Basically, the “Zone of Ruthaz” translates as “Zone of Red,” and “Facilitators of the Indomitable Order” just sounded like some cold blooded title to bestow upon a bad-ass.
Contrary to popular belief ”Ruthaz” is not a made up word. in reading about the color and word red it was discovered that the word can be traced to the Proto-Germanic rauthaz and the Proto-Indo European root reudh-. In Sanskrit, the word rudhira means red or blood.
Rauthaz was changed to ruthaz to reflect our midwestern accents.
For Confessions of a Movie Snob, the reward is in choosing the nominees.
The Order of Ruthaz allows a forum where we can bring up great performances, such as Stamp’s “Wilson” in “The Limey” or his Oscar-nominated role in “Billy Budd,” and Clint Eastwood’s performance in “Gran Tornio,” or even such classics as Bruce Campbell in “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.”
Hopefully people will see Confessions of a Movie Snob and seek films like “The Limey,” “Billy Budd,” or “Evil Dead 2,” and get as much enjoyment out of them that Confessions of a Movie Snob does.
It’s all in fun, and Confessions of a Movie Snob looks forward to the future of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz, and hope that word reaches at least one of the members and they can be simply honored by the gesture Confessions of a Movie Snob is extending.
In all likelihood, a cease-and-desist letter is more likely … and, honestly, that would be kind of cool too!
Without further ado, here are the current members of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz:
Sir Christopher “Fucking” Lee
Date of Induction: June 12, 2000
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (born 27 May 1922) is an English actor and musician. Lee initially portrayed villains and became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973), Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in the Star Wars series, and Saruman inThe Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Lee considers his most important role to have been his portrayal of Pakistan‘s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998).
Lee has performed roles in more than 266 films since 1948, and was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009.
- Monstermania! (2010)
- Corpse Bride (2005)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
- Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- Jinnah (1998)
- Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)
- Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991)
- Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
- The Last Unicorn (1982)
- Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
- The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (1974)
- The Three Musketeers: The Queen’s Diamonds (1973)
- Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
- The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
- Horror of Dracula (1958)
- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Bruce “Fucking” Campbell
Date of Induction: April 28, 2010
Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. A legendary B-Movie actor, Campbell is most famous for his starring roles in cult films like The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Crimewave, Army of Darkness, Maniac Cop, Bubba Ho-tep,Escape From L.A. and Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat. He stars in a spoof of his B-movie cult status in the 2007 film My Name Is Bruce. He has starred in mainstream cinema as well, most notably Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Congo and McHale’s Navy. Campbell has had an extensive working relationship with director Sam Raimi, starring as Ash in Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy of horror-slapstick as well as cameos in Raimi’s Spider-Man series and Darkman. He is currently starring as Sam Axe in Burn Notice on the USA Network.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
- My Name Is Bruce (2007)
- The Woods (2006)
- Sky High (2005)
Man with the Screaming Brain (2005)
- BubbaHo-Tep (2002)
- Spider-Man (2002)
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999)
- Menno’s Mind (1997)
- Assault on Dome 4 (1996)
- Escape from L.A. (1996)
- The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993-1994)
- Army of Darkness (1992)
- Maniac Cop (1988)
- Evil Dead II (1987)
- The Evil Dead (1981)
Clint “Fucking” Eastwood
Date of Induction: July 7, 2010
Clinton “Clint” Eastwood (born May 31, 1930) is a renowned American film actor, director, producer and composer. He has received fiveAcademy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, two Cannes Film Festival awards, and fivePeople’s Choice Awards — including one for Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star.
