Storm Warning (1951)

“Without us, a girl like you wouldn’t be safe on the street at night.” Synopsis: A woman (Ginger Rogers) witnesses her brother-in-law (Steve Cochran) participating in a killing by the Ku Klux Klan, and must decide whether to stay quiet or talk. Genres: Courtroom Drama Doris Day Films Ginger Rogers Films Ronald Reagan Films Small […]

Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe, The (1972)

“Pick out anyone you like, someone out of a crowd: the more anonymous the better.” Synopsis: A bumbling musician (Pierre Richard) is mistakenly identified as an undercover agent, and shadowed by a rival spy ring who interpret his every move as important. Genres: Comedy French Films Mistaken or Hidden Identities Musicians Spies Response to Peary’s […]

Napoleon / Napoleon Vu Par Abel Gance (1927)

“The destiny of an entire empire often hangs upon a single man.” Synopsis: Napoleon Buonaparte (Albert Dieudonne) rises from humble obscurity to emerge as France’s greatest military leader. Genres: Biopic French Films French Revolution Historical Drama Military Silent Films Response to Peary’s Review: Peary asserts that no other silent films are as “visually spectacular” as […]

It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

“Can these be the guys I once thought I could never live without?” Synopsis: Three wartime buddies (Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, and Michael Kidd) pledge to meet up ten years later, only to find that they no longer have much in common with each other. Genres: Cyd Charisse Films Dan Dailey Films Friendship Gene Kelly […]

Day the Earth Caught Fire, The (1961)

“They’ve shifted the tilt of the earth. The stupid, crazy, irresponsible bastards — they’ve finally done it!” Synopsis: A team of British newsmen tries to discover the truth behind the mysterious climate changes and natural disasters occurring on Earth. Genres: Journalists Nuclear Holocaust Science Fiction Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this is a […]

Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) (1980)

“It is not easy to suppress yourself to become another.” Synopsis: Based on a true episode from Japanese feudal history, this film tells the story of a lowly thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) who is hired to impersonate clan leader Shingen (also played by Nakadai) upon his death. Genres: Japanese Films Kurosawa Films Military Mistaken or Hidden […]

Sorcerers, The (1967)

“It must be a stranger… Someone who doesn’t know us. A complete stranger, who need never know what happened to him.” Synopsis: After years spent perfecting their mind-control machine, elderly hypnotists Marcus and Estelle (Boris Karloff and Catherine Lacey) are able to control the thoughts and actions of Michael (Ian Ogilvy), a young man Marcus […]

Infra-Man (1976)

“No matter how potent your weapons are, you’ll be defeated — because Infra-Man is invincible against them!” Synopsis: Chaos ensues when a power-hungry alien princess (Terry Liu) arrives on earth with a crew of two-legged mutant monsters; it’s up to a scientist (Wang Shieh) and Infra-Man (Li Hsia-Hsien) to save the day! Genres: Aliens Martial […]

Flesh Gordon (1974)

“I’ve got the power pasties, and I know how to use ’em!” Synopsis: Flesh Gordon (Jason Williams) and Dale Ardor (Suzanne Fields) join Dr. Flexi Jerkoff (Joseph Hudgins) in an attempt to save the earth from Sex Rays sent by Planet Porno’s insane emperor, Wang the Perverted (William Hunt). Genres: Satires and Spoofs Science Fiction […]

Destination Moon (1950)

“The race is on — and we’d better win it!” Synopsis: A group of astronauts (Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, John Archer, and Dick Wesson) defy the American government by flying their rocketship to the moon. Genres: Science Fiction Space Exploration Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this 1950s classic is a “slow, dated, but […]