Quadrophenia (1979)

“I don’t want to be the same as everybody else! That’s why I’m a Mod, see?” Synopsis: A disaffected working-class Londoner (Phil Daniels) rides a scooter with his Mod buddies while pining after a beautiful girl (Leslie Ash) whose affection he finally wins (temporarily) during a bloody riot in Brighton against a rival gang of […]

Tommy (1975)

“He hears but cannot answer to your call.” Synopsis: A young boy (Barry Winch) whose mother (Ann-Margret) becomes a widow during WWII grows up blind, deaf, and mute. As an adult, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is taken by his mother and step-father (Oliver Reed) to a preacher (Eric Clapton) and an “Acid Queen” (Tina Turner) who […]

Woodstock (1970)

“I’m very happy to say we think the people of this country should be proud of these kids, notwithstanding the way they dress or the way they wear their hair — that’s their own personal business.” Synopsis: Nearly half a million hippies converge on a farm in New York, enjoying music, drugs, peace, and good […]

Kids Are Alright, The (1979)

“You can’t stop doing what you’re doing, because you’d let down all these people.” Synopsis: The raucuous style of British rock band The Who — singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon — evolves over their 15 years of performing together. Genres: Documentary Musicians Rock and Roll Response to […]

Lost Horizon (1937)

“Did you ever go to a totally strange place and feel certain you had been there before?” Synopsis: A diplomat (Ronald Colman) helps a group of Westerners — including his brother (John Howard), a financial felon (Thomas Mitchell), a paleontologist (Edward Everett Horton), and an ailing prostitute (Isabel Jewell) — flee an attack in China […]

Say Amen, Somebody (1982)

“When I came up in gospel, we didn’t do concerts — we did revivals.” Synopsis: American gospel founders Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie Mae Ford Smith share their histories, talents, and abiding faith in this documentary about the evangelical roots of the musical genre. Genres: African-Americans Documentary Musicians Religious Faith Singers Response to Peary‚Äôs Review: […]

Flaming Star (1960)

“We have no place to go: we have to fight, or we die.” Synopsis: A half-breed Kiowa (Elvis Presley) living on a ranch with his father (Don McIntire), mother (Dolores del Rio), and half-brother (Steve Forrest) finds his loyalties divided when a local Kiowa tribe led by Buffalo Horn (Rodolfo Acosta) seeks revenge for stolen […]

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

“That ain’t tactics, honey — it’s just the beast in me!” Synopsis: After accidentally killing a man in a barfight, a construction worker (Elvis Presley) is sent to jail, where his cellmate (Mickey Shaughnessy) — a former country-and-western star — teaches him to play the guitar and offers him a chance to perform. Upon his […]

King Creole (1958)

“The boy was born with an unusual talent — he has the right to think for himself!” Synopsis: A troubled teen (Elvis Presley) disappoints his father (Dean Jagger) by failing high school and choosing to work in a nightclub owned by a man (Paul Stewart) who his sister (Jan Shepard) falls for. But will Danny’s […]

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

“I’ll be a model prisoner if it kills me!” Synopsis: A decorated World War I veteran (Paul Muni) disappoints his parents by wanting more out of life than his small-town factory job, and sets off in search of engineering work. After a series of hard times, he is accidentally implicated in a fatal robbery committed […]