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2018 Emmy Nomination List

The Emmys are here again! And, another round of deserving TV shows are about to be rewarded for their hard work.  πŸ‘.  

This year, Game of Thrones takes the lead with 21 nominations, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld, with 21 noms each. I’m very excited for Westworld (and HBO by extension) I feel the show hasn’t yet gotten the kind of accolade it deserves and with GOT ending next year, this might just be the megahit HBO has been looking for.

Here are the categories and nominees for the the 70th annual Primetime Emmys:

1. OUTSTANDING DRAMA

The Americans

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us

Stranger Things

Westworld

2. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Claire Foy — The Crown

Tatiana Maslaney — Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss — The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh — Killing Eve

Keri Russell — The Americans

Evan Rachel Wood — Westworld

3. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Jason Bateman – Ozark

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Ed Harris – Westworld

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us

Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

4. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Lena Heady – Game of Thrones

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale

Vanessa Kirby – The Crown

Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Alexis Bledel – The Handmaid’s Tale

Thandie Newton – Westworld

5. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin – Homeland

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Matt Smith – The Crown

Joseph Fiennes – The Handmaid’s Tale

6. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Antonio Banderas — Genius

Darren Criss — The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Benedict Cumberbatch — Patrick Melrose

Jeff Daniels — The Looming Tower

John Legend — Jesus Chris Superstar

Jesse Plemons – Black Mirror

7. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Jessica Biel – The Sinner

Laura Dern – The Tale

Michelle Dockery – Godless

Edie Falco – Law And Order: True Crime

Regina King – Seven Seconds

Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult

8. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES & TV MOVIE

The Alienist

Godless

Patrick Melrose

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

9. OUTSTANDING COMEDY

Atlanta

Barry

Blackish

Curb your Enthusiasm

GLOW

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

10. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Pamela Adlon — Better Things

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Issa Rae – Insecure

Traceee Ellis Ross – Blackish

Lilly Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

11. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Anthony Anderson – Blackish

Ted Danson – The Good Place

Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Bill Hader – Barry

William H. Macey – Shameless

12. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Zazie Beets – Atlanta

Betty Gilpin – GLOW

Laurie Metcalf – Roseanne

Aidy Bryant – Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live 

Kate McKinnons – Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Megan Mullaly – Will & Grace

13. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta

Henry Winkler – Barry

Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live 

Louis Anderson – Baskets

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live

Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Power Is Back, And It’s Still Awesome!!!Β 

This article is one week late… I know, it’s on purpose.πŸ˜‚. Let’s just get over that fact and move on to expressing our excitement that we’ll be hearing ‘this is a big, rich town weekly, again... 🎢. 

Here is what I had to say after the season premiere last week. Episode 2 drops today… Maybe Dre and/or Tariq might die in this one. 😌. We’re being hopeful. ✌. 

#Power is back! And there’s a lot still happening. 

The season 5 premiere showed us the show isn’t here to play, and that’s certainly a good thing. 

Some things are still constant: 

1. Tariq is still as stupid as ever. 

2. Dre is bloody annoying and needs to die ASAP. 

3. Ghost needs to start taking responsibility for the part he involuntary later in Raina’s death. 

4. Lekeisha is looking to be the world’s greatest friend… And
5. Angela Valdez is as dirty as any dirty cop can be. 

This is a big, rich town, but we’re mostly from the poorest parts. #Power isn’t here to play at all. Strap-in for the ride this season. πŸ‘Œ. #RinzyReviews

Rinzy Reviews ‘Dear White People’ (2017 – till date)Β 

I think they whole world’s been sleeping on one very awesome show, it’s name is ‘Dear White People’. 

With two seasons of 10 episodes each under its belt, Dear White People is carving a quiet space, in the niche of satirical comedy-drama, for itself. In recent memory, I don’t think I’ve binge-watched any show as fast as I did this one. It was engaging from start to finish, across two seasons, πŸ‘. And after that, I went online to source for articles and images, more stuffs to feed my hunger for more. I was disappointed to find very few links to relating headlines… Not even the tantalizing display of nude hot boys and girls could help spread its gospel. You might wonder why, just like I did? Is it because of its title? πŸ€” 
Dear White People is a misnomer, for those who don’t know, and has a deeper meaning than meets the casual eye. 

