Home Alone (1990)

Film Title

Home Alone

Synopsis

Other than Elf, the most pointless and annoying Christmas movie ever made.

Director

Chris Columbus

Cast

Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci!
David Stern
John Heard
Catherine O'Hara
John Candy
Roberts Blosson

I knew that if I avoided the grave long enough that this day would come. There is no longer putting it off or pretending that this movie does not exist. Having long ago reviewed atrocities like It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf, and Santa Claus And The Ice Cream Bunny, this landmark in Ruthless Christmas Movie […]

A Christmas Carol (2018)

Film Title

A Christmas Carol

Synopsis

A modern-day rendition of the timeless classic

Director

David Izatt

Cast

Stuart Brennan
Bonnie Wright
Rebecca Hanssen
Sarina Taylor
Mark Paul Wake
Alec Westwood

As you know, A Christmas Carol is my favorite genre of Christmas Movies and I have already watched and reviewed at least 16 versions of this venerable classic. This version is a low budget but more than adequate re-telling that is set in modern-day Scotland. This Ebeneezer Scrooge (Stuart Brennan) is a young and wildly […]

Elves (2018)

Film Title

Elves

Synopsis

Ancient Elves locked in a chest only come out at Christmas.

Director

Jamaal Burden

Cast

Who Cares?

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 […]

Christmas Story – a.k.a. (Joulutarina)(2007/Finnish)

Film Title

Christmas Story

Synopsis

A Finnish tale of how Santa Claus came into being

Director

Jahu Wuolijoki

Cast

Hannu-Pekka Bjorkman
Kari Vaananen
Otto Gustavsson
Minna Haapkyla
Mikko Kouki

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 […]

We’re No Angels (1955)

Film Title

We're No Angels

Synopsis

Three escapees from Devil’s Island are master con men, and help out a kind merchant and his family.

Director

Michael Curtiz

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
Aldo Ray
Peter Ustinov
Joan Bennett
Basil Rathbone
Leo G. Carroll
Lea Penman

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 […]

Mixed Nuts (1994)

Film Title

Mixed Nuts

Synopsis

This movie should have been career suicide for all involved

Director

Nora Ephron

Cast

Steve Martin
Madeline Kahn
Robert Klein
Juliette Lewis
Steven Wright
Rob Reiner
Liev Schreiber
Rita Wilson
Garry Shandling
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 […]

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Film Title

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Synopsis

Yet again, Christmas must be saved from a bitter troublemaker

Director

Chris Columbus (I'm not kidding)

Cast

Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn
Darby Camp
Julian Dennison

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 […]

A Midnight Clear

Film Title

A Midnight Clear

Synopsis

A Christmas drama plays out during WW2 as both the Germans and the Americans just want to survive.

Director

Keith Jordan

Cast

Ethan Hawke
Gary Sinise
Peter Berg
Arye Gross
Frank Whaley
John C. McGinley
Larry Joshua
Curt Lowens

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 […]

Understanding Trumpers: How Can 70 Million People Be Wrong?

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 […]

Barton Fink (1991)

Film Title

Barton Fink

Synopsis

A New York playwright goes to Hollywood to write for the movies and is engulfed in a bizarre form of Hell

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

John Turturro
John Goodman
Judy Davis
Michael Lerner
John Mahoney
Tony Shalhoub
Jon Polito
Steve Buscemi

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 […]