Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
Dir: John Frankenheimer
"Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?" Former POW Frank Sinatra tries to connect the dots when decorated comrade Laurence Harvey starts acting strangely, only to have a nightmarish labyrinth unravel in his lap. Korean War brainwashing, Harvey’s rich control-freak mother (Angela Lansbury), her right-wing candidate hubby (James Gregory in a savage parody of Senator Joseph McCarthy) and an assassination plot mesh in John Frankenheimer's masterfully woozy adaptation of Richard Condon’s satirical thriller. With Janet Leigh.
With the advent of World War II looming, action reporter Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) is assigned the job of European correspondent for his New York newspaper and told to track down the secret treaty made by two unnamed European countries and a famous diplomat, Mr. Van Meer. Of course this assignment proves more treacherous than Johnny bargained for, and a deadly, positively Hitchcockian game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Look for the now-famous umbrella sequence, tracking a killer’s getaway, and the eerily cinematic windmill scene. With Laraine Day and George Sanders.
Dir: David Grieco
It is 1984 in Kiev, and communist professor Andrej Romanovic Evilenko (Malcolm McDowell) is dismissed from his teaching position after charges of pedophilic behavior toward one of his students. Thus begins the harrowing real-life tale of a serial killer who terrorized Russia, raping, killing and cannibalizing women and children, with magistrate and family man Vadim Timurouvic Lesiev (Marton Csokas) assigned to catch the psychopath before more civilians fall prey to his depravities.