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9 Thoughts I Had After Watching Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

1. Tobey McGuire’s Peter Parker/ Spiderman is still my favourite. If you don’t like it, go argue with your forefathers.

2. Tom Holland is decent as Spidey, but I want to see him grow up, he’s too teenage-y.

3. Life’s unfair. Tony Stark messed the world up in the ‘Battle of NYC’ and was also paid to clean it up by the government. This mirrors some real life events.
4. It was good to see Happy Hogan again. Google his image if you’ve forgotten him or what he looks like.

5. Robert Downey (Jnr.) was paid N50m to fan service a movie. Lord, locate me with the role of my lifetime.

6. As always, I can’t wait for MJ and Peter to get together.  

7. I never realized I missed Pepper so much. For a while, towards the end of this movie, I felt like I was watching an Iron Man movie.

8. Aunt May’s reaction when she saw Peter, at the last scene of the movie, in his costume, was priceless. Ha-Ha!

9. How would you rate the movie? To me, it was decent.

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Rinzy Reviews Life (2017)

​Release Date: March 24, 2017

Budget/ Box Office: $58m/ $100.5m

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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Life is a horror movie intertwined in SciFi, beautifully done, and should be remembered whenever the name Calvin is mentioned – RR.

I enjoyed watching ‘Life’. It was beautiful. The villain, Calvin, was beautiful. The worst things in life aren’t human (pun very much intended). This movie questions if humans are actually ready foe the existence of other forms of life outside earth as much as we claim to be. Deep space missions are commissioned on a regular, in real life, to identify the existence of something living outside planet earth. In Life, such existence is confirmed on planet Mars – the result is a cannibalistic life form that grows as much as it feeds, its name is Calvin.

Calvin wastes no time showing his true nature; he’s smart, calculative, and hungry. Of the six crew members aboard, he made sure the only one that made it back to earth was his ride to the planet with unlimited opportunities. Very smart!

Two things painted me in this movie:

1. There wasn’t enough Ryan Reynolds! Ryan was killed just as the action was starting. Ryan can do no wrong on a screen.

Why do I like seeing Ryan on screen? 😂.

 I do not know. I think HBO, the money boosters, need to run a show and cast Ryan as the lead. There’s nothing like too much Ryan Reynolds. Nothing!


2. The ending! I wanted a very big twist. One where I’d be told there were two Calvin all along – the one that was brought on board and the one that festered on Hugh’s leg all along. This would have given me joy, but I’m good with what I waka given.
Life is a wonderful movie, and I recommend it anyone seeking a movie to watch

Rinzy Reviews Split (2017)

Release date: January 20, 2017

Budget/ Box office: $9m/ $276.9m

Staring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley. 

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

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“Split is a very daring movie, one not afraid to treat a nonconventional topic that society loves to play ignorance to.” – Talius Dike.

James McAvoy gives the performance of a lifetime in Split. Playing 24 distinct personalities in one body, that’s a feat.

The issue of multiple personalities inhabiting one body has been a topic not well integrated into society. Many people think it to be a myth. I for one, hope to someomday meet someone who actually has this beautiful condition, but unlike Dr. Fletcher in the movie, I’m not willing to die for it.

The movie starts quietly. Three girls are kidnapped, whilst in their father’s car, by a man we later come to identify as Dennis (James McAvoy) armed only with chloroform and a gas mask. He keeps them locked away in a basement in his house that looks like the city’s underground network of gas pipes. I struggled within myself to piece how the girl fit into the story. Casey (the only girl that did survive) had the luxury of a back story; one that showed the early stage of her life with her father and uncle. 

‘Split’ kept me on my toes trying to guess who was habiting the vessel, known as Kelvin, at each time he was on screen. My favorite amongst the personalities was Barry. Though we only got to meet the real Barry for roughly five seconds, as the one we spent the bulk of the movie with was Dennis in disguise, I did get to appreciate his characterization. Dennis, the boss of them all, was scary, whilst Patricia (yea… a female in a male’s body) was damn creepy! One thing all of the personalities very well agreed on was that The Beast was coming.

