They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

“Hitler, alive? It’s — it’s incredible!” Synopsis: The daughter (Audrey Caire) of a scientist discovers that her father has been taken to the South American country of Mendora by Neo-Nazis, who are following the orders of Hitler’s preserved head and plan to take over the world. Genres: Disembodied Parts Kidnapping Nazis Science Fiction World Domination […]

“I Know Where I’m Going!” (1945)

“When Joan was only one year old, she already knew where she was going.” Synopsis: When heavy storms prevent a headstrong young woman (Wendy Hiller) from reaching her wealthy fiance on a remote Scottish isle, she gets to know the nearby locals — including naval officer Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesey). Genres: Character Arc Class Relations […]

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

“Only by interrogating the other passengers could I hope to see the light.” Synopsis: Belgian detective Hercules Poirot (Albert Finney) investigates the murder of a businessman (Richard Widmark) on the Orient Express. Genres: Albert Finney Films Anthony Perkins Films Detectives and Private Eyes Ensemble Cast Ingrid Bergman Films Jacqueline Bisset Films John Gielgud Films Lauren […]

Bad Boys (1983)

“I ain’t afraid of anything.” Synopsis: A juvenile delinquent (Sean Penn) is sent to prison after accidentally killing the brother of a rival gang member (Esai Morales). Meanwhile, Morales gets revenge by raping Penn’s girlfriend (Sheedy), and appears in prison ready for a showdown. Genres: Character Arc Gangs Juvenile Delinquents Prisoners Revenge Review: Bad Boys […]

Watership Down (1978)

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies.” Synopsis: A group of rabbits leave their warren and search for a new home, dealing with dangers and predators along the way. Genres: Animated Features John Hurt Films Literature Adaptation Ralph Richardson Films Search Talking Animals Review: It’s rare to find a pre-CGI […]

I Bury the Living (1958)

“Maps and pins can’t kill alone — the power of a human brain has to be behind it.” Synopsis: The newly appointed chairman (Richard Boone) of a cemetery soon discovers that by pushing a black pin onto a plot on a map, he will cause the death of the plot’s owner — yet nobody believes […]

Cannonball Run, The (1981)

“You are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place.” Synopsis: An eccentric group of competitors — played by Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Adrienne Barbeau, Farrah Fawcett, Jamie Farr, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others — participate in an illegal cross-country car […]

Dinner at Eight (1933)

“I was reading a book the other day… It was all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of book!” Synopsis: The socially-conscious wife (Billie Burke) of a troubled shipping magnate (Lionel Barrymore) frets over her plans for a dinner party she is hosting for — among other guests — a corrupt businessman (Wallace Beery) […]

Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983)

“You seem to have a lot of energy — and it gets stuck in your forehead.” Synopsis: Two misfits (Karen Black and Michael Emil) find love in New York City. Genres: Character Studies Misfits New York City Romantic Comedy Review: Not a whole lot happens in Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?, an unusual, character-driven […]

Competition, The (1980)

“That is your first husband — that! You marry it, the way a nun marries Jesus — you cleave to it because it gives your life a center that no man — that very few men — can possibly give you.” Synopsis: Two rival pianists (Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving) fall in love while rehearsing […]