Welcome to Rinzy Reviews Films

It’s been a few years since I became engrossed in the art of film-watching, and a little more for story-writing. It’s also approximately a year since I nursed the idea of having a platform where I pen my many film (movies and TV) theories and discuss film ideas with a public as enthusiastic about the art as myself. So, here we are – Rinzy Reviews Films: A dream made a reality.

Though not the best attempt, I strongly believe it’s a step in the ‘write’ direction. I believe, greatly, in planting a vision and nursing it into a mission. And, I know we’ll have great times here making memories we’ll treasure for many years to come.

My name is Rinzy Talius Dike, your chief-servant and I say Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

– Rinzy, 2016.


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I Care a Lot: Did I Care Much After Watching It? I I Don’t Think I Did

Release date: February 19, 2021

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinkalge, Diana Wiest, Elza Gonzalez, et al.

In ‘I Care a Lot’ a young woman, Marla (Rosamund Pike) has made it her life’s mission to rob the elderly squeaky clean. This is her master plan to escape poverty. And with the help of unscrupulous physicians here and there, her lover and assistant, Fran, and a Judge who clearly has a soft spot for her and her supposed ‘good’ deeds, Marla has everything she needs to take on the world and rid it of its aged ones and their fat bank accounts.

As a Nigerian raised to belief in karma and the notion that our elders are one-part gods who deserve to be revered and pampered, this movie’s premise was kinda difficult for me to swallow. As its runtime began counting down, I started to ask myself, “only a vile person can think of enriching themself this way, right? Because at the end of the day, we all get old if we’re lucky enough to live that long.” Turns out I was right. Marla is as vile as they come, and she knows it. She’s accepted it. In her own words, “I’ve tasted poverty, it doesn’t sit well with me.” Marla calls what she does playing fair and square, mostly because she’s technically not breaking any laws while at it even though it’s clearly an ethically and morally ambiguous business.

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With the arrival of Jeniffer Peterson, her latest “cherry,” a term Marla and Fran use to refer to elderly ones with plenty of money and no one to care about them or their wealth after they’ve been locked up, Marla bites more than she can chew. Turns out sweet Jennifer isn’t as unassuming as her innocent-looking face presumes. It’s soon revealed that Jennifer is the mother of a crime lord (Peter Dinklage) the world thinks is dead, and I thought, “Alas! Karma finally arrives. There’s no getting out of this one this time, Marla.” But it is with this twist trip down storylane that ‘I Care a Lot’ starts to unravel from the new weight of its writing. The story moved from a flawless combo of reality and fantasy to a muddled mixture which left me spluttering out countless “unbelievable!” and “impossible!” as the story progressed.

All good intentions don’t always end up the way they began, some end up sad, ugly and utterly miserable. Thankfully, ‘I Care a Lot’ didn’t end fitting any of these descriptions, but in the course of its journey it did stray from the identity it started with, one it should’ve stuck with. It’s not a terrible watch at all, far from it, but there’s little hope of it ever being likened to a masterpiece.

I’m kidding.

Not really.

Directed by: J Blakeson

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

‘Monster Hunter’ Is A Typical Anderson And Jovovich Movie Joint

Release date: December, 2020

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, et al.

When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new one, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, terrifying attacks, Artemis teams up with a mysterious hunter who has found a way to fight back. – The movie’s synopsis.

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Milla Jovovich shines brightest in action movies. Movies like the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise and now ‘Monster Hunter’. It’s what has solidified her career and made her a recognizable name in Hollywood.

You’d think her being a popular face in the genre, after all these years, would better influence the kind of movies she and her long-time collaborator (real-life husband and partner-in-crime) Paul W.S. Anderson now dish out — but you’d be very wrong for thinking that. Monster Hunter is a joke –terrible writing, poor CGI used to bring the monsters to live… you name it— just like what the Resident Evil movies turned out to be. But who’s really surprised?

This movie shouldn’t really antagonize anyone who’s been following Paul W.S. Anderson’s career from the sidelines because it offers nothing new to what we know as his career; but to his devoted fans, this is most likely a big win, a welcome addition into daddy’s action-packed filmography.

He’s not my daddy, so that should explain my rating.

Rinzy’s Rating: 1.5/5

Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Namaste Wahala: Better Wahala For You If You Take This Movie Serious – A Review

Release date: February 14, 2021 (Netflix)

Starring: Ini Dinma Okojie, Ruslaan, Mumtaz, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, et al.