Dr. Fletcher, a renowned psychiatrist, working with many patients with the D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder), plays dumb to this. According to her, ‘there’s a limit to what the human mind can endure’ of which she was wrong, the possibilities were limitless. And when Dennis sacrificed himself to free the 24th personality, she paid with her life.

One thing that didn’t really add up to me was the flashbacks to Casey’s childhood and how it affected The Beast’s impulse to want to kill her; he let her go saying she wasn’t like the rest. I still don’t understand that part.

As I’ve repeatedly mentioned in this review, Split was a captivating watch; seeing the movie with friends did nothing to dilute its thrill, and I recommend it to everyone. A sequel is already in the works, which is said to be connected to a movie that Split is sort of a sequel to (confusing?) The name is Glass, and it’s expected early 2019.

Rinzy Reviews ‘ScarFace’

​Release Date: December 9, 1983

Starring: Al Pacino, 

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.8/5

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I’ve had the chance to watch this classic for a while now, but I didn’t, because I’m not a fan of nostalgic movies. Now, I wonder why I didn’t do so earlier; I do not regret the 2h50m I invested in it. Movie lead, Al Pacino, has had a very impressive career spanning over five decades, watching ‘Scarface’, which isn’t his best movie, further enlightened me on why his name has been synonymous with awesomeness.

‘Scarface’ tells the story of a young, ambitious Cuban man, Tony Montana, who’s given a green card to remain I  the US (Miami) in exchange for assasinatin a former Cuban government official at the request of Frank Lopez, a druglord. Don’t worry, that’s not the main plot of the movie. In the US, Tony hustles hard and smart and rises up the ladder in the cocaine business, killing anyone who stands in his way, and also making questioning decisions that lead to his inevitable downfall.

This movie is beautiful in many ways, most of all is the brilliant performance of Al Pacino. He gave Tony Montana somuch life that you tend to forget he’s the villain and beging to root for him to win. Tony portrays the various emotions befitting of the drama/ thriller nature of the movie; take for example his reaction during the scene where he visits his mother and sister for the first time in five years; his calm demeanor when his mama kicked him out of the house, or is it his harsh reaction when his right hand man and friend, Manny, takes and interest in his sister, these and many more further solidify Al as a solid choice for the role. This is a problem for whoever might get the opportunity to play the role in a future remake.

The major thing I’ll say that led to Tony’s downfall was his ambitiousness; yes, he was too ambitious, which on its own isn’t a bad thing, but add it to greed, lack of respect, and many more, and you’ll see why. Frank raised Tony from nothing; Tony on the other hand first insulted Frank the moment he started to lust after his woman, Elvira. The strain in their relationship worsened after Tony struck a selfish deal with druglord, Alejandro.

As Tony got wealthier, paranoia set in. That paints a picture of true life scenario that nothing’s ever enough. The greater he became, the nastier he got to everyone around him – Elvario, who he married after he killed Frank for betraying him; even to Manny; he didn’t trust even his shadow, which makes you question if it was all worth it. This kind of life he lived till the police got interested in him, and the rest they say is history.

I recommend this movie to be re-watched today, because it has got it all – action, adventure, skin, lesson(s) – it’s a master piece.

Rinzy Reviews Baby Driver

Release Date: June 28, 2017

Distribution Company: Sony Pictures.

Budget/ Box Office: $34m/ $214.1m

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Kevin Stacey, Jamie Foxx, Jonathan Hamm, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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Baby Driver further solidifies my view that weird is the new creative. With a weird narrative, Baby Driver takes viewers, critics, and the box office by storm.

This is Rinzy, and you’re welcome to my review of Baby Driver. SPOILER ALERT!!!

