‘Superman: Red Son’: Once Again, America Is The Savior Of The World

Release Date: February 25

Starring: Jason Isaac’s, Amy Acker, Vanessa Marshall, et al.


I hear from folks who’ve read the comics that ‘Superman: Red Son‘ is a strong adaptation. I can’t vouch for that, for obvious reasons, but I can tell you this – it’s a good story.

Imagine seeing a Russian Superman in live-action. A version of the Man of Steel that’s both villain and misguided hero, destined to be eternally confused. That’ll be the best gift we won’t be getting in a while, but we can take solace in the fact that this animated movie exists.

The Superman we get here has shed the many layers of his humanity (the Clark Kent part of him; arguably the best part) for the sake of duty.

To whom is this duty tasked, you may ask?

To his home country, the USSR, depicted to be in a constant flux of conflict with the USA.

At first, the latter is painted in a bad light, but like most outputs of Hollywood, this one, too, eventually pays its patriotism dues and, once again, crowns America the Savior.

I won’t say past that, to avoid revealing crucial spoilers. Go see this movie and come tell me what you think about it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Sam Liu

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 ‘Parasite’ (2019)

Release Date: June 5

Starring: Cho Yeo-Chung, Park So-dam, Choo Woo-shik, et al


In a world where there are stinkingly rich people, so also do those in abject poverty exist. Parasite sheds a light into their story, at least one possible version of it. How desperately everyone wants a life better than the one they already have, and how far they’ll go to get it.

For someone who isn’t a fan of non-English movies, especially those of Asian origin, Parasite is really enough to instill confidence in re-evaluating my stance. Honestly, before the award buzz, I wouldn’t have cared about this movie; but that should tell you something about how good it is… to the point of clinching the ‘Best Picture’ statue for itself. It’s a relatable story, one that’s sure to draw sympathy even from the most casual moviegoer.

Is it worth all the fuss?

YES, it is!

Review: Power Series Finale Is Disappointing

I have no more hate to give to Tariq anymore… nigga simply disgusts me.

Ghost, Tommy, Angie, Saxe, and everyone who laid the solid foundation at the start of the show deserved better than this resolution we got. Ghost deserved better than Tasha and Tariq.

Rather than marry a wife like Tasha and have a son like Tariq, I’d rather die a monk.

Tueh!

I really hoped the season finale would have, at least, one more trick up its sleeve; apparently, it didn’t. It was a straight-forward, annoying in some parts, weak resolution to six-years of storytelling.

Who do they think will watch whatever bigger trash they’ve got planned with the spin-off?

PS: That epilogue of Jamie, Tommy, and Angie back in 1996 would have had a more fitting punch if only they’d gotten better actors. Sorry Carl Gallagher.

Nominees And Winners At The 92nd Oscars

All hail Parasite, the first non-English film in 92nd years to win Best Picture at the Oscars!

(Category winners are in bold.)

Best picture

1917

The Irishman

JoJo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women
Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Best actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best director

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Music (original song)

“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough
“Into The Unknown” from Frozen II
“Stand Up” from Harriet
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4
“Glasgow” from Wild Rose

Music (original score)

Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

International feature film

France, Les Misérables
North Macedonia, Honeyland
Poland, Corpus Christi
South Korea, Parasite
Spain, Pain and Glory

Makeup and hairstyling

Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Visual effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best film editing

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Ford v Ferrari
Parasite

Best cinematography

Roger Deakins, 1917
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Best sound mixing

Ad Astra
Joker
1917
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Best sound editing

1917
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best supporting actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Documentary short feature

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Documentary feature

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best costume design

Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mark Bridges, Joker
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit

Best production design

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
The Irishman
1917
Jojo Rabbit
Parasite

Live-action short film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

Best adapted screenplay

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker

Best original screenplay

Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Animated short film

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Animated feature film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best supporting actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Rinzy Reviews ‘Waves’ (2019)

Release Date: November 15

Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russel, Renee Elise Goldsberry, et al.


A controlling father’s attempts to ensure that his two children succeed in high school backfire after his son experiences a career-ending sports injury. Their familial bonds are eventually placed under severe strain by an unintended murder.


There’s a fairly popular saying — “when death comes the people it affects most are those you leave behind”.

Tyler Williams (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) learns this rather late in life. By the time this lesson dawns, the repercussion of his action almost completely destroys the lives of his family. The ripple effect.
If ever parents thought it was a good idea to use movies to scare their children into behaving better, ‘Waves‘ fits the bill. The first half at least.

By the second half, I struggled to maintain the same level anxiety and interest I passionately held onto when the movie first began. Simply put, I believe the Williams’ grieving process could’ve been handled better. A lot of scenes could’ve been removed and it still wouldn’t hurt the general message of the movie. This shows its over two hour runtime wasn’t really earned.

Regardless of this lapse, I still think Waves is a good movie. It boasts of solid performances, intense camera shots and cool use of music. In fact, most people might actually remember it more for its loud playlist than anything else and that, too, is good.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5
Directed by: Trey Edward Shults