A Handful of 80s British Classics

“Don’t threaten me with a dead fish!” Full marks if you can recognize an indignant Withnail trying to be tough with a gruff poacher in a pub. As far as British movies go, Withnail and I gets my vote as the decade’s best alongside the perpetually bewildered Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday. Now […]

Seconds (1966)

Film Title

Seconds

Synopsis

A middle-aged man wants out

Director

John Frankenheimer

Cast

Rock Hudson
John Randolph
Salome Jens
Will Geer
Murray Hamilton

Sinead O’Connor called her fantastic second album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, although she could’ve just said I Want What I’ve Got. But what if you no longer want what you’ve got? What happens if all your responsibilities, connections and habits are nothing but burdens? Given the chance, would you cast them […]

Qu’est-ce que c’est?

Some things are undeniably wrong, such as serving peas and baked beans on the same plate, the South African accent, and Phil Collins singing about homelessness. I guess you could throw serial murder into the same mix, but I’d still argue Another Day in Paradise is a greater crime against humanity. Anyhow, we all like […]

The Legacy Of Silent Film

When Louis and Auguste Lumiere first showed their short film The Arrival of a Train in 1895, they certainly had no inkling that, almost a hundred years later, it would be the film-within-a-film in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Nor could Carl Theodor Dreyer have suspected that his 1928 feature The […]

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Film Title

The Bishop's Wife

Synopsis

An angel comes to Earth to help raise money for a Bishop’s church. If he had just used Zelle, we wouldn’t have a movie.

Director

Henry Koster

Cast

Cary Grant
Loretta Young
David Niven
James Gleason
Monty Woolley
Gladys Cooper

There are many examples in cinema history of iconic movie roles originally being intended for very different actors than those who ended up playing them, from Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as the original would-be stars of the Bad Boys franchise to Will Smith and Val Kilmer in the roles of Neo and Morpheus in […]

We’re No Angels (1955)

Film Title

We're No Angels

Synopsis

Three escapees from Devil’s Island are master con men, and help out a kind merchant and his family.

Director

Michael Curtiz

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
Aldo Ray
Peter Ustinov
Joan Bennett
Basil Rathbone
Leo G. Carroll
Lea Penman

Here at Ruthless we love our readers, especially when they give us suggestions about great movies to review. We’re No Angels is a light-hearted and unusual Christmas type movie staring the iconic Humphrey Bogart. O.K., it wasn’t a great movie as such, but considering that the film is 65 years old, it holds up quite […]

Loving the Bomb: Technology & Conquest in the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) was undeniably one of the most brilliant and innovative motion picture directors of all time. His meticulously crafted works have influenced innumerable filmmakers all over the world, from Steven Spielberg to Gaspar Noe. Obviously, entire books have been written about Kubrick’s oeuvre, so let us focus here on the peak of his […]

King Rat (1965)

Film Title

King Rat

Synopsis

A resourceful Corporal King is stuck in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during WW2. He makes the best of things , using brains, bribery and larceny.

Director

Bryan Forbes

Cast

George Segal
Tom Courtenay
James Fox
James Donald
Patrick O'Neal
John Mills

In wartime, it is not always the highest ranked individuals that run the show. Oftentimes, like with Ex-PFC Wintergreen and Corporal Milo Minderbinder in Heller’s masterpiece Catch-22, it is the most cunning and resourceful who are in charge. George Segal stars in his best performance ever in writer/director Bryan Forbes’s 1965 adaptation of James Clavell’s […]

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Film Title

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Synopsis

British POW’s are forced to build a bridge for their Japanese captors.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Alec Guinness
William Holden
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
James Donald
Geoffrey Horne

There are war movies and there are more war movies, but I do not hesitate to state that The Bridge on the River Kwai is as unique as it is excellent. Within the huge category of war movies, we have many about prisoners of war, and the inevitable nightmares and madness of horrific situations brought […]

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Film Title

Lawrence Of Arabia

Synopsis

The story of T.E. Lawrence, who united Arab forces to have a serious impact on the WW1 war against the Turks.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Peter O'Toole
Sir Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quayle
Jack Hawkins
Omar Sharif
Claude Rains

Lawrence Of Arabia is David Lean’s 1962 epic that won 7 Oscars, but of course, not the one that counted for the always overlooked Peter O’Toole. Lean’s resume includes Doctor Zhivago, Bridge On The River Kwai, and other classics. His masterpiece, of course, is Lawrence Of Arabia, an almost 4 hour long bum-numbing epic without […]