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, August 29 2013
In John Frankenheimer’s chilly, satirical, noir thriller, the American Dream of starting over is dealt a killing blow.
Tuesday, March 6 2012
Ok, it's not as bad as that heading, but Reindeer Games marks the start of a long stretch of poor films Ben Affleck would rather forget.
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, 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.
Sunday, July 11 2004
The Manchurian Candidate throws into horrific relief a chaotic sense of U.S. national identity.
Sunday, July 24 2011
In the hands of one of the genre's true masters - John Frankenheimer - Richard Condon's novel becomes a blueprint for any nation's rocky internal relationships.