Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

Film Title

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

Synopsis

This is The Grinch after decades of sensitivity training and cosmetic denistry

Director

Yarrow Cheney/Scott Mosier

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch
Pharrell Williams
Cameron Seely
Kenan Thompson
Rashida Jones

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) was a delightful 26 minute long Christmas Special that ranks near the very top for Christmas Movie excellence. Any remake of this masterpiece that is longer than 35 or 40 minutes is destined to run into trouble. It is inevitable that the 55+ minutes necessary to make a full-length […]

NFL Week 10: Halloween Is Not Quite Over Yet Edition

Ready to talk some NFL football? Great! Me too. Here goes: *ahem* FUCK Tucker Carlson. My God, the Fainting Couch Repairman’s Union are probably calling guys who haven’t worked in years. It wasn’t just the usual charlatans, either. One expects the generally-worthless corporate media to react like the sheltered, rich cowards they are, and of […]

The Old Man and the Gun

Film Title

The Old Man and the Gun

Synopsis

The story of Forrest Tucker, the considerate bank robber

Director

David Lowery

Cast

Robert Redford
Cissy Spacek
Casey Affleck
Danny Glover
Tom Waits
Tika Sumpter

The Hole in the Wall Gang has been replaced by the Over the Hill Gang. Robert Redford, even at age 82, has lost none of his charm and appeal. The Old Man and the Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, who just could not stop robbing banks and then breaking out […]

The ABC’s Of Thanksgiving In America

America! Most Americans are shocked and enraged when they realize that the rest of the world does not celebrate their bloated holiday. Get over it. Black Friday Back in ancient times, the day after Thanksgiving was a quiet and friendly time. Most everyone was off work or out of school, so you slept in, you […]

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Film Title

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Synopsis

Exploring Narnia after the Nutcracker sharted on it.

Director

Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston

Cast

Mackenzie Foy
Morgan Freeman
Keira Knightley
Jayden Fowora-Knight
Helen Mirren
Misty Copeland
Matthew Macfadyen

Ohhhhhh, dear. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the better part of eight days wandering around the various parks of Disney World. The average temperature there this time of year is low-to-mid 80s, but we were lucky enough to experience low-to-mid 90s because climate change is fake news. Toss in some legendary humidity and […]

NFL Week 9: Our Democracy’s Last Chance Edition

Sooooooo. How has everybody been? Yeah, okay, I was a little on edge last week, and it came through on the page. Can you really blame me, though? The body count went from 11 to 13 as I was trying to craft jokes about a guy sending 14 bombs to people because his pretend boyfriend […]

Hunter Killer

Film Title

Hunter Killer

Synopsis

The hunt for clear and present danger.

Director

Donovan Marsh

Cast

Gerard Butler
Gary Oldman
Linda Cardellini
Common
Michael Nyqvist
Toby Stephens

Not much below the surface. We are almost into award-consideration season, as movies like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody start. We are also almost into the holiday movie season, where all of the remaining blockbusters of the year stomp all over those award-chasing films. But, we are not there yet, which is why […]

NFL Week 8: Bomb ‘Em and Shoot ‘Em Edition

Here extended before you is the notorious hot hand. See me, feel me, touch me. But for Manning the younger and Odell Beckham Jr. combining for a garbage time touchdown and Saquon Barkley punching in an ultimately meaningless two-point conversion, all the while being scolded from the booth by Joe Tessitore, wed have run the […]

NFL Week 7: They Play Kickball in Saudia Arabia Edition

Hello again, Ruthless! Hell-O to the surviving members of G.W.A.R.! And a big big BIG HELLO to my new friends amongst the Florida Atlantic University students and alumni who can afford an ISP. Go Owls! Like, literally. Go! Go away and stop emailing me and (oh man I’m sorry bear with me, regulars) stop sliding […]

Bad Times at the El Royale

Film Title

Bad Times at the El Royale

Synopsis

Seven strangers, each with dark secrets to bury, meet at the El Royale Hotel in Lake Tahoe

Director

Drew Goddard

Cast

Cynthia Erivo as Dreamgirls taking a Wrong Turn
Jeff Bridges as grizzled
Jon Hamm as paranoid secret agent man
Chris Hemsworth as Charles Manson, Superstar!
Dakota Johnson as Chris Hemsworth's ex-girlfriend
Nick Offerman as an old school gangster
Lewis Pullman, as the in over his head bellboy/ desk clerk

Bad Times at the El Royale 2 hours 11 minutes, R for Tarantino-Style Gun Play (with comparable levels of blood splatter) Fair Value of Bad Times at the El Royale: $4.00. Its a solid choice as a streaming rental, solid without being particularly distinct, entertaining enough. Norman Bates, Travis Bickle, The Manson Family, and Nixons […]