When a video game comes to life

Jeff Ruffolo 04/12/2018

I HATE it when movies emulate real life. Case in point—“Rampage” which is taken from—of all things—a coin-operated video game. I remember playing Rampage at Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza joint in Newport Beach, California back in 1986. They…

A WILD RIDE INTO THE FUTURE

Jeff Ruffolo 04/05/2018

READY PLAYER ONE Are you having one of those days? You know exactly what I mean–you just had a lousy day at work … got chewed out by the boss … only to come home and immediately…

Couples on a series of misadventures

Jeff Ruffolo 03/15/2018

what a stupid movie!” Actually this comment was not mine—although I echo it completely. It came from the luscious lips of my breathtakingly beautiful wife, Mrs. Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo as we shared a rare“ date night,” away…

Boffo performance by the Chinese dance troupe

Jeff Ruffolo 03/14/2018

IN A WORLD punctuated by nuclear tipped missiles and drive-by shootings, the real culture “war” is already quietly, sublimely and was on full display for all to see at the Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Hotel Cebu…

Pale clone of the original

Jeff Ruffolo 03/08/2018

BIFF! OUCH! That’s right true believers, Lara Croft is back—or perhaps she never left—in her big screen (re) debut in “Tomb Raider.” And it all depends how old you are or how back your DVD film library…

RED SPARROW: Slow, plodding espionage caper

Jeff Ruffolo 03/01/2018

Super spy Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. The Black Widow leaps onto the silver screen with her first, full length adventure. Whoops. Sorry. Wrong movie. But in truth, this could be a film about the celebrated Russian comic book…

THE POST: Jaded ‘Hollywood’ view of history

Jeff Ruffolo 02/22/2018

History has a way of always looking good. In the rear view mirror. Case in point—“The Post” (i.e. The Washington Post newspaper)—which is up for Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and…

Majestically rules and reigns

Jeff Ruffolo 02/15/2018

“The Man” Lee is a genius. More than just a writer of comic book pulp fiction for the past 50 years, Lee, and his artistic better half, “Jolly” Jack Kirby, not only brought hundreds of superheroes and…

TRILOGY REACHES ITS CLIMAX

Jeff Ruffolo 02/08/2018

Let’s see if I understand this right. One of the richest, most powerful men in the world, finds relatively attractive, single females for his sexual dominance and masochistic personal pleasure. He coerces them into signing reams of…

The Greatest Showman stunning cinematic achievement

Jeff Ruffolo 01/25/2018

NEVER enough. Dear Reader, in the more than four years that I have been sitting in the dark watching and then honestly reviewing endless gawful movies … I have relished trashing so many films that they seem…