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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Simplistic Reviews Podcast (Ep. 61) January 2016


FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

Happy Jew Year friends and family. The Simplistic Reviews Crew is back, and boy are they going to let you have it....not their virginity, we're all still clearly waiting for the right one to give that away to....

This month the boys try to find a way to make "Making a Murderer" the new #1 Comedy on CBS, to DJ's everylasting black rage involving Michael Bay as Transformers 69 is coming soon. We even throw in a little TV talk, and introduce a brand new game segment where we decide who lives or dies in "Simplistic Fisticuffs."

All this, plus we finally catch up with the asshat responsible for the deaths of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman in this super-sized, jam-packed edition of The Simplistic Reviews Podcast.

NOTES:

Bowie Being Bowie
Rickman Being Rickman
Bay Being Bay

MUSIC
My Flows Is Tight By Lord Digga
Syd Dale By The Hell Raisers
1976 By RJD2
Cast Your Fate To The Wind By Vince Guaraldi

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

RIP Alan Rickman


1946-2016

Usually the New Year is supposed to begin with hope and cheer and promise of better things to come. But the week of January 10th 2016 has been a pretty bad one, but hey it can only get better....right?

First the end came for Ziggy Stardust, as David Bowie was removed from this mortal coil at the age of 69, and now another testament to British excellency, Alan Rickman, has also passed at the age of 69. Like I said, not a great way to start the year.

To be brief, the Simplistic Reviews crew will truly miss Alan Rickman and everything he has brought to film and the constant inspiration he has given our podcasts. Here are just a few things to remember about Rickman and some of our favorite roles of his:

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. II
Everyone has their panties in a bunch about Harry Potter, and almost everyone remembers Rickman as Professor Severus Snape from the "Potter" series, and sure, he was very good. Click HERE for the cream of the crop.

4. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rickman has created some of the best villains ever put to celluloid, and I think this is one that people really forget about. I mean, what kind of bad guy wants to cut someone's heart out with a spoon. Check out the goodness HERE.

3. Dogma
If there is a God, I think it would be safe to say that the docile tones of Rickman would be the voice that I would want to hear. For more on that, click HERE.

2. Galaxy Quest
This seems to be a favorite of so many people so why wouldn't we include it in a Top Five list. By Grabthar's Hammer....click HERE

1. Die Hard
The quintessential action film created one of the most quintessential action film villains of all time. Whether talking fashion on where Arafat buys his suits to giving his best American accent as Bill Clay, was there anything that Hans Gruber couldn't do? HERE is the proof.

Sure, Hans couldn't fly at the end of the day, but now, Alan Rickman surely flies above us all.

"I don't play villains, I play very interesting people."
-Alan Rickman 1946-2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Golden Globe Results: Who won...who should have won....


It's officially the start of the Award Season as the 73rd Annual Golden Globes wrapped up this past Sunday Night with the ever-resourceful Ricky Gervais was back at the helm after a few years off.

Of course so many people have their opinions on who the winners should have been or that the winners were perfectly chosen...well, you know what they say about opinions....

With that said, here are the winners from the Golden Globes, and whether the Hollywood Foreign Press made the right choices. Keep in mind, this is only about the film categories for this year's show.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Winner: The Revenant
Who Should Have Won: The Revenant
Why: Well, the argument could be made that "Spotlight" should have been a victor in this category, but it can also be argued that the Golden Globes are weird awards with weird ways of doing things. From a film-making perspective, "The Revenant" is hard to beat. From a story perspective, its rather thin; a revenge tale hidden in a metaphor-riddled art film.

Best Motion Picture, Comedy and/or Musical
Winner: The Martian
Who Should Have Won: Anything else that is actually a comedy or musical...
Why: Well, is "The Martian" a comedy or musical? I'd be on the side that it isn't, but I guess if the only factor of a comedy is that you might laugh a few times over the course of a 2+ hour film, sure, I guess "The Martian" is a comedy.

