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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Rinzy Reviews ‘The First Purge’ (2018)

Release Date: July 4, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $13M/ $135.6M

Starring: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, 

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

***

Some movies, by virtue of reading the plot, stirs emotions you never knew you had. Gets you excited because your mind’s already gone ahead to tell you all the possible ways said movie would be good.

Well, that’s what The First Purge did to me when I first heard it was coming. 

 Unfortunately, the movie didn’t turn out to be what it poised itself as. Worse, it isn’t even like the three Purge movies before it. It’s boring, annoying and has extremely boring, annoying characters. Goddamit!

Movies in the The Purge franchise have always been about what America might look like in future if the world continues to head towards population explosion and the need to give her citizens a night off to let out their anger and act without fear of consequences from a government peddling its own agenda.

At its core, they’ve really been about human nature and what we’re capable of doing if we didn’t have to worry about the consequences. 

The First Purge tells the story of how the whole Purge thing started; how the government tricked its own people into becoming serial killers for one night to purge themselves of hate, anger and other common bottled up vices. It’s interesting to see the government portrayed as the real villains here as can be seen in their efforts to make the Purge work no matter the what.

America has become a failed state and must do anything to work again… Who wouldn’t like to see that happen in real life?

The Purge movies have always got me thinking more about the concepts of morality and legality. That something is legal doesn’t make it right. I want to believe murder for any reason isn’t right, and this is something the scientist working with the government discovers, too, late when she asks herself “What have I done?”

The First Purge is very predictable, and don’t get me started on the reason being that it’s a prequel, there are better ways to do a such without making the viewers feel unintelligent. In this movie you see characters making questionable decisions, taking actions without any tangible motivation. Not to even get started about the horrible acting; nobody gets to shine better than the others, not even Insecure’s Y’lan Noel could save this movie from being what it is – a big mess.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Meg’ (2018)

Release Date: August 10, 2018.

Budget/ Box-Office: $178M/ $506.9M

Starring: Jason Statham, Like Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

***

There are few action stars currently in the world – Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel a few others, and there’s Jason Statham. Remember the days of Transporter and how we couldn’t get enough of him in that role? Statham returns in this killer shark blockbuster -The Meg- which, promised to thrill viewers Jaw-style. With Statham at the center of this action flick you may ask, what could go possibly go wrong? 

Let me tell you…

The Meg  follows a group of scientist who believe there’s another layer after what is widely believed to be the ocean floor at the deepest site in the world. They get to test their theory, which is proved right, and there encounter a giant shark once thought extinct, The Megalodon, better known as The Meg. A rescue mission spareheaded by Jonas Taylor (Statham), a former naval-officer and world’s best sea-diver, who’d encountered The Meg once before to unanimous disbelieve, gives most of them the chance to live and fight another day. But in so doing they let the monster up into their surface water world.

There’s nothing particularly special about The Meg, unlike what could be said about other similar monster flicks before it like Jurassic Park and classic predecessor, Jaws. The beauty of this movie is the improved CGI, which translates to larger and better-looking sharks, which in turn translates to cool scare chlills the Meg invokes by her mere presence; the many near and actual death scenes where she’s trying to chew her way into her next meal… these were high moments for me. But the truth is, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Juxtaposing The Meg with Jaws can best be translated into an insult for the monster classic. 

The acting talents were decent, which isn’t really the fault of the actors, but the script which penned down boring characters trying to tell a cliche story. And we spent so much time with them instead of with the eponymous star. 😁

Same thing can be said of the production quality.

If you’re a fan of shark tales, The Meg is sure to do it for you, otherwise just move on to the next movie of your choice.

Rinzy Reviews ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved’ (2018)

Release Date: August 17, 2018.

Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

***

To All The Boys I’ve Loved is a a very beautiful romantic drama adapted from a novel of the same name by Jenny Han.

Lara Jean is a 16-year-old girl who loves to fantasize about romance without wanting to have one. Years prior, she’s written five letters for all five boys she’s ever had a crush on without ever sending them. It’s her younger sister, Kitty, who feels she’s letting life pass her by, that sends these letters at once. And all that follows thereafter is drama. Romantic drama. 


Among the boys Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) loved is Josh, who, coincidentally, is also her older sister Margot’s. (Janel Parrish) boyfriend. 

In Lara’s words, “I write a letter whenever I have a crush so intense I don’t know what else to do. Rereading my letters reminds me of how powerful my emotions can be, how all-consuming. And Margot would say in being dramatic, but I think drama can be fun…”

The words of this letter come into play when Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), the boy from seventth grade Lara loved receives his own. Lara ceases the opportunity to enter into a fun contract with Peter, with the latter believing he could make his ex-girlfriend jealous enough to want him back. 


The inevitable thing that follows is both of them catching feelings. Yeah, I know, it’s cliche.

Personally, I’m not a sucker for romantic films, but any time, any where, any genre I’ll always appreciate a good movie and a movie that made me feel good (note the difference 😉). And, boy, did this movie make me feel good!

