28. The Parallax View (B-)
The film was made in the 1970s (my favorite decade for American cinema), is a political thriller (a genre I always enjoy), and has two major set pieces that are set (and were filmed!) in my home state of Washington. I should like it a lot more than I do. To be sure, it's a decent film--even a good one--but it's never great. Despite good cinematography, a nice leading performance by Warren Beatty, it all rings a little empty. What is the Parallax Corporation? For what reasons are the two candidates in the film assassinated? Is anything Beatty learns before the end (what little he does learn) true? Ultimately, there are no answers to these questions. All we know for sure is that Beatty's journalist has fallen for the same trap that afflicts the "lone gunmen" in the film's opening.