Emperor Jones, The (1933)

“It takes a silver bullet to kill Brutus Jones.” Synopsis: When Pullman porter Rufus Jones (Paul Robeson) accidentally kills a friend (Frank Wilson) in a craps game, he’s sent to a prison chain gang, but manages to escape to a Caribbean Island, where he’s bought by a white trader (Dudley Digges) and eventually comes to […]

Coming Home (1978)

“We don’t have to go to Vietnam to find reasons to kill ourselves.” Synopsis: The wife (Jane Fonda) of a marine heading overseas to fight in the Vietnam War volunteers with her new friend (Penelope Milford) at a local vet hospital, where she meets and falls in love with a paraplegic (Jon Voight) — but […]

In the Year of the Pig (1968)

“The one I fly is known as birth control.” Synopsis: After years of colonial governance by the French, North Vietnamese soldiers fight back against an American military presence that supports the corrupt South Vietnamese government. Genres: Corruption Documentary Revolutionaries Vietnam War Response to Peary’s Review: Peary writes that “Emile de Antonio’s sober documentary account of […]

Hearts and Minds (1974)

“We weren’t on the wrong side; we were the wrong side.” Synopsis: Veterans and others involved in the Vietnam War share their memories and thoughts on this devastating era of recent history. Genres: Documentary Veterans Vietnam War Response to Peary’s Review: Peary writes that this “Oscar-winning documentary” by Peter Davis “builds a strong case that […]

Out of the Blue (1980)

“If you don’t shut up and get out of here, I’m going to take you out of the blue and into the black.” Synopsis: The punk-loving daughter (Linda Manz) of a convicted trucker (Dennis Hopper) tries to survive life with her drug-addicted mother (Sharon Farrell), and lives in anticipation of the day her dad is […]

Vice Squad (1982)

“Come on scumbag, make your move — make my day.” Synopsis: A gutsy prostitute (Season Hubley) assists a detective (Gary Swanson) in cornering a psychopathic pimp (Wings Hauser) — but when Hauser breaks loose from his captors, Hubley’s life is on the line. Genres: Prostitutes and Gigolos Revenge Undercover Cops and Agents Response to Peary’s […]

Lords of Flatbush, The (1974)

“Don’t ever tell me what to do and what not to do. You understand me?” Synopsis: A group of leather-clad friends (Sylvester Stallone, Perry King, Henry Winkler, and Paul Mace) hang out and wreak mild havoc while King ditches his girlfriend (Renee Paris) for a new blonde (Susan Blakely) in school, and Stallone learns his […]

I Shot Jesse James (1949)

“I just want a chance to prove I ain’t no murderer.” Synopsis: An accomplice (John Ireland) of Jesse James (Reed Hadley) decides to shoot James in exchange for amnesty and $10,000 so he can marry his beloved singer-girlfriend (Barbara Britton). However, Ireland quickly becomes known as a notorious traitor, and ends up competing with another […]

I Drink Your Blood (1970)

“You’re mad, you son of a bitch!” Synopsis: When a group of hippie satanists led by an Indian (Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury) enter into a small town and assault a young woman (Iris Brooks), her grandfather (Richard Bowler) goes to check on the visitors and is drugged with LSD. Seeking revenge, Bowler’s grandson (Riley Bills) injects […]

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

“Who would have thought? All we wanted was a bigger, healthier tomato.” Synopsis: With the help of a journalist (Sharon Taylor), a spy (Gary Smith), and a parachuting lieutenant (Rock Peace), a special operations agent (David Miller) attempts to learn why tomatoes are suddenly wreaking havoc on humanity. Genres: Killer Plants Satires and Spoofs Response […]