Month: March 2019

March 27, 2019

A Simplistic Review: Us

There’s a lot to unpack in “Us.” But I’ll keep it…simple

Does it have the same affect that “Get Out” created in 2017? I don’t think so. Did Jordan Peele create another socio-political horror film about how the poor are marginalized and cast away while we as an American society put on a happy face even though, deep down inside, we’re ashamed of the unabashed consumers that we’ve become while living a soulless existence? I think that’s a little more accurate.

“Us” is a nice SWITCHAROO for an audience that thought they were going to see “Get Out 2: Electric Rod-a-roo.”

Sure, there’s plenty of commentary to sink your teeth into, but drilling down this is a film that is part “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” part “Dawn of the Dead” and part “The Strangers,” all while shaking up the tired horror cliche by subbing out your typical white family in danger with a black family, and making a very strong point.

Which is…

Why have horror films always just settled for white actors to be the stars horror films while marginalizing black actors to the roles of “the first to die” or “the sage-like advice giver?” Peele is making a statement that a lot of white folks probably aren’t ready for; get ready to be the new “first to die” in the horror genre.

March 22, 2019

A Simplistic Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

I think I like being the guy that checks out movies anywhere between 3-6 years after they come out and are heaped praise by any and all movie critics; I’m TARDY if you will. But gee golly did I enjoy “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Oscar Issac is fun playing the down-on-his-luck, struggling folk singer in 1960s New York, where he is always just one step behind. Of course, I don’t know the plight of folk singers in the 60s around the Greenwich Village neighborhood in Manhattan, but I can imagine the bohemian lifestyle.

What the Coen Brothers do here that is so special is that while there is a ton of music, and great music at that, it shows a stark contrast to what life is like when you come off the stage. Infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, lost cats, hanging out with dope fiends, and of course getting punched in the face by the husband of the person you heckled on stage.

As as whole, “Davis” is great, but man, it’s pitch black comedy, but what else would you expect from the Coens.

March 20, 2019

A Simplistic Review: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

It took me a long time to like “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” And honestly, to this day, I prefer the remake from 2003. I know that probably hurts my horror film credentials, but shoot, I also prefer the remake for “The Hills Have Eyes” as well as the remake for “It” and a few other films that are simply better made films, at least aesthetically

1974’s “Chain Saw” is grimy, ugly, grim, but digging down created a SYSTEM for early slasher films to thrive and made people uncomfortable and was seen as pornography that was ruining society, which I can always get behind.

Perhaps watching the original “Chain Saw” with the wisdom of Joe Bob Briggs and “The Last Drive-In” helped re-open my eyes to how much this film changed the landscape of the genre and created the actual “Formula” that predates other proto-slashers like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th.”

Tobe Hooper created a nightmare landscape with some of the most memorable cannibals you’ve ever seen along a lonely, dust road in central Texas that is forever the stuff of legends.

March 11, 2019

A Special Guest Simplistic Review: Captain Marvel

Who knows you better than your best BUDDY? The ‘Other Cap’ felt like a love letter to your BFF. Which is exactly why I loved and needed Lashana Lynch’s Maria Rambeau as a real life contrast to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers’ wonderful but very “literal” girl power. 
Maria is what I want more of – a strong, single mother that kicks ass, flies planes and does some “simple physics”. Because to paraphrase a book I’m reading, “sometimes men want a sticker just for treating a woman like a human being.” I want to see more diverse women as equal human beings.
In “the other ladies who kick ass” category, Annette Benning and Gemma Chan do a fun job in their supporting roles.
Seeing the origins of Nick Fury, Agent Coulson and other origin Easter Eggs are also fun little nuggets.
But beware; If you troll this film just to bring down the ratings without any legitimate criticism – F**K your fragile ego. We may fall down, and hopefully first weekend numbers prove otherwise, but we will get up again and again. 
Besides the slowish start and “dance” fights – this is a solid Marvel origin story and introduction to the ‘Endgame’. 
March 3, 2019

A Simplistic Re-Review: Get Out

There’s nothing like a PUNCH in the face to wake someone up; or at least break their nose, knock out some teeth, and leave a long and personal impression. That’s what “Get Out” did just about two years ago.

It take a special person to create a film that makes everyone in the audience uneasy. “Get Out” shines a light and makes white people squirm while at the same time showing the black audience that their paranoia isn’t entirely all unfounded.

Director/Writer Jordan Peele created one of the best horror films in the last 25 years in my opinion, and it isn’t even close. The re-watchability is high as well where you can really dissect the dread of what is coming and showing this to someone who hasn’t seen it while you wait for their reaction(s) is golden.

March 1, 2019

(Ep. 117): Mystery Movie – Movie Commentary: March 2019

Today we try something new, something mysterious, something crazy! DJ and Justin watch a movie like they did so many times before. But this time it’s different. This time Justin carefully selected from the Simplistic Reviews ever growing library of shitty movies, a film DJ has never seen nor heard of.

And that’s not all. This time DJ has no idea what he will be watching, he knows nothing, just like you!

So join DJ as he is only aware of recording a movie commentary…not what movie…but…a mystery movie!

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