DIRECTOR - David Mamet


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I've always been more comfortable sinking while clutching a good theory than swimming with an ugly fact.

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House of Games 1987,  R)
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Things Change 1988,  PG)
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Homicide 1991,  R)
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Oleanna 1994,  R)
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Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants 1996,  Unrated)
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The Spanish Prisoner 1997,  PG)
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The Winslow Boy 1999,  G)
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State and Main 2000,  R)
State and Main
The performances are good and the idea is very sharp but it's the quick paced and witty script that really makes State and Main. David Mamet is a great writer, a better writer than director but I thought he did a great job here, especially as he never once makes it easy for himself. He avoids all cliches and even when the plot may seem predictable, he follows it up with something unexpected. Intelligent and feelgood, a winning combination although deadpan doesn't seem to go down well these days, the dumbing down has commenced.
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Heist 2001,  R)
Heist
Gene Hackman is the reason to watch Heist. The rest of the cast are also on good form, Danny DeVito playing his role convincingly without the humor you'd expect. David Mamet though has had better days. A Heist film should look good, this film looks mediocre. The beginning of the film promises so much but the ending is disappointing to say the least.
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Spartan 2004,  R)
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Redbelt 2008,  R)
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Phil Spector 2013,  Unrated)

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