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Westworld: 10 Thoughts We Had After Watching Season 3’s Finale

In typical ‘Westworld’ fashion, things turned out to be more than they initally appeared to be. In the season 3 finale, we get to see numerous twists spring up and the advent of multiple, possible storylines for the show’s future.

There were plenty of surprises for us, but which one shocked you the most?

Spoiler Alert!

1 Dolores isn’t the villain, she was actually trying to save humanity all along.

2 Charlotte Hale (aka Black Dolores, aka Halores) is actually evil. Shocker!

3 The Man in Black being replaced by a host. His money will most possibly be used to further Halores’ new mission – ensure the survival of the host race.

4 Rehoboam had been controlling Serac all along. Ooooooooh! 😱

5 Maeve finally teams up with Dolores and Caleb to stop Serac.

6 Dolores had met Caleb before, in Park-5. That’s why he’s her chosen one.

7 Caleb is Westworld’s John Connor; he’ll help save and rebuild his world.

8 All the other hosts were built from Dolores; she was the first one to really work, so Delos modelled the rest after her.

9 Halores seems to have Maeve’s kind of powers. It can be glimpsed in the way she froze Dolores, long enough for Maeve to capture and deliver her to Serac.

10 What did Bernard see in the Valley Beyond? By the time he returned to tbr real world, there’s plenty of dust on him, it could only mean so much time must’ve passed. Does he bring more doom prophecy for his kind?

Which of these was most shocking for you?

Throwback Movie: Troy (2004)

I’ll never forget how Paris horniness doomed his city.

Or, how brave Hector was defending his honor until his last breath.

Or, how Brad Pitt’s Achilles was a constant torn in King Agamemnon’s flesh.

Or, how Menelaus stupidly died defending his bruised ego.

Or, how Hector’s cousin, Briseis, had a chance to end Achilles’s life and, in turn, the war, but couldn’t resist the urge to jam his genital instead.

Or, how Diane Krueger’s beauty as Helen of Troy didn’t measure up to Paris’. If the switch was flipped, believe me when I say Orlando Bloom would still be finer.

But the biggest thing I’ll never forget, even though so many years has passed, is how dumb the people of Troy were and how they thought it wise to drag in a mysterious giant statue into their city, while at war. Dumb folks with a dumber King!

That’s quite the rant.

Your turn.

What’s your favorite memory from the movie Troy?

Black Widow: Taskmaster Has The Avengers Trapped In His Head

Here’s a little info about Taskmaster, for those who know next to nothing about the big bad in the upcoming Black Widow movie.

According to the comics, his primary ability is that he can mimic any physical movement, once he sees someone perform it – Photographic Reflexes- and can predict their next move with high-accuracy during a fight. For the character as seen in the movie trailer, this includes watching same stunts being performed on a screen.

The implication of this is that, Taskmaster might just be the greatest hand-to-hand combat ready guy in the MCU.

Already, he’s confirmed to have the skill-sets of Black Panther, Hawkeye, Spiderman, Black Widow, and Captain America (I hope I didn’t miss any one). It’s likely he got his hands on these guys’ stunts by watching acquired footage of the Avengers’ civil war showdown at the airport in Germany. The implication is, if he got theirs, he probably got others, too, we aren’t yet privy to, like that of The Winter Soldier. Gosh!

We’ll get the full gist once Black Widow hits cinemas May 1

2019: RR’s Top Movies

With each passing year, ranking my top 10 movies becomes increasingly more difficult thanks to ever-improving standards in filmmaking. 2019 was the year that gave us Avengers: Endgame and other high profile movies; you won’t be forgotten in a a hurry.

In no particular order, here are the most enjoyable movies of 2019

1 Avengers: Endgame

2 Joker

3 Marriage Story

4 The Irishman

5 The Farewell

6 Ready or Not

7 Crawl

8 Dolemite is my Name

9 Toy Story 4

10 The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Honorable mentions: Us, The Lighthouse, Knives Out, Hustlers, Parasite, Booksmart, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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.

Netflix For The Weekend – December 7

It’s a very busy weekend on Netflix. So much content to be binged with so little time to do so.

