Recently, I was thinking about the subjects that are interesting to me. I was a bit surprised to find that there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot to choose from. My interests basically fall into three categories: Movies (including television that utilizes the cinematic structure — i.e. HBO’s Deadwood and The Sopranos, as well as the Peter Falk classic Columbo), music (specifically pre-80’s Blues and Soul), and Literature (Dostoyevsky thru Bukowski). This did not come as a surprise to me, rather an interesting realization. I’ve always known that these were my interests, but sitting down and thinking about it…


the meaning of life — Joe Carnahan’s THE GREY

In preparing for a recent episode of WATCHTHIS WITH RICK RAMOS, I started watching Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, a movie that I have seen a half dozen times over the past three years. I remember the initial viewing. I remember how overwhelmed I was by Liam Neeson’s performance and the authenticity and immediacy of the film. The Grey, a tale of survival in the harshest of conditions, unfolds quickly and without respite. Together Carnahan and Neeson have forged some kind of male-survival masterpiece. There is a commitment in this film that…


a better understanding of the self

I’m not exactly sure what kind of a kid I was. I could lie and say that I was a quiet and inquisitive child; filled with wonder and happiness, eager to realize the mysteries of life. That seems to be the type of poetic bullshit answer most people want to give when they hope to create a past in which they overcame shyness to evolve into a wordsmith, performer, or public figure. Much like a model or good-looking male actor claiming they were a “late bloomer” and were constantly picked on because they were…


saying goodbye to Roger Ebert

I’ve been a movie watcher my entire life. My earliest memories are of the cinema. Whether I went to films at the local multiplexes or caught edited versions on network television, and then later un-edited movies (thank God) on cable, I was captivated by the magic of film. I spent hours wandering the shelves of my local Warehouse and Tower Records stores. The fact that I could pick up new releases, classics, foreign films, and documentaries opened me up to a world that I believed I would never have the opportunity to visit in real…


Deserve’s got nothing to do with it

The film opens with a distinct portrait: a silhouette of a small, log cabin on the far left; on the far right a tree. Between the two a man digs what we slowly realize is a grave. The man is William Munny. The grave is that of his wife, Claudia Feathers Munny. Death (we quickly realize) is a driving theme in this film. It may seem obvious to say this, but the use is radically different than the violence typical of Westerns and — more specifically — Action films in general. There is no desire to excite the audience with…


The Importance of Art

Like an Asshole I somehow erased this entry. So I’m putting it up again.

The past few months have been an incredibly fulfilling experience for me. WatchThis has given me a new understanding of cinema and its power and influence over the public as well as my own personal sense of artistic enrichment. I love watching films, I love talking about them, and — now — I find myself falling in love with the writing process. I watch movies differently now because I want my discussion of these films to be complete and inclusive. The support and love that Lee…


Eastwood’s Farwell to the Western and Our Understanding of the Mythology That Heralded It.

A good film will make you forget about your troubles. A great film will make you look at the same troubles with a clearer understanding. In the body of Clint Eastwood’s work, Unforgiven acts as a bridge between a professional, consummate artist and an indispensable talent. It is a film that lingers with the viewer, slowly growing in importance, while also putting aspects of the viewers’ lives in perspective. The film is both a commentary on a culture of violence, as well as a deeply felt expression of regret and redemption. Some critics have argued that Unforgiven is in many…

Rick Ramos

stand-up comic, actor, writer, and general unholy bastard living, working, and performing in la. just keep an open mind and laugh.

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