Rinzy Reviews ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 (2019)

Network: HBO

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie William, et al.

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Game of Thrones is arguably the best TV show to ever air on this earth; and also one of the most expensive ever. Its fans are people from all walks of life, and cut across any barrier one can think of – geography, race, age, name it. And after a very long wait since the last episode of the penultimate season, expectations were very high going into the eighth and final season of the show. And, while the season premiere wetted appetites and gave viewers something to talk about after it’d aired, the enthusiasm with which most entered the season only continued to dwindle with each passing episode, starting from episode 3.

Enter: The Long Night aka The Battle of Winterfell

The third episode of the season, The Long Night, was heavy teased and marketed as one featuring the longest battle scene in TV/movie history; it was even said to be longer than that in The Lord of the Rings. Appetites were drawn, and the wait continued for months, but by the time the closing credits aired viewers all over the world found themselves polarized, and the emergence of various factions. To name but a few, were those who believed The Night King got a fitting end to his series long arc, and that it didn’t matter he never got to say a word. Also, were those not to impressed at all, especially with the fact that it was Arya who got to strike the kill blow and not Daenerys or Jon. Whatever the bone of contention was, there was one popular, loud consensus at that point – that the show had sacrificed logic and pacing for the Wow! factor; a trap it’d successfully avoided all these years, which arguably made it so popular.

Viewers fears continued to be proved right as the season progressed and the producers continually ignored logic and due process as they meticulously did in the past; this was quite glaring in the fourth episode ending when Daenerys got ambushed midair by Euron Greyjoy’s iron fleet, which saw the death of Rhaegal, near mundane capture of Missandei and her eventual death moments later. All these would later culminate to the explanation for why Daenerys, who viewers has followed for years liberating cities and slaves, burn a city and its helpless citizens down to the ashes.

Now, one might argue that the people of King’s Landing deserved it, after all they cheered when Joffery ordered for Ned Stark’s head in the penultimate episode of the first season, but, then, one would be forgetting that casual citizens have no say in the heavy politicking of the land, and only have information giving to them to go by. Ned Stark confessed to being a traitor, and as far they were concerned, it was a traitor to the realm that was beheaded. I don’t think that makes them bad people.

I, for one, hoped the season would proceed differently. I believe D&D (the popular abbreviation for the showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff) had the best intentions, but it was their selfish decision to shorten the seventh and eighth season that actually hurt the show. I call it selfish because it’s now popular knowledge they rushed through the show so they could jump ship to go do a Star Wars project, which is good for their career and bad at the same time. Now, most fans have lost confidence in them to properly wrap up whatever project it is they start next, which might hurt them in the near future. Making full ten episodes of both seasons would’ve added an extra seven episodes, which would’ve been more than enough to satisfy the urge of fans who wanted more depth to the series’ resolution.

Enter: King of the Six Kingdoms

My reaction to the revelation that Bran the Broken would become King of the seven kingdom is something I’ll never forget in a hurry 😂. It was a mixture of surprise, shock, and a dose of sinister laughter borne out of grave confusion, which quickly gave way to iritation when Bran gave that awkward response to Tyrion’s prompting: “why do you think I came all this way?”

What an arrogant young man?!! 🤣🤣🤣

It was shocking and unexpected, yes. The most unlikely candidate, a big yes. But if you think about it, Bran’s actually the best person to be king. With his abilities as the Three-eyed Raven he could put an end to plottings and conspiracies before they even happened, if he so wanted to. The off thing with his response is that it puts him in the dark light as the show’s real big bad, one who’s been bidding his time for the iron throne, and plotting all these years.

His response raises an eyebrow.

Maybe that wasn’t the producer’s intention, maybe it was; but I see fans discussing this for a very long time.

It wasn’t all sad and gloom on the show this year, as this season featured some of the very best cinematography seen on a TV budget. But let’s be honest, Game of Thrones episodes fot this final season got a budget of about $15M each, that’s more than most movies receive 🤣. The bulk of the money can be seen in the show’s lavish fight scenes, especially those involving the dragons in episode three; that cloud scene was orgasmic 😍.

It want like Game of Thrones to end on a hopeful note, but that’s exactly how we left the vast kingdom of Westeros… Happy. Save for Daenerys and the bastard Jon, the rest od rhe living pretty much had something to hold on to for coming out of many great wars alive. Bran is King, Sansa is queen, and Arya is putting her many skills into a career in land exploration, what more could you hope for? It’s almost as if a Stark wrote the final episode.

Whatever opinion I or anyone might have about the final season still doesn’t negate what I said in my opening paragraph: Game of Thrones is arguably the best TV show to air on this Earth, and it’s got its online ratings to prove it.

RIP to the ones who died this season – Varys, Jorah, Missandei, Cersei, Jaime, Euron, The Hound, The Mountain, Qyburn, Daenerys, the countless citizens of King’s Landing, and many more. Y’all nearly made it to the finish line. Better luck next time.

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Rinzy Reviews ‘Captain Marvel’ (2019)

Release Date: March 8

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, et al.

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Captain Marvel is one helluva badass lady!

Make no mistake, she’s no damsel in distress, for she’ll whoop your ass effortlessly if need be. Following the lead of Wonder Woman, her DCEU counterpart, Captain Marvel toes the line of recent movies aimed at women encouragement and empowerment, in and out of the cinema. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a welcome addition to the club. Whether it’s Carol Danvers kicking ass or Maria Rambeau, her best friend, riding a space jet like it’s a bike, there’s no shortage of high octane moments for women in this movie.

When the announcement of Brie Larson’s casting was made public, a swash of backlash quickly followed. Most termed her acting uninspiring, and unworthy of headlining an MCU movie. Honestly, I think they were wrong; I enjoyed everything about Larson’s portrayal of Ms. Danvers. Her chemistry with Samuel L. Jackson is believable, and the buddy cop, road trip angle of the movie is quite beautiful. I really enjoyed every scene they both shared.

