The Mask (1994)

Film Title

The Mask

Synopsis

A supernatural mask turns a bank clerk into a bizarre Super Hero

Director

Chuck Russell

Cast

Jim Carrey
Cameron Diaz
Peter Riegert
Peter Greene
Amy Yasbeck
Richard Jeni

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 […]

The Wire: HBO- 2002-2008

Film Title

The Wire

Synopsis

The Baltimore drug scene, where the chance of young black men living past 25 is slim

Director

David Simon

Cast

Dominic West
Lance Reddick
Sonja Sohn
Wendell Pierce
Idris Elba
Michael Kenneth Williams
Seth Gilliam
Jamie Hector
Felicia Pearson

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 (2022)

Film Title

Reacher

Synopsis

Reacher rolls into a small Georgia town and immediately finds trouble. Big trouble.

Director

Nick Santora

Cast

Alan Richson
Willa Fitzgerald
Malcomb Goodwin
Bruce McGill
Chris Webster
Hugh Thompson
Martin Roach
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 […]

The Verdict

Film Title

The Verdict

Synopsis

A nearly washed-up alcoholic attorney has one last shot at greatness

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Paul Newman
Charlotte Rampling
Jack Warden
James Mason
Milo O'Shea
Edward Binns
Roxanne Hart

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 […]

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Film Title

Blazing Saddles

Synopsis

Women are stampeded and cattle raped in this Mel Brooks masterpiece

Director

Mel Brooks

Cast

Cleavon LIttle
Slim Pickens
Met Brooks
Harvey Korman
Madeline Kahn
Gene Wilder
Alex Karras
David Huddleston
John Hillerman
Liam Dunn
George Furth
Dom DeLuise
Count Basie

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 […]

The Tender Bar

Film Title

The Tender Bar

Synopsis

A coming of age story based on the best-selling book by J.R. Moehringer

Director

George Clooney

Cast

Ben Affleck
Tye Sheridan
Daniel Ranieri
Lily Rabe
Christopher Lloyd
Max Martini
Briana Middleton
Rhenzy Felix

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 […]

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Film Title

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Synopsis

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.

Director

Clint Eastwood

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke
John Vernon
Chief Dan George
Bill McKinney
Geraldine Keams
Paula Trueman
Will Sampson

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 […]

Christmas Twister (2012)

Film Title

Christmas Twister

Synopsis

The worst tornado movie ever made

Director

Peter Sullivan

Cast

Casper Van Dien
Victoria Pratt
Richard Burgi
Dmitri Schuyler-Linch
Madelyn Deutch

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 […]

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)

Film Title

A Merry Friggin' Christmas

Synopsis

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.

Director

Tristram Shapeero

Cast

Robin Williams
Candice Bergen
Joel McHale
Lauren Graham
Oliver Platt
Gene Jones

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 […]

Merry In-Laws (2012)

Film Title

Merry In-Laws

Synopsis

It is hard to explain that your parents are Mr. & Ms. Santa Claus. It’s harder to explain the existence of this film

Director

Leslie Hope

Cast

Shelly Long
George Wendt
Lucas Bryant
Kassia Warshawski
Greg Lawson
Barb Mitchell

I have been watching and reviewing Christmas Movies for well over a decade now. Ruthless Reviews has the largest collection of these reviews on the internet, most written by yours truly, so I consider myself an expert on the genre. The pickings become slimmer every year, and great new Christmas movies like the FX version […]