A Nos Amours (1983)

”It’s as if my heart had run dry.” Synopsis: A sixteen-year-old girl (Sandrine Bonnaire) becomes increasingly promiscuous in response to her dysfunctional family life. Genres: Coming-of-Age Family Problems French Films Sexuality Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary and others have noted, this French coming-of-age story — a “disturbing portrait of 16-year-old girl (Sandrine Bonnaire) who […]

Go, Johnny, Go! (1958)

“Make it happen out there, Johnny! Swing it!” Synopsis: Rock ‘n roll deejay Alan Freed tells Chuck Berry the story of a fictional orphan (Jimmy Clanton) who becomes beloved rock star “Johnny Melody”. Genres: Flashback Films Musicals Rock “n Roll Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary points out, this rock musical has a “paper-thin story”, […]

Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)

“I really want to study this whole thing of drinking, getting drunk, and people saying that they’re having a good time.” Synopsis: Bill Cosby waxes comedic on anything and everything related to family life. Genres: Billy Cosby Films Family Problems Stand-Up Comedy Response to Peary’s Review: Peary drops the ball in his review of this […]

Among the Living (1941)

“For five thousand dollars, I’m not afraid of anything — not even death!” Synopsis: Upon the death of his industrialist father, John (Albert Dekker) learns that his “dead” twin brother Paul (also Dekker) is actually alive but insane. After years of being kept secretly locked up, Paul escapes from his keeper (Ernest Whitman) and tries […]

Melvin and Howard (1980)

“Howard Hughes sang Melvin Dummar’s song. He sang it!” Synopsis: A well-meaning but luckless dreamer (Paul LeMat) gives billionaire Howard Hughes (Jason Robards) a lift in the desert one night, and years later finds himself named a contested heir in Hughes’ will. Genres: Comedy Inheritance Jason Robards Films Jonathan Demme Films Marital Problems Mary Steenburgen […]

Fog, The (1980)

“There’s something in the fog!” Synopsis: As a small coastal town celebrates its 100th birthday, a killer fog rolls in which contains the ghosts of vengeful sailors. Genres: Ghosts Horror Janet Leigh Films John Carpenter Films Radio Revenge Response to Peary’s Review: Peary notes that the “first half” of this horror flick — about a […]

Forbidden Games (1952)

“What’s a cemetery?” Synopsis: After witnessing the death of her parents and pet dog during an air raid in the French countryside, five-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey) befriends a young boy named Michel (Georges Poujouly) and is taken to live on his family farm. Paulette and Michel soon become obsessed with burying dead animals, and engage […]

Breezy (1973)

“Why should a young girl like that love an old fart like me? I’d be a meal ticket for her, and nothing more.” Synopsis: A 17-year-old hippie named Breezy (Kay Lenz) falls in love with a divorced, middle-aged real estate broker (William Holden). Genres: Clint Eastwood Films Counterculture Cross-Cultural Romance May-December Romance William Holden Films […]

Mondo Cane (1963)

“It enters a hundred incredible worlds, where the camera has never gone before!” Synopsis: Bizarre cultural traits from around the world are showcased in this early “shockumentary” film. Genres: Documentary Native Peoples Response to Peary’s Review: Peary labels this “once notorious film” as “exploitative” and “repellent”, but I disagree. As noted in a DVD Verdict […]

Sanjuro (1962)

“Killing people is a bad habit.” Synopsis: An older samurai (Toshiro Mifune) assists a group of naive young clansmen in rescuing a kidnapped political official. Genres: Japanese Films Kidnapping Kurosawa Films Political Corruption Samurai Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, Kurosawa’s follow-up to Yojimbo (1961) isn’t quite as masterful or well-known as its predecessor […]