A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)

Film Title

A Merry Friggin' Christmas

Synopsis

Boyd Mitchler’s family is forced to spend Christmas with his curmudgeon father and family. He forgets the Christmas presents, but what should have been forgotten is this entire movie.

Director

Tristram Shapeero

Cast

Robin Williams
Candice Bergen
Joel McHale
Lauren Graham
Oliver Platt
Gene Jones

I’ve been reviewing Christmas movies for Ruthless since 2006, with just a couple of reviews at first, but then reviewing them in earnest since 2013. I knew that this day would eventually come. The well has run dry for any Christmas movie that is remotely watchable. Oh, it has been fun to mock the really […]

Merry In-Laws (2012)

Film Title

Merry In-Laws

Synopsis

It is hard to explain that your parents are Mr. & Ms. Santa Claus. It’s harder to explain the existence of this film

Director

Leslie Hope

Cast

Shelly Long
George Wendt
Lucas Bryant
Kassia Warshawski
Greg Lawson
Barb Mitchell

I have been watching and reviewing Christmas Movies for well over a decade now. Ruthless Reviews has the largest collection of these reviews on the internet, most written by yours truly, so I consider myself an expert on the genre. The pickings become slimmer every year, and great new Christmas movies like the FX version […]

Dead End (2003)

Film Title

Dead End

Synopsis

Stay on the road, Dorothy

Director

Jean-Baptise Andrea

Cast

Ray Wise
Lin Shaye
Mick Cain
Alexandra Holden
Karen S. Gregan
Amber Smith

I’ve been reviewing Christmas Movies for Ruthless for over a decade now. Needless to say, the well is about to run dry. I refuse to review the Hallmark or Hallmark type sappy dreck. A few is enough. However, I did not want to completely abandon my unhinged and relentless pursuit of this obsession. Therefore, I […]

Chato’s Land (1972)

Film Title

Chato's Land

Synopsis

A posse of bigots tries to hunt down a half-breed who has just killed the sheriff.

Director

Michael Winner

Cast

Charles Bronson
James Whitmore
Jack Palance
Simon Oakland
Richard Jordan
Ralph Waite
Victor French
William Watson
Richard Basehart

Chato’s Land is not a happy movie or your usual Western. It is not a funny film, or one for viewers who cannot tolerate vile bigotry and brutal and explicit rape. However, it is a movie that showcases the laconic Charles Bronson at his most ripped and bad-assed best. If you thought the villains in […]

The Sting

Film Title

The Sting

Synopsis

Newman and Redford team up for the big con as revenge against the ruthless Doyle Lonnegan

Director

George Roy Hill

Cast

Robert Redford
Paul Newman
Robert Shaw
Charles Durning
Eileen Brennan
Dana Elcar
Robert Earl Jones

The Sting is one of those movies that makes cinephiles envious of anyone who is watching this gorgeous movie for the first time. A winner of 7 Academy Awards, this film also stars the tandem of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their finest effort together. Noteworthy is that even with a wheelbarrow full of […]

Quills (2000)

Film Title

Quills

Synopsis

Just another family values movie from Ruthless

Director

Philip Kaufman

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
Geoffrey Rush
Kate Winslet
Michael Caine

“Why should I love God? He strung up his only son like a side of veal. I shudder to think what he’d do to me.” –The Marquis de Sade I guess that it is pretty obvious by now that I rarely review bad movies (EDITOR’S NOTE: That’s a lie) or even movies that I don’t […]

Cool Hand Luke

Film Title

Cool Hand Luke

Synopsis

What we’ve got here, Is failure to communicate

Director

Stuart Rosenberg

Cast

Paul Newman
George Kennedy
Strother Martin
J.D. Cannon
Morgan Woodward
Dennis Hopper
Wayne Rodgers
Harry Dean Stanton

“A natural born world-shaker“ Paul Newman has always been in the top tier of the greatest actors of all time. He is certainly in the company of actors like Peter O’Toole, Daniel-Day Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Richard Burton and Sidney Portier. His accomplishments as a beer drinker, race car driver, blue-eyed sex symbol and actor are […]

Come And See (1985)

Film Title

Come And See

Synopsis

The most horrific and shocking war movie ever made

Director

Elem Klimov

Cast

Aleksey Kravchenko
Olga Mironova
Vasiliy Domrachyov
Viktors Lorencs
Vladas Bagdonas
Liubomiras Laucevicius

World War 2 was a horrific event. The figures are not exact, but reliable estimates put the total civilian and military dead at around 60 million people. The total dead in World War 1 was between 15-22 million people. Yes, it can easily be seen that war sucks and is bad for your health, especially […]

The Odd Couple (1968)

Film Title

The Odd Couple

Synopsis

Fastidious Felix moves in with his slob best friend because of a marital split-up

Director

Gene Saks

Cast

Jack Lemmon
Walter Mathau
Herb Edelman
John Fiedler
Monica Evans
Carole Shelley
David Sheiner


The Odd Couple is a classic comedy from another time, a different era, no, another planet. It was not violent or vulgar and men wore coats and ties, even to poker games. None of this is what really sets this movie apart from today’s fare. The difference is great acting, banter and dialogue that is […]

Bodacious Ruthless BBQ Beans

Well, why not share a recipe for BBQ Beans here at Ruthless? There is not much else going on, so we might as well celebrate July 4th with something other than beer and fireworks. There is not much that is more American than voting and BBQ, and we are about to lose the right to […]