Starring debuts #8: Alan Rickman in Die Hard (1988)

Film Title

Die Hard

Synopsis

A bare-footed, vest-wearing cop takes on a group of crack terrorists

Director

John McTierman

Cast

Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
Reginald VelJohnson
Alexander Godunov

You know Alan Rickman’s done his job remarkably well in Die Hard when he plunges to his death from a high-rise building and we feel a bit sad. Unlike Kong, it wasn’t beauty that killed the charismatic beast, but a combination of old-fashioned greed and sheer bad luck. Rickman plays Hans Gruber, a debonair German […]

Blaxploitation #4: Boss Nigger (1975)

Film Title

Boss Nigger

Synopsis

Blazing Saddles pretty much played straight

Director

Jack Arnold

Cast

Fred Williamson
D'Urville Martin
R.G. Armstrong
William Smith
Carmen Hayworth
Barbara Leigh

What the hell are these cats up to? Two fearsome bounty hunters Boss (Williamson) and Amos (Martin), who kill up to five outlaws at a time, take a break from their day job to forcibly outwit the piss-weak, double-dealing mayor of San Miguel and become the law. As you can imagine, the vast majority of […]

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 […]

Cruising For A Few Good Movies

In the atrocious Interview with the Vampire the effete Tom Cruise tells his supernatural buddy Brad Pitt: “Life without me would be even more unbearable.” Well, kids, whaddya reckon? Is Our Tom telling the truth? Can you imagine your existence sans Maverick or never having witnessed all those heroic dashes with his choppy hands? No […]

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 […]

The King’s Man

Film Title

The King's Man

Synopsis

In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions

Director

Matthew Vaughn

Cast

Ralph Fiennes
Gemma Arterton
Rhys Ifans
Harris Dickinson

“The King’s Man” – Run Conrad, Run! To franchise or not to franchise? That is the question Hollywood grapples with on a daily basis. Just kidding. Hollywood would franchise your food pictures on social media if they had more than three likes. The only people having conversations about sequels, franchises, and remakes that go beyond […]

Best sports movies to have been influenced by the NFL? “The Blind Side” & “The Waterboy” rank highly

The NFL is one of the most popular sports leagues in America, with millions continuing to tune in and watch the games that are played between September and February each and every year. Indeed, the sport has continued to grow in popularity over the last couple of decades, with fanbases in countries such as the […]

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 […]

Starring debuts #7: Richard E. Grant in Withnail and I (1987)

Big-budget action maestro Michael Bay could probably learn a thing or two from Withnail. Namely, that if you get the characterization and dialogue right, you don’t need any explosions or mayhem to make a great movie. After all, what does the titular character accomplish during the 107 minutes of this cult classic? He tries to […]

Blaxploitation #3: Black Caesar (1973)

Film Title

Black Caesar

Synopsis

An ex-shoeshine boy takes on the Mob in Harlem

Director

Larry Cohen

Cast

Fred Williamson
Gloria Hendry
Art Lund
D'Urville Martin

What the hell are these cats up to? After a stretch in prison, Tommy Gibbs (Williamson) plans to take over his Mafia-run neighborhood and show whitey how it’s done. Do I dig the threads? Given it’s mostly set in 1965, a heartbeat before everything went to sartorial shit, yes. Tommy favors sharp suits and a […]