Moneyball (2011)

Film Title

Moneyball

Synopsis

The story of the amazing turnaround of the 2002 Oakland A’s baseball team

Director

Bennett Miller

Cast

Brad Pitt
Jonah Hill
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Robin Wright
Chris Pratt

I’m trying to recall the first movie that I watched with Brad Pitt; it was either 12 Monkeys or Spy Game, both excellent movies. Last night I watched a baseball movie, Moneyball, and Brad Pitt was again his magnificent self. Brad Pitt is Billy Beane, the General Manager of the 2002 Oakland A’s. Billy Beane […]

Party Hard (2020)

Film Title

Party Hard (2020)

Synopsis

Chandler returns to his hometown to try to re-kindle a failed relationship. He opts for an all night binge party with his buddies instead

Director

William Nicholas Clay

Cast

Hunter Bolton
Brian Forbes
Ty Rowe
Amy Brower
Liz Jennings
Giulia Marie Dalbec

I am occasionally contacted by actors or directors of indie films to screen their latest movie project. I would be less than honest if I did not state that most are not worth my time because they are terrible efforts. Enough of that, because sometimes I stumble on a gem like Road To The Well. […]

The Top 10 Ruthless Reviews Comedies

There really hasn’t been a lot to laugh about the last year or so. The planet has been ravaged by a deadly pandemic because a random Chinaman decided to eat a tasty bat. Millions of stupid Americans think that Donald Trump actually won the election and that America needs a king, not a democracy. A […]

Animal House (1978)

Film Title

Animal House

Synopsis

The greatest movie about college life ever made

Director

John Landis

Cast

John Belushi
Stephen Furst
Tom Hulce
Mark Metcalf
Donald Sutherland
John Verner
Verna Bloom
Kevin Bacon
Tim Matheson
Peter Riegert
Bruce McGill

Animal House is a movie that was not taken seriously when it was made. The expectations were low, and Donald Sutherland, the one big star, (Kevin Bacon’s first movie!) took a paltry lump-sum of $30,000 for his role in the movie. No university or college would let them shoot the movie at their campus until […]

Bullitt (1968)

Film Title

Bullitt

Synopsis

A star witness under protection is killed and Bullitt must find the killers

Director

Peter Yates

Cast

Steve McQueen
Robert Vaughn
Jaqueline Bissett
Don Gordon
Robert Duvall
Simon Oakland
Norman Fell

Bullitt is an award-winning film that showcases one of the most exciting car chases ever. The 1968 fast-back Mustang used in the chase scene recently sold at auction for 3.4 million dollars, and it was in rough condition. I will be reviewing the 2-disc Special Edition DVD of this movie. Steve McQueen was one of […]

12 Angry Men

Film Title

12 Angry Men

Synopsis

In a stifling Jury Room 12 men deliberate the fate of a murder suspect

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Martin Balsam
John Fiedler
Lee J. Cobb
E.G. Marshall
Jack Klugman
Edward Binns
Jack Warden
Henry Fonda
Joseph Sweeney
Ed Begley
George Voscovek
Robert Webber

In movie jargon, the words “classic” and “masterpiece” are accolades that are tossed around quite a bit. Sometimes they are well deserved, sometimes not, and often the status is indeterminate. In the case of 12 Angry Men, there is no reasonable doubt at all about the verdict. This classic is a masterpiece and one of […]

Carnival Of Souls (1962)

Film Title

Carnival Of Souls

Synopsis

A woman’s life becomes disturbingly bizarre after she walks away from a horrific car accident.

Director

Herk Harvey

Cast

Candance Hilligoss
Frances Feist
Art Ellison
Sidney Berger
Stan Levitt

Carnival of Souls is one of the 50 horror movies included in the Amazon movie bundle (still available!) that I purchased years ago. Most of those movies were more laughable than horror, and really cheesy affairs, like The Beast Of Yucca Flats. Others were well made and effective, even if they were low budget. The […]

Un Coeur en Hiver (1992) (A Heart In Winter)

Film Title

Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)

Synopsis

A French movie about violins and impossible love.

Director

Claude Sautet

Cast

Daniel Auteuil
Emanuelle Beart
Andrew Dussollier

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I was asked what was a great movie about love? Now I’m no expert on love, but I do recognize great films every once and awhile. Check out this magnificent French film. Available at Prime Video. This is a wonderful French film, and not your usual love story. Boy, it’s never a good thing to […]

The Bible: A Book Review

The Bible is a collection of books that is viewed as some sort of masterpiece by its subscribers because of their fear and confirmation bias. What the Bible really is, is a collection of books that loosely chronicle the history of some primitive and very violent people who by their own coronation, somehow were the […]

Why and how is Donald Trump so popular with half the United States?

The relationship between Donald Trump and his ardent supporters reminds me of that great classic TV show, Amos & Andy. Kingfish is Trump and he is always very convincing and compelling to Andy. Andy represents all of Trump’s die-hard sycophant and supporters, loyal to the end. No matter how outrageous the scheme is, or how […]