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‘The Witcher’ Is Good, But It’s No ‘Game Of Thrones’

Release Date: December 20, 2019 (Netflix)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, et al.


The Witcher is a decent entry into the fold of fantasy TV but, is it the new Game of Thrones? Let’s find out.

Henry Cavill was most certainly a delight to watch as the brooding Witcher with a conscience, but it’s safe to say he isn’t really the star of this show, which was surprising, being that he plays the titular character. That honor arguably goes to Anya Chalotra‘s Yennefer, the true break-out star of this show, all thanks to its writing.

Although the show follows the old monster-of-the-week pattern, it still spent so much time fleshing Yennefer’s arc that, by the final episode, it felt like I really knew her, which is more than I can say for Geralt of Rivia.

The timeline of The Witcher might just be the biggest issue anyone has with this show. It takes some time before the events happening start to make sense and even more time before you correctly deduce same events are taking place in three different time periods. Once you get over this hurdle, the show really picks up and in flows the endless thread of entertainment; from Yennefer’s long-thirst for more power to solve a problem she created for herself to her fate cross-haired with The Witcher’s who, in turn, has his cross-haired with a princess who doesn’t know just how powerful she is, yet, to a dragon. Yes, a freaking dragon. The list is endless.

I do hope for its second season, The Witcher dives deeper into its mythology, we need to understand how stuff really works there. It also needs to fine tune its pacing.

Just how entertianing is The Witcher? That’s something only you can decide. For me, I give it a 3/5, which I think is fair.


🎵 Toss a coin to your Witcher, o valley of plenty. 🎵

This song line might just be what Netflix The Witcher becomes most memorable for, in the future, rather than its amazing set pieces, actors commendable performance, and so often gratuitous nudity.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

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

HTGAWM: Everyone Who Has Died On ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

How To Get Away With Mother (HTGAWM) is back for its sixth and final season, and in commemoration of everyone who’ll die this season aside from Annalise (if that funeral scene isn’t even staged) I’ve decided to put together a list of everyone who’s died so far on the show; at least every death worth mentioning.

Some have been more painful that others (RIP Ronald Miller 😭), while some not so much (continue to rot in the grave, Wes😈), but in the end a part of us is chipped away everytime a beloved character bites the dust.

Aside from Wes, in no particular order, these are 10 people who’ve died on How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM)

PS: It isn’t news that my favorite death on the show is Wes’, so naturally he takes top spot. The rest are fair game.


WES GIBBONS

Selfish, ungrateful, demanding – these and many more Wes was in life. Annalise risked everything for him, and all he gave her in return were heartaches after heartaches. The gravity of his death gave me so much joy.


1. Sam Keating

Annalise’s lying, cheating, sexting husband was the first major character to bite the dust. His death was a shocker, and established the most important rule for the show moving forward – No one’s safe. A lesson viewers would get reinforced two seasons later.


2. Lila Stangard

Sam’s student/ girlfriend/ side-chick. Uncovering who killed her was the first mystery on the show. How thrilling it was to unveil Sam actually did kill her, and that Annalise wasn’t crazy.


3. Rebecca Sutter

Lila’s best friend, who gets life snuffed out by a pissed Bonnie. She was a lover of Wes, so I was pleased when she died and he started to unravel 😈.


4. Emily Sinclair

The Assistant DA on the Hapstall case. She got a wrong person pissed in Ashur, and got a one-way ticket to meet her creator because of it.


5. Nate Lahey Sr.

One of the most painful deaths on the show. He was just a casualty caught in the crossfire between Annalise and the Governor. The latter who’s still yet to pay for her sins; I can’t wait to see Annalise kick her ass.


6. Ronald Miller

This was a very painful death for me mostly because of the way it happened, and through whose hands it happened. Deep down, I hope Bonnie and Nate pay for killing DA Miller.


7. Emmett Crawford

I promise, this is the last person to die on this list that didn’t deserve it. Emmett was a good guy, and just like Nate Lahey Sr., he too was caught in the crossfire between Annalise and the Governor. His son’s on to something, I hope he takes down everyone who had a hand in his death.


