Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

“Topper’s too nice a fella to be in trouble… I’m going to get him out!” Synopsis: When Mrs. Topper (Billie Burke) catches her husband (Roland Young) with the ghost of Marion Kerby (Constance Bennett), she flees to France to obtain a quick divorce; meanwhile, her conniving friend (Verree Teasdale) arranges for a faux baron (Alexander […]

Soylent Green (1973)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Your dead one was a very important man…” Synopsis: In the radically overpopulated future, a New York City detective (Charlton Heston) enlists the help of his roommate (Edward G. Robinson) in unraveling the gruesome mystery behind the assassination of a manufacturing […]

Against All Odds (1984)

“It’s simple: either you want to play football again, or you don’t.” Synopsis: A football player (Jeff Bridges) recently fired from his team is hired by a gambler (James Woods) to hunt down his missing girlfriend (Rachel Ward) in Mexico; but things get sticky when Bridges falls for Ward himself. Genres: Corruption Femmes Fatales Gambling […]

Dutchman (1967)

“I told you I’m not an actress… I also told you I lie all the time. Draw your own conclusion!” Synopsis: A sultry, psychotic white woman (Shirley Knight) seduces a young black man (Al Freeman, Jr.) on a New York subway. Genres: Cat-and-Mouse Femmes Fatales Play Adaptation Race Relations Trains and Subways Review: Based on […]

Sudden Impact (1983)

“Go ahead — make my day.” Synopsis: Detective Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to the seaside town of San Paulo to investigate a rash of serial killings committed by an artist (Sondra Locke) seeking revenge for a brutal gang rape. Genres: Clint Eastwood Films Detectives and Private Eyes Rape Revenge Serial Killers Vigilantes Response […]

Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

“Another woman once thought she owned me. Don’t drive me too far!” Synopsis: When a smitten housemaid (Jean Simmons) discovers that her widowed employer (Stewart Granger) secretly poisoned his wife, she blackmails him into giving her a higher position in his household — but his interest in a beautiful heiress (Belinda Lee) causes tensions in […]

Year of Living Dangerously, The (1982)

“We’ll make a great team, old man: you for the words, me for the pictures. I can be your eyes.” Synopsis: On the brink of a Communist rebellion in Sukarno’s Indonesia, an Australian reporter named Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) befriends an idealistic dwarf photographer (Linda Hunt) who helps him get interviews with key political players; […]

Mary Poppins (1964)

“I shall stay until the wind changes…” Synopsis: A “practically perfect” nanny (Julie Andrews) with magical powers descends on the home of the Banks family, where a no-nonsense father (David Tomlinson) and suffragette mother (Glynis Johns) fail to spend enough time with their children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). Genres: Catalysts Elsa Lanchester Films Fantasy […]

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952)

“To a pretty woman like you, Sevillinois must become pretty dull.” Synopsis: A city-loving bride (Jean Peters) is distressed when her husband (David Wayne) opens a barber shop in a small town, rather than taking her to Chicago as promised. Genres: Flashback Films Historical Drama Jean Peters Films Literature Adaptation Small Town America Widows and […]

Mike’s Murder (1984)

“You want to know everything? Well, believe me, you don’t.” Synopsis: A bank teller (Debra Winger) investigates the murder of her lover (Mark Keyloun), a tennis coach turned petty drug dealer. Genres: Amateur Sleuths Debra Winger Films Drug Dealers James Bridges Films Murder Mystery Review: Writer/director James Bridges originally intended for Mike’s Murder to unfold […]