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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.

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– Rinzy, 2016.

 

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About The Arrowverse 2018 Crossover – Elseworlds

When Arrow birthed The Flash in 2014 and, by extension, what we’ve come to know as the Arrowverse, it marked a new age of comic book properties on television. Comic book inspired shows have become increasingly popular over the years, and doesn’t show any sign of stopping anytime soon, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it.

2015 saw the first crossover between shows in the Arrowverse; Arrow and The Flash started it, and since then it’s become an annual event that’s only gotten bigger as the years go by. Remember the awesomeness that was Crisis on Earth-X? So, when the crossover event for 2018 was announced – Elseworlds – core fans of the event, like me, were understandably elated being that it was the only time in the year the Arrowverse shows were extremely fun and bearable.

But, honestly, what we got in Elseworlds isn’t what any of us bargained for.

From a cheesy, overhyped introduction to Kat Kane aka The Batwoman, which served as a backdoor pilot to her own spin-off show; to underwhelming villains in The Monitor and Professor Psycho; to an even more underwhelming plot that made the entire three-episode event seem like filler episodes for the grander, more popular ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ storyline coming next year, I think the time has come for the Arrowverse to wrap things up for some of its shows that have overstayed their welcome.

The first entry in Elseworlds, that’s The Flash’s episode stands out as being the best of the trio. Arrow tried its best to sustain what was given to it, but its the Supergirl installment that wrecked the entire thing. Effortlessly turning it into a senseless pile of garbage. And I’m pissed!

One of the hardest things in life is saying goodbye, but one of the wisest is knowing when to call it quits. I believe the Arrowverse has overstayed its welcome judging by how lackluster most of its shows now are… The Flash easily comes to mind; I mean, what the heck is a meta-tech? 😥

Whatever sacrifice and trial next year’s Crisis on Infinite Earth’s crossover brings, I hope the Arrowverse comes to an end as the story provides the perfect closure.

Honourable mentions:

1. Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane looked rather believable. I’m sad to see her and written off almost as soon as her debut.

2. Tyler Hoechlin continues to shine as Superman.

Screen Actors Guild 2019 Nominations List

The 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced on Wednesday morning.

Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox made the announcement at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

A Star Is Born, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and Ozark had the most amount of nominations.

1. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Christian Bale, ‘Vice’

Bradley Cooper, ‘A Star Is Born’

Rami Malek, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Viggo Mortensen, ‘Green Book’

John David Washington, ‘BlacKkKlansman’

2. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Emily Blunt, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Glenn Close, ‘The Wife’

Olivia Colman, ‘The Favourite’

Lady Gaga, ‘A Star Is Born’

Melissa McCarthy, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

3. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mahershala Ali, ‘Green Book’

Timothee Chalamet, ‘Beautiful Boy’

Adam Driver, ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Sam Elliott, ‘A Star Is Born’

Richard E. Grant, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

4. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Amy Adams, ‘Vice’

Emily Blunt, ‘A Quiet Place’

Margot Robbie, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Emma Stone, ‘The Favourite’

Rachel Weisz, ‘The Favourite’

5. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

‘A Star Is Born’

‘Black Panther’

‘BlacKkKlansman’

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

‘Crazy Rich Asians’

6. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Antonio Banderas, ‘Genius: Picasso’

Darren Criss, ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Hugh Grant, ‘A Very English Scandal’

Anthony Hopkins, ‘King Lear’

Bill Pullman, ‘The Sinner’

7. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Amy Adams, ‘Sharp Objects’

Patricia Arquette, ‘Escape at Dannemora’

Patricia Clarkson, ‘Sharp Objects’

Penelope Cruz, ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Emma Stone, ‘Maniac’

8. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman, ‘Ozark’

Sterling K. Brown, ‘This is Us’

Joseph Fiennes, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

John Krasinski, ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’

Bob Odenkirk, ‘Better Call Saul’

9. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

Julia Garner, ‘Ozard’

Laura Linney, ‘Ozark’

Elisabeth Moss, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Sandra Oh, ‘Killing Eve’

Robin Wright, ‘House of Cards’

10. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alan Arkikn, ‘The Kominsky Method’

Michael Douglas, ‘The Kominsky Method’

Bill Hader, ‘Barry’

Tony Shalhoub, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Henry Winkler, ‘Barry’

11. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alex Borstein, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Alison Brie, ‘Glow’

Rachel Brosnahan, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Jane Fonda, ‘Grace and Frankie’

Lily Tomlin, ‘Grace and Frankie’

12. Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

‘The Americans’

‘Better Call Saul’

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

‘Ozark’

‘This Is Us’

13. Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

‘Atlanta’

‘Barry’

‘GLOW’

‘The Kominsky Method’

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

14. Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:

‘Glow’

‘Marvel’s: Daredevil’

‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’

‘The Walking Dead’

‘Westworld’

15. Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

‘Avengers: Infinity War’

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

‘Black Panther’

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Rinzy Reviews ‘Mowgli’ (2018)

Release Date: November 29

Network: Netflix

Starring: Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Harris et al.

