John Frankenheimer’s political thriller based on the 1959 Richard Condon novel hinges on two things – solitaire and an international communist conspiracy. The Korean War has just ended. Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) has returned home to a hero’s welcome and been awarded the Medal of Honor for his acts of bravery. But Shaw is not…… Continue reading 2017 blind spots: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is my favorite western. Westerns are my least favorite genre, so the film is pretty special to me. There’s plenty to love about it, from its gorgeous black and white cinematography to its characters and themes. But the primary reason I love it is because of…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: my love for a vicious and unrepentant criminal.