Gifted

Film Title

Gifted

Synopsis

A young math prodigy becomes the poster child for an old George Carlin rant.

Director

Marc Webb

Cast

Chris Evans
McKenna Grace
Octavia Spencer
Lindsay Duncan
Jenny Slate

In 1999, George Carlin recorded a set called You Are All Diseased, in which he did a segment ranting about the then current obsession with children. Not that that obsession has abated at all over the last two decades, but he specifically went off about parents overloading their children with structure and play dates. After […]

The Case For Christ

Film Title

The Case For Christ

Synopsis

A “journalist” interviews The Choir to see if the music is good.

Director

Jon Gunn

Cast

Mike Vogel
Erika Christensen
Faye Dunaway
Robert Forster
L. Scott Caldwell
Frankie Falson
Mike Pniewski

After I came out as an atheist decades ago, a good and well-meaning friend of mine suggested that I read Lee Strobel’s The Case For Christ. I was not enthused about this prospect, having slogged through Josh McDowell’s heavily footnoted apologetics, the book from Hell , but I read it. While being a better read […]

A Few Ruthless Movie Villains

Here are A Few Ruthless Movie Villains. Villains have been part of movies since their inception. We love them, we love to hate them, but most of all we know how to appreciate them in our movies. Here at Ruthless we have our own set of villains, especially in our 80s Action Movies, but I’m […]

Going in Style

Film Title

Going in Style

Synopsis

Old guys a rob a bank in an unfunny way.

Director

Zach Braff

Cast

Morgan Freeman
Michael Caine
Alan Arkin
Ann-Margret
Matt Dillon
Christopher Lloyd
Joey King

To quote myself from my Beauty and the Beast review, “I realize I am not the intended audience for this film.” The difference with Going in Style is that I should be. Just because the average age of its three stars (Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine) is 82 doesn’t mean that non-octogenarians can’t […]

Ghost in the Shell

Film Title

Ghost in the Shell

Director

Rupert Sanders

Cast

Scarlett Johansson
Peter Ferdinando
Michael Pitt
Pilou Asbaek
Chin Han
Juliette Binoche

What do you get when you cross Blade Runner with Robocop and sprinkle in a little Johnny Mnemonic? A movie during which I almost fell asleep. Twice. To be fair, I had to wake up before five o’clock that morning to get to a meeting, but a loss of an hour of sleep isn’t enough […]

God speaks out about attorneys

Mike Johnson is a man who believes God created everything for a reason. After a long week that included listening to a close friend complain about his divorce attorney, another friend complain about his defense attorney, his sister complain about a self-righteous prosecutor, and a brother who was had just begun dealing with an accident […]

Manchester By The Sea and political correctness

Film Title

Manchester By The Sea

Synopsis

An amazing performance is shadowed by off the set accusations

Director

Kenneth Lonergan

Cast

Casey Affleck
Ben O'Brien
Kyle Chandler
Michelle Williams
Lucas Hedges
C. J. Wilson
Stephen Henderson

Manchester by the Sea and political correctness This post is fundamentally based on two separate topics (and note the insistence of separation here, something we’ll come back to in a bit). First off, it’s a brief review of Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-winning 2016 release Manchester by the Sea. Secondly, it makes a clumsy but just-about-acceptable segue […]

Life

Film Title

Life

Synopsis

Six astronauts wreck the International Space Station while fighting with a Martian smarter than them.

Director

Daniel Espinosa

Cast

Ryan Reynolds
Rebecca Ferguson
Olga Dihovichnaya
Ariyon Bakare
Hiroyuki Sanada
Jake Gyllenhaal

Don’t you hate it when the first half of a movie is really good and the second half is a mess of shit? Welcome to Life, a movie that builds some of the best tension I’ve seen in years, then loses its mind in the interest of novelty deaths. Life reminded me a lot of […]

Land of Mine (sandet)

Film Title

Land of Mine (sandet)

Synopsis

German POW’s are forced to clear beaches of land mines

Director

Martin Zandvliet

Cast

Roland Moller
Louis Hofmann
Joel Basman
Laura Bro
Mads Riisom

Land of Mine (sandet) 1 hour 40 minutes, R for extreme bodily mutilation. Fair Value of Land of Mine: $9.00. It falls in a middle range of films about ordnance disposal, better than The Hurt Locker but not as good as Bravo Two Zero. The Summer Camp from Hell: To the innocents are bequeathed the […]

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Film Title

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Synopsis

Disney proves, yet again, that you don’t actually care about how many reboots, remakes, sequels, or franchise films there are.

Director

Bill Condon

Cast

Emma Watson
Dan Stevens
Kevin Kline
Luke Evans
Josh Gad
Ewan McGregor
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Audra MacDonald
Emma Thompson
Stanley Tucci
Ian McKellan

I get that I am not the audience for Beauty and the Beast. I am not a fan of musicals. I am not a ten-year-old girl who doesn’t care about plot holes or young women being held against their will. I do not find buffaloes attractive, not even rich, royal buffaloes. I do not care […]