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 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 […]

Escape From Alcatraz (1975)

Film Title

Escape From Alcatraz

Synopsis

Four men try the impossible-Escape from The Rock

Director

Don Siegel

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Patrick McGoohan
Robert Blossoms
Jack Thibeau
Fred Ward
Paul Benjamin
Larry Hankin
Bruce M. Fischer

We have discussed this many times, the separation of the actor from the person and the person’s politics and religion. In the movie review world, except for rare occasions like the aging Queen Rex Reed, an actor or director’s greatness overwhelms whatever personal shenanigans that he or she might harbor in real life. Nevertheless, Clint […]

Beetlejuice (1988)

Film Title

Beetlejuice

Synopsis

A New England couple is dismayed to find death more complicated and chaotic than life.

Director

Tim Burton

Cast

Alec Baldwin
Geena Davis
Michael Keaton
Winona Ryder
Jeffrey Jones
Catherine O'Hara
Glenn Shadix
Sylvia Sydney

Beetlejuice is a wildly outrageous film made by the great Tim Burton. This is a film that demands multiple viewings to be fully appreciated. Beetlejuice was initially supposed to be a horror movie, but the performances by Michael Keaton as the unhinged bio-exorcist, the unfortunate dead couple, Adam and Barbara, and the whacky trio that […]

The Mask (1994)

Film Title

The Mask

Synopsis

A supernatural mask turns a bank clerk into a bizarre Super Hero

Director

Chuck Russell

Cast

Jim Carrey
Cameron Diaz
Peter Riegert
Peter Greene
Amy Yasbeck
Richard Jeni

It is over-stating the obvious that actor Jim Carrey is an acquired taste. He has a legion of fans that adore him and probably an equal number that find him as annoying as Forrest Gump. Love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Jim Carrey has some serious, unique talent. Carrey has starred […]

The Wire: HBO- 2002-2008

Film Title

The Wire

Synopsis

The Baltimore drug scene, where the chance of young black men living past 25 is slim

Director

David Simon

Cast

Dominic West
Lance Reddick
Sonja Sohn
Wendell Pierce
Idris Elba
Michael Kenneth Williams
Seth Gilliam
Jamie Hector
Felicia Pearson

I recently re-watched most of this great series that ran for 5 seasons on HBO. This series is one of the most stark and brutal shows ever presented on television. It spotlights the drug scene in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is my comprehensive review and the plot summary. “N*gg*r “Bitch” “Faggot” “Ho” “Dog” “Yo” “It’s all […]

Reacher (2022)

Film Title

Reacher

Synopsis

Reacher rolls into a small Georgia town and immediately finds trouble. Big trouble.

Director

Nick Santora

Cast

Alan Richson
Willa Fitzgerald
Malcomb Goodwin
Bruce McGill
Chris Webster
Hugh Thompson
Martin Roach
Willie C. Carpenter

Reacher is an action series available from Prime Video and is based on books by Lee Child. I watched and am reviewing the first 8 episodes of Season One, which aired on Prime Video Feb. 04 2022. Reacher stars a bulked up, jacked up and totally bad-assed Alan Richtson. He is huge. Bigger than Dolph […]

The Verdict

Film Title

The Verdict

Synopsis

A nearly washed-up alcoholic attorney has one last shot at greatness

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Paul Newman
Charlotte Rampling
Jack Warden
James Mason
Milo O'Shea
Edward Binns
Roxanne Hart

I know that in my reviews I often need to rescue myself from the perils of redundancy. Nevertheless, I will state it again; Paul Newman is and was a superstar, a Top-5 actor of all time. A quick search reveals the ugly reality that most list-makers do not share this opinion. None of this is […]

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 […]

The Tender Bar

Film Title

The Tender Bar

Synopsis

A coming of age story based on the best-selling book by J.R. Moehringer

Director

George Clooney

Cast

Ben Affleck
Tye Sheridan
Daniel Ranieri
Lily Rabe
Christopher Lloyd
Max Martini
Briana Middleton
Rhenzy Felix

The Tender Bar is a movie that is based on the blockbuster best-seller by J.R. Moehringer, published in 2005. This book contains the memoirs of J.R. and his experiences growing up with a struggling single mom, while chasing an elusive father, known only to him as a voice in the radio. This great best-seller is […]