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wTuesday, August 03, 2004

MINORITY REPORT: Haven't done anything close to a comprehensive sample but I think I must be the first reviewer to think that Meryl Streep was better than Angela Lansbury in the soon-to-DVD remake of The Manchurian Candidate. No, this movie wasn't near as good as the original, but Streep was more driven, more bloody-minded, more perverse, and more convincing. She was everything that's wrong with the modern female politician wrapped in one volatile package. From my Spectator cover today:

Last time the fair sex got a fairer shake. As Raymond Shaw's mother, Angela Lansbury's may have been a cunning, diabolical operator, but the other women in the film made the audience understand that she was the exception. Then: When Raymond was made to kill his new wife, it was a truly disturbing scene. Now: When he drowns his childhood sweetheart, it barely registers. Women are simply not a force for good, and Meryl Streep's turn as the modern assertive female politician is truly something to behold. To cast it in familiar terms, if she were Eve shopping an apple around, I know very few men who would have the fortitude to refuse to bite down.

And, if I can swing it, here's the cover:

posted by Jeremy at 1:30 AM