Cold Wind in August, A (1961)

“I keep forgetting I’m robbing the cradle.” Synopsis: A lonely stripper (Lola Albright) seduces a teenager (Scott Marlowe) in her apartment building, then finds herself unexpectedly falling in love. Genres: Coming-of-Age May-December Romance New York City Strippers Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, “Lola Albright… had her one strong movie role in this erotic, […]

Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, The (1976)

“We don’t see much of you two in the village. Not even at the market.” Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Rynn (Jodie Foster) tries to keep her father’s recent death a secret from her nosy landlady (Alexis Smith), her landlady’s lecherous son (Martin Sheen), and a local cop (Mort Shuman). Eventually she enlists the help of an unusual […]

Soldier Girls (1981)

Synopsis: A platoon of young women undergo harsh basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Genres: Documentary Military Soldiers Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this fascinating, disturbing documentary by Nick Broomfield and Joan Church “should be shown in all high schools before army recruiters start handing out brochures about computer jobs and expenses-paid Hawaiian […]

So Long at the Fair (1950)

“Of course you don’t believe me. Nobody does! But I shall go on searching until I find him, do you hear me?” Synopsis: A young British woman (Jean Simmons) attends the 1889 Paris Exposition with her brother (David Tomlinson), only to find him mysteriously missing the morning after their arrival. When the hotel staff insists […]

Yum-Yum Girls, The (1976)

Synopsis: An aspiring model (Michelle Daw) comes to New York in hopes of making it big, but finds that things aren’t as easy as she anticipated. Genres: Aspiring Stars Models New York City Response to Peary’s Review: Peary warns us in the first line of his review that “your reputation’s on the line if you […]

Madchen in Uniform (1931)

“I can’t stand by and watch children made into scared, helpless creatures.” Synopsis: A young orphan (Hertha Thiele) at an authoritarian boarding school in Prussia develops a crush on her kind teacher (Dorothea Wieck). Genres: Boarding School German Films Lesbianism Orphans Ruthless Leaders Response to Peary’s Review: This female-directed “landmark of the German cinema” was, […]

Groupies (1970)

“Led Zeppelin or some of them, nobody can fuck them — they’re hard to get. They’re the good ones — they’re the true pop stars!” Synopsis: Rock star groupies screw musicians and tell-all. Genres: Counterculture Documentary Musicians Obsessive Fans Response to Peary’s Review: Unlike Peary, I don’t believe this “terrific documentary subject” is made “surprisingly […]

Chained for Life (1951)

“If I have a date, you have a date too, my dear.” Synopsis: A conjoined twin (Violet Hilton) shoots her sister’s con-artist husband (Mario Laval), and stands on trial for murder. Genres: Con-Artists Courtroom Drama Singers Twins Vaudeville and Burlesque Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this “extremely dull” exploitation film starring conjoined twins […]

After Hours (1985)

“Why don’t you just go home?” Synopsis: A New Yorker (Griffin Dunne) meets an array of unusual characters while finding himself unable to get home on the worst night of his life. Genres: Black Comedy Flashback Films John Heard Films Living Nightmare Martin Scorsese Films New York City Rosanna Arquette Films Response to Peary’s Review: […]

High School Confidential (1958)

“If you flake around with the weed, you’ll end up using the harder stuff!” Synopsis: Tough Tony Baker (Russ Tamblyn) arrives at a new high school and immediately tries to edge in on the drug scene — much to the consternation of his concerned teacher (Jan Sterling). Genres: Drug Dealers High School Mamie Van Doren […]