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. 

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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 4Β 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. Β 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?

Directed by: The Russo brothers

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

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 πŸ’žβ€πŸ’– turned to πŸ’˜πŸ–€πŸ’”…

Mike and I used to be roommates/friends until he stole a newspaper πŸ“° 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 πŸ™„; 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! πŸ€§πŸ€’. Anyone have any ideas? 

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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˜‰.

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