Best Actor, Drama
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio
Who Should Have Won: Michael Fassbender
Why: This is likely going to be Leo's year due to a pretty weak class of Best Actors. The other thing in Leo's favor is the lack of game-changing or "lightning in a bottle" performances likes we've seen from the likes of Eddie Redmayne last year and Matthew McConaughey the year before that, so this is looking like it will finally be his year, if just for the physical demands the role take. Fassbender had to deal with the onslaught that is Aaron Sorkin dialogue, and while I enjoyed his role in "Steve Jobs" more so, this win for DiCaprio might as well punch his ticket for Oscar gold in February.

Best Actress, Drama
Winner: Brie Larson
Who Should Have Won: Brie Larson
Why: If it wasn't only for the reason that I have a small crush on Larson, and if that was enough of a reason, she's also paid her dues and has shown that she has range and is willing to play any role with that rare combination of innocence, youth, and vulnerability. Beginning with "Short Term 12" Larson is starting to pave her way to a long and great career and "Room" is the first in what will likely begin her Jennifer Lawrence-type accession.

Best Actor, Comedy/Musical
Winner: Matt Damon
Who Should Have Won: Matt Damon
Why: I'll just say Matt Damon because I like Matt Damon. Again, "The Martian" slipping into the comedy/musical category just seems like lip service and an excuse to honor both Damon and DiCaprio in the same show. Might I also add, that I feel this is a very weak year for the Best Actor category.

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Should Have Won: Amy Schumer
Why: Probably the only film and actress nominated in this category correctly. After a string of misses, it looks like Judd Apatow might be back to making funny films, and his muse, Schumer, who I've been cold on for quite a while, actually put in a performance that made me like her. However, we all know the tactics of David O Russell, which pretty much handed Lawrence the Globe this year. Again, if "Joy" funny enough to land in this category...probably not.

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Sylvester Stallone
Who Should Have One: Idris Elba
Why: This really is splitting hairs here. I only pick Elba because I think he is great, but he also put in a scary performance, albeit a performance that I feel like I've seen before. But I've also had to sit through five additional "Rocky" movies before I finally felt that I got to a "Rocky" performance that made me feel something. Can the underdog do it again around Oscar time? For some reason I think he might.

Best Support Actress
Winner: Kate Winslet
Who Should Have Won: Kate Winslet
Why: Seeing what Winslet did with Sorkin's dialogue, mixed with the use of her accent, was something I don't think I've ever seen out of the one-time Oscar winner. I think this might be her year again.

Best Screenplay
Winner: Aaron Sorkin
Who Should Have Won: Aaron Sorkin
Why: I base who I think should win on whether I'm hanging on every word that is spoken on screen and nothing really put me on edge in 2015 like "Steve Jobs" did. When you have actors that can read what Sorkin writes, even Seth Rogen who gives a criminally underrated performance, you know you have a special film and a special script. Any other year I would have given this one to Quentin Tarantino, but Sorkin knocks this one out of the park.

Best Director
Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Who Should Have Won: George Miller
Why: Yes, Inarritu has created two exceptionally gimmicky films in back-to-back year, but is his direction the best? I'd lean on the side of no. If you job as a director is to not kill your cast, but bring them right to the edge, sure, he succeeded, but what George Miller did with "Fury Road" was downright shocking. He created a feminist icon, created one of the most talked about and debated films of the year, and not to mention put things on the silver screen that are nearly impossible to direct, yet, he did it, at over the age of 80.

"Shocker" of a Winner: John Hamm for Mad Men
I'm not going to crap on Hamm, I think the guy is cool, affable, and had a great run. But after not winner a Globe for his entire run on "Mad Men" I guess it was time for him to win one, even though there were ballsier performance from the likes of Rami Malek and Wagner Moura.

Actual Shocker of a Winner: Lady Gaga for American Horror Story: Hotel
This one I didn't see coming, and I'm not sure many others did either. Thinking about it, this is actually a ballsy move by the Globes to award this to a genre show like "AHS," so I'm all for it. This one takes the sting away from the wins that felt like "give-aways."

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