The 39 Steps

Film Title

The 39 Steps

Synopsis

Hook up with a spy girl, get wrongfully accused of murder.

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Robert Donat
Madeleine Caroll
Lucie Mannheim
Godfrey Tearle.

1 hour 26 Minutes The Grandfather of all Spy Films. Without The 39 Steps, no Bond. No Bourne. No The Fugitive, the most obvious modern descendant of this film, which truly established Hitchcock on the map of international cinema. Fair value of The 39 Steps: $20.00. It’s must-see cinema, in the same way as Star […]

Playtime (Jacques Tati’s)

Film Title

Playtime

Synopsis

Modern Life (and the modern cubicle farm) interfere at every point with Monsieur Hulot’s attempt to hold a meeting with an important business executive.

Director

Jacques Tati

Cast

Barbara Dennek
Jacques Tati
Rita Maiden

2 hrs, 36 minutes, suitable for all ages Q’esque que c’est? The last of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot comedies, a major inspiration for Rowan Atkinson’s Laugh In. Fair value of Antrum: $25.00. I really can’t think of another film like it. In some ways, it evokes Chaplin’s Modern Times, but it has a subtlety and […]

Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made

Film Title

Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made

Synopsis

A supposedly cursed film that kills all who watch it. Which is fine, I wasn’t doing much with my life anyways.

Director

David Amito and Michael Laicini

Cast

Nicole Tompkins
Rowan Smythe
Dan Istrate
Shu Sakimoto

                    1 hr 35 minutes, R for extreme violence, torture, mutilation How deadly is it? Well, so far, I feel OK, but the editors of Ruthless will let you know if I died, so, clock’s ticking. I suppose I’m the ideal guinea pig for watching a cursed film that kills everyone who watches it- I’ve […]

Colossal (2016)

Film Title

Colossal

Synopsis

Gloria travels from New York City to Seoul to battle a giant monster

Director

Nacho Vigalondo

Cast

Anne Hathaway
Jason Sudeikis
Austin Stowell
Tim Blake Nelson
Dan Stevens

                              1 hr 49 minutes, R for profanity Fair Value of Colossal: $1.00. It’s a light, weird and unique comedy that’s watchable due to a talented cast. Toxic Relationships through the lens of Kaiju: Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a day drinking Manhattan party girl who is abruptly dumped by her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) and […]

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 […]