Real Life (1979)

“We want the greatest show of all: life!” Synopsis: A pushy film director (Albert Brooks) recruits an “ordinary” American family — Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, Lisa Urette, and Robert Stirrat — to open up their house to a documentary crew and two psychologists (Matthew Tobin and J.A. Preston). Genres: Directors Mockumentaries Family Problems Response […]

Olympiad, The/Olympia (1936)

“For the last time, the athletes have to fight with all their might.” Synopsis: Athletes from around the world compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, as Adolf Hitler watches from the sidelines. Genres: Documentary German Films Sports Response to Peary’s Review: Peary argues that this “two-part film of the Berlin Olympics of 1936” — “regarded […]

Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

NOTE: This re-posting of an older review is part of the My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon in celebration of National Classic Movie Day (May 16th). Click here to view the schedule listing all the great posts in this blogathon. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Synopsis: A misunderstood Kansas farmgirl (Judy Garland) […]

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

“I had a tough day.” Synopsis: A former prom queen (Kathleen Turner) married to a philandering car salesman (Nicolas Cage) collapses at her high school reunion and wakes up to find herself a teenager again, living with her parents (Don Murray and Barbara Harris) and viewing her existence from a new perspective. Genres: Coming of […]