Rinzy Reviews ‘Ocean’s Eight’ (2018)

Release Date: June 8, 2018.

Budget/ Box-Office: $70M/ $288M

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

***

The Ocean’s franchise soft reboots into one spear headed by an impressive female cast, but does it deliver? Not entirely.

The prospect of seeing a heist movie where the main action is pulled off by an all-female crew is exciting, and I believe created natural buzz for this movie; supported by equally impressive trailers (manipulative piece of arts πŸ˜‚), one would be made to believe Ocean’s Eight’s a masterpiece.

It isn’t a bad movie, but it’s definitely far from being classified a masterpiece. 

The plot revolves around Debby Ocean (Sandra Bullock), fresh out of jail for a crime she committed with a vendetta against her partner and ex-lover, who threw her under the bus. She wastes no time getting to work to pull off the biggest stunt of her career, and her brother’s (remember George Clooney’s Danny Ocean?) by putting together a crew of like minded woman to steal a $150M necklace at the MET gala.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? But I did think the movie took too long to really get the ball rolling. Anyone familiar with the Ocean franchise knows the story isn’t usually about the characters or their development, but the heist. In this vain, the main cast is gathered without much trouble (or any trouble at all). The real action starts way pass the midpoint of the movie, when the MET gala event began.

I liked the surprise appearance by Yen and Reuben from the original trilogy, and the plot twist that the former used his unique set of skills to help steal more jewels for our new crew. It was a nice call back to familiar characters. I also liked that Anne Hathaway’s character, Daphne Kluger, didn’t turn out to entirely be a dumb blonde.

It’s important to note that at the heart of it all, Ocean’s Eight really is a revenge movie; Debby’s revenge against the man who sent her to jail all those years ago. I found it silly that the police office will be complicit in his dealings with Debby… He knew she stole the diamonds and was content with having her ex as long as he closed his case. Too bad.

At the end of the movie we’re left with eight very rich criminals flaunting their sudden, inexplicable wealth without any visible consequence, which if you ask me is poor writing. I think it steams from the fact that the powers-that-be were too excited about taking the franchise in an all-female direction they forgot about making the script a tight one. 

If you liked the last two Ocean movies, you’ll like this one, too. And as an added bonus, Rihanna’s acting has improved tremendously. πŸ€—

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Rinzy Reviews ‘Upgrade’ (2018)

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $5M/ $12.5M

Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Melanie Vallejo, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

***

I need to say this before I begin:

Upgrade remind me why Upgrade is one of my favourite Ben-10 aliens. Remember Ben Ben Tennyson? 

The movie has a lot of humans having awesome machine features… We see some people shooting guns through their hands, someone launching nanobots through a sneeze, amongst others.

Logan Marshall-Green plays Grey Trace, a stay-at-home mechanic in a futuristic world who has an accident with his wife, which leaves her dead and he quadriplegic. He gets an upgrade that leaves his body better than before courtesy of a chip rightly named Stem, implanted in his stem-cell. Fortified with the means and a mind laced with getting revenge against his wife’s killers, what could go wrong?

Marshall-Green gives a pretty solid performance in this movie. I was impressed with the way he effortlessly portrayed the man burdened with the loss of his wife, his new body upgrade and new sense of purpose – getting revenge. The movie basically revolves around the two characters he portrays and it wasn’t a chore watching him do his thing on screen. The supporting casts are good, too, save for Melanie Vallejo, who portrays Grey’s wife. I thought they lacked enough chemistry to make them appear believable as a couple. Luckily, she isn’t in much of the movie, as her character is quickly killed off, and can easily forgotten as soon as the real action starts. 

 One problem I did have with the story was Stem’s motivation, or lack of. Yeah, the twist revealing him (or it, as the case may be) to be the killer was was executed, but it had no depth; it felt as though it was written simply for cheap thrills. Having greater motives for his agenda would have made the character, even though non-human, better relatable.

