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RR’s Top 6 Nollywood Films Of The Year 2018

There hasn’t been a year in Nollywood as good as 2018. It was a fabulous year, especially in its last quarter (particularly the month of December). Multiple nollywood movies garnering critical acclaims at the same time is something not usually seen, so understand why I and some other people might be excited at how far the industry’s come. We can only hope this positive development piques the interests of indifferent viewers into going out of their way to support the industry by watching flicks it puts out for consumption; for without the consumers, the producers produce in vain.

In this year, we had movies spanning multiple genres; from the mouth-watering-cuisine-filled Royal Hibiscus Hotel, to the supernatural thriller Sylvia to gangster-ganja monster-hit King of Boys to family drama Lionheart, there was just about everything for everybody depending on your taste. Fret not, Ebony Life was very much active last Christmas season; they had their usual mindless comedy to thrill fans, this time in the form of Chief Daddy. I’m happy industry now has an official box office system, so we don’t get to believe any of the hogwash EL and filmone forced down our throats in the name of box office king. And, it’s my prayer the ills and sins of Nigeria doesn’t get to taint it before it even kicks off.

I, honestly, don’t get to see as much Nigerian movies at the cinema. This is because I’m careful about what my eyes sees (I don’t want my IQ dropping at an alarming rate). But with the overall performance of the out-gone year, in terms of movie quality, I’m willing to let me guard down a little, and so should you.

Without wasting any more time, let me reveal the six movies I believe redefined the Nigerian movie industry in the year 2018.

6 God Calling

There hasn’t been much Christian-themed production in recent time, and I don’t think there’s ever been one with a quality as great as this one. God calling is that movie you need to supercharge your faith in the right direction.

5 Up North

“Northern Nigerian is beautiful”. That’s a phrase you might have heard from someone who’s visited any of the states there. Thanks to this movie, many people get to visit there too (Bauchi State), and see the north has more to over than the ugliness of Boko Haram.

4 Knockout Blessing

Dare Olaitan thrilled the world when he released Ojukokoro a little over two years ago. With Knockout Blessing, he tells the world in unequivocal terms that he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

3 Sylvia

Supernatural thrillers were a stable of Nollywood back in the days; it was good to see it make a return, and to the big screen. Zainab Balogun puts in one of the best performance of her career as the titular character.

2 King of Boys

Kemi Adetiba brought to life a highly entertaining movie here. With high, octane-filled energy acting, and a cinematography like nothing ever seen before in Nollywood, almost everyone who visited the cinema left feeling entertained.

1 Lionheart

Rightly called “The feel good movie of the year” – Wilfred Okichie; Lionheart is definitely the biggest Nollywood movie of 2018. Becoming the first Nigerian Netflix Original speaks greatly for it. It’s a movie with a simple plot, but its name has been carved into the sands of history. Director and star Genevieve Nnaji put a lot of work into this movie, I’m happy it’s paying off – critically and financially. Click here to read my review.

I’ll like to know what you think in the comment box below.

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Ten Seven Grossing Movies of 2018

2018 has been a very interesting year for movies, and seems to be getting even more interesting just as its gradually coming to an end. It was in this year we had massive, shocking hits like Black Panther and more shocking hits like A Quiet Place and Crazy Rich Asians. With movies like Aquaman, Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns all set to battle for box office supremacy it’s as though the year’s not done with us yet. Old records have been broken and new ones formed this year, let’s see which ones actually smiled to the bank while making history.

RR brings to your recollection the top ten movies with the highest earnings in 2018 so far.

7 Deadpool 2 – $734.2M
6 Mission Impossible: Fallout – $791M
5 Venom – $844M
4 The Incredibles 2 – $1.24B
3 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $1.30B
2 Black panther – $1.35B
1 Avengers: Infinity War – $2.05B

Note: This article was originally written in December, 2018.

RR’s Top Ten Movies Of 2018

2018 has been a very interesting year at the box-office; several old records broken and new ones made. In this year, we saw movies that sprung up important, long side-lined conversations with rich cultural importance, like the groundbreaking ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ where both movies had majority of their casts from their eponymous races, finally addressed. In this same year, we had several low budget movies, like ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Blindspotting’ and indie movies like ‘Upgrade’ give us something new in terms of how movies should be made. All these for the betterment of the movie industry.

