Joker

Film Title

Joker

Synopsis

The man. The myth. The legend.

Director

Todd Phillips

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
Zazie Beetz
Robert De Niro
Frances Conroy

Why so serious? Apparently, there is some controversy surrounding the new film Joker. I had no idea this was happening until I started poking around the Internet for early reviews and first impressions of the movie. Instead, I found several stories about its divisiveness, how people are upset about its depiction of violence, and Keanu […]

A Look Back At Kevin Costner and His Westerns

Dances with Wolves. Welcome to Fort Sedgewick (1990) We are introduced to Costner’s Lt. Dunbar as he lay on the surgeon’s table somewhere in Tennessee, waiting to have a foot removed before it goes the way of all gangrene.In those days amputation was the treatment for severe arterial or bone damage. A bone smashed by […]

Abominable

Film Title

Abominable

Synopsis

Big snowball in little China.

Director

Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman

Cast

Chloe Bennet
Sarah Paulson
Eddie Izzard
Albert Tsai
Tenzing Norgay Trainor
Joseph Izzo
Tsai Chin
Michelle Wong

A snowball’s chance. Abominable left so little impression on me that I forgot I saw it for three days. That is when my son asked me when we were going to do his interview for the movie. Once we starting talking about it, the film came back to me, but it was rough for the […]

Rambo – Last Blood

Film Title

Rambo: Last Blood

Synopsis

Rambo makes the Mexican Drug Cartel pay for Trump’s Wall

Director

Adrian Grunberg

Cast

Sylvester Stallone (That's all that matters)

Fair Value of Last Blood: -$5.50. As sequels to Home Alone go, it’s the best. As films from the Rambo franchise, it’s the worst. Tagline: The Legend Comes Home Entire Story in Two Sentences: Our nation’s problems with opiate addiction can be solved by a sufficient application of machetes, knives, and high explosives. Homo-Eroticism: None! […]

Ad Astra

Film Title

Ad Astra

Synopsis

A very long-distance phone call.

Director

James Gray

Cast

Brad Pitt
Tommy Lee Jones
Donald Sutherland
Liv Tyler

Latin for “Dad is a dick.” Every year, I have the same three movie wishes. One, that there is one really good movie that comes out of nowhere. Two, that there is one good science fiction film. Not fluffy sci-fi like Star Wars (though I do want more Star Wars), but good sci-fi like Moon […]

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Film Title

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Synopsis

A struggling writer is forced to use a mobster’s untalented girlfriend to get it produced

Director

Woody Allen

Cast

John Cusack
Dianne Wiest
Jack Warden
Joe Viterelli
Rob Reiner
Chazz Palminteri
Tracey Ullman

In the spirit of full disclosure I must confess I am a Woody Allen fan. I was a fan of his stand-up comedy, and was delighted when he moved into making motion pictures. His brand of humor was stamped on Take the Money and Run, and Bananas. Love and Death was a satire on bleak […]

It: Chapter Two

Film Title

It Chapter Two

Synopsis

The Loser’s Club turns into a loser of a movie.

Director

Andy Muschietti

Cast

Jessica Chastain as frazzled romantic interest
James McAvoy as team leader
Bill Hader stealing every scene, as comic relief
Isaiaha Mustafa, as the call to action
Jay Ryan, as brooding love interest
James Ransome, as neurotic voice of hesitation
Bill Skarsgard, doing his best to prove that clowns aren't scary.

Fair Value of It Chapter Two: $.50. I wouldn’t turn it off if it was an airplane movie. Is It Scary? Aw fuck no. I’ll put it this way: I was never scared by haunted houses because I know that people are going to try to scare me. On the other hand, deep woods and […]

Another Look: War of the Worlds (2005)

Film Title

War of the Worlds (2005)

Synopsis

The Earth is invaded by GoPros on tripods. Tom Cruise’s toe fungus saves the World.

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Tim Robbins
Miranda Otto
Justin Chatwin
Rick Gonzalez

When I was young, a science fiction fan had to find his fix of quality SF in magazines like Galaxy, If and Analogue, or paperbacks from Ace. The screen was largely a desert for science fiction. Oh, you had things like The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Forbidden Planet. 2001. Some of […]

American Sniper: Another look at some unrealistic aspects of this movie

Film Title

American Sniper

Synopsis

A few random facts about Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper

Director

Clint Eastwood

Cast

Bradley Cooper
Kyle Gallner
Ben Reed
Leonard Roberts
Jake McDormand

e Based on a true story. This is a disclaimer of sorts that you’ll see before certain films featuring tales of real-life individuals and events. Such is the case of the Clint Eastwood film, American Sniper. Kyle himself co-authored the book that the film is based on, but did not have a hand in the […]

Another look at Quinten Tarantino, and The Hateful Eight

I saw The Hateful Eight upon its release a few years ago, despite the fact it was a Quinten Tarantino film. I am not a fan of his, but it was advertised as a Western and I am a huge fan of Westerns. However, considering Ruthless’ own Goat seems to like it, I allowed it […]