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‘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 ‘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

Rinzy Reviews ‘Swamp Thing’ Season One (2019)

First episode aired: May 31

Network: DC Universe

Starring: Crystal Reed, Kevin Durand, Andy Bean, et al.


I don’t think it’s farfetched to crown ‘Swamp Thing‘ the best original show on the DC Universe streaming service.

After ten well-paced episodes, the Swamp Thing‘s first (and only) season has come to an end.

We may never get to know the real reason behind the show’s shocking cancellation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still clamor for more. Hopefully, the powers that be at Warner Bros. hear our cries and do the needful.

If you’ve been searching for a reason to binge Swamp Thing, here are some pointers:

The show has boasts of a great cast. And there are some familiar faces too; Crystal Reed (Allison Argent in Teen Wolf), Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Det in The Strain), and Andy Bean (Greg Knox in Power), amongst others.

Intriguing characters. If it isn’t Dr. Abby trying to get to the root of the darkness besieging the swamp, then it’s Avery Sutherland constantly scheming to move his diabolical plans forward. Whatever the case, there’s no shortage of drama from the show’s addictive characters.

The visuals are really good for a TV budget. Don’t get it twisted, Swamp Thing is a horror show, and the cinematography does a good job at shrouding the whole town in darkness, vastly establishing the tone of the show.

I’ll advice you don’t get discouraged by the cancellation; the show’s good and I believe time spent binging it will be worth it. Also, the season/series finale does a good job tying off loose ends, while still leaving enough pieces should Warner Bros. renegade on its decision, so you’re assured of closure at the end.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Batman: Hush’ (2019)

Release Date: July 20

Starring: Jason O’Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Geoffrey Arend, Maury Sterling, et al.

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Batman: Hushintroduces a villain that might not be well know to non-comic enthusiasts. One well-versed at manipulation, not just of the Dark Knight, but of some of his most infamous rogues as well.

If you’ve been following the DC animated movie universe for as long as I have no doubt you’d be pumped for this one too.

Lurking in the dark and pulling the strings of infamous DC villains like Bane, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Catwoman, Hush’s supremacy in villainy is quickly established when he causes Batman to fall hundreds of feet from the ground. And if there’s still any doubt about him, it’s cleared by the time he captures The Joker to ransom Harley Quinn into doing his bidding.

The movie which starts out as a tale of money for Hush is soon revealed to be all fun and mind-game for him. It’s all a means to an end, to prove that there’s evil in everyone. Hush’s able to do something even The Joker’s struggled with for a long time – breaking Batman.

Bruce Wayne’s (Batman) on-and-off relationship with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) takes center stage in Hush. Their love is the pedestal on which every part of this movie flows. It’s the real reason Batsie’s alter-ego is ousted to Hush, and why there’s death and carnage all over Gotham.

If you ask me, Hush turned out to be a worthy adversary. The face behind the mummy cloth wasn’t one I was expecting, and I thought the reveal was impressive.

At the end, it was sad to not see Bats and Cats relationship work out. It was expected, but that didn’t make it any less sadder.

Batman: Hush follows the long time tradition fans are now better accustomed to, of the DCAU having better story quality than their DCEU counterpart.

Directed by: Justin Copeland

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Shazam!’ (2019)

Release Date: April 5

Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, et al.

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As more comic book characters find their way into live-action, Shazam! is the latest to make it to the big screen.

The greatest thing going for this movie is Zachary Levi as the titular character, and I don’t even mean all the tons of muscles he added to achieve his great physique. Levi’s a perfect fit for the role, and as many online reviews have already pointed out, he was born to play Shazam!

Where this impressiveness falters is in almost every scene we get to see Shazam revert back to his original self as 14-year-old Billy Batson. Actor/musician Asher Angel does his best in the role, but I can’t help but feel he got overwhelmed by the role, a dilemma the director should’ve taken note of during casting. As a standalone character, Angel does a great job bringing Billy to live but when you put him side-by-side Levi’s, the character starts to fall apart.

For most part of his scenes, you see him acting tougher and much older than his alter ego, making it seem like its two different characters when it really should be one character in two different bodies. To me, that’s a great miss.

Mark Strong is an incredible actor, but his work here as Dr. Sivani falls short of expectation especially when you compare it with his more recent roles, like in the Kingsman franchise. This is by no means the actors fault, he’s incredibly talented, but as a result of a script laddened with cranky dialogues, fewer action scenes, and an elongated runtime. I believe a shorter, more concise story would’ve worked more in its favor. Because of this major setback, we get a villain who’s more powerful than the protagonist, but we never get to feel the gravity of the movie’s stakes. This in turn translates to an easily forgettable villain. Good news is, if the mid-credit scene is anything to go by, Dr. Silvana might be returning in the sequel; this provides the opportunity to right the wrongs done with the character.