Peter Kavinsky: Fine, tall, handsome, athletic and all; Peter has all the right ingredients to be every girl’s dream and in turn a jerk, but I liked that the movie didn’t toe that line. A reminder that a guy can be fine and still sensible. Towards the end of the movie, I feared some kind of heartbreaking plot twist, but SPOILER… nothing of such happened. 😇 

I haven’t read the novel, so I can’t say for sure what’s in it, even though the novel is almost always better than the live-action adaptation, but I think director Susan Johnson did a great job with the source material.

The music, atmosphere, pacing and lighting are some of the things I liked about this movie. And the cast’s perfect, too.

There are two more books after this one, I really do hope Netflix finances their adaptations, and fast, too.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a feel good movie

Bonus: My favorite scene’s where Lara Jean say Josh coming with the letter in hand and freaked out, leading to her invading Peter’s mouth with hers. 😂

Emmys 2018 Winners

The 70th annual Emmy awards concluded hours ago and, as expected, was full of glam and surprise wins. Below is a list of the nominees and winners for this year’s Emmys.

1. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)

Henry Winkler (Barry) – Winner

Louie Anderson (Baskets)

Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)

Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
2. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) – Winner

Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)

Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)

Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)


3. Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Atlanta “Alligator Man”

Atlanta “Barbershop”

Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”

Barry “Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast And Keep Going”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot” – Winner

Silicon Valley “Fifty-One Percent”
4. Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Atlanta  “FUBU” Teddy Perkins

Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”

The Big Bang Theory “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”

GLOW “Pilot”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot” – Winner

Silicon Valley “Initial Coin Offering”
5. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)

Rachel Brosnahan  (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) – Winner

Allison Janney (Mom)

Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Pamela Adlon (Better Things)

Issa Rae (Insecure)


6. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Bill Hader (Barry) – Winner

Anthony Anderson (black-ish)

Ted Danson (The Good Place)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
7. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult )

Penélope Cruz (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Judith Light (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Letitia Wright (Black Mirror)

Merritt Wever (Godless) – Godless

Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert)

8. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Ricky Martin (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Edgar Ramírez (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Finn Wittrock (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Jeff Daniels (Godless) – Winner

Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert)

Michael Stuhlbarg (Waco)
9. Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

American Vandal “Clean Up”

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story “House By The Lake”

Godless

Patrick Melrose

Twin Peaks

Black Mirror “USS Callister” – Winner


10. Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” – Winner

Godless

Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert

The Looming Tower “9/11”

Paterno

Patrick Melrose

Twin Peaks
11. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel (The Sinner)

Laura Dern (The Tale)

Michelle Dockery (Godless)

Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)

Regina King (Seven Seconds) – Winner

Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
12. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)

Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace) – Winner

Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)

Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)

John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)

Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)
14. Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated) 

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City – Winner

Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady

Patton Oswalt: Annihilation 

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life  
15. Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

Jerry Before Seinfeld

The Oscars – Winner

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life

Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake • NBC • NFL Network
16. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) – Winner

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)

David Harbour (Stranger Things)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Matt Smith (The Crown)


17. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)

Thandie Newton (Westworld) – Winner

Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
18. Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

The Americans “Start” – Winner

The Crown “Mystery Man”

Game Of Thrones “The Dragon And The Wolf”

The Handmaid’s Tale “June”

Killing Eve “Nice Face”

Stranger Things “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
19. Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

The Crown “Paterfamilias” – Winner

Game Of Thrones “Beyond The Wall”

Game Of Thrones “The Dragon And The Wolf”

The Handmaid’s Tale “After”

Ozark “The Toll”

Stranger Things “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
20. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Ed Harris (Westworld)

Matthew Rhys (The Americans) – Winner

Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)
21. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Keri Russell (The Americans)

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

Claire Foy (The Crown) – Winner

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
22. Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Winner

The Amazing Race

Top Chef

The Voice

American Ninja Warrior
23. Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris

Drunk History

I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live – Winner

Tracey Ullman’s Show
23. Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – Winner

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

The Late Late Show With James Corden

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
24. Outstanding Limited Series

Genius: Picasso

Godless

Patrick Melrose

The Alienist

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Winner


25. Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Winner

black-ish

Silicon Valley

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Glow

Barry

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
26. Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones – Winner

The Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us

Westworld

The Americans

The Crown

Stranger Things

Rinzy Reviews ‘Tag’ (2018)

Release Date: June 15, 2018

Budget/ Box-office: $28M/ $77.7M

Starring: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

***

Based on a true-life story, Tag is tagged a comedy and that’s like the only thing right with about the movie.

It did get a few high moments, but the lows were so much it’s easier to forget it ever made you chuckle in the first place.

The plot follows a group of friends playing the same game -Tag- throughout the month of May for more than 30 years. Now adults, and still into each other as much as they were as kids, they have a slogan that drives them on, which I thought was pretty cool… 

We don’t stop playing because you get old, we get old because we stop playing’.

One of these man-babies named Jerry (Renner) has managed to keep a clean sheet throughout the more than 30 years they’ve played the game, simply by being the best at it. 

