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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™₯. 

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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? 

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Dark Tower’ (2017)

Release Date: July 31, 2017

Budget and Box Office: $60M/ $113.2M

Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, etc. 

Since its release The Dark Tower has been generally criticized for being a poor adaptation of its source material – the novel by Stephen King. I just saw it and I say critics and audience might’ve been too hard on it. It doesn’t score much on the awesomeness meter, but it does try on the sensibility’s. 

Though not a strong contender for best film of the year, the movie boasts just two fairly strong performances from Idris Elba and young Tom Taylor. I had serious issues with the way Matthew McConaughey portrayed the role of a man with magic… It was very bad and unconvincing. 

The movie scores very low points for set, cinematography and costumes. Nothing out of the ordinary in any of these, which, I guess, aided its poor reviews. 

If you’re looking for something decent with a tiny western-modern feel you should see this The Dark Tower. Like I said earlier, it’s not unwatchable. πŸ‘Œ. 

PS: Whoever understood the unique concept of a Gunslinger and why Idris Elba’s Roland was resistant to the Man in Black’s magic should please explain. ☺. 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Game Night’ (2018)

Release Date: Feb. 23, 2018.

Budget and Box Office: $37M and $116.2M

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachael McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall, etc. 

Game Night is a deeply satisfying comedy/action/heist movie. It scores all the right points. – Rinzy Reviews. 

I haven’t laughed the way I did watching this morning in a long time. Suffice it for me to say, almost everything about Game Night was perfect. πŸ‘.  Jason Batman and Rachael McAdams’ combination is electric and deeply satisfying. They bring a unique, subtle angle to the rightly overstretched couple’s comedy. They’re, in few words, picture perfect. I wouldn’t mind seeing them return to any screen ASAP.  πŸ€—. 

The idea that a feature length film can be drawn from having a game night might’ve been laughable a few years back, but that’s what we get in this feature flick that rightly works. Though the movie suffers from what a lot of comedy flicks do – a weak villain; the vastly entertaining, lively pacing allows the sin to be easily forgiven. 

Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it? Do tell. πŸ˜‰.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ (2018)

I didn’t think ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ was a bad movie. Granted, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s chemistry is still very poor and the acting is mostly lackluster and unconvincing, but this third entry made more sense than the first two combined (my opinion, inugo? πŸ˜‰). We got to know Jack Hyde’s obsession with Anna stems from his jealousy of the life Christian, which should’ve been his as they both had equal chances of being adopted by the Grey family. And we finally got to see Christian as a guy capable of more emotion than a sexual dominator. 

Yes. The execution might’ve been poor, but you can’t totally dismiss the intent of the producers to make sense of the source material. I do feel the movie (and trilogy) would’ve been so much better if it didn’t take itself so serious only to falter in execution. We’ll just leave this correction, and more, for when an inevitable remake’s due or subsequent movies that’ll touch on the BDSM topic. 

I give it a 5/10

Rinzy Reviews ‘Black Panther’ (2018)

Never in the history of the world has there been so much clamour for one movie (correct me if I’m wrong). This Ryan Coogler’s directed movie addresses certain themes that mirror happenings in the real world today and, on a large scale, puts the Black Man at the positive center of it all, as against what’s commonly obtainable. This, I believe, is the major reason for the fanfare that has trailed this movie since its pre-production stage – a movie starring, in majority, black actors, directed by a black man, and telling a story that makes you (the viewer) imagine how the black race could have fared if she’d been left untampered with by colonialism and its  baggage that followed. 

For a long time I said I wasn’t going to review this movie, and I still won’t (at least not in details). This is because ‘Black Panther’ has achieved universal acclaimation and practically every good thing possible has already been said about it. I write this piece for that person (in the minority), who for one reason or the other hasn’t still yet ‘Black Panther’. Don’t deny yourself this wonderful viewing experience. Be a part of history. Why? 

Black Panther is a great movie, one that’ll be remembered for many years to come for its cultural relevance and significance, box-office record-breaking prowess, amongst many other honors it’s attained. Currently dubbed The Number One Movie In The World, ‘Black Panther’ boasts an impressive cast, wonderful performances, beautiful aesthetics thanks to its great CGI, a non-generic villain in Killmonger, and loads of wonderful new characters you’re sure to fall in love with… Shuri, M’baku, Nakia, Okoye, et al. 

Who should see ‘Black Panther’? Everyone, anyone, someone, you, me, your child, your parents… No one should be left out. 

Spoil yourself with ‘Black Panther’ and join the world to proclaim #WakandaForever! 

​Rinzy Reviews ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ (2017)

It’s not everyday we get a Hollywood movie that induces genuine fear of the powers behind the supernatural. I’m not talking about the TV show. Neither I’m I talking about the many fantastic movies that touches on the element. The funny thing about this movie is that it doesn’t even try hard to be what it is. It doesn’t rub it on our faces. It just takes us on a journey from a point that is confusing and unsettling to another where all we can feel for the characters is pity because of how much they’ve had to endure.

Starring Colin Farrell as Dr. Stephen Murphy, a man who we meet in a vague relationship with a boy old enough to be his son. I must admit, at first, it seemed as though there exists something sexual between them, but it turns out we were being misled as what Dr. Murphy suffers from is guilt and not lust. Guilt as he’s responsible for the boy, Martin, having one parent less unbeknownst to Dr. Murphy, young Martin’s had been bidding his time and plotting the ultimate diabolical revenge. 

Colin Farrell brings his A-game to this one. With a full beard, it’s obvious he can do no wrong. I enjoyed his performance as much as I did in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Nicole Kidman plays the long-suffering wife very well too. I know I don’t give her credit as much as is due, she’s a terrific actress, she brings to live the woman ready to do whatever it takes to protect yet family. Though there were a lapses in her characterization in a few scenes, they came across, to me, as oversights in the eyes of the director/writer, more than the actress’ fault. 

I liked the story, it brought the old moral with it – the law of karma, reaping whatever you sow, a life for a life, that kind of thing. Though it wasn’t exactly clear to what extent Martin’s connection to the spiritual were, the little given was well received by me, as it didn’t hurt the propgression of the movie, and kind of kept me on my toes. 

It’s an enjoyable watch. You should try it if you still haven’t. 

I rate it a 7/10