2001: A Space Odyssey Review and Redux

I bought a motorcycle helmet at a garage sale, and I don’t own a motorcycle. One man’s safety device is another man’s pretend space helmet.

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

Film Title

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992

Director

Brian Henson

Cast

Michael Cain as Scrooge
Kermit as Bob Cratchit
Ms. Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit
Gonzo as Charles Dickens
Statler & Waldorf as The Marleys

Anyone who has been reading Ruthless Reviews faithfully knows that I have already reviewed a half-dozen versions of this Christmas classic. The Muppets animation hybrid is the most underwhelming of the lot of remakes of the Dickens novel that I have reviewed. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) takes a slightly different approach to the Carol, […]

Mockingjay Part One (The Hunger Games)

Katniss Everdeen sits in a bomb shelter for two hours. That’s the sort of accident that you get when you decide to make a movie solely out of the first part of a third book in a trilogy.

Santa Claus (1959)

Film Title

Santa Claus (1959)

Synopsis

Santa from outer space does battle with Satan while children toil as slaves in Santa’s sweatshop.

Director

Some Mexican Hombre

Cast

Hundreds and hundreds of forced labor kids.

  To wind up the Christmas reviews of 2014, I have Santa Claus (1959) as I must review something that is truly horrible, even more horrible than the Christmas season itself, which is well upon us. I probably don’t even have to watch this horror show to review it, in fact, I don’t even have […]

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Film Title

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Synopsis

Ebenezer Scrooge is a money lender who does not celebrate Christmas. Scrooge reflects on his life and behavior, experiences redemption, emerges  a believer in Christmas and a generous and changed man.*

 



Cast

Alastair Sim
Kathleen Harrison
Mervyn Johns
Hermione Baddeley
Michael Hordern
George Cole

A Christmas Carol (1951) There are over a dozen renditions of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, or Scrooge, and I have reviewed several of them here at Ruthless. There is one omission, A Christmas Carol (1951)and this particular edition may very well be the best of the best, when all things are considered. At […]

Fury (2014)

If Fury has a point, it is that war changes everyone who encounters it. Nine times out of ten, it changes those people into extra chunky corpse salsa…

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

Film Title

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Director

Chuck Jones & Ben Washum

Cast

Boris Karloff
Thurl Ravenscroft

The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a charming little short animation that was written by Dr. Seuss and narrated by the late great Boris Karloff. The absolutely fabulous Grinch Song is not sung by Boris Karloff, but actually credited to Thurl Ravenscroft of Tony the Tiger Frosted Flakes, (they’re GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]

A Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965)

Film Title

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Synopsis

Charlie Brown kills the Baby Jesus

Director

Bill Melendez

Cast

Voices of people who are probably now dead

A Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965) Virtually everyone is familiar with the comic strip Peanuts created by the late Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), as well as the ancient animated Christmas TV special. The main character is Charlie Brown, who lives in a bizarro world, where the landscape is bleak and snow-packed during the winter season. […]

Sexy Beast

Film Title

Sexy Beast

Director

Jonathan Glazer

Cast

Ben Kingsley
Ray Winstone
Ian McShane
Amanda Redman

  “I am just going to have to turn this opportunity down.” “No, you’re just gonna have to turn this opportunity yes!” sociopath (noun) A person who is completely unable or unwilling to behave in a way that is acceptable to society. Don Logan The movie begins innocuously enough, with retired gangster and safe cracker […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Review

Film Title

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Synopsis

I am old.

Director

Jonathan Liebesman

Cast

Megan Fox
Will Arnett
William Fichtner
The TMNT
Splinter
Shredder
Karai
Teal
Orange

Under the Orange, White, and Teal.