Blumhouse Productions continues to churn out awesome low budget movies, all hit-after-hit. What made Upgrade special to me was how fast it switched from a SciFi movie to a horror one; one much deserving of a sequel.
Upgrade raises the old question of what the future could look like with human’s continued dependence on machines for most day-to-day activities? If our reality becomes something like is seen in ‘Upgrade’ then there’s cause to be alarmed. This toic can be further explored if ever there’s a sequel.
Upgrade is a beautiful movie, you should check it out.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation’ (2018)

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $80M/ $380.4M

Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

***

Though somewhat predictable, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A monster Vacation’ is a very fun movie, one that’ll leave you happier than you were before watching. 

Most probably the last entry in the franchise, this movie doesn’t shy away from what a cartoon should be – silly, but educative, as can be deduced from its main and subplots; like when Abraham Van Helsing finally learns to let go of his ancestors’ vendetta against Dracula and the other monsters, it preaches the lesson of tolerance, a sermon the world needs to hear more often.

 My favourite catchphrase from the first two movies ‘zing’ got used so much in this sequel it became an integral part of the larger plot, once more teaching the lesson one can fall in love more than once in a lifetime.

The voice talents were great, you don’t get distracted watching them speak while their characters move about. 

The movie’s totally enjoyable, if you haven’t seen it you should check it out now.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Skyscraper’ (2018)

Release date: July 13, 2018

Budget/ Box Office: $129M/ $281.4M

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller, Pablo Schreiber, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

***

‘Skyscrapper’ is another entry into a long line of action movies led by current number-one Hollywood action star, Dwayne Johnson.

The movie plot revolved around Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), a war veteran setup by his former colleague to take the fall for setting the world’s tallest building, where he just got employed, on fire. Will must save his family and try to clear his name before the escalating fire and its true masterminds get to them. 

The Pearl: World’s tallest building, as seen in ‘Skyscraper’
 
The action scenes didn’t take long to start and, even though they were many, didn’t change the fact that this wasn’t an awesome movie. Like its unrealistic plot, the movie is filled with cheap thrills that’ll easily appeal to fans of mindless action flicks. Not to say the movie is terrible; no, it isn’t; it’s totally watchable, just that it’s another entry in a long list of movies that asks the question can Dwayne Johnson really act? That’s if he ever could . πŸ˜‚

Dwayne Johnson in ‘Skyscraper’

Not to suck all the joy from this movie, I did enjoy one particular sequence in the final act… The one in the room filled with mirrors. I thought it was beautiful, but then I also thought the way Sawyer defeated the villain was silly, so… 😌.

The truth is, you’ll find more regular movie goers appreciating ‘Skyscraper’, so I guess it really is another win for Dwayne Johnson. I wonder how long his luck will continue to shine this way?

If you’ve seen the movie, kindly share your thoughts on it.

Teen Choice Award 2018

The 2018 Teen choice award happened yesterday, Aug. 12, and below are the winners.

1. Choice Action Movie 

*WINNER: Avengers: Infinity War
Justice League
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Tomb Raider


2. Choice Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans – Avengers: Infinity War
Dylan O’Brien – Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Henry Cavill – Justice League
John Boyega – Pacific Rim: Uprising
*WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland – Avengers: Infinity War


3. Choice Action Movie Actress 
Alicia Vikander – Tomb Raider
Amy Adams – Justice League
Elizabeth Olsen – Avengers: Infinity War
Gal Gadot – Justice League
*WINNER: Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Infinity War
Zoe Saldana – Avengers: Infinity War


4. Choice Sci-Fi Movie 
*WINNER: Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
Rampage
Ready Player One
Thor: Ragnarok


5. Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor 
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
*WINNER: Chris Hemsworth – Thor: Ragnarok
Dwayne Johnson – Rampage
Mark Ruffalo – Thor: Ragnarok
Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049
Tye Sheridan – Ready Player One


6. Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress 
Danai Gurira – Black Panther
*WINNER: Letitia Wright – Black Panther
Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther
Naomie Harris – Rampage
Olivia Cooke – Ready Player One
Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok


7. Choice Fantasy Movie 
A Wrinkle in Time
*WINNER: Coco
Peter Rabbit
Star Wars: The Last Jedi


8. Choice Fantasy Movie Actor 
*WINNER: Anthony Gonzalez – Coco
Gael GarcΓ­a Bernal – Coco
James Corden – Peter Rabbit
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Oscar Isaac – Star Wars: The Last Jedi


