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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It’s amazing how time flies! Thank you for sticking with Rinzy Reviews Films over the last four years now.  😍

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Godzilla Vs. Kong: A Spectacular Brawl With A Not-So-Obvious Winner

Release date: March 31, 2021

Starring: Milie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgard, Brian Tyree Henry, et al.


Do people actually go into a monster fight-club-styled movie looking for a plot? That’s the question I’ve struggled with answering since I first saw Godzilla vs. Kong.

I thought it was a cool movie. The fight scenes between the titular titans were what we were promised – brutal, entertaining and loooong. I was a bit disappointed my favourite monster lost the brawl, but we meeeeuve.

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Another thing that left me disappointed was the human characters in this movie and how, most of the time, they all felt like props to help viewers interprete (sometimes literally) the actions of the Monsters, which begged my first question. So, I ask another… were you satisfied with the way Godzilla vs. Kong played out, or would you have loved some more depth to the human characters, especially characters like Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison with direct connections to previous movies in this Monsterverse? Do let me know in the comments.

Aside: I’ve seen a few hilarious commentaries on this movie, but one takes the duo prize for hilarity and absurdity, and I thought I’d share it with you guys. It’s a comparison between this movie and 2016’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Kong is Batman, Godzilla is Superman, and a particular standoff scene in the third act, where both monsters are roaring at each other, is the infamous “Save Martha” scene. Did anyone else catch this similarity, or does it exist solely in the author’s head? Do let me know also.


Directed by: Adam Wingard

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Starz’s American Gods Continues To Impress, Even With Its Third Season


American Gods is a weird show. It’s never shied away from that fact and how it has stayed away from the familiar, upbeat nature of most of the other shows on TV. This (third) season, the show brought its weird-ish arsenal to the party once more, and it didn’t disappoint.

Multiple character arcs got expanded, answers to some long-running questions were provided and more even questions were teased to replace them. For every “what is Wednesday up to?” resolution we got, we’re hit with a new “what then do we do now?” to take its place. It was such an exhilarating journey to follow, and the amazing visual shots abundant thoughout the season made it even more rewarding to follow. A lot of time and effort went into making this season and I’m glad it wasn’t for nought. With shows like this, you can never be so sure; one minute everyone loves what you’re doing, and the next they against you and all you stand for because they think you’ve gone too far. I’m glad that wasn’t the case here.

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I miss some of the gods who’ve left the show (Mad Sweeney, Anansi, etc.), but those still around are doing an amazing job carrying the weight of the show forward.

Starz really needs to renew American Gods for a 4th season. The season finale raised crazy, mind-bending questions and theories about the show’s potential future, and I can’t wait to see how they unfold. It’s super-obvious now that Wednesday can’t be trusted by anyone under any circumstance, it’ll be wonderful to see how Shadow reconciles himself with the fact that his father is an unrepentant son of a bitch, and forge ahead with his new destiny outside Wednesday. I sense a civil war coming with the gods – it won’t be a thing of Old vs. New gods, but of beliefs. Shadow, Technical boy, Bilquis, etc. on one side vs. the likes of Wednesday, Mr. World, Czenorborg, etc. Then, we have the likes of Laura, the unpredictables, doing their thing, too. The idea sounds like fun, but only time will tell if this is similar to what the showrunner(s) have planned for the future.

I’ve always recommended American Gods as a good show to watch because I genuinely feel it’s one of the best things on air right now. It’s pacing may feel sluggish to the uninitiated, but that original feeling hasn’t changed.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Is Finally Here, After 4 Years

Release date: March 18, 2021 (HBO Max)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason mimosa, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds et al.


Is the 2021 Snyder Cut better than 2017’s Justice League?

Yes!

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is far from perfect, but it’s a rare Hollywood experience I’m glad to see happen in my lifetime.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me tell you why I think this unusually long 4 hours movie is a better one than the fit-for-cinema 2 hour sized cut we got in 2017.

