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It’s been a few years since I became engrossed in the art of film-watching, and a little more for story-writing. It’s also approximately a year since I nursed the idea of  having a platform where I pen my many film (movies and TV) theories and discuss film ideas with a public as enthusiastic about the art as myself. So, here we are – Rinzy Reviews Films: A dream made reality.

Though not the best attempt, I strongly believe it’s a step in the ‘write’ direction. I believe, greatly, in planting a vision and nursing it into a mission. And, I know we’ll have great times here making memories we’ll treasure for many years to come.

My name is Rinzy Talius Dike, your chief-servant and I say Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

– Rinzy, 2016.

 

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Rinzy Reviews ‘Light As A Feather’ (2018)

Release Date: Oct. 12, 2018

Network: Hulu/ 10 episodes/ 25 minutes

Starring: Liana Liberato, Peyton List, Haley Ramm, Dylan Sprayberry, Brianne Tju, Ajiona Alexus, et al.

***

2018 is a good year for popular games turning malicious and killing off teens one after the other -obnoxious and well-behaved alike. First, it was Truth or Dare, and, now, it’s the turn of not-so-popular Light as a feather, stiff as a board.

🎶 She’s dying. She’s dying. She’s dead. 🎵

‘Light as a Feather’ is a 10-episode horror TV show that features a game gone wrong, when a group of teenage friends begin dying off just as predicted and need to solve the mystery before they’re all gone. 

 Five people play the game, but only one person survives to play again with another set of five. Spooky, right?

The show makes it clear from the start who the villain is… Death. But even the greatest mystery of the beyond needs a person to help it interact physically, and in this light we’re introduced to Violet, the new, mystery girl. 

When Violet first comes on scene she’s introduced as a fragile girl helpless in the presence of bullies. This quickly changes towards the end of the first episode when her creative stories during the game tells us a bit of how fucked up her mind really is. As the show progresses, episode after episode, we understand, but aren’t really sure how messed up she is until the events of episode-8 when her grandmother collapses and she’s made vulnerable. I hoped there was a better twist to her story, something different from a helpless teenager submitting to the will of a greater power.

The only reason Violet was able to breakthrough the girl’s ranks. She was able to do so by capitalizing on their secrets and emotionally blackmailing them with it: think Candace and Isaac vs. Olivia or Alex and Jenna vs. McKenna. The moral of this story is secrets are never cool; they do more harm than good.

Although ‘Light as a feather’ passes itself as a horror show it easily comes across as angst-ridden. It also features a love triangle, which, thankfully, wasn’t dragged on for too long. It narrowly escapes The CW story treatment, I’d have hated if it behaved totally like another installment of Pretty Little Liar. 

Viewers who don’t fancy hardcore horror will be delighted to know that Light as a Feather isn’t the type of show that stays with you long after the end credits roll. It’s easily forgettable. Asides a few scare here and there, there’s almost nothing to worry about, I think. But that doesn’t mean an occasional thrill isn’t guaranteed while watching. 😁

McKenna is easily my favorite character. She’s my show lead because she gets the highest screentime and best backstory. Yeah, I liked the dead twin thing fighting for her from the great beyond. McKenna is compassionate, and that part of her shines throughout the story. It occasionally gets her in trouble as can be seen in minor clashes with her mother and that time in the season finale she decides to trust Violet against the better judgement of her remaining living friends. Tragedy was the catalyst that began her story arc -the death of her sister- and that same tragedy helped save the lives of her friends. At the end of the day, the price she gets to pay seems to be her soul; we’re not really sure how this happened, we’ll just wait until the show returns for a second season.

At first, I thought the show was a one-time thing, a miniseries. But after that season finale packed with juicy, somewhat unwarranted cliffhangers, a sophomore season looks inevitable; that’s if Hulu deems it worthy. I, for one, will like to know who took Henry. My money’s on Mark’s sister. 

Side note: It’s good to see Dylan Sprayberry back on screens. He was cool on Teen wolf.

Light as a feather doesn’t have the glam treatment most shows in this age easily command. Its budget might not be much, but it does have a decent production to boast of.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Sorry To Bother You’ (2018)

Release Date: July 6, 2018.

Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Omari Hardwick, Armie Hammer, Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, et al.

***

Sorry To Bother You is my kind of movie. The weird and beautiful kind. 

Set in an alternative universe, the movie tells the story of Cassius ‘Cash’ Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a young African-American telemarketer who develops a white accent to thrive at his new job. Fortitude seems to smile on him and he continues to rise up the ladder, until the point where he needs to make a choice – make money at the expense of humanity or join his friends in their protest for a better work pay. 


The way things went from a zero to one hundred is really quite shocking and, by extension, amusing. It’s a dark-comedy after all. And because the movie doesn’t take itself too serious even in the light of seemingly serious issues, it scores more points for keeping things light, simple, yet refreshingly new.

