Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

“Forty-one year old Leslie… Not a perfect person, but he had integrity. He didn’t ask for it, he didn’t want it, but he had it — the way some people have B.O.” Synopsis: Four Jewish intellectuals (George Segal, Jack Warden, Joseph Wiseman, and Sorrell Brooke) drive across New York City searching for the funeral of […]

T-Men (1947)

“And so, with a hazy mental picture of a vague character called the Schemer, Agent O’Brien arrived in Los Angeles to start the second major phase of the investigation.” Synopsis: U.S. Treasury agents Dennis O’Brien (Dennis O’Keefe) and Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) go undercover to try to infiltrate a counterfeiting ring. Genres: Anthony Mann Films […]

At Long Last Love (1975)

“They make us unhappy, we make them unhappy… They make us jealous, we make them jealous!” Synopsis: In the 1930s, a millionaire (Burt Reynolds) falls for a singer named Kitty (Madeleine Kahn), but is snatched away by Kitty’s indigent-heiress friend, Brooke (Cybill Shepherd). Meanwhile, a suave Italian gambler named Johnny Spanish (Duilio Del Prete) is […]

Fortune and Men’s Eyes (1971)

“Ain’t nobody gonna mess with a man getting his oats.” Synopsis: A new inmate (Wendell Burton) quickly learns the hierarchy of prison life from his cellmates: flamboyant Queenie (Michael Greer), dominant Rocky (Zooey Hall), and timid Mona (Danny Freedman). Genres: Canadian Films Character Arc Homosexuality Play Adaptations Prisoners Review: Fortune and Men’s Eyes (the odd […]

Cruising (1980)

“There’s a lot you don’t know about me.” Synopsis: A naive cop (Al Pacino) goes undercover in New York’s gay S&M scene in order to help capture a serial killer. Genres: Al Pacino Films Homosexuality Murder Mystery S&M Serial Killers Undercover Cops and Agents Review: This notorious thriller — lambasted upon its release by many […]

Bambi (1942)

“Man was in the forest.” Synopsis: A young fawn named Bambi comes of age in the forest, threatened by the presence of men. Genres: Animated Features Coming-of-Age Literature Adaptation Talking Animals Response to Peary’s Review: Peary seems less than impressed by this iconic Disney film, arguing that “the attempt to establish realism doesn’t work because […]

Solid Gold Cadillac, The (1956)

“Did you hear her when I announced we were voting ourselves bonuses? She practically called us crooks!” Synopsis: When a small-time stockholder (Judy Holliday) of a large corporation starts asking too many questions, she’s given a meaningless job by the board of directors (including Fred Clark and John Williams) to keep her quiet. Soon, however, […]

Angel Baby (1961)

“God gave her voice, and he said, ‘Angel Baby, you teach them scriptures with your voice!’” Synopsis: When a mute woman (Salome Jens) believes she’s been healed by a revivalist (George Hamilton), her faith in God is renewed, and she starts preaching. Soon she’s taken in by a crooked promoter (Roger Clark), who hopes to […]

Titicut Follies (1967)

“I have a perfect right to be excited! I’ve been here for a year and a half, and this place is doing me harm!” Synopsis: In his debut film, Frederick Wiseman documents the lives of criminally insane inmates at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution. Genres: Documentaries Mental Illness Prisoners Review: Frederick Wiseman’s first documentary showcases his […]

Night and Day (1946)

“Night and day, you are the one…” Synopsis: With the help of his devoted wife (Alexis Smith) and friend (Monty Woolley), Cole Porter (Cary Grant) rises from obscurity to worldwide fame. Genres: Alexis Smith Films Biopics Cary Grant Films Composers Jane Wyman Films Marital Problems Michael Curtiz Films Monty Woolley Films Musicals Review: The plot […]