David Bowie

January 18, 2016

The Simplistic Reviews Podcast (Ep. 61) January 2016


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.


Bowie Being Bowie
Rickman Being Rickman
Bay Being Bay

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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January 14, 2016

RIP Alan Rickman


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

August 11, 2012

Source Code


Director Duncan Jones(Son Of David Bowie By The Way…Yes That David Bowie) originally impressed me with his 2009 film Moon starring Sam Rockwell.  On the surface Moon looked like a typical indie sci-fi picture.  However, Moon, to me, was actually about knowing yourself and the questions of what makes us who we are.  A movie that appears to be one thing but turns out to really be about something else entirely.  Two years later, Jones directed a film that fell again under the design of an EXISTENTIAL question hidden behind a sci-fi genre.  That film was Source Code.

Source Code was promoted as another “unique” a sci-fi concept thriller.  Its probably why it took me so long to see it.  But as you watch it, you start to realize that its not the stated terrorist plot that is important to this story at all.  Its not even the, not so well hidden, twist (Which I won’t spoil) that reveals itself 45 minutes in.  Its the questions of fate and destiny and whether its worth it to even fight to change something that is inevitable and ultimately irrelevant.

Concepts like these by themselves could make for an interesting film…but not in this day and age.  Hollywood is under the belief that these questions as the subject of a film are not good for business. They think it is too much work to market EXISTENTIALISM to the mass populous.  So filmmakers try and hide their EXISTENTIAL films inside films that Hollywood knows how to promote.  Most times they’re done poorly.  Sometimes they’re done well.  Sometimes they’re done so well, that they entertain the intellectual and…um…how do I put this….the people who like stuff that blow up real good.  Source Code is one of the films that has done it well.

No, it is not a flawless film.  Its overly sentimental at times and the final scene ends rather abruptly.  However, Source Code is still a solid film with solid performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright.  For those of you over 29 that remember a little TV Show called Quantum Leap, there is a very cool nod to the similarities between it and Source Code.  There will be no doubt in your mind that it entertained you after you’ve seen it.  Don’t believe me?  Charge the drivers….go back 8 minutes….think about it…then tell me I’m wrong. (That joke will makes sense after viewing…but probably still won’t be funny.)

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