Shazam! is a family movie, and would’ve been perfect for a Christmas release. And as a family movie it takes it’s time to preach the gospel of why family doesn’t always have to do with blood. It speaks on acceptance, especially on self-acceptance, and is a good message for children still having difficulty being the best version of themselves. Billy’s relationship with Freddy and the rest of his foster siblings is the kind of thing you want you two children always at lodgerhead to see; that despite our seeming differences we can always be there for each other.

Jack Dylan Grazer does excellent work as Freddy/Shazam’ sidekick/ Shazam’s manager. He really holds his own throughout the movie beside Levi and Angel, and so do the rest of the supporting cast.

Lest I forget, I really liked the twist in the last act. Oh my gosh! I felt electricity course through my veins when the foster kids (yeah, I’m sticking with calling them that) put their hands on the staff and yelled Shazam. Being that I’ve never read a Shazam comic book before, I didn’t know what to expect, and liked that the movie didn’t toe the line of Dr. Silvana collecting Shazam’s powers only to have it returned later in the movie for the final battle.

Shazam! is a magical, really fun movie with good comedy. Since magic in movies is almost always fun, and, also, because we’re expecting a sequel, I hope the director gets a larger budget to work with, so that it’ll have a much grander feel, and the CGI of subsequent magical creatures can look better than the seven deadly sins did in this one.

Directed by: Adam F. Sandberg

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Aquaman’ (2018)

Release Date: December 21

Budget/ Box-Office: $200M/ $488.2M

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, et al.

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It’s no secret the DC cinematic universe (popularly known as the DCEU) has been off to a rocky start since it kick-started with 2013’s Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It wasn’t until 2017’s Patty Jensen’s Wonder Woman that it found its first critical win to go with the box office wins it’d grown accustomed to, and found its footing. The road to Aquaman was filled with uncertainties with many dubbing it a crucial point in determining whether the DCEU had a future like Marvel’s to look forward to, or a done affair. I’m happy to tell you this movie might just be the best in the DCEU, critically and commercially.

The movie, Aquaman, is a rollercoaster ride, one filled with unending entertainment. The main character, Arthur aka Aquaman is a delight to watch, and at a point I felt he was Khal Drogo on steroids, which, to me, is a good thing.

Director James Wan, best known for the Conjuring movies, does a terrific job especially with the underwater scenes, they’re so beautiful that even the little time spent outside of it caused me to sulk. In these preferred scenes, there are more fantastic creatures than in the entirety of the movie Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald. I know it might sound harsh to those who haven’t seen both movies, but in die time you’ll understand why I had to say so.

Patrick Wilson’s Orm is cool. His acting is solid, and I think he did justice to the character except in two scenes where he needed to scream like a gladiator (Spartacus style)… He just didn’t have it in him. It’s a trespass easily overlooked though, might not mean a thing to most people, so I guess I’m just overreacting. The main issue I have is with his character Orm and how he lacks any real motivation for his wanting to attack the surface world. I believe a better screenplay would’ve helped make the movie better generally.

Side notes:

1 There’s a giant crab-like creature that looks like one of the Kaijus from Pacific Rim.

2 Arthur’s surname, Curry, isn’t mentioned, not once. Neither are his initials, A.C. Correct me if I’m wrong.

3 Black Manta was decent.

4 With that ending, a sequel is definitely coming.

Directed by: James Wan

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow Season 3 Finale Review

After 18 episodes, the third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow comes to an end, and it does so in a very RIDICULOUS manner. Funnily ridiculous, if there’s a phrase like that 😂.

I’ve always known the show to be goofy, but I never knew it could go to the lengths it went in this season finale. Most surprising of all is that in its silliness the episode actually works and we get the vibe and flow with the tide the show’s become known for. 


The season started with The Legends trying to fix time anachronisms they themselves unleashed at the end of the previous season. And in their many  adventures realized the fight, this time, was truly against an ancient demon named Mallus and his human minions, The Darhks. Even though I had my reservations about Damien Darhk’s continuous reoccurence on the show I quickly moved passed those differences as he and his daughter Nora effortlessly won me over with their shenanigans. Imagine me waiting months for the epic showdown between The big bad, The Legends and all six Anansi totems they struggled to find, only to see Mallus battle a giant sized TEDDY BEAR 🐻 (Mimo)… Like, WTF!!! 😱. The scenes were hilarious though, I fell down laughing and rubbing my aching tummy 😁, maybe you’d too, who knows? 

I still maintain my stance, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ is one of the best shows on TV 📺 right now. If you don’t agree, tell me why, or go argue with your umunna, 😎. I’m waiting… 🎤. 

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