Rinzy Reviews ‘Fleabag’ Seasons 1&2

Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, et al.


In 2016, Fleabag first premiered to critical acclaims. Watching the show now, it isn’t hard to see why. This is one thoughtful, insightful, and masterfully produced series.

Fleabag started as a play first performed at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2013. English actress, producer, and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote the play and, three years later, adapted it for the small screen. The series is about Fleabag (played by Phoebe) a lady whose life, to put it mildly, is in crisis.

Within the course of both seasons, Fleabag tries to navigate life’s mundanities and make sense of everything that comes her way. She battles a guilty conscience, a forbidden tryst with a certain hot somebody, her strained relationship with family members, and her own personal feelings of insecurity and worthlessness.

It’s really awesome!

There’s lots of sex in this show, even though the scenes aren’t explicit. It’s clearly a case of the story driving the scenes, but the network (BBC) strictly avoiding what it considers to be inanities. Such things make me wonder why every show can’t be on HBO? 😁

Fleabag is hilarious, entertaining, and mostly educative. It’s obvious a lot of work went into the crafting of this piece of art; great writing, awesome acting, and a very believable world; definitely worth all the hype.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

2019: RR’s Top 10 Netflix Shows

Netflix has done greatly in creating awesome contents that it definitely deserves its own category, even after the general one. In no particular order, here a list of what I believe are the top 10 Netflix series.

PS: This list is mostly based off the numerous shows I watched from the numerous offerings of the streaming giants. And, every show here released, at least, one season this year.

Let’s go!


1. When they see us

Bold and uncompromising. Director Ava DuVernay gave the Central Park 5 men a new voice at a time like this and we love her for that.


2. Stranger Things

I truly hope Jim Hopper stays dead. Next!


3. Sex Education

Otis + Maeve = Together forever in my head.


4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

This is one show with lots of magic props and spells that still manages to not be in your face. It might not be the biggest hit from Netflix, but it’s definitely one of my favorites.


5. Jessica Jones

The last of the Netflix-Marvel shows, the third season of Jessica Jones ends this corner of the MCU on its own terms, just like its eponymous lead does everything else in her life. Really, what else would you expect from someone who says “Giving a shit sucks”?


6. You

If you thought Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey was charming wait to you see actor Penn Badgley play charming, psychotic murderer, Joe, you’ll love him even more.


7. The Politician

Payton Hobart is wealthy and wants nothing else but to be the President of the United States. Ring a bell?


8. 13 Reasons Why

The show finally grew pass Hannah Baker, but still couldn’t really escape her. I guess she’ll always be a part of the show as long as Clay, Justin, Jessica, and the others live.


9. Money Heist

One of the biggest shows this year, in the side of the world. Another testament to the fact that language isn’t a barrier to enjoy great content.


10. A series of Unfortunate Events

This show is hilariously stupid. Neil Patrick Harris as the wicked Count Olaf is a delight to watch, with his silly disguises and gimmicks. The show is over, so now’s a good time to binge all three seasons, if you haven’t yet.


Honorable mentions: Bojack Horseman and The Witcher

2019: RR’s Top TV Shows

Say what you may about its final season, Game of Thrones still isn’t anyone’s mate. Since 2011, thanks to the show, fans worldwide have been privy to high-quality entertainment, the best in decades, so I’ll be damned if I let one polarizing season mess things up so much I don’t give honor to whom its due:

Game of Thrones is RR’s show of the decade! 👑

(Breathes heavily)

Now that we’re done with that, here are the top 20 TV shows that made 2019 awesome for us.

PS: This list includes miniseries, traditional TV series and web-series, and are arranged in no particular order.


1. Four Weddings and a Funeral – Hulu

This miniseries presented a heartfelt, self-contained story about love and loss. It’s n exceptional watch.


2. Euphoria s1 – HBO

Teen angst has never been well captured as HBO did it with this one. Expect lots of sex, drugs and all other crazy teen stuff.


3. Watchmen – HBO

A lot of people are calling this the show of the decade; for a show that premiered just two months ago, that’s pretty commendable. If you haven’t yet, you should watch Regina King kick-ass the HBO way.


4. When they see us – Netflix

There was a time in America when racial injustice didn’t receive as much backlash as it does today; this show takes us back to those perilous times and how four men eventually got compensated for losing their youthful days to an unjust system.


5. Sex Education – Netflix

Gillian Anderson is sexy and we now know it very much, thank you.


6. Chernobyl – HBO

Although one of the biggest disasters to have occured, not much was known about it; this show’s changed that.


