Used Cars (1980)

“There goes a perfectly good bumper sticker.” Synopsis: A used car salesman (Jeff Bridges) tries to prevent his dead boss’s car lot from falling into the hands of his boss’s nefarious twin brother (Jack Warden). Genres: Comedy Jeff Bridges Films Rivalry Salesmen Response to Peary’s Review: Peary is not alone in his assessment of this […]

Devil’s Bride, The / Devil Rides Out, The (1968)

“Simon here is playing the most dangerous game known to mankind.” Synopsis: When the Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) and his friend Rex (Leon Greene) arrive at the house of their mutual friend Simon (Patrick Mower), they find he has been abducted into a satanic coven led by the warlock Mocata (Charles Gray). After rescuing […]

Night and Fog in Japan (1960)

“It’s the world-wide, peace-loving Americanism that is gaining in strength and oppressing the lives of us Japanese, and making the lives of our youth hopeless.” Synopsis: During a wedding, former revolutionaries in Japan reflect on love and betrayal during their years as students. Genres: Flashback Films Japanese Films Oshima Films Revolutionaries Review: This deeply personal, […]

Tenant, The (1976)

“These days, relationships with neighbors can get very complicated.” Synopsis: In Paris, a nebbishy Polish man (Roman Polanski) rents the apartment of a woman who has recently committed suicide. Soon he becomes convinced that his neighbors are trying to turn him into the dead woman. Genres: Black Comedy Downward Spiral Living Nightmare Melvyn Douglas Films […]

Chan is Missing (1982)

“This mystery is appropriately Chinese: what’s not there seems to have just as much as meaning as what is there.” Synopsis: Two taxi drivers — middle-aged Jo (Wood Moy) and young Steve (Marc Hayashi) — search San Francisco’s Chinatown for a fellow cabbie who has disappeared with their money. Genres: Amateur Sleuths Asian-Americans Generation Gap […]

Boy With Green Hair, The (1948)

“Green is the color of spring… It means hope, a promise of new life to come.” Synopsis: A young war orphan (Dean Stockwell) living with a kind older man (Pat O’Brien) wakes up one morning to discover that his hair has turned green. Though ostracized by his friends and neighbors, he remains convinced that his […]

Last Days of Pompeii, The (1935)

“Money is easy to get… All you have to do is kill!” Synopsis: After the accidental death of his wife (Gloria Shea) and infant son, a poor but happy blacksmith (Preston Foster) in Pompeii reluctantly becomes a gladiator. Out of guilt, he adopts the son (David Holt) of an opponent he has killed, and soon […]

Beachcomber, The / Vessel of Wrath (1938)

“I suppose I’m jealous of the reckless way he squanders the precious treasure of life.” Synopsis: A naive missionary (Elsa Lanchester) tries to reform an inveterate beach bum (Charles Laughton), and soon finds herself smitten. Genres: Character Arc Charles Laughton Films Elsa Lanchester Films Literature Adaptation Missionaries and Revivalists Morality Police Robert Newton Films Romantic […]

Cobra Woman (1944)

“You shall see for yourself the cruel barbarism by which Naja holds our people… Fear has made them religious fanatics!” Synopsis: When his fiancee Tollea (Maria Montez) is kidnapped, Ramu (Jon Hall) and his friend Kado (Sabu) follow her to an enchanted island ruled by Tollea’s evil twin, Naja (also Montez). Genres: Fantasy Kidnapping Lon […]

Champagne Murders, The (1967)

“I thought I was cured… But instead, it’s getting worse!” Synopsis: The opportunistic owner (Yvonne Furneaux) of a champagne factory enlists the help of her husband (Anthony Perkins) in convincing her mentally unstable business partner (Maurice Ronet) to sell the rights to his famous last name. Soon a mysterious rash of murders occurs, with Ronet […]