Month: January 2019

January 23, 2019

A Simplistic Review: I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

I’m kind of in a weird spot with this review. It’s just after Martin Luther King Day and just about a week before Black History Month, but after watching “I Am Not Your Negro” it took me some time to PROCESS.

As a White, Jewish Male, there isn’t a lot for me to bring to a discussion about the mistreatment of minorities and the injustice and abuse they have all endured for over 700 years when White Europeans decided they were going to sail to a “New World” and for all intensive purposes commit genocide and kick off White Supremacy.

I feel bad I’ve not know much about James Baldwin up to this point in my life. He settled as a background guy for the likes of titans; Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and Dr. King. He’s also the witness for their lives being cut short while being the interest of the FBI and living as minority within a minority.

Baldwin took the best of Lorraine, Malcolm, Martin and Medgar and created his own brand of resistance that more seem to be discovering as we are slowly degenerating back into the 1950s and 60s and fighting for a new generation’s Civil Rights.

In short, “I Am Not Your Negro” is required viewing about an unsung hero who I sadly know too little about.

January 17, 2019

A Simplistic Review: Eighth Grade

It’s hard not to CRINGE at “Eight Grade.” It’s everything you would expect a film about middle to be. Awkward, bittersweet, stomach-churning, and all together relatable.

Considering I’m about 20 years removed from middle school, I remember it being a little unbearable, but a lot has changed in 20 years and perhaps I don’t find enough to connect with in “Eighth Grade” but I admire it’s zeal for portraying the “modern” kid growing up in a technological and “me-me-me” society.

Maybe I’m sure more of a “Welcome to the Dollhouse” type of guy, but I’m also a weirdo who likes really dark shit…

January 14, 2019

A Simplistic Review: The House That Jack Built

Lars von Trier is the master of the TRIGGER. He knows how to get under your skin and manipulate your emotions and get people riled up. But that also makes him the last of a dying breed of mainstream directors who are fading away.

The best I can really say about “The House That Jack Built” is that it TRIGGERS a response from people, whether it’s good or bad, but it’s a lot of posturing on von Trier’s part about a hearty pat on his on own back.

It’s “American Psycho” without the pitch black humor and while it might take place in the 80s at some junctures, “Jack” devoid of the era and simply takes place when it takes place.

Is “Jack” worth 150-minutes of your time? It honestly all depends on whether you think a Lars von Trier film is worth the squeeze and how TRIGGERED you might be.

January 13, 2019

(Ep. 115): Hard To Kill – Movie Commentary: January 2019

The new year is here and so is a new batch of Simplistic Reviews Movie Commentaries! 
We start this new year off with a film from 90’s action star and serial eater, Steven Seagal. Which Seagal film? Well, since Steven has a large collection of so bad its good, we figured we get out one of the better Seagal films that also has some of our favorite lines.
Stay warm with the boys from SR on this chilly January Sunday and let’s watch some Hard to Kill!
Hard to Kill

R 1990 ‧ Drama/Thriller ‧ 1h 40m

Description

When police detective Mason Storm (Steven Seagal) uncovers ties among corrupt cops, the mob and charismatic politician Vernon Trent (Bill Sadler), a hit is ordered on his family. During the attack, Storm’s wife is killed, and the cop himself is severely injured. After waking up from a years-long coma, Storm, aided by gorgeous nurse Andy Stewart (Kelly LeBrock), slowly gets back on his feet and plots revenge against those who wronged him, particularly the duplicitous Sen. Trent.

Release date: February 9, 1990 (USA)
Director: Bruce Malmuth
Box office: 47.4 million USD
Screenplay: Steven McKay
Music composed by: David Michael Frank


January 10, 2019

A Simplistic Review: Molly’s Game

Considering this was one of my favorite films from 2018, I’m finally getting around to making it my first review post for 2019. Makes sense, right?

What do you get when you take Jessica Chastain, throw in a little Idris Elba, and have them recite, impeccably, the dialogue of Aaron Sorkin? Well, your plants might get a little TIGHT, but you also get “Molly’s Game.”

This is also the film that finally made me a fan of Jessica Chastain. Her and Anne Hathaway I lumped into the same boat for a long time, just not a fan. But, after seeing her play word gymnastics with this script and simply being the anchor of this film, I’m finally a believer.

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