One the thing about starring in a TV show is the inability and, most times, unavailability to feature in other projects. So, understandably, I was very excited when I found out Lakeith of FX’s Atlanta had been cast as lead for this project. Same way I was excited to see Omari Hardwick (Power) and Steve Yeun (The Walking Dead) were also involved. Tessa Thompson, too, shines here just like in every project she’s been in recent years.

The horse thing was amusing. I thought the CGI was decent for its low budget

If you ask me, Sorry To Bother You is the movie revelation of the year 2018 just like Get Out was last year. After that surprise ending there’s possibility for a sequel and I can’t wait to see if this becomes a franchise.

Directed by: Boots Riley

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Venom’ (2018)

Release Date: Oct. 5, 2018.

Starring: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, et al.

***

When Venom starts, we meet Eddie Brooks – careless, ambitious reporter with a soft heart for doing the right thing. This, I believe, eventually made him a worthy host to achieve symbiosis when Venom comes calling.

Tom Hardy easily shines as Eddie Brooks/ Venom. His acting prowess has never been under doubt; years-and-years of delivering outstanding movie and TV roles has earned him the trust of many viewers worldwide. So, when it announced he was the one Sony had selected to un-do and better-do everything Topher Grace did with Eddie/Venom in Spider-Man 3 audience couldn’t be more elated. 

In Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brooks we see a man burdened by the problems of the world, which, ironically, he mostly brought upon himself. And by combining with the symbiote, he gets a chance to right his deep wrongs even though it’s mostly through screwed ways. 

The relationship between Eddie and Venom is one of the beautiful things about this movie. It’s wonderful. It’s believable. And you spend every ensuing second d hoping to see more of them and their relationship dramas. 

 I believe the drama that surrounded venom’s release did more good than harm for it. It’s one of those cases where an unexpected movie review drives more people to go confirm if what they heard is indeed true, only to be stunned with the fact that it isn’t half as bad as what was stated. This unexpected publicity has helped Venom greatly, driving sales to the point that it’s sure to be a commercial success. 

Once more, Venom has helped raise an age old question: what really makes a movie a hit, audience reception or critics consensus? 

Many critics cited the movie’s CGI as one f its weak point, but I thought it was just fine. Finely decent. The bulk of its weakness is made obvious duirng the Venom vs. Riot brawl, but it’s possible to ignore and enjoy the movie.

The music, cinematography, fight choreography, too, were also finely decent. 😝

Every hero (or antihero in this case 😁) needs a villain to mess around with. In this case, for Eddie/Venom that’s Riz Ahmed’s  and his Life Foundation experiments. Just like Mr. Hardy, Ahmed, too, shines in his role. Ever since I first saw him on HBO’s The Night Of I’ve been a big fan. He’s incredibly talented and I can’t wait for him to continue to do greater things. 

Here’s my take: Even though Venom eats lots of people during the course of this movie, Venom is a richly entertaining movie. Ignore the critics on this one and go make up your own damn mind for once. 😝

Remember to sit through the post credit scenes… There will be Carnage. 😌

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Hulu’s ‘Into The Dark’ Is The New ‘Black Mirror’.

Ever since Ryan Murphy brought us ‘American Horror Story‘, anthology series have been on the rise. A new market for the once dying television format. In the years since its first season -Murder House- other shows like Fargo and True Detectives have wetted raging appetites for this age old format. 

Since 2013, when ‘Black Mirror’ arrived on Netflix, the format was taken to a whole new level. Instead of the season reboot of story and characters as was familiar with the other ones, ‘Black Mirror’ gave us anthology on a episodic level. For new TV fans, this provided the opportunity to delve into any critically acclaimed episode without the bane of having to see countless ones before it to follow the story. This, to me, has been the selling point of the web-series.

So, when it came to my notice that Hulu was producing a similar, but unique content; one where the stories are episode-contained and, this time, with a holiday twist, I was elated. 


‘Into The Dark‘ is the answer to my prayer for something anthologically refreshing. The feature length first episode -The Body- tells the story of a hitman who runs into a snag trying to deliver a corpse to his contractor on Halloween night. The bulk of the episode shows him trying to tie up loose ends he unwittingly created for himself and his employer.
From a narrative angle, The Body doesn’t really try or pretend to be ambitious; old, recycled plot handled in same, old cliche manner. The Boogeyman successfully hunts down everyone who got in his way. The thing I liked about this plot was the surprise twist at the end.

Honestly, there’s nothing spectacular about The Body, but that doesn’t make it an unbearable watch. I sat through it and came out the other end without feeling like I’d wasted 80 mins. + of my life. I believe the show has potentials. Every month an episode is released gives it the opportunity to tell a horror story inspired by a popular holiday from that month. That gives it the opportunity to be everything Black Mirror isn’t.

