Anyone who has been reading Ruthless Reviews faithfully knows that I have already reviewed a half-dozen versions of this Christmas classic. The Muppets animation hybrid is the most underwhelming of the lot of remakes of the Dickens novel that I have reviewed. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) takes a slightly different approach to the Carol, […]
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 […]
Film TitleThe Drop
A dive bar in Brooklyn is a drop for money laundering for the Mob. A rescued puppy complicates things.
DirectorMichael R. Roskam
The Drop is a tight and intriguing movie starring the late, great James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy. It is not surprising that it is one of the best movies of 2014. The movie is based on a short story about an animal rescue, but it’s essence was really about the sparsely-revealed forces that drive Bob, the quiet […]
Film TitleThe Ghost Army
The Ghost Army shows the role that artists played in World War 2.
Wesley Clark as himself
Peter Coyote as the narrarator
A documentary on the art of war and the practice of deception. This film was dedicated to the 1100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. The Ghost Army is an amazing documentary that vividly shows how WWII was a complete and total effort from every corner of American and Allied creativity. Surely, as it […]