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Monday, September 17, 2018

A Simplistic Review: The Predator (2018)


"The Predator" is probably going down as the biggest and dumbest film of 2018. But does that mean it's bad? Well....yes and no.

As part of the "Predator" mythos it works because you see things from the first two films including the spawn of Keyes as Gary Busey...and, uh, I guess thats about it.

The plot is inconsistent, the characters are bat-sh*t crazy, almost too over the top. it just makes for an extremely OFF-KILTER experience that bores you one minute and engages you the next.

I will say, there is a very funny, perhaps unintentional, but I'm sure intentional joke that involves Trevante Rhodes' character's name. Since I have a juvenile sense of humor I found it hilarious but it might go over a few people's heads if it has to do what I think it has to do with...I'll just leave that right here.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Simplistic Review: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves


I just came to the realization that for a long time I've been getting Martin Campbell and Kevin Reynolds confused for a long time. They seem to travel in similar circles and have the same sordid film career that features maybe 1-2 good ones, and a lot of stinkers. "Robin Hood" Prince of Thieves" has always been one of my guilty pleasures. It's over the top, features at least three of the HAMMIEST performances you'll get out of early 90s film, the best of the bunch being Alan Rickman as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

Also, pro-tip for you cinephiles out there, the Extended Cut or the Director's Cut, or the Sherwood Forest Cut, or whatever you want to call it, is only necessary is you want to see how much a creep the witch is.

Monday, September 10, 2018

(Ep. 110): The Simplistic Reviews Podcast: September 2018


The Simplistic Reviews Podcast is back from our August break and raring to go. And since we thought the show could use more of a fangirl touch, we got the biggest and best fangirl of them all, Jeanette Ward from The Mundane Adventures Of A Fangirl. And as gracious hosts, we immediately put Ms. Ward in the hot seat during another edition of Questions From The Crowd. The gang also go against their better nature while playing Say Anything. Shane Black, Cardi B Nicki Minaj Beef, and midichlorians...all things discussed on the latest episode of the Simplistic Reviews Podcast.

NOTES
Ray Liotta Commercial
Nicki Minaj & Cardi B Fight
Glass Noodles
Blockbuster Video 

MUSIC
60's Blues Rock Kinda Thing By Aaron Tosti
Gold Medal By Sounds Like Sander
Fast Times Club By Idols

A Simplistic Review: Heathers


The 80s and early 90s were an odd time. It seemed like you could get away with doing and saying anything despite the fact we were living in the middle of "Say No to Drugs" and a total PC-culture ruled by Reganomics, the fear of AIDS, and it just being an all around scary place to live.

And yes, they want to revive "Heathers" on TV, but could you honestly see another film like this being made for a mainstream audience anymore? School shootings, Trump-America, celebrity suicides, bullying, "Heathers" is all the TABOO one would ever need in their life. Shoot, sounds like the right time to bring it back...

A Simplistic Review: Back to School


Thanks to Netflix, me cutting the cord, and various other streaming services, I've had some time to catch up on a plethora of screwball comedies from the late 70s and into the 80s. And I've come to a conclusion; most of them aren't very good, or I should rephrase that; they have all AGED fairly poorly.

The best way to look at most of these films is through a bubble, or just a moment in time where anything goes. From "Animal House" and it's shenanigans, which depending on who you talk to I'm sure offends people now, to "Trading Places" which has Dan Akyroyd in blackface playing a Jamaican, it makes you stare in awe; like man, these guys gave no f*cks.

This brings me to "Back to School" which is innocent compared to a lot of other fare, but still features a pretty creepy Rodney Dangerfield. However, it's Rodney Dangerfield, so we kind of forgive him for what he does.

"School" is fine, but watching it again, the only thing I really care about is watching Oingo Boingo and Danny Elfman in his weird wifebeater and who Sarah Silverman copied that look on the "Mongolian Beef" episode of "The Sarah Silverman Show." Good times.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

(Ep. 109): Killing American Style - Movie Commentary: September 2018


Killing American style
1990 ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ 1h 30m

Well it's not Samurai Cop...

Welcome back to the Simplistic Reviews Movie Commentary! Today we pop in another Amir Shervan film, Killing American Style. It's the 80's and of course Amir will recycle from his masterpiece Samurai Cop; location, music and beefy men with long beautiful hair.  The terrible acting mix with cheesy fight scene is the best part along with its nonexistent script. Killing American Style is no Samurai Cop. It's not as funny nor crazy but still a entertaining film except for one thing - rape.

The amount of creepiness is beyond anything we have seen before. There really isn't a need for rape in a movie, especially when the story line doesn't call for it. A simple walk into the room with the door closing gets it point across, what we get here is out of control and unnecessary. Killing American Style is a fun Sunday film to drink and laugh at, just look at that title. But when your looking for another Samurai Cop don't look at Killing American Style, it's in a league of its own.
                       






Monday, August 27, 2018

A Simplistic Review: Adventureland


Maybe I've had a DELAYED reaction, but I actually really like "Adventureland." Sadly, when it was released it was sold as a screwball comedy in the vein of "Superbad" and every other Judd Apatow inspired comedy that had been released prior.

It'ss a coming-of-age flick, which I'm a sucker for, with some honest acting, and despite what people might say about Kristen Stewart and her sullen, angsty acting style, she works extremely well here, and I know people will always give her shit for her years in the "Twilight" films, but she's honestly perfect in her role here. If you're a "Freaks and Geeks" fan, "Adventureland" is the perfect companion piece. Oh yeah, music in the 80s will live forever in my heart and I can listen to Shannon's "Let the Music Play" on repeat....come at me.

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