Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Film Title

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Synopsis

A week in the life of a singer in the era that brought us Bob Dylan

Director

Ethan Coen/Joel Coen

Cast

Oscar Issac
Carey Mulligan
Justin Timberlake
Robin Bartlett
Adam Driver

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) was, thankfully, one of the least whimsical of the Coen Brothers films; a story of ellipses and evasions, chronicling not the expected rise and fall of a folk musician, but simply a moment in time now lost to history. More a character adrift than one with an ultimate destination. Unlike the […]

Mountain (2017)

Film Title

Mountain (2017)

Synopsis

Humans climb and hurtle down their slopes, but the mountains are not impressed

Director

Jennifer Peedom

Cast

Willem DaFoe (Narrator)
Various other humans

Mountain (2017) Before I wind up the 2018 Ruthless Christmas Reviews, I’m taking a brief break. This review continues our reviews about mountains and humans that try to climb them. In his recent review, Kevin continued the Ruthless disdain for mountain climbers, rock climbers and other dare-devils that foolishly fuck with Mother Nature with Free […]

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Film Title

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Synopsis

A troupe of Spider-Persons try to save the universe.

Director

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Cast

Shameik Moore
Jake Johnson
Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Brian Tyree Henry
Lily Tomlin
Zoe Kravitz
John Mulaney
Kimiko Glenn
Nicholas Cage
Kathryn Hahn
Liev Schreiber
Chris Pine

The best animated feature of the year? I was not planning on going to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I assumed it was going to be a throw-away film aimed specifically at comic book nerds to make an easy buck. Then, my wife asked if I was taking our six-year old son and, before I […]

Free Solo

Film Title

Free Solo

Synopsis

A lunatic climbs a really big cliff.

Director

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Cast

Alex Honnold
Sanni McCandless

Do not try this at home. Or ANYWHERE! Free Solo sounds like the sequel to this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story; the harrowing tale of a band of ragtag rebels trying to free Han Solo from his service to Jabba the Hutt. In truth, Free Solo is nearly the perfect opposite of that. Free […]

Santa Jaws (2018 SyFy)

Film Title

Santa Jaws (2018 SyFy)

Synopsis

A pissed off shark wages the real war on Christmas

Director

Misty Talley

Cast

Reid Miller
Jim Klock
Carrie Lazar
Arthur Marroquin
Miles Doleac
Haviland Stillwell
Hawn Tran
Scott Allen Perry
Ritchie Montgomery

I have watched and reviewed my fair share of fish and Christmas Movies. Today was a good day as I finally got my cable back up and running after they replaced everything from the outside line, to the set. I decided to celebrate by finding the cheesiest Christmas movie that I had not yet reviewed. […]

Science Fair

Film Title

Science Fair

Synopsis

A look at the International Science and Engineering Fair competition and its competitors.

Director

Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Cast

A bunch of kids.

You gotta love the idealism. In an effort to watch more documentaries this year than the zero I watched last year, Science Fair is the second I have watched (the first being the excellent Won’t You Be My Neighbor) so far. I was very interested in Science Fair because I can relate to the high […]

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

Film Title

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

Synopsis

A Christmas Classic Movie where lying about everything is treated as a virtue



Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
Dennis Morgan
Sydney Greenstreet
Reginald Gardner
S.Z. Sakall
Una O'Connor
Dick Elliot

I’ve reviewed a dozen or more Christmas Movies this season. There have been good movies and bad, but mostly bad. White Christmas was pleasantly dated, but watchable. Except for Mercy Christmas, most of the horror/slasher Christmas Movies were just poorly made. Christmas In Connecticut is in a class of its own. This was the most […]

Suspiria (2018) What Year Is It?

Film Title

Suspiria (2018)

Synopsis

Yawn, except for the pretzel scene

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Dakota Johnson
Tilda Swinton
Doris Hick
Malgorzata Bela
Angela Winkler

Suspiria (2018) What year is it? (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) I am not quite sure what to make of Suspiria. [Here is link to Matt’s review of the original] On one hand, I found […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Film Title

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Synopsis

The story of everyone’s favorite grandpa.

Director

Morgan Neville

Cast

Fred Rogers
Joanne Rogers
John Rogers

It’s such a good feeling. A feeling you know. Fred Rogers believed that most television programming in the 1960s – especially the content aimed at children – was loud and distracting drivel. It was entertainment at the expense of others – pies in the face, slippery banana peels, and stupidity that was intended to get […]

Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)

Film Title

Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)

Synopsis

The worst Krampus movie ever made

Director

Jason Hull

Cast

Jay Dobyns
Bill Oberst Jr.
Darin Foltz
Richard Goteri
Paul Ferm
Some Other People

Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013) O.K., that’s it. No more. This is the last horrible Christmas movie that I’m going to watch and review this year. Of course, I may change my mind tomorrow, but right now I’m as as firm as President Trump’s foreign policy. No more, I say. I really didn’t think I […]