Better wahala for you if you take this movie serious.

Namaste Wahala is a cheesy, very silly movie. But it’s also fun to watch by the standards of some-things Nollywood and all-things Bollywood.

With respect to logic, Namaste Wahala has so many things working against it from the beginning – yeah, I’m talking about the whole beach drama 😆. It was there and then I realize just how not seriously I needed to take this movie for the sake of my sanity. So, by the time the even more ludicrous scenes, like Broda Shaggi’s very unnecessary cameo, started to come up, I’d braced myself for the worst.

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The acting here is just too shoddy to ignore. Too extra. This is for EVERYBODY who featuted; yes, add RMD and Joke Silva to the list, and the Indian actors, too. Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, the Indian lady who played Didi’s best friend, and who also happens to be the Director of this film, had the worst performance for me, and that’s saying a lot considering Broda Shaggi had an appearance.

The product placement? TERRIBLE! I kept wondering if there was only one drink available in the movie’s universe or if the the whole 1h46m runtime was a sorry excuse for a Coca-cola ad.

So many things to complain about… from Frodd’s terrible acting even when he isn’t saying a word, to Raj’s black friend I didn’t find funny at all, to Uncle M.I. miraculous wedding invitation, so many things. But if I look at all of these things and take them to heart, it means I’m not being sincere with myself. A movie that called itself a mash-up between Nollywood and Bollywood –two powerhouse industries in terms of the quantity of movies produced yearly and the high degree of melodrama they usually contain– wasn’t ever taking itself serious. So, why should I even try?

I left my sense in the other room before going to watch this one, and I had a good time doing so. You should try it sometime.

Directed by: Hamisha Daryani Ahuja

Rinzy’s Rating: 2/5

Netflix’s ‘Malcom & Marie’ Isn’t A Love Story But A Story About Love – A Review

Release date: February 5

Starring: Zendaya and John David Washington

A lot can happen in one night. That’s the title I gave a screenplay idea I played with a couple of years ago, and that’s the stretch of Malcom & Marie’s scope.

You may have thought ‘Malcom & Marie’ is your typical love story; sorry to burst your bubbles, but it isn’t. I saw someone say about it “it’s not a love story, but it is a story about love.” Confusing as this might sound, I think it makes sense. What I really think M&M (not the button-shaped chocate) is, is a commentary piece – a 1h46m piece of non-ending dialogue that exposes the idea of love many relationships shy away from, to reveal the dirt and ugliness that usually lie beneath that shiny surface.

Malcom, a filmmaker, returns home with his girlfriend, Marie, from what he calls the biggest night of his life. Smoldering tensions and painful revelations push both of them toward a romantic reckoning that, by the time the movie ends, is sure to change their lives, whether they remain together or as individual persons.

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Zendaya and John David Washington bring their acting A-game to this one. Just in case you’re thinking it, I’d like to confirm that these two are the only actors/characters featured in the entire movie. A consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic, as this is regarded as the first movie to be shot in the heat of the Lockdown. The actors get to really shine and showcase their talents without fear of colleagues competing for screentime, but this closed story also makes the film feel stretched, repetitive and unnecessarily long in some parts. If you can deal with the parts that felt like M&M was going in circles, then I guess you’re good to go.

In the course of their unending dialogues (or arguments, dependingon how you see it), Malcom and Marie raise up various topics that affect them and others (eg: race and some other sensitive stuff); your personal view will come into deciding if the way these topics were handled was great, decent, or bleh.

Should you watch ‘Malcom & Marie’? I’d say yes, give it a shot; you’d at least enjoy its unique nature, black & white colouring, cinematography, and its amazing camera shots. I know I did.

Directed by: Sam Levinson

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Palmer: A Familiar Story That Finds New Ways To Stay Refreshing

Release date: January 29, 2021

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Ryder Allen, Alisha Wainwright, et al.

The most unexpected of things can, sometimes, end up having the biggest impact in our lives. For Palmer, an ex-convict and the titular character of this soulful drama, that’s Sam – a young schoolboy demonized by most people in his community for being “too girly”.

Having spent 12 years in prison for a crime he now regrets, Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake), is out and ready to take on the world again. Fate wastes no time crossing his path with Sam’s, the neglected child of a drug-addict and soon, Palmer unconsciously starts to see Sam as his redemption, thus beginning his descent into paternal instincts.