IT’S THE STORY

One major problem I had with the Joss Whedon’s version of the Justice League movie was how so much was happening with so little making sense, and how characters like Cyborg and Lois Lane had very little screentime to breathe and make meaningful connections with us the audience. But this changed for the better with the Snyder cut. I thought Cyborg had one of the most engaging story arc of the entire movie and, in a sense, was “The heart of the movie” as Zack Snyder himself had teased a few months ago. Also, new scenes that got added, like parademons kidnapping those Atlantean guards for Steppenwolf to interrogate and Vulko giving Arthur a pep talk, helped foreshadow certain key events we’d already seen happen in 2017 with deeper understanding.

It’s the intention the Snyder cut affords these such storylines to exist anew with better meaning that makes the difference.

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The runtime gave the movie and its characters the much needed space they needed to thrive; but, at the same time, it is worth noting that this is a luxury that got afforded to Snyder by the way things turned out for the 2017 theatrical version. Whether you agree with or not, if Snyder had remained with the movie, there’s no way a 4-hour comicbook-based movie was going to make it to the cinemas in 2017.

With the availability of HBO Max, Zack Snyder (and the execs at Warner Bros/ DC) saw an opportunity to improve on the disaster many people now refer to Whedon’s version as and whatever Snyder’s original JL vision was, and they seized it. What we get is a 4-hour movie that tells an immersive, coherent story that leaves you wanting more from this universe.

The CGI may have been sloppy in some places (cue in the scenes we see of Desaad conversing with Steppenwolf, and that of Darkseid, before either of them make an actual physical appearance on Apokolips), but, surprisingly, that didn’t mar the viewing experience for me. It may have been because of the excitement I already felt clouding my judgement, it also could’ve been because Zack Snyder did his goddamn job and finally redeemed the Justice League, making them a team worth watching kickass in live-action.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

The possibilities are endless, literally. Snyder teased so much within the crux of the movie and in the epilogue. It remains to see how the powers that be at Warner Bros/ DC react to fans’ reactions on this one and, also, if Snyder and the actors who’ve already exited the DCEU (like Ben Affleck) would ever be willing to return for an extended period of shooting.

So, until we can confirm we’re truly going to see the Injustice League or Darkseid and his Armada wreak havoc on Batman and his knights of the round table, I’ll try not to keep my hopes up and go back to watching the movie again for the umpteenth time.


Directed by: Zack Snyder

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

With ‘Cherry’, Tom Holland Continues To Diversify His Leading Man Image For His Post-MCU Career

Release date: March 12, 2021 (Apple TV+)

Starring: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, et al.


Tom Holland is working tirelessly to shed all the layers of stereotype his MCU role as Peter Parker aka Spider-man may has added to his career. His role in Apple TV’s Cherry is certainly no Spidey. It’s a hardcore, grown-up drama about some of the problems encountered in the journey of adulting and what can sometime happen when one does not get the help they truly need. It’s a gritty movie and I thought it’s one of many good movies Holland will still have to make to further diversify his career as an actor.

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In some ways, Cherry reminds me of The Devil All The Time, a 2020 movie in which Holland also plays a character faced with making tough decisions for himself and the people he loves. I think he’s on the right path to further laundering his image for when his post-MCU days coming. A smart move.

As a standalone movie, Cherry is decent. It approaches its subject matters of adulting, and fraction themes of PTSD, negligence, drug abuse, etc., pretty well. It could make make you emotional, if you’re into that type of stuff. It also showcases a part of Tom Holland we’re not yet used to seeing but will define seeing more of in the future; and for newcomer Ciara Bravo, it does a good job of spotlighting her as a talent to expect more good stuff from in the future.

Cherry is a good movie. Could’ve been been tighter, but with luck it passed the halfway mark of quality into watchable and enjoyable territory. I think you should see it.


Directed by: The Russo brothers

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Oscar nominees 2021

After multiple delays not unrelated to the pandemic, the 2021 Oscar nominees are here.

Competing for best picture are “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Netflix’s “Mank” scored a leading 10 nominations, including nods for best director (David Fincher), best actor (Gary Oldman) and best supporting actress (Amanda Seyfried), in addition to best picture.

