Last Summer (1969)

“When you’re with me, you can be so gentle… But when you’re with them, you’re completely different!” Synopsis: A sexy, domineering teen (Barbara Hershey) befriends two boys (Richard Thomas and Bruce Davison) while vacationing on Fire Island, and soon the three are inseparable. But when a plump outsider named Rhoda (Catherine Burns) tries to become […]

Ghost Ship, The (1943)

“The man is dead. With his death, the waters of the sea are open to us. But there will be other deaths, and the agony of dying, before we come to land again…” Synopsis: A young officer (Russell Wade) on a freighter begins to suspect that his captain (Richard Dix) is a megalomaniac psychopath — […]

Run For Cover (1955)

“Nobody guarantees you a free ride. The only difference is, most people don’t run for cover — they keep right on going, picking up the pieces the best way they can.” Synopsis: A drifter (James Cagney) and his hotheaded new acquaintance (John Derek) are mistaken for train robbers, and shot by a local sheriff (Ray […]

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975)

“He’s just along for the ride — you know that, don’t you? He’s not at all like us.” Synopsis: A former gunnery sergeant (Alan Arkin) is kidnapped by two free-spirited young women — Frisbee (Mackenzie Phillips) and Mackinley (Sally Kellerman) — but soon finds himself enjoying a road trip across America with them. Genres: Alan […]

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

“Society: what is it but a lot of people who are for you when you’re on the up and up — and what would one of ‘em do for you if it came to a showdown?” Synopsis: After the untimely death of their businessman father (William Holden), two formerly wealthy siblings — Bonnie (Joan Crawford) […]

Secret Places (1984)

“This is Laura… She’s come from abroad.” Synopsis: During World War Two, a teen (Tara MacGowran) befriends the daughter (Marie-Theres Relin) of a German refugee (Klaus Barner) and French actress (Claudine Auger). Genres: Coming-of-Age Friendship Jenny Agutter Films Literature Adaptation World War Two Review: Based on a novel by Janice Elliott, this WWII-era coming-of-age film […]

Escape From New York (1981)

“You go in, find the president in less than 24 hours, and you’re a free man.” Synopsis: In the near future, a group of rebels kidnap the president (Donald Pleasence) and hold him hostage on the island of Manhattan, which has been turned into a maximum security prison. A convict named Snake (Kurt Russell) is […]