Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Who Played It Best? Major Bennett Marco

One thing I never lived through which was significant to our nations history was the red scare. I first learned about the Cold War when I was in fifth grade, and before that moment, I had no idea that it was a war that was never officially fought. I just assumed all wars meant people died, so I was instantly fascinated by a war that was more of a competition of influence, but what could erupt into casualties at a moments notice. Hollywood being the art medium that it is, cashed out on the idea of the red scare. There were people in our very own country during this time who were trying to undermine the fabric of what makes our country unique. The way "The Manchurian Candidate" makes seem so real and so dangerous, made the movie craw under my skin, and since I saw it in high school, it has a been a big part of my life. While the 2004 version of the story is drastically different compared to the 1962 counterpart, but it felt significant and I think they picked a good actor for the lead role, the question is, who played it best?
My Two Cents
I don't know why I decided to do this one at all, because right now I feel like crying. On one end, Denzel Washington is one of the artists that has most shaped my experience watching movies. I think he is one of the greatest actors who has ever lived, plain and simple. He has also been very influential for me as a film goer. So yeah, I could turn this whole thing on complete bias. At the same time, Frank Sinatra never done anything like this. When you watch all of the movies in Sinatra's catalogue, he is a smooth operator, a good guy, a boy scout. To a degree, that is all true of his portrayal, but I never knew Sinatra could be such a badass. He isn't afraid to get his hands dirty here, he isn't afraid to make the hard decisions here. This was a once-in-a-lifetime role for Sinatra, so you can get a good grasp to why I am so conflicted. I don't know who to give the edge to.
So you are all on your own this week, who did it better? The votes will speak for themselves. You can comment on the comment section below or drop me an email anytime until next Wednesday (
Last week, I delved into the world of science fiction. Douglas Quaid is the main character who has appeared in both versions of "Total Recall." Last week an Irishman went head-to-head with the former governor of California. Who won the battle?
And with that, I am pretty sure that Arnold has gone two-for-two on this column. Unexpected!

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