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I know this is ten days old, but I missed this somehow and still feel compelled to remind everyone... remember when Owen Gleiberman called O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? the worst movie of 2000? Yeah. @Zach - It was "I'm A Believer," but a cover version.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2009 on Coen heads at Some Came Running
Though both have their own separpate postmodernist approaches to anti-naturalism with a penchant for snap-crackle-pop dialogue, it's odd to watch their films and realize that Mamet only believes in the lines on the page while QT sketches out biographies of his characters. Having said that, QT also said on Charlie Rose he refuses to think about subtext when he's writing and shooting. I suspect, however, Mamet does through carefully constructed minimalsim. (Although as pointed out here one could argue Basterds has its own minimalistic approach by way of 16 scenes in 2.5 hours. Hell, BLOW-UP had 26 in 110 min.) Nonetheless, I'm anxious to revisit the film Criterion-style.
I think you should save the snark for the HE threads. Those are entertaining.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2009 on Happy Monday! at Some Came Running