Eastwood is known for his anti-hero acting roles in violent action and western films. Following his six-year run on the television seriesRawhide (1959–65), he starred as the Man With No Name in Sergio Leone‘s Dollars Trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns in the 1960s, and as Inspector Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films in the 1970s and 1980s. These roles have made him an enduring cultural icon ofmasculinity. Eastwood is also notable for his comedic efforts in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and its sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980), his two highest-grossing films after adjustment for inflation. For his work in the films Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby(2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and for producer of the Best Picture, and received nominations for Best Actor. These films in particular, as well as others including Paint Your Wagon (1969), Play Misty for Me (1971), High Plains Drifter (1973), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Pale Rider (1985), In the Line of Fire (1993), and Gran Torino (2008), have all received great critical acclaim and commercial success. He has directed most of his star vehicles as well as films he has not acted in, such as Mystic River (2003) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations.
He also served as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California from 1986–1988, tending to support small business interests on the one hand and environmental protection as well.
- Invictus (D) (2009)
- Gran Torino (2008)
- Flags of Our Fathers (D) (2006)
- Million Dollar Baby (2004)
- Mystic River (D) (2003)
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (D) (1997)
- In the Line of Fire (1993)
- Unforgiven (1992)
- Pale Rider (1985)
- Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
- Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
- The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
- High Plains Drifter (1973)
- Dirty Harry (1971)
- Play Misty for Me (1971)
- Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
- Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
- For a Few Dollars More (1965)
- A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Stan “The Fucking Man” Lee
Date of Induction: November 3, 2010
Stan “Fucking” Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; December 28, 1922) is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, theHulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe intosuperhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Spider-Man 3 (2007)
- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
- Fantastic Four (2005)
- Spider-Man 2 (2004)
- Hulk (2003)
- Daredevil (2003)
- Spider-Man (2002)
- X-Men (2000)
- The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
- Daredevil (with Bill Everett)
- Doctor Doom (with Jack Kirby)
- Fantastic Four (with Jack Kirby)
- Nick Fury (with Jack Kirby)
- Galactus (with Jack Kirby)
- Hulk (with Jack Kirby)
- Iron Man (with Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby)
- Magneto (with Jack Kirby)
- Silver Surfer (with Jack Kirby)
- Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko)
- Doctor Strange (with Steve Ditko)
- Thor (with Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby)
- X-Men (with Jack Kirby)
Kurt “Fucking” Russell
Date of Induction: January 19, 2011*
Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American television and film actor. His first acting roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in theWestern series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–1964). In the 1970s, he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney Company, where he became, according to Robert Osborne, the “studio’s top star of the ’70s”. In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for the made-for-television film Elvis.
In 1983, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance opposite Meryl Streep in the 1984 film, Silkwood. During the 1980s, Russell was cast in several films by director John Carpenter, including anti-hero roles such as former air force hero-turned robber Snake Plissken in the futuristic action film Escape from New York, the horror film The Thing (1982), and the dark kung-fu comedy/action film Big Trouble in Little China(1986). Both Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China have since become cult films.
In 1994, he had a starring role in the military/science fiction film Stargate. In the mid-2000s, his portrayal of U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle (2004) won the praise of critics. In 2006, he appeared in the disaster-thriller Poseidon, and in 2007 Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof segment from the film Grindhouse.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV series in 1964)
- The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
- The Barefoot Executive (1971)
- Escape from New York (1981)
- The Thing (1982)
- Backdraft (1991)
- Tombstone (1993)
- Stargate (1994)
- Escape from L.A. (1996)
- Executive Decision (1996)
- 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
- Sky High (2005)
- Death Proof (2007)
Liam “Fucking” Neeson
Date of Induction: January 19, 2011*
He has starred in a number of notable roles including Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List, Agent Bryan Mills in Taken, Michael Collins in Michael Collins, Peyton Westlake in Darkman, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey, Ras Al Ghul in Batman Begins and the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia film series. He has also starred in several other notable films, including Excalibur, The Dead Pool, Rob Roy,Nell, Gangs of New York, Love Actually, Kingdom of Heaven, The Haunting, Clash of the Titans, and The A-Team.
He was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland and educated at Saint Patrick’s College and Queen’s University Belfast. He moved to Dublin after university to further his acting career, joining the renowned Abbey Theatre. In the early 1990s, he moved again to the United States, where the wide acclaim for his performance inSchindler’s List led to more high-profile work. He is widowed and lives in New York with his two sons.
