The Florida Project

Film Title

The Florida Project

Synopsis

In the shadow of Disney World, some Americans struggle for their mere existence.

Director

Sean Baker

Cast

Willem DaFoe
Brooklynn Prince
Bria Vinaitee
Valeria Cotto
Mela Murder
Josie Olivo

I thought I was finished with 2017 films, but any film that involves mostly children that Matt Cale gushes over, certainly gets my attention. The Florida Project is a unique film created by Sean Baker of Tangerine fame. This movie is about Americans who are on the margin of a society of people who live […]

The Breadwinner

Film Title

The Breadwinner

Synopsis

A horrific animated account of life under the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Director

Nora Tworney

Cast

Saary Chaudry
Soma Chhaya
Noorin Gulamgaus
Laara Sadiq
Ali Badshah

The Breadwinner is an animated movie. I generally avoid this type of movie, but even at my old age I’m trying to broaden my movie-watching horizons. This award winning movie was also nominated for an Oscar for best animated film of 2017. The animation was simple, stunning; the story sobering and terrifying. This film depicts […]

The Death of Stalin

Film Title

The Death of Stalin

Synopsis

This blistering satire of the aftermath of the death of Stalin is banned in the former USSR.

Director

Armando Iannucci

Cast

Adrian McLoughlin
Simon Russell Beale
Jeffrey Tambor
Steve Buscemi
Michael Palin
Olga Kurylenko
Dermot Crowley
Paul Whitehouse
Paul Chahidi
Rupert Friend
Jason Isaacs

The Death of Stalin is a blistering satire and coal-black comedy that chronicled the actual events surrounding the death of one of the most evil human beings in history. Armando Iannucci created a film that made genocide, gulags, random murder, child rape, high-level paranoia, backstabbing and paralyzing incompetence, all hilarious. After the death of Joseph […]

Ruthless and The Oscars

Ruthless and The Oscars Well, it is almost the time of year that we love to hate. The Oscars. As you know, the Academy seldom gets things right and cannot please everyone. Last year’s Oscar Ceremony was a debacle. Some knuckle-headed accountant was texting instead of taking care of business and threw Warren Beatty under […]

The ABC’s of Gun Culture in America

This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting, this is for fun. [02/14/2018] Of course, now we have had yet another massacre. Here are the victims. What will be done? Nothing. America, a nation that elected a racist ignoramus for President, clearly doesn’t care. [10/01/2017] Since this article was originally written […]

I, Tonya (2017)

Film Title

I, Tonya (2017)

Synopsis

The rise and fall of an unlikely Redneck Olympic Skater

Director

Craig Gillespie

Cast

Margot Robbie
Sebastian Stan
Allison Janney
Julianne Nicholson
Bobby Cannavale
McKenna Grace
Paul Walter Hauser

I, Tonya (2017) concludes my movie viewing before the Team Ruthless Oscar article. This was a very good movie with terrific acting. I also conclude that the characters portrayed within this film are a somber portrait of why we have Donald Trump as President. I, Tonya is a hybrid of a documentary, a dark comedy, […]

Call Me By Your Name

Film Title

Call Me By Your Name

Synopsis

The Greatest Love Story Ever

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Armie Hammer
Timothee Chalamet
Michael Stuhlbarg
Amira Casar
Esther Garrel


I have always liked Armie Hammer. Who doesn’t? The last 3 of his movies reviewed were The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Nocturnal Animals and Free Fire. I enjoyed those movies immensely, but nothing prepared me for the masterpiece Call Me By Your Name. Armie was brilliant, but Timothee Chalamet (Lady Bird) owned it as the 17 […]

The Shape of Water

Film Title

The Shape of Water

Synopsis

Aqua-Gollum & Key Lime Pie Bestiality Porn flick gone horribly wrong

Director

Guillermo del Toro

Cast

Sally Hawkins
Michael Shannon
Richard Jenkins
Octavia Spencer
Michael Stuhlbarg
Doug Jones
Nick Searcy
Key Lime Pie

The Shape of Water has been nominated for an incredible 13 Oscars. That’s about 12 too many. Kevin tried to warn me about this film, but at the urging of a friend, I saw it anyway. Guillermo Del Toro made Pan’s Labyrinth, which was a beautiful film, and one of my favorites. The cinematography in […]

Phantom Thread

Film Title

Phantom Thread

Synopsis

A top dress designer has multiple issues

Director

Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast

Daniel Day Lewis
Vicky Krieps
Leslie Manville
Brian Gleeson

With Phantom Thread we have a movie set in England in the boring 50’s. This is a film about a dressmaker, a very good dressmaker. Reynolds Woodcock was more than just a designer of womens’ dresses. He was a genius, a high level artist, and one who was so good that all sorts of born-rich […]

Molly’s Game

Film Title

Molly's Game

Synopsis

Molly’s Game is a movie based on the story of Molly Blum, a mother figure who ran high-stakes poker games.

Director

Aaron Sorkin

Cast

Jessica Chastain
Idris Elba
Kevin Costner
Michael Cera
Jeremy Strong
Brian D'arcy James
Bill Camp
Graham Greene

Molly Blum was not the wife of the fictional Leopold Blum in the unreadable book Ulysses, but a real-life Olympic skier. She was also a daddy-baiting, Freud-hating, and impossibly gorgeous savant with a strange, situational ethics moral compass. Instead of pursuing a career in law or another high-paying discipline, she decided to stick it to […]