It’s a Wonderful World (1939)

“I need you as much as I need a giraffe!” Synopsis: A falsely accused private detective (Jimmy Stewart) tries to ditch an overly helpful poetess (Claudette Colbert) he meets while on the lam. Genres: Claudette Colbert Films Detectives and Private Eyes Falsely Accused Fugitives Jimmy Stewart Films Romantic Comedy Review: When people think of Jimmy […]

First Men in the Moon (1964)

“Do you think we’ll ever see our world again?” Synopsis: An elderly Englishman (Edward Judd) reminisces about a turn-of-the-century trip he took to the moon with his fiancee (Martha Hyer) and a neighbor (Lionel Jeffries). Genres: Aliens Flashback Films Literature Adaptation Ray Harryhausen Films Science Fiction Space Exploration Review: This adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1901 […]

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

“We are dealing with a man who is dead, but whose voice and memory live — how this can be, I do not know, but its implications are far more terrible than any ghost could be.” Synopsis: A group of scientists studying the effects of nuclear testing on an island find themselves pursued by giant […]

Lifeboat (1944)

“The more we quarrel and criticize and misunderstand each other, the bigger the ocean gets, and the smaller the boat.” Synopsis: A disparate group of survivors from a torpedoed ship — including a journalist (Tallulah Bankhead), a tycoon (Henry Hull), a seaman (John Hodiak), a wounded stoker (William Bendix), a radio operator (Hume Cronyn), a […]

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

“I don’t want correspondence; I want news!” Synopsis: A crime reporter (Joel McCrea) sent to London to investigate the imminence of WWII falls for the daughter (Laraine Day) of a peacekeeper (Herbert Marshall) with a secret agenda. Genres: Edmund Gwenn Films George Sanders Films Herbert Marshall Films Hitchcock Films Joel McCrea Films Journalists Kidnapping Nazis […]

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

“”Well, well, well… Two naughty, nasty little children gone.” Synopsis: An eccentric candymaker (Gene Wilder) invites the five winners of his “golden ticket” sweepstakes — a spoiled brat (Julie Dawn Cole), an incessant gum chewer (Denise Nickerson), a T.V.-obsessed boy (Paris Themmen), an overweight German boy (Michael Bollner), and poor but hopeful Charlie Bucket (Peter […]

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

“It’s an old story with me. I was born out of time.” Synopsis: A rookie cop (Austin Stoker), a secretary (Laurie Zimmer), and two prisoners (Darwin Joston and Tony Burton) find themselves under siege at an abandoned police station. Genres: Gangs John Carpenter Films Police Prisoners Trapped Response to Peary’s Review: Peary’s not nearly as […]

Fantastic Planet (1973)

“I was just a live plaything who sometimes dared to rebel.” Synopsis: A domesticated Om named Terr escapes from his Draag captors and encourages a group of wild Oms to fight against their oppressors. Genres: Aliens Animated Features Revolutionaries Science Fiction Response to Peary’s Review: In his review of this “curious animated feature, sci-fi for […]

Beyond the Forest (1949)

“If I don’t get out of here, I’ll die. If I don’t get out of here, I HOPE I’ll die… or burn!” Synopsis: The socially ambitious wife (Bette Davis) of a country doctor (Joseph Cotten) longs to escape to Chicago to be with her wealthy lover (David Brian). Genres: Bette Davis Films Housewives Joseph Cotten […]

Heavy Metal (1981)

“Wow! 18 years of nothing and now twice in one day. What a place!” Synopsis: A glowing green ball of evil affects all those across the galaxy who come across its path. Genres: Animated Features Episodic Films Fantasy Science Fiction Review: Based on the American comic magazine of the same name, this animated sci-fi film […]