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“He’s the only thing I’ve been good at in a long time,” Palmer says about Sam in a heartbreaking court scene that gave Justin Timberlake more room to shine in a role that’s pretty great for his resume. It’s clear Palmer wants to do better with his life, Sam’s just the first of many big, new steps for him.

The story is a familiar one, you’ve seen it play out on-screen countless times, but ‘Palmer’ finds new ways to stay refreshing and is further upheld by strong performances from its array of actors led by Justin Timberlake. But it’s child-actor Ryder Allen, who plays the ostracized Sam, that pulls the biggest punches for me.

The movie raises some thoughtful questions, but it’s the one of ‘what really is masculinity?’ I find most interesting. I’ve spent sometime pondering about that to myself, so I throw it to you reading this – what exactly is masculinity to you? And if you where in Palmer’s shoes and having to raise and care for a child like Sam, what would be your predominant reaction? Let’s talk.

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Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

The Little Things Starring Three Big Oscar Winners – A Review

Release date: January 29, 2021

Starring: Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, Rami Malek, et al.

With each new major Warner Bros simultanous release in theatres and HBO Max, some viewers are left with a little extra bitter taste in their mouths. Think Wonder Woman 1984. Now think The Little Things.

“It’s the little things that matter.” If only Warner took its own advice here, The Little Things may have fared better.

For its marketing, The Little Things was touted to be the next big thing to shake the movie industry as it boasted of its incredible Oscar winning leads – Denzel Washington, Jared Leto and Rami Malek. It isn’t the next big thing, that much is clear from my intro; to quell your fears, it’s not the worst thing either. It’s just missing something that could’ve caused it to resonate better with the average movie audience.

I liked the way the movie started, it easily grabbed my attention almost at once with its slow tempo and a million and one burning questions begging to be answered. Things started to unravel (for me) when Jared Leto’s character Albert Sparma got introduced. The writing sort of started to go all over the place. This is hard to describe because Leto’s performance was nothing short of stellar.

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With The Little Things, we get a large piece of pie boasting an enviable cast, stellar acting (unsurprisingly), beautiful cinematography, eerie music and an air of mystery that kinda fails to live up to its own hype.

Something went wrong with this one and I can’t seem to put my finger on it yet, except the large feeling of unsatisfaction I could still feel in my guts when the end credits started to roll up.

I did like the end very much, the way it brought some of its ideas together and that genuine feeling of emptiness it left in the hearts of its characters and viewers; but in this case, for me, the end didn’t justify the means. Something’s still missing.

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Golden Globe Awards: 2021 nominees

Netflix takes the lead this year with 42 total nominations for its movies and shows, including “Mank,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Crown.” Followed by Amazon Prime Video, home to “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Small Axe,” followed with 10 nods, while Hulu picked up nine nominations for fare like “Normal People” and “Palm Springs.”

Check out the full nominations list below:

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)

“The Great” (Hulu) 

“Schitt’s Creek” (CBC) 

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) 

Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”) 

Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)

Al Pacino (“Hunters”) 

Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”) 

Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)

Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”) 

Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”) 

Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) 

Best Director – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix) 

Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) 

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) 

Kate Hudson (“Music”)

Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”) 

Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”)

Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”) 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) 

Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) 

Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) 

Gary Oldman (“Mank”) 

Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”)

Best Television Series – Drama 

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max) 

“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus) 

“Ozark” (Netflix)

“Ratched” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama 

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) 

Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)

Emma Corrin (“The Crown”) 

Laura Linney (“Ozark”) 

Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)

Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”) 

Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”) 

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”) 

Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”) 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) 

James Corden (“The Prom”)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) 

Dev Patel (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”) 

Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) 

Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) 

Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) 

Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) 

Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) 

Best Motion Picture – Drama 

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) 

“Mank” (Netflix) 

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) 

Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) 

Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)

Bill Murray (“On the Rocks”) 

Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”) 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture 

“The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat 

“Tenet” (Warner Bros.) – Ludwig Göransson 

“News of the World” (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard 

“Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross 

“Soul” (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”)

Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”) 

Elle Fanning (“The Great”) 

Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) 

Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

“Normal People” (Hulu/BBC) 

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) 

“Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC) 

“The Undoing” (HBO) 

“Unorthodox” (Netflix) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

John Boyega (“Small Axe”) 

Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”) 

Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)

Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”) 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios) 

“Hamilton” (Walt Disney Pictures) 

