Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

“You’re the one who told me I was gonna get a boyfriend at the mall.” Synopsis: Teenagers at Ridgemont High School — including Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Linda (Phoebe Cates), Brad (Judge Reinhold), “Rat” (Brian Backer), and Damone (Robert Romanus) — navigate the tricky terrains of jobs, sex, relationships, and teachers. Genres: Comedy High School […]

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

“Nothing shocks me: I’m a scientist.” Synopsis: A year before his adventures battling the Nazis for the Ark of the Covenant, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) finds himself helping an Indian village recover its “magic stone” — and its kidnapped children — from a cult of bloodthirsty Shiva worshipers. Genres: Cults India Scientists Steven Spielberg Films […]

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

“Inside the Ark are treasures beyond your wildest aspirations — you want to see it opened as well as I.” Synopsis: A bespectacled archaeologist named Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by the United States government to locate a priceless religious artifact — the Ark of the Covenant — before the Nazis get their hands […]

King of Kings (1961)

“For I say unto you, love your enemies; bless them who curse you; and pray for those who despise and persecute you! For if you love only those who love you, what reward shall you have?” Synopsis: Shortly after the Romans invade Judea, Jesus of Nazareth (Jeffrey Hunter) becomes a preacher and encourages his followers […]

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

“There’s much to be said for a woman — even an imperfect one — who lives, breathes, and exists only for the man she loves.” Synopsis: A middle-aged man (William Powell) on vacation in the Caribbean falls in love with a mermaid (Ann Blyth), and finds his marriage (to Irene Hervey) threatened. Genres: Ann Blyth […]

Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

“There is no poison in a green snake’s mouth as in a woman’s heart.” Synopsis: An adventurer (Vincent Price) in 19th century San Francisco stumbles upon a female slavery ring run by a Chinese warlord, and tries to help a captive (June Kim) escape. Genres: Escape Historical Drama Slavery Vincent Price Films Review: This difficult-to-find […]

Hellstrom Chronicle, The (1971)

“In fighting the insect we have killed ourselves, polluted our water, poisoned our wildlife, permeated our own flesh with deadly toxins. The insect becomes immune, and we are poisoned. In fighting with superior intellect, we have out-smarted ourselves.” Synopsis: Dr. Nils Hellstrom (Lawrence Pressman) explains how insects’ tenacity, adaptability, and efficiency will allow them to […]

Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

“I don’t want to be just a concert pianist… I want to use the piano as a stepping stone!” Synopsis: George Gershwin (Robert Alda) rises quickly to fame, but his drive to compose leaves him little time for his two potential lovers: a socialite (Alexis Smith) and a singer (Joan Leslie). Genres: Al Jolson Films […]

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

“You’re tearing me apart! You say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!” Synopsis: Disaffected teen Jim Stark (James Dean) moves to a new town and hopes to befriend his pretty neighbor, Judy (Natalie Wood), who hangs out with a group of toughs (led by Corey Allen). When a “chicky run” contest […]

Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The (1974)

“A train is down, its radio’s dead, the power’s off, and it’s dumped its load — aside from that, everything is ginger peachy.” Synopsis: When a group of armed men, led by “Mr. Blue” (Robert Shaw), hijack a New York City subway car in exchange for a million dollars in ransom, it’s up to Lieutenant […]