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 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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Hey guys, thank you for sticking with RR Films over the last two years. I love y’all so much! 😍.

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This Is Us: Beth and Randal Pearson Are Still Together!

This year, I don’t think I’ve been as happy as I was the moment I found out RnB (the internet name for Randal and Beth) never got divorced.

With the introduction of the flashforward timeline at the start of the just concluded third season, I’ve held my heart in my mouth this entire time thinking the worst has truly come for one of TV’s most perfect couple of all time. Luckily, for me (and many) it happened to be a case of the network baiting us all along… Another period in a married couple’s life, and that they were able to work out their differences.

This Is us isn’t a supernatural show, so I’m sure RnB’s future is set in stone; and there shall be no surprise, last minute changes to their marital status. They’re safe.

The season three finale did reveal a whole lot of interesting stuff about the rest of the Pearsons – like Rebecca living a very long life, enough to see her grandchildren, possible great-grandchildren, and even Kevin’s child (shocking! 🤣). The cliffhanger about the state of her health isn’t much of a cliffhanger to me; I believe she’s had a great time, more than most people would ever ask for.

Are you happy Beth and Randal were able to fix most of their problems at last? Do tell.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Happy Death Day 2 U’ (2019)

Release Date: February 13

Starring: Jessica Routhe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Phi Vu, et al.

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When the first Happy Deathday movie was released in 2017, I thought it a beautiful entry into the slasher movie genre. It was beautiful, and everything I needed at that time. This sequel, as all other movies bearing the tag, had the burden of surpassing the first in entertainment value, and I think that self-consciousness is where it went a tad wrong.

Whereas Happy Deathday was a slasher/comedy movie, Happy Deathday 2 U ventures into the realms of SciFi; using it to explain the reason why main character, Tree, is stuck in a ‘Groundhog Day’. Almost everything you know about this universe from the first movie, including who’s behind the mask, is useless in this one as the writers try to be creative in spinning the story around, a move I really applaud.

Happy Deathday 2 U wouldn’t be winning awards for 2019 Best Picture, buy it take risks in its sometimes bonker story that actually works; and for that I consider it a good sequel. It’s entertaining, albeit on a whole different level from the first one.

Directed By: Christopher Landon

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (2018)

Release Date: December 25

Starring: Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King, et al.

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The first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk left me enthralled. How it raked in award-after-award even without hitting the cinemas stirred up a hunger in me, the kind I haven’t experienced for a movie in recent time.

Based on the hit novel of the same name, this movie, set in early ’70s Harlem, tells the story of daughter and wife-to-be Tish as she vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. With the help of her family, Tish seeks to clear Fonny’s name before the birth of their child.

The story is a love story between a guy and a lady, and also between parents and their children. It’s also about racism, corrupt police practises, and the importance of having unconditional love and devotion in times of trouble. All these themes are very relevant today.

The movie is beautiful written, and the direction’s even more awesome, Barry Jenkins continues to deliver one amazing work after another. My favorite scene is easily the first sex scene. It clearly depicts all the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with two people in love baring their body and soul to each other for the the first time. The scene is deliberately longer than what many have come to expect from sex in films, but that’s what makes it even more special.

The choreography and lightening is also good. And the acting is perfect… Regina Kings 😍!

One aspect I felt lacking was in the depiction of the glories of the ’70s. This movie didn’t win any award for set and props because it wasn’t part of the story set out to be told in the beginning, and that’s very okay. The set is believable but doesn’t go out of its way to impress.

The chemistry between leads Stephan and Kiki is superb. It’s evident from the very first time I laid my eyes on them. And that chemistry is what made their sex scenes (mentioned earlier) very believable.

Side notes

1 Stephan James looks so much like Russell Hornsby of ‘Grimm’ fame, and Kiki Layne like Rutina Wesley of ‘True Blood’ fame. If both are cast as younger versions of these actors, they’d fit so well.

2 The ending of the movie is sad. Why’d it have to end that way. 😥

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Season One (2019)

Release Date: January 18

Network: Netflix

Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Rita Moreno, Kimiko Glenn, et al.

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Carmen Sandiego is one property that’s been around for a long time now, but might not be as popular as some of its counterparts age-wise. Thanks to Netflix, this status is sure to change.

Who is Carmen Sandiego?

A mischievous orphan who enrolls into V.I.L.E. academy – a school for thieves. It doesn’t take her long to discover she doesn’t belong there. Subsequently, she leaves, and soon starts to mastermind ways to take stop the evil organization from causing more harm’s worldwide.

The nine thirty-minutes episodes of the season addresses this issue in a back-and-forth manner that mostly gives educative exposition to the nefarious activities of V.I.L.E.

The show doesn’t do much to keep you invested storywise; but what it fails in that angle it makes up for with good animation and idiosyncratic characters like Detective

It’s educative and witty: perfect combo for kids and adults.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Fiona Gallagher Is No Longer Shameless

The 9th season finale of Shameless aired last night, and we had to say goodbye to Fiona Gallagher.

😦😧😲😢😥

Fiona’s been one of the strongest character on the show. If you’ve been a fan f the show from the very beginning, you’d know there’s no shortage of ill-luck afflicting the Gallagher’s; Fiona’s had her fair share, even going as far as venturing into entrepreneurship only to lose everything.

I liked the way the Emmy Rossum played character was written off; a wonderful send off to arguably the most important character since the start of the show. Her scene with Frank is easily the most emotional of the entire episode.

