Posts Tagged ‘David Mamet’

The Edge

“Behold, the mighty hunter.” Lee Tamahori’s first foray in Hollywood, ‘Mulholland Falls,’ didn’t fare all that well. Luckily, his follow-up with 1997’s ‘The Edge’ made money and allowed him to keep working in the business. (Though if you look at his foray in the Bond franchise, ‘Die Another Day,’ maybe it’s not so lucky after…

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Glengarry Glen Ross

“The good news is you’re fired.” David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 with his play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The play really exemplified Mamet-speak and its transition to film retained that, despite the fact that it took eight years to make it to the silver screen. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson…

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The Untouchables

“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone!” Brian De Palma was coming off a couple of box office disappointments when he signed on to bring David Mamet’s script…

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The Verdict

“So much of the time, we’re just lost.” David Mamet wrote screenplays for several years before he jumped into the director’s seat, and while some of them still distinctly sound like Mamet’s writing, others really don’t. The ‘Mamet Speak’ isn’t there, or perhaps it’s just less obvious. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson…

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Redbelt

“There is no situation you cannot escape from. You know the escape.” David Mamet’s always one to put cons in his films, even when the film is a fight film taking place in the world of mixed martial arts. His 2008 film, “Redbelt,” feels like a mash-up of genres — a con film, a fight…

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The Spanish Prisoner

“One thing my father taught me about business: always do business as if the person you’re doing business with is trying to screw you, because most likely they are. And if they’re not, you can be pleasantly surprised.” David Mamet has made a name for himself as a playwright, as a screenwriter, as an author,…

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