Christmas In July -or- It’s Not Even July Yet: I’ll Do Anything To Get My Mind Off Of Covid & Assassination Of Blacks Edition (Even Christmas)

The Christmas Season is again over as a New Year approaches. Yet again, the imaginary and paranoid “War On Christmas” has failed to materialize, just like the last prediction of the Rapture. The Religiously Impaired™ will never learn, will they? Of course, that is not important now. What is important is a reflection on the […]

Netflix and Social Distancing?

Drastic times call for drastic measures. As a result around 20 percent of the global population is in a government-imposed coronavirus lockdown. It’s safe to say that now is not the time to slide into your matches’ DMs and see who’s up for Netflix and chill. But being stuck in a social distancing groundhog day […]

The Platform: Netflix

Film Title

The Platform

Synopsis

In The Hole, it’s not what you eat, but who you eat

Director

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Cast

Ivan Massauge
Zorion Eugileor
Antonia San Juan
Emilio Buale
Alexandra Masangkay
Eric Goode

*Mostly Spoiler Free Review* In most of the incarceration movies I have watched, food is one of the high water marks of the day. Convicts march to the chow hall, get their individual trays and portions, and sit and eat with their race or gangs. If they are in isolation or the hole, unit-dose trays […]

Teenagers From Outer Space (1959)

Film Title

Teenagers From Outer Space

Synopsis

35 year-old teenagers squabble about killing all humanity with giant lobsters

Director

Tom Graeff

Cast

David Love
Dawn Bender
Bryant Grant
Harvey B. Dunn
Tom Graeff
King Moody

Oh boy, this is it. For decades I have fantasized about a movie that could be half as bad as some of Coleman Francis’s stinkers like The Beast Of Yucca Flats. Only for all the acting to be as spectacular as that of Tor Johnson, and a monster as convincing of the one in The […]

The Last Man On Earth (1964)

Film Title

The Last Man On Earth

Synopsis

A global pandemic and the inspiration for all zombie movies

Director

Ubaldo Ragona

Cast

Vincent Price
Franco Bettoia
Emma Danieli
Giacomo Rossi Stuart

The Last Man On Earth is a B & W classic starring Vincent Price. It is a dark and depressing movie based on Richard Matheson’s novel, I Am Legend. This film has to be the basis for dozens of zombie movies, including the classic Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. I debated even watching this […]

48 Hours (1982)

Film Title

48 Hours (1982)

Synopsis

A renegade cop teams up with a convict to track down two cop killers and another sleaze-ball

Director

Walter Hill

Cast

Eddie Murphy
Nick Nolte
Annette O'Toole
Frank McRae
James Remar
David Patrick Kelley
Brion James
Sonny Landham

Eddie Murphy was only 19 years old when he was tagged to play the convict conscripted by Jack, a renegade and reckless cop in San Francisco. Jack always stayed just a half a step ahead of losing his badge, and Reggie wanted to get out of jail. Even though Reggie Hammond was not a cop, […]

The Handmaiden (2016)

Film Title

The Handmaiden

Synopsis

Some scoundrels attempt to relieve a wealthy woman of her fortune. Things get complicated.

Director

Chan-wook Park

Cast

Min-hee Kim
Tae-ri Kim
Jung-woo Ha
Jin-woong Cho

The Handmaiden is a movie made by Park Chan-Wook, the filmmaker who gave us the thrilling masterpiece trilogy, Oldboy (2003), Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance. This movie is an adaptation of Sarah Water’s Victorian tale, Fingersmith. The plot is set in 1930’s Korea, while still under the pre-war occupation of Japan. The Handmaiden […]

The African Queen (1951)

Film Title

The African Queen

Synopsis

World War 1 reaches Central Africa and an unlikely tandem decides to get involved.

Director

John Huston

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
Katherine Hepburn
Robert Morley
Peter Bull

Here at Ruthless, we are famous for 80’s Action and Christmas Movie Reviews. One genre that is seriously underrepresented at Ruthless is the classics. Movies with dialogue that pops and sizzles, and with great acting and character development. The African Queen is one of my favorite classics and stars two of the greatest actors to […]

The 2020 Oscars: Some Picks And Thoughts From Team Ruthless

Yes, I know, it is hard to imagine that it is Academy Award season again. Due to plummeting ratings, I don’t know what the Academy has in store for us this year. 2019 started out slow, but ended with some pretty awesome movies. Things are changing, with Netflix becoming a major movie player + a […]

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Film Title

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Synopsis

One of the greatest love stories ever told. A Portrait and two ladies.

Director

Celine Sciamma

Cast

Noemie Merlant
Adele Haenel
Luana Bajrami
Valeria Golino

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a French film written and directed by Celine Scaimma. If ever a movie exhibits the concept of every frame being a painting, this is the one. After seeing Call Me By Your Name, I never thought that I would see a love story as touching and mesmerizing, but […]