‘4th Republic’ Calls Nigeria Out On Its Shady Politics. Brings Nigeria’s Electoral Shadiness To The Spotlight

Release Date: April 12, 2019

Starring: Kate Henshaw, Enyinna Nwigwe, Bimbo Manuel, Linda Ejiofor, et al.

‘4th Republic’ is an insightful political thriller that shines the spotlight on the electoral proceedings of our not-so-dear country. It’s the kind of movie Nollywood births every once in a while to educate and entertain, but with more emphasis on the former.

For ‘4th Republic’, the subject matter is politics in Nigeria; the pregame, actual match, and afterparty.

Politics is a dirty game, and even dirtier in a place like Nigeria, where morals leisurely take a backseat on-and-off election season. We see this many times throughout this movie’s runtime, in the conducts of the affairs of the fictional, multi-ethnic Confluence State where ‘4th Republic’ is set. The fictonal state bears a striking resemblance to what is obtainable from a typical Nigeria state in real life, irrespective of ethnic and religious bias.

One of the best things ‘4th Republic’ has going for it, aside its refreshing story, is its cinematography. The ambience is relaxing and, although the movie addresses the hard-biting topics of electoral misconduct & violence, you’re held spellbound by the story unfolding before you.

Good job, Screenwriters Emil B. Gabil & Ishaya Bako.

Good job, Director Ishaya Bako

Good job, Lead Kate Henshaw.

Good job, everyone else involved in bringing this movie to life.

Directed by: Ishaya Bako

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

HTGAWM: Who Killed Asher?

Yeah, you read that right. HTGAWM pulled a fast one on us. All season, the show kept foreshadowing Annalise’s death whereas there was someone we should’ve been more worried about. RIP Mr. Millstone. No more wiggle wiggle from this one.

Welcome to my last recap this year for the number one crime-drama on TV (Don’t argue. Just go with it 😌). HTGAWM is going on a long hiatus and will return in April 2020 for its last six episodes.

With that out of the way, let’s dive into the episode.

Asher Was The Mole! 😥

Sad to believe but it’s true, Asher was the mole all along. The FBI held him tight by the balls to save his mom from jail he began to act like crazy Nate, blaming Annalise for all his problems and tried, unsuccessfully, to rope the others into his scheme. Can we give it up for Michaela eagle eyes. That babe continues to impress me. The way she figured out Asher was the culprit was some good observation skills, and to think that happened with her being high.

How these kids manage to always blame AK for all the wrong things they’ve done will remain one of the greatest mysteries of all time. They probably do it to make better sense of their lives and feel better. Weaklings they are, especially NATE LAHEY.

After Simon, I think Oliver has a boundary problem with the sanctity of human life. In fact, they’ve all got it but Oliver used to be the purest and now he’s been brought into the fold of murders and cover-ups, I think he doesn’t know how to stop. The fact that the first thing he could do when Asher came clean was to hit him in the head with a fireplace poker is quite scary.

But because Oliver’s the obvious culprit is what makes him the least likeliest to finish the job he started. I mean, what are the odds?

Another suspect is Annalise. Where did she go when she asked the driver to turn the car around? I guess we’ll never know until the show returns.

Other strong contenders for the glory of having killed Asher are Gabriel (it happened at his apartment); Tegan (if she could help Laurel escape, she could be guilty of anything now); Frank (he’d do anything to make Bonnie happy); Nate (unstable psycho); the Governor (anything to further implicate Annalise); or Oliver by technicality (probably the hit to the head was actually something to worry about).

Who’s your money on? Who killed Asher?

This episode had its shortcomings too. The whole retcon thing to implicate Asher as the bad guy felt so soap opera-ish, which isn’t a bad thing, but isn’t how I like my HTGAWM dish served. For what it’s worth, though, it’s a breath of fresh air for the show. For its final season, it’s got liberty to experiment some more.

How’s Wes Alive?!

Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of this episode will be its very confusing timeline. At the tail end of the episode, we see Wes Gibbons, who we’ve thought dead for a long time (season 3) come forward to give a speech at Annalise’s funeral. It’s be good to note that this person isn’t called by the name “Wes”, he only shares his likeness. This means it could actually be Christopher, Wes’s son, and the scene is shot far into the future. Maybe no one killed Annalise after all. Maybe she got to live a long life and died happy. We won’t know for sure until the show returns for what’s been teased to be an exolosive conclusion to a stellar run.

Where will you be April 2, 2020?

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘IT Chapter Two’ (2019)

Release Date:

Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Header, Bill Skarsgard, et al.

I felt bad having to watch adults colluding for more than 165 minutes, devising one plan after another to kill a seemingly hapless clown, even though I knew it was Pennywise. That’s how bad IT Chapter Two fails to make its case to be taken seriously.