“Palm Springs” (Neon) 

“Music” (Vertical Entertainment)

“The Prom” (Netflix) 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture 

Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) 

Olivia Colman (“The Father”) 

Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)

Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) 

Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language 

“Another Round” (Samuel Goldwyn Films) 

“La Llorona” (Shudder) 

“The Life Ahead” (Netflix) 

“Minari” (A24) 

“Two of Us” (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture 

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) 

“Mank” (Netflix) 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) 

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)

Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”) 

Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) 

Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”) 

Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”) 

Julia Garner (“Ozark”) 

Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas 

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste

“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi 

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth 

“Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” (Hulu) – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

Best Motion Picture – Animated 

“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal Pictures) 

“Onward” (Walt Disney Pictures) 

“Over the Moon” (Netflix) 

“Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures) 

“Wolfwalkers” (Cartoon Saloon)

Netflix’s The White Tiger: A Gripping Tale of Life, Class, and Ambition

Release date: January 22, 2021 (Netflix)

Starring: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, et al.

In The White Tiger – an ambitious Indian man uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise up to the top.

The description above may feel similiar to the 2008 smash hit Slumdog Millionaire. In some ways, the movie actually does, but while Slumdog Millionaire showed a more fantastical approach to the gruesome journey of escaping the grasp of abject poverty, The White Tiger chooses the harsher, much darker route. Much like it plays out in real life.

For Balram (Adarsh Gourav), a life of servitude is all he’s ever known, and for countless others like him, that’s the only life they know until they die. But Balram is cunning and has something most others like him never do – ambition. The ambitious wasn’t there as much as one’d credit his smart thinking, but it is this ambition that propels Balram to cunningly affix himself as the primary driver for Ashok, the U.S. educated lad of a powerful and corrupt Indian family, and his wife Pinky.

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The White Tiger sheds some light into the systematic approach of how the rich stay getting richer and the measures they put in place to ensure the poor do not challenge this status quo; The Rooster Coop, Balram calls it. For people born in the lower caste system, like Balram, life is a vicious life – you’re born, you live, you serve, and you die. No ambition. Nothing. Occasionally a Balram comes through challenging the limits of what’s viewed as the norms, just like the titular White Tiger does with its arrival, but that’s about it. For every Balram that sees through the guise of bogus friendship and familial ties with his master and manages to claw their way out, a thousand more fall at the hands of theirs. It’s a crazy reality.

This book to movie adaptation doesn’t leave much else to be desired. Adarsh Gourav’s performance as Balram is incredible, the unflinching look of innocence, that unwavering smile that draws you into thinking him an idiot could’ve fooled me almost as much as it fooled his so-called masters. Priyanka Chopra does some of her finest acting as Pinky and, as I’ve heard, so does Bollywood sensation Rajkummar Rao, too, as Ashok. It is a well-done movie, entertaining, educating and evocative.

‘The White Tiger’ is a compelling piece of fiction with an ending that’ll most likely leave viewers conflicted about still rooting for Balram considering the huge price he paid to breakfree from the Coop or simply satisfied for his new destiny.

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Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

With Movies Like ‘Promising Young Woman’, 2021 Is Off To A Great Start

Release date: January, 2021

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, et al.

A Promising Young Woman has her dreams and aspirations cut short after an ugly incident happened while in medical school. Now, she’s a vengeful head looking to make the world better, one sinner at a time.

A good revenge thriller can never do wrong, even to the most casual moviegoer. And ‘Promising Young Woman’ keeps up with that tradition. It’s a commentary that stirs up conversations around heavy topics many people tend to shy away from, like the evil nature of sexual assault and its effect on survivors. Promising Young Woman takes it’s time to unravel itself, just like its femme fatale protagonist, Cassie, revealing a story that’s as well-put together as it’s relevant in this day and age.

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Although there are elements of romance and (dry) comedy here and there, this isn’t a romcom (I must warn anyone who may be confusing its colourful poster and cinematography for something else), Promising Young Woman takes a heavy topic and builds a light conversation around it, it raises up mysteries that aid its storytelling and smartly provides answers where it can, trusting its viewers to fill in the rest. These are symptoms of a good movie, one that doesn’t make light of the heavy topic it sought to address from the start.

It’s because of movies like ‘Promising Young Woman’ that I stay hopeful –irrespective of all the postponed movie dates– and say 2021 is off to a good start.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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