- The Delta Force(1986)
- The Dead Pool(1988)
- Schindler’s List (1993)
- Rob Roy (1995)
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Love Actually (2003)
- Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- Taken (2008)
- The A-Team (2010)
Joss “Fucking” Whedon
Date of Induction: May 5, 2011
Joseph Hill “Joss” Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002) and Dollhouse (2009–2010), as well as the short film Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008). He is also notable for his work in film, comic books, and online media. Many of Whedon’s projects, as well as Whedon himself, enjoy a cult status.
Whedon was born in New York City. He has been described as the world’s first third-generation TV writer, as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a successful screenwriter for The Electric Company in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and the grandson of John Whedon, a writer for The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s. His mother, Lee Stearns, taught history at Riverdale Country School as Lee Whedon, and was a novelist. Joss Whedon is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon.
- Roseanne (TV Series Writer 1989)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series Writer and Producer 1996-2003)
- Toy Story (Writer 1995)
- Titan A.E. (Writer 2000)
- Firefly (Writer and Producer 2002-2003)
- Serenity (Director, Writer, and Producer 2005)
- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Director, Writer, and Producer 2008)
- Dollhouse (Director, Writer, and Producer 2009-2010)
- The Avengers (Writer and Director 2011)
Morgan “Fucking” Freeman
Date of Induction: August 17, 2011
Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and narrator. He is noted for his reserved demeanor and authoritative speaking voice. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus and won in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven, Glory, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Batman Begins, March of the Penguins, The Bucket List, Evan Almighty, Wanted, The Dark Knight, and Red.
On October 28, 2006, Freeman was honored at the first Mississippi’s Best Awards in Jackson, Mississippi, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his works on and off the big screen. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts and Letters from Delta State University during the school’s commencement exercises on May 13, 2006.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in many feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wise, fatherly characters. As he gained fame, he went on to bigger roles in films such as the chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, and Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory (both in 1989). In 1994 he portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption. In the same year he was a member of the jury at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.
After three previous nominations—a supporting actor nomination for Street Smart, and leading actor nominations for Driving Miss Daisy, and The Shawshank Redemption—he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Million Dollar Baby at the 77th Academy Awards. Freeman is recognized for his distinctive voice, making him a frequent choice for narration. In 2005 alone, he provided narration for two films, War of the Worlds and the Academy Award-winning documentary film March of the Penguins.
- Glory (1989)
- Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
- Lean on Me (1989)
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
- Unforgiven (1992)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1992)
- Se7en (1995)
- Amistad (1997)
- Million Dollar Baby (2004)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- Invictus (2009)
- RED (2010)
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Harrison “Fucking” Ford
Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American film actor and producer. He is famous for his performances as Han Solo in the original Star Warstrilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, John Book inWitness and Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His career has spanned six decades and includes roles in several Hollywood blockbusters, including Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath. At one point, four of the top six box-office hits of all time included one of his roles. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry.
In 1997, Ford was ranked No. 1 in Empire‘s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. As of July 2008, the United States domestic box office grosses of Ford’s films total over US$3.5 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion, making Ford the third highest grossing U.S. domestic box-office star. Ford is the husband of actress Calista Flockhart.
Ford’s carpentry work eventually landed him his first starring film role. In 1975, George Lucas hired him to read lines for actors auditioning for parts in his Star Wars (1977). Lucas was eventually won over by Ford’s portrayal, and cast him as Han Solo. Star Wars became one of the most successful movies of all time worldwide, and established Ford as a superstar. He went on to star in the similarly-successful Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), as well as The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). Ford wanted Lucas to kill off Han Solo at the end of either sequel, saying, “That would have given the whole film a bottom,” but Lucas refused.