Shameless has been renewed for a 10th season. It’s left to be seen just how gravely Fiona’s absence will affect the rest of the characters – her siblings, Vee, Kelvin.

I’m not even sure how I’ll feel watching the show next season knowing fully well there’ll be no Fiona. The writers and producers will have to come up with a really engaging story so that Fiona’s absence won’t become the bane of the show’s existence.

Bonus though: Ian’s returning. Lip’s girlfriend is still pregnant, Liam’s becoming more independent, and Carl’s being dragged back to school. There’s no shortage of drama in the life of the Gallaghers. And that’s a good thing. 😁

Rinzy Reviews ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse’ (2018)

Release Date: December 1

Starring: Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber, et al.

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Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from another dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse started showing at cinemas, many referred to it as not just the best superhero movie of 2018, but the best movie of the entire year. That’s saying a lot judging from the fact that not only is it the seventh cinematic Spider-Man adaptation and that it was up against the likes of Marvel’s 10th year cinematic event – Avengers: Infinity War – but it’s also an animated movie.

2018 saw the likes of Avengers: Infinity War and Aquaman, both which raked in $2B and $1B respectively, but they both got nothing on the critical reviews Into the Spider-verse raked in.

To many fans, the idea of having more than one Spider-Man swinging about walls in a movie sounds weird; but this movie made it appealing. It took an unusual material and made something glorious, yet very relatable, out of it.

I dare say it’s the best Spider-Man movie yet.

All the characters were well fleshed, but my favorite’s easily ALL OF THEM 😁. I loved them all, couldn’t choose a favorite. That’s to give more credence to the wonderful job from everyone involved in production.

A sequel and a spin-off have been commissioned. So, if you really enjoyed this movie, fret not, we aren’t saying goodbye to this universe just yet.

Side note: I really loved the Doc-Oc reveal.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season One (2019)

Release Date: February 15

Network: Netflix/ 10 episodes

Starring: Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Tom Hopper, Mary J. Blige, et al.

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The Umbrella Academy is Netflix’s latest attempt at embracing the superhero genre. Being that the streaming giant’s recently said goodbye to the Marvel’s Defenders, its timing is perfect. And it sure looks like a worthy successor to raise the flag of superheroism on Netflix.

Over the course of 10 episodes, The Umbrella Academy tries to mostly be a time travel story, but it sure is other things. On October 1, 1989, 43 women around the world give birth at the same time. This is peculiar because none of them started the day pregnant. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an eccentric billionaire adopts seven of these children, and starts the Umbrella Academy – a school for the gifted to help make the world a better place. Sir Hargreeves is crazy enough to give these children numbers – one to seven – in place of names, and detaches himself from having any form of emotional attachment to them, a duty he leaves for their mother – a robot named Grace. She eventually gives them names, except Number Five.


The main plot revolves around the children, now adults, reuniting to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse, and more.

As the main plot unfolds, a lot is revealed about the family’s backstory. Some of which turned out impressive, and others not so much – like Luther and Allison’s incestuous relationship.

The Umbrella Academy is awesome storywise, but is heavily plagued by poor pacing, lazy writing, and horrible dialogues. Like in episode 8, when Allison finds Vanya in the cabin and tells her about Leonard being a murderer and all. The way that entire scene played out made me cringe; and that’s just one of many. These issues were evidently spread throughout the episodes, making it very difficult for me to decide which of them is the best, technically speaking.

The writing doesn’t fit the pacing of the story. The whole story takes place under eight days. Eight days to meet someone and fall blindly in love, like in the case of Vanya. I mean, who does that. And… the entire thing about the siblings easily turning on their Vanya, making it a case of Vanya vs. The world didn’t look good. I mean, these guys are retired superheroes; in no world is making such a decision as easy as depicted here.

Talking about Vanya, she’s got Marvel’s Phoenix level kind of power. Truly terrifying stuff. But if there’s one thing about her the show didn’t quite expatiate, it’s the fact that she’s got mental issues. There’s no doubt about that. She’s desperate for love, attention and acceptance from just about anybody since her family had refused to love her unconditionally. This is the reason she remained blind to all of Leonard’s wiles and tricks even when they became glaring.

The cast is great and the visuals are awesome. My favorite character is easily Number Five, and this is by no small measure because of Aidan Gallagher’s portrayal. The entire premise of a 58-y/o in a child’s body is so believable, you forget the character is been played by an actual 15-y/o. I see great things in his future, great things.

The season ended with more questions than answer. And was quite disappointing. It made all 10 hours invested in the season look meaningless, as we’ve got to wait for next season (should it get renewed) to reward our patience for this one. A poor shot at a cliffhanger, if you ask me. Doesn’t make much sense. But that doesn’t mean The Umbrella Academy is a bad show. On the contrary, it’s a decent one, and you should enjoy it.

Side notes:

1. We’re never told how Ben died. I hope it’s something that’s addressed in the next season. We didn’t get to see a lot of him, but he seems like an interesting character.

2. Whoever cast Mary J. Blige in the role of Cha-Cha has some answers to give. Even though there wasn’t much to work with, a more fitting actress would’ve brought a much needed depth to that role, and made the character remotely interesting. Hazel’s actor, Cameron Britton, escapes this judgement by a margin.

3. For a commission that safeguards the time-continum, The Commission’s office security is quite porous; this is evident in the countless times Number Five enters and leaves unregulated. Even Hazel gets to enter and put a bullet in someone who’s suppose to be high up the leadership board. You can imagine.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

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