8. Dominick Flores

Yeah. He’s the guy who set everything in motion for Annalise’s house to blow up with Wes in it. Even though I didn’t like Wes, he was one of the good guys, so Dominick’s death was so satisfying.


9. Caleb Hapstall

He killed his adoptive parents and framed his sister for it, that’s a bad guy. RIP Caleb.


10. Todd Denver

DA Denver choose the wrong side to work with when he choose the Castillo’s. His death happened off-scream, which is the only part I didn’t find satisfying.


Whose death was more satisfying for you?

Did I miss any of your favorites? If yes, who?

Rinzy Reviews ‘Swamp Thing’ Season One (2019)

First episode aired: May 31

Network: DC Universe

Starring: Crystal Reed, Kevin Durand, Andy Bean, et al.


I don’t think it’s farfetched to crown ‘Swamp Thing‘ the best original show on the DC Universe streaming service.

After ten well-paced episodes, the Swamp Thing‘s first (and only) season has come to an end.

We may never get to know the real reason behind the show’s shocking cancellation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still clamor for more. Hopefully, the powers that be at Warner Bros. hear our cries and do the needful.

If you’ve been searching for a reason to binge Swamp Thing, here are some pointers:

The show has boasts of a great cast. And there are some familiar faces too; Crystal Reed (Allison Argent in Teen Wolf), Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Det in The Strain), and Andy Bean (Greg Knox in Power), amongst others.

Intriguing characters. If it isn’t Dr. Abby trying to get to the root of the darkness besieging the swamp, then it’s Avery Sutherland constantly scheming to move his diabolical plans forward. Whatever the case, there’s no shortage of drama from the show’s addictive characters.

The visuals are really good for a TV budget. Don’t get it twisted, Swamp Thing is a horror show, and the cinematography does a good job at shrouding the whole town in darkness, vastly establishing the tone of the show.

I’ll advice you don’t get discouraged by the cancellation; the show’s good and I believe time spent binging it will be worth it. Also, the season/series finale does a good job tying off loose ends, while still leaving enough pieces should Warner Bros. renegade on its decision, so you’re assured of closure at the end.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5.

Full list of The Oscars 2018 Winners

This year’s  Oscar’s was a good one (to me). There were no nasty surprises like the La La Land/ Moonlight accidental swap of last year. 😂. The competition was tighter, but most of the winners were deserving of what they bagged. 
What do you think?
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Here are your winners :

1. Best supporting actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER!

2. Best makeup and hair
Darkest Hour – WINNER!
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

3. Best costume design
Beauty and the Beast 
Darkest Hour 
Phantom Thread – WINNER!
The Shape of Water 
Victoria & Abdul

4. Best documentary
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces, Places (Visages, Villages) 
Icarus – WINNER!
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

5. Best sound editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk – WINNER!
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi


6. Best sound mixing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk – WINNER!
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

7. Best production design
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water – WINNER!

8. Best foreign language film
A Fantastic Woman – WINNER!
The Insult
Loveless
On Body and Soul
The Square

9. Best supporting actress
Mary J Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya – WINNER!
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

10. Best animated short
Dear Basketball – WINNER!
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

11. Best animated film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco – WINNER!
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

12. Best visual effects
Blade Runner 2049 – WINNER
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

13. Best editing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk – WINNER!
I, Tonya 
The Shape of Water 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

14. Best documentary short
Edith+Eddie 
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 – WINNER!
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

15. Best live action short
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child – WINNER!
Watu Wote/All of Us

16. Best adapted screenplay
Call Me by Your Name – WINNER!
The Disaster Artist 
Logan
Molly’s Game 
Mudbound

17. Best original screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out – WINNER!
Lady Bird 
The Shape of Water 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

18. Best cinematography
Blade Runner 2049 – WINNER!
Darkest Hour 
Dunkirk 
Mudbound 
The Shape of Water

19. Best score
Dunkirk 
Phantom Thread 
The Shape of Water – WINNER!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

20. Best song
Mighty River, Mudbound
The Mystery of Love, Call Me by Your Name
Remember Me, Coco – WINNER!
Stand Up for Something, Marshall
This Is Me, The Greatest Showman

21. Best director
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water – WINNER!
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out

22. Best actor
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WINNER!
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel, Esq

23. Best actress
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER!
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

24. Best picture
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water – WINNER!
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Razzies Award 2018 Nomination List

I’m especially excited for the Razzies this year. 2017 had its share of ups and down, but I feel it had more gloom than the proverbial light. 

