Beetlejuice is a wildly outrageous film made by the great Tim Burton. This is a film that demands multiple viewings to be fully appreciated. Beetlejuice was initially supposed to be a horror movie, but the performances by Michael Keaton as the unhinged bio-exorcist, the unfortunate dead couple, Adam and Barbara, and the whacky trio that […]
A New England couple is dismayed to find death more complicated and chaotic than life.
Film TitleThe Mask
A supernatural mask turns a bank clerk into a bizarre Super Hero
It is over-stating the obvious that actor Jim Carrey is an acquired taste. He has a legion of fans that adore him and probably an equal number that find him as annoying as Forrest Gump. Love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Jim Carrey has some serious, unique talent. Carrey has starred […]
Film TitleThe Wire
The Baltimore drug scene, where the chance of young black men living past 25 is slim
Michael Kenneth Williams
I recently re-watched most of this great series that ran for 5 seasons on HBO. This series is one of the most stark and brutal shows ever presented on television. It spotlights the drug scene in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is my comprehensive review and the plot summary. “N*gg*r “Bitch” “Faggot” “Ho” “Dog” “Yo” “It’s all […]
Reacher rolls into a small Georgia town and immediately finds trouble. Big trouble.
Willie C. Carpenter
Reacher is an action series available from Prime Video and is based on books by Lee Child. I watched and am reviewing the first 8 episodes of Season One, which aired on Prime Video Feb. 04 2022. Reacher stars a bulked up, jacked up and totally bad-assed Alan Richtson. He is huge. Bigger than Dolph […]
Film TitleThe Verdict
A nearly washed-up alcoholic attorney has one last shot at greatness
I know that in my reviews I often need to rescue myself from the perils of redundancy. Nevertheless, I will state it again; Paul Newman is and was a superstar, a Top-5 actor of all time. A quick search reveals the ugly reality that most list-makers do not share this opinion. None of this is […]
Film TitleBlazing Saddles
Women are stampeded and cattle raped in this Mel Brooks masterpiece
There has been a lot written about some of the outrageous comedies of the past, movies that could not possibly be made today. Movies like Animal House, Life Of Brian, Porky’s, Airplane and all those Blaxploitation movies that Dave Franklin has reviewed at Ruthless. We, as movie lovers, are truly not worthy of movies that […]
Film TitleThe Tender Bar
A coming of age story based on the best-selling book by J.R. Moehringer
The Tender Bar is a movie that is based on the blockbuster best-seller by J.R. Moehringer, published in 2005. This book contains the memoirs of J.R. and his experiences growing up with a struggling single mom, while chasing an elusive father, known only to him as a voice in the radio. This great best-seller is […]
Film TitleThe Outlaw Josey Wales
Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit for revenge of the murder of his family. The ensuing bloodshed leaves him as an outlaw on the run.
Chief Dan George
The Outlaw Josey Wales is not just another Clint Eastwood revenge movie, but a unique Western that focuses on the continuing violence, hate and treachery following the American Civil War. Josey Wales is minding his own business as a sod-buster when a bevy of Yankee Redlegs unexpectedly show up to torch his spread and kill […]
Film TitleChristmas Twister
The worst tornado movie ever made
Casper Van Dien
Unless I am struck down with a Paul to Damascus type inspiration, this will be my last Christmas movie review of the season. It is just as well because the pickings this year are almost non-existent. I refuse to watch and review Home Sweet Home Alone, that is just not going to happen. Ditto for […]
Film TitleA Merry Friggin' Christmas
Boyd Mitchler’s family is forced to spend Christmas with his curmudgeon father and family. He forgets the Christmas presents, but what should have been forgotten is this entire movie.
I’ve been reviewing Christmas movies for Ruthless since 2006, with just a couple of reviews at first, but then reviewing them in earnest since 2013. I knew that this day would eventually come. The well has run dry for any Christmas movie that is remotely watchable. Oh, it has been fun to mock the really […]