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Issa Rae And Kumail Ninjiani Are Lovebirds – A Short Review

Release Date: April 24

Starring: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Anna Camp, etc.


Love isn’t always rosy; it’s a journey and can be made or marred by the unlikeliest of circumstances. For Jibran and Leilani, witnessing a murder turns out to be what ignites a new spark of passion they weren’t sure they still had in them, and, as it turns out, happens to be what sustains their relationship.

Kumail Ninjiani and Issa Rae, who are arguably two of the funniest people in present day Hollywood, breathe life into this clumsy, comic couple. And I thought they were fun to watch. Chemistry was average. I wasn’t really sold on the depth of their love or not-hate relationship, but it was enough to sustain the movie based on a very shaky, cliche plot.

It’s not perfect (which movie is anyway?) but you’re sure to have a good time if you watch it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Coffee and Kareem (2020) – A Review

Release Date: April 3 (Netflix)

Starring: Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Taraji P. Henson, Ed Helms, et al.


‘Coffee & Kareem’ is a Netflix original film about a 12-year-old boy (Kareem) who decides to put an end to his mother dating a white police officer (Coffee).

As an R-rated comedy film, ‘Coffee & Kareem’ doesn’t fare badly. Watching it does invoke genuine laughter in certain scenes, mostly thanks to the charismatic performance of Terrence Little Gardenhigh (Kareem) a real life 13-year-old and his mostly talented supporting cast, Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson. Terrence’s Kareem character is really foul- mouthed; it’s mostly fun, but sometimes it’s also too much to watch without cringing.

One of my favorite scenes in this movie is from my fav, Taraji, who plays Kareem’s mother. She goes on a whooping streak and hands two low -life thugs their assess when they come for her. Epic Taraji!

There’s nothing extraordinary about ‘Coffee & Kareem’, maybe aside its pun-styled title. The story is cliche and calling its execution sloppy is putting it mildly. But if you want to have a good time watching something with low stakes and that’ll require very little brain functions, this is a good choice.


Rinzy’s Rating: 2/5

Extraction: Could This Netflix Thriller Be The New John Wick?

“No matter how badass you think you are, there is always a badass bigger than you.” Amir, the main antagonist of this Netflix rescue thriller, says to one of his numerous henchmen during an early scene. It’s almost as if he knew I’d be comparing this movie to the likes of John Wick, Jason Bourne and all the other memorable characters with terrific stunt work before he made that statement.

In case the thought crossed your mind, no, this isn’t me hinting at ‘Extraction’ being a masterpiece or having a protagonist whose name would go on to strike fear whenever called upon, that’s not it at all. My praises, however, are unreserved for it having one of the most impressive choreography, camera work shot angles, and stunt work I’ve seen in a while.

Oh my! What’s not to love about Chris Hemsworth punching and killing people?

Everything the movie’s cliche rescue storyline lacks in originality, its impressive action sequences make up for it. And I think for this movie, that’s enough to love it.

Netflix leaves the ending ambiguous, probably to test the waters, see how viewers react and decide if a sequel should happen sometime in the future.

Do you want a sequel to Extraction?

Money Heist: 9 Things Bugging Me About Season Four – Not A review.

Netflix’s very popular telenovela makes a return for its fourth season. The show has come really far, and it seems just like yesterday when the rave first started. The badass Spanish heist everyone couldn’t stop talking about.

These days, Money Heist is mostly a shadow of its former glory. It keeps going in circles and repeating itself with slightly cooler tricks just to justify its continued existence. Think Raquel/Lisbon’s rescue paralleling Tokyo’s, and Alicia uncovering The Professor’s hideout just like Lisbon did when she was still a police inspector.

The show is excruciating to follow now, but I can’t stop. It hurts me to admit it, but I think I’m addicted.

So, instead of whining about all the things I didn’t like, but can’t change about this new season (4), I’ll instead talk about the questions I’ve still got ringing in my head, two weeks after its premiere on Netflix.

1) The best thing about this (4th) season is easily Gandia, The Head of Security at the Bank of Spain. He’s deadly, so why would the gang still keep him even after killing Nairobi? There’s almost nothing as dangerous as having him in the same space as the rest of the crew.


2) Talking about dangerous people. What is Palermo’s deal? I still don’t fully understand why The Professor would bring someone as unstable as him to this kind of delicate mission. But then, he brought Berlin and Tokyo (and even Denver), so I guess him agreeing him bringing Pallermo along isn’t so farfetched.
His actions led to Nairobi’s death. I don’t think that should be forgotten or forgiven.


