Danny Collins

Film Title

Danny Collins

Synopsis

An aging rock star finds a long lost letter from John Lennon

Director

Dan Fogelman

Cast

Al Pacino
Jennifer Garner
Christopher Plummer
Bobby Cannavale
Annette Bening
Melissa Benoist
Josh Peck

Can’t decide between naughty or nice

The Top 10 Most Outrageous YouTube Eating Channels

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this list is over two years old, some things have changed. Things like some of these brave warriors having to give up this dangerous folly. Have no fear, however, fresh troops are here and I proudly present the 2019 version of The Top 10 YouTube Eating Channels. YouTube. The Morphine Drip of […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film Title

The Second Most Exotic Marigold Hotel

Synopsis

A second chance to die.

Director

John Madden

Cast

Judi Dench
Maggie Smith
David Strathairn
Bill NIghy
Penelope Wilton
Dev Patel
Richard Gere
Tamsin Greig
Tina Desai
Lillete Dubey

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was aptly named, riding on the coattails of a moderately successful and enjoyable movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was a surprise box office hit. Although it was not essential to see the first Marigold Hotel movie to understand and enjoy tolerate the second movie, it is recommended […]

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Film Title

The Blues Brothers

Synopsis

Hut-hut-Hut-hut-Hut-hut-Hut-hut

Director

John Landis

Cast

John Belushi
Dan Aykroyd
James Brown
Cab Calloway
Aretha Franklin
Ray Charles
Steve Cropper
Don Dunn
Murphy Dunne
Carrie Fisher
Twiggy

Tagline: They’ll never get caught. They are on a mission from God. The Blues Brothers, starring Saturday Night Live legends Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, is not the best movie ever made, but it may be the most fun to watch film ever released. I am reviewing the 25th Anniversary DVD Version which includes one […]

Ida (2014)

Film Title

Ida

Director

Pawel Pawlikowski

Cast

Agata Kulesza
Agata Trzebuchowska
Dawid Ogrodnik
Jerzy Trela
Adam Szyszkowski

I thought that I had already watched the two best movies of the year in Birdman and Boyhood, but after watching this beautiful and haunting film, Im not so sure. Ida was set in the drab and joyless country of Poland, around 1962, at the height of the Cold War. Ida was a young woman […]

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

Film Title

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992

Director

Brian Henson

Cast

Michael Cain as Scrooge
Kermit as Bob Cratchit
Ms. Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit
Gonzo as Charles Dickens
Statler & Waldorf as The Marleys

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, […]

Santa Claus (1959)

Film Title

Santa Claus (1959)

Synopsis

Santa from outer space does battle with Satan while children toil as slaves in Santa’s sweatshop.

Director

Some Mexican Hombre

Cast

Hundreds and hundreds of forced labor kids.

  To wind up the Christmas reviews of 2014, I have Santa Claus (1959) as I must review something that is truly horrible, even more horrible than the Christmas season itself, which is well upon us. I probably don’t even have to watch this horror show to review it, in fact, I don’t even have […]

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Film Title

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Synopsis

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. 



Cast

Alastair Sim
Kathleen Harrison
Mervyn Johns
Hermione Baddeley
Michael Hordern
George Cole

A Christmas Carol (1951) There are over a dozen renditions of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, 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 […]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

Film Title

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Director

Chuck Jones & Ben Washum

Cast

Boris Karloff
Thurl Ravenscroft

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, (theyre GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]

A Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965)

Film Title

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Synopsis

Charlie Brown kills the Baby Jesus

Director

Bill Melendez

Cast

Voices of people who are probably now dead

A Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965) 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. […]