Rinzy Reviews ‘Happy Death Day 2 U’ (2019)

Release Date: February 13

Starring: Jessica Routhe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Phi Vu, et al.

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When the first Happy Deathday movie was released in 2017, I thought it a beautiful entry into the slasher movie genre. It was beautiful, and everything I needed at that time. This sequel, as all other movies bearing the tag, had the burden of surpassing the first in entertainment value, and I think that self-consciousness is where it went a tad wrong.

Whereas Happy Deathday was a slasher/comedy movie, Happy Deathday 2 U ventures into the realms of SciFi; using it to explain the reason why main character, Tree, is stuck in a ‘Groundhog Day’. Almost everything you know about this universe from the first movie, including who’s behind the mask, is useless in this one as the writers try to be creative in spinning the story around, a move I really applaud.

Happy Deathday 2 U wouldn’t be winning awards for 2019 Best Picture, buy it take risks in its sometimes bonker story that actually works; and for that I consider it a good sequel. It’s entertaining, albeit on a whole different level from the first one.

Directed By: Christopher Landon

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

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Rinzy Reviews ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (2018)

Release Date: December 25

Starring: Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King, et al.

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The first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk left me enthralled. How it raked in award-after-award even without hitting the cinemas stirred up a hunger in me, the kind I haven’t experienced for a movie in recent time.

Based on the hit novel of the same name, this movie, set in early ’70s Harlem, tells the story of daughter and wife-to-be Tish as she vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. With the help of her family, Tish seeks to clear Fonny’s name before the birth of their child.

The story is a love story between a guy and a lady, and also between parents and their children. It’s also about racism, corrupt police practises, and the importance of having unconditional love and devotion in times of trouble. All these themes are very relevant today.

The movie is beautiful written, and the direction’s even more awesome, Barry Jenkins continues to deliver one amazing work after another. My favorite scene is easily the first sex scene. It clearly depicts all the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with two people in love baring their body and soul to each other for the the first time. The scene is deliberately longer than what many have come to expect from sex in films, but that’s what makes it even more special.

The choreography and lightening is also good. And the acting is perfect… Regina Kings 😍!

One aspect I felt lacking was in the depiction of the glories of the ’70s. This movie didn’t win any award for set and props because it wasn’t part of the story set out to be told in the beginning, and that’s very okay. The set is believable but doesn’t go out of its way to impress.

The chemistry between leads Stephan and Kiki is superb. It’s evident from the very first time I laid my eyes on them. And that chemistry is what made their sex scenes (mentioned earlier) very believable.

Side notes

1 Stephan James looks so much like Russell Hornsby of ‘Grimm’ fame, and Kiki Layne like Rutina Wesley of ‘True Blood’ fame. If both are cast as younger versions of these actors, they’d fit so well.

2 The ending of the movie is sad. Why’d it have to end that way. 😥

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Season One (2019)

Release Date: January 18

Network: Netflix

Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Rita Moreno, Kimiko Glenn, et al.

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Carmen Sandiego is one property that’s been around for a long time now, but might not be as popular as some of its counterparts age-wise. Thanks to Netflix, this status is sure to change.

Who is Carmen Sandiego?

A mischievous orphan who enrolls into V.I.L.E. academy – a school for thieves. It doesn’t take her long to discover she doesn’t belong there. Subsequently, she leaves, and soon starts to mastermind ways to take stop the evil organization from causing more harm’s worldwide.

The nine thirty-minutes episodes of the season addresses this issue in a back-and-forth manner that mostly gives educative exposition to the nefarious activities of V.I.L.E.

The show doesn’t do much to keep you invested storywise; but what it fails in that angle it makes up for with good animation and idiosyncratic characters like Detective

It’s educative and witty: perfect combo for kids and adults.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Fiona Gallagher Is No Longer Shameless

The 9th season finale of Shameless aired last night, and we had to say goodbye to Fiona Gallagher.

😦😧😲😢😥

Fiona’s been one of the strongest character on the show. If you’ve been a fan f the show from the very beginning, you’d know there’s no shortage of ill-luck afflicting the Gallagher’s; Fiona’s had her fair share, even going as far as venturing into entrepreneurship only to lose everything.

I liked the way the Emmy Rossum played character was written off; a wonderful send off to arguably the most important character since the start of the show. Her scene with Frank is easily the most emotional of the entire episode.

Shameless has been renewed for a 10th season. It’s left to be seen just how gravely Fiona’s absence will affect the rest of the characters – her siblings, Vee, Kelvin.

I’m not even sure how I’ll feel watching the show next season knowing fully well there’ll be no Fiona. The writers and producers will have to come up with a really engaging story so that Fiona’s absence won’t become the bane of the show’s existence.

Bonus though: Ian’s returning. Lip’s girlfriend is still pregnant, Liam’s becoming more independent, and Carl’s being dragged back to school. There’s no shortage of drama in the life of the Gallaghers. And that’s a good thing. 😁

Rinzy Reviews ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse’ (2018)

Release Date: December 1

Starring: Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber, et al.

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Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from another dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse started showing at cinemas, many referred to it as not just the best superhero movie of 2018, but the best movie of the entire year. That’s saying a lot judging from the fact that not only is it the seventh cinematic Spider-Man adaptation and that it was up against the likes of Marvel’s 10th year cinematic event – Avengers: Infinity War – but it’s also an animated movie.

2018 saw the likes of Avengers: Infinity War and Aquaman, both which raked in $2B and $1B respectively, but they both got nothing on the critical reviews Into the Spider-verse raked in.

To many fans, the idea of having more than one Spider-Man swinging about walls in a movie sounds weird; but this movie made it appealing. It took an unusual material and made something glorious, yet very relatable, out of it.

I dare say it’s the best Spider-Man movie yet.

All the characters were well fleshed, but my favorite’s easily ALL OF THEM 😁. I loved them all, couldn’t choose a favorite. That’s to give more credence to the wonderful job from everyone involved in production.

A sequel and a spin-off have been commissioned. So, if you really enjoyed this movie, fret not, we aren’t saying goodbye to this universe just yet.

Side note: I really loved the Doc-Oc reveal.