The 50 Most Significant Films of the 2010s: Devon Pack with some Team Ruthless comments

50. True Grit– The 2010 Coen Brothers movie is based on a great American novel by the Arkansas writer, Charles Portis. It is a superior remake of the John Wayne original, which looks pretty bad now by comparison. It was nominated for 10 Oscars and starred the great Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. 49. The […]

Richard Jewell

Film Title

Richard Jewell

Synopsis

Richard Jewell saves lives, but is falsely accused of being a terrorist bomber.

Director

Clint Eastwood

Cast

Paul Walter Hauser
Sam Rockwell
Kathy Bates
Olivia Wilde
Alex Collins

2 hours 11 minutes, Rated R for profanity, minor violence. Fair Value of Richard Jewell: $12.00. I don’t think it’s the best film of the year, but I’d say that it’s a film I’d want as mandatory viewing in a civics course, along with 12 Years a Slave. That’s high praise. Not really, it’s just […]

Ford v. Ferrari

Film Title

Ford v. Ferrari

Synopsis

Another look at how realistic the movie Ford v. Ferrari is

Director

James Mangold

Cast

Matt Damon
Christian Bale
Josh Lucas
Tracy Letts
Caitriona Balfe
Remo Girone
Jon Bernthal

                        Ford v. Ferrari 2 hours 13 minutes, Rated PG-13 Fair Value of Ford vs. Ferrari: $7.00. It’s a mixed bag of a good acting and race car movie cliches. For another view of the film, check out Kevin’s review that was entered earlier. Is this film worth my time? It has exciting scenes of […]

The Irishman: (2019) Netflix

Film Title

The Irishman (2019) Netflix

Synopsis

A 3.5 hour Scorcese movie about a hit man’s reflections on the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director

Martin Scorcese

Cast

Al Pacino
Robert DeNIro
Joe Pesci
Harvey Keitel
Ray Romano
Bobby Cannavale
Anna Paquin
Stephanie Kurtzuba
Jesse Plemons
Patrick Gallo
Kevin O'Rourke

3 hours 29 minutes, Rated R for point-blank executions, Fair Value of The Irishman: $10.00. It’s a middling film for Scorcese, but even his lesser works tend to be better than most other things out right now. Is this film worth my time? Well, it certainly takes a lot of time, that’s for sure. I’d […]

Rambo – Last Blood

Film Title

Rambo: Last Blood

Synopsis

Rambo makes the Mexican Drug Cartel pay for Trump’s Wall

Director

Adrian Grunberg

Cast

Sylvester Stallone (That's all that matters)

Fair Value of Last Blood: -$5.50. As sequels to Home Alone go, it’s the best. As films from the Rambo franchise, it’s the worst. Tagline: The Legend Comes Home Entire Story in Two Sentences: Our nation’s problems with opiate addiction can be solved by a sufficient application of machetes, knives, and high explosives. Homo-Eroticism: None! […]

It: Chapter Two

Film Title

It Chapter Two

Synopsis

The Loser’s Club turns into a loser of a movie.

Director

Andy Muschietti

Cast

Jessica Chastain as frazzled romantic interest
James McAvoy as team leader
Bill Hader stealing every scene, as comic relief
Isaiaha Mustafa, as the call to action
Jay Ryan, as brooding love interest
James Ransome, as neurotic voice of hesitation
Bill Skarsgard, doing his best to prove that clowns aren't scary.

Fair Value of It Chapter Two: $.50. I wouldn’t turn it off if it was an airplane movie. Is It Scary? Aw fuck no. I’ll put it this way: I was never scared by haunted houses because I know that people are going to try to scare me. On the other hand, deep woods and […]

Lords of Chaos

Film Title

Lord of Chaos

Synopsis

Violence erupts as a Norwegian teen attempts to launch Black Metal in Oslo.

Director

Jonas Akerlund

Cast

Rory Caulkin as Eurynomos
Emory Cohen as Varg
Jack Kilmer as Pelle 'Dead' Ohlin
Sky Ferreira as the love interest
Valter Skarsgard as 'Faust' Eithun

Fair Value of Lords of Chaos: $18.00. One of the best comedies I’ve seen in a while. A Spinal Tap for my generation, deadpan and wry. Is This Film Worth My Time? You’re either going to laugh, or you’re going to be very disturbed, at the antics of the Scandinavian misanthropes that populate this film. […]

Alita: Battle Angel

Film Title

Alita: Battle Angel

Synopsis

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director

Robert Rodriguez

Cast

Rosa Salazar as the Chosen Waif aka Big Eyes, Small Emote
Keean Johnson as Dawson's Creek in the Year 3000
Christopher Waltz as your friendly neighborhood ripperdoc.
Jennifer Connelly as Older Women are sinister
Mahershala Ali as The Man
Ed Skrein as Insufferable Recurring Lesser Villain
Jackie Earle Haley as Battle Shrek

Alita: Battle Angel 2 hours 2 minutes, PG-13 for ample cyborg ultraviolence (gore doesn’t count as long as it’s wires and not blood) Fair Value of Alita: Battle Angel- $8.00 Crunchy popcorn, even if the oil’s synthetic. Lavish visuals and an imaginative world with an underwhelming core, like an old computer with a flashy casemod. […]

Suspiria (2018)

Film Title

Suspiria (2018)

Synopsis

A remake that doesn’t quite make it

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Dakota Johnson
Tilda Swinton
Doris Hick
Malgorzata Bela
Angela Winkler

Suspiria (2018) Fair Value of the new Suspiria: $0.00 . There are so many better films that this remake derives from. The original Suspiria, The Ninth Gate, Lords of Salem– for films about witchcraft, you have a lot of more striking options. Catholic Horror versus Protestant Horror: Watching this remake of a genre-defining Giallo film […]

Bad Times at the El Royale

Film Title

Bad Times at the El Royale

Synopsis

Seven strangers, each with dark secrets to bury, meet at the El Royale Hotel in Lake Tahoe

Director

Drew Goddard

Cast

Cynthia Erivo as Dreamgirls taking a Wrong Turn
Jeff Bridges as grizzled
Jon Hamm as paranoid secret agent man
Chris Hemsworth as Charles Manson, Superstar!
Dakota Johnson as Chris Hemsworth's ex-girlfriend
Nick Offerman as an old school gangster
Lewis Pullman, as the in over his head bellboy/ desk clerk

Bad Times at the El Royale 2 hours 11 minutes, R for Tarantino-Style Gun Play (with comparable levels of blood splatter) Fair Value of Bad Times at the El Royale: $4.00. Its a solid choice as a streaming rental, solid without being particularly distinct, entertaining enough. Norman Bates, Travis Bickle, The Manson Family, and Nixons […]