The Bug Museum -or- A Creationist’s Worst Nightmare

  This is the Bug Museum. I know that Ruthless Reviews is not a travelogue, but I simply must comment on a fascinating place that I encountered in my travels to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Some of you may have noticed this on my FaceBook page, The Harrell House of Natural Oddities, or The Bug […]

Snowpiercer

Film Title

Snowpiercer

Synopsis

The world’s coolest choo-choo circles the globe because of Global Warming.

Director

Joon-ho Bong

Cast

Chris Evans
Kang-ho Song
Ed Harris
John Hurt
Tilda Swinton
Jamie Bell
Octavia Spencer
Alison Pill
Ah-sung Ko

I really like Korean Film (Thanks, Steen!). When I saw that Joon-Ho Bong was making a movie for us Americans, I was both thrilled and apprehensive, not knowing how badly things would be screwed up. Certainly unknown to most casual moviegoers, Joon-Ho Bong is a Master and is known for movies like Barking Dogs Never […]

Mile…Mile and a Half

Film Title

Mile, Mile and a Half

Synopsis

Twenty five days of hiking bliss on the John Muir Trail.

Director

Jason Fitzpatrick

Cast

Ric Serena
Jason Fitzpatrick
Jen Serena
Zee Hatley
Durand Trench

“Sometime you need to just get away….”   I don’t know if this was a documentary, an art exhibit, a magnificent display of some of the best cinematography ever, or just the very best of the human condition. Every once and a while in the wasteland of the Netflix click posters you find a real […]

Hombre

Film Title

Hombre (1967)

Synopsis

One of the greatest Westerns ever, starring Paul Newman

Director

Martin Ritt

Cast

Paul Newman ... John Russell
Fredric March .... Favor
Richard Boone .... Grimes
Diane Cilento .... Jessie
Cameron Mitchell .... Braden
Barbara Rush .... Audra Favor
Peter Lazer .... Billy Lee Blake
Margaret Blye .... Doris Blake
Martin Balsam .... Henry Mendez

Hombre! As I sat lazily in my office, browsing through my DVD collection for inspiration for a review, I found a movie that I have not thought of in years. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this offbeat Western, where less is MORE, especially when you have talents like the great Paul Newman and the always craggy […]

Chef

Film Title

Chef

Director

Jon Favreau

Cast

Jon Favreau
Scarlett Johansson
Dustin Hoffman
Robert Downey Jr.
Emjay Anthony
Sophia Vergara
John Leguizamo
Bobby Cannavale
Oliver Platt

Chef was a feel good, but predictable comedy written by, directed by, and starred in by Jon Favreau, of Iron Man fame.  (He also did Cowboys and Aliens and Swingers)  This was the sort of movie that is difficult to review in that the movie could be described as overdone, sizzling, milquetoast, luscious, soggy, zesty, bland […]

Sharknado

Sharknado II here now! Yes, they are doing it again. Just when you think the Summer Season cannot get any worse, we will have the second installment of Sharknado, only this time the setting moves to New York City! Booyah! The other day I watched two really awful movies, but the difference in the two […]

Captain America: A Blockbuster for Blockheads

  OK, what is it this time? I was at the movies again yesterday afternoon. Well, good for you. I see you saw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Wasn’t it FANTASTIC!! No, I hated almost every minute of it. What?  It scored 8.2 at IMDB and 70/100 from 44 professionals at Metacritic. It has grossed […]

Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall  Released: 1990 Tagline: They stole his mind, now he wants it back. Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence: Arnold breathes new life into Mutants, Midgets and Tits. Homoeroticism: Arnold was classic Arnold and he never disappoints us with his disdain for anything hetero. As the movie opened he was […]

Midnight Cowboy

Film Title

Midnight Cowboy

Synopsis

A love story wrapped around a ground-breaking film

Director

John Schlesinger

Cast

Dustin Hoffman
Jon Voight
Sylvia Miles
John McGiver
Brenda Vaccaro
Barnard Hughes
Ruth White
Jennifer Salt

MIDNIGHT COWBOY MOVIE REVIEW Movies have been often characterized as innovative, ground-breaking, trend-setting or wildly original, and these terms can be overused, but I cannot emphasize enough what a bold and courageous experiment in cinema was Midnight Cowboy. It is hard to comprehend that it has been 45 years since this Oscar-winning film was released, […]

Noah: A Rant

This movie has already been reviewed, didn’t you read the magnificent review by Devon? Yes, I know, but this is something I feel compelled to do. Well, what is the problem? Seriously, I looked forward to this movie with glee, but that anticipation was quickly snuffed out in the first 5 minutes of the film. […]