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O.G. Series: The Manchurian Candidate Unleashes a Fearless Angela Lansbury

Few films evoke the spooky paranoid atmosphere of the Cold War more than John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962). So many elements work together, from the quiet unfolding, black&white stark composition of scenes to the sweaty hothouse garden party dream sequences. But it could just be the presence of one of the all-time great villains hiding in plain sight that gives this film its lasting visceral gut punch. Imagine this, at the height of the Cold War and not too long after the McCarthy era’s Red Scare and the Korean War, The Manchurian Candidate is released to the world, placing a silver-screen mirror up to American society. The reflection ain’t pretty. The villains in this Cold War fever dream are not out there, not in Russia, and not the Orientalized Other. No, the villain is in in your own government; it’s in your platoon; it might even be in your own family. The enemy is as American as apple pie. Angela Lansbury, an accomplished artist with a career spanning decades and is included in the …

Latest Binge Watch: The Wire

So I’ve figured out that I’m a serious binge viewer. I’ve also discovered I’ve got some serious gaps in my TV viewing knowledge. (Breaking Bad, anyone?) One such ‘gap’ I’ve recently filled is HBO’s The Wire. I know, I know; watching The Wire verges on something akin to old news. It’s kind of like the Battlestar Galactica reboot. It took me a couple – okay, maybe more than a couple – of years to find the boarding ramp to the show’s cultural bandwagon. But, hey, I did find it. And it was an amazing ride! Same logic applies to The Wire. I can offer the caveat/explanation that I didn’t have HBO. I have a thing about paying for pay channels. That’s just me. So, The Wire. THE WIRE!! I understand why I’ve heard from so many corners, at so many intervals, over so many years that The Wire is bad ass and simply has to be watched. Now, having completed all five (FIVE?!?!) seasons, I will say the same to you. Go binge it. Now. …