Welcome to Marwen

Film Title

Welcome to Marwen

Synopsis

How to cope with PTSD. One way at least.

Director

Robert Zemeckis

Cast

Steve Carrell
Leslie Mann
Eiza Gonzalez
Merritt Wever
Gwendoline Christie
Janelle Monae
Diane Kruger
Leslie Zemeckis

Why, thank you. There is such a thing as too much political correctness, but chances are high you have not actually experienced that situation.  The general rule of thumb is if someone is complaining about political correctness, that person is really just whining that he or she can’t be an asshole to other people without […]

Bumblebee

Film Title

Bumblebee

Synopsis

A girl and her robot car are chased by two other robot cars and it was not ruined by Michael Bay.

Director

Travis Knight

Cast

Hailee Steinfeld
John Cena
Pamela Adlon
John Ortiz
Stephen Schneider
Jason Drucker
Dylan O'Brien (Voice)
Angela Bassett (Voice)
Justin Theroux (Voice)
Peter Cullen (Voice)

Are we sure this is a Transformers movie? As Bumblebee unfolded before our eyes, I had to keep asking myself if my son and I were really watching a Transformers movie.  There were no racist versions of transformers.  The movie was not exploding every twelve seconds.  There were no robots or dogs trying to hump […]

Aquaman

Film Title

Aquaman

Synopsis

Aquaman sucks.

Director

James Wan

Cast

Jason Momoa
Amber Heard
Willem Dafoe
Patrick Wilson
Nicole Kidman
Dolph Lundgren
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Spoon-feeding with a comically oversized ladle. I did not think Warner Brothers and DC Films could make a worse movie than Green Lantern, but Aquaman is that movie.  The point at which Aquaman stepped on my last shred of hope was when the octopus played the drums.  I am not making that up.  You do […]

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

Film Title

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

Synopsis

When your wife is having no sex with you, but plenty with her boss, drastic measures are taken.

Director

Ethan and Joel Coen

Cast

Billy Bob Thorton
Frances McDormand
Michael Badalucco
James Gandolfini
Scarlet Johansson
Tony Shalhoub
Jon Polito
Richard Jenkins

In her relatively small, but pivotal, role as Birdy Abundus (what a name!) in The Man Who Wasn’t There, she not only beguiled Billy Bob Thortons cuckolded, confused, and revengeful barber Ed Crane, but a much younger yours truly. It was a mature, impressive performance which hinted at the star she would become. It is […]

Widows

Film Title

Widows

Synopsis

I will have a political-heist-thriller with a twist.

Director

Steve McQueen

Cast

Viola Davis
Michelle Rodriguez
Elizabeth Debicki
Liam Neeson
Colin Farrell
Brian Tyree Henry
Daniel Kaluuya
Robert Duvall
Cynthia Erivo

I swear this movie could have been better. I could swear director Steve McQueen has a longer filmography. I could swear that he has done a whole slew of movies similar to Widows. If we are counting the more than twenty short films he has directed, we get to that slew, but I have definitely […]

Trading Places

Film Title

Trading Places

Synopsis

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires

Director

John Landis

Cast

Eddie Murphy
Dan Aykroyd
Jamie Lee Curtis
Paul Gleason


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…that time when everyone debates what is or isn’t a Christmas movie. It depends! Is the movie about Christmas or is it just set at Christmas time? Well, while you guys are yelling at each other about which category Die Hard falls into (it’s the latter!), I’m watching […]

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 […]