Baby Driver’s Promotional Image

The movie tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a professional getaway driver, who ferries criminals as assembled by Doc (Kevin Stacey), a heist mastermind. When Baby was a baby, he had an accident with her parents, which left him with tinnitus, he copes by always listening to music using different iPods, playing music he creates using fascinating phrases  he hears in his daily activities. He falls in love with a local waitress, bonding over a fantasy to drive faraway in an expensive car they can’t afford, just them and their music. Things go awry as Baby kept getting pulled back into the world upon settling his debt to Doc, and his plan to sail over is thought to be a ploy to sell them to the police using his tapes, which are thought to be audio evidences by the unlikely crime pair, Buddy (Jonathan Hamm) and Bats (Jamie Foxx), things end badly for everyone from there with Baby serving an unspecified amount of years in jail (though hinted to be five).

Baby Driver was a beauty to behold, Ansel Elgort keeps up with the good work I’ve known him for ever since The Fault In Oir Stars, he was spot on brilliance in his role; I could feel his lack of care for most of the world’s problems as a result of his disability, at the same time, I could sympathize with him, for he was trapped in a web way beyond his spinning.

Kevin Stacey’s Doc makes it a habit of being the one taking Baby’s hopes away; for every time he appeared on screen (except the last) he was a killjoy, he was a constant reminder to Baby, everythig that was wrong with his life. It was nive seeing Kevin Stacey do something other than scheming around the White House, hid role as Doc was totally saleable. At least, I bought it.

I loved the quarter crime club (yes, that’s what I’m calling them). Jamie Foxx was my guy in this movie. I must confess, I haven’t really being a fan of his, but something in Baby Driver made me fall for his performance all the way.  Buddy and Darling’s love, though not esdential to the plot, was a good way of depicting people bonded by love in crime: I loved it.


Can you feel the aura oozing out of this?! They succeded, without even trying, to alienate Baby from his own movie. Haha!

In all, Baby Driver was a good movie, and I enjoyed it. I really hope the producers aren’t tempted with the urge to make a sequel: the story seemed closed, a sequel necessary unless bacled beyond reasonable doubt by the narrative.

Let me know what you think in the comment box below.

Rinzy Reviews Transformers: The Last Knight

Release Date: June 21, 2017

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Box Office: $604.9m

Starring: Mark Walhberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Hopkins, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5



The Transformers are back for a fifth, less than inspiring run. Most of the glorious Transformers we know, Bumble Bee and co., returned for this installment; many more were added.


After Age Of Extinction, I was scared for the franchise because of how much the story quality dived; this was a franchise that bent the box-office to its will, now, merely a shadow of its former self, only managing to rake in tolerable millions of dollars.
I created a thread on Twitter summarizing nine thoughts I had after watching this movie. You can see them here.

In details, here are the 9 Thoughts I Had After Watching Transformers: The Last Knight.

1. The movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, is lazy and uninspiring. I think I’m done with the series.

Yes, like I said earlier, the Transformers movie series is already fatigued; so much that the most the movie has to offer is wonderful CGI and incredible actions scenes.

2. I’m not surprised Michael Bay and Mark Walhberg aren’t reprising their roles. The franchise is dead already.

Yea; director, Michael Bay, and series new lead, Mark Walhberg, are retiring from the franchise. Michael Bay has been with the franchise since its inception in 2009. Stories had it he got tired after Dark Side Of The Moon. Whatever mojo caused him to return for this movie definitely isn’t enough to make him return in 2019 for the yet untitled sequel.

3. How much did veteran actor,Anthony Hopkins, get paid to feature in this mediocre movie?

I love and adore Anthony Hopkins, but I wonder how much he was paid to feature in this movie; he certainly must have gone through the script before accepting the role.

4. Who is the actual lead, Cade or Vivian? And, where in the world is Sam Witwicky, as played by Shia LeBeouf, amidst all this chaos?

This one got me really confused.

5. I wonder why Optimus Prime is always quick to remind us his bloody name? It doesn’t take long to hear, ‘I am Optimus Prime’ throughout the movie.