For a highly anticipated sequel,
It Chapter Two is poorly crafted and offers very little new insight into the veiled world of the Losers’ Club since we last visited them 2017. Chronologically, 27 years have passed since the events of the last movie and those kids are now adults, dealing with adult stuff. Jessica Chastain’s Bev has marital issues and James McAcoy’s Bill has problems finishing his book right. And while these plot threads are cool, because which adult lives a life free from misery, they’re there merely as fillers for future plot threads, like Bev’s romance with Ben.

One thing this movie gets right is the acting; pretty solid. Thanks to its stellar cast, it really held its ground even when the screenplay veered into very sunken places. Kudos!

Bill Skarsgard is still very phenomenal as Pennywise. He took the best parts of the character, from the first movie, and magnified them to give a performance that’s more terrified and exhilarating. But the truth is, even him isn’t enough to save this overstretched piece of work masquerading as art.

With a runtime of about 2h45m, IT2‘s story flounces about undecidely, not really sure what it really wants to be known for -a retro movie constantly referencing its predecessor or a piece of great horror- and takes its time before settling into the good stuff, which comes much later in the movie. Watching this felt like a chore and I didn’t like that feeling. Movies are meant to be enjoyed not endured irrespective of the property.

Directed By: Andy Muschietti
Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

HTGAWM: Who Kills Annalise?

I knew it! Annalise planned to fake her own death. With that confirmation in last week’s episode (s06e08), now, I really fear someone got to her because she could escape to safety.

Who did it?

Obvious answers would be the Castillos to the Governor, but my money’s on Nate. Nigga hasn’t been the same since his father died. Suddenly, he has forgotten all Annalise has done for him and only remembers all she did to him. If he had an accomplice, my money’s on Bonnie. Ungrateful bunch. Both of them can rot in hell; I’ll never forgive them for killing DA Ron Miller.

Side: You can check out my list of everyone who matters that has died on the show, using the link in my bio.

Frank and Annalise finally let the truth about Miller’s involvement in Nate Sr.’s death come out and Bonnie’s not having any part of it. The lie was all that kept Bonnie and Nate sane, that their decision to take Miller’s life was justified. Now that the truth is out, I’m guessing it’s what will push those two to turn on Annalise.
Well, if it’ll stop Frank and Bonnie from becoming an item, I welcome this change with partially-opened arms, though.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Joker’ (2019)

Release Date: Oct. 4

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, et al.

My fake father rejected me and my crazy mother lied to me, so I’ll go mad -while still keeping a happy face- and kill everyone who has ever wronged me. Yeah, that’s me. I’m the Joker. And fucking up modafuckers is what I do. Oops; Sorry, wrong movie.

Joker provides a thoughtful, refreshing spin on the origin story of a very popular DC villain, one that might leave a sour residue in your mouth. But that’s fine, too.

Joker isn’t your typical comic book movie. No, it’s not. It definitely doesn’t belong to the clique of rainbow movies with jaw-dropping CGI and grave action scenes. It doesn’t even pretend to be one. It is dark, gritty, exploitative, and fully embraces these themes it believes itself a proud ambassador. That’s one-part of what makes it special.

The other one is Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck (aka The Joker); intense and truly captivating, he further draws you in every beating second he’s on screen. Arthur’s flawed personality borne out of a genuine lack of basic social skills makes him experience the world differently from the way most of us do and Joaquin Phoenix does his best to describe the pain and sufferings of his character to the layman watching.

“I’ve got a condition” the card Arthur offers to anyone unfortunate enough to cross paths with his craziness reads; yet, even with the disclaimer, it’s almost humanly impossible for any sane person to ignore the extreme awkwardness of his actions, which often manifests with an incessant burst of laughter. Arthur was a sick man and he needed help. The best thing everyone in his life could’ve done was commit to providing that for him; but like all movies in search of strong motivation to get a character to switch to the dark side, these ones, too, failed him. Arthur’s response to this continuous stream of disappointment gave rise to the clown prince of Gotham, which was the endgame of this movie.

Is the hard-kindness of this world enough reason for anyone to go ballistic and start doing crazy stuff? That’s a question I wish I could ask Arthur Fleck myself.

One thing Joker does quite well is to demystify the notion that paints evil as simply black and white. Anyone can be evil and anyone can be good. As humans, we are mostly held ransom by our past and strong emotions to it, and sometimes have no say with how we respond to questions that arise from them, as we can see with Arthur.

Joker is one of the best offerings of movie 2019; it deserves all the glories its making at the box-office.

Directed By: Todd Philips

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

The Mandalorian: Disney Plus’ Big Show Is Here

Disney +’s The Mandalorian is here and believe me, it’s off to a really crazy start.


