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2018 Emmy Nomination List

The Emmys are here again! And, another round of deserving TV shows are about to be rewarded for their hard work.  👏.  

This year, Game of Thrones takes the lead with 21 nominations, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld, with 21 noms each. I’m very excited for Westworld (and HBO by extension) I feel the show hasn’t yet gotten the kind of accolade it deserves and with GOT ending next year, this might just be the megahit HBO has been looking for.

Here are the categories and nominees for the the 70th annual Primetime Emmys:

1. OUTSTANDING DRAMA

The Americans

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us

Stranger Things

Westworld

2. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Claire Foy — The Crown

Tatiana Maslaney — Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss — The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh — Killing Eve

Keri Russell — The Americans

Evan Rachel Wood — Westworld

3. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Jason Bateman – Ozark

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Ed Harris – Westworld

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us

Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

4. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Lena Heady – Game of Thrones

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale

Vanessa Kirby – The Crown

Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Alexis Bledel – The Handmaid’s Tale

Thandie Newton – Westworld

5. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin – Homeland

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Matt Smith – The Crown

Joseph Fiennes – The Handmaid’s Tale

6. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Antonio Banderas — Genius

Darren Criss — The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Benedict Cumberbatch — Patrick Melrose

Jeff Daniels — The Looming Tower

John Legend — Jesus Chris Superstar

Jesse Plemons – Black Mirror

7. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Jessica Biel – The Sinner

Laura Dern – The Tale

Michelle Dockery – Godless

Edie Falco – Law And Order: True Crime

Regina King – Seven Seconds

Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult

8. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES & TV MOVIE

The Alienist

Godless

Patrick Melrose

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

9. OUTSTANDING COMEDY

Atlanta

Barry

Blackish

Curb your Enthusiasm

GLOW

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

10. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Pamela Adlon — Better Things

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Issa Rae – Insecure

Traceee Ellis Ross – Blackish

Lilly Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

11. OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Anthony Anderson – Blackish

Ted Danson – The Good Place

Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Bill Hader – Barry

William H. Macey – Shameless

12. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Zazie Beets – Atlanta

Betty Gilpin – GLOW

Laurie Metcalf – Roseanne

Aidy Bryant – Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live 

Kate McKinnons – Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Megan Mullaly – Will & Grace

13. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta

Henry Winkler – Barry

Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live 

Louis Anderson – Baskets

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live

Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Did you favourite make the cut? Do tell. 

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Rinzy Reviews ‘Dear White People’ (2017 – till date) 

I think they whole world’s been sleeping on one very awesome show, it’s name is ‘Dear White People’. 

With two seasons of 10 episodes each under its belt, Dear White People is carving a quiet space, in the niche of satirical comedy-drama, for itself. In recent memory, I don’t think I’ve binge-watched any show as fast as I did this one. It was engaging from start to finish, across two seasons, 👏. And after that, I went online to source for articles and images, more stuffs to feed my hunger for more. I was disappointed to find very few links to relating headlines… Not even the tantalizing display of nude hot boys and girls could help spread its gospel. You might wonder why, just like I did? Is it because of its title? 🤔 
Dear White People is a misnomer, for those who don’t know, and has a deeper meaning than meets the casual eye. 

I kept digging, hoping to find something. A glimmer of hope for this beautiful piece of work created by Justin Simien. And… I came across one perculiar article.

First produced as a movie in 2014, ‘Dear White People’ had massive critical reception. For a crowdfunded movie, that’s a big deal. Fast-forward three years later, ⏩, Netflix decides to bring it to the small screen, but a lot of people opposed this move, acussing the show of being racist because of its title. And, now, even after two seasons, with both scoring a whopping 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, I understand the stigma from the accusation from still remains, resulting in lower online engagement. 

But I say to you still having doubts about the show:

1.Dear White People is awesome to watch. 

2.The characters are fun, their pains relatable, and the cast is topnotch. 

3.The show hits on the racism topic in a fun, yet mature way.

‘Dear White People’ might not be a ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Walking Dead’, but it’s a star in its own making. Give it a chance to shine. 

Are you with me? 😁 

#RinzyReviews 

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!👌. 

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 4 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!!! 😂. So, if you still haven’t watched the movie now’s the right time to leave. Bye, see you later… ✋. 

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.  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. 🤕. 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. 👌. 

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. 😔. I loved Ebony Maw and wish for him to return in the sequel. Am I alone in this line of thought? 