***

It’s almost impossible to not compare Andy Serkis’ Mowgli to the Jon Favreau directed ‘The Jungle Book’ released a little over two years ago. But where The Jungle Book (2016) more or less focuses on the jungle and how the man-cub, Mogwli (Rohan Chand), adapts to its way of life, Mowgli focuses more on said man-cub, his growth through the endless torments the man-eater tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) bestows on him, and how he thrives against all odds to become the savior the jungle needs. This allows Mogwli to better explore darker themes of story telling like willfull brutality, the burden of committing murder on the conscience amongst others, places Disney would never dream of going in any of their movies.

Though Mowgli had the opportunity to really explore something new in detail: the man-cub’s relationship with his fellow humans, it quickly drops the idea and rethreads to the familiar story we’re used to.

The real question here is, does a darker story make for a better one? In this case the answer’s YES! I thoroughly enjoyed Mogwli, much more than I did Disney’s The Jungle Book, and I wish it had a wider release in theatres as against distribution by the streaming giant Netflix. Most people will have a hard time with the CGI rendered animals, being that they near-perfectly mirror human emotions. Whatever the case, Mogwli is finally here and is available at the click of a button for your enjoyment on Netflix.

Side notes:

1. How can a fire be lit while it’s raining? 😂

2. My favorite character’s the albino wolf, Bhoot. Loved him very much.

Directed By: Andy Serkis

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Christmas Chronicle’ (2018)

Release Date: November 22

Network: Netflix

Starring: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Goldie Hawn, Oliver Hudson, Judah Lewis, et al.

***

It’s the Christmas season again. What better way to enjoy it than with Netflix and Kurt Russell dressed as Santa? 🎅

Oh wait. He isn’t just dressed as Santa, he is Santa. And an interesting one at that. 😎

In Lowell, Massachusetts, Christmas has been a cherished tradition in the Pierce household for many years until 2018, when the father Doug, a firefighter, dies in the line of duty. The mother Claire struggles to hold the family together, especially the oldest child Teddy (Judah Lewis), who has started stealing cars. The youngest child Kate (Darby Camp) nevertheless hopes to keep the Christmas spirit alive. On Christmas Eve, Claire is forced to fill in for a coworker, leaving Teddy to look after Kate. While watching old Christmas videos, Kate notices a strange arm appear out of the fireplace. Kate believes this is Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) and asks Teddy to help her prove he exists. In trying to catch his attention, they nearly destroy Christmas and must save it as Santa’s out of commission.

What’s a Christmas movie without adventure? And adventure is what The Christmas Chronicles unabashedly brings in large measures. Whether it’s the pesky, yet adorable elves battling the thieves that attacked Teddy or it’s Papa Claus ‘making the basket’ from one chimney to the next, or those adorable reindeers running through the streets after Santa gets through in a matching colored car, there’s so many sequence to thrill you.

The best thing about The Christmas Chronicles is easily Kurt Russell. Asides being a veteran in the midst of lesser known actors, his iteration of Santa 🎅, one who detests saying “Ho-Ho-Ho, merry Christmas”, is novel, refreshing and really fun.

If you’re still wondering if this movie is what you need to get into the holiday spirit, fret no further for it is.

Side note:

1 Something tells me this movie will have a sequel. We weren’t shown Mama Claus just to end things like that forever. 😉

2 Santa jamming band music while in prison was totally unexpected, yet hilarious. I love this version of Santa 🎅.

Directed by: Clay Kaytis

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Halloween’ (2018)

Release Date: October 19

Budget/ Box-Office: $10M/ $253M

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Haluk Bilginer, et al.

***

Very few movie franchise have been around as long as the Halloween series. Currently at its eleventh entry with Halloween, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call it old. But does old automatically translate into beauty and quality in movies? The answer’s no. Halloween, like so many its age grade, would have to continue proving themselves until the day they decide to call it quits, if ever that day comes.

Halloween is a direct sequel to the first movie first released in 1978. In its own way it retcons all the other movies between them, which would be almost impossible to ignore since Jamie Lee Curtis has been in most of them.

