It is no secret that comedies are a genre of movies that are overlooked, underestimated and treated with a yawning disdain by many reviewers and moviegoers alike. Reading any Top (Whatever) list of the Best Comedies of all time will reveal a swath of disagreement, if not downright hostility over the inevitable picks and omissions.Tastes vary […]
Film TitleYoung Frankenstein
Mel Brooks knocks it out of the park with huge knockers and riotous hilarity.
The Christmas season has wound down and the reflection begins. We all have our favorite Christmas movie classics, but what about some of those memorable and Ruthless characters that made the movies what they are? I proudly present my Top Ten Christmas movie characters. *Honorable Mention* He probably should be included in the Top Ten, […]
Film TitleSanta Claus (1959)
Santa from outer space does battle with Satan while children toil as slaves in Santa’s sweatshop.
DirectorSome Mexican Hombre
Hundreds and hundreds of forced labor kids.
Film TitleA Christmas Carol (1951)
Ebenezer Scrooge is a money lender who does not celebrate Christmas. Scrooge reflects on his life and behavior, experiences redemption, emerges a believer in Christmas and a generous and changed man.*
There are over a dozen renditions of the Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carolť, or Scrooge, and I have reviewed several of them here at Ruthless. There is one omission, A Christmas Carol (1951) and this particular edition may very well be the best of the best, when all things are considered. At Ruthless, we love these musty old […]
Film TitleHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!
DirectorChuck Jones & Ben Washum
The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a charming little short animation that was written by Dr. Seuss and narrated by the late great Boris Karloff. The absolutely fabulous Grinch Song is not sung by Boris Karloff, but actually credited to Thurl Ravenscroft of Tony the Tiger Frosted Flakes, (they’re GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]
Film TitleA Charlie Brown Christmas
Voices of people who are probably now dead
Virtually everyone is familiar with the comic strip Peanuts created by the late Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), as well as the ancient animated Christmas TV special. The main character is Charlie Brown, who lives in a bizarro world, where the landscape is bleak and snow-packed during the winter season. His peers are either cruelly ruthless […]
Film TitleSexy Beast
“I am just going to have to turn this opportunity down.” “No, you’re just gonna have to turn this opportunity yes!” sociopath (noun) A person who is completely unable or unwilling to behave in a way that is acceptable to society. Don Logan The movie begins innocuously enough, with retired gangster and safe cracker […]
DirectorAlejandro González Ińárritu
Have your bladder empty and your popcorn handy before you plop your butt in your theater seat for this one. You also will need to buckle up, as you are immediately thrust inside the labyrinth of a dark theater where the ride is relentless. Don’t plan on relaxing for a moment either, as this masterpiece […]