Pink Flamingos (1972)

“I love you even more than my own filthiness!” Synopsis: When a murderous rivalry ensues between the Filthiest Human in the World (Divine) and her competitors (David Lochary and Mink Stole), no action is too low or disgusting to enter the fray. Babs (Divine), her companion Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce), and her son Crackers (Danny […]

They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

“From now on, you’ve got to be afraid!” Synopsis: A prizewinning boxer (John Garfield) whose shady manager (Robert Gleckler) accidentally kills a snoopy reporter (John Ridgely) and is then killed in a fiery car crash while making off with Garfield’s girlfriend (Ann Sheridan) is falsely accused of murder and presumed dead. Garfield goes undercover and […]

Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

“I’ve promised him that we’re going to put this show on!” Synopsis: A hypochondriac millionaire (Victor Moore) whose business managers (Osgood Perkins and Charles D. Brown) have gambled away his savings convince him to purchase an insurance policy — secretly hoping he will die soon so they can cash in — from an agent (Dick […]

Multiple Maniacs (1970)

“I’m a maniac that cannot be cured!” Synopsis: The narcissistic, murderous owner (Divine) of a “Cavalcade of Perversions” travelling show becomes enraged when she learns from a gossipy barista (Edith Massey) that her lover (David Lochary) has a mistress (Mary Vivian Pearce). With assistance from her new lesbian lover (Mink Stole), she plots revenge and […]

Mondo Trasho (1969)

“It isn’t easy being Divine!” Synopsis: While ogling a naked hitchhiker, a beefy transvestite (Divine) accidentally runs over a young woman (Mary Vivian Pearce) who was recently accosted by a foot fetishist in the park. After Divine envisions the Virgin Mary (Margie Skidmore), she and Pearce are kidnapped and taken to a lunatic asylum, where […]

Between the Lines (1977)

“We’re still about telling the truth. We’re still about something big here — and not many people can say that now.” Synopsis: The staff of an independent newspaper — including a reporter (John Heard), a photographer (Lindsay Crouse), a rock music critic (Jeff Goldblum), and a secretary (Jill Eikenberry) — mourn the changing of times […]

Kansas City Bomber (1972)

“We’re all used — you, me, anybody on two legs. That’s what it’s all about. That’s your American pie for you.” Synopsis: A single mother (Raquel Welch) working on the Roller Derby circuit while her two kids (Jodie Foster and Stephen Manley) live with her mom (Martine Bartlett) is transferred by a new team owner […]

Dynamite Chicken (1971)

“What is obscene?” Synopsis: Richard Pryor appears intermittently in this collage of skits, spoofs, and commentary on countercultural topics, including war, sex, feminism, patriotism, politics, and obscenity. Genres: Counterculture Experimental Films Richard Pryor Films Satires and Spoofs Review: It’s difficult to know what to make of — or say about — this experimental pastiche of […]

Valley Girl (1983)

“Nobody’s going to tell me who I can score with!” Synopsis: A popular “valley girl” (Deborah Foreman) breaks up with her boring boyfriend (Michael Bowen) and begins dating a guy (Nicolas Guy) from across town — but soon her friends peer-pressure her into rethinking her romantic choices. Genres: Cross-Class Romance Nicolas Cage Films Teenagers Review: […]

Fire Over England (1937)

“I have seen blacker fears turn to hopes. Hope on, until you know there is none.” Synopsis: A loyal supporter (Laurence Olivier) of Queen Elizabeth I (Flora Robson) — happily engaged to one of her ladies-in-waiting (Vivien Leigh) — agrees to replace a killed agent (James Mason) as a spy in the courts of King […]