Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

“I ate garbage for dinner last night, Barbara — and I liked it!” Synopsis: A suicidal homeless man (Nick Nolte) befriends a wealthy hanger manufacturer (Richard Dreyfuss) and eventually becomes a part of his Beverly Hills household — which consists of his neurotic wife (Bette Midler), his cross-dressing son (Evan Richards), his eating-challenged daughter (Tracy […]

Cocoon (1985)

“Men should be explorers, no matter how old they are.” Synopsis: A man (Brian Dennehy) and his companions (including Tahnee Welch and Tyrone Power Jr.) charter a boat run by a down-on-his luck captain (Steve Guttenberg), intending to rescue alien-filled cocoons from the ocean floor and nurture them in the pool of a mansion near […]

Gates of Heaven (1978)

“There’s your dog; your dog’s dead. But where’s the thing that made it move? It had to be something, didn’t it?” Synopsis: Pet cemetery owners in California discuss their motivations and business protocols. Genres: Death and Dying Documentary Pets Response to Peary‚Äôs Review: Peary argues that this “intentionally bland” debut documentary by filmmaker Errol Morris […]