Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)

Film Title

Christmas At Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1988)

Synopsis

It has been 30 years since the most glorious Christmas Special ever assembled.

Director

Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens

Cast

Paul Reubens
Diana Shore
Anne Funicello
Laurence Fishburne
S. Epatha Merkerson
Lynne Marie Stewart
Frankie Avalon
Cher
K.D. Lang
The Del Rubio Triplettes
Whoopi Goldberg
Grace Jones
Little Richard
Magic Johnson
Joan Rivers
Oprah Winfrey
Zsa Zsa Gabor
John Paragon
The Singing Marines
Vic Travino
Charo

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988) O.K., I know what you are thinking and I don’t blame you. This Christmas Review stuff has gone too far. On another, more rational day, I might agree with you. Today is not one of those days as I present Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988). As I sieved through what […]

Tree Man (2016)

Film Title

Tree Man (2016)

Synopsis

A documentary about the tradition of selling Christmas Trees in Manhattan

Director

Jon Reiner, Brad Rothschild

Cast

Francois (as himself)
His two young helpers
Various customers and citizens of New York

Tree Man (2016) Christmas is without a doubt the most celebrated, written about and confusing holiday that we celebrate in The United States. This has all been covered before in earlier rants, so I won’t write an essay about how it is a hijacked holiday. It is needless to say that the same people who […]

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Film Title

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Synopsis

Time to dig up the closest guarded secret about Christmas ever.

Director

Jalmari Helander

Cast

Onni Tomilla
Jorma Tomilla
Tommi Korpela
Rauno Juvonen
Per Christian Ellefsen
Jonathan Hutchings
Risto Salmi

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Oh those wacky Finns! Here at Ruthless we have had a long and strange relationship with Finland. This started it all and the shit-storm still rages 15 years later. Back in the day, viewers from Finland had to report to a special section of the now-defunct Roofless Forum for […]

Krampus (2015)

Film Title

Krampus (2015)

Synopsis

Krampus will make you re-think what you wish for as he brings his hellish toys to spoil Christmas

Director

Michael Doughtery

Cast

Emjay Anthony
Adam Scott
Tony Collette
Krista Stadler
Conchata Ferrell
Allison Tolman
David Koechner
Luke Hawker (Krampus)

Krampus (2015) is the second Christmas Horror movie involving this horned Christmas Devil that I have reviewed this season. I must admit that the old boy is starting to grow on me. Krampus is the mythological half-goat, half-human, who is the Yuletide equivalent of the floggings will continue until morale improves. This Christmas anti-Santa is […]

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Film Title

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Synopsis

The Lollipop Guild meets Misery and broad-beamed women

Director

Mark Waters

Cast

Billy Bob Thornton
Kathy Bates
Tony Cox
Christina Hendricks
Brett Kelly
Jenny Zigrino
Octavia Spencer

Bad Santa 2 (2016) The original Bad Santa was a hilarious gut-punch to everything traditionally Christmas, from the nauseating movie It’s a Wonderful Life to Santa’s plastic reindeer. Bad Santa 2 was just a 13 year later gut-punch to the viewer, one that no one needed. Sequels, especially much delayed sequels are always suspect, but […]

A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Film Title

A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Synopsis

An anthology of Christmas Eve horror stories are narrated by William Shatner.

Director

Grant Harvey

Cast

William Shatner
George Buza
Rob Archer (Krampus)
Corrine Conley
Zoe De Grand Maison
Shannon Kook
Alex Ozerov
Jeff Clarke



A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Yes, I know, it is only November and our readers might hate me for this, but I’m doing it anyway. Since I’ve already seen my first Black Friday ad I gave myself the go-ahead to start on this years Christmas Reviews. This year will be more challenging than ever as […]

(Un Conte de Nol) A Christmas Tale (2008)

Film Title

(Un Conte de Nol) A Christmas Tale (2008)

Synopsis

The need for a bone marrow transplant unites a family just in time for Christmas

Director

Arnaud Desplechin

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
Jean-Paul Roussillin
Anne Consigny
Emile Berling
Mathieu Amalric
Melvil Poupaud

In A Christmas Tale, the family deals with their defeats with sublime acquiescence, as though marching to the guillotine with a bottle of vodka in hand.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Film Title

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Synopsis

Jack Skellington cannot resist the urge to try to upgrade his personal holiday after witnessing ChristmasTown

Director

Henry Selick and written by Tim Burton

Cast

Danny Elfman
Chris Sarandon
Catherine O'Hara
William Hickey
Glenn Shadix
Paul Reubens
Ken Page

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) What can you possibly expect from a movie that was made before CGI, a musical, and one that features stop motion animation? A dazzling masterpiece, that’s what. Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween-Christmas hybrid that is wildly original and infinitely watchable. The cinematography, sound track, and yes, the […]

The ABCs OF CHRISTMAS

The ABC’s OF CHRISTMAS Alcohol– Face it, whether it be the vilest Kosher Wine, Grandmas 90 proof eggnog or just the familiar handle of Jack Daniels, you cannot get through this period without it. Besides, its the biggest holiday of the year, so you can get hammered with a minimum of repercussions. Raise a glass…to […]

The Santa Clause (1994)

Film Title

The Santa Clause (1994)

Synopsis

Disturbed man kills Santa to take reins of a North American child slave sweat shop

Director

John Pasquin

Cast

Tim Allen
Judge Reinhold
Wendy Crewson
Eric Lloyd
David Krumholtz

Throughout my life, and in the last few years reviewing movies at Ruthless, there have been few things that have actually terrified me. After watching The Santa Clause (1994), I noticed that there are actually two sequels to this movie. That is terrifying. I would say that I have no words, but actually I do, […]