Following behind with six nominations apiece are “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” received five nods.about:blankabout:blankabout:blank

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas announced the Academy Award nominations in a two-part live presentation on Monday via global live stream. The ceremony will take place in-person at Los Angeles’ Union Station and the Dolby Theatre on April 25, after being pushed back from its original Feb. 28 date.

Here is the full list of 2021 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) 

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) 

“Mank” (Netflix) 

“Minari” (A24) 

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) 

“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios) 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”)

David Fincher (“Mank”) 

Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) 

Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) 

Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) 

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

Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) 

Gary Oldman (“Mank”) 

Steven Yeun (“Minari”) 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

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

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

Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) 

Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) 

Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) 

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

Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”) 

Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova (‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) 

Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) 

Olivia Colman (“The Father”) 

Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) 

Yuh-jung Youn (“Minari”) 

Best Animated Feature Film

“Onward” (Pixar) 

“Over the Moon” (Netflix) 

“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix) 

“Soul” (Pixar) 

“Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS) 

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Nina Pedrad

“The Father,” Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao 

“One Night in Miami,” Kemp Powers 

“The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahrani 

Best Original Screenplay

“Judas and the Black Messiah.” Screenplay by Will Berson, Shaka King; Story by Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas

“Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung 

“Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell 

“Sound of Metal.” Screenplay by Darius Marder, Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin 

Best Original Song

“Fight for You,” (“Judas and the Black Messiah”). Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

“Hear My Voice,” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”). Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

“Húsavík,” (“Eurovision Song Contest”). Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

“Io Si (Seen),” (“The Life Ahead”). Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

“Speak Now,” (“One Night in Miami”). Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

Best Original Score

“Da 5 Bloods,” Terence Blanchard 

“Mank,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross 

“Minari,” Emile Mosseri 

“News of the World,” James Newton Howard 

“Soul,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste 

Best Sound

“Greyhound,” Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman

“Mank,” Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin

“News of the World,” Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett

“Soul,” Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker

“Sound of Metal,” Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Best Costume Design

“Emma,” Alexandra Byrne 

“Mank,” Trish Summerville 

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Ann Roth 

“Mulan,” Bina Daigeler 

“Pinocchio,” Massimo Cantini Parrini

Best Animated Short Film

“Burrow” (Disney Plus/Pixar)

“Genius Loci” (Kazak Productions) 

“If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix) 

“Opera” (Beasts and Natives Alike) 

“Yes-People” (CAOZ hf. Hólamói) 

Best Live-Action Short Film

“Feeling Through” 

“The Letter Room” 

“The Present” 

“Two Distant Strangers” 

“White Eye” 

Best Cinematography

“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Sean Bobbitt 

“Mank,” Erik Messerschmidt 

“News of the World,” Dariusz Wolski 

“Nomadland,” Joshua James Richards 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Phedon Papamichael 

Best Documentary Feature

“Collective” (Magnolia Pictures and Participant) 

“Crip Camp” (Netflix) 

“The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures) 

“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix) 

“Time” (Amazon Studios) 

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Colette” (Time Travel Unlimited) 

“A Concerto Is a Conversation” (Breakwater Studios) 

“Do Not Split” (Field of Vision) 

“Hunger Ward” (MTV Documentary Films)

“A Love Song for Latasha” (Netflix) 

Best Film Editing

“The Father,” Yorgos Lamprinos

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao 

“Promising Young Woman,” Frédéric Thoraval 

“Sound of Metal,” Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Alan Baumgarten 

Best International Feature Film

“Another Round” (Denmark) 

“Better Days” (Hong Kong)

“Collective” (Romania) 

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia)

“Quo Vadis, Aida?”(Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Emma,” Marese Langan, Laura Allen, Claudia Stolze

“Hillbilly Elegy,” Eryn Krueger Mekash, Patricia Dehaney, Matthew Mungle 

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson

“Mank,” Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams, Colleen LaBaff

“Pinocchio,” Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli, Francesco Pegoretti

Best Production Design

“The Father.” Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton

“Mank.” Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

“News of the World.” Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

“Tenet.” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

Best Visual Effects

“Love and Monsters,” Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox 

“The Midnight Sky,” Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins

“Mulan,” Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram

“The One and Only Ivan,” Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez

“Tenet,” Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

‘Raya And A Lost Dragon’ Is An Overly Familiar Disney Story

Release date: March 5, 2021

Starring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Jemmie Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, et al.


