Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

Film Title

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Synopsis

The Monty Python crew make the funniest movie in the history of cinema, American, African or European

 

Director

Terry Gilliam Terry Jones

Cast

Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Carol Cleveland

O.K., what in the heck is going on here? Since the prospect of seeing a new movie at the theater now seems hopeless, I’m on a mission to seek the Holy Grail of all movies. Besides, I’d rather re-watch a favorite movie a dozen times, than watch a new stink-bomb like 365 Days. Now, Airplane! […]

Rush Limbaugh Is Dying: Good Riddance

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rush Limbaugh, a hate-spewing gasbag who was somehow honored by our racist imbecile Idiot-In-Chief with The Presidential Medal Of Freedom…has terminal lung cancer, and will die soon. Scratch that, he will, and in his own hateful words, “Assume Room Temperature”. There will be no sympathy from me, or from anyone at Ruthless at […]

Barton Fink (1991)

Film Title

Barton Fink

Synopsis

A New York playwright goes to Hollywood to write for the movies and is engulfed in a bizarre form of Hell

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

John Turturro
John Goodman
Judy Davis
Michael Lerner
John Mahoney
Tony Shalhoub
Jon Polito
Steve Buscemi

Barton Fink is one of my favorite Coen Brothers films. This assessment is not shared by many, Coen Brothers fans or not. This is easy to understand, as Barton Fink is one of the Coen’s most enigmatic works of art. To this day the Coen Brothers have chosen to not explain the film, and years […]

Fargo

Film Title

Fargo

Synopsis

A desperate and inept crime has horrible consequences in Fargo, North Dakota

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

Steve Buscemi
Francis McDormand
William H. Macey
Peter Stormare
Kristin Rudrud
Harve Presnell
John Carol Lynch

THIS IS A TRUE STORY.  The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987.  At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it “occurred.” With these words Joel and Ethan Coen open their unassailable masterpiece (one […]

The Doorman

Film Title

The Doorman

Synopsis

A woman returns from combat to have to fight a gang of thieves who want her stuff. Trickle down economy ensues.

Director

Ryuhei Kitamura

Cast

Jean Reno
Ruby Rose
Some other folks

“The Doorman” – A poor man’s, poor man’s Die Hard. As we continue to go without any major movie releases (with the exception of Tenet), there is still a small trickle of low-budget films being released to video on-demand (VOD). Typically, these movies tend to fall into the category of really shitty sequels to films […]

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Film Title

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Synopsis

Three escaped cons search for buried treasure in The Deep South

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson
John Goodman
Holly Hunter
Charles Durning
Michael Badalucco

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” – The second best Odyssey ever. My editor tasked us with reviewing the Coen Brothers’ films and, since I’d rather read Twilight novels than sit through almost their entire filmography, I volunteered to re-watch O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the one film of theirs worth watching more than once. Yeah, […]

4 Misconceptions People Have About Landlords

Landlords are often vilified by the general public. They’re treated as evil, greedy people with dollar signs in their eyes. To hear some people talk, they’re basically “subhuman.” But here’s the deal with stereotypes: They’re often wrong, misguided, and exaggerated. And if you’ll take the time to hear us out, we’ll explain why landlords aren’t […]

Famous After His Time: Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. He titled it The Red Vineyards at Arles, and for his efforts, he received 400 francs, roughly the equivalent of $2000 today. The fact that he only sold one painting (he had traded others among fellow artists) stands in stark contrast to the fact that […]

True Grit

Film Title

True Grit (2010)

Synopsis

A gnarly and stubborn girl employs True Grit to help track down her father’s murderer

Director

Ethan & Joel Coen

Cast

Jeff Daniels as The One-Eyed Dude
Hailee Steinfield as a national treasure.
Matt Damon as smarmy, and ostensibly Texas
Josh Brolin as the bad guy.

1 Hour 50 Minutes, PG-13 for maiming and violence. Fair Value of True Grit: $15.00. Because you can’t watch Sergio Leone all the time, this tale of Prairie Justice is one of the better of modern westerns. In many ways it is the perfect balance of the comedic and the dark aspects of Coen Brother’s […]

King Rat (1965)

Film Title

King Rat

Synopsis

A resourceful Corporal King is stuck in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during WW2. He makes the best of things , using brains, bribery and larceny.

Director

Bryan Forbes

Cast

George Segal
Tom Courtenay
James Fox
James Donald
Patrick O'Neal
John Mills

In wartime, it is not always the highest ranked individuals that run the show. Oftentimes, like with Ex-PFC Wintergreen and Corporal Milo Minderbinder in Heller’s masterpiece Catch-22, it is the most cunning and resourceful who are in charge. George Segal stars in his best performance ever in writer/director Bryan Forbes’s 1965 adaptation of James Clavell’s […]

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Film Title

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Synopsis

British POW’s are forced to build a bridge for their Japanese captors.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Alec Guinness
William Holden
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
James Donald
Geoffrey Horne

There are war movies and there are more war movies, but I do not hesitate to state that The Bridge on the River Kwai is as unique as it is excellent. Within the huge category of war movies, we have many about prisoners of war, and the inevitable nightmares and madness of horrific situations brought […]