Christmas Twister (2012)

Film Title

Christmas Twister

Synopsis

The worst tornado movie ever made

Director

Peter Sullivan

Cast

Casper Van Dien
Victoria Pratt
Richard Burgi
Dmitri Schuyler-Linch
Madelyn Deutch

Unless I am struck down with a Paul to Damascus type inspiration, this will be my last Christmas movie review of the season. It is just as well because the  pickings this year are almost non-existent. I refuse to watch and review Home Sweet Home Alone, that is just not going to happen. Ditto for […]

Starring debuts #8: Alan Rickman in Die Hard (1988)

Film Title

Die Hard

Synopsis

A bare-footed, vest-wearing cop takes on a group of crack terrorists

Director

John McTierman

Cast

Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
Reginald VelJohnson
Alexander Godunov

You know Alan Rickman’s done his job remarkably well in Die Hard when he plunges to his death from a high-rise building and we feel a bit sad. Unlike Kong, it wasn’t beauty that killed the charismatic beast, but a combination of old-fashioned greed and sheer bad luck. Rickman plays Hans Gruber, a debonair German […]

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)

Film Title

A Merry Friggin' Christmas

Synopsis

Boyd Mitchler’s family is forced to spend Christmas with his curmudgeon father and family. He forgets the Christmas presents, but what should have been forgotten is this entire movie.

Director

Tristram Shapeero

Cast

Robin Williams
Candice Bergen
Joel McHale
Lauren Graham
Oliver Platt
Gene Jones

I’ve been reviewing Christmas movies for Ruthless since 2006, with just a couple of reviews at first, but then reviewing them in earnest since 2013. I knew that this day would eventually come. The well has run dry for any Christmas movie that is remotely watchable. Oh, it has been fun to mock the really […]

Merry In-Laws (2012)

Film Title

Merry In-Laws

Synopsis

It is hard to explain that your parents are Mr. & Ms. Santa Claus. It’s harder to explain the existence of this film

Director

Leslie Hope

Cast

Shelly Long
George Wendt
Lucas Bryant
Kassia Warshawski
Greg Lawson
Barb Mitchell

I have been watching and reviewing Christmas Movies for well over a decade now. Ruthless Reviews has the largest collection of these reviews on the internet, most written by yours truly, so I consider myself an expert on the genre. The pickings become slimmer every year, and great new Christmas movies like the FX version […]

Dead End (2003)

Film Title

Dead End

Synopsis

Stay on the road, Dorothy

Director

Jean-Baptise Andrea

Cast

Ray Wise
Lin Shaye
Mick Cain
Alexandra Holden
Karen S. Gregan
Amber Smith

I’ve been reviewing Christmas Movies for Ruthless for over a decade now. Needless to say, the well is about to run dry. I refuse to review the Hallmark or Hallmark type sappy dreck. A few is enough. However, I did not want to completely abandon my unhinged and relentless pursuit of this obsession. Therefore, I […]

The Bishop’s Wife: Another Look At The Making Of A Great Film

The Bishop’s Wife puts you in mind of another bit of magical fantasy, Portrait of Jenny. Both films are based on novels by Robert Nathan and both enjoy the idea that a charming almost magical personality can enter your life at the most unexpected moments. The obviously banal aspects to the story are simple. Bishop […]

A Meowy Christmas Vacation

Film Title

A Meowy Christmas Vacation

Synopsis

Steve and his furry friends drop yet another load



Cast

Steve, I Will Be Making A Formal Complaint, Rudzinski
Cerra Atkins
Ben Dietels
A Mangy Tabby named Whiskers
Various botfly-infested rodents

When I reviewed the worst Christmas movie ever made, A Meowy Christmas, I had no idea of the massive amount of whiney butt-hurt that would be forthcoming from the movie creators, Steve Rudzinski and the writer of that horrid mess, Bill Murphy. This was 3 years ago and long forgotten until a got yet another […]

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Film Title

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

Synopsis

Yet another dreadful Saving Christmas movie, Italian style.

Director

Rossano Brazzi

Cast

Paul Tripp
Lydia Brazzi
Alberto Rabagliati
A Truckload of Creepy Midgets
Mischa Auer
John Karlsen
Rossano Brazzi

Christmas is fast approaching and another year of watching and reviewing Christmas movies is winding down. This movie is yet another recommendation from one of our fine readers. The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t should have been named The Christmas Movie That Wasn’t. So, what went wrong with this wonderful Santa Save Christmas Movie? The short […]

Mrs. Worthington’s Party-A.K.A. Noelle (2007)

Film Title

Mrs. Worthington's Party (Noelle)

Synopsis

A priest comes to a small New England village to shut down a dying parrish. What is thought to be a routine sacking is anything but.

Director

David Wall

Cast

David Wall
Kerry Wall
Sean Patrick Brennan
Jean Bates

It is no secret that faith-based movies have taken their review lumps from both believers and non-believers alike. The harsh criticism heaped upon this genre of movie has been well deserved, and I have been a joyful participant in this scrutiny. Faith-based Christmas movies are especially vulnerable to criticism for poor artistic presentation and falling […]

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Film Title

The Bishop's Wife

Synopsis

An angel comes to Earth to help raise money for a Bishop’s church. If he had just used Zelle, we wouldn’t have a movie.

Director

Henry Koster

Cast

Cary Grant
Loretta Young
David Niven
James Gleason
Monty Woolley
Gladys Cooper

There are many examples in cinema history of iconic movie roles originally being intended for very different actors than those who ended up playing them, from Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as the original would-be stars of the Bad Boys franchise to Will Smith and Val Kilmer in the roles of Neo and Morpheus in […]