Five Easy Pieces (1970)

“I move around a lot because things tend to get bad when I stay.” Synopsis: A restless former concert pianist (Jack Nicholson) working on an oil rig takes his pregnant girlfriend (Karen Black) on a road trip to visit his ailing father (William Challee), his neurotic sister (Lois Smith), and his neck-sprained brother (Ralph Waite). […]

City Streets (1931)

“You’re lucky your boyfriend ain’t mixed up in no racket.” Synopsis: The daughter (Sylvia Sidney) of a racketeer (Guy Kibbee) goes to prison after he shoots his boss and hands her the gun. When Sidney’s sharpshooter boyfriend (Gary Cooper) gives up his dreams of a circus career to earn money working for her new boss […]

Nurse Sherri / Beyond the Living (1978)

“I’m performing a miracle – how dare you suggest fraud?” Synopsis: When a nurse (Jill Jacobson) becomes possessed by the evil spirit of a dying mystic cult leader (Bill Roy), it’s up to her fellow nurses (Marilyn Joi and Katherine Pass) to help save her. Genres: Doctors and Nurses Horror Films Possession Review: Director Al […]

Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

“Evil? How strange you are… Where I come from, nothing is evil. Everything that gives pleasure is good!” Synopsis: Lot (Stewart Granger) leads a group of nomadic Hebrews into the land of Sodom — ruled by a cruel queen (Anouk Aimee) and her brother (Stanley Baker) — and soon takes a former slave (Pier Angeli) […]

Random Harvest (1942)

“Never leave me out of your sight — never again. My life began with you. I can’t imagine the future without you.” Synopsis: A shell-shocked, amnesiac WWI veteran (Ronald Colman) escapes from his asylum and is taken under the wing of a compassionate dance hall singer (Greer Garson), who he eventually marries. After a tragic […]

Bite the Bullet (1975)

“Racin’ for money ain’t sport — it’s war!” Synopsis: At the turn of the 20th century, a motley assortment of contestants — including include two former Rough Riders (Gene Hackman and James Coburn), a spunky prostitute (Candice Bergen), a hot-headed kid (Jan-Michael Vincent), an ailing cowboy (Ben Johnson), a sporting Englishman (Ian Bannen), and a […]

Marlene (1984)

“I was an actress, I made my films — that’s it!” Synopsis: 81-year-old Marlene Dietrich shares memories from her past with former co-star Maximilian Schell, while refusing to be photographed. Genres: Documentary Marlene Dietrich Films Maximilian Schell Films Review: Classic movie buffs will surely delight in this most unusual interview between Maximilian Schell and octogenerian […]

Fear Strikes Out (1957)

“You want them to call you yellow? If that’s what you want, you’re no son of mine.” Synopsis: Promising baseball player Jim Piersall (Anthony Perkins) is mentored by his ambitious and hard-driving father (Karl Malden) until he makes it to the Red Sox — but despite the love and concern of his new wife (Norma […]

City for Conquest (1940)

“Call it applause, call it ambition, call it whatever you’d like — but it’d take a lot more than a man to come between you two.” Synopsis: An aspiring dancer (Ann Sheridan) chooses a performing career over marriage with a truck driver (James Cagney) whose decision to fight for a boxing title leaves him with […]

Police Academy (1984)

“Four of you have already quit — and that’s just the beginning.” Synopsis: When a mayor announces her city will be accepting police candidates of all types, a group of misfits — including a troublemaker (Steve Guttenberg), a one-man noise-making machine (Michael Winslow), an attractive socialite (Kim Cattral), a former florist (Bubba Smith), and a […]