Memorable Movie Scenes: Part One

Movie: Once Upon A Time In The West This is it, folks. This is the HOLY GRAIL of Western Movie scenes. This is the face-off between Harmonica (Charles Bronson) and Frank (Henry Fonda) and is a scene that is surreal and almost supernatural in its drama. The brilliant musical score, the panoramic shots of the […]

The Last Movie Star

Film Title

The Last Movie Star

Synopsis

An aging movie star faces the reality of his career and choices

Director

Adam Rifkin

Cast

Burt Reynolds
Chevy Chase
Ariel Winter
Clark Duke
Ellar Coltrane
Al-Jaleel Knox
Nikki Blonsky

Anyone who was alive in the last century has to be aware of Burt Reynolds. He burst on the scene as the arrow-slinging hot hunk in Deliverance and then was immortalized in Smokey And The Bandit as a Coors Beer runner who stayed just ahead of the venerable Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford. After that, […]

Slap Shot (1977)

Film Title

Slap Shot

Synopsis

A failing hockey team finds its footing with a trio of Hanson Goons

Director

George Roy Hill

Cast

Paul Newman
Michael Ontkean
Strother Martin
Steve Carlson
David Carlson
Jeff Hanson
Jennifer Warren

Every time I think of hockey, I am reminded of my late, great friend, Ed Arndt. Ed was a friend luckily met from the Fidonet era, in the early 90s, before the internet was what it is today. A bunch of us guys would go to the hockey games at the Memphis Mid-South Coliseum. I […]

Hell Or High Water

Film Title

Hell Or High Water

Synopsis

A duo of brothers rob small town banks to save the family farm

Director

David Mackinzie

Cast

Jeff Bridges
Chris Pine
Ben Foster
Gil Birmingham
Dale Dickey

I had been intending to watch this movie for a long time. I was intrigued by that famous gas station fight scene, which I ran across on YouTube. I’ve probably watched it over a half a dozen times, and it is a very satisfying seeing some young punk getting a well-deserved comeuppance. Let me get […]

Good Will Hunting

Film Title

Good Will Hunting

Synopsis

A young genius struggles with his past, his potential and his relationships.

Director

Gus Van Sant

Cast

Matt Damon
Robin Williams
Ben Affleck
Casey Affleck
Stellan Skarsgard
Minnie Driver
Cole Hauser

Good Will Hunting is a movie written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and was directed by Gus Van Sant. It also starred the late and legendary Robin Williams who won an Oscar for his memorable performance. Damon and Affleck also won the Oscar for Best Writing and Screenplay. This movie is almost 25 years […]

The Blob (1958)

Film Title

The Blob

Synopsis

A meteorite that survives Earth’s atmosphere reveals a nightmare of flesh-eating Jello.

Director

Irvin S. Yeaworth

Cast

Steve McQueen
Aneta Corsaut
Olin Howland
Stephen Case
George Karas
John Benson

When I was just a young punk, there was a lot less to do and think about than there is now, and in retrospect, that was a very good thing. My life consisted of mostly going to school, going to church every Sunday morning, evening, Wednesday afternoon and the dreaded Prayer Meeting on Wednesday night. […]

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Film Title

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Synopsis

Mad Max, after being gulaged for failure to comply, teams with a bunch of feral kids to overthrow the Queen of Thunderdome

Director

George Miller/ George Ogilvie

Cast

Mel Gibson
Tina Turner
Bruce Spence
Paul Larsson
Angelo Rossitto
Robert Grubb

Tagline:  Two men enter, one man leaves, unless there are special needs. Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence: Max is banished for refusing to kill a grinning retard. Homoeroticism: Like in The Road Warrior, many men are dressed like they are going to a gay bondage convention, but the homoeroticism is […]

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Film Title

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Synopsis

Another Terry Gilliam masterpiece

Director

Terry Gilliam

Cast

Adam Driver
Jonathyn Pryce
Olga Korylenko
Stellan Skarsgard
Jason Watkins
Joana Riberio


On January 04, 2018 I wrote an article about Movies That Ruthless Reviews Eagerly Anticipates in 2018. Terry Gilliam worked on this film for an unbelievable 30 years before it finally came to fruition. This is after 10 attempts for this off and on film. No one but the whacky genius Terry Gilliam could have […]

Escape From Alcatraz (1975)

Film Title

Escape From Alcatraz

Synopsis

Four men try the impossible-Escape from The Rock

Director

Don Siegel

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Patrick McGoohan
Robert Blossoms
Jack Thibeau
Fred Ward
Paul Benjamin
Larry Hankin
Bruce M. Fischer

We have discussed this many times, the separation of the actor from the person and the person’s politics and religion. In the movie review world, except for rare occasions like the aging Queen Rex Reed, an actor or director’s greatness overwhelms whatever personal shenanigans that he or she might harbor in real life. Nevertheless, Clint […]

Beetlejuice (1988)

Film Title

Beetlejuice

Synopsis

A New England couple is dismayed to find death more complicated and chaotic than life.

Director

Tim Burton

Cast

Alec Baldwin
Geena Davis
Michael Keaton
Winona Ryder
Jeffrey Jones
Catherine O'Hara
Glenn Shadix
Sylvia Sydney

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 […]