie now’s the right time to leave. Bye, see you later… ✋. 

As revealed by The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1, there are six infinity stones in existence, with each bearing a unique power that contributes to shaping the existence of the universe as we know it.  Thanos, the ultimate villain of the MCU, had a relatively straight forward mission – find all six stones and with the snap of a finger erase half of the universe’s population, using a highly complex, magical algorithm, to strike perfect balance to life. Talk about misguided beliefs. SMH. 🤕. The heavy sacrifices The Mad Titan makes to achieve his goal, which includes murdering the one person he loves the most, appear to bear fruit as can be seen at the last scene of the movie when he has that wry smile on that says ‘I finally did it!’

With a heavily decimated roaster and a villain that’s at full strength now, how the Avengers will defeat Thanos in the next movie can only be left to the imagination. One thing is certain though – time travel will play a major role in it and Captain Marvel 😍. How? I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. 👌. 

PS 1: I predicted Infinity War would earn above $2B and a lot of people doubted me. As at the time of writing this article we’ve just crossed the $1.9B mark. Who’s the liar now? 😁

PS 2: I don’t know why all members of the Black Order were decimated. 😔. I loved Ebony Maw and wish for him to return in the sequel. Am I alone in this line of thought? 

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Royal Wedding’ (2018)

I want to believe I’m in a better state of mind to talk about the #RoyalWedding – an event that stole #RachelZane from I and #MikeRoss. 😤.

See, here’s a little backstory of how my 💞❤💖 turned to 💘🖤💔…

Mike and I used to be roommates/friends until he stole a newspaper 📰 cutout under my pillow and got the idea to show up at Pearson-Specter and eventually got #HarveySpecter to hire him by roughly said balls 🙄; there he met Rachel. If he hadn’t taken what’s mine, I probably might’ve been the one dating her. We’ve been beefing ever since. And now, #PrinceHarry has permanently taken her away from me. He even had her change her name back to #MeghanMarkle, an identity she never used when on #Suits, just so she doesn’t ever return to her one true love – Me. Yeah, he’s that afraid of the power of true love. 

I’m still heartbroken 😢, especially since #DavidBeckham stole the awesome piece I intended we wear on our wedding day, which will never happen now. I just want to die! 🤧🤒. Anyone have any ideas? 

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Rinzy Reviews ‘The Dark Tower’ (2017)

Release Date: July 31, 2017

Budget and Box Office: $60M/ $113.2M

Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, etc. 

Since its release The Dark Tower has been generally criticized for being a poor adaptation of its source material – the novel by Stephen King. I just saw it and I say critics and audience might’ve been too hard on it. It doesn’t score much on the awesomeness meter, but it does try on the sensibility’s. 

Though not a strong contender for best film of the year, the movie boasts just two fairly strong performances from Idris Elba and young Tom Taylor. I had serious issues with the way Matthew McConaughey portrayed the role of a man with magic… It was very bad and unconvincing. 

The movie scores very low points for set, cinematography and costumes. Nothing out of the ordinary in any of these, which, I guess, aided its poor reviews. 

If you’re looking for something decent with a tiny western-modern feel you should see this The Dark Tower. Like I said earlier, it’s not unwatchable. 👌. 

PS: Whoever understood the unique concept of a Gunslinger and why Idris Elba’s Roland was resistant to the Man in Black’s magic should please explain. ☺. 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Game Night’ (2018)

Release Date: Feb. 23, 2018.

Budget and Box Office: $37M and $116.2M

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachael McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall, etc. 

Game Night is a deeply satisfying comedy/action/heist movie. It scores all the right points. – Rinzy Reviews. 

I haven’t laughed the way I did watching this morning in a long time. Suffice it for me to say, almost everything about Game Night was perfect. 👏.  Jason Batman and Rachael McAdams’ combination is electric and deeply satisfying. They bring a unique, subtle angle to the rightly overstretched couple’s comedy. They’re, in few words, picture perfect. I wouldn’t mind seeing them return to any screen ASAP.  🤗. 

