The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate first published (in a slightly different version) by Movie Gazette, 11 December, 2004  John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962), based on Richard Condon’s 1959 novel of the same name, was a bleak, hallucinatory conspiracy thriller about a soldier who returns a decorated hero from the Korean War, but has in fact been…

Don't Look Up

Don’t Look Up (2021)

Don’t Look Up first published by Sight and Sound When Michigan family man and astronomy professor Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) first realises what is coming, he spends the night checking and rechecking the calculations, and is quick, the following day, to call the White House with the bad news. Mindy’s urgency matches the speed of…

Adaptation

Adaptation. (2002)

Adaptation. first published by Daily Info At one point in Adaptation., orchid hunter John Laroche (Chris Cooper) explains to New York Times journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) how each type of orchid has a symbiotic relationship with its own specially adapted insect – its ‘double’ or ‘soulmate’. “Neither”, says Laroche, “will ever know the significance of…

Deer

The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Deer Hunter first published by Film4 Synopsis: Opening with a wedding and ending with a funeral, Michael Cimino’s Vietnam odyssey takes three Pennsylvania steelworkers to hell and back. Review: It takes a true visionary to see exactly how the times are a-changing. In the latter half of the 1970s, with only Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) to his…