7. The Mandalorian – Disney +

Pedro Paschal is having the time of his life playing really fun characters. Though Mando might not seem like it, he’s been having twice his normal fun since Baby Yoda came into his life.


8. Undone – Amazon Prime

The shooting technic used to create this live-action-animation easily makes it one of the best shows of this year. Then, factor in its strong story and cast performance, you’ve got a big winner.


9. See – Apple TV

If you thought Jason Momoa’s awesomeness had peaked out playing Khal Drogo and Aquaman, wait to you meet Baba Voss, his fiercest yet.


10. The Morning Show – Apple TV

Jennifer Aniston is back on TV as Alex Levy. I can tell you one thing though, she’s no Rachel.


11. Barry s2 – HBO

Bill Hader continues to impress as Barry. He’s on fire and so is his character.


12. The Hot Zone – Nat Geo

Ebola is a disease that’s always wiped out large number of people whenever it reappears. This is a trip to one of its earlier occurrence in history.


13. Evil s1 – CBS

Our current world is inherently evil and CBS has found a way to phone-in to make a truly drama from these happenings. If you didn’t like Mike Colter during his time as Luke Cage, then you should like him here as a priest-in-training.


14. Swamp Thing s1 – DC Universe

Although this show got cancelled, it still remains one of the best things to come out of 2019. It’s a pity its strong story and cast performance couldn’t save it from issues behind the scenes.


15. The Boys – Amazon Prime

What will be said of 2019 if we don’t mention the show that gave us the best instance of what it’d be like if Superman and the rest of the Justice League were evil? Nothin good.


16. How to Get Away with Murder – ABC

The current season 6 might be its weakest, but the love I’ve got for the show just wouldn’t let me not include it on this list. I’m sorry.


17. Fleabag s2 – BBC One

Fleabag is hilarious, entertaining, and mostly educative. It’s obvious a lot of work went into the crafting of this piece of art; great writing, awesome acting, and a very believable world; definitely worth all the hype.


18. Doom Patrol s1 – DC Universe

Another DC offering that really surprised me. Just like Legends of Tomorrow, this show knows it’s stupid and embraces it well.


19. Stranger Things s3 – Netflix

Allow your mind to be blow again by Eleven and her crew of merry men and women.


20. Carnival Row s1 – Amazon Prime

No doubt, 2019 was a good year for Amazon. This Orlando Bloom/ Cara Delevingne lead fairytale fantasy also helped make it so.


Honorable mentions: The Crown; Love, Death & Robots; The Terror; Good Omens; Mindhunter s2; Emergence; AHS: 84; Godfather of Harlem; Succession; A discovery of Witches; Stranger Things; Killing Eve s2; The Politician s1; Agents of SHIELD s6; All Rise s1.

2019: RR’s Top Netflix Movies

Since it first delved into producing original contents in 2013 with the premiere of House of Cards, Netflix has helped redefine the way movies people consume movies and TV shows. With one of the most diverse catalogue of any studio/service, Netflix hasn’t relented in its resolve to keep providing something for everyone, irrespective of labels.

This year, the streaming giants took things a step further with the release of Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, a vastly unprecedented move that’s sure to further redefine how movies are released and consumed. Like my friend Magnus would say, paraphrased, the age of cinema might just be over.

The downside to a lot of content (both good and bad) is that it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep up. So, if by some miracle you’re hoping to dive into the new year binge-watching something worthy, this ranking should help with that.
In the order of my previous ratings, here is a list of what I think are the top 10 Netflix movies of 2019


1. The Irishman 4/5

Martin Scorcese helped bring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci under one movie roof again, for which we’re grateful.


2. Marriage Story 4/5

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver greatly shine in this intend story about love and divorce, no wonder award buzzes are really going off.


3. Dolemite is my Name

It felt so good to see Eddie Murphy back in action.


4. The Two Popes 3.5/5

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are two well-respected legends; so I they’ve got a story to tell about the Vatican, we listen.


5. Klaus 3.5/5

If you’ve ever wondered where Santa came from, this movie tries to provide answers.


6. Murder Mystery 3/5

Before Jennifer Aniston capped-off 2019 with her phenomenal role on The Morning Show as Alex Levy, there was this inane comedy with Adam Sandler.


7. El Camino 3/5

Who’d ever say no to more details on what happened to Jesse after his tryst with Walter White? Not me.


8. The King 3/5

Ambitious and murderous Timothee Chamalet was something I never knew I needed until I saw this.


9. Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile 3/5

Even though it’s difficult for some people to look past his High School Musical days, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to deny Zac Efron is evolving into more mature roles. That’s a good thing.


