1940s, 3.5/4, Howard Hawks, Review, Thriller

To Have and Have Not

#12 in my ranking of Howard Hawks' filmography. Is this a remake of Casablanca? No, but it sure does share a whole lot with Michael Curtiz's film.  Humphrey Bogart is a cynical American in Vichy occupied territory who has to eventually take a side in the fight all around him through an unassuming French underground… Continue reading To Have and Have Not

1960s, 4/4, John Frankenheimer, Review, Thriller

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

It's still kind of shocking to me how well made this is almost sixty years after its release. John Frankenheimer really found ways to push his camera into odd angles film scenes in disconcerting ways to increase tension and anxiety all while translating a story that's compelling and populating it with great characters. It's rightfully… Continue reading The Manchurian Candidate (1962)