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Monday, January 29, 2007

Mamet-speak

It's no secret, I love David Mamet. So until my next post, here's some Mamet to chew on. It comes from a NYTimes review of a collection of his essays, where he spends much of his time evascerating modern movie making and the practices that keep it chugging along that downward spiral. Here's a pulled-quote from the review:

Is there a worthwhile message to be found within the big, vacuous [movie] blockbuster? Yes: “You are a member of a country, a part of a system capable of wasting two hundred million dollars on an hour and a half of garbage. You must be somebody.” He finds this brand of wastefulness equally conspicuous in current moviemaking and military strategy.


This is what makes Mamet so great. I mean, at the end of the day, that's all that "Pirates 2: Dead Man's Chest" boils down to. And all the other films like it. So do youself a favor, go throw "The Spanish Prisoner" or "Glengary Glen Ross" on your Netflix queue and relish good movie making.

3 comments:

stephanie said...

Are you kidding, I loved Pirates 2. Now before you get your panties in a twist, I was joking. I thought the movie was horrendous! Can we still be friends?

TheRobRogers said...

We'll always be friends, Steph. Always.

Thom G. said...

Here's to my hope that "Little Miss Sunshine" wins the Oscar.

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