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July 02, 2011


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Terry McCarty

I can't wait for the David Mamet/Dennis Miller conversation about how they saw the Light of the Right.

Terry McCarty

Re "the dopey final fifth of Redbelt"--I believe the climax was Mamet's homage to Buster Keaton's outside-the-ring capper to BATTLING BUTLER.


"I can't wait for the David Mamet/Dennis Miller conversation about how they saw the Light of the Right."

Frank Miller's comicbook-style transformation from libertarian Japanophile to conscription-advocating NeoCon makes it a fanatic, fearsome threesome!

Michael Adams

Rebecca Pidgeon is also a singer-songwriter with a new album about to appear. Following is the final paragraph of the news section of her site: "A success in both film and music, Pidgeon recently drew rave reviews in the much-lauded movie Red, starring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman."


I've been posting this passage far too much on the Net -- I first read it in one of Mamet's essay collections in the 80s -- but I think of it every time I hear that Mamet claims he used to be a liberal (all-caps emphasis is mine):

“When we look at our large society today we see many problems—overcrowding, the risk of nuclear annihilation, the perversion of the work ethic, the disappearance of tradition, HOMOSEXUALITY, sexually transmitted diseases, divorce, the tenuousness of the economy—and we say ‘What bad luck that they are besetting us at once.’

“Even taken individually these occurrences seem incomprehensible. Taken as a whole the contemplation of them can surely induce terror. What is happening here and why have these things, coincidentally, beset us?”

Nice one, Dave. That said, I love The Edge (and was glad to see it spoken highly of in earlier comment threads), and am a big fan of Spartan and Glengarry Glen Ross.

I just watched two hours of Christian Marclay's wonderful The Clock at LACMA this weekend (highly recommended for all SCR readers in the L.A. area), and was embarrassed while watching Anthony Hopkins hand a watch to Elle McPherson that it wasn't until the Goldsmith music kicked in that I realized it was the last scene of The Edge.

My favorite bit of Mamet dickishness was when Ronin was about to be released, and one of Mamet's reps announced that he would be using a pseudonym, since he found it so unfair to have to share the screenplay credit with the guy who, you know, wrote the original screenplay. This way, of course, Mamet got to make a stand on "principle" while taking credit away from the original writer and keeping his share of the residuals. All class.

Victor Morton


In the 70s and early 80s, moral or other opposition to homosexuality was not a left-liberal litmus test. Indeed the classic-Marxist view of homosexuality (that it was leisure-class decadence) could be seen in films by such euro-Commies as Angelopoulos, Bertolucci and Visconti.

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It was Justine Bateman, not Demi Moore. Spy magazine had the exact quote.


"The "virtues" of Whittaker Chambers elude me. There is no virute among vengeful closet queens -- and that includes the object of his affection Alger Hiss."

I guess I expect a certain level of hostility aimed at any "member of the gang" who commits the unforgivable effrontery of going over to the other side as Mamet has, but David E's comment above is utter nonsense. Chambers doesn't need my defense, but it just pisses me off to read such crap.

Glenn Kenny

Hey, I'm a David E. fan, but I don't take responsibility for his pronouncements. My perspective on Whittaker Chambers is not his.

As for "member of the gang," holy shit, that's just dumb.

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