NFL Week 2: It’s All About the Ace And Not The Trouble Edition

For many years, Antonio Brown’s sole claim to relevancy was limited to being one of the best wide receivers in the world. He grew up in Liberty City, Florida, much like the kids shown on the criminally underrated Friday Night Tykes, became a standout two-sport athlete, and did three years at Central Michigan University, perhaps […]

It: Chapter Two

Fair Value of It Chapter Two: $.50. I wouldn’t turn it off if it was an airplane movie. Is It Scary? Aw fuck no. I’ll put it this way: I was never scared by haunted houses because I know that people are going to try to scare me. On the other hand, deep woods and […]

Another Look: War of the Worlds (2005)

When I was young, a science fiction fan had to find his fix of quality SF in magazines like Galaxy, If and Analogue, or paperbacks from Ace. The screen was largely a desert for science fiction. Oh, you had things like The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Forbidden Planet. 2001. Some of […]

NFL Football: Week One Edition

Hey do you see that up there? Right up there, next to my name? See how it says September 5, 2019? You know what that means, don’t you? That’s right gang. It’s That Time of Year! Whoops! How did that get there? I was going for Andy Williams. SweetJesus, one would think it would be […]

American Sniper: Another look at some unrealistic aspects of this movie

e Based on a true story. This is a disclaimer of sorts that you’ll see before certain films featuring tales of real-life individuals and events. Such is the case of the Clint Eastwood film, American Sniper. Kyle himself co-authored the book that the film is based on, but did not have a hand in the […]

Another look at Quinten Tarantino, and The Hateful Eight

I saw The Hateful Eight upon its release a few years ago, despite the fact it was a Quinten Tarantino film. I am not a fan of his, but it was advertised as a Western and I am a huge fan of Westerns. However, considering Ruthless’ own Goat seems to like it, I allowed it […]

Ruthless Preseason 3: Out of Luck Edition

This will only be my third season of writing at Ruthless. I am hardly an institution around here, not some grizzled veteran beat-writer type. Respectable, yes. Consistent, absolutely. Lust-inducing, sure, I get that all the time. But I’m not part of the furniture, nor some mythical Bob Considine supplemented with a chiseled physique and a […]

Don’t Let Go

Or, you DIE, DIe, Die, die… I went into Don’t Let Go knowing nothing more than the title, a very brief plot summary on IMDb – “After a man’s family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He’s not sure if she’s […]

Loss Prevention (2018)

Here we have another low, low budget movie starring John Wells and Al Snow. However, I cannot go any further without mentioning another “Wells”. Vernon Wells. What? No, I’m not kidding you. Vernon Wells is in this movie as the evil CEO of R & P. The I don’t need the girl Vernon Wells in […]

The Angry Birds Movie 2

You recognize this film by the way it hits your windshield. A hallmark of a good PG movie is an ability to appeal to both kids and adults. Smart writing and mature jokes for the adults; smart writing, bright colors, and silliness for the kids. Pixar has mastered the art of blending all of those […]

Midsommar (2019)

Ari Aster’s first film, Hereditary, had a trailer that was impossible to avoid for about six months leading up to its release. I must have seen it at least two dozen times. With every claim that it was the scariest movie to come along in decades, anticipation grew, and some degree of disappointment became more […]

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has to have been the most anticipated movie of 2019, and for good reason; the reason is Quentin Tarantino. You know you are going on a ride, so buckle up. Let me also say that Tarantino was as indulgent as usual, and likes to take his time and use […]

Ruthless NFL 2019 Preseason Preview Part II: (She Gives) Great Helmet

This is complete bullshit. I am being forced to write this column under protest because the powers that be at Ruthlessco International Unlimited are forcing me to abandon my trusty Chromebook laptop after more than ten years of faithful service! Granted, it was responsible for the occasional inadvertent doublespace, thus mucking up the ASCII characters […]