Holiday Inn (1942)

“You could melt her heart right down to butter, if you’d only turn on the heat!” Synopsis: A song-and-dance team (Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire) in love with the same woman (Virginia Dale) part ways when Crosby decides he wants to open a rural inn featuring performances only on holidays. Tensions arise when his new […]

Experience Preferred … But Not Essential (1982)

“I’m the only one I know here who doesn’t have a past.” Synopsis: A shy college student (Elizabeth Edmonds) goes to work as a waitress at a seaside resort for the summer, and meets an eclectic group of colleagues — including a cook (Ron Bain) who falls for her immediately. Genres: Coming of Age Romantic […]

Mask of Fu Manchu, The (1932)

“We’re fighting a thing we can’t understand, with everything against us.” Synopsis: An archaeologist (Lewis Stone) travels to Mongolia with the daughter (Karen Morley) of a kidnapped colleague (Lawrence Grant), hoping to rescue the contents of Genghis Khan’s tomb from the clutches of evil Fu Manchu (Boris Karloff) and his grown daughter (Myrna Loy). Genres: […]

Me and the Colonel (1958)

“Strangely enough, we’re in the same business — the business of escaping.” Synopsis: During WWII, a resourceful Jewish refugee (Danny Kaye) travels with an anti-semitic Polish officer (Curt Jurgens), the officer’s right-hand man (Akim Tamiroff), and the officer’s girlfriend (Nicole Maurey), who begins to fall in love with Kaye. Genres: Comedy Danny Kaye Films Escape […]

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

“Yeah, they’re dead. They’re all messed up.” Synopsis: A woman (Judith O’Dea) whose brother (Russell Streiner) has just been killed by zombies seeks refuge in an abandoned house with other refugees — including a determined young man (Duane Jones), a young couple (Keith Wayne and Judith Ridley), and a middle-aged man (Karl Hardman) with a […]

Au Hasard, Balthazar (1966)

“Ridicule is the one thing we must avoid at all costs.” Synopsis: A donkey named Balthazar is mistreated at the hands of multiple owners; meanwhile, a meek village girl (Anne Wiazemsky) suffers in her dysfunctional relationship with a local thug (Francois Lafarge). Genres: Downward Spiral French Films Robert Bresson Films Village Life Review: Robert Bresson’s […]

Suburbia (1983)

“We’re talking about kids — kids like yours and mine!” Synopsis: A group of runaway punk youths living in an abandoned house find their existence threatened by a vigilante citizen group called Citizens Against Crime. Genres: Juvenile Delinquents Morality Police Runaways Teenagers Review: Penelope Spheeris’s follow-up to her cult documentary about the punk scene in […]

Mark of the Vampire (1935)

“There is no more foul or relentless enemy of man in the occult world than this dead-alive creature, spewed up from the grave.” Synopsis: When her father (Holmes Herbert) is murdered, a young woman (Elizabeth Allen) relies upon an occult expert (Lionel Barrymore) and a detective (Lionel Atwill) to help solve the mystery, which may […]

Cat and the Canary, The (1939)

“That will is practically an invitation to commit murder.” Synopsis: The heir (Paulette Goddard) to an eccentric millionaire’s fortune must remain sane and survive the night in his house or risk losing her inheritance to another relative named in a secret will. Genres: Bob Hope Films Comedy Inheritance Murder Mystery Old Dark House Paulette Goddard […]

White Christmas (1954)

“Vermont should be beautiful this time of year, with all that snow.” Synopsis: A successful song-and-dance team (Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby) fall for a pair of singing sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Allen) and follow them to their next gig at a lodge in Vermont. When they discover the struggling hotel is run by their […]