Based on a true life story, Tag tries to tell the story of family and friendship; what nonsexual true love really is, and how most of our childhood friends eventually remain our only true friends until the day we die. It got me thinking about my time as a child and how little of my friends from way back I still keep in touch with. But it fails to deliver on the things it promised.

Instead, Tag boasts of a poorly written script. It’s just one arc about Tagging Jerry we hear repeated throughout its almost 2 hours run-time. We’re being forced to excruciatingly sit through the many tactics the gang comes up with to catch Jerry, only to watch him slip through them again and again.

Not one of the many characters come across as remotely interesting, talk more of supporting characters, especially the journalist from The Wall Street journal – I thought she was totally unnecessary.

In what posed itself to look like a gleam of hope, towards the ending, the story appears to take itself a bit serious, providing semblance of a high stake by revealing one of the main characters of being inflicted with cancer. Because of how many times lies and deceit has been used in the plot to further the wiles of the game, at this point, one isn’t sure if it’s just another of them or if someone’s going to die.

It doesn’t matter though, as it’s reconned almost immediately for another jolt of tag-induced fun. See? 

Fair enough, this isn’t to say Tag is a horrible movie; believe me, if it was I would’ve taken longer than three pauses-and-plays to finally finish it or mightn’t have finished it at all.

Feel free to see the movie and make up your own opinion about it.

PS: I felt Jeremy Renner was having the time of his life playing Jerry, whose skills had a tidbit of Hawkeye’s. 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ (2018)

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Budget/Box-Office: $178M/ #736.1M

Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

***

Anyone who accuses the Mission: Impossible movies of being cliche wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But it’s the amount of effort inputed to make the final product look exquisite that makes them get all the praises, raves and attention. 

Fallout is no exception to what fans have come to expect from an MI movie: a fast-paced, action-packed entry that gets you scared again and again for Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) safety only for him to come out successful, and the mission, possible.

The plot for Fallout is a tad silly, if you really think about it. It takes the spill off from the previous movie (Rogue Nation) and tries to weave something beautiful off it. But does it really succeed at that? 

In the absence of their leader, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), remnants of the The syndicate, the terrorist group from Rogue Nation, get revamped and present themselves as The Apostles; their mission is to let anarchy rain on the world by blowing one-third of its population and foster please through the great sufferings that’ll follows. The bulk of the action that follows is the good and bad side fighting for what they believe in.

Talking about good and bad side, Henry Cavill’s Agent Walker is a welcome addition to the franchise. His Superman-like physique makes him an easy scene stealer. Though not the best actor in the world, Cavill will easily make a terrific action star. It took me a while to figure out which side he was really playing for and, although his arc was resolved satisfactorily, I’d have loved if his story played out less predictably. After seeing his performance in this movie, I want to see him in more non-Supes role. 

And… Remember all the fuss with Justice League and Cavill’s moustache? Said moustache looked alluuring as f*ck. 😌

What then makes this movie interesting? Some might ask.

The answer is simple… Tom Cruise. His realistic, full-frame, single-shot, death-defying stunts are what gets us hooked and keep returning movie-after-movie. No one currently does it like him in Hollywood and the day he decides to step down from the role might just be the end of the IMF as we know it. 😶 

The stunt choreography and action scenes are easily Fallout’s strongest links. The bathroom scene and the action scenes that follow from when SPOILER was ousted as a double agent are easily my best. I’m sure some might wonder why I didn’t include the helicopter scene? The answer’s simple: It was nice, but lengthy, so I didn’t really fancy it. 😌

Many of the supporting casts/character were awesome. Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa, Luther and Benji are all delights uto watch as always. The latter’s still bearing the burden of being the franchise’s comic relief, his jokes are mostly unintentional, yet funny, which makes him perfect. 

Angela Bassett gets to shine as Erica Sloane, CIA boss and the one who narratively brings in Agent Walker into the motion picture. I don’t need to tell you how much of a star Bassett is; I, for one, am grateful she agreed to grace us with her fierce presence in this movie. 

Like all things, there’s bad as much as there’s good…

If there’s one thing I’ve come to dislike about the Mission: Impossible movies it’s the stakes, or lack of thereof. There’s no real consequence to threats and actions dished of in the course of its narratives. It’s as though the producers are afraid of killing off important characters or actually blowing up places of real consequences… My jaw dropped when the Vatican was said to have been blown, only to find out it was a ruse.

The plots of the MI movies mostly come across as an excuse for having orgasmic action scenes, which I believe would be made better when there are equal reactions to all these threats.

But not to worry; the famous soundtrack, which infamously ushers in heart-stopping thrill scenes and death-defying stunts will surely get you excited and properly immersed in the movie as you watch it. 

Honestly, though predictable, I don’t want the franchise to end, not now, not ever. Yeah, I’m guilty. I love it, too.

Bonus: My favorite scene is the one where the French policewoman, who luckily sees Hunt and his crew with Lane gets shot. I felt an aura of strong emotions there especially when Hunt apologized to her.