Sonic the Hedgehog

Film Title

Sonic the Hedgehog

Synopsis

Run Sonic, RUN!

Director

Jeff Fowler

Cast

James Marsden
Jim Carrey
Ben Schwartz
Tika Sumpter

Fair enough. My son was looking forward to seeing Sonic for weeks. I was not as enthusiastic, but such are the sacrifices a parent makes for his kid. Unlike him, my memory of Sonic goes all the way back to the original Sega Genesis game, not to mention I also remember many crappy movies based […]

The Handmaiden (2016)

Film Title

The Handmaiden

Synopsis

Some scoundrels attempt to relieve a wealthy woman of her fortune. Things get complicated.

Director

Chan-wook Park

Cast

Min-hee Kim
Tae-ri Kim
Jung-woo Ha
Jin-woong Cho

The Handmaiden is a movie made by Park Chan-Wook, the filmmaker who gave us the thrilling masterpiece trilogy, Oldboy (2003), Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance. This movie is an adaptation of Sarah Water’s Victorian tale, Fingersmith. The plot is set in 1930’s Korea, while still under the pre-war occupation of Japan. The Handmaiden […]

The African Queen (1951)

Film Title

The African Queen

Synopsis

World War 1 reaches Central Africa and an unlikely tandem decides to get involved.

Director

John Huston

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
Katherine Hepburn
Robert Morley
Peter Bull

Here at Ruthless, we are famous for 80’s Action and Christmas Movie Reviews. One genre that is seriously underrepresented at Ruthless is the classics. Movies with dialogue that pops and sizzles, and with great acting and character development. The African Queen is one of my favorite classics and stars two of the greatest actors to […]

Downhill

Film Title

Downhill

Synopsis

A family goes on a ski trip and there is nothing about that.

Director

Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Cast

Will Ferrell
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Miranda Otto
Zoe Chao
Zach Woods
Julian Grey
Ammon Jacob Ford

Dear cruel world. The advantage in avoiding all trailers for a movie is that you do not know what is coming. Unfortunately, that is also the danger. What little I knew going into the screening of Downhill was that it starred Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and was about a family on ski trip. IMDb […]

Birds of Prey

Film Title

Birds of Prey

Synopsis

Harley Quinn’s post break-up story.

Director

Cathy Yan

Cast

Margot Robbie
Ewan McGregor
Rosie Perez
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Chris Messina
Ella Jay Basco

Don’t oversell it. Watching a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie is a bit like Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy’s football. Every time you line up the kick, she promises that, this time, she won’t pull it away. By now, you have slipped four discs in your spine, bruised your tailbone, dislocated a hip, and […]

The 2020 Oscars: Some Picks And Thoughts From Team Ruthless

Yes, I know, it is hard to imagine that it is Academy Award season again. Due to plummeting ratings, I don’t know what the Academy has in store for us this year. 2019 started out slow, but ended with some pretty awesome movies. Things are changing, with Netflix becoming a major movie player + a […]

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019

How? How could one person see this many terrible movies in one year? Was I perhaps stricken with some mysterious curse? The answer is much simpler: cinematic masochism. Yes, I spent last year seeking out the worst movies I could find every bit as voraciously as I sought out the best, as I do every […]

Ezra’s Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

As always, it is important to stress that this list is a compilation of my ten personal favorite movies of the year, and not necessarily the “best,” though I do consider the top three to be timeless, unassailable classics. The bottom three are, on the other hand, a few that I feel have not gotten […]

The 1939 movie year: First in a series.

A recent question on Jeopardy reminded me 1939 was a banner year for the release of the greatest number of quality films ever in a single year. Most were the product of the studio system. I will briefly discuss some of my favorites, starting with my favorite film genre, the Western. Jesse James ( “He […]

The Gentlemen

Film Title

The Gentlemen

Synopsis

A smooth-talking drug lord tries to sell his marijuana business, which is still illegal in 2020 somehow.

Director

Guy Ritchie

Cast

Matthew McConaughey
Charlie Hunnam
Michelle Dockery
Hugh Grant
Jeremy Strong
Henry Golding
Colin Farrell
Eddie Marsan

Travel well indeed. Guy Ritchie needed a win. After the success of his two Sherlock Holmes films in 2009 and 2011, people largely ignored the very good The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) was an unmitigated disaster, and the Aladdin remake (2019) was a pile of shit that was […]