By Janet Maslin Jan. As the lacerating essays in this uneven but icily hilarious collection make clear, he is far better suited to stomping on Tokyo. No surprises here: Mr. Mamet abhors crass producers, meaningless spectacles, focus groups, ambitious studio drones and specious screenwriting. It lists murder and adultery. I add this film.
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By Janet Maslin Jan. As the lacerating essays in this uneven but icily hilarious collection make clear, he is far better suited to stomping on Tokyo. No surprises here: Mr. Mamet abhors crass producers, meaningless spectacles, focus groups, ambitious studio drones and specious screenwriting.
It lists murder and adultery. I add this film. And the book repeats itself on certain points, like Mr. Mamet writes with insight, idiosyncrasy and a Godzillian imperviousness to opposition. Mamet describes the process from the ground up, with a keen eye for evidence of the absurd. Image David MametCredit Brigitte Lacombe Mr. Mamet skewers the kind of person destined to succeed in this corporate culture. And a figure skewered by him winds up sounding as tough and treacherous as someone from a Mamet play.
Mamet for career advice, they will delight those who share his cynicism. Is there a worthwhile message to be found within the big, vacuous blockbuster? You must be somebody. By recognizing the vital difference between stimulation and drama, for one thing. What would happen, he asks, to an architect who was similarly accommodating?
Thank you. Now would you mind moving the skylight? But most of this sharp, savvy book is amusing and reassuring. And refuses to play by the rules.
Voodooktilar The films that Mamet references are mainly American and British classics. Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? Faced, as they often are, with intransigence, malfeasance, bad manners, and just plain stupidity on the part of the above-the-line, they react with impassivity. Mar 28, Todd rated it it was ok Shelves: Godzilla ] is funny and angry and intemperate and passionate enough to tell the truth about movies. It was written by Jim Thompson, one godzills the greatest noir writers, alongside James M. To the uneducated Mamet reader. The author ogdzilla his subject.
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His family was Jewish. His paternal grandparents were from Poland. He also worked as an actor, editor for Oui magazine and as a cab-driver. I got what little educational foundation I got in the third-floor reading room, under the tutelage of a Coca-Cola sign". In , Mamet released an online class for writers entitled David Mamet teaches dramatic writing.