2001: A Space Odyssey Review and Redux

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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.

Week 15 NFL Picks – Cammy Cam Car Crash Edition

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WEEK 14 RECORD DAN K: 1-1-1 ESPO:  2-1 DICK:  1-1-1 SEASON RECORD: DAN K: 14-21-2 ESPO:  18-17-2 DICK:  18-17-2 ESPO MIAMI DOLPHINS +7.5 AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS On September 7th, I invited my Dolphins fan buddy over for our first matchup in the first week of the brand new NFL season. Fresh, and full of […]

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

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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

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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, […]

Why Humanity Deserves A Moon Vault

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  Recently, the European Space Agency landed a device from the Rosetta probe on a comet, achieving a new feat in the final frontier. They brought the hearts of the world together, first in anticipation over the lander’s safety, then elation when it touched down, and finally solemnity as its batteries depleted. World governments have […]

Week 14 NFL Picks – Dead Man Coaching Edition

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WEEK 12 RECORD DAN K: 0-3 ESPO:  2-1 DICK:  1-2 SEASON RECORD: DAN K: 13-20-1 ESPO:  16-16-2 DICK:  17-16-1 DAN K HOUSTON TEXANS -5 AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS   JJ Fuckin’ Watt. Like, I know Aaron Rodgers is having a monster season, but you could make a serious case for Watt as the league MVP. The […]

Mockingjay Part One (The Hunger Games)

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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)

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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.

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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 the […]

A Christmas Carol (1951)

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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

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There are over a dozen renditions of the Dicken’s 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 Ruthless, we love these musty old […]

Cops Shooting Black Kids Isn’t A WWE Event

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I have not closely examined the most recent shootings of unarmed black youths by police. I do not know who is guilty of what or if anyone is secretly in The Klan. But seeing these things through the eyes of a gambler, I know that one event rarely tells you much about a broader reality, […]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

Film Title

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Director

Chuck Jones & Ben Washum

Cast

Boris Karloff
Thurl Ravenscroft

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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 […]