6. I’m happy Bumblebee can speak again. He’s waaaay cooler. Though I fear his own spinoff might be dead on arrival cos of the fatigued franchise.

7. Who’s that small annoying girl with that ugly small blue transformer? And, Who’s that black guy trying so hard to be funny.

8. Can we have a Transformers movie without Optimus and Megatron?

This movie tried this, but was tempted to squeeze both in to further the plot. I didn’t enjoy the reduced roles, I must admit as both are amongst my fav characters. It felt forced to have them appear like this. What I want to see now, is the next generation of Transformers, which I hope is what the Bumblebee spinoff will provide

9. How did this franchise become so successful with half-fleshed lines and mediocre acting?The Transformers are back for a fifth, uninspiring run…

Rinzy Reviews Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

I got around to watch the sequel to 2014’s very successful movie. One important thing to note about this sequel is that its so funny that it comes across as unrealistic; something the original prided itself in.

GOTG 2 Poster

I should announce here, spoilers abound below. If you haven’t watched the movie you can go off now.

Meanwhile, you can check out an excerpt of an episode of my Twitter film thread featuring this movie, here

Let’s go on!

It didn’t take long for me to figure out the central theme for this movie is family.

Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star Lord) continues to lead his band of misfits around the galaxy. On a job for The Sovereigns, a genetically perfect breed ruled by Princess Ayesha, Rocket steals from them, giving the aforenamed princess the motivation to hunt them down throughout the movie. The first attack from Ayesha’s remote controlled fleet leads Peter and his teammates into the hands of Ego the living planet, Peter’s father.

The Guardians: Gamora, Nebula, Peter and Drax

After years of thinking he was unwanted, Peter finally got to meet his father (played by Kurt Russell), who happens to be one of many powerful entities called The Celestials. Bad thing was he wasn’t what Peter expected.

I know in the comics Ego is a bad guy and all, he even killed Peter’s mom there; talk about someone that’s really evil. What I didn’t like was the movie’s extreme faithfulness to the source material. It was too predictable.

GOTG prides its as a fantasy SciFi deeply embedded in comedy. So, I hope to base most of my review around its comedy.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is funny. Not to contradict what I said earlier on in this review; it’s that the standard set by the first movie was just too high and director, James Gunn, put too much effort into making this sequel a better one. He forgot one important rule, less is sometimes better.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yondu in this movie. His character took a huge turn from the annoying persona he was in the first movie; his comedy was on point, everything was perfect, even till the very end. Goodbye Yondu.

Yondu

Another character who was funny as hell was the one with the least number of words: I am Groot. The baby hero was just too adorable, he stole every scene he was in, which says a lot. Baby Groot was a whole new character with the same kind of beautiful spirit that made adult Groot adorable in the first movie.

Baby Groot Dancing

Brings me to the last person I want to talk about – Drax. Dave Bautista’s character got me wondering how much was too much in terms of comedy. Just like Groot, Drax changed since the last movie. I don’t really know what director, James Gunn, had in mind, but laughing unnecessarily at almost every mundane thing said isn’t a good way to resonate laughter within the audience.

Another thing I did like very much about this movie was Yondu’s emotional sacrifice to save Peter.

“He may have been your father, boy; but he wasn’t your daddy.” – Yondu to Peter Quill.

This was a very emotions scene, and its side to see this special kind of blue monster die. Ironically, it took Ego to show up for Peter to realize Yondu was the father he always had but never appreciated. So sad.

PS: It was nice to see Sylvester Stallone in space.

GOTG 2 did set up tiny plots for The Avengers: Infinity War, where the mighty Thanos is expected to show up in all his glory and battle earth and the galaxy’s mightiest heroes. Nebula, is more than eager to help troubled girls around the world find peace by killing Thanos: time will fell how this goes.

I enjoyed this movie, far more emotional than the first one because of the sentimental concept of family further introduced as a theme. 

PS: Someone should tell Gamora and Peter to go get a room ASAP.