Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Film Title

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Synopsis

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director

Michel Gondry

Cast

Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Elijah Wood
Mark Ruffalo
Kirsten Dunst
David Ross

Twenty-fours after seeing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I was still thinking about it. I watched the movie over a decade ago and I still ponder its mysteries, much in the same way I considered Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. The common link with all three, of course, is screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, arguably the […]

NFL Preseason: Half Mast or Half Staff Edition

I am well aware that this is Ruthless. I’m not you, you’re not me, we aren’t all the same as each other, but the difference, it ain’t much at all. This really is, by the grace of God, a place where nihilists debate pornographers about pop culture (that’s not on the front page anymore; use […]

Operation Finale

Film Title

Operation Finale

Synopsis

The not-so-harrowing tale of the capture of Adolf Eichmann.

Director

Chris Weitz

Cast

Oscar Issac
Ben Kingsley
Melanie Laurent
Nick Kroll
Haley Lu Richardson

It is a good thing I like history. Operation Finale is the story of how a team of Israeli Mossad agents captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the top Nazi SS officers and main organizers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was discovered living in Argentina under a false identity, captured in 1960 and taken to Israel, where […]

NFL Preseason: Meaningful Carnage In Meaningless Games Edition

NFL Preseason: Meaningful Carnage In Meaningless Games Edition Well, the world keeps turning, wheel in the sky, flat circle, whatever you wish to say about the repetitive nature of life, and the same holds true for preseason football. We’ve had our egocentric rookie holdout, our heroic redemptive comeback, the standard veteran QB speed dating, the […]

Mile 22

Film Title

Mile 22

Synopsis

A 22-mile gauntlet in which not one good guy wonders how the bad guys always know where they are.

Director

Peter Berg

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
Lauren Cohan
Iko Uwais
John Malkovich
Ronda Rousey

Just brutal. As I have been thinking about what to say about Mile 22, I spent some time perusing other reviews to see what other critics have been saying. Of note, the early-review embargo for Mile 22 was not lifted until Thursday, so pickings were slim. The initial consensus was that the movie is a […]

NFL Preseason: The corn is not even in yet Edition

NFL Preseason: The corn is not even in yet Edition Ladies and gentlemen, I am emphatically thrilled to inform you that I spy, with my bloodshot eye, American football on my television! My East Coast weather vacillates between sweltering heat and flash floods, body-cammed cops can apparently plant dope on you or shoot flashbangs at […]

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Film Title

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Synopsis

Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?

Director

Spike Lee

Cast

Alec Baldwin
Adam Driver
John David Washington
Laura Harrier
Harry Belafonte

2 hours 15 minutes, Rated R for bombings and lynchings. Fair Value of BlacKkKlansman (2018): $12.00. Its the first film I’ve seen this summer worthy of a Best Picture nomination. Invisible Empire: Racism is the central ideology of the American Empire. I know you’re going to throw democracy and liberty in my face- but that’s […]

The Meg

Film Title

The Meg

Synopsis

Sharkalodonado.

Director

Jon Turteltaub

Cast

Jason Statham
Li Bingbing
Rainn Wilson
Cliff Curtis
Winston Chao
Ruby Rose

I’m meltiiiiinnnnngggg. Am I a bad parent for taking my six year-old to see The Meg? Maybe. In my defense, he really, REALLY wanted to see it. I am not saying it is a good defense, just a defense that is slightly more effective than that of the Cleveland Browns. Hi Clevelanders. At some point, […]

First Reformed

Film Title

First Reformed

Synopsis

The Pastor of a small, historical church slowly loses his sanity because of past ghosts and current events.

Director

Paul Schrader

Cast

Ethan Hawke
Samantha Ceyfried
Cedric The Entertainer
Michael Gaston
Victoria Hill
Van Hansis

First Reformed Throughout my long and unspectacular career with Ruthless, I have taken great glee in skewering and ridiculing religious-themed movies. Sometimes because they are so transparent and bad, like in The Case For Christ. Other times because they reveal the utter bankruptcy and cruelty of their associated superstitions (The Breadwinner). First Reformed is another […]

The Neon Demon

Film Title

The Neon Demon

Synopsis

Jess is an aspiring actress who makes her move on Los Angeles

Director

Nicholas Winding Refn

Cast

Elle Fanning
Carl Glusman
Jena Malone
Bella Heathcote
Abbey Lee
Desmond Harrington

Coming from the position of not knowing his earlier output, this take might be limited but better to have tried and failed, right? Nicolas Winding Refn occupies a unique place among active filmmakers, but also a precarious one. Revered without being critic-proof, his films decidedly garner polarizing sentiment. As a whole his later filmography forms […]