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Rinzy Reviews ‘Les Miserable’ (2018)

Network: BBC

Starring: Dominic West, Lily Collins, David Oyelowo, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, David Bradley, Ellie Bamber, et al.


Putting it mildly, Les Miserable is a story of how much good can still come out of a person, even when the world is being evil.

Jean Valjean (Dominic West) has seen and lived through the harshness of this world to a very high degree, but yet outlandishly refuses to succumb to the high pressures of the dark side. Hot on his heels, through many years on the run, is Inspector Javert (played to near excellence by the very talented David Oyelowo). Throughout the course of the miniseries, Javert harbors a long hatred for Monsieur Valjean; with him claiming, more than once, that he can’t find peace until criminals like Valjean are brought to book. The farce here is that Valjean happens to be the most selfless character on the show, a fact that doesn’t bode so well for Javert when he finally realizes how wrong he’s been about him.

To Jean Valjean, Dominic West brings his A-game (well, at his point in his long career we’d expect nothing less). His facial cues and expressions are top-notch when he’s not speaking, making his character even more relatable.

The rest of the cast are wonderful in their respective roles. Olivia Colman is always a delight to watch, even when she’s playing a despicable wrench of a woman whose reward for living an awful life is rotting in jail. Not the end I was hoping for, but it’ll do.

The set is top-notch, it’s clear a lot of research and work went into the birthing of the show.

The six hours spent Les Miserable is a good investment in quality TV.

PS: This one isn’t a musical, not in the slightest.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Dracula’ (2020)

Network: BBC – Netflix

Release Date – January 1, 2 & 3

Starring: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, et al


A better title for this miniseries should’ve been ‘The Charismatic Evolution of Count Dracula’ because, a transformation story is what we get in Dracula.

Since his first introduction to the public in Bram Stoker’s 1897 eponymous novel, Count Dracula has enjoyed an ever-increasing popularity with the masses. When report had it that the BBC and Netflix were teaming up to resurrect him once more, the news was very well received because there’s always going to be a new Dracula movie.

Does it live up to expectation?

For a three-part miniseries, things went to shit real fast on Dracula. Each episode runs for about 90 minutes, so that’s basically three movies for the price of one. The episodes boasts of commendable set pieces, intense plotting and some unforgettable dialogues like the one below, courtesy of the world’s most awesome nun (Sister Agatha):

Like many women my age I am trapped in a loveless marriage, maintaining appearances for the sake of a roof over my head

As the story progressed, the miniseries reinvented itself while still telling a central story about the titular, charismatic villain. The nature of this progression allowed the show morph through various amazing locations — a castle, a ship and a graveyard, amongst others — which helped elevate it even at times when the story quality waned.

Claes Bang’s performance as Count Dracula is terrific. He’s menacing, yet charming enough to draw unsuspecting victims in for his next kill. Dolly Wells, too, puts up a good one as Sister Agatha, the nun with trust issues pertaining God-stuff. Weird, right?

Verdict

The latest peak into the life and times of Count Dracula starts strong but quickly leaves much to be desired. Is that to say it’s terrible? NO!


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Film Of The day: Merlin

Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure drama television programme created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy, and Johnny Capps, starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012 for a total of 65 episodes. The show is loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin and his relationship with King Arthur, but it differs from traditional versions. The show was influenced by the US drama series Smallville about the early years of Superman (Wiki).

Merlin was extremely popular in the years leading up to a boom in TV serial programming. It was a must watch. In the league of the original Prison Break, Lost, Legend Of The Seeker, Kyle XY, etc., TV shows that had good story, awesome characters, and an impressive cast – Colin Morgan, James Bradley, Angel Coulbey, Katie McGrath, John Hurt, Anthony Head – to mention but a few.


