The Emoji Movie

Film Title

The Emoji Movie

Synopsis

The best proof yet that our species is nothing more than a waste of a good meteor.

Director

Tony Leondis

Cast

T.J. Miller
Steven Wright
Beelzebub
The death of all hope
Patrick Stewart

Editor’s Note: Sometimes we request that our writers do horrible things. Sometimes they actually do them. The Emoji Movie is rated 1.5/10.0 at IMDB and has a score of 12/100 from Metacritic. Al actually watched and reviewed this awful movie. It’s around twenty minutes into the feature and I feel the panic begin to set […]

Alien: Resurrection

Film Title

Alien: Resurrection

Synopsis

Ripley back from the dead to save humanity from itself. Again.

Director

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
Winona Ryder
Ron Pearlman
Dominique Pinon
Gary Dourdan
Michael Wincott
Dan Hedaya
Kim Flowers

Allow me to begin by warning those of us (myself included) who approach new Ruthless reviews with the same sort of gleeful yips a hyena may emit when approaching the rotting carcass of a blind, three-legged baby gazelle: This will not be a wholesale evisceration of Alien: Resurrection. The perceived wisdom is that this movie […]

Alien: Covenant

Film Title

Alien: Covenant

Synopsis

Alien Covenant is a welcome return to form for the classic franchise. Covenant delivers solidly in both action and intrigue.

Director

Ridley Scott

Cast

Michael Fassbender
Katherine Waterston
Billy Crudup
Danny McBride
Demian Bichir
Goran D Kleut
Andrew Crawford


Alien: Covenant. New movies in the Alien franchise are anticipated with the same level of excitement and nervousness as the Terminator movies: Both have an unassailable 80’s pedigree and are subject to an unforgiving gauntlet of public scrutiny upon every subsequent release. With Terminator, the studio’s response appears to be to re-hash precisely the same […]

Man on Fire (2004)

Film Title

Man on Fire (2004)

Synopsis

A screaming child is abducted and Denzel Washington kills Mexicans to save her

Director

Tony Scott

Cast

Denzel Washington
Dakota Fanning
Radha Mitchell
Christopher Walken
Marc Anthony
Mickey Rourke

There is a strong body of evidence in Man on Fire (2004) to suggest that the Tripods in War of the Worlds began losing interest in galactic conquest as a result of Dakota Fanning’s perpetual screaming. It was a painful example of lax parenting and a dysfunctional familial structure having an adverse effect on those […]

Manchester By The Sea and political correctness

Film Title

Manchester By The Sea

Synopsis

An amazing performance is shadowed by off the set accusations

Director

Kenneth Lonergan

Cast

Casey Affleck
Ben O'Brien
Kyle Chandler
Michelle Williams
Lucas Hedges
C. J. Wilson
Stephen Henderson

Manchester by the Sea and political correctness This post is fundamentally based on two separate topics (and note the insistence of separation here, something we’ll come back to in a bit). First off, it’s a brief review of Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-winning 2016 release Manchester by the Sea. Secondly, it makes a clumsy but just-about-acceptable segue […]

Is Stephen King good or Isn’t He?

A necessary word of caution for anybody expecting even a few words flirting with the warm, comfortable familiarity of the “Is Stephen King good or Isn’t He” diametric war of attrition. Typically, to the utter despair of anybody unfortunate enough to be close enough to listen, I’m happy – delighted even – to hold forth […]

Finding Dory

Film Title

Finding Dory

Synopsis

Another finding a fish story from Disney Pixar

Director

Andrew Stanton

Cast

Ellen DeGeneres
Albert Brooks
Ed O'Neil
Kaitlin Olson
Hayden Rolence
Dianne Keaton

There’s this scene in my head when the board and executives at Disney Pixar meet to discuss the success of Finding Nemo and the possibility of a sequel. It goes something like this: An executive enters the boardroom. Senior, benevolent shareholders are sitting around the table drinking freshly squeezed juices and exchanging kindly grins with […]