In typical Star Wars fashion, we get to see a lot of creatures in this episode. A large mammoth living under iced water; the return of the blurrgs; a commendable killer robot/ bounty hunter. You name it. But what stood out for me most throughout this episode is that our titular character -and his kind- is said to never take their masks off. Way to go to make a big deal out of something so small because now I can’t stop thinking about what face is underneath that helmet.

For a show, the world-building is impressive, but I guess that shouldn’t be much of a big deal since it’s funded by Disney. The occasional nod and tidbit reference to the larger Star Wars universe was cool, too. The biggest part of the episode is arguably the revelation at the final part of the episode and that’worrisome. If you want to know what/who that was, you should check it out.

I believe Disney has a lot more in store for us than having its lead prance about the galaxy in search of his next big pay or hoping a stronger purpose comes along to make him feel less bored. We just have to wait and watch the story unfold. Now that a 50-year-old green baby has come into play, things are looking interesting already.

BONUS: The episode’s roughly 39 minutes long. The titular character is played by Pedro Paschal (Game of Thrones, Narcos, Kingsman: The Golden Circle). And the Droid is voiced by Takai Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok)

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Watchmen: Will Is Up To No Good

HBO’s Watchmen is one helluva weird show. I mean, who wipes the swear off his mask? How’s that supposed to even work?


If you’ve not seen s01e04, it’s time to leave, now!

Looking Glass appears like a character with much depth, I hope the show does him justice soon.

Sister Night and Laurie Blake continue to toe the line of frenemies. Even I am not sure the latter can be trusted. She might have been a goddamn hero once, but now she sounds like a broken record still pissed with her ex. I think Night is right to tread cautiously around this one.

Will is definitely up to no good. When a man above 100, who has been pretending to be paralyzed, suddenly gets up and walks without aid, something’s definitely fishy. 🐟

HBO wants to fuck with my brain, but after this episode, I strongly believe Will is connected to Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias), one way or another.

One more thing. Who the fuck was that guy that slid into the sewers? That was fucked up!

Rinzy Reviews ‘Dora The Explorer’ (2019)

Release Date: September 13

Starring: Isabela Moner, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, et al.

Dora The Explorer translated into a good live-action movie. Who would’ve thought that was possible?

During the opening scene, when we first meet Dora and Diego prancing about the jungle of their dreams, I thought to myself, here we go again, another entry into the long line of kids stuff. Shockingly, it doesn’t take long for my mind to be swayed.

Isabela Moner is a star! Thanks to her, I can boldly say I’ve sat through one of Dora’s adventures without feeling like I’m going to die. That, in my book, is no easy feat.

Ms. Moner perfectly embodies the character of Dora. Her charm is very believable and so also is the fact that she’s a jungle girl devoid of basic socialization skills that have to go through high school.

In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, we get a movie that submerges adults into its narrative yet doesn’t alienate the children, who’ve been most loyal to it. Striking that balance is no easy thing.

Do not get me wrong, this is a highly forgettable movie. But for all the things it gets wrong, the weird taste some scenes -like two scorpions having sex on a person’s head- leave is enough to make it linger a while longer for Isabela Moner to become a household name. It sounds like a win.

Directed by: James Bobin

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Little Monsters’ (2019)

Release Date: October 8 (Hulu)

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad, et al.

For Little Monsters, I did something unusual before watching. I didn’t see the trailer, which is something I do with other movies. There’s was no precedent for this, but as the plot unfolded, I was really glad I didn’t. The only information I had diving into this movie was that, Lupita Nyong’o was playing a school teacher with a penchant for musicals. So, imagine my pleasant surprise when ‘Little Monsters‘ turned out to be a musical-comedy mashed-up with zombie-horror? A welcome delight!

Little Monsters‘ is light-hearted, fun, and refreshing. It puts children at the fore-front of the action and gore but, with its thoughtful narrative, manages to preserve their innocence, whilst providing enough adventure to inspire England’s manbaby character, Uncle Dave, to finally grow up.

Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Little Monsters’

The plot revolves around Uncle Dave (Alexander England) and Ms. Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) protecting a bunch of school children from a sudden zombie virus outbreak, whilst still finding enough time to kiss and fall in love. Just in case you thought that wasn’t funny enough, think about Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off‘ changing the world, at least that’s what this movie tells us it’s good for.

Everyone’s having a good time – the children, the adults, even the zombies because they aren’t the worst creatures in this universe, that’ll be Josh Gad’s Teddy McGiggle, a TV star with a villainous delight and soulful disdain for children and censorship.

Little Monsters‘ is a feel-good movie. I really think you should see it.

Did you catch that nod to the MCU movies, when Ms. Caroline charged at a hoard of zombies with a shovel? Lupita exists in the MCU as Nakia, a Wakadian warrior.

Directed by Abe Forsythe
Rinzy’s Ratings: 3.5/5