10. Someone Great 3/5

Break ups are painful. This movie doesn’t shy away from the topic.


Some honorable mentions: 6 Underground, Velvet Buzzsaw, and The boy who harnessed the wind.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Two Popes’ (2019)

Release Date: December 20 (Netflix)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, et al.


I am no stranger to Anthony Hopkins’ incredible acting talents, but it’s never enough not to reiterate how good he is. His performance as Pope Benedict XVI is very believable and incredibly done.

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins are two living legends in Hollywood, some of the finest still left from their generation; Director Fernando Meirelles couldn’t have selected a better cast to help bring his characters to life.

What Netflix has done with ‘The Two Popes‘ is awesome. Standing out is how the movie shines a light into how the papacy works for those of us who don’t know. It also talks about humanity and the many ways we, as humans, can do things differently for better results.

  • What happens when a Pope dies?
  • How’s a new one chosen and unveiled?
  • Is the pope incorruptible?
  • What are some of the things that go on in the head of a sitting Pope?

As a non-Catholic, I didn’t know the answer to many of these questions prior to watching this movie, but thanks to its remarkable writing and pacing I now do.

At its core, ‘The Two Popes‘ is a movie about friendship, grace, and humanity. It talks and basis in the existence of God’s grace without actually shoving it in your face. It’s a good movie.

PS: There’s a whole lot of dialogue in this movie, so don’t go in hoping to see some action; it doesn’t exist.


Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Morning Show’

Network: Apple TVStarring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrel, et al.


Having been a huge fan of both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for a long time, I went into The Morning Show with high expectations. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you those expectations weren’t cut short.For those who don’t know, we’re in the age of the ‘Streaming Wars‘; an era when streaming services fight for supremacy. With offerings like The Morning Show and See on their catalogue, Apple TV seems to be on the right track.The Morning Show‘s plot revolves around the #MeToo movement; a campaign which exists to expose and stop the filthiness of sexual harassment in the work place.Mitch Kessler (played by the super-talented Steve Carell) is a predator who thinks himself a saint (like most actually would). He’s wealthy, successful, and influential. His life and career of over 15-years crumbles when reports of his unprofessionalism finally make the news. Jennifer Aniston’s Alex Levy, his narcissistic, longtime on-air partner finds herself caught in the cross-fire of this revelation. Society thinks she’s complicit but same society expects her to act strong, so she puts up an commendable show of strength even though she’s constantly welling-up on the inside.

The network, UBA, needs a Savior, Alex too. Then out of the blues comes Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), the journalistic misfit who happens to put out the wrong kind of video at the right time and finds herself thrust into the spotlight of the riveting world of The Morning Show.Alex Levy is, arguably, Jennifer Aniston’s finest role till date (apologies Rachel). Her portrayal is so absorbing it hits home every time she’s on screen. Reese, too, is superb. Actually, the whole cast is and I believe award season will smile on them. Rumor has it the two leads received a paycheck of $1M per episode… That’s a lot of money.’The Morning Show‘ does a good job maintaining its narrative pacing and balancing drama with a topic that’s dear to a lot of people, that, in my opinion, is no easy fit. You should watch it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Hello, Watchmen HBO? (2019)

Network: HBO

Starring: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jean Smart, Tim Blake, et al.


The only times in history I’ve felt pure, intense, unadulterated love for a TV show were the scenes where Ned Stark got beheaded and, also, when Damon showed up at the Salvatore mansion uttering two life-changing words to Stefan, “hello, brother”.

Hello, Watchmen?

You’ve changed my life and put a wide smile on my mostly murky face. In a year where a Game of Thrones event premiered to mostly middling reviews, you’ve added a special color and given it the grace to wrap up nicely.

I say a big thank you to Queen Regina King for ever agreeing to run around in a mask looking extra-awesome. I was watching an interactive session of the cast on ‘Build’ from Yahoo and got to know there was a chance she’d have said “no” to the role. Imagine existing in such a world. Regina is so good as Angela Abar it’s almost impossible to think of anyone else in that energetic role.

Director Lindelof had a choice, to pick up the story of the Watchmen in the ruins left in the wake of the comic/Snyder’s movie or craft something new from scratch; he choose the latter and managed to make it feel familiar as much as original.

There’s a ton of nudity and plot twists in this show; almost nothing of the former being gratuitous, both rubbing off each other as two sides of any HBO coin.

Recurrent themes on this season of the show are bordered around the topics of racism, white supremacy, godlikeness and intellect, true identity and justice, civil rights, and political beliefs. Presently, there’s no news about a second season and I hope it stays that way. No need to fix it if it ain’t broken.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5