Here are the nominees for this year’s Razzies scheduled for the Feb. 3, a day before the Oscars. 

Go through and tell me your preferred winners. 
1. Worst Picture

Baywatch 

The Emoji Movie 

Fifty Shades Darker 

The Mummy 

Transformers: The Last Knight 
2. Worst Actress

Katherine Heigl, Unforgettable

Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker 

Jennifer Lawrence, Mother!

Tyler Perry, Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween 

Emma Watson, The Circle
3. Worst Actor

Tom Cruise, The Mummy 

Johnny Depp, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 

Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darker 

Zac Efron, Baywatch 

Mark Wahlberg, Daddy’s Home 2, Transformers: The Last Knight
4. Worst Supporting Actor

Javier Bardem, Mother!, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Russell Crowe, The Mummy 

Josh Duhamel, Transformers: The Last Knight 

Mel Gibson, Daddy’s Home 2 

Anthony Hopkins, Collide & Transformers: The Last Knight
5. Worst Supporting Actress

Kim Basinger, Fifty Shades Darker 

Sofia Boutella, The Mummy 

Laura Haddock, Transformers: The Last Knight 

Goldie Hawn, Snatched 

Susan Sarandon, A Bad Moms Christmas
6. Worst Screen Combo

Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys, or Two Sexual Positions, Fifty Shades Darker 

Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots, or Two Explosions, Transformers: The Last Knight

Any Two Obnoxious Emojis, The Emoji Movie 

Johnny Depp and His Worn-out Drunk Routine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 

Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn-out Wig, Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
7. Worst Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel

Baywatch 

Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween 

Fifty Shades Darker 

The Mummy 

Transformers: The Last Knight
8. Worst Director

Darren Aronofsky, Mother!

Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight

James Foley, Fifty Shades Darker 

Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy

Anthony (Tony) Leonidis, The Emoji Movie 
9. Worst Screenplay

Baywatch 

The Emoji Movie 

Fifty Shades Darker 

The Mummy 

Transformers: The Last Knight

​Rinzy Reviews ‘The Shape of Water’ (2017).

There are weird movies and there is this one treading unfamiliar terrains. 
A beautifully crafted romantic movie, with a love story that’s sure to touch hearts 💕 of lovers of the genre; only this isn’t a regular love story – it’s a very unusual one. 

A mute woman connects with a thing/monster/beast/amphibian?  All these titles seem to be taken, so we’ll just call it water-thing, 🙄.

 Director Guillermo del Toro delights in taking the most awkward of story plots and transforming them into something captivating – remember Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth? 😋

The film boasts an impressive cast with Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer, so the acting is almost always topnotch, 👍, throughout its run. 

Watching this movie wasn’t all rosy, at least for me. I must say I felt uncomfortable watching a human make out with a water-thing, because call it whatever sweet name that comes to your head, it doesn’t change the fact that this is a form of bestiality, 🤢. Scenes like when beauty and the beast do-the-deed in the bathroom seriously flooded with water or the time Elisa describes to her friend Zelda how she now spends her night terribly upset me. I admit I don’t have tolerance for such yet, and honestly, I hope I don’t.

On another rosy note, lead Sally Hawkins’ performance as mute woman Elisa is breathtaking, out of this world, extremely believable and impossible not to love, 😍. Doug Jones’ outing as the water-thing is also impressive and impossible to not love. Michael Shannon is a screen-god and should be cherished, 😍😍. I enjoyed every moment of screentime his beautifully crafted villain got. 


In all, Del Toro does give us a beautiful movie, one viewers can easily fall in love with and only worry about where they stand with a beast and man relationship after the movie is done, 👏 👏 👏. 

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