Monday, March 16 2009
Watching the original with its sequel draws attention to the subtle but inarguably greater care Friedkin brought to the earlier film.
Thursday, July 17 2008
In what might be called the curse of Chekhov, the common setting is a living room, the common characters a family, and the common dynamic a stew of bitter backbiting and recrimination that ultimately gives the lie to Tolstoy, because here each unhappy family seems perfectly alike.
Thursday, February 28 2008
The rather complex ideological issues and unique sense of aesthetics that Frankenheimer infused in his films can be fully appreciated in this collection.
Tuesday, January 29 2008
Monday, July 12 2004
The Manchurian Candidate throws into horrific relief a chaotic sense of U.S. national identity.
Tuesday, October 14 2003
John Frankenheimer's 'Black Sunday' serves as something of a transition between 'New Hollywood' and the more spectacular films that came later.
Sunday, January 1 1995
The spirit of world class schlock-horror promoter William Castle was in the theater recently, during a preview screening of Pitch Black, as flashlights were given to a number of audience members.