Blast Of Cannon: Part 2

Lifeforce (1985) Horror director Tobe Hooper made three flicks with Cannon in rapid succession, but the relationship only further sullied his artistic reputation. Together they coughed up the derided remake Invaders from Mars, a comedic sequel to his blistering Texas Chainsaw, and the box office bomb Lifeforce. Still, at least this sci-fi flick has reached […]

Little Monsters (1989)

Film Title

Little Monsters

Synopsis

Monsters under the bed. We all know they are there.

Director

Richard Greenberg

Cast

Howie Mandel
Daniel Stern
Fred Savage
Margaret Whitton
Frank Whaley

On its surface, Little Monsters is merely a fun, visually compelling mashup of Peter Pan and Beetlejuice, as well as a movie that seriously overestimates the charms of one Howie Mandel. Beneath that surface, its intended subtext taps into common childhood anxieties about moving to a new place, fitting in, and the overwhelming dread that […]

Blast of Cannon: Part 1

You’ve probably heard of MGM and United Artists, but what about the very lovely Cannon Films? It was a studio that took on the Hollywood big boys in the 1980s. For a glorious, plate-spinning few years it became the world’s largest independent movie production company, cranking out up to six low-budget pictures a month. How […]

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Film Title

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Synopsis

Mad Max, after being gulaged for failure to comply, teams with a bunch of feral kids to overthrow the Queen of Thunderdome

Director

George Miller/ George Ogilvie

Cast

Mel Gibson
Tina Turner
Bruce Spence
Paul Larsson
Angelo Rossitto
Robert Grubb

Tagline:  Two men enter, one man leaves, unless there are special needs. Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence: Max is banished for refusing to kill a grinning retard. Homoeroticism: Like in The Road Warrior, many men are dressed like they are going to a gay bondage convention, but the homoeroticism is […]

The Shawshank Redemption

Film Title

The Shawshank Redemption

Synopsis

Being in Shawshank was not always loads and loads of fun

Director

Frank Darabont

Cast

Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman
Bob Gunton
Clancey Brown
James Whitmore
William Satler

For a movie that featured busting a load in another man’s mouth as repeated punishment for (and get a load of this) resisting the idea of taking the load to begin with, The Shawshank Redemption struck me as surprisingly tame during its first hour. Though never shown, this was twice insinuated to the victimized protagonist […]

Jaws

Film Title

Jaws

Synopsis

The movie that started the final realization that the ocean is no man’s land

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Robert Shaw
Roy Scheiner
Richard Dreyfuss
Murray Hamilton
Lorraine Gary

DUHHHHN-DUH DUHHHHN-DUH DUHN-DUH-DUHN-DUH-DUHN-DUH deeleee-dee! DUHN-DUH-DUHN DUH-DUHN Yes, I have it on good authority that’s how the famous danger theme of Jaws was written, by the same man who wrote the Star Wars score, John Williams…here’s a sample from his notebook entitled “Imperial March”: “BWAHM-BWAHM-BWAHM-teedee-BWAHM-teedee BWAHM (higher) BWAHM-BWAHM-BWAHM-diddliy-BWAHM-teedee-BWAHM (maybe a little ‘toodley-deedly’ here–ask George–too many BWAHMs?)” […]

Upstream Color

Film Title

Upstream Color

Synopsis

A man and woman are drawn together as their identity becomes an illusion. 

Director

Shane Carruth

Cast

Amy Seimetz
Frank Mosley
Shane Carruth
Andrew Sensenig

It was a nine-year wait between writer-director-producer-actor-composer Shane Carruth’s first film, Primer (perhaps the most realistic, challenging, and compelling time-travel movie ever made), and his masterpiece, Upstream Color, an even more complex and challenging movie, and certainly a more visually appealing one. It has now been nine years since the latter was released, with no […]

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Film Title

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Synopsis

Another Terry Gilliam masterpiece

Director

Terry Gilliam

Cast

Adam Driver
Jonathyn Pryce
Olga Korylenko
Stellan Skarsgard
Jason Watkins
Joana Riberio


On January 04, 2018 I wrote an article about Movies That Ruthless Reviews Eagerly Anticipates in 2018. Terry Gilliam worked on this film for an unbelievable 30 years before it finally came to fruition. This is after 10 attempts for this off and on film. No one but the whacky genius Terry Gilliam could have […]

Top Gun: Maverick

Film Title

Top Gun: Maverick

Synopsis

The ageless Maverick returns to fly again

Director

Joseph Kosinsky

Cast

Tom Cruise
Val Kilmer
Jennifer Connelly
Miles Teller
Monica Barbaro
Ed Harris

“Top Gun: Maverick” – Shock and awe. If ever there was a movie where my expectations were set to negative one million, it’s every Fast and Furious movie. One tick higher was Top Gun: Maverick. Like every other Gen X/Millennial, I have fond memories of the original Top Gun, complete with the ability to sing […]

Fucked-Up Films #5: Wolf Creek (2005)

Film Title

Wolf Creek

Synopsis

Australia. The outback. And you thought venomous snakes were scary.

Director

Greg McLean

Cast

John Jarratt
Nathan Phillips
Cassandra Magrath
Kestie Morassi

What are these sick bastards doing? Actually, Ben, Kristy and Liz aren’t sick bastards. They’re lovely guys partying on the Western Australian coast who are about to undertake an eleven-hour drive inland to see the world’s second biggest meteorite crater. One of Wolf Creek’s great strengths is the steady way it builds up these three […]