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Black Widow: Taskmaster Has The Avengers Trapped In His Head

Here’s a little info about Taskmaster, for those who know next to nothing about the big bad in the upcoming Black Widow movie.

According to the comics, his primary ability is that he can mimic any physical movement, once he sees someone perform it – Photographic Reflexes- and can predict their next move with high-accuracy during a fight. For the character as seen in the movie trailer, this includes watching same stunts being performed on a screen.

The implication of this is that, Taskmaster might just be the greatest hand-to-hand combat ready guy in the MCU.

Already, he’s confirmed to have the skill-sets of Black Panther, Hawkeye, Spiderman, Black Widow, and Captain America (I hope I didn’t miss any one). It’s likely he got his hands on these guys’ stunts by watching acquired footage of the Avengers’ civil war showdown at the airport in Germany. The implication is, if he got theirs, he probably got others, too, we aren’t yet privy to, like that of The Winter Soldier. Gosh!

We’ll get the full gist once Black Widow hits cinemas May 1

Harley Quinn Is Heartbroken And Finds New Allies In The Birds Of Prey – Review

Release Date: February 7

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, et al.


The beautiful thing about a break-up, whether good or bad, is that it challenges you to open your eyes to new hobbies so you can heal faster. That happens to be Harley’s dilemma when ‘Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn’ opens. What a title!

Trying to make a name for herself post her break-up with The Joker, Harley unwittingly puts a target on her back, and opens herself to new kinds of drama she’d never had thought to contend with before. Her actions catch the attention of Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, the latest deranged individual who intends to rule Gotham. Like Renee Montoya says, “Harley obviously didn’t think her actions through.”

BoP (as I’d like to refer to that lengthy title) is one helluva fun movie! It continues in the thread o the new DC live-action properties, a line its predecessors -Shazam, Aquaman, Legends of Tomorrow, etc.- have toed in varying degrees.

Does it work?

Yes, it does. There’s definitely no way a serious Harley Quinn’ would be taken serious by fans.

Could it have been better?
Yes, by a wide margin! More polishing and fine turning here and there definitely would’ve made it a better movie.

Character development is haphazardly done and back stories are muddled up for the sake of adding twists to the timeline, which, honestly, wasn’t surprising.

The reason for banding the girls together is so bland, I found myself rolling my eyes multiple times as I could smell the end game a mile away.

Yet, even with these messes and less time developing our other birds as much as Harley, BoP still entertains. Ewan McGregor loses himself as Black Mask and is mostly cool to watch, but, as expected, it’s Margot Robbie who carries the most of the film. She definitely was born to play Harley Quinn.

If there’s ever a sequel, I’d like to see more of Canary, Renee, and Huntress. Mostly, a better backstory for the first two.


Directed by: Cathy Yan

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

‘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 ‘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!

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

Rinzy Reviews ‘Queen & Slim’ (2019)

Release Date: January 24

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Smith-Turner, Bokeem Woodbine, et al.


It’s always horrific thinking about the state of being black in the US. Every once in a while, a movie like ‘Queen & Slim‘ comes to remind us what racism looks like and some lessons of its harsh consequences.

Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation.

The reality of life is, sometimes, trouble can come knocking, even when you don’t go searching for it.

Queen & Slim are like Bonnie & Clyde with a black spin put on it; but crime isn’t at the center of their story… it’s love. Although on the run from the police, Queen and Slim learn to love each other and life some more.

The movie’s score, cinematography, lightning and direction are all on point. Acting, too. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith both bring extra levels of grace to their roles on this job, making it

Spot on execution. Awesome movie. ‘Queen & Slim’ comes highly recommend if you want to feel you sadness and be reminded of how tough it is to be a black man on this Earth. Of course, the movie does have its faults, which I’ll quickly run through.

– For some parts, it did feel like a buddy, road trip movie.
– The main characters kept making numerous stupid choices for people on the run.

These lapses are negligible, though, it’s a terrific movie. You should go see it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Melina Matsoukas