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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.”

May 9, 2015

The Simplistic Reviews Podcast (Ep. 47): May 2015

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES


In honor of Mother’s Day, The Simplistic Reviews Podcast has assembled their regular team of badass motherf*%kers to ring in the month of May. They touch on Suicide Squad…they touch on the Joss Whedon haters…they touch on Tom Brady’s balls…all in an effort to entertain you.  So sit back, give it a listen, and say hello to your mother for me.

6:37 Simplistic Showcase

36:53 TV Roundup

59:44 Hey F*%khead

Also as a special treat…here is an outtake that was too ridiculous not to share with the world.

Show Notes
Redrum
Ally McBeal
Andy Kaufman
Lord Humongous

Music Notes
My Flows Is Tight By Lord Digga
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place By The Animals
Birds And Brass By Sort Of Soul
The Great Escape Theme By Paul Bateman


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March 2, 2015

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

PROGRESSING

Wyrmwood – Progressing

Let’s admit it finally; the zombie genre needs to die….again….and again….and again. The days where zombies were a novelty are over, and part of that I blame on “The Walking Dead.” And no, I’m not saying the show is bad, but it simply created the over-saturation of zombies everywhere, and to me, it’s run its course as a horror fan. Here I am, of course, about to rain compliments all over a zombie film, what kind of person am I? This brings me to “Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead” yet another quality product from the Land Down Under, which also brought us “The Babadook” last year. What works in “Wyrmwood” is it’s ability to be different, progressing the same old tired zombie flick, while incorporating the best from other zombie films.

Here’s the skinny on this flick; The zombie outbreak has finally hit Australia and the Outback is in ruins. We have Barry and Benny, two guys trying to make it out alive, and we also have Brooke, Barry’s sister, an artist who has been kidnapped by two soldiers and is being experimented on by a scientist with a penchant for KC and the Sunshine Band. Barry has been traumatized by the zombification of his wife and daughter, who he had to kill himself, while Benny is a wild and crazy Aborigine. That is the basic story, and to spoil other aspects of the film would be a disservice.

I know I said I didn’t want to spoil anything, but *SPOILER BEGINS* skip ahead to the next paragraph, or better yet, skip this review for now, watch this flick, and come back and read the rest. What separates this zombie tale from others, is the way the zombies are created and what part they play in the film. While the origin of the infection is relatively tired and true (really, a meteor shower?) and the explanation a little hokey (Biblical) the actual literal fuel of the zombies is a interesting wrinkle to the genre. Basically, when the meteor show occurs, it creates an airborne event where everyone who doesn’t have A Negative becomes infected and all fuel becomes useless and zombie blood becomes the new gasoline….yes, zombie blood is now fuel. It makes you wonder how someone thinks of this type of stuff, but if you are watching a zombie film, you should already be suspending enough belief. Oh, and there is also zombie telepathy. Again, who thinks of this stuff, but again, somehow it works. *SPOILER ENDS*

For genre buffs, “Wyrmwood” is the perfect example of “stealing from the best.” You have the post-apocalyptic craziness of the “Mad Max” trilogy, the over the top gore of “Dead/Alive,” the younger in cheekiness of “Shaun of the Dead,” the screams of “Evil Dead,” and the unrelenting zombie hordes of “Dawn of the Dead;” get the point? This film is every zombie lover’s dream and is the proper homage to everything that has come before it. What is even more impressive is that this is director, Kiah Roache-Turner’s first film and while he borrowed from the best, it’s evident that he not only cares about the genre, but is also interested in expanding it and not just trying to create the same old carbon ops we’ve seen since 1969’s “Night of the Living Dead,” and “Wyrmwood” is far and away the most original and fun “zombie” film since “28 Days Later.”

Bottom line, if you are looking for a take on the zombie genre that will both have you scratching your head at its ridiculousness and leave you with hope for the genre, Wyrmwood is that film. It’s the perfect homage and shows that persistence and people that care can and will put on a product that fans can get behind and appreciate.
Fun Fact: The film took four years to complete since the cast could only shoot on weekends and holidays.
July 1, 2014

The Simplistic Reviews Podcast (Ep. 26): June 2014

 FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

The end of June brings another edition of the Simplistic Reviews Podcast.  This month the boys discuss Batman’s out of control property damage, play a game of Word Association, berate Chelsea Handler, swoon rather uncomfortably over Fargo, Godzilla’s tail and Eva Green, then promote the Patrick Dempsey 80s classic Loverboy.  Yes, we are using “classic” loosely.  All that and more on a dog days of Summer edition of the Simplistic Review Podcast.

Show Notes:
Loverboy
DJ’s Hidden Eli Wallach Reference
Mad Max Reboot
Pacific Rim 2 Announcement
Cloud Atlas Valleyspeak
Gary Oldman Apology
Jonah Hill Apology

Music Notes:
Birds & Brass By Sort Of Soul

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