3) Can this show please kill Arturo?

That. Man. Is. Annoying! And disgusting, too!


4) When it was shown that The Professor was behind the helicopter stunt, I legit thought the show was about to pull a crappy escape stunt on us. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but it left wondering… How will these guys escape with all that gold?


5) Money Heist has shown it isnt afraid to kill off its characters but why did it have to be Nairobi? For convenience, because she was already shot and the most likely to die from Gandia’s assault?

Nairobi was one of (if not the only) smartest characters on the show, after the professor, and now she’s gone. Who’d be able to lead the team efficiently now? Tokyo? Stockholm? Or, maybe that’s why Lisbon was brought in? Oh!


6) Why did The Professor have Lisbon brought into the bank? Could it be because it’s the safest place for the gang in the whole of Madrid (Spain), or that was a bad move on his part?


7) Since Arturo deserves to die, who deserves to kill him? Stockholm, Denver, Amanda, or the Governor of the Bank of Spain?


8) Does Nairobi’s death mean we’ll be seeing her backstory, just like Berlin? I think I’d like that.


9) When will Alicia give birth? I can almost swear that he tummy is a ripe as it can be, pushed to its very limit. But this fiesty Inspector/negotiator isn’t letting that slow her down. Last we saw her, she had a gun pointed at our dear professor. What if he labor starts in the middle of that confrontation? Is The Professor ready to become a daddy midwife? 😂

Altered Carbon’s Second Season Feels Like A New Show Existing In An Old One – Review

I’m not sure if the title of this article makes sense, but that’s exactly how I felt after binging all eight (8) episodes of the long-awaited sequel.

After the climatic events of the first season, it’s taken Taekeshi Kovacs (now played by the more-handsome-a-little-less-brooding Anthony Mackie) 30 years before he’s faced with a worthy new another adventure.

It’s not like time really matters in Tak’s world, a generation that has found a way to defy death, the concept of time is very much different than it is in today’s real world.

The first season of Altered Carbon will probably go down in history as one of the best cyberpunk storytelling of all time. And while this new season does its best to live up to that high standard, it marginally fails to.

Anthony Mackie

Altered Carbon had a rocky trip to a second season, at a point we weren’t sure it was ever going to happen (which puts a third season up for more serious contention, all things considered).

One of the blows, when it finally got greenlit, was that Joel Kinnaman wasn’t going to be returning as Taekeshi Kovacs. Although that news felt like a knife through my heart, storywise it made sense. Taekeshi was simply going to jump into another meat sac same way he did into Kinnaman’s. The problem was, Kinnaman had come to make the character his own in ways even the original Tak couldn’t.

This isn’t me taking a swipe at the man who’s played Falcon for six years and is about to take up the mantle of Captain America, no. On the contrary, I think Mackie is very talented, but his Taekeshi Kovacs felt very different from the one we all fell in love with last season.

IN FACT, THE ENTIRE SHOW FELT DIFFERENT.

Different isn’t a bad thing, I like different. I like the story this season sort to tell – about family, love and honor – I liked the new characters -Trepp, Denica Harlan, et al.- I liked the old ones, too, given new depths -Poe, QuellChrist Falcona. But overall, I loved the first season more, by a margin.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

If you’ve seen both seasons, tell me which one you prefer.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Locke & Key’ Season One (2020)

Release Date: Feb. 8 (Netflix)

Starring: Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Leisla De Oliveira, et al


Locke & Key‘ is a pretty cool show, better than some of the teen shows out there. Yes, there’s love angst, deceit, back-stabbing, and all the familiar element in the teenage genre lot, but there’s some genuinely cool surprises, too.

The story’s progression starts a tad slow at first, but then picks up steam and becomes almost impossible to drop until the binging is over.

My favorite character on the show is Bode Locke and I believe he’ll easily be yours, too, if you watch. Although the youngest, Bode showcases more maturity and makes comparatively wiser choices than most of the adult characters, which says a lot about how efficient children can be with making the best out of situations, in the real world.

The show’s set up a future of endless possibilities with its explosive finale, but more important is the fact that it needs to take some steps back in time and provide answers to a lot of questions it should’ve already answered this first season like, where do Dodge and the keys come from, and what makes the Lockes and key-house so special? Hopefully, we get these sorted out once Netflix greenlights another season. Until then, we’ll make due replaying some of the poor chocies these characters made and plotting how best they can still redeem themselves.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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