Below is my list of movies that struck, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinions.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great movies, it was tough limiting them to ten that really got to me. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Love, Simon

What’s not to love about this coming of age movie that talks about forbidden love? The writing, pacing and acting makes this a beautiful watch. You can’t help but get immersed in the protagonist quest to find Blue, who could be the love of his life.



9. Upgrade

I loved everything about STEM; the badass artificial intelligence chip with a mind of its own. I’m still sad it went rogue; but if there’s ever a sequel, you can count I’ll be there on opening night.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5



8. Searching

I can only imagine the technicality that was required to visually tell this story. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I watched a movie that was told through a display screen, from start-to-finish. And you’re wondering why it made my list.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5



7. The Hate U Give

Amandla Sternberg is a star, the world had better watch out for her ‘cos she hasn’t come to play.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5



6. A Quiet Place

This year’s a good one for power couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Together, they use their off-screen chemistry and brawn to bring us something new and beautiful, for which we’re eternally grateful.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating:



5. Crazy Rich Asians

Few years back, no one would’ve believed a movie with an entirely Asian cast would appeal to the whole world. But that’s what happened here with Crazy Rich Asian. Do you remember that wedding scene? We still grateful, Elvis Presley.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5



4. Bad Times at the El Royale

Chris Hemsworth continues to impress me with his acting. After seeing him in this movie as Billy Lee, I’m less worried about what his post-Thor career would look like.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5



Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Acrimony

This movie sprung up conversations at every corner of this part of the world. I’m sure we’ll still be asked ‘who was right, Mel or Robert?’ in the new year. Asides the publicity it garnered, nothing about this movie is supposed to be heard as the years go by.

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Tom Cruise’s stunts continue to rise in the ranks of death-defying.

  • Sorry To Bother You

Did you catch that horse c*ck sock?

  • Aquaman

I wish I lived in Atlantis. It’s so beautiful.

  • Ready Player One

Spielberg is still the greatest of all times.

  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse

Who would’ve thought an animated movie could be so interesting?



3. Black Panther

Wakanda forever!!!

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5



2. Blindspotting

Let me tell you a secret. Before Blindspotting, I’d never heard of Daveed Diggs. But after watching this masterpiece, I’ll be following his career nonstop.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5



1. Avengers: Infinity War

Around this time last year, my most prominent mantra was “Thanos is coming”. Thanos did come, and made sure he turned half the population into dust before he left. It’s a good thing our remaining heroes still won’t go down without a fight. The Endgame is here.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5




I saw a lot of movies this year and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad movies. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box.

RR’s Top Ten TV Shows Of 2018

The amount of contents yearly produced for the small screen makes it almost impossible to keep up, even for people whose full time job is watching and talking film. Notwithstanding, I did my best. It’s been a terrific year for the small screen, many classic works of art aired to millions around the globe. And, as usual, I’ve put together a list to appreciate all the shows that made me feel good.

Below is my list of TV shows that struck something in me, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinion.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great TV shows; and it was tough limiting them to ten. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Marvel’s Runaways s2

Even though its a late year release, Runaways sees a vast improvement in its writing, acting and story in its sophomore year. It’s a better outing than its first.



9. The Hunting of Hill House s1

Netflix continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. I really enjoyed this horror show about a small family terrorized by their past. Even though it got neatly tied out, a part of me still wishes it’ll have a second season focusing on the same family. You can read my review here.



8. American Crime Story s2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Even though though it’s got a misleading title, fans can’t stop raving over the beauty that’s this year’s entry into the American Crime Story anthology, and that’s largely due to Darren Criss’ performance. We sure owe him a lot.



7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina s1

Another Netflix offering that helped make the year better.



6. The Handmaid’s Tale s2

In Gilead, things bad things happen. And it’s up to Offred (or June, whatever she goes by these days) to change the narrative back to the saner days.



5. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD s5

Everyone who knows me knows Agents of SHIELD has been one of my favorite shows for some years now. The shows never disappoints. It’s sad I have to wait longer for another season to arrive.



4. Marvel’s Daredevil s3

Daredevil was arguably at its best this season. A nice retrace back to its root. Which makes its sudden cancellation all the more painful.



Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Titans s1
  • AHS s8
  • The Deuce s2
  • Jack Ryan s1
  • Luke Cage s2
  • Krypton s1
  • Barry s1
  • Dirty John s1


3. Westworld s2

After a wonderful first outing in 2016, Westworld tries its best to live up to the hype that its the goto show for unexpected twists and turns in timelines.



2. HTGAWM s4&5

Previously on How to get away with murder….

That’s all I need to hear to make my Thursdays. Viola Davis and the rest of the remarkable cast continue to do impressive works. Coupled with the fact that Wes is still dead, this show is definitely one of my favorites.



1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow s3&4

Never in the history of TV has a show as silly and self-aware as Legends of Tomorrow ever existed. Whoever birthed the idea to make it this way sure has my respect. The sillier the show gets, the happier I become.




I followed a lot of TV shows this year, and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box..

Almost Everyone In The ‘Vice’ Trailer Is Unrecognizable

When ‘Vice’ was first announced and Christian Bale billed to play the role of charismatic 46th vice president of the United States, no one really cared. This quickly changed when a picture from set found its way to the internet. Tongues got wagging and people couldn’t stop talking about how remarkable the changes to his physique were, calling it his best yet.

Yesterday, the first trailer found its way to the internet and people can’t stop talking about it. Nothing could’ve prepared us for Bale’s shocking transformation and how striking his resemblance to the real Dick Cheney was.

But I think it’s the make-up artist(s) attached to the project that should get the bulk of the celebration; every one of the popular actors playing major characters in the movie is almost totally unrecognizable – Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Stevel Carrel, you name it. I had a hard time matching the face of the person playing President George W. Bush to the ever energetic Sam Rockwell, talk more or the ever-lovely Amy Adams.

Vice is looking to be a critical wonder, which should transform into a commercial hit, too, if all goes as planned. The Oscar 2019 contest just got tougher.

Tell me, which of these transformations is most shocking to you, I want to know?

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below and tell em what you think in the comment box.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Royal Wedding’ (2018)

I want to believe I’m in a better state of mind to talk about the #RoyalWedding – an event that stole #RachelZane from I and #MikeRoss. 😤.

See, here’s a little backstory of how my 💞❤💖 turned to 💘🖤💔…

Mike and I used to be roommates/friends until he stole a newspaper 📰 cutout under my pillow and got the idea to show up at Pearson-Specter and eventually got #HarveySpecter to hire him by roughly said balls 🙄; there he met Rachel. If he hadn’t taken what’s mine, I probably might’ve been the one dating her. We’ve been beefing ever since. And now, #PrinceHarry has permanently taken her away from me. He even had her change her name back to #MeghanMarkle, an identity she never used when on #Suits, just so she doesn’t ever return to her one true love – Me. Yeah, he’s that afraid of the power of true love. 

I’m still heartbroken 😢, especially since #DavidBeckham stole the awesome piece I intended we wear on our wedding day, which will never happen now. I just want to die! 🤧🤒. Anyone have any ideas? 

#RinzyReviews 

2018 TV: Renewals and Cancellations

It’s that time of the year again. When TV lovers dread getting off the bed for fear of being greeted with the destabilizing news of their fav shows cancelled. Unfortunately, TV renewal and cancellation news are part of life and cannot be avoided (forever 😔). So, we’ll just get right to it: 2018 renewal and cancellation news compiled for your reading pleasure and/or displeasure. 

NB: The shows listed here are ones I deem valid and necessary. The list isn’t exhaustive. 

RENEWALS

Broadcast TV

1. The 100 (The CW)

2. 9-1-1 (FOX)

3. The Amazing Race (CBS)
4. American Idol (ABC)

5. America’s Got Talent (NBC)

6. Arrow (The CW)
7. The Bachelor (ABC)
8. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

9. Black Lightning (The CW)
10. Blue Bloods (CBS)

11. Chicago Fire (NBC)

12. Chicago Med (NBC)
13. Chicago PD (NBC)

14. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
15. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
16. Days of Our Lives (NBC)
17. Dynasty (The CW)

18. Empire (FOX)
19. The Flash (The CW)

20. The Gifted (FOX)
21. The Goldbergs (ABC)

22. The Good Doctor (ABC)
23. Good Girls (NBC)
24. The Good Place (NBC)
25. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
26. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
27. Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)
28. How To Get Away With Murder (ABC) 

29. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
30. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
31. Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
32. MacGyver (CBS)

33. Madam Secretary (CBS)

34. Masters of Illusion (The CW)
35. Midnight, Texas (NBC)
36. Modern Family (ABC)
37. Mom (CBS)
38. NCIS (CBS)
39. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
40. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
41. The Orville (FOX)
42. The Resident (FOX)
43. Riverdale (The CW)
44. Roseanne (ABC)
45. Salvation (CBS)
46. SEAL Team” (CBS)
47. The Simpsons (FOX)
48. So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
49. Supergirl (The CW)
50. Supernatural (The CW)
51. Survivor (CBS)
52. This Is Us (NBC)
53. Will & Grace (NBC)
54. Young Sheldon (CBS)

Cable and Streaming services

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
2. American Dad (TBS)
3. American Horror Story (FX)
4. American Vandal (Netflix)
5. Archer (FXX)
6. Ballers (HBO)
7. Barry (HBO)
8. Billions (Showtime)
9. Black Mirror (Netflix)
10. Counterpart (Starz)
11. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
12. Dark (Netflix)
13. Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
14. Fleabag (Amazon)
15. Fuller House (Netflix)
16.Grown-ish (Freeform)
17. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
18. Homeland (Showtime) 
19. House of Cards (Netflix)
20. Insecure (HBO)
21. Jack Ryan (Amazon)
22. Jessica Jones (Netflix)
23. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)
24. Killjoys (Syfy)
25. The Last O.G. (TBS)
26. Lore (Amazon)
27. The Magicians (SyFy) 
28. MINDHUNTER (Netflix)
29. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Netflix)
30. Narcos (Netflix)
31. On My Block (Netflix)
32. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
33. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
34. Outlander (Starz)
35. Power (Starz)
36. Preacher (AMC)
37. The Punisher (Netflix)
38. Queen Sugar (OWN)
39. Ray Donovan (Showtime)
40. Runaways (Hulu)
41. Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
42. Shameless (Showtime) 
43. Shooter (USA)
44. Silicon Valley (HBO)

45. The Sinner (USA)

46. South Park (Comedy Central)
47. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Startup (Crackle)
48.The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (Nat Geo)
49. Stranger Things (Netflix)
49. Strike Back (Cinemax)
50. Suits (USA)
51. Van Helsing (Syfy)
52. The Walking Dead (AMC)
53. Westworld (HBO)
54. You’re the Worst (FXX)


CANCELLED


Broadcast

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
2. The Expanse (Syfy)
3. Harry (Syndicated)
4. Life Sentence (The CW)
5. Living Biblically (CBS)
6. The Mayor (ABC)
7. Me, Myself & I (CBS)
8. The Night Shift (NBC)
9. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)
10. Valor (The CW)
11. Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS)
12. Zoo (CBS)

13. Quantico (ABC) 

14. Designated Survivor (ABC) 

15. The Exorcist (Fox) 

16. Lucifer (Fox) 

17. Inhumans (ABC) 


Cable / Streaming

1. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
2. Beyond (Freeform)
3. Chance (Hulu)
4. Chelsea (Netflix)
5. Damnation (USA)
6. Dice (Showtime)
7. Disjointed (Netflix)
8. Everything Sucks! (Netflix)
9. Game Shakers (Nick)
10. Here and Now (HBO)
11. I Love Dick (Amazon)
12. Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Amazon)
13. The Librarians (TNT)
14. The Mist (Spike)
15. Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)


SHOWS AIRING THEIR FINAL SEASON


Broadcast

1. The Middle (ABC)
2. New Girl (FOX)
3. Once Upon a Time (ABC)
4. The Originals (The CW)
5. Scandal (ABC)
6. Shades of Blue (NBC)


Cable / Streaming

1. 12 Monkeys (Syfy)
2. The Americans (FX)
3. Being Mary Jane (BET)
4. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
5. Love (Netflix)
6. Major Crimes (TNT)
7. The Mindy Project (Hulu)
8. Nashville (CMT)
9. Portlandia (IFC)
10. Red Oaks (Amazon)
12. Star Wars Rebels (Disney X D)
13. Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
14. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
15. Vice Principals (HBO)
16. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s (OWN)
17. Young & Hungry (Freeform)