I’ve come to an unassailable generalization. Every Christmas movie with “Elf or Elves” in the title is going to be horrible and without redemption, campy or otherwise. The opening “teaser” (more like snoozer) scene lasted 6 minutes and consisted of two young boys sitting in a dark room with that awful piano, bang-bang one chord […]
Ancient Elves locked in a chest only come out at Christmas.
Film TitleChristmas Story
A Finnish tale of how Santa Claus came into being
This is not A Christmas Story, the greatest Christmas Movie ever make, but a charming, unique and very watchable Finnish version of how Santa Claus came into being. Like the Netflix classic Klaus, Christmas Story is not another cheesy and lame “save Christmas” film, but one that creates Christmas, with absolutely no mention of the […]
Film TitleWe're No Angels
Three escapees from Devil’s Island are master con men, and help out a kind merchant and his family.
Leo G. Carroll
Here at Ruthless we love our readers, especially when they give us suggestions about great movies to review. We’re No Angels is a light-hearted and unusual Christmas type movie staring the iconic Humphrey Bogart. O.K., it wasn’t a great movie as such, but considering that the film is 65 years old, it holds up quite […]
Film TitleMixed Nuts
This movie should have been career suicide for all involved
Haley Joel Osment
Here we have a Christmas Movie about a Suicide Hotline. Doesn’t this sound deliciously hilarious? Well, it’s not. What this movie is, is a big steaming pile of rancid Christmas pudding, mixed with arsenic sauce. It is not humor, it is not dark humor or satire, it is just 1 hr:33 minutes of stupidity, but […]
Film TitleThe Christmas Chronicles 2
Yet again, Christmas must be saved from a bitter troublemaker
DirectorChris Columbus (I'm not kidding)
I got the notification yesterday that The Christmas Chronicles 2 was available for immediate streaming at Netflix. I didn’t know whether or not to rejoice or cringe. I don’t want to poison the well, but let’s face it. Christmas sequels have not historically been successful. Most, like Bad Santa 2 and the unwatchable A Christmas […]
Film TitleA Midnight Clear
A Christmas drama plays out during WW2 as both the Germans and the Americans just want to survive.
John C. McGinley
I love Christmas Movies and there are few that actually make me cry. There are tears of joy, tears of grief, and tears from the sheer excellence of an event that you witness. A Midnight Clear was all of these and more. I want to give a special thanks to one of our biggest fans […]
The election is over. Regardless of the hate-spewed lies of Trump…Lies that 69.9 Million of the Trumpers actually believe, Joe Biden will be the next President of The United States. Oh, and what a mess he will inherit, but that will be discussed later. Covid-19 is raging, and there is nothing that the present administration […]
Film TitleBarton Fink
A New York playwright goes to Hollywood to write for the movies and is engulfed in a bizarre form of Hell
DirectorJoel & Ethan Coen
Barton Fink is one of my favorite Coen Brothers films. This assessment is not shared by many, Coen Brothers fans or not. This is easy to understand, as Barton Fink is one of the Coen’s most enigmatic works of art. To this day the Coen Brothers have chosen to not explain the film, and years […]
Film TitleKing Rat
A resourceful Corporal King is stuck in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during WW2. He makes the best of things , using brains, bribery and larceny.
In wartime, it is not always the highest ranked individuals that run the show. Oftentimes, like with Ex-PFC Wintergreen and Corporal Milo Minderbinder in Heller’s masterpiece Catch-22, it is the most cunning and resourceful who are in charge. George Segal stars in his best performance ever in writer/director Bryan Forbes’s 1965 adaptation of James Clavell’s […]
Film TitleThe Bridge On The River Kwai
British POW’s are forced to build a bridge for their Japanese captors.
There are war movies and there are more war movies, but I do not hesitate to state that The Bridge on the River Kwai is as unique as it is excellent. Within the huge category of war movies, we have many about prisoners of war, and the inevitable nightmares and madness of horrific situations brought […]