Merlin is a reimagining of the legend in which the future King Arthur (James Bradley) and Merlin (Colin Morgan) are young contemporaries. Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) has banned magic in Camelot, its use punishable by death, forcing Merlin to keep his magical powers secret from everyone in Camelot other than his mentor Gaius (Richard Wilson). Arthur grows from a young, self-absorbed boy to the mighty king in the legends, and Merlin develops into his colossal role in creating the powerful Camelot (Wiki).
Merlin discovers that the king, Uther Pendragon, outlawed magic twenty years earlier in an event known as the Great Purge and imprisoned the last Dragon deep under the kingdom. After hearing a mysterious voice inside his head, Merlin makes his way to the cavern beneath Camelot where the Great Dragon (voice of

John Hurt ) tells Merlin that he has an important destiny: to protect Uther’s son, Arthur, who will return magic to Camelot and unite the land of Albion .

When Merlin meets Arthur, Merlin believes that he is an arrogant bully and Arthur, likewise, has a less than stellar opinion of Merlin. After saving the prince’s life Merlin becomes his servant and the two begin to respect and trust one another. Merlin eventually becomes close friends with Arthur, and another servant named Guinevere (Angel Coulby ). But when Uther’s actions eventually cause his ward Morgana (Katie McGrath ) to turn against Camelot, Merlin must work together with the Once and Future King (Arthur) to save Albion.

Which Orphan Black Clone Was Your Favorite?

After 5 years, 5 seasons and 50 episodes, BBC America’s Orphan Black takes a bow. SciFi has never felt so real, simple yet captivating until Orphan Black came around; it redefined science and made it better appealing to the common man.

During the course if its run, Orphan Black discussed many issues all ranging around the importance and true meaning of family. It was mostly about cloning and the true meaning of intellectual properties. Sarah and her sisters (or sestras, as Helena calls them) all share the same face but different personalities, this and many more bear witness to the awesomeness that is actress, Tatiana Maslaney’s prowess.

I’ll try to list them as many of them as I can remember, all you have to do is tell me who’s your favorite.



1. Sarah

Sarah Manning in Orphan Black


The lead clone, and one of the only two capable of having children.


2. Beth

Beth Childs


The first clone to die because she couldnt handle the depression that came with the knowledge of being a clone. Her death started the mysteries of the series.


3. Katja Obinger

Katja Obinger


A german clone who was working with Beth. She was killed by Helena.


4. Allison Hendrix

Allison Hendrix


Allison is a tough homemaker, Who wants nothnothing more than to keep her family and sestras safe.


5. Crystal

 

 

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If there anyone I forgot? Kindly remind me.

The truth is that the clone club has been through a lot, and if the final moments of the series finale is anything to go by, they’ll be living a life of peace and contentment.

7 Interesting TV shows you should follow this summer

Hi! It’s summer again! And with it comes that drought period where it’s difficult to decide which TV show to follow. By now fan-favorite shows of broadcast stations such as The Originals, The Flash, Arrow, Empire, etc. are done for the season, this shouldn’t be bad news as there’s still plenty of entertainment to keep you glued to your screens. Rinzy will help you Review which shows you must be following at this moment.

In no particular order they are:


1.Game of Thrones

I know I said in no particular order, but it’ll be unfair of me to give this juggernaut any spot that isn’t number-1. Yes, for those that don’t know, GOT is back – thanks to delay in production due to special requirements for the story-line, GOT premiered this summer. With just one episode gone, this is a good time to follow one show that continues to unite every thrive and tongue.

GOT s7 - Dany arrives Dragon STone


2. Power

It pains me to see that most people do not realize the awesomeness that’s this show aired by Starz – same network that brought us Spartacus (Remember?) Currently in its fourth season, Power continues to break new grounds with its unique mode of telling a familiar story about a former drug lord who wants out but is held back by complications in his life. #TeamGhost

Power


3. Preacher

For a TV show based on a comic book, Preacher is doing well for itself. Personally, I find it very entertaining, which keeps me coming back for more week after week. I see this series getting a third and fourth season, so yo should join the bandwagon.