9. Choice Fantasy Movie Actress 
*WINNER: Carrie Fisher β€” Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mindy Kaling – A Wrinkle in Time
Oprah Winfrey – A Wrinkle in Time
Reese Witherspoon – A Wrinkle in Time
Storm Reid – A Wrinkle in Time


10. Choice Drama Movie 
A Quiet Place
Midnight Sun
Murder on the Orient Express
*WINNER: The Greatest Showman
Truth or Dare
Wonder


11. Choice Drama Movie Actor 
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder
Leslie Odom Jr. – Murder on the Orient Express
Patrick Schwarzenegger – Midnight Sun
TimothΓ©e Chalamet – Lady Bird
*WINNER: Zac Efron – The Greatest Showman


12. Choice Drama Movie Actress 
Bella Thorne – Midnight Sun
Daisy Ridley – Murder on the Orient Express
Julia Roberts – Wonder
Lucy Hale – Truth or Dare
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
*WINNER: Zendaya – The Greatest Showman


13. Choice Comedy Movie 
Daddy’s Home 2
I Feel Pretty
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
*WINNER: Love, Simon
Overboard
Pitch Perfect 3


14. Choice Comedy Movie Actor
*WINNER: Dwayne Johnson β€” Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Eugenio Derbez – Overboard
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kevin Hart – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Mark Wahlberg – Daddy’s Home 2
Will Ferrell – Daddy’s Home 2


15. Choice Comedy Movie Actress 
Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty
Anna Faris – Overboard
*WINNER: Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect 3
Hailee Steinfeld – Pitch Perfect 3
Karen Gillan – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 3


16. Choice Summer Movie
Adrift
*WINNER: Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Life of the Party
Ocean’s 8
Solo: A Star Wars Story


17. Choice Summer Movie Actor
Alden Ehrenreich β€” Solo: A Star Wars Story
*WINNER: Chris Pratt β€” Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Donald Glover β€” Solo: A Star Wars Story
Julian Dennison β€” Deadpool 2
Ryan Reynolds β€” Deadpool 2
Sam Claflin β€” Adrift


18. Choice Summer Movie Actress
*WINNER: Bryce Dallas Howard β€” Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Emilia Clarke β€” Solo: A Star Wars Story
Melissa McCarthy β€” Life of the Party
Sandra Bullock β€” Ocean’s 8
Shailene Woodley β€” Adrift
Zazie Beetz β€” Deadpool 2


19. Choice Movie Villain
Adam Driver β€” Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Aiden Gillen β€” Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Bill SkarsgΓ₯rd β€” It
Cate Blanchett β€” Thor: Ragnarok
Josh Brolin β€” Avengers: Infinity War
*WINNER: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther


20. Choice Breakout Movie Star
Keala Settle β€” The Greatest Showman
Kelly Marie Tran β€” Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Letitia Wright β€” Black Panther
*WINNER: Nick Robinson β€” Love, Simon
Olivia Cooke β€” Ready Player One
Sophia Lillis β€” It


21. Choice MovieShip
Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger β€” Midnight Sun
Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o β€” Black Panther
Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario β€” Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale β€” Love, Simon
Sophia Lillis and Jeremy Ray Taylor β€” It
*WINNER: Zac Efron and Zendaya β€” The Greatest Showman


TV

22. Choice Drama TV Show 
Empire
Famous in Love

*WINNER: Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us


23. Choice Drama TV Actor
*WINNER: Cole Sprouse β€” Riverdale
Freddie Highmore β€” The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams β€” Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett β€” Empire
K.J. Apa β€” Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown β€” This Is Us


24. Choice Drama TV Actress 
Bella Thorne β€” Famous in Love
Camila Mendes β€” Riverdale
Chrissy Metz β€” This Is Us
*WINNER: Lili Reinhart β€” Riverdale
Maia Mitchell β€” The Fosters
Ryan Destiny β€” Star


25. Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
iZombie
*WINNER: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Stranger Things
Supernatural
The 100
The Originals


26. Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Bob Morley β€” The 100
Dominic Sherwood β€” Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Finn Wolfhard β€” Stranger Things
Gaten Matarazzo β€” Stranger Things
Joseph Morgan β€” The Originals
*WINNER: Matthew Daddario β€” Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments


27. Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Eliza Taylor β€” The 100
Emeraude Toubia β€” Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Katherine McNamara β€” Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Lana Parrilla β€” Once Upon a Time
*WINNER: Millie Bobby Brown β€” Stranger Things
Rose McIver β€” iZombie


28. Choice Action TV Show 
Arrow
Gotham
Lethal Weapon
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Supergirl
*WINNER: The Flash


29. Choice Action TV Actor (#ChoiceActionTVActor)
Chris Wood β€” Supergirl
Damon Wayans β€” Lethal Weapon
David Mazouz β€” Gotham
*WINNER: Grant Gustin β€” The Flash
Lucas Till β€” MacGyver
Stephen Amell β€” Arrow


30. Choice Action TV Actress (#ChoiceActionTVActress)
Caity Lotz β€” DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Candice Patton β€” The Flash
Chloe Bennet β€” Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Danielle Panabaker β€” The Flash
Emily Bett Rickards β€” Arrow
*WINNER: Melissa Benoist β€” Supergirl


31. Choice Comedy TV Show 
black-ish
Fuller House
Jane the Virgin
Modern Family
*WINNER: The Big Bang Theory
The Good Place


32. Choice Comedy TV Actor 
Andy Samberg β€” Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Anderson β€” black-ish
Elias Harger β€” Fuller House
Hudson Yang β€” Fresh Off the Boat
*WINNER: Jaime Camil β€” Jane the Virgin
Rico Rodriguez β€” Modern Family


33. Choice Comedy TV Actress 
America Ferrera β€” Superstore
Candace Cameron Bure β€” Fuller House
*WINNER: Gina Rodriguez β€” Jane the Virgin
Kristen Bell β€” The Good Place
Sarah Hyland β€” Modern Family
Yara Shahidi β€” blackish, grown-ish


34. Choice Animated TV Show 
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
*WINNER: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Rick and Morty
Steven Universe
The Simpsons


35. Choice Reality TV Show 
*WINNER: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Lip Sync Battle
MasterChef Junior
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Voice
Total Divas


36. Choice Throwback TV Show
Dawson’s Creek
*WINNER: Friends
Gossip Girl
One Tree Hill
That ’70s Show
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


37. Choice TV Personality
*WINNER: Chrissy Teigen β€” Lip Sync Battle
Derek Hough β€” World of Dance
DJ Khaled β€” The Four: Battle for Stardom
Hailey Baldwin β€” Drop the Mic
Kelly Clarkson β€” The Voice
Meghan Trainor β€” The Four: Battle for Stardom


38. Choice Summer TV Show
Beat Shazam
Cobra Kai
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
*WINNER: So You Think You Can Dance
The Bold Type
Total Bellas


39. Choice Summer TV Star
Aisha Dee β€” The Bold Type
Aubrey Joseph β€” Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Katie Stevens β€” The Bold Type
Meghann Fahy β€” The Bold Type
*WINNER: Olivia Holt β€” Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Xolo MaridueΓ±a β€” Cobra Kai


40. Choice TV Villain
Anna Hopkins, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Cameron Monaghan, Gotham
Gabrielle Anwar, Once Upon a Time
*WINNER: Mark Consuelos, Riverdale
Mind Flayer, Stranger Things
Odette Annable, Supergirl


41. Choice Breakout TV Show
9-1-1
Anne With an E
Black Lightning
*WINNER: On My Block
Siren
The Resident


42. Choice Breakout TV Star
Iain Armitage, Young Sheldon
Luka Sabbat, Grown–ish
Lyric Ross, This Is Us
Nafessa Williams, Black Lightning
Oliver Stark, 9-1-1
*WINNER: Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale 


43. Choice TVShip
WINNER: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart β€” Riverdale
Grant Gustin and Candice Patton β€” The Flash
K.J. Apa and Camila Mendes β€” Riverdale
Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. β€” Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard β€” Stranger Things
Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards β€” Arrow

‘King Of Boys’ Trailer Is Out

The trailer for Kemi Adetiba’s latest movie, King of Boys, is finally out.

