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, Iím 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.¬†
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 […]
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, (theyíre GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]
Film TitleA Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown kills the Baby Jesus
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. […]
Film TitleSexy Beast
Don Logan pays a visit to a retired professional criminal.
“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 […]
Birdman -or- The unexpected virtue of ignorance 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 […]
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 […]