I kept digging, hoping to find something. A glimmer of hope for this beautiful piece of work created by Justin Simien. And… I came across one perculiar article.

First produced as a movie in 2014, ‘Dear White People’ had massive critical reception. For a crowdfunded movie, that’s a big deal. Fast-forward three years later, ⏩, Netflix decides to bring it to the small screen, but a lot of people opposed this move, acussing the show of being racist because of its title. And, now, even after two seasons, with both scoring a whopping 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, I understand the stigma from the accusation from still remains, resulting in lower online engagement. 

But I say to you still having doubts about the show:

1.Dear White People is awesome to watch. 

2.The characters are fun, their pains relatable, and the cast is topnotch. 

3.The show hits on the racism topic in a fun, yet mature way.

‘Dear White People’ might not be a ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Walking Dead’, but it’s a star in its own making. Give it a chance to shine. 

Are you with me? 😁 

#RinzyReviews 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 (2018)

With a sophomore season that’s arguably better than its first and a villain that’ll be remembered as one of the MCU’s finest, Luke Cage season 2 is one hell of an awesome ride. 😍. 

After last season’s weak villainous baddies in the name of Cottonmouth and Diamondback, I was apprehensive on the direction new villain Bushmaster would take. His seeming obsession with correcting Mariah’s last name from Dillard to Stokes in the first few episodes cast a certain light of worry on the season’s run, causing me genuine worry. The beauty of any story rests in its hero, but a hero is only as good as the villain they’ve got to take down, and nothing makes a good villain as one with a relatable backstory as proper motivation for his/her actions. Bushmaster had all of this and more, which translated into an enjoyable season run. This is a big win for Marvel, as they seem to completely be shaking off their villain problem. They deserve some accolade…πŸ…. 

The story this season takes us on a rollercoaster ride 🎒 and solid character development for practically all characters. From Misty to Mariah to Shades to Luke to Luke’s father and even Iron Fist – everyone gets an opportunity to shine and better flesh their character than what was obtainable in season one, and, in turn, what we get is a well written season that knows its onion. Even though I still maintain the 13 episodes season order by Netflix continues to hurt the Marvel shows’ pacing, Luke Cage’s second season manages this shortcoming with awesome writing. Kudos to the writers πŸ‘. 

Luke Cage’s second season leaves things at a very different place from where it started. 

(SPOILERS ALERT!!!) 

Mariah Stokes is dead; Shades is in prison; Bushmaster lives at the end of the season; Harlem is still standing, and Luke Cage might just be the new villain of his own show. Yeah, I know, the last one’s interesting. πŸ˜‚. Mariah played one last, big joke on everyone, especially her daughter, before bowing out by gifting Harlem’s Paradise to Luke… Talk about the biggest, baddest bitch of them all. 😈. With the way I’m feeling now I can use another season of ‘Luke Cage’ next month. 

Side notes:

1. Alfre Woodard (Mariah Stokes Dillard) is a terrific actress and deserves so much accolades for her performance this award season. 

2. Claire and Luke’s relationship is so silly, especially the way they broke up. 

3. The person who played Tilda Johnson (Mariah’s daughter) was superb. I want to see her and Bushmaster do villainous things next season 😈. 

4. Shades is a terrificly complex character… And he looks good, too. 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Westworld’ Season 2 FinaleΒ 

With the successful completion of its second season I’ve got to say: #Westworld is the most confusing show on air right now… But I still love it. 

The storyline, plot twists and actions are explosive, mind-blowing and, sometimes, reality-warping… One might argue what did I expect from an HBO sci-fi show, πŸ˜‚.

I had to watch the feature length season two finale twice to really understand the plot twists and convulated timelines. For those who might be afraid the show didn’t resolve most of its ongoing plot, fret not, for it did. We got a fitting resolution to the long running mystery of ‘The Door’, amongst others. Bad news is, to get to this end a lot of characters had to bite the dust. The debate is on for who and who would return next season, after all they’re hosts (robots). 

PS: Even dead humans can return as hosts, as the show’s shown us time and again. 

With the season two finale just aired, the long wait for what’s sure to be a refreshingly different third season has begun. #HBO, have mercy, don’t take too long, please. 

