Red Sky at Morning (1971)

“Red sky at morning, sailors take warning…” Synopsis: During World War Two, a young teenager (Richard Thomas) whose father (Richard Crenna) has enlisted in the Navy cares for his unstable mother (Claire Bloom) and experiences first love in the desert town of Sagrado, Arizona. Genres: Claire Bloom Films Coming-of-Age Mental Breakdown Literature Adaptation World War […]

Somewhere in Time (1980)

“Come back to me…” Synopsis: Upon seeing a portrait of a beautiful actress (Jane Seymour) from the turn of the century, a playwright (Christopher Reeve) wills himself back in time to romance her. Genres: Actors and Actresses Christopher Plummer Films Christopher Reeve Films Fantasy Literature Adaptation Romance Star-Crossed Lovers Teresa Wright Films Time Travel Response […]

Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)

“I’m just a little rag doll with a candy heart…” Synopsis: When Raggedy Ann (Didi Conn) and her brother Andy (Mark Baker) set forth from their playroom in search of a French doll (Niki Flacks) kidnapped by a pirate (George S. Irving), they encounter a series of malcontented creatures — including a homesick camel (Fred […]

Brainstorm (1983)

“Don’t take my project. This is MY project!” Synopsis: Two idealistic scientists (Louise Fletcher and Christopher Walken) who have created a headpiece allowing users to experience someone else’s reality must fight to maintain the integrity of their invention when their boss (Cliff Robertson) sells their work to the military. Genres: Christopher Walken Films Cliff Robertson […]

Two of Us, The (1967)

“Who could I talk to without you? Who could I confide in?” Synopsis: During World War II, a young Jewish boy (Alain Cohen) is sent by his concerned parents (Charles Denner and Zorica Lozic) to live undercover as a Catholic in the countryside with a kind but anti-semitic old man (Michel Simon) and his wife […]

Raggedy Man (1981)

“I can’t quit this job; I’m frozen here.” Synopsis: During World War II, the divorced mother (Sissy Spacek) of two young boys (Henry Thomas and Carey Hollis, Jr.) takes up with a sailor (Eric Roberts), which arouses the envy of two local hoodlums (William Sanderson and Tracey Walter). Genres: Romance Single Mothers Sissy Spacek Films […]

Annie (1982)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “Why any kid would want to be an orphan is beyond me…” [Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] Synopsis: During the Great Depression, a plucky orphan named Annie (Aileen […]

Haunted Palace, The (1963)

“I’ll not have my fill of revenge until this village is a graveyard!” Synopsis: In the late 1700s, warlock Joseph Curwen (Vincent Price) is burned at the stake by the villagers of Arkham, and vows revenge. More than 100 years later, his great-grandson (also Price) arrives in Arkham with his new wife (Debra Paget), and […]

Treasure Island (1950)

“Them that die’ll be the lucky ones!” Synopsis: In 18th century England, a young boy (Bobby Driscoll) is given a treasure map and sets sail on a ship with a mutinous crew, led by the one-legged pirate Long John Silver (Robert Newton). Genres: At Sea Coming-of-Age Gold Seekers Literature Adaptation Pirates Robert Newton Films Review: […]

What’s the Matter With Helen? (1971)

“Helen, you do act like a killjoy sometimes.” Synopsis: When the mothers (Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters) of two convicted murderers receive threatening phone calls, they flee to Hollywood, where they establish a song-and-dance studio for aspiring kid stars. Reynolds finds happiness by dating a wealthy admirer (Dennis Weaver), but Winters’ increasingly unstable mental state […]