Exterminating Angel, The (1962)

“The best explanation of this film is that, from the standpoint of pure reason, there is no explanation.” Synopsis: A group of bourgeois dinner guests find themselves inexplicably unable to leave once the party is over. Genres: Black Comedy Bourgeois Society Get Together Living Nightmare Luis Bunuel Films Surrealism Response to Peary’s Review: Peary refers […]

Immoral Mr. Teas, The (1959)

“Sensitive men have been fretting over G-strings for years.” Synopsis: A door-to-door salesman (Bill Teas) develops the uncanny ability to see women without their clothes on. Genres: Comedy Peeping Toms Russ Meyer Films Supernatural Powers Response to Peary’s Review: Peary notes that this one-note nudie comedy was “notorious when released”, but now seems “tame, even […]

Lacemaker, The (1977)

“She has little, but has a natural intelligence.” Synopsis: A shy beauty salon assistant (Isabelle Huppert) falls in love with a suave literature student (Yves Beneyton), who becomes embarrassed by her lack of intellectualism. Genres: Cross-Class Romance French Films Mental Breakdown Romance Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary points out, this “interesting”, heartbreaking tragedy — […]

Psych-Out (1968)

“God is alive and well and living in a sugar cube.” Synopsis: A deaf-mute runaway (Susan Strasberg), hoping to find her missing brother (Bruce Dern) in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, becomes immersed in a crazy scene of drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll. Genres: Bruce Dern Films Counterculture Deafness Dean Stockwell Films Jack […]

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)

“That was some hell of a psychology, right?” Synopsis: Richard Pryor discusses oversexed monkeys, nonchalant nurses, peeing in the woods, and boxing with Muhammad Ali. Genres: Richard Pryor Films Stand-Up Comedy Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, to watch this live concert film is to see “a comic genius at work.” Pryor is uninhibited […]

Pandora’s Box / Lulu (1929)

“You’ll have to kill me to get rid of me.” Synopsis: A beautiful, sexually liberated nightclub dancer (Louise Brooks) inadvertently shoots one of her admirers, lands in jail, and turns to prostitution to survive. Genres: G.W. Pabst Films Louise Brooks Films Prostitutes Sexuality Silent Films Womanizers Response to Peary’s Review: Peary offers an excellent, in-depth […]

Lianna (1983)

“Just because you can argue better doesn’t mean you’re right!” Synopsis: An unhappy faculty wife (Linda Griffiths) divorces her husband and discovers that she is attracted to women. Genres: Divorce Feminism John Sayles Films Lesbianism Response to Peary’s Review: This “unusually fine, thematically daring” independent film by John Sayles is likely the best portrayal of […]

Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

“Two old-fashioneds — for two old-fashioned people.” Synopsis: An elderly couple with financial problems (Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore) are forced to move into separate homes with their grown children. Genres: Elderly People Grown Children Leo McCarey Films Thomas Mitchell Films Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this “poignant classic” — reminiscent of Yasujiro […]

Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984)

“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.” Synopsis: A group of small-town teenagers are slain while dreaming about a sadistic masked man with knife-blades for fingers (Robert Englund). It’s up to Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) to stay awake long enough to survive and investigate the mystery of Freddy Krueger. Genres: Child […]

Wild Angels, The (1966)

“We wanna be free to do what we wanna do.” Synopsis: A group of California Hell’s Angels, led by Heavenly Blues (Peter Fonda), wreak anti-social havoc by riding recklessly, drinking, doing drugs, and molesting innocent individuals. Genres: Bruce Dern Films Counterculture Gangs Motorcyclists Roger Corman Films Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, Roger Corman’s […]