Glengarry Glen Ross
Really looking forward to hearing this podcast. Not sure who commissioned it, but thank you for saving me the money.
Should be a bit of a change-up after the last three. Though similar to Pontypool, 80% of it takes place in the same location. This was a play first, and that's pretty obvious. Unlike some plays brought to film though, it's well shot and has great atmosphere. I think the jazz score really helps with the mood.
The acting is phenomenal. I hate to say this about a movie that's such a sausage-fest, but it's the most well-acted movie I've seen. Not counting 30 Rock, I think this is the best role of Alec Baldwin's career, even though he's only in it for 5 minutes or so. Jack Lemmon's part is a standout - he's pathetic and conniving, but you feel for him. He said in the DVD extras it was the best cast he'd ever worked with. Kevin Spacey is was pretty much an unknown when this came out, and he's good. It's just perfectly cast, top to bottom. Jim and ARon have knocked Pacino's other work from around this time- probably with some justification, but he's great in this.
Also from that Lemmon intereview - he talks about Mamet, and his writing style. He talks about how all the "um"s, "ah"s, and "mmms" are scripted. If you ever read a Mamet play, you can see that's true.
I think if you choose, you can also pull out some commentary on capitalism and competition. How we judge people and success based on money and the ability to obtain it, whether or not that was done honorably. I get the feeling Trump's rationalizations for his behavior would make perfect sense to these guys. Aside from that though, it's just fun to watch these guys go at each other.
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