House of Gucci

Film Title

House Of Gucci

Synopsis

Patrizia Reggiani marries into the Gucci Family and immediately starts to destroy it

Director

Ridley Scott

Cast

Lady Gaga
Adam Driver
Al Pacino
Jeremy Irons
Jared Leto
Jack Huston

If one were to pen a tale championing the proper way to end a relationship, and forge toward greener pastures, House of Gucci puts forth an exemplary illustration of what calamities to avoid. That is, were it not for the combination of a biopic-period piece serving as the conceit for achieving so. What else can […]

Starring debuts #12: Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)

Film Title

The Graduate

Synopsis

A newly graduated boy-man tries to make his way in life

Director

Mike Nichols

Cast

Dustin Hoffman
Anne Bancroft
Katharine Ross
Murray Hamilton
William Daniels
Elizabeth Wilson

There’s a scene in The Graduate where Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is lying supine on a hotel bed while Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), the sophisticated older woman who’s introduced him to the mysteries of sex, sits alongside clad in a black bra slowly unbuttoning his white shirt and running her hands over his smooth chest. Accompanied by […]

Uncharted (2022)

Film Title

Uncharted

Synopsis

Nathan and Sully go on a treasure hunt for Magellan gold. 

Director

Ruben Fleischer

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
Tom Holland
Antonio Banderas
Sophia Ali
Steven Waddington
Tati Gabrielle


“Uncharted” – Inter-National Treasure. Given the number of video games released every year, it’s surprising to see how few of them are adapted into movies. Ever since Super Mario Bros. debuted as the first video game adaptation / cow pie in 1993, it makes sense that studios would be hesitant to make more movies from […]

Fucked-Up Films #2: Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975)

Film Title

Ilsa:She Wolf of the SS

Synopsis

Mein Gott!

Director

Don Edmonds

Cast

Dyanne Thorne
Gregory Knoph
Tony Mumolo
Richard Kennedy
George Buck Flower

What are these sick bastards doing? Obviously inspired by Dr Josef Mengele’s ‘pioneering’ work in Auschwitz, this is a flick that concentrates on the more extreme Nazi obsessions. Ilsa (Thorne) is a ‘fraulein doctor’ in charge of a small medical experimentation camp that at first glance looks like a converted garden center. She’s aided by […]

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Film Title

Blazing Saddles

Synopsis

Women are stampeded and cattle raped in this Mel Brooks masterpiece

Director

Mel Brooks

Cast

Cleavon LIttle
Slim Pickens
Met Brooks
Harvey Korman
Madeline Kahn
Gene Wilder
Alex Karras
David Huddleston
John Hillerman
Liam Dunn
George Furth
Dom DeLuise
Count Basie

There has been a lot written about some of the outrageous comedies of the past, movies that could not possibly be made today. Movies like Animal House, Life Of Brian, Porky’s, Airplane and all those Blaxploitation movies that Dave Franklin has reviewed at Ruthless. We, as movie lovers, are truly not worthy of movies that […]

Blacklight

Film Title

Blacklight

Synopsis

It is time to stop. Now, Liam

Director

Mark Williams

Cast

Liam Neilson
Aidan Quinn
Emmy Raver-Lampman
Taylor John Smith
Claire van der Boom
Andrew Shaw

“Blacklight” – It is time to stop now, Liam. There’s a new Liam Neeson movie coming out, so it must be February. Put another way, it’s February, so what is the name of the latest Liam Neeson action flick? Put a third way, there’s a new movie about a grizzled old lone wolf with a […]

The Fountainhead (1949)

Film Title

The Fountainhead

Synopsis

Gary Cooper stars in the Ayn Rand blockbuster novel

Director

King Vidor

Cast

Gary Cooper
Patricia Neal
Raymond Massey
Robert Douglass
Kent Smith
Moroni Olsen

Lines and shadows, shadows and lines. The Fountainhead is all sharp angles defined by shadows defined by shadows so sharp they could cut through the self-servicing philosophy of the artless Rand on the airless moon. Only one director could have made sense of this!!! King Vidor of Galveston Texas. He cut through the angles when […]

Death On The Nile (2022)

Film Title

Death On The Nile

Synopsis

Denial is just a river in Egypt

Director

Kenneth Branaugh

Cast

Tom Bateman
Annete Bening
Kenneth Branaugh
Russell Brand
Michael Ruse
Gale Gadot
Armie Hammer
Emma Mackey

It is just a river in Egypt. Probably. We often hear people complain about the lack of creativity or originality in Hollywood. Almost exclusively, that complaint is directed at big budget blockbusters and franchises. We know that complaint is completely insincere when we hear nary a peep from those same people about a movie like […]

Ezra’s Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2021

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – To be honest, the trailer alone became my favorite movie of the year as soon as I saw it, and the actual feature certainly doesn’t disappoint. In fact, my appreciation for it only grew on the second viewing. Joel Coen’s first “solo” movie (without his brother Ethan) is a stunning […]

Moonfall

Film Title

Moonfall

Synopsis

MoonFail… What if…Cotton was a monkey?

Director

Roland Emmerich

Cast

Halle Berry
Patrick Wilson
John Bradley
Charlie Plummer
Michael Pena

“Moonfall” – What if…? In this current age, where conspiracy theorists are given microphones, money, and even elected President, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing them appear as characters in movies and their bullshit confirmed as part of a movie’s plot. In an interview with Collider for his latest film Moonfall, Roland Emmerich is asked […]