Here are five movies/shows that come highly recommend from me to you:

1 VWars s01 (Dec. 5)
If like me you’ve missed seeing Ian somerhalder’s adorable face plastered all over your screen, then you’d have been counting the days leading to Its arrival. I’m currently 3 episodes into its 10 episode count. It’s not the best in terms of writing and pacing, but its story really looks like it’s he’s towards a big payoff and, for now, that’s okay by me.

2 Fuller House s05 (Dec. 6)
The is the fifth and final season of this spin-off show. Luckily for it, it’s been split into two halves, allowing it more creative room to breathe and end with a BANG!

3 Marriage Story (Dec. 6)
If you’ve ever nursed the idea of what it’d be like if the Disney multiverse had a crossover, here’s a sprinkle of what that’ll look like. Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) would be married to Black Widow (played by Scarlet Johansson)… Let the drama begin!

4 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (Dec. 5)
Just in case you’d forgotten, Netflix is reminding you it’s Christmas season.

5 The Irishman Nov. 27)
Martin Scorsese’s magic brings us Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, and Joe Pesci under one roof. We’re eternally grateful, especially for the lengthy runtime, which means more

Happy binging this weekend.

5 Actors You Forgot Were In Queen Latifah’s ‘Beauty Shop’

Whenever you think Beauty Shop, it’only normal you think Queen Latifah. The 2005 female-led follow up to the smash hit, Barber Shop (2002), wasn’t as critically successful as many hoped it’d be, but it has been a symbol of resilience, hard work, and women empowerment in the hearts of some people.

Since it was released a long ago it’s not uncommon to have forgotten some of the actors who appeared either in a starring role or a cameo.

Here are five actors you might’ve forgotten were in Beauty Shop. Let’s see who you still remember, from the least shocking to the one I’m almost certain you don’t remember.

5. Alicia Silverstone

Many won’t remember the one-time Batwoman was a lead character here. The confidence of a female relative of Batman was missing in this movie, so no one would really blame you if you couldn’t connect the dots.

Alicia was most recently seen in The Lodge, an American-British horror film.

4. Alfre Woodard

Before joining Disney as Mariah Stokes in Luke Cage and Sarabi in Lion King, Woodard pranced around Gina’s beauty salon as the sarcastic Ms. Josephine. She was a joy to watch here.

Alfre can currently be found on Apple TV’s See.

3. Djimon Hounsou

Blood Diamond and Guardians of the Galaxy are movies Mr. Hounsou portrayed villainy like he was born for it. But watch him cozy up to Ms. Latifah and you’d almost swear he was also born to be a lover boy.

Djimon will star in next year’s The King’s Man and A Quiet Place.

2. Kevin Bacon

As Jorge the nasty boss, Kevin Bacon is almost unrecognizable in this movie.

Kevin can be found on the first season of Showtime’s City on a Hill.

1. Omari Hardwick

Ultimately, the biggest surprise here is Omari Hardwick aka James St. Patrick aka Ghost. Who would’ve ever thought that years later puny Byron who got knocked unconscious by a punch would go on to be the worst drug lord in the entire New York distro? Thank you Power for giving this hunk a chance to show the world what he really got.

Last we checked, Omari was falling down the height at Truth. Power returns January for what promises to be an explosive final half.

Apple TV+: What To Watch

The streaming war just got tougher. How much longer do you think Netflix can continue to wear the crown 👑?

Apple plus TV launched last weekend and these four shows are at its forefront. Here’s a brief synopsis on each of them:

1. In The Morning Show, Jenifer Aniston, Reese Withersppon, and Steve Carell show some of the power dynamics in the world of morning news broadcast. In the aftermath of Mitch Kessler’s (Steve Carell) firing due to multiple sexual allegations, newcomer Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) aspires to replace him in the prime-time slot and clashes with longtime host Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston).

Verdict: I think you should start with this one, for the love of Aniston, mostly. 😁

2. For All Mankind explores what could have happened if the Russians got to the Moon first in 1969.

Verdict: Alternate realities have always been a good thing. I’d really like to see where this one goes.

3. See takes place 600 years into a post-apocalyptic future, where the remaining population of Earth is all blind. A war breaks out as sighted twins are born into a tribe, and the queen of the lands fears the mythic twins will threaten her rule.

Verdict: If you liked Apocalypto, chances are you’d like this one. It has Jason Momoa, too.

4. In Dickinson, Hailee Steinfeld stars as the misunderstood American poet in her coming-of-age story.

Verdict: – 😌

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