This trailer is everything I want from a movie. Stir up enough excitement in me I start asking the unintelligent question “Is it out yet?” daily. 

Tap this to watch the trailer.

Kemi Adetiba (@kemiadetiba) is everything the Nigerian movie industry needs now. She’s a rare gem, one in million, and I love her for giving the industry the uplift it’s in dire need of. I have no doubt this movie will be a hit.

Big mummy Sola Sobowale (@solasobowale) πŸ™Œ, I see your good works. I’m sure I’ll like this character, too, just as I did Tinu. God bless you plenty plenty.

Susu (@adesuaetomi), another hit is loading and I’m ready for it.

Reminisce alaga (@iamreminisce), something tells me you’ll nail this role, maybe because you’re in Kemi’s (@kemiadetiba) safe hands.

Mark your calendars for October is the month to rejoice with ‘King of Boys’. 

#RinzyReviews #KingofBoys #NigerianMovies #Nollywood #Nigeria 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Deadpool 2’ (2018)

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $100M/ $733.1M

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

***

Breaking the fourth wall and an R-rating, which allowed the use of strong languages, endeared the first Deadpool movie to the hearts of fans around the world. Expectations were high for this sequel, and boy did it deliver! 

Shocker alert! Vanessa (Baccarin) dies early into the movie. At first, I thought it was a joke of some sort, an elaborate prank on viewers. I mean, how does Vanessa die almost as soon as the movie starts, especially after being an integral part of the first movie? Well, that’s what we get… A dead Vanessa. But that doesn’t mean talented actress Morena Baccarin sits out the entire movie, she’s just not as important as would’ve been expected. I’d have loved to see more of her pretty face and a possible repeat of the marathon sex scenes with Wade; good thing she was saved at the end of the movie with Cable’s time-travelling device. 

Morena Baccarin as Vanessa

A dead Vanessa translates to an angry Deadpool a.k.a. Wade Wilson (see what I did there? πŸ˜‚). He tries everything from revenge murder spree to revenge suicide to cope with his loss, but nothing worked. The perks of being an immortal. He finds new purpose joining the X-Men, but it’s short-lived and he ends up in prison, where all the real fun begins.

I liked the fact that we were introduced to a new side of Deadpool (Reynolds), one that manages to humanize a character that’s easily seen as a caricature, and still maintain all the silliness that made the first movie beautiful. 

Josh Brolin as Cable

At best, I could describe the character Cable (Brolin) as decent. Don’t get me wrong, he had a great backstory… Wife and child died at the hands of a mutant madman. So, he goes back in time to enact revenge before the madman is truly formed. Works well on paper, but wasn’t convincingly executed, if you ask me. The way his scenes were layered to add suspense just didn’t work for me… It got me a bit confused in places I shouldn’t have been. I did like every action scene he appeared in though, especially that one on the highway where Juggernaut (Reynolds) was released. 

Juggernaut vs. Deadpool

Talking about Juggernaut. This is obviously the better of his two live-action appearances (remember X-Men: Last Stand). Even though the character is portrayed as a mindlessly loyal mutant in this movie, his lines are less cheesy and he makes up for his lapses by smashing things way better than his predecessor ever could. His BIG CGI fight with Colossus is one to be remembered for a while.

A movie’s only as good as the villain he/she has to face, but does ‘Deadpool 2’ pass on this department? There isn’t a straight answer to this question as there isn’t an actual big bad for Deadpool to battle and surmount, like in the first movie. Instead, he’s faced with the opportunity to rewrite destiny, convince a possible-villain to do good, and in so doing shows we (humans) are products of our choices… The future isn’t set in stone, as most say. Does this move work? Yes, it does.

I loved Domino (Beetz)!!! Who would’ve thought a character with luck as a superpower could be so cool? We’ve got Zazie Beetz to thank for this gift we hope will continue giving in this universe.

I enjoyed all the DC and Marvel references, and those fourth wall breaking scenes, especially those in the post credit scenes… Deadpool’s really silly, I can’t seem to get enough. πŸ˜‚.

Have you seen ‘Deadpool 2’ yet? Did you like it? What’s your best moment in the film?

PS: To whom it may concern, a third Deadpool movie is in the works and might just be produced by Disney this time.