‘Raya and the Dragon’ is a familiar Disney story with amazing visuals and a warm message at heart.

In a world that’s now all for inclusivity, Disney has unveiled its first southeast Asian led princess/warrior with this animated movie, which means more representation for kids and adults alike who wish to see someone that looks like them onscreen and, in turn, more relevance for the mouse house.

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The titular protagonist Raya is a flawed hero, one who sets out to correct a mistake she made by trusting the wrong person. To do this, she has to find Sisu, the last, lost dragon of Kumandra, her home town, to use its magical power to banish the Drunns (ancient monsters sucking the soul of every living being in their paths).

It is a cool story, one that unveils itself, albeit with very few surprise, in impressive visuals. The lands of Kumandra are beautiful, colourful and give you an immersive viewing experience as you’d expect from a Disney animated movie. I mean, it’s Disney. The story did feel a tad too familiar, like I’ve seen it a thousand times before, but it’s still an enjoyable watch. I just don’t think I’ll be seeing it again anytime soon.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

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‘Coming 2 America’ Is A Hilarious Sequel Nobody Really Asked For

Release date: March 5, 2021 (Amazon Prime)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Davido, Leslie Jones, Jerome Fowler, et al.


“Hollywood is filled with pointless remakes and sequels nobody asked for… but there are some exceptions.”

The above is a line taken off the lips of Mirembe, a new character in the long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel. With such a self-aware line, the question now is, is ‘Coming 2 America’ one of such sequels worthy to be tagged an exception to this widely accepted truth?

In some ways, I think it is.

‘Coming 2 America’ picks up after the events of the first movie, skips the 33 years gap and arrives in present day. Everyone seems to be alive and well, which is a good thing, except for Akeem’s mother, the Queen. God rest her soul (in real life she died in 1995, just in case you were wondering) and that of King Jaffe Joffer who joins her in one of the most fantastical funeral scene I’ve ever seen in a movie.

This sequel follows the newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) as they embark on an all-new adventure to go find Lavelle, the son and their to the Zamunda throne Akeem didn’t know he had all these years.

‘Coming 2 America’ came prepared with a tankfull of nostalgia. For someone who usually criticizes Hollywood and its many pointless remakes, I really didn’t mind this one because it was simply difficult to not stay entertained. Most of the jokes were old, some were just applied in new ways, but the phrase “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” easily works merit with this one, giving the movie an easy pass with almost everyone who sees it.

General Izzi (played by Wesley Snipes) was easily my favourite character amongst the new ones and ranked high when compared with the oldies, too. His mannerism, overexaggerated entrance into spaces and cool threats to King Akeem Joffer gave me a swell time to watch. Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan were some other welcome additions to the franchise.

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The first movie’s a visual spectacle, this one is, too. The vibrant colours, aesthetics and super-costumes weren’t a bore to watch at all. The music by Nigerian artistes (Davido (OBO, Baddest!), Tiwa Savage, Tekno and Burna Boy) were a delight to listen to also.

Some of the things I didn’t like about it, though, which didn’t necessarily alter how I felt about the movies, but I wish to make them known all the same are:

  • In some ways, the film felt like it was trying hard to fit into Black Panther’s shadow.
  • I wish we saw more about Semmi’s personal life. Save for his mother, who was mentioned in the first film, no one knows almost anything else about this very adorable character. This sequel was the opportunity to fix that, and it was squandered.
  • Another thing this movie had the opportunity to rectify, but didn’t, was the opportunity to correct the stereotype of referring to the continent Africa as though it’s one country. “I bet you learnt that in Africa” “Did you just fly all the way from Africa to Queens?” and many more examples used throughout the movie series. This didn’t used to bother me at all, especially in the first movie, but I feel since this sequel isn’t bringing much new stuff to the table, the least it could’ve done was go all the way out with preaching against such stereotypes like it did with the female heir angle and not fall into its old habit.

Coming 2 America has nothing on the original. It almost offers nothing new, but it’s still an entertaining, nostalgic-driven movie, and I enjoyed watching it very much.