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4. Orphan Black

Of all the shows on this list this is the only one airing its final season. BBC’s Orphan Black has treated us to five years of unique SciFi; not the type that rubs it in your face, but the kind that carefully drags you in with details. Tatiana Maslaney will make it big in the movie industry, pulling off about 13, 14, or is it 16 different characters with one face (I’ve lost count of the number of clones)

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5. Zoo

It’s not everyday you get to watch shows where animals deserve to get top billing credits (just as humans). Zoo takes us to a world where animals are evolving faster, are better coordinated, and want to eradicate humans before we do same. Currently in its third season, Zoo is still a delight to watch.

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6. Suits

Suits is back! Many (myself included) were skeptic on the fate of the show when Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson) left. Though not one of the fore leading characters, Jessica had that aura that made the very sight of her in any scene appealing. Though she’s no longer here, Suit still lives on our screens to the honor of her memory.

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7. The Strain

This is a wonderful show, and it’s also in its last season. A unique take of vampirism, which I’ve always loved as I’m a big vampire fans (#TVDForever). You need to watch this show now: four seasons isn’t much.

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Do you like my list? Which show deserves to be mentioned here? Talk to me in the comment box below.

Rinzy Reviews: Taboo (season one)

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5
Original Network: BBC One, FX.
Original Air-date: Jan. 7 – Mar.

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Taboo is everything a TV series should be; dark, mysterious, captivating. Tom Hardy brings his best in terms of story-telling, script-writing, directing, producing, and acting. If ever there was a definition for all round packaging in the movie world, this was Hardy’s resume; the job that’ll announce far and wide that this was a man of many talents, not just acting.

Luckily, this job resonates with many, RR included.

I must confess, when Taboo started I had hopes to binge-watch at a later date only because it was a passionate project of Tom Hardy. Having followed his top deliveries in recent years (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury, etc.) it is hard to dispute my interest. But then, I had not much expectations being that I didn’t really know well how such genre went. So, with an open mind I started to watch Taboo, and episode after episode I got more invested.

Tom Hardy portrays James Keziah Delaney, the mysterious only son of a rich and wealthy man. Once thought dead after a self-imposed exile to Africa, James returns at the death of his father, with an agenda of his own – To resurrect his father’s trading company against all forms of attacks from The East Indian Trading Company, The Americans, and The British Crown. Against all odds, James really holds his ground, proving himself a formidable foe against the big-wigs, especially The East Indian Trading Company which is easily revered as a god because of their wealth and wide reach. James was well believed by many to be the Devil – a title he earned by tales of his escapades in far away Africa, supported by his many devious acts upon his return. He eats flesh, he digs his teeth deep into the jugular artery of victims, he even has sex without being in the same room as his partner. His many pervertious acts cause many to fear him, and those who know him avoid him with reasonable distance. Of the many affected by this his gruesome nature is his half-sister cum lover, Zilpha, whose marriage suffers a reasonable depth because of James refusing to accept that what they shared died the ten years he was away. I must admit that the chemistry between both siblings is undeniably high that along the way we’re talking about the taboo that is blasphemy. At a point, I found myself rooting that Zilpha’s husband die so that both end up together, and when he finally does its gloom and doom all the way for her pitiable character. It’s a pity James with his magical mysteries couldn’t save her.

Finally, the battle of egos come to a full head on when James proves himself the smarter one to escape all trio of his rivals – the Americans, the Crown, and the Company. With the death of most of the players this season, we’ll be seeing lots of new faces by the time the series returns for the second season; something tells me the bigger boys will be involved, e.g. The men behind the Company, etc.

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Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney

I really enjoyed Taboo. It was very intriguing, captivating, and thoroughly enjoyable; it wouldn’t take a genius to realize this was a passionate project, and Tom Hardy nailed it. According to James Delaney, this time, the story is moving from his father to his mother, and there’s a whole lot to look forward to. I do hope it returns early for its second season, this time, I won’t waste time following it this time.