Ford’s status as a leading actor was solidified when he starred as Indiana Jones in the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg collaboration Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Though Spielberg was interested in casting Ford in the lead role from the start, Lucas was not, due to having already worked with the actor in American Graffiti and Star Wars, but he eventually relented after Tom Selleck was unable to accept. Ford reprised the role for the prequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and the sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He later returned to his role as Indiana Jones again for a 1993 episode of the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and for the fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Ford has been in numerous other films, including Heroes (1977), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), and Hanover Street (1979). Ford also co-starred alongside Gene Wilder in the buddy-Western The Frisco Kid (1979), playing a bank robber with a heart of gold. He then starred as Rick Deckard inRidley Scott‘s cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982), and in a number of dramatic-action films: Peter Weir‘s Witness (1985) and The Mosquito Coast(1986), and Roman Polanski‘s Frantic (1988).
The 1990s brought Ford the role of Jack Ryan in Tom Clancy‘s Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), as well as leading roles inAlan Pakula‘s Presumed Innocent (1990) and The Devil’s Own (1997), Andrew Davis‘ The Fugitive (1993), Sydney Pollack‘s remake of Sabrina (1995), and Wolfgang Petersen‘s Air Force One (1997). Ford also played straight dramatic roles, including an adulterous husband in both Presumed Innocent(1990) and What Lies Beneath (2000), and a recovering amnesiac in Mike Nichols‘ Regarding Henry (1991).
Many of Ford’s major film roles came to him by default through unusual circumstances: he won the role of Han Solo while reading lines for other actors, was cast as Indiana Jones because Tom Selleck was not available, and took the role of Jack Ryan supposedly due to Alec Baldwin‘s fee demands, although Baldwin disputes this (Baldwin had previously played the role in The Hunt for Red October).
- American Graffiti (1973)
- The Conversation (1974)
- Star Wars (1977)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Blade Runner (1982)
- Witness (1985)
- Presumed Innocent (1990)
- Patriot Games (1992)
- The Fugitive (1993)
- Air Force One (1997)
- Firewall (2006)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Ender’s Game (2013)
Joseph “Fucking” Gordon “Fucking” Levitt
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor and director whose career as both a child and an adult has included television and feature films. He is best known for his roles in the films (500) Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, and Looper, and for playing Tommy Solomon in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. Gordon-Levitt began his career in commercials as a child before making his film debut in Beethoven. He has also starred in 10 Things I Hate About You, Manic, Mysterious Skin, Brick, The Lookout, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Premium Rush, and played a supporting role in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln. He founded the online production company hitRECord, in 2004.
Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theater group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of The Wizard of Oz. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes.
By age six, he was appearing in several made-for-television films. In 1991, he played both David Collins and Daniel Collins in the Dark Shadows television series. During 1992–93, he played inThe Powers That Be, a sitcom starring John Forsythe, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne. In 1994 he appeared in the Disney film Angels in the Outfield as an orphan who sees angels. In 1996 he began playing Tommy Solomon on the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. The San Francisco Chronicle noted the coincidence that Gordon-Levitt was a “Jewish kid playing an extraterrestrial pretending to be a Jewish kid”. Gordon-Levitt was attending Van Nuys High School while acting on the show. During the 1990s, he was frequently featured in teenage magazines, something he resented. He has also said that during this time period, he did not enjoy being recognized in public, saying that he “hates celebrity”.
Gordon-Levitt’s first film as director, the 24 minute-long Sparks, an adaptation of a short story by Elmore Leonard starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz, was selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as part of a new program for short films. In 2010, he directed another short film, Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo. It premiered at two houses during theSouth by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
He was one of the many producers of the Broadway show Slava’s Snowshow.
- The Juror (1996)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
- Manic (2001)
- Brick (2005)
- The Lookout (2007)
- Stop-Loss (2008)
- 500 Days of Summer (2009)
- G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009)
- Hesher (2010)
- Inception (2010)
- 50/50 (2011)
- Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- Premium Rush (2012)
- Lincoln (2012)
- Looper (2012)