Suspicion (1941)

Film Title

Suspicion

Synopsis

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Cary Grant
Joan Fontaine
Cedric Hardwicke
Nigel Bruce
Isabel Jeans
Auriol Lee

“Gaslighting” is the use of psychological manipulation to make a person doubt their own sanity, and even to lose it. The term derives from the 1938 British play Gas Light and its 1940 and 1944 film adaptations from Britain and Hollywood, respectively. It is somewhat surprising Alfred Hitchcock was not at the helm of the […]

Best Movies That Can Inspire Kids To Be More Active

Kids are naturally fast learners, and they quickly grab information, especially when they are between the age of one to four.  Training your kids has moved on from pointing out pictures to them on hardcopy books — you can now do more, thanks to the TV. Unlike in the past, when televisions were a symbol […]

Dreamers: John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre & The Misfits

Speaking of cowboys, Isabelle Steers (Thelma Ritter) says to aging cowboy Gay Langland (Clark Gable), “I love every miserable one of you, though you’re all good for nothing, as you well know,” to which he replies, “That may be, but it’s better than wages.” That motto (“it’s better than wages”) is referred to several times […]

Inherent Vice

Film Title

Inherent Vice

Synopsis

Larry “Doc” Sportello, a well-intentioned but inept stoner, hippie and private investigator in 1970, is embroiled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld investigating three cases interrelated by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her new wealthy boyfriend.

Director

Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
Josh Brolin
Katherine Waterston
Owen Wilson
Reece Witherspoon
Benicio Del Toro
Eric Roberts
Martin Short
Joanna Newsom

The following review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will be much like the movie; A dizzying melange of scrambled thoughts and points that wrap up quite nicely depending on whom you ask. Has there ever been such a poorly marketed movie? I’m not talking about trailers making movies look fantastic when they end up […]

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Film Title

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Synopsis

A god complex.

Director

William Shatner

Cast

William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
Deforest Kelley
Nichelle Nichols
James Doohan
George Takei
Walter Koenig
Laurence Luckenbill

Where no one should ever go again. As I noted in my review of Picard, my son has become quite the Star Trek fan. He has most of the actors’ names memorized by role and is borderline obsessed with the Klingons. “Dad, are there Klingons in this one?” “Dad, are there Klingons in this one?” […]

The Truth Of The Matter

Keeper of the Flame (1942) Directed by George Cukor. With Spencer Tracy and Kathrine Hepburn. 36 Hours (1965) Directed by George Seaton. With James Gardner, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Taylor The “truth of the matter” can be an elusive concept. What is real? This is the persistent theme in the works of Philip K. […]

Colossal (2016)

Film Title

Colossal

Synopsis

Gloria travels from New York City to Seoul to battle a giant monster

Director

Nacho Vigalondo

Cast

Anne Hathaway
Jason Sudeikis
Austin Stowell
Tim Blake Nelson
Dan Stevens

                              1 hr 49 minutes, R for profanity Fair Value of Colossal: $1.00. It’s a light, weird and unique comedy that’s watchable due to a talented cast. Toxic Relationships through the lens of Kaiju: Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a day drinking Manhattan party girl who is abruptly dumped by her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) and […]

Third Encounters Of A Close Kind -or- Standing On A Corner In Muncie, Indiana

Ruthless Reviews presents: I Love a Mystery! Follow our tireless critics of the A-1 Detective Agency as Jack, Doc and Reggie ferret out the best, and worst in movies. Sponsored by Pee Clean, “never fear the pee police again, use, Pee Clean and have clean pee!” Your host:So fellas, tonight we have a blast from […]

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Film Title

Close Encountes Of The Third Kind

Synopsis

The Aliens are coming for us and our mashed potatoes

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
Francois Truffaut
Melinda Dillon
Bob Balaban
Terri Garr
Cary Guffey

It’s a shame Star Wars had to come out in 1977. Two great films were left in the shadows of its colossal reign at the international box office. The first was William Friedkin’s Sorcerer. The second was Steven Spielberg’s under looked gem; Close Encounters of the Third Kind. When I call Close Encounters underrated, I […]

Ricochet (1991)

Film Title

Ricochet

Synopsis

A District Attorney is stalked by his worst nightmare

Director

Russell Mulcahy

Cast

Denzel Washington
John Lithgow
Jesse Ventura
Ice-T
Kevin Pollack
Lindsay Wagner
Victoria Dillard

Tagline: “He’s a cop accused of murder. And the only man who knows he’s innocent is the killer who framed him. This is one case that’s going to be settled out of court.” Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Homicidal maniac obsesses over hot black sex cop.  Homoeroticism:  It is perhaps […]