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. 👏.  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.  🤗. 

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. 😉.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Jessica Jones Season 2’

Rinzy Reviews ‘Jessica Jones Season 2’

The second season of Jessica Jones is an almost different show from what we saw in season 1. With the death of Kilgrave many people, myself included, wondered the direction the show would be headed moving forward. Allow me quell your worries, this season is wonderful, creative and a mild slice of heaven. It isn’t as good as the first one, but it’s still a nice watch.

[SMALL SPOILER ALERT!!! 😂]

The big-bad this season brings with her (yes, it’s a she) a surprise twist to the show’s mythology; something unexpected, yet very welcome – she’s Jessica’s long lost (once thought dead) mother. After this revelation, the story dragged for a while: I found it annoying. At the core, it became more of a family-drama than one belonging to the superhero genre, which in itself wouldn’t be a bad thing, but the story drags too much (starting from around Ep. 9) that it becomes stale, annoying and somewhat predictable.

I loved the character-arc of supporting characters this season, old and new: Trish, Malcom, Jeri, Trish’s mom, Oscar, Carl, etc. I loved them all. I feel the strength of the season was built around these people’s journey and I really loved it. More compelling is the fact that the villains this season appear sympathetic, at a point you start to root for them. This makes sense because in the real world there’s almost no clear hero or villain, it’s just people making various decisions, simple or complex, to survive and live another day.

If you still haven’t seen it, I recommend this season of JJ to you, you’ll love it.

 

PS: Kilgrave’s brief stint this season was a welcome idea. It was short, precise and permissive with the rest of the story; it painted more light on the internal struggle going on inside Jessica’s head even as she takes care of every other person’s shit.

With the way the season ended, we know Trish now has powers. Asides quick reflexes, we’d have to wait till next season to see the full range of her skills.

 

Rinzy Reviews ‘Black Panther’ (2018)

Never in the history of the world has there been so much clamour for one movie (correct me if I’m wrong). This Ryan Coogler’s directed movie addresses certain themes that mirror happenings in the real world today and, on a large scale, puts the Black Man at the positive center of it all, as against what’s commonly obtainable. This, I believe, is the major reason for the fanfare that has trailed this movie since its pre-production stage – a movie starring, in majority, black actors, directed by a black man, and telling a story that makes you (the viewer) imagine how the black race could have fared if she’d been left untampered with by colonialism and its  baggage that followed. 

For a long time I said I wasn’t going to review this movie, and I still won’t (at least not in details). This is because ‘Black Panther’ has achieved universal acclaimation and practically every good thing possible has already been said about it. I write this piece for that person (in the minority), who for one reason or the other hasn’t still yet ‘Black Panther’. Don’t deny yourself this wonderful viewing experience. Be a part of history. Why? 

Black Panther is a great movie, one that’ll be remembered for many years to come for its cultural relevance and significance, box-office record-breaking prowess, amongst many other honors it’s attained. Currently dubbed The Number One Movie In The World, ‘Black Panther’ boasts an impressive cast, wonderful performances, beautiful aesthetics thanks to its great CGI, a non-generic villain in Killmonger, and loads of wonderful new characters you’re sure to fall in love with… Shuri, M’baku, Nakia, Okoye, et al. 

Who should see ‘Black Panther’? Everyone, anyone, someone, you, me, your child, your parents… No one should be left out. 

Spoil yourself with ‘Black Panther’ and join the world to proclaim #WakandaForever! 

This Is Us (s02e14)

Ever since ‘This Is Us’ revealed Jack Pearson didn’t live long enough to see the 21st century, everyone has been waiting impatiently to see how exactly he died. The recent episode (s02e14), which is a Jack-death-centric one, reveals everything and it’s a painful one. 

If you haven’t watched it, go do so before SPOILERS fall on you. 

I’ll just drop something here. Remember how Kate has always blamed herself for her dad’s death? Yes. She deserves the blame and more. She did kill her dad. To find out how this happened, you should go watch the episode. ✌. Mandy Moore’s performance is killing it! Those tears. The intensity with which she brings forth Rebecca’s emotions is nothing short of beautiful.
Randal, Kevin, Toby and Miguel also make appearances, but this episode wasn’t really for them to shine. Lest I forget, Randal’s first born Tess did shine in this episode. I liked the twist even though I saw it coming (it was the same twist employed in the first episode of the show: the one that got me engrossed). #ThisIsUs #NBC #JackPearson #KatePearson