He Ran All the Way (1951)

“Carve the turkey.” Synopsis: A thief on the lam (John Garfield) seeks refuge with the family of a woman (Shelley Winters) he meets at the pool. Genres: Fugitives Hostages

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

“All this trouble for a fat man in a red suit.” Synopsis: When the ruler of Mars (Leonard Hicks) discovers that Martian children are depressed because they’d like to experience Christmas, he kidnaps Santa Claus (John Call) and two Earthling children, Billy (Victor Stiles) and Betty (Donna Conforti). Genres: Aliens Christmas Kidnapping Science Fiction Review: […]

Clash of the Titans (1981)

“Ah, dear — the young. Why do they never listen? When will they ever learn?” Synopsis: Zeus (Laurence Olivier) tries to help his mortal son Perseus (Harry Hamlin) save Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker) from the wrath of jealous Thetis (Maggie Smith). Genres: Burgess Meredith Films Fantasy Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Mythology Greece Laurence Olivier […]

Robin and Marian (1976)

“Have you ever tried to fight a legend?” Synopsis: Robin Hood (Sean Connery) returns from twenty years of fighting in the Crusades to find that his one true love, Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn), has become a nun. Genres: Audrey Hepburn Films Do-Gooders Folk Heroes Historical Drama Nuns Richard Harris Films Richard Lester Films Robert Shaw […]

Freaks (1932)

“We accept you, one of us! Gobble, gobble!” Synopsis: A group of carnival sideshow performers plot gruesome revenge when midget Hans (Harry Earles) is cuckolded by his manipulative new wife (Olga Baclanova). Genres: Carnivals and Circuses Cuckolds Disabilities Horror Revenge Tod Browning Films Underdogs Response to Peary’s Review: One of early cinema’s unique gems, Tod […]

Baby, The (1973)

“Mrs. Gentry, just what do you think you’re doing?” Synopsis: A recently widowed social worker (Anjanette Comer) investigates a strange case of “child abuse” at the Wadsworth home, where she discovers that a grown man (David Manzy) has been kept in a state of infantile subjugation for 21 years. Genres: Child Abuse Do-Gooders Review: Bizarre, […]

13 Ghosts (1960)

“This house is not a gift, really — it’s a burden. Perhaps a curse!” Synopsis: The financially-strapped Zorba family — Cyrus, Hilda, Medea, and Buck — inherit a furnished mansion (and twelve restless ghosts) from an eccentric uncle. Genres: Ghosts Horror Inheritance William Castle Films Review: Following his success with The Tingler (1959), William Castle […]

Platinum High School (1960)

“It’s a school for solid platinum rats. It’s a rich kids’ penitentiary!” Synopsis: An estranged father (Mickey Rooney) goes to an exclusive military academy on Sabre Island to learn more about his son’s mysterious death. Genres: Amateur Sleuths Boarding School Corruption Dan Duryea Films Elisha Cook Jr. Films Mickey Rooney Films Yvette Mimieux Films Review: […]

Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

“It don’t seem like no good ever come to nobody on this bridge.” Synopsis: Billy Joe (Robby Benson) pursues his local sweetheart, Bobbie Lee (Glynnis O’Connor), while harboring secret fears that he may be homosexual. Genres: Coming of Age Deep South First Love Glynnis O’Connor Films Sexuality Small Town America Review: In her popular country […]

Day in the Country, A / Partie de Campagne (1936)

“You men are all the same.” Synopsis: While spending the day in the countryside, an engaged young Parisian woman (Sylvia Bataille) and her mother (Jane Marken) are wooed by a pair of local workers (Georges D’Arnoux and Jacques Borel). Genres: Cross-Class Romance French Films Jean Renoir Films Star-Crossed Lovers Review: Jean Renoir’s cinematic gem (based […]