Taxi Driver (1976)

“Some day a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets.” Synopsis: An alienated veteran (Robert De Niro) working as a nighttime cabbie in New York plots to assassinate a political candidate (Leonard Harris) while becoming increasingly obsessed with “rescuing” a 12-year-old prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her pimp (Harvey Keitel). Genres: […]

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

“The simplest tasks are by no means the easiest.” Synopsis: A sickly young priest (Claude Laydu) in the French countryside struggles to bond with his suspicious parishioners. Genres: Character Studies Downward Spiral French Films Literature Adaptation Priests and Ministers Robert Bresson Films Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this “award-winning film” by writer/director Robert […]

Argent, L’ (1983)

“Oh, money, visible god — what we wouldn’t do for you.” Synopsis: A delivery man (Christian Patey) finds his life changed forever when he’s handed several counterfeit bills by an unscrupulous photography store owner (Didier Baussy). Genres: Downward Spiral Falsely Accused French Films Robert Bresson Films Review: Based on Tolstoy’s story “The Forged Coupon”, Robert […]

Dames du Bois de Bologne, Les (1945)

“You don’t seem to realize where a woman’s scorn can lead.” Synopsis: A vengeful socialite (Maria Casares) plots to ruin her ex-lover (Paul Bernard) by scheming to have him fall in love with a penniless ex-prostitute (Elina Labourdette). Genres: French Films Love Triangle Revenge Robert Bresson Films Review: As noted so accurately in Jeff Stafford’s […]

Purple Rain (1984)

“He’s never done anything in his whole life for anybody but himself.” Synopsis: A narcissistic musician (Prince) from a troubled home romances a gorgeous wannabe starlet (Apollonia Kotero) while trying to prevent her from joining a rival singer (Morris Day). Genres: Aspiring Stars Musicians Rivalry Response to Peary’s Review: In his review of this cult […]

Grand Illusion / Grande Illusion, La (1937)

“Frontiers are an invention of men; nature doesn’t give a hoot.” Synopsis: During World War One, an aristocratic French captain (Pierre Fresnay) bonds with his German captor (Eric von Stroheim) while secretly making plans with his fellow POWs (including Jean Gabin and Marcel Darlio) to escape. Genres: Class Relations Erich von Stroheim Films Escape French […]

List of Adrian Messenger, The (1963)

“The fact remains that six deaths by accident, out of any ten names, is too high of a proportion for chance.” Synopsis: A retired British intelligence officer (George C. Scott) attempts to unravel the mystery of a man (Kirk Douglas) who has killed all eleven people on a list given to him by his murdered […]

Fat City (1972)

“You gotta wanna win so bad you can taste it.” Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck ex-boxer (Stacy Keach) encourages a talented teen (Jeff Bridges) to pursue a career in the ring, and eventually finds himself fighting again — for better or for worse. Genres: Boxing Has-Beens Jeff Bridges Films John Huston Films Stacy Keach Films Response to […]

Dante’s Inferno (1935)

“Since the beginning of time there’s only been one sin and that’s failure. People don’t care how you win, so long as you win.” Synopsis: An ambitious young man (Spencer Tracy) helps a carnival employee named Pop (Henry B. Walthall) turn his “Dante’s Inferno” show into a success; but his marriage to Pop’s daughter (Claire […]

Without Warning / It Came Without Warning (1980)

“No Chance… No Help… No Escape!” Synopsis: A pair of teens (Tarah Nutter and Christopher S. Nelson) on a camping trip fight for their lives against flying alien discs; meanwhile, an insane veteran (Martin Landau) and a determined hunter (Jack Palance) try to track down an alien (Cameron Mitchell). Genres: Aliens Horror Jack Palance Films […]