As you might already know, I’m a huge fan of history. Whenever there is a movie about a historical event, I’m in. I did not know that The Lost City of Z was non-fiction, having not read the book, nor did I do any research prior to the screening. All I knew about it was […]
Film TitleThe Lost City of Z
The boring life story of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who never finds what he’s looking for, but does leave his wife and family multiple times.
Film TitleFurious 7
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.
EDITORS NOTE: The Fast and the Furious, is it out of control? The Fast and the Furious started harmlessly enough, but has now grown into quite a franchise, for better or worse. This franchise has been mostly ignored by Ruthless, maybe because of the worse, or maybe because we are just lazy. We do have […]
A young math prodigy becomes the poster child for an old George Carlin rant.
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 […]
Film TitleThe Case For Christ
A “journalist” interviews The Choir to see if the music is good.
L. Scott Caldwell
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 […]
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 […]
Film TitleGoing in Style
Old guys a rob a bank in an unfunny way.
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 […]
Film TitleGhost in the Shell
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 […]
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 […]
Film TitleManchester By The Sea
An amazing performance is shadowed by off the set accusations
C. J. Wilson
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 […]
Six astronauts wreck the International Space Station while fighting with a Martian smarter than them.
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 […]