Ten Films That Ruined the World

To Kill a Mockingbird Gregory Peck as Atticus? Dignified, steadfast, and impossibly handsome. The story? A masterfully acted and scripted morality play that elevates honor, courage, and human decency above all else. Its a great film, fondly remembered, and one of the few cases where the adaptation exceeds the source material. So what’s the problem? […]

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Film Title

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Synopsis

Giant robots don’t fight giant monsters for the vast majority of the screen time.

Director

Steven S. DeKnight

Cast

John Boyega
Scott Eastwood
Cailee Spaeny
Tian Jing
Charlie Day
Burn Gorman

I’ve seen worse. Coming out of Pacific Rim: Uprising, there were plenty of moviegoers that enjoyed the film and that is cool. There is plenty of room in our lives for big, loud, popcorn flicks like Pacific Rim: Uprising. I, myself, enjoyed the hell out of Pacific Rim and gave it a gigantic pass on […]

Peter Rabbit (2018)

Film Title

Peter Rabbit (2018)

Synopsis

All cute little bunny rabbits need to die

Director

Will Gluck

Cast

James Cordon
Domhnall Gleeson
Sam Neill
Margot Robbie
Rose Byrne
Other random animal voices

Peter Rabbit (2018) Don’t ask me why I watched this. Perhaps a little dementia is creeping in to go along with my boredom and post oral surgery misery. I really don’t know why. The charming classic story of Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter was the basis of this book. From the very get-go, there […]

Tangerine (2015)

Film Title

Tangerine (2015)

Synopsis

This is like no Christmas Eve you have ever seen as a transvestite hooker tears through Hollywood looking for a skanky ‘ho and her cheating Chester.

Director

Sean Baker

Cast

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez
Mya Taylor
Karren Karagulian
Mickey O'Hagan
James Ransone
Ana Foxx

I was so impressed with Sean Baker’s The Florida Project that I immediately checked out his other film, Tangerine (2015). I was not disappointed. Tangerine is an indie film that was made entirely with an iPhone 5. Unbelievable. This gritty film is about a couple of transvestites, a Donut Shop, and an Armenian cab driver […]

Tomb Raider

Film Title

Tomb Raider

Synopsis

Lara Croft is back in the first video game movie adaptation that isn’t an embarrassment on some level.

Director

Roar Uthaug

Cast

Alicia Vikander
Dominic West
Walton Goggins
Daniel Wu

We might finally have a winner. Growing up playing video games, my generation has been waiting year after year for a good movie adaptation of a video game. Hell, we would settle for just average at this point. The genre kicked off back in 1993 with the ridiculously inept Super Mario Bros. and has continued […]

The Florida Project

Film Title

The Florida Project

Synopsis

In the shadow of Disney World, some Americans struggle for their mere existence.

Director

Sean Baker

Cast

Willem DaFoe
Brooklynn Prince
Bria Vinaitee
Valeria Cotto
Mela Murder
Josie Olivo

I thought I was finished with 2017 films, but any film that involves mostly children that Matt Cale gushes over, certainly gets my attention. The Florida Project is a unique film created by Sean Baker of Tangerine fame. This movie is about Americans who are on the margin of a society of people who live […]

The Breadwinner

Film Title

The Breadwinner

Synopsis

A horrific animated account of life under the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Director

Nora Tworney

Cast

Saary Chaudry
Soma Chhaya
Noorin Gulamgaus
Laara Sadiq
Ali Badshah

The Breadwinner is an animated movie. I generally avoid this type of movie, but even at my old age I’m trying to broaden my movie-watching horizons. This award winning movie was also nominated for an Oscar for best animated film of 2017. The animation was simple, stunning; the story sobering and terrifying. This film depicts […]

A Wrinkle in Time

Film Title

A Wrinkle in Time

Synopsis

Three kids led by three costumes search for coherence.

Director

Ava DuVernay

Cast

Oprah Winfrey
Reese Witherspoon
Mindy Kaling
Chris Pine
Zach Galifianakis
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Storm Reid
Deric McCabe
Levi Miller
Michael Pena

And several in my brow. Recently, I have watched a couple of classic movies with my five-year old son – Jaws and the original Godzilla (the black and white Japanese version from 1954). He loved them and has now watched them multiple times. And, in case you are wondering, no, he has not had any […]

The Death of Stalin

Film Title

The Death of Stalin

Synopsis

This blistering satire of the aftermath of the death of Stalin is banned in the former USSR.

Director

Armando Iannucci

Cast

Adrian McLoughlin
Simon Russell Beale
Jeffrey Tambor
Steve Buscemi
Michael Palin
Olga Kurylenko
Dermot Crowley
Paul Whitehouse
Paul Chahidi
Rupert Friend
Jason Isaacs

The Death of Stalin is a blistering satire and coal-black comedy that chronicled the actual events surrounding the death of one of the most evil human beings in history. Armando Iannucci created a film that made genocide, gulags, random murder, child rape, high-level paranoia, backstabbing and paralyzing incompetence, all hilarious. After the death of Joseph […]

Ruthless and The Oscars

Ruthless and The Oscars Well, it is almost the time of year that we love to hate. The Oscars. As you know, the Academy seldom gets things right and cannot please everyone. Last year’s Oscar Ceremony was a debacle. Some knuckle-headed accountant was texting instead of taking care of business and threw Warren Beatty under […]