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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

Rinzy Reviews ‘You’ Season 2

Release Date: December 26 (Netflix)

Starring: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pendretti, et al.


The second season of ‘You‘ starts cool and ends with a killer BANG! Typical You style.

It’s the same Joe, but with a new name, in a new town and with new tricks up his sleeves. You tries to reinvent itself without having to lose all of the things that made it such an awesome hit in the first place. Luckily, it pulled it off.

Last season ended with Joe’s ex, Candace, return to life with a personal vendetta against him. To escape, Joe runs to Los Angeles, a place he knows Candace knows he hates and promises to turn a new leaf. Expectedly, this doesn’t hold up as he soon finds his new YOU to pine over – Love Quinn. Joe finds himself thrust into the extra-eventful drama that is life with Love, her hippie brother, Forty, and the rest of her family and friends.

Love takes an interest in Joe and, although he tries to fight it off at first, he succumbs to his desires and a romance kicks-off between them. To further prove himself worthy of Love’s love, Joe befriends Forty, who’s trying hard not to be seen as the crazily rich drug-addict posing as a writer. Although their friendship starts flawed, it quickly morphs into something genuine before the climax of that explosive finale.

Joe (as Will) tries to stay true to his sobriety, even after his cover is exposed by Candace’s arrival in L.A., but it’s like no matter how hard he tries to cover up the universe always finds a way to bring the real him out.

In Love, Joe finds a perfect partner, someone fighting her own demons and is willingly accepts him for who he is, but with a surprising twist, an unplanned baby on the way, a new life and a new neighbor to obsess over, the real question is, how long will Joe’s victory last?


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

‘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 Netflix Movies

Since it first delved into producing original contents in 2013 with the premiere of House of Cards, Netflix has helped redefine the way movies people consume movies and TV shows. With one of the most diverse catalogue of any studio/service, Netflix hasn’t relented in its resolve to keep providing something for everyone, irrespective of labels.

This year, the streaming giants took things a step further with the release of Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, a vastly unprecedented move that’s sure to further redefine how movies are released and consumed. Like my friend Magnus would say, paraphrased, the age of cinema might just be over.

The downside to a lot of content (both good and bad) is that it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep up. So, if by some miracle you’re hoping to dive into the new year binge-watching something worthy, this ranking should help with that.
In the order of my previous ratings, here is a list of what I think are the top 10 Netflix movies of 2019


1. The Irishman 4/5

Martin Scorcese helped bring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci under one movie roof again, for which we’re grateful.


2. Marriage Story 4/5

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver greatly shine in this intend story about love and divorce, no wonder award buzzes are really going off.


3. Dolemite is my Name

It felt so good to see Eddie Murphy back in action.


4. The Two Popes 3.5/5

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are two well-respected legends; so I they’ve got a story to tell about the Vatican, we listen.


5. Klaus 3.5/5

If you’ve ever wondered where Santa came from, this movie tries to provide answers.


6. Murder Mystery 3/5

Before Jennifer Aniston capped-off 2019 with her phenomenal role on The Morning Show as Alex Levy, there was this inane comedy with Adam Sandler.


7. El Camino 3/5

Who’d ever say no to more details on what happened to Jesse after his tryst with Walter White? Not me.


8. The King 3/5

Ambitious and murderous Timothee Chamalet was something I never knew I needed until I saw this.


9. Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile 3/5

Even though it’s difficult for some people to look past his High School Musical days, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to deny Zac Efron is evolving into more mature roles. That’s a good thing.


10. Someone Great 3/5

Break ups are painful. This movie doesn’t shy away from the topic.


Some honorable mentions: 6 Underground, Velvet Buzzsaw, and The boy who harnessed the wind.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Two Popes’ (2019)

Release Date: December 20 (Netflix)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, et al.


I am no stranger to Anthony Hopkins’ incredible acting talents, but it’s never enough not to reiterate how good he is. His performance as Pope Benedict XVI is very believable and incredibly done.

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins are two living legends in Hollywood, some of the finest still left from their generation; Director Fernando Meirelles couldn’t have selected a better cast to help bring his characters to life.

What Netflix has done with ‘The Two Popes‘ is awesome. Standing out is how the movie shines a light into how the papacy works for those of us who don’t know. It also talks about humanity and the many ways we, as humans, can do things differently for better results.

  • What happens when a Pope dies?
  • How’s a new one chosen and unveiled?
  • Is the pope incorruptible?
  • What are some of the things that go on in the head of a sitting Pope?

As a non-Catholic, I didn’t know the answer to many of these questions prior to watching this movie, but thanks to its remarkable writing and pacing I now do.

At its core, ‘The Two Popes‘ is a movie about friendship, grace, and humanity. It talks and basis in the existence of God’s grace without actually shoving it in your face. It’s a good movie.

PS: There’s a whole lot of dialogue in this movie, so don’t go in hoping to see some action; it doesn’t exist.


Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘6 Underground’ (2019)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Corey Hawkins, Ben Hardy, et al


Right off the title you could tell ‘6 Underground‘ would be dumb. Then factor in Ryan Reynolds and how he’s been typecast in recent history. This movie did very little to usurp all my low expectations. The action sequences were much and loud, exactly what you’d expect from a Michael Bay movie, but if anything’s become clearer in recent years, it’s that you need more than mindless action to make a good movie.

Two scenarios that’d have made ‘6 Underground‘ much better:

– A better backstory for its main characters, and
– If the car chase intro didn’t take 20 minutes.

‘6 Underground‘ isn’t all dark and gloomy though; there was this scene with magnets I thought was really cool.

If you’re a sucker for mind-numbing action, watching people’s heads and things blow up, this movie’s definitely for you; but if you’ve got a thing against movies with cliche plot (the kind that finds a way to portray America as a hero against villainy in the Middleeast), then you should thoroughly avoid this one.

One more thing, expect ‘7 Underground’ in a few years time.


Directed by: Michael Bay
Rinzy’s Rating: 2/5