If you still haven’t seen the season finale, go do so now! ⚠ 

And… If you’ve once tried Westworld and didn’t like it, please don’t bash it for others just yet; it only means the show’s too convoluted for you to handle at that point, doesn’t mean someone else can’t find it immediately intriguing,πŸ‘Œ.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Ocean’s Franchise’ (2001 – 2007)

In preparation for the highly anticipated release of the all-female Ocean’s 8, I recently re-watched the first Ocean’s trilogy, and came up with a few new thoughts. 

Though not revolutionary, Ocean’s eleven was a beautiful movie. Released in an era where action movies were the in-thing (Lord of the rings, Tomb raider, etc.) it does deliver on all that was promised. The kind of movie that makes you leave the cinema happy… especially because its ending twists. 

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Fast-forward to Ocean’s twelve ⏩, and you see a problem. A big problem. One that’ll continue to plague Hollywood until someone decides to do something about it. An unnecessary sequel! Yes. I said it. Ocean’s twelve definitely wasn’t needed. And where it struggled and failed to uphold every spirit that made the first one captivating to watch, its successor did far worse. Yes. Ocean’s thirteen was a disaster. 

With a simplistically silly plot, Ocean’s thirteen made the very talented lot of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon et al., look like idiots… especially my man Bernie Mac. πŸ˜”.

Luckily, the powers that be realized how much of a disappointment the last one was and decided in their limited wisdom (thank goodness) to release no more. πŸ˜‡.

There’s a lot of pressure to get Ocean’s 8 right, and it’s quite understandable. If the powers that be at Warner Bros. fail to deliver with their exceptional cast, then they best know they’ve failed this city and deserve a visit from The Hood (Hello, Arrow fans? 😁). 

What do you think? 

Will Ocean’s 8 deliver? 

How fast will you see it at the cinema? 

Tell me, I wanna know… β™₯. 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Budget and Box Office: $400M and $1.814B

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, etc. 

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What’s arguably the most anticipated movie of the decade arrives after a 10-year wait, and the world isn’t exactly ready for what followed. That shocking cliffhanger. 

I had high expectations going into the cinema. Were they met? Some were, some weren’t. But that’s normal for every theatrical release; there’s no way a movie can please everyone. 

But I want to state here that Avengers: Infinity War is the Greatest Comic Book Movie yet!πŸ‘Œ. 

We all knew we’d be losing some of the characters we’ve invested time and energy following. The painful realization that some of the earth’s mightiest heroes might not make it out alive battling the Mad Titan Thanos was just excruciating to contain. The road leading to Infinity War’s release didn’t make it any easier to deal with. But the roaster of the dead we got was shocking, could pass as laughable (considering almost all of the dead have confirmed sequels in the MCU), and further butresses the point that huge losses are coming in the still untitled Avengers 4 movie scheduled for a May 2019 release. 

Okay. Moving on to more specific plot points from the movie Avengers: Infinity War, I’ll like to scream SPOILER ALERT!!! πŸ˜‚. So, if you still haven’t watched the movie now’s the right time to leave. Bye, see you later… βœ‹. 

As revealed by The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1, there are six infinity stones in existence, with each bearing a unique power that contributes to shaping the existence of the universe as we know it.  Thanos, the ultimate villain of the MCU, had a relatively straight forward mission – find all six stones and with the snap of a finger erase half of the universe’s population, using a highly complex, magical algorithm, to strike perfect balance to life. Talk about misguided beliefs. SMH. πŸ€•. The heavy sacrifices The Mad Titan makes to achieve his goal, which includes murdering the one person he loves the most, appear to bear fruit as can be seen at the last scene of the movie when he has that wry smile on that says ‘I finally did it!’

With a heavily decimated roaster and a villain that’s at full strength now, how the Avengers will defeat Thanos in the next movie can only be left to the imagination. One thing is certain though – time travel will play a major role in it and Captain Marvel 😍. How? I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. πŸ‘Œ. 

PS 1: I predicted Infinity War would earn above $2B and a lot of people doubted me. As at the time of writing this article we’ve just crossed the $1.9B mark. Who’s the liar now? 😁

PS 2: I don’t know why all members of the Black Order were decimated. πŸ˜”. I loved Ebony Maw and wish for him to return in the sequel. Am I alone in this line of thought?