10th Victim, The (1965)

“A study of history confirms the validity of the Big Hunt theory: it is mankind’s safety valve.” Synopsis: In a futuristic society which allows individuals to join a human hunting game, a woman (Ursula Andress) stalks her tenth victim (Marcello Mastroianni) with the intention of killing him live on television. Genres: Cat-and-Mouse Dystopia Hunting Italian […]

Sea Hawk, The (1940)

“By now you know the purpose of the Sea Hawks: in our own way to serve England and the Queen.” Synopsis: A privateer (Errol Flynn) and his men in Elizabethan England are captured by Spaniards, and must find a way to escape the galleys in time to warn Queen Elizabeth I (Flora Robson) about the […]

Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

“The International House of Pancakes is the one consistent thing in my life.” Synopsis: A motley group of individuals — including two petty bank robbers (George Dzundza and Joe Grifasi), a busty blonde (Beverly D’Angelo), an aspiring children’s book author (Beau Bridges), a pair of nuns (Geraldine Page and Deborah Rush), a middle-class family (Teri […]

Road to Singapore (1940)

“That’s our agreement — no women, remember?” Synopsis: A pair of friends (Bing Crosby and Bob Hope) escaping marital obligations flee to Singapore, where they meet and both fall in love with a beautiful dancer (Dorothy Lamour). Genres: Bing Crosby Films Bob Hope Films Charles Coburn Films Comedy Dorothy Lamour Films Love Triangle Musicals Rivalry […]

North Dallas Forty (1979)

“You had better learn how to play the game — and I don’t mean just the game of football.” Synopsis: An aging football player (Nick Nolte) pumps up his body with painkillers in order to survive in the game. Genres: Football Has-Beens Nick Nolte Films Sports Response to Peary’s Review: Peary is clearly an enormous […]

Private Life of Henry VIII, The (1933)

“Am I a king or a breeding bull?” Synopsis: After ordering the execution of his second wife (Merle Oberon), King Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) marries a series of women in succession — Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie), Anne of Cleves (Elsa Lanchester), Katherine Howard (Binnie Barnes), and Katherine Parr (Everley Gregg). Genres: Biopics Charles Laughton Films […]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

“Magic Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” Synopsis: A beautiful young princess named Snow White (Adriana Caselotti) escapes the clutches of her evil stepmother (Lucille La Verne) by joining a household of dwarfs in the forest — but her stepmother will not rest until Snow White ceases to exist. Genres: […]

Nothing Sacred (1937)

“You’ll be a sensation. The whole town’ll take you to its heart.” Synopsis: A journalist (Fredric March) exploits the story of a small-town woman (Carole Lombard) supposedly dying of radium poisoning, who hides her healthy status in order to enjoy her new-found fame in New York. Genres: Carole Lombard Films Fredric March Films Journalists Media […]

Slap Shot (1977)

“We all know how to play hockey — just play it smart!” Synopsis: The coach (Paul Newman) of a failing New England hockey team encourages his players to employ violent tactics in an effort to revive attendance at games. Genres: Comedy Paul Newman Films Sports Response to Peary’s Review: Peary’s review of this cult hockey […]

My Favorite Wife (1940)

“Make up your mind, old man: you’re not allowed to have two wives, you know!” Synopsis: A man (Cary Grant) whose shipwrecked wife (Irene Dunne) is presumed dead finds his second marriage (to Gail Patrick) disrupted by the sudden reappearance of Dunne — and the man (Randolph Scott) she spent the past seven years on […]