Captain Marvel’s cinematography in deep space shares some semblance with the Guardian of the Galaxy franchise; the aura’s so similar, most times through those early scenes it seemed as though I was watching another one of James Gunn’s creation.

I liked the story twist… The Skrulls not being the villain as portrayed early into the movie. I’m a sucker for characters with shape-shifting powers, and really looking forward to seeing more of these guys in the MCU.

Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and roses with this movie. The major downside I’ve got with this movie is its villain. I have this popular saying, that a hero is only as powerful as his/her villain, and considering just how powerful Carol Danvers is, her nemesis, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), doesn’t measure up. The villain problem is one that’s plagued Marvel for a long time, but every now and then there comes a movie like Avengers: Infinity War and Spiderman: Homecoming that proves this formula wrong. Even though I hope Marvel finally fixes the problem once and for all, I understand the need to sacrifice a great villain for a good story for the greater good of the cinematic universe, and I’m good with it.

Favorite Scenes:

– When Jude Law’s character challenges Carol to a one on one bawl, only for her to ignore and blast him off.

– When Fury was listing the many ways he’ll always go by the name Fury.

Favorite Appearance

– Phil Coulson.

Standout Characters

– Ben Mendelsohn’s as Skrull boss, Talos.

– Goose the cat.

Favorite Retcon

– Finding out Fury lost an eye to an alien cat.

Directed by: Ryan Fleck

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

‘Gotham’ Finally Unveils Its Batman

After five years spent watching Fox’s extra dark take on the origin of the dark knight and the most elite members of his infamous rogue gallery, we finally get to see Bruce Wayne unveiled as Batman.

Just like with Smallville, years back, we watched how Bruce went from young naive kid through various tests and trials into the caped crusader, protector of Gotham city.

Bruce Wayne (as played by David Mazouz) went from dorky, defenseless boy to mean-faced, unwilling disciple of Ras Al Ghul in season three of the show. Anyone familiar with Batman lore knows that the immortal Ras and his League of Assassins plays a pivotal role in modelling young Bruce into the guardian Gotham so desperately needs. This, coupled with the fact that at the end of the penultimate episode Bruce leaves the city for further training in an unspecified place, only to return 10 years later, fully formed as the Bats.

Though a different actor plays the character, we get to see Gotham’s take on the beloved dark knight, and I think it was decent.

Take a look and judge for yourself:

In the same vain that Bruce became Batman, his existing rogues, such as fan favorites – Ed, Nygma and Selina – became more accurate versions of their comic book counterparts as The Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. Even the Joker wasn’t left out, as Jeremiah Valaske wholeheartedly took on the mantle.

One thing I liked about Gotham during its run was the consistency with its story telling; it might have been the most popular shows o air, but it knew what it was doing, and we’re it was going. And might be fondly remembered for ending right.

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Rinzy Reviews ‘Alita BattleAngel’ (2019)

Release Date: February 14

Starring: Rosa Salazar,

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Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.

With legendary movie icon, James Cameron, helming affairs in production behind the scenes, what could go wrong? A lot. Alita BattleAngel isn’t a disaster, but still far from the high-profile, action-flick we were promised.

Alita BattleAngel mostly struggles with incoherent plotting and misdirected character arcs. Everything is everywhere at the same time. Not good. For the better part of its run-time, especially from its second act, it isn’t sure what exactly to do to progress the story, and ends up being a mess. Alita is first written as an adorable little girl trapped in a warrior’s body trying to rediscover herself whilst still being loved by the even more adorable Dr. Ido. This very relatable story was unceremoniously discarded for mindless action and poorly executed badass-ry.

On the plus side, the visuals of this movie is very commendable; very beautiful stuff. Alita looks really good.

I’m not familiar with the source material, so can’t say first hand how it compares against it. But Alita BattleAngel is certainly far from being remembered as a bad movie.

The movie ended in a manner that suggests a sequel; I hope it gets one, for the sake of second chances and continuity.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Rinzy Reviews ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)

Release Date: April 26

Starring: Robert Down Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffallo, Josh Brolin, et al.


Last year, when I first saw Avengers: Infinity War at the cinema, I was in awe at how one movie could be so awesome. How so many characters could be fitted into a run-time of about 150 minutes, and, yet, justice was done to most of the characters. Now, take almost everything I felt about Infinity War and magnify it by three or more… that’s how Avengers: Endgame made me feel, especially in its final act.

Endgame movie leaps five years in time since Infinity War, and Earth’s mightiest heroes have taken the time to handle their grieves in various ways, some better than others (hello, Hawkeye, can you read me?)

In a way, it’s understandable considering all they lost at the hands of the Mad Titan, but the movie fails to address the fallout from their various actions during that time, and instead proceed to erase and ignore that timeline in its entirety with the introduction of time travel. Thanks to the quantum realm and Tony’s groundbreaking technology, The Avengers can now go back in time to various key events that shaped the MCU into the juggernaut it now is.

I liked seeing new parts of scenes previously closed out to viewers, like Alexander Pierce’s appearance after the Battle of New York, which gave an insight into how Loki’s Sceptre got into the hands of Hydra kicking off the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and so many more tidbits.

By the final act of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos proved once again why he’s the perfect big bad for the MCU. “I am inevitable,” he says, and I almost concurred, that is until that snap didn’t work. Thanks to Tony’s sacrifice, Earth’s mightiest heroes (what’s left of them) can live to fight another day, and for that were grateful.
Thank you Marvel for 11 years of awesomeness. This was a terrific swansong ; I love you 3,000 ♥️.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo