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July 7, 2014

SR Podcast (Ep. 27): July 2014 – Lethal Weapon 2 – Movie Commentary

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Alright folks, it’s time to dust off your flannel, feather your mullet and bust out the VCR again because it’s time for another Simplistic Reviews Movie Commentary. We return to 1989 with another classic; “Lethal Weapon 2.” The sequel to another classic,”Lethal Wepon,” “Weapon 2” pretty much ups the ante over it’s predecessor and exceeds and it some ways. This time around Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of a group of South Africans who are into some shady dealings, including a guy who might be David Warner.

Whereas “Weapon 1” was a pretty dark film, “Weapon 2” is a the perfect balance of humor, bombastic action, and gritty cop drama. With that said, sit back, strap yourself in (if you’re into that type of thing) and get ready to yuck it up with three guys who make Jones, Mahoney, and Hooks look like legit cops with “Lethal Weapon 2.”

October 15, 2013

Simplistic Reviews Presents: Simply Horrifying featuring Tales from the Crypt Ep. 05

Welcome to Hell Muthafu*ka!  Or….just welcome back to another edition of Simply Horrifying as we continue our jaunt down memory lane remembering some of the best episodes of “Tales from the Crypt.”  In this episode, which is also one of my favorites, we have two comedians in the starring role, one being the immortal Don Rickles and the other being “Bobcat” Goldthwait, as two ventriloquists in “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy.”

Directed by Richard Donner, “Dummy” is the story of a retired ventriloquist and a young up-and-coming ventriloquist’s attempt to back in big.  Remember a long time ago when ventriloquist’s were treated like kings and women threw themselves at them wishing they were the puppets?  Well, neither do I.

This episode offers a pretty good twist and both comedians put out pretty good performances, mainly Rickles who is pretty convincing as the retired performing holding back a dark secret.  All in all, one of the better episodes from Season Two.

Click the link above for the full review, if you dare……

October 3, 2013

Simplistic Reviews Presents: Simply Horrifying featuring Tales from the Crypt Ep. 01

October is here and now is the time for the creeps and ghouls to infest your web browsers, and I”m not just talking about those adult sites that you frequent when your wife or husband aren’t around.  No judgement.  But October is that time of the year where things get a little spooky and Simplistic Reviews welcomes everything creepy with open arms, paws, claws, webbed-feet, anything else that some mythical or murderous creature might have to grab things with.

HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt” was a show that paid homage to the EC Comics from the 1950s.  Grisly images, paired with tales of morality which caught the ire of the US Government who went as far as to hold Senate Hearings about how comics were corrupting the nation’s youth and driving a hearse straight to Hell.  Sounds like my type of comic books.  William Gaines, creator of the Tales from the Crypt comic line, was a pioneer in the industry and you can call him the Stan Lee of Horror Comics.  Come 1989, the geniuses at HBO decided it was time to pay tribute to EC and create a weekly half-horror horror show every Sunday, aptly named, “Tales from the Crypt.”  Running nearly 100 episodes, from 1989 to 1995, “Tales” were comics come to life way before we had the Marvel Comics films.

As this series progresses, your host, Matt, will present his favorite episodes from all seven seasons.  The episodes will not be ranked and will only be classified by the season in which they appeared.  It’s like trying to pick your favorite child, unless its the child that cries in public, throws food on the floor, and wets the bed.  That one is a winner!

So, in this first installment, “And All Through the House” is explained away.  There are a lot of cool aspects to this episode, namely, director Robert Zemeckis helmed this episode, and this is the only episode from the series that uses Christmas as the backdrop.

Check out the video companion above and prepare to enter “Tales from the Crypt.”  If you dare…….

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