Rinzy’s Ratings: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Nun’ (2018)

Release Date: September 7, 2018.

Budget Box-Office: $22M/ $330.2M

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Bonnie Aarons etc.

***

The Nun tells the tale of the fan-favorite demon that stole the show in ‘The Conjuring 2’. But it’s ironic that Valak doesn’t get to shine that much in her own solo outing.

It won’t be farfetched for one to enter the movie theater expecting to be scared to sh*ts by the face of what’s arguably the scariest fictional demon, but surprisingly we don’t get to see much of Valak’s true face until the final act. She/him/it spends most of the movie shrouded in darkness, causing scares from distances.

Facials aside, The Nun tried, successfully, to pull out genuine scare(s) from viewers every now and then. The actress who brought Valak (Bonnie Aarons) to life did a good job… Her charisma still gets props for doing a good job.

The main question I’m sure you might be wondering is if The Nun is a great movie?

Well, I wouldn’t call it great. It being the weakest entry in the franchise still doesn’t make it a bad movie. 

I just believe it could’ve been better. It should’ve featured more of Valak’s face (I know it sounds silly 😁) and really give us a motivation for Valak’s actions. Now, I know some people might be gearing up to counter my last point by saying something along the line of what other motivation would a demon need asides wanting to possess people for the fun of it to further the expansion of the world below, but I believe as a character, even demons need motivations to explain their actions.

On a plus side, I genuinely liked the way the movie connected to the larger Conjuring’ universe. The appearance of Ed and Lorraine made me happy, even though it lasted only seconds.

I mustn’t fail to commend Taissa Farmiga’s performance as Sister Irene; she was one of the bright spots of the film for me, every moment she was on screen was a delight to behold.
The Nun definitely isn’t winning any critical acclam for being anything near outstanding, but it’s sure to draw an occasional smirk on your face if you’re a die-hard horror film lover, and a resounding ovation if you’re a casual filmgoer. I believe that’s fair.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Almost Everyone In The ‘Vice’ Trailer Is Unrecognizable

When ‘Vice’ was first announced and Christian Bale billed to play the role of charismatic 46th vice president of the United States, no one really cared. This quickly changed when a picture from set found its way to the internet. Tongues got wagging and people couldn’t stop talking about how remarkable the changes to his physique were, calling it his best yet.

Yesterday, the first trailer found its way to the internet and people can’t stop talking about it. Nothing could’ve prepared us for Bale’s shocking transformation and how striking his resemblance to the real Dick Cheney was.

But I think it’s the make-up artist(s) attached to the project that should get the bulk of the celebration; every one of the popular actors playing major characters in the movie is almost totally unrecognizable – Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Stevel Carrel, you name it. I had a hard time matching the face of the person playing President George W. Bush to the ever energetic Sam Rockwell, talk more or the ever-lovely Amy Adams.

Vice is looking to be a critical wonder, which should transform into a commercial hit, too, if all goes as planned. The Oscar 2019 contest just got tougher.

Tell me, which of these transformations is most shocking to you, I want to know?

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below and tell em what you think in the comment box.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Searching’ (2018)

Release Date: August 24, 2018.

Budget/ Box-Office: 

Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

***

Father, David Kim, and daughter, Margot Kim, try to adjust to live without their family’s matriach, who passed away due to cancer. It isn’t until Margot goes missing that David realizes she’s been having a much harder time coping than she let on and that, he, too, hasn’t really been there for her.

Who would’ve ever believed that a movie told from behind a display screen could be this gripping, interesting? 😱

John Cho is a terrific actor; he always has been, in his defense. He portrays the role of a worried father perfectly and is so believable you actually feel sorry for the character he’s portraying and the pain he’s going through. Searching makes him the first Asian-Amerucan actor to headline a mainstream thriller in Hollywood, which, although is a big win for the community, is a much deserved and bigger win for him.

The production quality of this movie is beautiful. The use of social media is brilliantly employed that, even though it appears all through the movie, it never comes across as a bore.

I loved the calm music at the background, too. 🤗

At the core of this movie is a plot that rehashes a popular message, there’s nothing more powerful than a parent’s love for his/her child(ren). We see this message played again and again; while David searches tirelessly for his daughter and when SPOILER is revealed to have done what she did. Honestly, it’s heartwarming to be reminded of the existence of such love, but it also raises and answers the question of when and why to draw the line.

That huge twist at the final act… Whoosh!

If you still haven’t seen this movie, I  highly recommend you should ASAP, it’s beautiful and is one of my favorites this year. The only reason I’m not giving it a perfect score is because I want to selfishly hold on to the last 0.5 to myself. 😁

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