The idea that a feature length film can be drawn from having a game night might’ve been laughable a few years back, but that’s what we get in this feature flick that rightly works. Though the movie suffers from what a lot of comedy flicks do – a weak villain; the vastly entertaining, lively pacing allows the sin to be easily forgiven. 

Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it? Do tell. 😉.

Series Finale of ‘Once Upon a Time’

Every show had a beginning, and most certainly will have an end. The end of ABC’s Once Upon a Time is here and we’re very much ready for it. 

The show began in 2011, at the boom of supernatural TV demand and it was a delight to behold. We got to see, first hand, wonderful Disney characters we grew up with interwoven in ways we never thought possible. This novel interesting approach continued all the way through season 4 after which the show became a bore to follow with season 6 being the worst of the lot. Disney/ABC, understandably, still wouldn’t give up on the show and ordered a soft reboot for its seventh season, which still didn’t go well ratings wise… And here we are. 

With a plot too convoluted and twists so surprisingly shocking that they cease make sense, the show made its mark. That’s what it was known for. I even find it difficult recounting all the evenings that occurred throughout this final season. But one thing I know is, it became a showdown between new, but old, more evil Rumpelstiltskin, and a redemptive storyline of some sort for Regina.

In essence, I’d like to call Once Upon a Time Regina’s story. Since Emma left, someone had to take up the reins of the face of heroism; and even though grown up Henry tried that at first, I’m happy the writers realized he didn’t have the same charm and charisma as teenage Henry, so they switched to Regina. 

From Evil Queen to Good Queen 👑, Regina got her happy ending and we couldn’t be happier for her. 
Once Upon a Time had a nice run and now its watch has ended, time to move on to other things. 🚶 🚶 🚶. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Finale Review 

Okay. What did I just watch!!!? 😱 … Scenes more heartbreaking than Infinity War’s. 😢.  I’m sad, but let’s get right to it. 

This season, our favourite agents tackled time travel like never seen before, with the trick question ‘Is time a fixed entity?’ repeatedly popping up. Well, in the final episode of what’s been a tremendously interesting season we had our answer(s). Time isn’t fixed. In Jemma Simmons words, “Time isn’t fixed. It’s a fluid, ever-changing, beautiful thing.” And that’s what it is. Though it took us to new, dark places to achieve this new timeline but I’m sure we can live with it. Hopefully. 

I was sad to see Talbot go the way he did. He’s been an integral character since the early days of the show, helping our heroes get out of tight corners with the government. His misguided conversion to the dark side further butresses the point that today’s hero 👮 can be tomorrow’s villain… 😈. Not to excuse him of his mass murdering offenses in anyway, but he, too, was a casualty in a war he didn’t ask for. His military training became his  when mixed with gravitonium, and his corpse litters space as evidence that evil never pays. At least in fiction 😁. 

Where the road leads for Coulson, May and Fitz is best left to the imagination. Agent May went with Coulson to the island that looks like Hawaii, but I’ll best it’s Tahiti (who remembers? 😉). Fitz, on-the-go other hand, has been left without the use of his legs, but I’m willing to bet he and Jemma can find a way for him to bounce back to his job, after all they live in a world with high-tech, magic and all the cheats that make life sweeter… 😁.

Minor arcs 

  1. I’d always been interested in seeing how Deke would be written off, so I was sad it was done so poorly. He just wasn’t on screen again, without any explanation. 😒. Not cool, SHIELD. Not cool at all. 
  2. Mack’s the new Director of SHIELD. Way to go, big fella! 

Overall, this was a great season. Few shows get better with each new season… Agents of SHIELD is on top of that list. 👍. 

The show returns Summer 2019, that’s more than a year from now, with a shorter episode order. I wonder why life’s so unfair to the good ones?  😢  🤧. 

What was your favourite moment this season? 

Who was your favourite character(s)?

Tell me, I wanna know. 😉.
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