Anyone who has been reading Ruthless Reviews faithfully knows that I have already reviewed a half-dozen versions of this Christmas classic. The Muppets animation hybrid is the most underwhelming of the lot of remakes of the Dickens novel that I have reviewed. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) takes a slightly different approach to the Carol, […]
Katniss Everdeen sits in a bomb shelter for two hours. That’s the sort of accident that you get when you decide to make a movie solely out of the first part of a third book in a trilogy.
Film TitleSanta Claus (1959)
Santa from outer space does battle with Satan while children toil as slaves in Santa’s sweatshop.
DirectorSome Mexican Hombre
Hundreds and hundreds of forced labor kids.
To wind up the Christmas reviews of 2014, I have Santa Claus (1959) as I must review something that is truly horrible, even more horrible than the Christmas season itself, which is well upon us. I probably don’t even have to watch this horror show to review it, in fact, I don’t even have […]
Film TitleA Christmas Carol (1951)
Ebenezer Scrooge is a money lender who does not celebrate Christmas. Scrooge reflects on his life and behavior, experiences redemption, emerges a believer in Christmas and a generous and changed man.
A Christmas Carol (1951) There are over a dozen renditions of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, or Scrooge, and I have reviewed several of them here at Ruthless. There is one omission, A Christmas Carol (1951)and this particular edition may very well be the best of the best, when all things are considered. At […]
If Fury has a point, it is that war changes everyone who encounters it. Nine times out of ten, it changes those people into extra chunky corpse salsa…
Film TitleHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!
DirectorChuck Jones & Ben Washum
The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a charming little short animation that was written by Dr. Seuss and narrated by the late great Boris Karloff. The absolutely fabulous Grinch Song is not sung by Boris Karloff, but actually credited to Thurl Ravenscroft of Tony the Tiger Frosted Flakes, (they’re GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]
Film TitleA Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown kills the Baby Jesus
Voices of people who are probably now dead
A Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965) Virtually everyone is familiar with the comic strip Peanuts created by the late Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), as well as the ancient animated Christmas TV special. The main character is Charlie Brown, who lives in a bizarro world, where the landscape is bleak and snow-packed during the winter season. […]
Film TitleSexy Beast
Don Logan pays a visit to a retired professional criminal.
“I am just going to have to turn this opportunity down.” “No, you’re just gonna have to turn this opportunity yes!” sociopath (noun) A person who is completely unable or unwilling to behave in a way that is acceptable to society. Don Logan The movie begins innocuously enough, with retired gangster and safe cracker […]
Film TitleTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
I am old.
Under the Orange, White, and Teal.
Every village has an idiot, but usually that idiot doesn’t own a television station. My village is very special. The local channel that serves my community is owned by one of the most buffoonish men to reside south of I-10. Citizens of my community are regularly given front row seats to witch hunts orchestrated by […]