Directed by: Craig Brewer

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

‘WandaVision’ Is An Exciting Reason To Return To The MCU After Avengers: Endgame – Spoiler-filled Recap Of The Disney Plus Series

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Evan Peters, Teyonah Paris, Randall Park, Kat Dennings, et al.


It’s been an amazing ride. 9 weeks of solid entertainment, the kind never before seen in the MCU.

There may be varying opinions about how WandaVision ended, especially with all those many rumoured high-profile cameos, but in all, I think the show ended things pretty well.

SPOILER Alert!!!

If you haven’t been watching WandaVision all this while, I wonder what your excuse will be now that the show had ended?

Spoiler ALERT!!! Last warning.

1) I’m going to start with what I thought was the biggest reveals from the episode for me, The Book of the Damned aka The Darkhold. Yeah, that’s the creepy book we peeked at when we got introduced to Agatha and her lair. The book’s gotten a revamp since the last time we saw it, which has only opened up more wells of questions within me;

  • Did the MCU just erase Agents of SHIELD out of its existence? Coulson included?
  • If it didn’t, how then did Agatha Harkness get her hands on the all-powerful book? ‘Cause the last time we saw it, it was in the hands of the Ghost-rider.
    I really need more answers here, please, Feige. 😶

2) Evan Peters’ Pietro turned out to be the opposite of what most people hoped for; an ordinary man superpowered by Agatha’s magic. Fret not, though, rumour has it Kevin Feige and his team at Marvel Studios have begun work on the X-men movie reboot. It may take a while, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it

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3) May Tyler Hayward never return to the MCU. Man’s character was human, kinda realistic (because he was a simple man super into his job and would do anything to get results), but he was so uninteresting to follow. I only held out hope because I thought there may be some bigger arc or master he serves or something. Never again, please. Someone I definitely want to see more of in the MCU, though, is Agatha Harkness! 🤩

4) Hex vs. White Vision – I thought the outcome of this fight was pretty smart. The resolution felt easy, but the whole thing about The Ship of Theseus was smart. It also made sense since Vision is a being of great intelligence.

5) Where do you think we’ll first see Monica’s space adventures – Captain Marvel 2 or Secret Invasion?

6) Wanda is more powerful than The Sorcerer Supreme. What!!!
Last time I checked, that title belongs to Doctor Strange. If these two Avengers hadn’t already met in Avengers: Endgame, I’d have been praying for a showdown between them in ‘Doctor Strange 2: In the Multiverse of Madness’ coming out next year; but who knows what will happen? ‘Cause what God cannot do, does not exist. 😉

What did I miss from the WandaVision season finale? Tell me in the comment section.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday: Another Important Piece Of Black History

Release date:February 26, 2021 (Hulu)

Starring: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garett Hedlund, Tyler James William, et al.


“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” – Steven Biko.

Unfortunately for the United States government, Billie Holiday’s mind proved too stubborn to be tickled into self-oppression and defeat.

The premise of ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ isn’t unlike anything we have seen before. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against a successful, black jazz singer (Billie Holiday). It’s another reminder of the long-list of instances when the world turned on a black person for wielding too much power, simply because of their skin colour.

I don’t think I can say this enough, we need more movies like this. More adaptations of what actually happened to black people in history, especially at the hands of the people in power. It is imperative that these films get made so that those of us alive right now are reminded of the history that preceded our arrival, appreciate how far we’ve come as a people, and brace onward with raging fire and the understanding that there’s still much work to be done for future generations.

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I was sitting on the fence about watching this movie early, I’d only just come out from Daniel Kaluunya’s energetic portrayal of Fred Hampton in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, and wanted to catch my breath a little. I’m glad I’ve finally gotten to see it, thanks to Hulu that didn’t let it languish any further in the new hell brought upon us by the raging pandemic. I’m also glad Andra Day got her flowers at the recent Golden Globes award for her commendable performance as Billie Holiday, ’cause even though the movie did feel all over the place with its writing and pacing, her performance remained its constant, brightest light.

Still sitting on the fence like I was? I recommend you watch ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ this weekend.


Directed by: Lee Daniels

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

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