Upstream Color

Film Title

Upstream Color

Synopsis

A man and woman are drawn together as their identity becomes an illusion. 

Director

Shane Carruth

Cast

Amy Seimetz
Frank Mosley
Shane Carruth
Andrew Sensenig

It was a nine-year wait between writer-director-producer-actor-composer Shane Carruth’s first film, Primer (perhaps the most realistic, challenging, and compelling time-travel movie ever made), and his masterpiece, Upstream Color, an even more complex and challenging movie, and certainly a more visually appealing one. It has now been nine years since the latter was released, with no […]

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Film Title

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Synopsis

Another Terry Gilliam masterpiece

Director

Terry Gilliam

Cast

Adam Driver
Jonathyn Pryce
Olga Korylenko
Stellan Skarsgard
Jason Watkins
Joana Riberio


On January 04, 2018 I wrote an article about Movies That Ruthless Reviews Eagerly Anticipates in 2018. Terry Gilliam worked on this film for an unbelievable 30 years before it finally came to fruition. This is after 10 attempts for this off and on film. No one but the whacky genius Terry Gilliam could have […]

Top Gun: Maverick

Film Title

Top Gun: Maverick

Synopsis

The ageless Maverick returns to fly again

Director

Joseph Kosinsky

Cast

Tom Cruise
Val Kilmer
Jennifer Connelly
Miles Teller
Monica Barbaro
Ed Harris

“Top Gun: Maverick” – Shock and awe. If ever there was a movie where my expectations were set to negative one million, it’s every Fast and Furious movie. One tick higher was Top Gun: Maverick. Like every other Gen X/Millennial, I have fond memories of the original Top Gun, complete with the ability to sing […]

Fucked-Up Films #5: Wolf Creek (2005)

Film Title

Wolf Creek

Synopsis

Australia. The outback. And you thought venomous snakes were scary.

Director

Greg McLean

Cast

John Jarratt
Nathan Phillips
Cassandra Magrath
Kestie Morassi

What are these sick bastards doing? Actually, Ben, Kristy and Liz aren’t sick bastards. They’re lovely guys partying on the Western Australian coast who are about to undertake an eleven-hour drive inland to see the world’s second biggest meteorite crater. One of Wolf Creek’s great strengths is the steady way it builds up these three […]

The Shawshank Redemption

Film Title

The Shawshank Redemption

Synopsis

The Magical Negro falls in love with The Big Tall Guy

Director

Frank Darabont

Cast

Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman
Bob Gunton
Clancey Brown
James Whitmore
William Satler

I despise Stephen King, his novella of Rita Hayworth, and The Shawshank Redemption. It was anun-readable blot of blueberry mustard smeared on a Maine tourist map from 1973. Why ’73? Well, that’s the last year of Maine’s state pride as it is the last year it WOULD NOT be associated with this human cowlick with […]

Hold The Dark

Film Title

Hold The Dark

Synopsis

Russell Core is hired to investigate the death of children in Alaska

Director

Jeremy Saulnier

Cast

Jeffrey Wright
Alexander Skarsgard
James Badge Dale
Riley Keough
Beckam Crawford
Michael Tayles

With Hold the Dark, Jeremy Saulnier’s third such endeavor and fourth feature, the director’s reputation as a state-hopping connoisseur of America’s backwoods is well and truly confirmed. A reputation not so much for achievement as inclination; mainly an infatuation with subcultures situated at the peripheries of mainstream society. His penchant for uncompromising and violent depictions […]

Escape From Alcatraz (1975)

Film Title

Escape From Alcatraz

Synopsis

Four men try the impossible-Escape from The Rock

Director

Don Siegel

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Patrick McGoohan
Robert Blossoms
Jack Thibeau
Fred Ward
Paul Benjamin
Larry Hankin
Bruce M. Fischer

We have discussed this many times, the separation of the actor from the person and the person’s politics and religion. In the movie review world, except for rare occasions like the aging Queen Rex Reed, an actor or director’s greatness overwhelms whatever personal shenanigans that he or she might harbor in real life. Nevertheless, Clint […]

The Amusingly Bonkers: Part Two

Switchblade Sisters AKA The Jezebels (1975) Normally if a movie contains knife fights, rape, pimping, drug dealing, nudity and shootings, you can safely assume it’s a drama. Not Switchblade. It’s pure comedy from start to finish. It’s so OTT there’s not one ounce of dramatic tension to be found, but wander into its overheated, estrogen-fuelled […]

The Amusingly Bonkers: Part One

There are plenty of people who take enormous pleasure in hooting through terrible movies. The so-bad-it’s-good crowd. Fair enough. I must admit I enjoy The Exorcist’s craptastic sequel, a flick that regularly ends up on lists of the worst ever made. I also heartily respond to the mammalian madness of Orca: The Killer Whale, a […]

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Film Title

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Synopsis

A forbidden spell opens the door to the Multiverse -or- It’s not complicated

Director

Sam Raimi

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch
Elizabeth Olsen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Benedict Wong
Xochitl Gomez
Rachel McAdams

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” – It’s not complicated. We’ve seen the multiverse coming to the MCU for quite a while. It all started when the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) taught us about the multiverse in Doctor Strange. We get another glimpse of it in Avengers Endgame, when the Ancient One explained to […]