Jackie Chan for the win. Of all the actors you’ve seen in a film or television, can you name one that appears to love their job more than Chan? You know when you hear he’s in a new movie, you are in. You don’t even need to know the title; just when the film opens […]
Film TitleThe Foreigner
An IRA headman’s worst nightmare – an old man bent on revenge.
Film TitleAmerican Made
A history lesson about the contras and how one bored pilot had a whole lot of fun.
This actually happened. If the only thing you think of when you hear the word contra is up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-b-a-select-start, youre not alone. Even with as much history as I consume, I still haven’t jumped into the events of the late 1970s and early 1980s involving the Central and South American rebels and their U.S. backing. But, […]
Film TitleKingsman: The Golden Circle
The hell if I know, but Elton John does a flying kick.
It sucked, but not because it’s a sequel. Just before the movie It released and shattered box office records, a bunch of Chicken Littles wrote a bunch of articles bemoaning the poor summer box office returns, reheating a classic groupthink explanation for those poor returns. Variety provided a great example of this intellectual emptiness, stating […]
Film TitleAmerican Assassin
Based on the novels of Vince Flynn, a young CIA operative must help thwart a plot to detonate a nuclear bomb.
Mmmmm. Ears. Long live the 80’s. When the climax of American Assassin completed, I immediately knew I would be writing a review in Ruthless Review’s 80’s Action Movie format. American Assassin checks off all the boxes and even reminds us of other standard components – the training montage, bomb timers, and crazy Michael Keaton, among […]
Film TitleIt (2017)
A bloodthirsty clown returns after exactly 27 years, as advertised (well played New Line Cinema).
Less is more. In one of the weirder quirks of movie scheduling, two Stephen King adaptations released within a month of each other. The first – The Dark Tower – was a bit of a disappointment financially and a major flop among critics. Personally, I thought it was acceptable. Now comes a new take on […]
Film TitleThe Only Living Boy in New York
New York, featuring jerks.
Pretentious is as pretentious does. It is not a good sign for a movie when one of the first things the audience hears is how New York just isn’t New York any more. I’m not sure if New Yorkers know this, but the vast majority of people in this country don’t live in New York […]
Film TitleWind River
A hunter and an FBI agent show tribal police how to solve murders.
The Great White Hunter The last shot of the movie Wind River has a title card stating that no data is kept tracking the number of missing Native American girls. This is a strange way to end a movie that isn’t about missing girls, but is about solving the murder of a Native American girl. […]
Film TitleThe Dark Tower
A kinda, sorta, vague adaptation of bits and pieces of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
Jackie Earle Haley
Abbey Lee Kershaw
Adapt at your own risk. Let’s just get this out of the way right now. If you are a fan of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, at the very least, you are probably going to be disappointed in the movie The Dark Tower. At the very most, you’re going to be pissed off for […]
Film TitleAtomic Blonde
An MI6 agent is tasked with Ethan Hunt’s first mission while set to awful music.
Confusion and breasts. It’s not often that I’m completely confused by my feelings for a movie, but Atomic Blonde is one of those instances. My immediate reaction at the end of the movie was “I think I liked it? Maybe?” It definitely had elements I liked and there weren’t any obvious (at least to me) […]
The war-iest of war movies. We’ve all seen what Christopher Nolan is capable of and it’s almost always been fantastic. We’re at a point now where “Directed by Christopher Nolan” is all that needs to be said to peak interest in a new movie. In other words, the opposite of “Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.” […]