Joyeux Noel (2005)

Film Title

Joyeux Noel (2005)

Synopsis

Based on actual events, soldiers put down their weapons in a spontaneous Christmas truce during WW1

Director

Christian Carion

Cast

Diane Kruger
Beno Furmann
Guillaume Canet
Daniel Bruhl
Gary Lewis
Ian Richardson
Steven Robertson
Dany Boon
Alex Ferns

Everyone pretty much agrees that war sucks and that the job of the military is to kill people and break things. Sometimes war can be averted, and other times it is inevitable, justified and unavoidable. Although not as deadly as WW2, WW1 had its share of horror and misery, and those soldiers that were thrust […]

Klaus: (2019) Netflix

Film Title

Klaus

Synopsis

In the frozen outpost of Smeerensburg, a postal cadet tries to bury hatchets and install a new tradition

Director

Sergio Pablos

Cast

Rashida Jones
Jason Schwartzman
Joan Cusack
J.K. Simmons
Norm McDoland
Will Sasso

I do not particularly care for animated films, super hero films, or comic book films. However, as my Christmas Movie stocking is about empty, I could not ignore what was apparently yet another Netflix Christmas movie. So, I moved to my living room, made a small fire in the hearth, and fired up Klaus on […]

A Very Murray Christmas: (2015) Netflix

Film Title

A Very Murray Christmas

Synopsis

It’s Christmas, it’s snowing, and Bill Murray is very unhappy

Director

Sofia Coppola

Cast

Bill Murray
Paul Schafler
George Clooney
Miley Cyrus
Michael Cera
Chris Rock
Maya Rudolph
Rashida Jones

I never have been a huge fan of Bill Murray, but it cannot be denied that he was great in some of the SNL skits and movies like Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. His role in Lost in Translation brought almost universal acclaim. I was disappointed in the Christmas Movie Scrooged, but nothing prepared me for the […]

A Christmas Carol (1971-Animated/Short)

Film Title

A Christmas Carol (1971)

Synopsis

An award winning short animated version of the Dickens classic.



Cast

Alastair Sim
Michael Hordern
Michael Redgrave

Here is yet another version of my favorite Christmas classic, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. This is an animated short made by the great, late Richard Williams. As far as I know, this is the only version of A Christmas Carol to win an Academy Award; it won for Best Short Subject, Animated Films. It […]

Christmas Slay (2015)

Film Title

Christmas Slay (2015)

Synopsis

The worst “Killer Santa” movie ever made

Director

Steve Davis

Cast

Dani Thompson
Laura Ellen Wilson
Lydia Kay
Frank Jakeman

I am slogging through my annual gulag of Christmas Movies, fresh off of reviewing a delightfully silly Slay Belles. We now are faced with yet another “Slay” word play Christmas film. In addition to Slay Belles, we have had the quite watchable Teresa Spoon favorite, Santa’s Slay. Now I reluctantly present Christmas Slay, which is […]

Slay Belles (2018)

Film Title

Slay Belles (2018)

Synopsis

Three sexy cosplaying women battle the evil Krampus in order to save Christmas, and the world!

Director

Dan Walker

Cast

Barry Bostwick
Kristina Kleb
Susan Slaughter
Hannah Wagner
Diane Sallinger
Joel Ezra Hebner

Slay Belles is a Christmas horror comedy that features three young women who are YouTubers. They are also a trio of ditzy cosplayers, anime freaks and free-spirited Listers. [EDITOR’S NOTE: A Lister can be defined as someone who is most likely on the list of the 10 biggest ho’s in high school] Don’t let that […]

Christmas At Graceland: Home For The Holidays

Film Title

Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays

Synopsis

Murder, rape, carjackings and lootings in Memphis during a steaming hot Christmas season

Director

Eric Close

Cast

Kaitlin Doubleday
Adrian Grenier
Sunny Mabrey
Nina Thurmond
Trace Masters
Laney Malone
Hailey Harris

My career with Ruthless has been a good one with many high-water marks like Midnight Cowboy and my Christmas Movie reviews and related articles. There have also been a few low spots, but this movie is one ditch that I may not be able to crawl out of. Somehow, someway, Matt Cale talked me into […]

The Elf (2017)

Film Title

The Elf (2017)

Synopsis

A curse on whoever is responsible for this movie

Director

Justin Price

Cast

Natassia Halabi
Gabriel Miller
Lassiter Holmes
Lisa May
Joseph Daniel Ellis

I am not going to mince words or waste much time with this review. We had Will Ferrel’s stinker Elf, Dan Haggarty’s debacle, Elves, and now we have The Elf (or Elf on a Shelf). This film is probably the most senseless, boring and unnecessary Christmas/Horror movie ever made. The actors behave like they hated […]

A Christmas Carol (1954) TV

Film Title

A Christmas Carol (1954)

Synopsis

An unwatchable version of the Dickens classic

Director

Ralph Levy

Cast

Basil Rathbone
Fredric March
Bob Sweeney
Ray Middleton
Sally Fraser
Christopher Cook

This was a musical version of the Scrooge classic made for the TV “Shower of Stars” program that ran from 1954-1958. This episode aired on Dec. 23, 1954. For those who are not familiar with the story, here is a synopsis: Ebenezer Scrooge is a money lender and a loner who does not believe in […]

The Knight Before Christmas: Netflix

Film Title

The Knight Before Christmas: Netflix

Synopsis

A 14th Century knight time travels to the present time to fulfill a quest

Director

Monkia Mitchell

Cast

Vanessa Hudgens
Emanuell Chriqui
Josh Whitehouse
Ella Kenion
Isabell Franca
Mimi Gianopulos

And again it begins. At least I held off this year until after November 20th. I’m usually exhausted before Dec. 15 and have completed my annual obsession with my beloved Christmas Movies. Last year Netflix gave us the highly enjoyable The Christmas Chronicles with the great Kurt Russell. This year? We are not so fortunate. […]