Riders of the Purple Sage (1925)

“Wherever you go, I’m going with you.” Synopsis: A Texas ranger (Tom Mix) searches for his sister (Beatrice Burnham) and niece (Seessel Anne Johnson), who have been kidnapped by a ruthless lawyer (Warner Oland). Genres: Kidnapping Literature Adaptation Search Silent Films Westerns Review: According to Wikipedia, Riders of the Purple Sage (published in 1912) is […]

Time Bandits (1981)

“To be quite frank, Kevin, the fabric of the universe is far from perfect.” Synopsis: A group of six greedy dwarves (David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jack Purvis, Mike Edmonds, Malcolm Dixon, and Tiny Ross) steal a map of time holes from their leader, the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), and take a young boy (Craig Warnock) […]

Marnie (1964)

“I’m sick?! Well, take a look at yourself!” Synopsis: A kleptomaniac (Tippi Hedren) with a troubled past is blackmailed into marrying her new boss (Sean Connery), who is intrigued by her problems and wants to help her recover. Genres: Hitchcock Films Marital Problems Mistaken or Hidden Identities Sean Connery Films Sexual Repression Thieves and Criminals […]

Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

“I’ve heard about you, Gifford. First you go get yourself a silver star, then you get busted to private. Oh, it’s a rough war, ain’t it?” Synopsis: A spoiled Southerner (Robert Wagner) serving under a sadistic commander (Broderick Crawford) experiences a fundamental attitude shift. Genres: Broderick Crawford Films Character Arc Flashback Films Robert Wagner Films […]

Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1934)

“Tell her they may soon be leaving us — leaving us for a long, long journey.” Synopsis: A man (Leslie Banks) vacationing in Switzerland with his wife (Edna Best) and teenage daughter (Nova Pilbeam) becomes privy to knowledge about an assassination plot, and must rescue his kidnapped daughter from the clutches of the plot’s ringleader […]

Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)

“Don’t you realize that Americans dislike having their children stolen?” Synopsis: An American doctor (Jimmy Stewart) traveling in Morocco with his wife (Doris Day) and son (Christopher Olsen) becomes unwittingly embroiled in an assassination plot, and must find a way to rescue his kidnapped son while preventing the assassination from taking place. Genres: Assassination Doris […]

Parallax View, The (1974)

“There is no evidence of a conspiracy.” Synopsis: While investigating a string of deaths associated with the murder of a politician (William Joyce), a journalist (Warren Beatty) learns about the mysterious Parallax Corporation, which trains assassins. Genres: Assassination Hume Cronyn Films Journalists Paula Prentiss Films Political Conspiracy Warren Beatty Films Response to Peary’s Review: Peary’s […]

Ecstasy (1933)

“My marriage was a mistake.” Synopsis: A sexually neglected newlywed (Hedy Lamarr) finds love and passion in the arms of a handsome young foreman (Aribert Mog). Genres: Eastern European Films Hedy Lamarr Films Marital Problems Sexual Liberation Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this “once banned picture” — refused importation into the United States […]

Buddies (1985)

“AIDS is not a gay disease — it hurts everybody.” Synopsis: A young gay man (David Schachter) in New York City volunteers as a hospice “buddy” for a man (Geoff Edholm) dying of AIDS. Genres: Death and Dying Homosexuality Review: Gay filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987, two years after […]

Massacre (1934)

“You used to shoot the Indian down. Now you cheat him and starve him and kill him off by dirt and disease. It’s a massacre, any way you take it!” Synopsis: An Indian rodeo-star (Richard Barthelmess) returns for a visit to his native Sioux reservation, where he discovers that a corrupt federal agent (Dudley Digges) […]