Adam’s Rib (1949)

“Lawyers should never marry other lawyers; this is called in-breeding.” Synopsis: A lawyer (Katharine Hepburn) defending a woman (Judy Holliday) who shot her faithless husband (Tom Ewell) and his lover (Jean Hagen) finds her marriage strained when her husband (Spencer Tracy) is assigned as prosecutor in the case. Genres: Battle-of-the-Sexes Courtroom Drama Feminism and Women’s […]

Blonde Bombshell / Bombshell (1933)

“Deep down in every girl’s heart there’s the desire for the rite of real womanhood.” Synopsis: Fed up with her mooching brother (Ted Healy), tippling father (Frank Morgan), overbearing publicist (Lee Tracy), and demanding director (Pat O’Brien), a sexy movie star (Jean Harlow) makes various attempts to escape from her hectic Hollywood lifestyle. Genres: Actors […]

Woman Rebels, A (1936)

“Even though I’m a woman, I have brains — I intend to use them.” Synopsis: A defiant young woman (Katharine Hepburn) in Victorian England rebels against her autocratic father (Donald Crisp) by having an affair with a man (Van Heflin) she soon learns is already married. When her newly married sister (Elizabeth Allan) dies shortly […]

Chilly Scenes of Winter (1982)

“You have this exalted view of me, and I hate it.” Synopsis: An unhappy man (John Heard) with a mentally ill mother (Gloria Grahame) and a deadbeat roommate (Peter Riegert) reminisces obsessively about the love of his life (Mary Beth Hurt), who has left him to return to her A-frame selling husband (Mark Metcalf). Genres: […]

Muppet Movie, The (1979)

“All I can see is a million frogs on tiny crutches.” Synopsis: A talent agent (Dom DeLuise) convinces Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) to leave his Mississippi home and pursue a career in Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit encounters a host of Muppet friends eager to join him on his trip, and tries to evade […]

Five Came Back (1939)

“Chance is too tricky — the wrong people might win; we’ve got to be logical.” Synopsis: When a motley group of airplane passengers — including an elderly botanist (C. Aubrey Smith) and his wife (Elisabeth Risdon); a millionaire (Patric Knowles) eloping with his fiancee (Wendy Barrie); a condemned anarchist (Joseph Calleia) and his keeper (John […]

Turtle Diary (1985)

“Nobody’s interested in turtles — except the keeper, me… and you.” Synopsis: An author (Glenda Jackson) and a bookstore clerk (Ben Kingsley) conspire with a zookeeper (Michael Gambon) to steal caged sea turtles at the zoo and free them into the ocean. Genres: Ben Kingsley Films Do Gooders Glenda Jackson Films Misfits Review: The synopsis […]

Melanie (1982)

“You are not fit to raise a son in this world.” Synopsis: When her husband (Don Johnson) takes off with their son (Jamie Dick), an illiterate southern woman (Glynnis O’Connor) follows them to California, where she befriends a troubled musician (Burton Cummings) and begins to build a new life for herself, while attempting to regain […]

Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The (1962)

“I heard this little story… And while it was fresh in my mind, I thought I’d borrow it, for just a few minutes.” Synopsis: Jacob Grimm (Karlheinz Bohm) ekes out a living as a writer-for-hire in 19th century Germany while his less practical brother Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) prefers to find and record local folk tales […]

Old Enough (1984)

“If God made me perfect, I might as well show it — you know what I mean?” Synopsis: A wealthy pre-teen (Sarah Boyd) and a sexy working class teen (Rainbow Harvest) form a tentative cross-class friendship in New York City. Genres: Class Relations Coming of Age Friendship Review: Written and directed by Marisa Silver (daughter […]