In the world of today where the feminism topic is high on everyone’s lips, Halloween portrays itself as being extremely relevant to the topic being that not one, or two, but three female protagonists spread across three generations band together to defeat one male villain who just doesn’t seem to want to die… I still wonder what makes Myers so strong. 🤔

To me, Michael Myers’ iconic mask is the scariest thing about him. Without any serious motivation to his incessant acts of brutal violence, I found it very hard to connect to him even though I know slasher films and concrete plots don’t go hand-in-hand. Like his former doctor’s podcast rightly stated, and I paraphrase, “why keep such an evil alive in the first place?” Honestly, it makes no sense. I understand certain movie franchises need to survive, especially those whose mere mention of their names mint money, but I also believe slashers existence need to be justified with well-meaning, believable story. No one should tell me it’s fiction, please. ✋

Michael’s continued existence needs to be justified! Which brings me to what I disliked most about this movie – it’s ambiguous ending.

We’re not sure if Michael’s dead or alive, which I’m sure was on purpose to lessen the creative burden of explaining why Michael returns for a sequel should the movie excel at the box office. The movie’s done well for itself, news of a possible sequel’s already making the rounds, the producers got their wish. I think it’s all lazy writing, and I refuse to be continuously baited into returning to the same universe without justification.

Halloween is a slasher film; and successfully does what every movie in its genre is expected to do – thrill the mindless audience.

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘A Star Is Born’ (2018)

Release Date: October 5

Budget/ Box-Office: $40M/ $357.6M

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliot,

***

If you’re a fan of musicals, you’re sure to like ‘A Star is Born’ for its mostly tasteful country and pop music. If not, you’re likely enjoy it for it’s terrific direction, cinematography and near-perfect acting. Whichever it is, you’re most likely to end the movie feeling all mushy than when you first started watching.

Thanks to American Horror Story, I’ve known, for a while, that Lady Gaga_s a decent actress. But in ‘A Star Is Born’, she takes this mostly new career of hers and marries it with music -which got her famous in the first place- and births us Ally.

Ally is a waitress. Her life’s a simple one. Go to work and perform at a drag bar on weekends. Everything changes when Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) strolls in one evening and watches her sing. He’s the male lead and she’s the female lead, it’s only natural they form a romance. But its the life they lead after they fall in love that forms the bulk of the story and its many conflicts.

Jackson Maine is a famous rock music star battling an alcohol and drug addiction. This demon of his is visible from the first time we see him and threatens to destroy him and everything he’s worked hard for. It’s the real reason for his falling out with his older, half brother, Bobby (Sam Elliot), who used to be his manager. It’s a demon he’s used to battling but recently, more than ever, it’s been getting stronger. In some sense, the demon wins, and even though its ascribed to be for the greater good, it doesn’t make it any less sad.

From its title, ‘A Star Is Born’ clearly announces Ally’s discovery and rise to stardom. But if you watch closely, you’ll see that it also announces the kind of love she and Jack share, and how rare it is to find such today.

No one said a love story should have a happy ending; tragedy is a real part of life, and ‘A Star Is Born’ doesn’t shy from that fact.

Bradley Cooper does a terrific job before and behind the camera. For a movie on its fourth remake, he finds new ways to make it refreshing. I’m not a fan of musical dramas, but this one got me hooked from start finish.

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Jonathan’ (2018)

Release Date: Nov. 16, 2018

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, et al.

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Two brothers who couldn’t be any much different than they already are have just one thing in common – the body they inhabit. That’s the story of Jonathan and Jon.

When the trailer for this movie first broke out, the common reaction I got from a lot of my followers was that Jonathan’s a rip-off of the 2017 hit movie Split. I can’t disagree more.

Though there are two personalities in one body, it’s Jonathan who gets to really shine, as the story’s told mostly from his PoV. He’s the bossy one; the one most invested in seeing their lives move forward without unwarranted interruptions. For the better part of time, Jon’s cool with the arrangement. Everything changes when Jonathan finds out his brother has a girlfriend (Elena) behind his back. Anger, betrayal, sadness and ego takes center stage when the relationship has to come to an end because of their no girlfriend rule.

Jonathan’s a pretty cool standalone movie, which puts those comparing it to the more intense Split wrong on so many levels.

As always, there are lapses here and there which the story could’ve done better without, especially in the events that fastened Jonathan and Elena’s relationship. I saw no reason why Jonathan would choose to replace the vacuum his brother created with the very girl that caused them to stop talking. It didn’t make much sense to me. Elena, I could understand, even though a believer in their story, would want the spitting image of her boyfriend back in her life. So, all my cusses are being directed at Jonathan who should’ve known better.

The theme, music, cinematography, editing and other related stuffs were decent. The bulk of attention for entertainment in this movie can only be gotten through the story, which I reiterate was decent. Sorry if you were expecting more.

Side note:

1. I’m tired of movies using woman as a weapon to wedge war between men. Really tired. 🙄

Directed by: Bill Oliver

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

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